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How to declutter and organize the cables on and under my desk? [closed]

Computer cables and external devices are a continuous source of frustration for everybody who likes a clean working environment. The more devices you add to your home office, the more disastrous the ...
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Multi-monitor Usage [closed]

How many different applications do you use with a 2, 3, 4, 5 or more monitor setup? What's the most sophisticated multi-monitor setup you've seen? To be more specific, I would like to know exactly ...
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Disable OS X Enter Full Screen animation

Most applications have a hotkey for entering full-screen in OS X with CmdCtrlF, for others I created a keyboard shortcut for Enter Full Screen and Exit Full Screen in system preferences. But the 3.0 ...
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Pomodoro timer for linux [closed]

Is there good Pomodoro desktop timer for Linux without a lot of dependencies. I know about pomodairo, but it's made with Adobe Air, which I don't want on my Linux (even if it exists for Linux).
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“Select to Copy and Middle Click to Paste” in Windows

Is there any application to mimic the "Select to Copy and Middle Click to Paste" behaviour in Windows? I was hoping to find an AutoHotkey script for this, but I couldn't. Maybe someone here could ...
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What are healthy color settings for a terminal window? [closed]

What are good colors to use for a terminal window (text and background) to minimize eye strain/damage? I feel like someone, maybe a design or medical professional, must have done research on this ...
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“Virtual mouse” using the keyboard

(For Windows.) I'm looking for a kind of program that I hope exists. If it doesn't I might try to create it. I passionately hate using the mouse. I've learned how to use the keyboard for 99% of the ...
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Is there a way to search the windows application menus like OSX's CMD+SHIFT+/ command?

I've moved from an OSX to PC workflow, and I've duplicated just about everything except when I need to use a menu item that I can't find. On OSX, I'd often use the CMD+SHIFT+/ command which brings up ...
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PowerShell: history enhancements (readline)?

Some of the things I like in Bash and would love to know how to do in PowerShell: In Bash, I have history scrolling set up so that it only scrolls commands that begin with the same prefix as the ...
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Any keystroke-launcher alternative to Launchy and Executor on Windows?

does anybody know a good an actively developed alterantive to the keystroke-launcher Launchy or Executor? Launchy seems no longer to be under development. Executor also seems not to be developed ...
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Being as productive in Windows as in Linux [closed]

I'm contemplating moving from Linux to Windows. What worries me is being less productive. E.g.: In Linux, I can run applications fairly quickly if they are in the PATH (and most applications are ...
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How to set default screen colours in putty/ssh

I use putty to ssh to linux box. By default I get black screen background with white foreground. To change colours, I go to change settings -> Window/colours and then I set background colours as ...
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Outlook conversation view and categories

At work, I tend to receive a couple of hundred emails a day. To keep from being overwhelmed, I have been using categories to sort and prioritize my mail messages. I auto-assign categories, then group ...
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Google Chrome as alternative to Firefox

I have been using Firefox for long time. Recently i had switched to chrome to find that its much faster than Firefox, but addons like greasemonkey, adblock plus, tweeterfox etc. keeps me wanting to ...
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What can I do with a large Hard Drive?

So I'm looking into the world of external Hard Drives bigger than I can easily comprehend (1-2TB sort of sizes. A few years ago I thought 100GB was big. Blimey), and just wondering what possible uses ...
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gnu screen - Copying text between windows

Is it possible to paste text copied in a paste buffer to a different window with some keybinding, without having to leave the current window? I.e., instead of going to the window and doing a Ctr-a + ...
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Browser extension (or other software) to delay page load [closed]

The alt text to today's comic at xkcd.com (strip below) says: After years of trying, I broke this habit in a day by decoupling the action and the neurological reward. I set up a simple ...
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Making switching between Mac and PC each day easier

As I've started to use different operating systems at home and at work, I've found a few things that help. App Launching (Quicksilver and Launchy) Not having to mouse through folders or menus ...
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Is there a native OS X app like WorkRave? [closed]

I'd like a (preferably free) break reminder app that's native to OS X. Does anyone know of such a tool? There's WorkRave for Windows and Linux.
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Notepad++ Changebar

Notepad++ used to have a changebar (similar to the Microsoft code editor in Visual Studio) that would change color, if the line of text was changed. It was taken out some time ago, but I really liked ...
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2answers
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Automatic highlighting of text in thunderbird

In days with large email influx, some emails tend to slip out of my attention. Usually these are email where I am not the primary recipient, but I am referenced at some point as having to perform some ...
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Getting by with only one monitor

There is a lot of conventional wisdom, especially among programmers, about the benefits of having more monitor space in order to be more productive. Rather than throw out a pile of links, I'll put ...
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Good Digital Pen that Integrates with Microsoft OneNote

Does anyone know of a good digital pen product (like the Logitech IO2) that: Can cleanly integrate with Microsoft OneNote Works with regular paper (not expensive DPS paper) Works with Windows 7 - ...
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1answer
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Integrated Help - Merged Help Indexes

If anyone has had more than a couple of Microsoft tools or products installed (or a local install of the MSDN library) side by side, you might have noticed that opening help (hitting F1) or opening, ...
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3answers
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keyboard shortcut to select file in windows explorer

I typically go to the windows explorer using windowskey+e. Then I use Alt-D to go the address bar to type the folder name. Is there keyboard shortcut to directly go the file list on the right side ...
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How do I calculate the carbon footprint for my computer usage?

I'm looking to calculate the carbon footprint associated with my computer use. How do I go about doing that?
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Making gvim 'instance-only'

I want to make gvim be 'instance-only', i.e., know of an option or something that opens the file as a tab on my already-open gvim instance instead of opening a new one. Example to clarify: suppose I ...
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Launching gnome-shell-timer in Unity?

I'd like to have a countdown timer in my taskbar on an Ubuntu 12.04 machine with Unity 2D. My use case is primarily time management, for example "countdown from 30 minutes, and I'll take a break when ...
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time tracking application on Linux [closed]

what application do you guys use for time tracking in Linux. I am interested in an application that tracks what applications I use, similar to rescuetime but with will run on Linux since the Linux ...
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1answer
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Is it possible to sync Remember The Milk with emacs org-mode?

I have just started using Org-mode in emacs, and I am very impressed. However, I currently have all of my todo's in Remember the Milk The simplest solution would be to export RTM into an org-mode ...
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1answer
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How do you map a solo press of a modifier key to its own function or mapping on Windows?

Today on hacker news there was a clever article on custom shortcut keys. The author talks about a technique for remapping a modifier key such as CTRL to ESC if CTRL were pressed without a modifier. ...
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Solution to remember a window's size and position for laptop built-in monitor vs external monitor on Windows?

Some laptops, like mine, are so easy to dock/undock. So, I do that all the time. When docked, my screen is Full HD. When undocked, it's smaller. So, everytime I dock/undock my window arrangements get ...
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Quick Scroll for Firefox

Is there an equivalent to the Chrome Quick Scroll add-on for Firefox? https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/okanipcmceoeemlbjnmnbdibhgpbllgc This is a killer feature of the Chrome browsing ...
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1answer
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Any software to keep track of my reading progress? [closed]

I'm looking for a software which can keep track of my reading progress, like BookMarker for iPhone does. It should be able to keep my everyday reading progress for each book I'm reading, and it will ...
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2answers
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Shortcut/program to list the names of open windows on Windows 7+?

I'm looking for a program for Windows that does something similar to the tabs outliner extension for chrome. I prefer reading the titles of the open windows to a visual representation of them such as ...
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1answer
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Software, which will make a sound when an application becomes responsive again

I am using several application, which are really slow. They will stay unresponsive for between 1 second and up to five minutes and I do not have any good way of predicting their response times. This ...
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What's the best Virtual Desktop Manager out there for Windows 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Virtual desktop(alt+ctrl+1,2,3,4,…) like linux on windows 7 Features that are important to me: Keyboard support Fast. Keyboard support Clean Keyboard ...
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Is there a Linux desktop key logger application that can monitor how long I spend on websites and desktop applications?

I am looking for a key logger application monitoring application that can tell me: How long I have spent using a desktop application How long I have spent on each website I visit via my browsers ...
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Hide/unhide applications on Mac OS X

How can I hide all applications but the current one on Mac OS X (Snow Leopard), and restore them again? Sometimes I want to concentrate on the application I'm working with currently, and make all ...
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1answer
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Make Finder window hover above all apps

I'm looking for a utility that will help me in keeping Finder windows hovering about all apps. Anyone heard of such?
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3answers
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“English autocompletion” program for Windows

I never experimented with software which gives you "English autocompletion", but it sounds like something I'd love to use and that could make typing much much more efficient. I mean, if I start typing ...
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2answers
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Emacs email reader with “conversation view” support

I'm a happy long time Wanderlust user. Since I adopted Inbox Zero, however, I feel that archiving read emails does not work very well with Wanderlust and ordinary IMAP folders, because when a new ...
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2answers
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Auto suspend after X minutes to stop myself procrastinating

Right now, I'm using a line in /etc/crontab to run pm-suspend every 30 minutes, but I would like an application displaying a warning before suspending (for example a countdown in the taskbar). An ...
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How can I easily identify all keyboard shortcuts (hotkeys) on OS X and current running Applications and Services?

By default, the function keys on my MacBook Pro control various hardware features and native operating system applications like the brightness of the LCD, Expose, or iTunes. I like these buttons and ...
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Tmux copy mode: stay in copy mode after selection

When using tmux, I often find a need to copy multiple items from one pane or window into another. When those items are located close to each other in a long scrollback buffer, my current workflow ...
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4answers
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Note taking softwares with fast searching?

I've been wowed by CintaNotes, the simplistic note taker which filters down your list of notes very fast with a "find as you type" searchbox. "Find as you type" searching means you can try many ...
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Single line diff

Is there a diff tool I can run from the command line or maybe just an online webpage that will compare single lines? GitHub diffs do this but I'm don't want to publish things to GitHub just to read ...
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2answers
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Tool for dependency graphs

I am looking for a tool that will let me work on a dependency graph. (I want this for my personal tasks, like a to do list.) Like, let's say I have task 1, 2 and 3. Then maybe task 1 is needed for ...
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2answers
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SSD as OS drive or critical program drive

I have just bought a new PC and seperately bought a new SSD drive (crucial C300 real SSD 128GB) and wanted to know whether it was better to have the SSD as my primary OS drive with some critical apps ...
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Remote desktop window shortcut

When I am logged into another machine, is there keyboard shortcut to switch to local machine and vice versa?