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How can I download an entire website?

How can I download all pages from a website? Any platform is fine.
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16answers
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How to compare the differences between two PDF files on Windows?

Do you know a good Windows software to compare PDF files side-by-side and show the modifications between the two? It would be great if you can post both free and not-free products.
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17answers
131k views

How do I find the largest files and folders on a drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I visualize the file system usage on Windows? I am looking for a tool to tell me which files and folders are the largest as I need to do some cleanup.
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9answers
63k views

How can I use my small SSD as a cache for a larger hard disk?

I would like to use a (small) SSD disk as a cache for a large hard disk. I realize there are hardware-based products that do this: HighPoint RocketHybrid HBA, Intel SmartResponse and others. There is ...
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5answers
111k views

How do I get the Windows 7 taskbar with the Start Menu to display on dual monitors?

I am looking for an application with features as follows:- It will give me a dual monitor set up with a Windows 7 taskbar with Aero peek and the Start Menu on each monitor. The taskbar should ...
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8answers
2k views

How can I control two computers with the same keyboard and mouse?

How can I control two computers (with seperate monitors) with the same keyboard and mouse? Is there a software solution to this? Can the computers be running different OSs?
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10answers
5k views

How can I keep folders synchronized between several machines over my home network?

Like many people I take quite a few photos, and also like quite a few people I don't back up as frequently as I should. What I'd like to be able to do is automatically synchronize my "to be backed ...
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19answers
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What search utilities can search by file name in Windows 7?

I've just installed Windows 7 64-bit and have found that it's file search really really sucks. What is a good alternative that I can load on my system to do file searching? Note: I don't care about ...
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11answers
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Visio alternatives [closed]

I need an alternative to Visio for making diagrams (particularly signal processing block diagrams) that includes some kind of custom stencils + connection points. I just spent 2 hours learning bits ...
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4answers
7k views

Should I use Evernote or Org-mode for taking notes?

I am looking for an app that will help me manage my notes, and after coming across Org-mode, I was wondering whether Org-mode's functionality is strong enough that it can remove the need for me to use ...
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4answers
7k views

Is there a product key finder for a PC?

How can I find the product keys for my Windows operating system and software installed, like Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and other software which requires an activation key?
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3answers
9k views

Solutions for presenting PDF slides with presenter notes on second display [closed]

I made a presentation using the latex beamer class with notes. Now I have a problem displaying notes only on my display while presenting the slides to the audience using a projector. Beamer notes ...
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7answers
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What is the quickest and best way to copy a 500 gig drive?

I have an external drive and it's not working well. I want to move all the stuff to a new external drive before it's too late. copy and paste will not work as it keep coming "Path too long" and kills ...
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3answers
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Is there a good DNS server I can install on Windows 7 for a LAN? [closed]

I have a few computers on my LAN, and now I'm getting tired of remembering the IP addresses all the time, so I would like to start using DNS names on my LAN. I have a heterogeneous network with ...
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3answers
978 views

Music player for linux

I need to choose a music player to use under linux after having fallen out with Banshee*. What would you recommend based on these requirements: Ability to import/export ratings Automatically picks ...
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5answers
16k views

Best Mac OS X DVD Ripper [closed]

I want to rip a DVD on OS X, but don't know what software to use. Is there free open source software? What is the best software for ripping on OS X?
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7answers
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What's the closest equivalent of Little Snitch (Mac program) on Windows? [closed]

I'm using Windows 7 and would like to have a feature like Little Snitch on the Mac that alerts you whenever a program on your computer makes an outgoing connection. Description of Little Snitch from ...
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8answers
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Looking for simple Windows scan (multiple pages) to one PDF application? [closed]

I would like to find some simple scan software for a Windows machine that can scan to PDF, but I would like it to do batch or multiple pages into one big PDF. I saw a couple questions on scan to ...
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0answers
698 views

How do I Create My Own Font? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Create Your Own Hand-written Font for Free How do I make my own TrueType or OpenType font (Windows)? Is there any freeware out there to help me do that? Edit: I'm ...
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3answers
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Software to hold battery at 50% charge level

My Sony Vaio laptop has a built-in program called "Sony Battery Care" which provides a functionality to hold battery at certain levels of charge while operating. For example, I've set it to 50% and ...
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11answers
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WinSCP client for Ubuntu [closed]

Are there any GUI clients for Ubuntu which can remotely connect to another Linux box over SCP? I heard about the fish:// protocol and Konqueror (which is for Kubuntu using KDE), but I am looking for ...
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10answers
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Software to switch between OS

My question might sound too weired and tricky, but is there any way (software/hardware) that I can use to switch between 2 OS without restarting my PC? Actually I have Windows 7 and Ubuntu installed ...
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9answers
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How to play multiple videos side-by-side synchronized?

I've got 3 videos, all 3 have the same time, same amount of frames, and they only differ in terms of encoding quality. Now I need them to run side-by-side in synchronized fashion for evaluation ...
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9answers
1k views

DVD ripper for Windows

I am looking for a good DVD ripper software for Windows. Looking for something that will easily rip the raw bits DVD to hard drive without any loss of quality. Looking for something that will easily ...
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2answers
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Opening mdb files in Ubuntu

I have an MDB document that I need to view on my Ubuntu machine, I downloaded MDB viewer and when opening the file with it the application closes. Also OpenOffice DB viewer does not want to work. Are ...
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6answers
647 views

Is there a program that gives the result of a chemical reaction?

Is there a program where I can type one, two or more components of chemical reaction and find out the result of it? For example, I enter "N2 + H2" and it gives me "N2 + H2 → NH3". Or "C10H8 + O2" ...
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8answers
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How can I convert scanned images as PDF to a searchable PDF file?

I have a PDF of a scanned book. I'm looking for a free software that will perform OCR and then provide an option to save it as a PDF or document again. Is there one?
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8answers
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Incremental backup and sync software

I need a free software for Windows (with gui or command line) that does incremental backup copying all files and storing changed or deleted files in a directory named like last change date (or a ...
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10answers
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Linux program to create a timeline diagram?

I want to create a diagram which will show a timeline, and at certain points of the timeline I want to annotate with text and/or a diagram. Cue ASCII art... Event in March ...
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14answers
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What is an alternative to Excel for editing spreadsheets?

I often have to manipulate Excel and CSV spreadsheets to prepare data being imported into MySQL. I need to do things like find and replace values, insert and remove columns, sort rows, etc. I ...
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8answers
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Open Source alternative to FileMaker or Access? [closed]

I'm looking for an open source alternative to simple databases such as FileMaker or Access (something visual where you don't need SQL very much). I know of Base in OpenOffice.org but I think it is ...
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3answers
7k views

An application to easily pick a color in Mac OS X and get the hex value

I'm looking for a way to easily pick a color from anywhere on the screen in Mac OS X and get the value as a hex code (like #ACC782 ). OS X has a built in system "color picker" and I found a ...
12
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5answers
10k views

A decent S3 bucket manager for Ubuntu

I'm looking for a decent S3 bucket manager for Ubuntu (Gnome). I prefer it to integrate with Nautilus so it will look like just any other drive (a la WebDAV) but so far I haven't been able to find ...
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8answers
8k views

Free visual similarity image for a local hard drive search?

I'm looking for a desktop search engine for finding images on my local hard drive with high visual similarity. I've only found paid for ones so far. It could be Linux or windows one, either would be ...
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3answers
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Equivalent to Sysinternals Process Explorer on Linux

I am using Ubuntu 11.10 and am looking for an equivalent to Process Explorer on Linux. There is System Monitor but it's not nearly as good as Process Explorer with all of its detailed information ...
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2answers
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GLaDOS (Portal 2) voice changer recommendation?

Anyone know of a good program or a method that comes close to matching GLaDOS' voice from Portal games? I'm going to surprise my boyfriend with a Skype call... mwahahaha
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2answers
5k views

Synchronize Podcasts across multiple computers with iTunes (on Windows)

I find myself frustrated with the following scenario, which is driving me nuts: I use iTunes to subscribe to podcast X on computer A and sync the episodes to my iPod. During my day, I discover ...
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5answers
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Tool for comparing two images?

I have two images that are slightly different. (The second is actually generated by some manipulation in MatLab). I need some way to compare these two images.Some utility that can highlight where the ...
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4answers
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Program to customize mouse buttons?

I have a Logitech M510 wireless mouse and am on a Mac. Right now I can assign different actions to the 2 thumb buttons through the Logitech control panel. What I want to do is have mouse button combos ...
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7answers
9k views

How can I sync my clipboard across multiple computers?

What's the easiest way to sync a clipboard between multiple computers? I would prefer a cross-platform solution but anything is better then nothing. I do want to be on a different network and still ...
11
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5answers
9k views

Download entire album from Google+?

Is there any software that can download all the full-size pictures of a publicly-shared Google+ album?
11
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2answers
260 views

How can I edit multiple text files as one virtual document?

My main goal is to be able to constantly keep track of individual text fragment word and character counts while simultaneously being able to read the entire long document as a whole.
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4answers
4k views

Good Alternatives to Windows Task Manager [closed]

Does anyone know of any good free alternatives to the standard Windows Task Manager besides the Resource Monitor? I'm looking for a lightweight program that displays detailed info about my CPU, RAM, ...
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5answers
15k views

Easier way to switch sound output device

I bought a USB soundcard for my Macbook Pro, so I can use a headset mic for Skype. By default, the. sound goes to a pair of external speakers (for iTunes) or the built-in speakers (on the road/gaming) ...
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4answers
2k views

Software to aid writing Research Papers

Have been working on this white paper for weeks, and have been having a very rough time with all the links and reference material i have found online, finally got them organized but this is a very ...
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4answers
5k views

Software to read PDFs with inverted colors (Windows)

I sometimes want to read a long PDF file in a computer, but because white background I can read only a few pages until my eyes weep. Is there any software to invert colors of a PDF (PDF converter, ...
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9answers
777 views

Convert mp4 to mp3

I would like to convert mp4 (video included) to mp3 (without video). what is the best way of doing this apart from using audacity (or similar software) and performing manual conversion (recording as ...
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7answers
1k views

Browser for paranoid people?

Is there a web browser out there that is more suited for paranoid people? Why would you choose it/ What feature would your ideal paranoia browser have? For instance i would want one which Sends NO ...
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7answers
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What subtitle file editor for '.srt' files supports synchronization?

I downloaded .srt files for watching a French movie. But unfortunately, it is out of sync. Is there any tool in Windows using which I could manually sync it specifying the start time?
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What software works well for viewing massive TIFF images on Windows 7?

Today I saw an article about a half-gig, 24000 square-pixel high-res composite image of the moon. (This is a much smaller version of the image) I find astronomy interesting, so I thought I'd ...