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How do I carry a mouse with me without damaging the middle mouse button or other buttons?

As a student, I need to carry a mouse with my laptop, but I often end up busting up mice within a year because the middle mouse button gets pressed on hard enough in my backpack to damage it in short ...
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VPN to work from another continent?

Has anyone tried to VPN to their work servers located in another continent? If so, how was the speed? I know wifi hotspots at cafes can be unreliable as local internet connections themselves, but what ...
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How to set up TrueCrypt “traveler disk” using Mac OS X? [duplicate]

I managed to encode my USB device having installed TrueCrypt on my Mac. I want to use the device with other Windows/OS X computers that may not have a version of TrueCrypt installed. How do I get my ...
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How to calculate route in *Maps just by calling a URL?

Before Google Maps got its new "full screen" look, I could open a URL that looked something like this "http://maps.google.com/?q=%s" where %s was a string of the format "from: London to: Amsterdam". ...
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Commuting with a laptop that is powered on

How safe is it to leave my laptop running a build or other time-consuming task when I am traveling? I mostly travel on a two-wheeler, with my laptop in a backpack, strapped vertically to my back (left ...
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Is it possible to use an outgoing SMTP server from Laos?

While traveling in Lao PDR, I've subscribed to an unlimited cellular data plan (at Lao Telecom) because I have to maintain some websites during my trip. Everything works fine (connection is even ...
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Which ports are blocked least often? [closed]

I travel a lot, and frequently find myself on a poorly-configured “guest” network which blocks all kinds of connections, sometimes including my VPN. I'm setting up an alternative tunneling ...
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Low tech way to clean a netbook while travelling near the sea?

I've been hitchhiking around the world for over a year and the netbook that was almost new at the start of my trip is getting very grubby though it's still working OK. Lately I've been camping on a ...
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Safety Guide for Riding in a Car with a Laptop? [closed]

Besides the obvious - needing to get yourself a good enough power cable to attach to the cigarette lighter - what other tips do you need to protect your notebook when on the road? For example, Are ...
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Software to plan shortest route to many addresses [closed]

I have about 300 addresses in a city and I'm trying to find software that can solve the travelling salesman problem for it. I've tried OptiMap a browser based solution that uses the Google API but ...
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Preparing a Desktop PC for Shipping

I'm emigrating shortly, and I'm planning on sea-shipping my desktop PC. I'm wondering what steps I should take to prepare the hardware to give it the best chance of being in good working condition ...
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How trivial is it to use my laptop with a friend's (non-wifi) DSL while at their place?

I'm visiting a friend in Japan and she has DSL but isn't very computer savvy. I am pretty computer savvy but never used DSL directly before. I want to know if it is easy or not to use my computer on ...
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What to use in place of the laptop touchpad on a bus? [closed]

I am planning on using a laptop on my commute to work to fool around with computer graphics, including extensive use of Photoshop. I find that the touchpad on a laptop is difficult to use for this ...
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Why is overseas 3G so expensive? [closed]

The question is: why is overseas 3G access so expensive? I normally live in UK and while travelling abroad, noticed that data rates are just astronomical. Is there a technical reason for this or is ...
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Concerns about shipping a PC if I move abroad?

Should I consider a desktop or a laptop if I was going to be moving abroad? Generally I would prefer a desktop, since it's generally cheaper for the same specs, but it's about 50% likely that I will ...
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NAS + Hard Drives + US Customs = World of Pain? [closed]

I'm coming to the US for work in a few weeks, for a year or so and just had an awful thought. I remember reading a while ago that US customs are searching through peoples laptops and hard drives. Now ...
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Document scanner solution for frequent travelers [closed]

I'm looking for a solution that would allow travelers to conveniently scan documents and fax/email the scanned documents at minimal cost. I work as a salesman, and have to travel every week. I'm old ...
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VoIP calls through webcafés when travelling?

While reading this article from the NYT that shows how to make cheap calls from overseas with a cellphone, I was thinking of an alternative: Do you know of a compact IP phone that comes with two ...