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Why does MDS run wild in Mac OS X 10.6?

I've been having trouble with the MDS process running wild on my MacBook Pro 13". I've read on other support forums indicating that improperly formatted external drives can be an issue, but I have no ...
99
votes
7answers
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How do you prevent the dock from switching monitors in OSX Mavericks?

In Mavericks, Apple introduced a "feature" where if you hover at the bottom of any screen the dock pops up on that screen. This is disrupting my workflow as I am constantly having the dock pop up ...
98
votes
8answers
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If DOS is single-tasking, how was multitasking possible in old version of Windows?

I read that DOS is a single-tasking OS. But if old versions of Windows (also including Windows 95?) were just wrappers of DOS, how could Windows run as a multitasking OS?
98
votes
6answers
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What's different between Ctrl+Z and Ctrl+C in Unix command line?

I'm using Mac OS X Terminal. And I use Ctrl+Z or Ctrl+C to stop some programs. But I realized that I don't know what they're exactly doing. What are they and what's the difference between them? ...
98
votes
3answers
9k views

Why are websites suddenly asking me about cookies?

I have for a long time known that websites give me cookies so that small pieces of information can be remembered about my habits, passwords etc. I accept this, but all of a sudden they are asking for ...
98
votes
6answers
77k views

How do you gunzip a file and keep the .gz file?

The default behavior of gunzip is to delete the .gz file after it decompresses. How do I prevent it from deleting the file?? If this functionality is not included then is there an alternative ...
98
votes
7answers
125k views

How to read ext4 partitions on Windows?

Is there a way to read ext4 partitions from Windows? If so, what can I do?
97
votes
23answers
12k views

How can I make a Windows PC bullet-proof for home users? [closed]

I realize that virus-proof on a Windows PC is far fetched, but in the interest of keeping time spent as the "family-tech-support" to a minimum, I am looking for ideas to lock a computer down to the ...
97
votes
4answers
56k views

Why does Ctrl + V not paste in Bash (Linux shell)?

When I copy something to the clipboard and press Ctrl + V in Bash, nothing happens; However, right clicking and selecting Paste does the job. Why? Is there any reasonable issue (I'm sure there is) ...
97
votes
9answers
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“Maximizing” a pane in tmux

Sometimes it would be very useful to maximize a pane in tmux and then restore it to it's previous size. I've been reading the manual and I can't find a way. What I've come up with is that I could ...
97
votes
2answers
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What limits Windows 7 x64 machines to <=192GB RAM?

I know motherboards, BIOS, etc may set lower limits on how much RAM we may install on individual machines. However, what defines the maximum RAM for Windows 7 x64? Is that a fundamental ...
97
votes
10answers
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How to stop jucheck from running? Java won't remember “Check for Updates Automatically” setting

I've installed Java on Windows Vista, and every day I get a Vista security warning asking me if I want to run "jucheck". Apparently this is the Java automatic updater. Well, I don't want it to run ...
97
votes
9answers
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Revert New Tab Page Behavior in Google Chrome 29+

I don’t like the behavior of the new tab page in Google Chrome 29+. How can I restore the old behavior? The new tab page (if you have Google set as the default search engine) now shows the Google ...
97
votes
5answers
3k views

Why the heck does NTFS allow invisible executables?

You can hide any file inside of another file just by typing: type sol.exe > container.txt:sol.exe and to run the file hidden file just use: start c:\hide\container.txt:sol.exe But the crazy ...
96
votes
3answers
39k views

What's the equivalent of Linux's updatedb command for the Mac?

If I want to use the locate command on a Linux machine, I usually run sudo updatedb first to update the database. I can run the locate command on OS X 10.5 but I can't find updatedb. What's the ...
96
votes
6answers
147k views

How do I compare binary files in Linux?

I need to compare two binary files and get the output in the form <fileoffset-hex> <file1-byte-hex> <file2-byte-hex> for every different byte. So if file1.bin is 00 90 00 11 in binary ...
95
votes
11answers
125k views

How to sync bookmarks between Firefox, Chrome, and Safari on multiple computers?

There are some similar question on bookmark syncing, but most answers point to Delicious or Google bookmarks. However, as Chrome doesn't have the Google toolbar, how would those sync? I use several ...
94
votes
12answers
13k views

If RAM is cheap, why don't we load everything to RAM and run it from there?

RAM is cheap, and much faster than SSDs. It's just volatile. So why don't computers have a LOT of RAM, and on power up, load everything to the RAM from the hard drive/SSD and just run everything from ...
94
votes
6answers
73k views

How to copy with cp to include hidden files and hidden directories and their contents?

How can I make cp -r copy absolutely all of the files and directories in a directory Requirements: Include hidden files and hidden directories. Be one single command with an flag to include the ...
94
votes
6answers
132k views

How do I find out what version of Linux I'm running?

Is there a way to determine what version (distribution & kernel version, I suppose) of Linux is running (from the command-line), that works on any Linux system?
94
votes
13answers
12k views

Why doesn't “add more cores” face the same physical limitations as “make the CPU faster”?

In 2014, I hear a lot of programming languages touted for their concurrency features. Concurrency is said to be crucial for performance gains. In making this statement, many people point back to a ...
93
votes
9answers
7k views

Why is dial up so slow?

On a dial-up Internet connection, why is the speed is limited to 56 kbits/s compared to a broadband Internet connection which may carry 10 times as much as dial up through that same telephone line? ...
93
votes
8answers
39k views

Is it possible to ping an address:port?

I am not into networking, and I have the following question related to the Linux ping command. Can I only ping an address? For example: miner@raspberrypi ~ $ ping onofri.org PING onofri.org ...
93
votes
6answers
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Getting curl to output HTTP status code?

I'm using curl at the command line on Linux to issue HTTP requests. The response bodies are printed to standard out, which is fine, but I can't see from the man page how to get curl to print the ...
93
votes
9answers
8k views

What is the rationale behind safely removing USB media from windows PCs? [duplicate]

Quite often when I'm in a rush, I automatically pull out a USB pendrive or USB cable from an external hard drive from my desktop PC or laptop, without right-clicking on the safely remove icon in the ...
93
votes
12answers
127k views

How to extract files from MSI package?

Can anyone advise a way, or utility that can extract the files from an MSI installation package. We have some old patches that we want to get the files from but don't wish to spend the time ...
93
votes
1answer
26k views

tmux - How do I rename a session?

When I first started using tmux, I didn't give my first session a name. Then, as I started creating different sessions for different tasks (work, play, etc), I started naming my sessions. Now I have ...
93
votes
1answer
13k views

I accidentally plugged my USB mouse into my eSata port… it works?

I'm on a Thinkpad T510 and I accidentally plugged my Razor USB mouse into the eSata port not realizing my error because it has been working fine this whole time. Does this seem a little odd?
93
votes
2answers
147k views

What do green folders mean in Windows 7 Explorer?

I downloaded a ZIP file and dragged the files out of the ZIP into a directory. The subdirectories I copied displayed in Windows Explorer in green instead of the default black. What does the green ...
92
votes
13answers
9k views

Must TCP use IP?

Is it true that TCP is short for TCP/IP and they mean the same thing? Is it possible for TCP to be built on top of another protocol besides IP?
92
votes
5answers
304k views

How to install the real Firefox on Debian?

Debian 6 ("Squeeze") uses a rebranded version of Firefox called Iceweasel. It, however, lacks plugin support, and most of my favorites don't work. So what is best way to install the "real" Firefox on ...
92
votes
11answers
114k views

Using Windows 7, how can you use multiple mice (to get multiple cursors)?

Is it somehow possible to use two mice in Windows 7? I think this could be useful; like using two fingers on a multi touch display...
92
votes
5answers
34k views

Is it possible to use the IE10 App without making Internet Explorer the default browser?

Windows 8 comes with two versions of Internet Explorer: the normal desktop version, which looks just like IE9, and the Modern UI version, which is a full-screen tablet-style app. By default, links ...
91
votes
13answers
22k views

What is the exact use of a MAC address?

I understand that IP addresses are hierarchical, so that routers throughout the internet know which direction to forward a packet. With MAC addresses, there is no hierarchy, and thus packet forwarding ...
91
votes
9answers
20k views

Can a 7 days full 100% CPU load “burn-in” / “stress test” damage a modern notebook? [duplicate]

When I buy new computers, I usually do a "burn-in" with 100% CPU load for, say, seven days, in a well ventilated place. This is to find out if the computer has problems before I invest time into ...
91
votes
4answers
184k views

How do I install the Sun/Oracle Java SDK on Ubuntu?

Since 11.10 Ubuntu does not provide the sun-java-jdk, how do I install it?
91
votes
5answers
49k views

Which linux filesystem works best with SSD

From wiki: The vital TRIM function is supported by the Linux OS starting with 2.6.33 kernel (available early 2010). However, support amongst various filesystems is still inconsistent or not ...
90
votes
2answers
124k views

Easy way to find out which process is locking a file or folder in Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I delete a ‘locked’ file? How can I find out which process is locking a file or folder in Windows? For instance if you are trying to delete a folder ...
90
votes
8answers
204k views

A DownThemAll equivalent for Chrome [closed]

I'm looking for a Chrome extension / add-on that's like DownThemAll in functionality. Basically an add-on that will allow me to bulk download files with the same extension and/or pattern from a web ...
89
votes
6answers
16k views

Why is serial data transmission faster than parallel?

Intuitively, you would think that parallel data transmission should be faster than serial data transmission; in parallel you are transferring many bits at the same time, whereas in serial you are ...
89
votes
12answers
100k views

Where is SVN on OS X Mountain Lion?

I upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion and found out SVN is no longer present. I use Netbeans 6.9.1 in conjunction with Apache's SVN. How can I get it back and working?
89
votes
17answers
90k views

Is there a tool that can test what SSL/TLS cipher suites a particular website offers?

Is there a tool that can test what SSL/TLS cipher suites a particular website offers? I've tried openssl, but if you examine the output: $ echo -n | openssl s_client -connect www.google.com:443 ...
89
votes
9answers
42k views

How can I make Chrome stop caching redirects?

I am working on a web application that is using redirects (for pretty URLs). I am trying to debug logic in the way the redirects are working. However Google Chrome keeps remembering the redirects and ...
89
votes
7answers
386k views

How do I change the default font of Sticky Notes?

How can the default font be changed for the Windows 7 Sticky Notes application? I can't stand that faux handwriting font it uses.
89
votes
2answers
6k views

Is there a standard name for the “standard” computer screw?

I have the unfortunate task of writing a technical document, and I know the government is a stickler for unnecessary detail. Is there standard name for the standard computer screw? Also, what is the ...
89
votes
3answers
52k views

What Tiling Window Manager for Windows do you recommend? [closed]

What is the best tiling window manager for Windows? I'm looking for something like awesome. It would be nice if it removes the title bar and has "comfortable" shortcut keys (for me that's vi keys, ...
88
votes
7answers
15k views

How can I create a file with a specific size from a command line?

How can I create a file (e.g. using the touch command or another similar way), but with a specific size (e.g. 14 MB)? The use case is to test FTP with various file sizes. If we can create a file with ...
88
votes
6answers
22k views

Should I plug my mouse into a USB 3.0 port?

I'm looking for an authoritative answer, backed by data. A friend asked me the other day whether he would benefit from plugging his mouse into a USB 3.0 port instead of an available 2.0 port. I ...
88
votes
10answers
244k views

What can I do if I forgot my Windows 7 password?

I got a brand new Windows 7 machine, installed the operating system, created one account and forgot its password. What can I do? There is no external CD, the operating system is loaded from somewhere ...
88
votes
6answers
86k views

How to install rmagick on Ubuntu 10.04?

Here's what I've done so far: sudo apt-get install imagemagick libmagickcore-dev This did not throw any errors, so I think that ImageMagick is installed fine. Then I tried installing the gem: sudo ...

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