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Jan
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answered Tackling bandwidth optimization (possibly) through R-Sync
Nov
27
comment How to view large spreadsheet in Windows
Your files are probably too large for this to help, but you might want to try LibreOffice calc. I know they recently greatly expanded the number of rows they can handle. The real question is why is your data so big? Is it structured in some way that you can subdivide it into meaningful smaller chunks as @mrTomahawk suggests and use those chunks to generate summary data that can then be merged for all the chunks into something more manageable? Usually, when data gets even a fraction of this big, it should be handled by a database, not a spreadsheet.
Nov
27
comment Copying files from one NAS to another
If your NASs will let you run rsyncd/rsync (Linux) on them, you can copy data even faster directly between the two NASs - because rsync is usually setup to copy only the parts of files that have changed, not whole files. You can replace the firmware on some NASSs with freenas which will let you do such things and more. (Doing so will probably void any warranty on your NAS.)
Nov
23
comment Is there a filesystem that keeps only one copy of a file, and other copies are just references?
OK. Just some ideas: Is there some way you can get between your users and these files? If you can, you could start with a link (sym or hard) and then break the link if they write anything to the file. You could also use something like diff to just store differences to save a lot of space like in a version control system. If you put the files in one of those, it could manage the differences for you. I haven't used vcs systems much, so I don't know the details.
Nov
19
comment Is there a filesystem that keeps only one copy of a file, and other copies are just references?
Since there doesn't seem to be a perfect answer yet, why not write a script (perhaps run from cron) that replaces files with hard links (or, if it's safe for some of them, symlinks)? In any case, if you don't already know where all the duplicates are, check out fdupes code.google.com/p/fdupes.
Nov
12
comment Bittorrent software files called dlimagecache
SWAG: download image cache? Probably where it stores downloaded pieces of files that are either incomplete or have not yet had their checksums verified.
Sep
17
comment How can I make just one page of a Word document horizontal?
It's a lot easier in Libreoffice. All you have to do is use/create a new page style for that page (and for any other where you want the same effects) which is landscape.
Sep
3
comment Doubts About the Linux Root File System
+1 for /proc stuff I didn't know about.
Sep
2
comment USB hard disk stopped working in Debian without unmounting
That's beyond my pay grade. Make backups of critical data and especially, the files you will be modifying before trying those solutions.
Aug
27
comment My stereo headphones cable is broken, what can I do?
Is there a way to add heat shrink tubing before the cable breaks? If the tubing is big enough to side over the connector, it usually won't shrink enough to grasp the cable. I go through a lot of headphones and I won't buy any expensive ones if the cables are going to fail in a few months.
Aug
27
comment 3.5mm Analog Audio vs. Bluetooth Audio Quality
I've been trying to figure this out for a long time. Maybe this should be a separate question, but I have RF headphones that do 20-12000Hz and I stopped using them because the frequency response wasn't good enough. How do I select a set of bluetooth headphones that will sound as good as my analog ones do?
Aug
27
answered USB hard disk stopped working in Debian without unmounting
Aug
16
comment Print from a page that doesn't allow any commands?
I resort to this when some pages just refuse to print or leave parts out. When all else fails, you can always go old school on it and photograph or video your screen with an external camera. It's not very easily machine readable, but it always works. Sometimes, but probably not in your case, you can copy and paste the whole thing into a word processor like LibreOffice writer and print from there.
Aug
3
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Jul
27
accepted How Can I determine the page count from a postscript file (generated by Opera)?
Jul
25
comment Are 3.5 inch SSD drives available? Why so many 2.5inch versions?
Dennis - I was thinking of the whole box, not the drive in particular.
Jul
24
comment Are 3.5 inch SSD drives available? Why so many 2.5inch versions?
The smaller drive may even allow more air flow/cooling in a case than a 3.5" one would.
Jul
18
comment Why is the Internet said to be an untrusted network?
Use of "HTTPS" is optional and not always used for sites that do use ssl. Also, some pages leave most of the page unencrypted, but still use ssl for the data, but I find it very confusing even though it works.
Jul
18
comment Do MS Word .dot templates work like .css files?
LO writer also has extensive macro support for automating such tasks. And, not to forget - it's free.
Jul
18
comment Do MS Word .dot templates work like .css files?
@Adam 's answer is correct AFAIK. Going forward, you might want to take a look at LibreOffice. It will read and write almost all MS Office files. But, if you convert the files to the internal format (OASIS), you can then use one of the best things about LO writer - styles. You can assign styles to paragraphs, pages, and even characters in such a way that when you modify the style, everything using that style (or another style based on it) will automatically be changed. This allows you to modify all subtitles or standard paragraphs with one action. Then you can save a copy in Word format.