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Good Linux Distributions for Newbies [closed]

What are some good distributions for newbies? I'm not talking about your grandma who only uses the computer for surfing and solitaire. I'm talking about fairly intelligent people who who know their ...
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1answer
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Hang while streaming to my Playstation 3 using Nero

I use Nero to stream media to my PS3 from 2 main computers. Occasionally it will hang when the host computer is in sleep/hibernate. It resumes fine if you manually wake up the computer. Any ...
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9answers
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What is cloud computing?

I hear about "cloud computing" all the time, but don't know what it is. What is it's purpose? Why do I need it? What problems does it solve? What problems does it create?
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12answers
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Is it worth cleaning the registry?

I have heard that you should keep the registry clean on Windows. Is this actually important or is it just myth?
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Syncing contacts between Mac, Nokia E51 and iPod touch

Currently I have all my contacts and calendar items in the cloud on my GMail account, but I have no way of syncing them between all three of my devices. How can I go about syncing them all together ...
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5answers
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How good are external video cards?

I remember a while back people started talking about external video cards for laptops and such and now I rarely hear anything about them. So do they work or is it just unlikely that it could actually ...
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1answer
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Using iPhoto without copying images?

I got a Mac recently and would love to try iPhoto, but I have 15000+ images arranged in folders, which are referenced by image file path in a database. I don't want iPhoto to copy all the photos, and ...
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4answers
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How to get the Vista taskbar to span multiple monitors?

I can't for the life of me get the vista taskbar to span multiple monitors. I've searched and looked far and wide, and alas the only pseudo-solution i can find is Ultra-Mon, but a) it doesn't quite ...
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2answers
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How can I configure my wireless network for the strongest security?

There seem to be many security features in wireless routers from MAC address filtering to the authentication type and data encryption. WPA or WPA2 PSK? AES or TKIP? When I set up a new wireless ...
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3answers
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Is it possible to upgrade the graphics card in modern laptops?

As there's no definitive answer to this, and I would prefer not to be too specific about particular models, what are the things that determine whether this is possible or not? What expansion slots ...
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3answers
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My file is locked in Excel 2007, what's going on?

I have a excel 2007 spreadsheet that I'm sharing with some of my coworkers while we work on a project. Recently, when I try to save the file, I get this error: "This file is locked. Try the command ...
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14answers
3k views

Surfing the web anonymously [closed]

What is the best, fastest, safest way to surf the web anonymously, and how much anonymity can you really achieve?
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7answers
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Launch synergy client on boot in Mac OS X

I have a mac as a secondary machine at work. Currently I use synergy on my main machine to share its keyboard and mouse with the mac. I created a launch agent for my user to launch synergy when I ...
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5answers
850 views

Most user-friendly (and speediest) Linux flavour for a netbook

I'm interested in some feedback for the most user friendly but also speediest (speed matters more over user friendly) flavours of Unix that work best with netbooks, namely an Acer one. I need one ...
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2answers
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Using a wireless router as a home network switch

I have a Linksys WRT54G wireless router that I used to have set up in the traditional way (cable modem plugs into uplink port of router, computers/laptop plug directly into the router or connect ...
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2answers
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Why does my Macbook not find my wireless network?

We have a Belkin router, a desktop PC connected via LAN cable, and various other devices connected via wifi. Our Macbook connected fine until upgraded to Leopard upon which it just flat out refused to ...
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2answers
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What are the security issues of a computer connected directly to modem?

What are the security differences between connecting your home computer directly to a broadband modem and going through a router?
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2answers
429 views

How to add to 'Common Expressions" in Access?

In Expression Builder dialog of Microsoft Access there is an entry for Common Expressions. Can I add my own expressions to that list?
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2answers
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Is there a way to bookmark all tabs in Chrome?

Is there a way to bookmark all tabs in Chrome? I seem to remember this being out of the box in Firefox and I'd love to get the same functionality in Chrome. Perhaps it's an issue because each tab is ...
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9answers
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“Detach” and “Reattach” xterms across X sessions?

Is there a way to save/detach an xterm (or another window), and reopen/load/reattach it on a different X session on the same machine ? What I'm trying to achieve is "move" running xterms between two ...
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2answers
1k views

What are the minimum mobile PC specs for Flash HD video?

I'm interested in purchasing a netbook or notebook PC that can run Flash HD video like Hulu, ABC.com, and HD Youtube. What are the minimum spec CPUs required to play this content without choking?
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5answers
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How do I get the maximum resolution on Ubuntu in Microsoft Virtual PC?

I've spent way too much time on this than I care to admit; I'm new in the Linux world, and I installed Ubuntu 9.04 on a new virtual machine. My problem is getting the screen resolution I would like - ...
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5answers
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Artifacts on LCD monitor?

I have an LCD monitor which was, arguably, relatively cheap. Undoubtedly it's due to cheap manufacturing, but after a while of continuous use, I start to see artifacts of previous images (resembling ...
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6answers
33k views

Windows Split Desktop Utility [closed]

Is there such a thing? I don't want multiple separate desktops, what I'd like to be able to do is split my main desktop into two areas so that an application in one when maximized won't take up the "...
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5answers
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How to automatically remove Flash history/privacy trail? Or stop Flash from storing it?

Many people have heard about third-party cookies, and some browsers even block those by default. Some people may even be using Private Browsing modes. However, only few seem to realise that Adobe's ...
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4answers
1k views

How to install windows 7 RC from a USB disk? [duplicate]

Can anyone provide detailed steps to install Windows 7 RC from a USB hard disk (rather than a DVD)?
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4answers
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What are the best minimal windows XP themes you know? [closed]

I'm thinking about changing my plain-old xp theme (classic) into something new, but still minimalistic. Which ones do you recommend?
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8answers
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Why can't you defragment Solid State Drives? [duplicate]

I keep hearing that this is a huge no-no. Why is this? I run Ubuntu mostly so it doesn't affect me, but I was just wondering.
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3answers
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Should I choose 'Format' or 'Format (Quick)' when installing Windows XP?

When installing Windows XP, there is a prompt for formatting the disk. What is the difference between an NTFS 'format', and an NTFS 'format (Quick)'?
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1answer
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Razer Diamondback 3G cannot Left-Click after driver update

I've been having this weird problem for months now after getting my Razer Diamondback. After I installed the drivers for the mouse, now my mouse cannot left click on boot up to Windows until I do an ...
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6answers
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How can I share an external hard drive between a Mac and a PC?

How should I format my hard drive for use on both a Mac and a PC? Is there any way I can also use Time Machine with this drive?
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1answer
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Windows: BSOD general troubleshooting tips

I know three methods of troubleshooting BSOD. Are there some advanced tips i'm missing? BSOD is not very informative, but googling the error code provides with some semi-useful info Look thru system ...
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3answers
2k views

Chinese IME: Microsoft or Google? [closed]

I am learning a bit of Chinese and there are two options for entering Chinese text using IME: the Chinese IME that ships with Windows and Google IME (a recent entrant). Which do you recommend and why?...
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9answers
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Force web address to go through HTTPS

At my work, http://twitter.com is blocked, but https://twitter is not. Is there any way to have all programs/browsers access this URL using the HTTPS protocol instead of HTTP? This specifically ...
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How do I connect Xbox360 to Windows 7 (RC) Windows Media Center?

I have the following setup: Desktop running Windows 7 RC (32-bit) Xbox360 Elite with wireless adapter Both devices are connected to a local wireless network (802.11n Draft 2.0 300Mbps) I went ...
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6answers
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How can I “reset” my CRT monitor?

I have a clunky old CRT monitor as my main monitor (iiyama make) that I've messed around with previously - the screen is slanted, curved and has a "zoom effect" that makes things get thinner toward ...
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2answers
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Second Monitor Gets Bright, and then Blank

I recently added a second LCD monitor to my home-computer. It was working fine for the first couple of days, but then it started having problems. Every 10-20 minutes it would get really bright, and ...
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3answers
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Toggle function key on a MacBook Pro

When you use the function (fn) key on a MacBook Pro, it acts like a shift key (only works while you hold it) as opposed to a toggle. Is there anyway to change this? Preferably with a native setting, ...
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5answers
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How do I configure my monitor/operating system for optimal color display?

I'm a web developer, and for a hobby I take photos and edit them on my computer. I've found that sometimes I miss stuff on my own monitor that are apparent on other monitors (aliased edges that didn't ...
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2answers
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What is the best Windows Media Center Extender? [closed]

What is the best Windows Media Center Extender? I am debating if I should get an extender or hook directly to my video card. The video card method is going to be a pain to control and many of the ...
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2answers
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run32.dll on Windows 7?

Each time, I run my favorite game (Starcraft) on Windows 7, my PC gets way too slow, and when I checked the running process, I found a process with the name run32.dll taking over almost 90% of the ...
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3answers
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Extensions for the Zune software

Are there any extensions, plugins or addins available for the Zune software?
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3answers
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How can I tell Firefox to access intranet

At my job, we have a lot of sites on our intranet. How can I tell Firefox to access the intranet sites? I keep getting this: The requested item could not be loaded by the proxy. Proxy server ...
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9answers
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How can I disable or reassign the 'Windows' key?

Between Ctrl and Alt, modern keyboards have an abominable key: the 'Windows' key :P By default, when this key is pressed alone it opens the Start menu. Many applications and a great number of games ...
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1answer
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Pause all but x CPU-intensive tasks

I've got about 50 folders of data to process, and I've got a ruby script that processes a folder's files (which folder it processes is based on a .yml configuration file). And a computer with four ...
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2answers
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Is there a definitive reference for Windows shortcuts keys?

Is there a definitive reference of all of the Windows shortcut keys along with which operating systems they apply to? For example, we all know about Ctrl + Alt + Delete, but I've met quite a few ...
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3answers
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How can I use Windows quick navigation combo keys under OSX?

In any text area under Windows, you can use CTRL-Right Arrow to move from one word to the next. You can also add meta keys such as SHIFT or DEL to select words or delete them respectively. How can I ...
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9answers
9k views

What are the differences between POP3 and IMAP?

Many email providers ask me if I'm interested in using POP3, or IMAP. What exactly are these and when should I consider using them?
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3answers
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What spyware protection is available for Windows 7?

How well protected is Windows 7 from spyware? What free clients are available? Do the clients for Windows Vista work at all with Windows 7?
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10answers
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How to clean a keyboard

My keyboard is a) full of dust and other particles that are flying around us (hair, skin parts etc) and b) very dirty (keys are not white anymore but dark gray - except on keytops where my fingers are ...

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