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Turning off the cmd window beep sound

Is there a way to essentially mute the Beeping function of the Windows command shell? I'm working on a PowerShell script right now which ends up printing several lines of text to the screen. I'm ...
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2answers
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How to make Windows XP boot from RAID0

My Situation I'm looking for suggestions regarding getting Windows XP to boot from a RAID0 partition. I've got XP running on an 80GB PATA drive and I've got two new 350GB SATA drives. If I Were a ...
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6answers
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How do I prevent two OSes from clobbering grub files?

I want to install Linux and OpenSolaris on the same hard disk in different partitions. I'm worried because OpenSolaris seems to actively manage the grub data when updating the OS (part of the "boot ...
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3answers
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How to fix “GRUB error 17” problem on laptop without working CD reader

I broke the laptop. How did I break it? I remember feeling happy about wubi. Now I feel bad about wubi and everything that I did. I used the partition editor within Windows (System Tools - ...
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5answers
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What's the best way to to automate the back up of a couple folders in windows?

I've got a couple folders of personal scripts and such I'd rather not lose if the hard drive on my dev machine goes out (all the source is in SVN, and all the other important stuff is backed up ...
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23answers
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Converting .doc files to .pdf

Anybody aware of a piece of software which could do MS Office .doc to .pdf conversion for me? I already tried OpenOffice but it appeared to be rather slow and resource-hungry for large documents.
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2answers
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Display dependent startup scripting in Linux/Unix

I have a multiple monitor desktop where two monitors are controlled by Fedora on :0.0 and :0.1 and another monitor is attached to a Mac mini. I would like to provide a startup script solution to ...
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5answers
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Can the new MacBook / MacBook Pro Support Dual EXTERNAL Monitors

I'm a looking at getting a new MacBook or MacBook Pro, but what I'd like to do is have it drive 2 external Dell 24" monitors 1920x1200, and I want to close the lid on the laptop itself Can the ...
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16answers
79k views

Untar, ungz, gz, tar - how do you remember all the useful options?

I am pretty sure I am not the only one with the following problem: every time I need to uncompress a file in *nix I can't remember all the switches, and end up googling it, which is surprizing ...
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4answers
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Make Excel 2003 Open Spreadsheets in new instances

In Excel 2003, It seems to be putting each spreadsheet I open into the existing Excel application as a new window. this makes it very difficult in a dual monitor set up to put one spreadsheet on each ...
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12answers
83k views

Which command can I use to recursively rename or move a file in Windows?

What command in Windows emulates the recursive move / rename command from Unix?
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4answers
26k views

How do I know my laptop is 64-bit compatible?

I recently plan to buy a new laptop to run a 64-bit OS, but a friend told me that my current laptop is already 64-bit. How can I verify if my laptop is ready to load a 64-bit OS or not? Here is the ...
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4answers
667 views

Can my Linux box turn off the UPS after it shuts down?

I have an APC UPS with all my computer peripherals plugged into it. When I'm done using the computer, I'd like to be able to type "shutdown" or "init 0" and walk away from the machine, trusting that ...
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7answers
60k views

Change permissions upon uploading with scp

I am uploading files to my shell account using scp. As I need different permissions on the server than on my computer, I'd like to have a way to easily change the permissions upon upload without ...
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2answers
9k views

How to extract RPM from RPM database on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Is there a way to extract an installed RPM from an RPM database on Red Hat Enterprise Linux to reproduce the original .rpm file?
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7answers
22k views

Can I get Chrome to work with sites that use windows integrated security?

I've had success altering about:config in firefox to get firefox to work with certain intranet sites that use windows integrated security. Is there something like about:config in Chrome? Is there some ...
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8answers
2k views

How can I remote desktop from Windows XP into Windows Vista?

How can I remote desktop from Windows XP into Windows Vista? Is there an update to XP's mstsc.exe app that will allow it to work with Vista's version of the RDP protocol? I know there's VNC, but I'd ...
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4answers
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Excel chart: How to reverse the X axis of time series data

In Excel 2003, I have a time series from a financial report that goes something like this: 2007 2006 2005 Amount 300 200 100 I want to create a graph of the time series that looks ...
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1answer
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On attempt to back up data, copy and paste fails to copy any files. What is the root cause of this on laptop running Windows XP system?

Laptop (running XP) fails to start most of the time i try to boot it (last 20 times). Tried it again tonight, it started. Bought an external hard disk to backup required data a few days ago in case ...
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2answers
750 views

Tabbed browsing of documents in Microsoft Word

Is there any way to enable tabbed browsing of documents in Microsoft Word (at least in Office 2003) like we see in EditPlus or TextPad?
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12answers
193k views

How to avoid keyboard layout automatically changing on windows

I have two input languages in my language bar (windows xp). The problem is that windows likes changing between them without any intervention. That's really annoying! I know about the shortcuts and ...
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1answer
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Integrated Help - Merged Help Indexes

If anyone has had more than a couple of Microsoft tools or products installed (or a local install of the MSDN library) side by side, you might have noticed that opening help (hitting F1) or opening, ...
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9answers
2k views

Password Cracking Windows Accounts

At work we have laptops with encrypted harddrives. Most developers here (on occasion I have been guilty of it too) leave their laptops in hibernate mode when they take them home at night. Obviously, ...
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8answers
18k views

Windows Vista: How to execute a .exe program in the cmd “As Administrator”

Yes, that's it. I need to run a program .exe in the dos cmd line and it needs to run like when you right button and select "run as an administrator"
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0answers
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32 vs 64 bits… what's the big deal?

Why is it considered to be such a big deal to have a 64-bit computer? Why does it "change everything?" Why do applications need to be designed differently between 32- and 64-bit platforms? And, on ...
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5answers
28k views

Installing a specific package version with yum

I have a Fedora system with Postgres version 8.3 and I want to downgrade to 8.2 because of a compatibility issue. I've been using yum for everything, but it's my first time with this package manager, ...
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5answers
94k views

How do I set the desktop background on Windows from a script?

On X Windows I had a cool 'silent-alarm" reminder script that would change my root window (background) color to solid red, just for a few seconds a few moments before changing it back. Is there a way ...
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5answers
10k views

Bare-metal virtualisation for the desktop

What knowledge exists about bare-metal virtualisation products? I'm interested in building a new desktop machine for home. I've been looking at the Intel Quad Core processors and I'd like to put 8 GB ...
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4answers
3k views

Copy boot partition from one disk to another

I'm currently facing a hardware HD problem. Once of my HDs has semi-died. It works, kind of, data is being read, but every now and then it decides to not respond for a while. Windows hangs for a few ...
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4answers
389 views

What is the easiest way to convert MPEG video to FLV format?

I have MPEG video (.mpg) that I would like to convert to FLV format for use in Flash players. What is the easiest (idiot-proof) way to do this on a Windows machine?
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3answers
4k views

Run script on suspend/resume in Mac OS X

Is there any way to automatically run a script on suspend/resume (i.e. when I close the lid, or after opening it) under Mac OS X 10.4?
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13answers
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What are the benefits of a dual-core CPU over a quad-core in a desktop PC?

I know that in most cases when you buy a dual-core CPU for the same price you could get a quad-core, you end up getting 2 cores that are faster individually than the 4 cores individually in the quad-...
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2answers
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How to Send the Contents of a Text File to the Clipboard from the Command Line in OS X?

I would like to send the contents of a text file to the OS X clipboard. Does Mac OS X have a built in way to do this, or will I have write a script to do this myself? Or in other words, how do I ...
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6answers
124k views

Disable the Research Task Pane in Excel/Office

Can how I disable the Research Task Pane in Microsoft Excel/Office 2003?
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4answers
52k views

How do you specify a specific worksheet to open for a MS Excel workbook using a hyperlink?

I have a MS Excel workbook with several worksheets. Users are directed to this spreadsheet using a hyperlink in an e-mail. Is there any way of expressing the hyperlink for getting the ...
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4answers
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How do I make Windows launch a new instance of explorer.exe when I open My Computer?

How do I make Windows launch a new instance of explorer.exe when I open My Computer? I know there is a setting that does this. I turned it on previously and the performance increase was noticeable.
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Is two-finger scrolling on a trackpad possible on a PC laptop?

Anyone with a MacBook or MacBook Pro can scroll by using two fingers on the trackpad. I haven't seen this implemented on a PC laptop under any version of Windows. Is it possible, and if not, how ...
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7answers
2.5m views

What is the cURL command-line syntax to do a POST request?

How can I make a POST request with the cURL command-line tool?
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4answers
2k views

Parental control or outbound firewall?

Based on the Age distribution of Stack Overflow users some of you might also have kids in the ages when certain images can be very disturbing. An age when they cannot yet decide by themselves what ...
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9answers
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How do I prevent GDM from running at boot on Ubuntu?

I have a Ubuntu (Hardy Heron) sever that currenlty boots up and runs gnome. I would like to make it so that when it boots it only goes into text-mode (e.g. the x server never starts) I tried: sudo ...
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2answers
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Excel - conditional formatting in Shapes?

For a long time, I didn't think it was possible to have a Shape (e.g., Text Box) have a value set by formula, but it turns out you can. Similarly, it appears that you can't apply conditional ...
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4answers
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How to get WordPerfect 5.1 working under Vista?

Wordperfect 5.1 (for DOS) doesn't work without modification under Vista. How can I get it to work (as well as possible) under Windows Vista?
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8answers
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How can I change the focus in Excel to the formula bar via the keyboard?

I like to avoid using my mouse as much as possible, but on occasions when I need to type directly into the formula bar I am currently forced to 'rattle the rodent'. Does anyone know a way to move ...
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13answers
439k views

How do I figure out which /dev is a USB flash drive?

I want to mount a USB drive, two of them and I need two different mount points. Unfortunately, the Linux kernel underwent a name change and I can't figure out which /dev location is the right one. Is ...
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3answers
38k views

How do I embed an Adobe Flash (.swf) file in Excel or Word?

How do I embed an Adobe Flash (.swf) file in Microsoft Excel or Word?
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8answers
54k views

What is the default administrator password?

Sorry if this is an overly simplistic question, but I'm a bit stuck here. I need a Windows machine for me to do some programming for class. Since I have my Macbook with me everywhere I go, I ...
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2answers
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How do I increase VirtualBox resolution past 800x600 in Linux? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ubuntu on VirtualBox can only show resolution of 800x600 - how to change it? No matter what I do I cannot get the resolution past 800x600. If I am using a Windows install in ...
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Can you configure Windows to open JAR files like ZIP files without a 3rd party tool?

I'd like to be able to examine the contents of a JAR file without having to install Winzip or some other tool and without having to rename the file. Windows Explorer can open ZIP files just fine; is ...
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OpenOffice 2.4.1 in Mac OS X

I just downloaded OpenOffice 2.4.1 for Mac OS X and now every time I open it an xterm terminal window opens up with a Bash prompt. Is this normal behavior? Can this be turned off?
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Windows XP: Clean up the Explorer New context menu list

The Explorer right click > New menu has a bunch of file formats I never use that installed apps added. I usually use this just for creating new folders, shortcuts, and text documents. How do I clean ...

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