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MacBook Pro running Vista often drops wireless connection when connected to Windows Home Server

I've noticed when doing a backup or even just logging onto the WHS console, my MBP will lose it's wireless connection usually about once a session. Any idea why?
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Suggested approach to import Palm phone/Palm Desktop address book into my Mac/iTunes/iPhone?

I have an address book/calendar from my old Palm-based smart phone stored in Palm Desktop on my Windows box. Does anybody have suggestions about how I could go about getting the data onto my Mac/...
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Getting rid of the Antivirus 2009 virus/adware?

I have known a few computers that have gotten this pesky virus/adware combination (my parents and girlfriend most notably). For my parents computer I resorted to reformatting it. I still don't know if ...
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How does dust affect a computer?

It is generally known that dust makes computers slower, and that cleaning out the dust regularly can make your computer run better. What I have not seen, is why this happens. From what I know dust ...
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Why can't I connect to my Windows 7 via Remote Desktop?

I am unable to connect to my Windows 7 machine via RDP. I also can't ping it. Is there something special I need to configure?
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How can I stop tabs wrapping on gnome-terminal in Ubuntu 9.04?

The gnome-terminal application lets you open multiple tabs. I typically have Vim in one, gdb in another, and so on. Here's a screenshot of my exciting development environment! In versions of Gnome ...
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Best LaTeX Editor [closed]

What's the best LaTeX editor you've used, and what would you recommend someone read to understand and become proficient with authoring papers/books in LaTeX?
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Dell E6500 sound missing - why?

I have Dell E6500 (figured out on Stackoverlow to be quite popular notebook). I have manually installed Windows XP Professional, with all drivers from Dell CD. However, there are some problems with ...
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How do I find out why Windows Media Center won't play a movie?

I have a very very old movie (The Thing from Another Planet) that I have saved in AVI format. It plays perfectly through Windows Media Player. When I select it through the Pictures and Videos in ...
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Access Network Connection without using Control Panel

How do you access Network Connections without using the Control Panel? I only know the following ways: Run ncpa.cpl from the command line. Right-click on your network icon in the System Tray, and ...
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Is the firewall in the wireless router enough?

I got an ADSL internet connection that goes into a Linksys wireless router that features a built-in firewall. Are those kinds of firewalls typically good enough for regular use, or should look into ...
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Does overheating cause a computer to slow down?

I've heard that heat issues can cause problems with PCs, but is this realistic? Is leaving the desktop in a cabinet area, or above-average-room-temp, a realistic potential cause of slowdowns? (I'm ...
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Transparent Command Prompt in Vista?

Is it possible to have a slightly transparent command prompt window in Vista or Windows 7? Are they any 3rd party alternatives?
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Apple Keyboard on Vista

Has anybody been able to get the "fn" key on the Apple keyboard to work in Vista? Not a copy running in Boot Camp, but the "real thing". I have tried many tools to remap keys, but I have yet to find ...
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How to make explorer in Vista remember a folder's view?

For no apparent rhyme or reason Vista will decide to show a folder that was previously in details view to start showing thumbnails. I go to the folder and right-click, Customize, and set it the ...
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How to stop spyware/adware popups? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? I think my brother got a case of adware on his Windows XP PC, since he gets occasional pop-ups out of nowhere (...
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Packages in weird state

On my Debian system I seem to have a few packages in weird state. When I run upgrade, they are always to be intstalled: grzes:/home/ga# apt-get dist-upgrade Reading package lists... Done Building ...
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Shutdown computer when download/upload ends

I often want to turn the computer off for the night (yes I'm one of those) but am in in the middle of uploading or downloading something. Is there a utility that shuts a windows computer down when the ...
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What is a good screen magnifier application? [closed]

Instead of getting coke-bottle glasses, what software is out there to zoom in on a portion of the screen? Edit: The platform can be Windows, but something for anywhere is nice too...
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Idiots Guide to Setting Up Myth TV?

I want to build a MythTV back end. I don't want to compile things if I can help it, and I'd like to know what hardware will work with the cable system in the US. Are there any guides to building a ...
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What approach should I take to export my iPhone contacts to Gmail?

I'm on the iPhone OS3, I want to get my contacts on my phone in sync with my Google contacts, but I don't want to lose what is currently in my phone. So far I have been under the impression that by ...
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Windows date reprensentation

I was debating about the 2038 bug on unix with a friend (the 32 bit timestamp bug). We were actually wondering on how windows store the dates itself ? I was thinking it was a simple DateTime but how ...
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How to hack the boot loader on various linux distros?

On Solaris on Sun hardware L1-A will drop you into Sun openboot. From there you can change firmware options, the boot device and reboot the box. What is the equivalent, if there is one, for the ...
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Is there a real reason to use a screen saver?

Other than entertainment, is there a real reason to use a screen saver? Does it somehow "save your screen"?
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Duplicating Micro/Mini/SD, Memory Stick and Micro M2 Cards

I need a solution preferable mobile (or very compact) to duplicate or copy the entire contents of an memory card (as many formats as possible). The ideal solution would be a portable HD that can ...
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Firefox on Mac: Slow, slow, slow

On my Macbook, Firefox is slow. Really slow. It takes about 30 minutes to start up - when I wake up, I start it, and once I am done breakfast, it's usually done. And, it takes a super-duper long time ...
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Why does connecting my iPhone to iTunes causes my Acer laptop to crash?

I have an Acer Travelmate 8200 laptop and whenever I connect my iPhone to it, it crashes with a BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death). I have figured out that if I delete all the pictures in my phone I can get ...
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Can you use more than one monitor with NVidia SLI?

I have not explored NVidia SLI in a while, but I remember it being impossible to use more than one monitor in SLI mode. Is this still true or has the support for this gotten better?
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What RAID configuration is most appropriate for a home user?

I have a computer for general home use and mild gaming (not upgraded the graphics card so still on AGPx8). It is currently configured for striped access over two 80GB disks. Is this the best option? ...
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Does Windows ReadyBoost have a meaningful impact on performance?

Does Windows ReadyBoost technology, available in Windows since Vista, have a meaningful impact on performance? Are there well-known benchmarks that compare systems with, and without? Does the speed ...
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How do I troubleshoot Chrome crashing?

I'm running Chrome in Vista 64 and it crashes a LOT (sometimes every time I change pages). I find it happens on almost any site, but is more common when the site has flash, and also more common when ...
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IE on Windows 7 not saving files to disk

I am running Win 7 Build 7100. Since I restored this system I am facing peculiar issues - all effectively rendering this system unusable. The biggest peeve is: Any file downloaded from IE is never ...
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How much will it cost me to run a Windows Home Server?

Anybody has any measurements of how much electricity does a Windows Home Server (say one of the HP models) use while being on 24/7? I have an old PC running at home to store files that everyone can ...
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What does derivative work mean in the context of websites?

If a website uses pictures on some pages that are under cc-by-sa. The images have been modified slightly to fit into the page. What is the derivative work? only the images themselves only the part of ...
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Which Windows XP hosted virtual machine can I use for OS X guests?

I´m a java developer and my current notebook runs WinXP. I want to buy a MacBook, maybe an AirBook. But before i buy a expensive machine, I need to know if all my needs (both professional and personal)...
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Vista turned off Aero

One evening I turned on my computer, and all the Aero effects of the desktop had simply gone away. I am pretty sure some auto-updates installed when I turned the PC off the night before. Any idea why ...
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Running virtual desktops (like Spaces on Mac OS) on Windows 7

I make much use of Ctrl-arrows to new virtual desktops on my MacBook to get more real estate, organize like-applications and windows, and help focus on a task at a time. How can I get the same or ...
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Gain access to laptop without seeing the display

My friend's laptop went through a car crash recently. Everything still works as far as I can tell, except the display, which is cracked beyond recognition. I've tried external monitors, including the ...
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What can be used as a low power linux based router/NAS?

I'm looking to replace my Linksys WRT54G router with a slightly more powerful (in terms of processing power) box, but want to keep a low power footprint (ideally 10W or less). My must have ...
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How to find polarity of a power supply that's lacking the customary markings

If I have a power supply (not a computer power supply, just a battery-replacing wall wart) and it doesn't have the usual polarity marking, how to I know if the tip is positive or negative? Update: I ...
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Does IE have an equivalent of keyword bookmarks?

I use Firefox's keyword bookmarks, is there an equivalent in IE?
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Bookmark keyword for “I'm Feeling Lucky”

I want to add a bookmark keyword in Firefox for Google's I'm Feeling Lucky but the URL changes too quickly for me to copy it.
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Is there a way to sync iPhones without iTunes?

I really dislike iTunes and would like to use something else to sync. I spent some time looking a couple years ago (for my iPod) and couldn't find anything. Does anyone know of anything?
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Looking for a moderately priced home surveillance setup [closed]

I've got a need for a comprehensive home surveillance solution that meets the following criteria no monthly charges support for multiple cameras (preferably over ethernet or wifi) motion detection ...
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Why would somebody who only uses msn messegner switch to something like adium?

People are always hounding about how everybody should use Pidgin or Adium or messenger-of-the-week 'x'. But why? For users who only use one or two services, is there any reason to switch?
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How can I have per-window menus in OS X?

On a huge monitor (or multiple monitors) it's quite a round trip (I pack a lunch) to move the mouse pointer from a window near the bottom of the screen all the way up to the top of the monitor to ...
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Why would my computer start booting then suddenly turn off?

I removed the CPU heatsink/fan unit from my desktop computer and put it back. Now when I turn on the computer, it starts to boot, gets to where it starts checking devices, then just turns off ...
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Restoring the Outlook “you have mail” icon

So I'm running Outlook at work; I've done SOMETHING (but I don't know what) that stopped the little envelope icon from appearing in the system taskbar when I have new mail. I actually find that ...
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Second monitor on Laptop — external monitor keeps defaulting to the right side

I have a T61 running Windows Server 2008 (yes as a desktop OS) and I use an external second monitor. The external monitor sits to the left of the laptop. When I sleep the laptop and then use it as a ...
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What is the best multiple monitors app for Windows 7? [closed]

What is the best app for supporting multiple monitors in Windows 7? Ultra mon was perfect in Vista and XP but I don't think it works with Windows 7 yet. The main features I'm looking for are: ...

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