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What are the differences between major Linux distributions? Will I notice?

I've been using Linux in some form intermittently for the past ten years or so, but have only really been in to it for the past few months. What are the major differences between distributions? ...
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Speeding up OS X boot times on a year old MBP

I've had my MBP for a little over a year now. It used to boot up lightenign quick, to the envy of my Windows friends. Not so much anymore. What can I do to speed up the boot time on my OS X 10.5 ...
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What software should I use to encrypt my hard drive? [closed]

I am currently running Windows 7 RC x64 on my home system, and am interested in encrypting my hard drive. I've heard good things about TrueCrypt, but am curious what other folks might suggest. I ...
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Firefox PDF plugin to view PDF in browser on Windows [closed]

Is there any plugin or extension so I can view any PDF directly within Firefox 3.5 on Windows just like with Safari on a Mac? It's annoying to always download and open the file. So I'd like to be ...
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Limitless switching between DVD regions on MacBook Pro?

Is there a safe way to remove the limit (6?) of DVD region switching on the MacBook Pro? I'm a multi-region kind of guy and this 'feature' dives me nuts. On the interwebs I see many 'tools' that ...
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Install Silverlight for Mozilla Firefox without administrative privileges

Is there any way I can install silverlight plugin for Firefox without admin privileges? For Flash there's an .xpi extension so that I can install it on Firefox Portable.
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Laptop standby on Linux/Ubuntu

One of the reasons I'm not currently on Ubuntu is that standby doesn't work well. It does one of the fallowing: doesn't go to standby crashes on standby crashes on resume from standby This happened ...
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What Windows services can I safely disable?

I'm trying to improve the boot time and general performance of a Windows XP machine and figure the massive collection of services that Windows automatically starts have to have an impact. Are there ...
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Good Free Ubuntu Server VMWare Image Needed

Can anyone recommend a good, free Ubuntu Server VMWare Image (or Virtual Appliance, as they call them)? I have looked on the VMWare VAM and there are literally hundreds to choose from. I am looking ...
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PDF Viewer on Windows [closed]

I've tried Foxit and Adobe's reader, but I'm not satisfied with either. Foxit has update nagging for non-critical junk. Adobe PDF reader is bloatware. Are there other options you people like?
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How to organize Favorite Links in Vista Explorer?

I have about 30 links in my Favorite Links section of Vista Explorer and they are starting to get hard to find. Is there a way to organize them according to importance or group them with color, etc.? ...
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Remap FN to another key

I got a keyboard (Logitech Wave, pictured below) which I'm very happy with. Unfortunately, the manufacturer has changed the button for right-click for a FN key. Is there any program to remap the FN ...
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Elevated Priviliges for Startup Applications in Windows?

Is there any way to configure application that requires administrator privilages (elevation) so it's automatically started with elevated privileges and does not request elevation on every startup? ...
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Why does the Macbook Pro Unibody crash on hibernate under Windows?

My late 2008, Macbook Pro Unibody machine has a number of ugly flaws that rear their head under Windows (Bootcamp): Crash 9 out of 10 times on Hibernate Audio stuttering (already have the latest ...
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What's the difference between the commands “su -s” and “sudo -s”?

What is the difference between the two super user commands, su -s and sudo -s? They both give a shell with access to the superuser account.
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How to install GNOME desktop on linux (CENTOS)

How to install GNOME desktop on linux (CENTOS).I would appreciate detailed steps as I am a linux newbie.
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Why does the /winsxs folder grow so large, and can it be made smaller?

A Vista virtual machine I use only has a 10 GB virtual hard disk -- and I'm worried about it running out of space over time. I used TreeSize to check for the culprits.. And the primary culprit is ...
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How to install and run KDE and GNOME?

I want to install KDE on Ubuntu 9.04. I would like to be able to keep my current stuff (settings, files, oh and GNOME). I would also like to choose which one to load before/right after I login. Can ...
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How to start a terminal window in the center of the screen?

It's kind of annoying how some Ubuntu (GNOME, X Window System) programs start at the top left of my screen. Is there a way to make the program start in the center of the screen. (Yeah I know it's a ...
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Tool for viewing windows file system with multiple panels

I'm looking for a tool that will allow multiple panels to be visible while looking at the local file system, so that I can copy/move files easily between the panels. I have been using 7-zip, since ...
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How do I disable the SuSE screensaver?

Running SuSE 11.1 w/ KDE 4. Screensaver keeps blanking out my screen on me and I can't find a setting to turn it off. A secondary issue is that it also eventually locks my screen on me if screen is ...
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Why do I need Windows XP mode in Windows 7?

Tomorrow on 15th of July Microsoft is staring pre-order of Windows 7. I compared the three editions ("Which one is right for you?") for me. The main difference is "Windows XP Mode" in Professional and ...
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Why does Mozilla Firefox 3.5 freezes?

I recently upgraded Firefox from 3.0 to 3.5. Since then I have a lot of trouble running this app. It freezes after 1 sec and stops responding to any commands. How can I make it work again? If there's ...
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What proxy software would suit this puropse?

Okay, I have no clue if anything out there meets these requirements, but I'd like a proxy (for personal use) that can meet these standards: Able to forward HTTP 1.1 traffic. (HTTPS/FTP/etc. not ...
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Why do I need to auto-adjust my LCD monitor when switching between Windows and Linux with a KVM?

I routinely work in Windows, Linux, and Mac, so I obtained this KVM switch: http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=404586 Now, whenever I switch between Linux (Ubuntu 9.04) ...
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“sudo apt-get install xyz” command

Can someone explain what actions this command will perform? sudo apt-get install xyz
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How can I upgrade Vista Home to Vista Ultimate without Anytime Upgrade DVD

I'd like to upgrade Vista Home to Vista Ultimate on my desktop computer. I have a MSDN subscription, which means I can download just about every Microsoft software there is. However, there doesn't ...
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Mac OS X 10.5.7 Installing Wine with sudo and MacPorts

Using a Macintosh with OS X 10.5.7. Unsure how to operate terminal, and trying to install Wine using Mac ports. Unfortunately the sudo command doesn't perform as expected. ******-imac:~ James$ sudo ...
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What is DMI Pool Data and why is it verified?

What is DMI Pool Data? Every time a computer here boots up it comes a message that says Verifying DMI Pool Data............. And then it comes: AMD data changed...Update New Data to DMI! What ...
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Can I put keyboards in the dishwasher?

After a few years, keyboards develop a fine patina of what I refer to as "hand jam". I've heard that they can be safely cleaned in the dishwasher as long as you let them thoroughly dry out (like for ...
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How to create a zip file compatible with Windows under Linux

I need to make a zip file available to all my Windows users visitors, so I naively produced a zip file with the Unix zip command (let's call it madeinlinux.zip). It opens successfully with WinRar or ...
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Windows --> Assembly folder typical size: aka GAC

I am a .net developer on a Win 7 RC1 (x64) machine and I happened to notice that my GAC(Global Assembly Cache) folder is 1.2 GBs in size(1700 files). This got me wondering what the "normal" size is ...
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What is crcdisk.sys and what it means when it freezes to load?

I have just discovered my laptop in the morning completely hang up. I tried to restart it, it froze somewhere in the process. Then I tried safe mode, it also froze but now showed me where - the last ...
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How can I switch the Mac Version MonoDevelop from German to English?

I just installed MonoDevelop on my mac, and I like it. But I don't like the German translation and I can't find any place in the menus where I could change the interface language. Any ideas?
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How can I remove noise from an audio recording?

I used to record important technical meetings and demos using Camtasia Studio, using a Mic to capture the speaker voice. Sometimes we invite attendees by asking them to call us in the meeting, and ...
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Deleted emails (that became corrupt and were repaired/deleted by scan.pst)

Can anyone help me... My outlook.pst file became corrupt and i had to use scan.pst to fix it, in the process some emails were lost, im not owrried about them, however some of them were flagged and now ...
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Strange netstat behavior on Windows XP regarding www.partypoker.com

When I do a netstat (on Windows XP) I seem to always get a huge amount of www.partypoker.com connections and I can't figure out where they are coming from. A netstat -o shows me that some are coming ...
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How do I configure a USB modem to connect to the internet like you can do in linux?

How can I configure windows to use a USB modem like I can do it on linux (http://forumz.in/1799-how-use-reliance-broadband-netconnect-ubuntu-linux/) I need to bypass the std dialer software provided ...
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Vista monitor power save mode also turns off network

On a Dell E6500 set to the "Balanced" power scheme, when Vista puts the monitor to sleep the internal network card also goes to sleep. Setting Vista to not turn off the monitor also keeps the network ...
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Using IPv6 with Virtualbox

I would like to test PNRP in an IPv6 environment under virtualbox. I have 2 XP VMs under virtualbox, and they only have IPv6 enabled. Firstly can I enable DHCP for IPv6 under virtualbox. If not then ...
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How to share ethernet connection on Ubuntu (Jaunty)?

I've googled it and I've found mostly tutorials on sharing when having 2 ethernet ports. I am in a hotel with only wired connection (eth0). I would like to use my wifi card to share my connection with ...
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OS X: adding a “force quit” to a dock menu item

I see some apps such as Thunderbird and Firefox add a "force quit" to their dock menus. where is this menu configuration stored? if it's not a simple text file change, how can I add this to other ...
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Windows 7 default programs won't let me choose Firefox as my default browser

I googled this problem thoroughly before posting here. I did everything in the books to set Firefox as my default. I went to default programs, and looked for it there -- it's not there. I went to the ...
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Increase Firefox Speed?

Found a way to really speed up Firefox - I've implemented it and noticed serious speed improvements. Can anyone comment ? Type in the Firefox address about:config Accept the Warning notification and ...
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How do I bypass fan on my Inspiron 1501 mobo

My Laptop is always running on the lowest fan speed for some obscure reason, I've download speedfan but i't can't control fan speed for unknown reason. I know that it can go into high speed because it ...
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How to make Notepad++ open file browser in current folder?

I set Notepad++ to be called from command-line. I would like it to open file browser in current folder from which it was called so that I could work with files in that folder. Is there any way to do ...
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New IE 8 instances/tabs won't load website

I'm having issues with IE8. Most of the time I can only have one active window. If I open a new window or another tab with the "new" button (either window or tab), the status gets stuck at "waiting ...
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How to setup an iTunes library to use between two Macs?

As you can tell this is no where near work related. I have an iMac G5 where my itunes is currently hosted, I have also just got a new MacBook Pro. What I want to be able to do is sync my itunes ...
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Outlook 2007 Contact/Email

I have several contacts saved with photos. The photos do not appear in email messages I received from these folks. How can I make it so these pictures appear when they send me email messages? Thank ...
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Multiple Monitors Start Menu

I've got 3 monitors and I'm running Windows XP. I was wondering if its possible to change the monitor which contains the Start menu. I've downloaded UltraMon thinking that it would do the trick, but ...

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