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How can I reuse a set of nodes in Tikz?

I have a graph in TikZ which I would like to use multiple times, with variations. As a simple example, say I have the following set of nodes \begin{tikzpicture} \node (a) at (0, 0) [circle,draw...

0 answers  ·  posted 3d ago by Moshi‭

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How to disable line breaks in HTML tag content?

When I type HTML in VS Code, it adds linebreaks to the content of the tag when it is over a certain length. How can I disable this? I tried setting html.format.wrapAttributes to preserve and html....

0 answers  ·  posted 5d ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Does Thunderbird support Maildir?

I want to use a local folder in the Maildir format with Thunderbird. I have other programs set up that bring mail to this folder, I just need Thunderbird to view and sort them. I found https://sup...

0 answers  ·  posted 14d ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Allow extended keys in tmux?

I'm trying to get tmux to pass through extended keys to my terminal. In particular Shift+Enter and Ctrl+Enter. I'm attempting to utilize this in Vim by mapping the two key combinations. My termina...

0 answers  ·  posted 22d ago by rcmosher‭  ·  edited 15d ago by rcmosher‭

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How do I make a test call in Microsoft Teams in Browser?

How do I make a test call in Microsoft Teams in Browser?

1 answer  ·  posted 18d ago by propatience‭  ·  edited 18d ago by samcarter‭

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Applescript application disappears from login items after running once

I have an AppleScript application (i.e. an AppleScript exported from the Script Editor as an application) in my "Login Items" list which disappears from the list after running once. The script its...

0 answers  ·  posted 23d ago by Arthur Morris‭  ·  edited 21d ago by Arthur Morris‭

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Understanding OAuth(2) security: what's a realistic threat model?

Suppose I want to use some functionality on foo.com which requires associating my activity with me specifically - for example, posting on a forum, or playing some games and having the site keep tra...

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Michael‭

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Cannot search inside PDFs with MediaWiki

I have a MediaWiki server set up on WSL 2 with CirrusSearch and its dependencies. Everything is working fine, except searching inside of PDFs. I can search for filenames, but not PDF content. The P...

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by tarhalda‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by tarhalda‭

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Facebook app, Messenger badge count wrong, how to fix it?

Facebook app is showing the badge counter for Messenger wrongly, I have no unread messages, how do I remove the unread message badge? I tried looking for how to clear cache but that wasn't so easy...

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by propatience‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by propatience‭

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How to configure custom DNS for only one Wifi network?

One of the Wifi networks I connect to has a DNS server on it, which is better than public ones. This DNS server is not available when connected to other networks. When I'm on this network, I want ...

0 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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How do I download everything stored in iCloud?

I am trying to handle the digital affairs of a departed family member. The person had an iCloud account, which I am able to log into (I have the password and the 2FA device). There's about 40G of...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Zer0‭

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How can I make moving from Chrome to Firefox as simple as possible?

I want to start moving away from using Google Chrome and Chromium-based browsers, and instead move to Firefox. Firefox is an open-source web browser run by a non-profit, as well as the only major c...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Where to view my support requests / ticket numbers for Microsoft Support (For Business)?

Where to view my support requests / ticket numbers for Microsoft Support (For Business)? I found this which contains an alias or an old URL. Source, thank you Ilaria C.

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by propatience‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by propatience‭

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How to clear specific cookies in Brave Browser?

How to clear specific cookies in Brave Browser? Found this https://support.brave.com/hc/en-us/articles/360048833872-How-Do-I-Clear-Cookies-And-Site-Data-In-Brave at Brave and it was almost correct.

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by propatience‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by samcarter‭

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My hard drive is screeching, now what?

My hard drive is making a screeching/scraping/scratching sound. Is this bad? Will it explode? What I do? How do I figure out which hard drive is doing it, if I have multiple?

2 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Lundin‭

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Hide badge from Firefox extension icon

The default icon of the Tunnelbear Firefox extension looks like this: I would like to hide the "Off" badge so that it looks like this: Following a similar process as in the answer https://pow...

0 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by samcarter‭  ·  edited 3mo ago by samcarter‭

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How to change user language for Microsoft 365/Sharepoint Online?

How to change user language for Microsoft 365/Sharepoint Online? I found this https://support.microsoft.com/en-US/office/change-sharepoint-online-language-settings-0f6a477a-dcab-4462-9d0c-e3b53d13...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by propatience‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by samcarter‭

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How to add minimize and maximize buttons to top right corner on Gnome windows for Debian 12?

How to add minimize and maximize buttons to top right corner on Gnome windows for Debian 12?

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by propatience‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by samcarter‭

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Is there a memory book for humans?

LLMs (AI) have limited context windows which makes it challenging to include all necessary context in the prompt. A common solution is a memory book. The memory book stores arbitrarily large amoun...

2 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Zer0‭

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Browser video sometimes stops working; how can I figure out why?

I leave my Mac (Mini, not laptop) running all the time, only rebooting when something forces me to (like a software update). My uptimes are usually measured in weeks, sometimes months. Occasional...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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What are the security or privacy implications of browser clipboard events?

For context, I use Firefox to browse the Web. Some time ago, I followed some security- and privacy-oriented advice for configuring Firefox, which recommended (among many other things) disabling the...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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What free apps let me pause, while I'm recording a video on an iPhone? [closed]

Are there any free video recording apps for the iPhone which have a pause function? I want to be able to pause and resume my recording, so that the footage before and after the pause becomes part ...

0 answers  ·  posted 5mo ago by 8500 Ward‭  ·  edited 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Best practices for small, internet-critical company's ISP for maximal uptime

This is a small call center with maybe 20 employees. I do not know how many calls it is taking per day, how many field agents it is remotely dispatching, or how many customers it has, but you can e...

3 answers  ·  posted 4mo ago by Julius H.‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by Canina‭

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Vim horizontal scrollbind skips first scroll if it's the very first interaction

I have a custom spreadsheet viewer in Vim that splits the headers into a top pane and the rest into a bottom pane. I bind horizontal scrolling so that scrolling right keeps the headers above the co...

0 answers  ·  posted 4mo ago by Michael‭

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Recommended way to back up large photo/video library on iOS device

As far as I know, Apple iCloud does not offer much of a straightforward way to store a massive photo/video library in the cloud, and offload it from devices. iCloud backup features an "optimize st...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by Julius H.‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Is there a program for systematically testing keyboard function?

My keyboard is getting old and occasionally I notice the key presses don't quite register. This keyboard uses membrane switches so I can see how they would wear out after a while and not be as resp...

0 answers  ·  posted 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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How can I separate a home LAN to isolate resources?

I have a home network, including a server (not on public internet) that runs various services. For example, a Nextcloud instance with family photos. Currently, the server is connected to my router...

0 answers  ·  posted 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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How can I do a one-time data import to DokuWiki to create many pages?

I am new to DokuWiki and have done the basic setup for a private wiki. I want to use it as an alternative to a spreadsheet I've been using to track my ratings and other notes for a category of pro...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 4mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Alternative to Cheese that allows custom capture directory?

I use Cheese to take photos with my webcam. The photos get saved under ~/Pictures/Webcam which I don't like. I want them somewhere else. In typical, presumptuous Gnome fashion, there is no UI in C...

1 answer  ·  posted 5mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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How to change "Master Password" of KeePassXC Database?

How to change "Master Password" of KeePassXC Database? I Googled "keepasxc change password for database" but only found outdated results.

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by propatience‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by samcarter‭

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Centre tick labels in mermaid/gantt diagram

I'm using the note taking app obsidian. In one of my notes I have a mermaid/gantt diagram which looks like this: Source code: ```mermaid gantt tickInterval 1day axisFormat %d %b dateFormat...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by samcarter‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by samcarter‭

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Are there consequences for going VR for primary computer display?

Is there research into the effects of replacing physical monitors with virtual reality "monitors" for daily use? I imagine that VR is not great for one's eyes, but is it worse than a monitor 50cm f...

1 answer  ·  posted 5mo ago by Michael‭  ·  last activity 5mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Practical wireguard VPN on Android

I tried to use my Wireguard VPN on Android, and, it sucks! I installed https://f-droid.org/packages/com.wireguard.android/ thinking that would be "the" wireguard app. I configured it with my conne...

2 answers  ·  posted 9mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 5mo ago by Michael‭

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How do I set UTF8 in a Vim modeline?

Occasionally someone* occasionally modifies one of the files I'm responsible for with an archaic tool that decides to convert the updated file to UTF-16 (probably lossless) or an even more archaic...

0 answers  ·  posted 5mo ago by DavidCary‭

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Low cost programmatic access to US brokers

Are there US stock brokers that allow programmatic access for retail investing? I would like to be able to connect to my broker's API to check my stock portfolio and place trades. I'm not looking ...

0 answers  ·  posted 6mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  edited 6mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Google voice rings only a few times in browser

When I receive a call with Google Voice open in a browser on my desktop, it only rings briefly in the browser (about 2 seconds). After that, my phone starts ringing. When I'm at my computer, I wan...

0 answers  ·  posted 6mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Can't subscribe to Google Calendar from URL

I have created a Google calendar in Google account A. In the calendar's settings, under Access permissions for events, I have left Make available to public unchecked. When I click Get shareable lin...

1 answer  ·  posted 6mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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How do I trick Google meet into letting my browser use backgrounds?

When I use my Firefox-family browser to connect to Google Meet: Update your browser to use visual effects You're using an older browser version that doesn't work with Meet's visual effects I...

0 answers  ·  posted 6mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Userscript or -style to disable responsiveness of website

I like to arrange my browser on one site of my screen and have room for another application on the other half of the screen. This results in a width of my browser window of about 775 px. Many site...

1 answer  ·  posted 10mo ago by samcarter‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by Ullallulloo‭

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How can I disable channel drag and drop in Discord?

When using Discord in a web browser, on a server where I have admin privileges, I sometimes find that I've accidentally moved a channel, which affects everyone on the server and can affect channel ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by Zer0‭

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Easiest way to set up a mailing list

What is the easiest way to set up a mailing list? The goal is to send an email to one address, and it gets automatically re-sent to everyone who is currently subscribed to that list. Ideally, the ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by manassehkatz‭

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What does the "preparing" step do when I upload a video on some website with my iPhone?

I have an iPhone 12 mini, which runs iOS 15. When I upload a 5GB video on some website such as https://www.filemail.com/, https://www.datatransfer.com/, https://www.sendbig.com/ or https://wetransf...

0 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by Franck Dernoncourt‭

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Why does the free space on the system partition is way less than disk space minus space used by all folders/files in Windows 11?

On my work laptop, I have realized that I have a rather low disk space on the system drive. I have run a disk usage application (Run as Admin) to try to understand what is taking so much space and ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7mo ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by Alexei‭

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How to create a dump of a complete MariaDB how the data is at a single point in time?

A MariaDB server is installed on a Linux server. How can a dump of the complete database be made, how it is at a single point in time, while preventing write access to the database during the dump...

1 answer  ·  posted 7mo ago by H_H‭  ·  edited 7mo ago by H_H‭

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How to dump a MariaDB while mariadb.service is stopped, to move the database to a different server?

A MariaDB server is installed on a Linux server. The MariaDB service is currently stopped, so no client can connect to it. How to create a SQL-dump of all databases without starting the service? T...

0 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by H_H‭  ·  edited 7mo ago by Canina‭

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Reset all buffer variables to default in Emacs

Question How do you clear local variable customizations in buffer? In other words, how do you reset all variables to default? Use case This may be useful in instances where you M-x customize-var...

1 answer  ·  posted 8mo ago by mcp‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by mcp‭

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What does this suspicious URL structure do?

I (well, my spam trap) received email that I know is a scam, but I'm trying to understand how it works. The message contains a URL of the following form: https:/example.com:2096/?goto_app=Somethi...

2 answers  ·  posted 8mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by Canina‭

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Automated Git bisect

Inspired by this comment thread, is there a way to automate git bisect with a new test (and a known good state)? The way things usually work for me is… Oh no! Reproducible bug is found. (Manual...

1 answer  ·  posted 8mo ago by Michael‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by Caleb‭

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KMail: Run script on open for local mail dirs

I use offlineimap to synchronize my mail, and I have the directory set up as a local folder in KMail. Currently, I open KMail and also run offlineimap to synchronize my mail. Is there a way to mak...

0 answers  ·  posted 8mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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How can I filter GitHub commits by date range, in a friendlier way than git log?

We have a repository hosted on GitHub. I'm trying to track down a bug and have narrowed the date range for when it could have been introduced. I would like to easily review commits in that date r...

1 answer  ·  posted 8mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by matthewsnyder‭