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Welcome to the Power Users community on Codidact!

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How can I, most effortlessly, whiten or white out yellow or brown Tint?

Is Tint the correct term? I'm referring any document, paper, or picture that appears too yellowish or brownish. I'm not merely referring Foxing. I prefer black text on white background. What's th...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Canina‭

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How effortlessly can universities check where you logged in? What other IT details can they determine?

Assume you're accessing your university Canvas LMS and Intranet (is this the correct term?) — e.g. your university email, library website, etc... — normally, without VPN or proxy. Assume you have...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by dsr‭

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Delete command from Vim's command line history?

Sometimes I accidentally enter a command with a typo in Vim, e.g. :e!fil instead of :e!file. As a consequence, the incorrect command clutters the history until it is evicted from the binary .vi...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Quasímodo‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Quasímodo‭

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Application check for updates will never succeed and blocks launch; can I intercept or bypass it?

I have a software application (Trope Trainer, from Kinnor Software) that I installed on my Mac (OS 10.12) several years ago. I don't use it often but it's always worked fine for me. The applicati...

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

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Connection closed by remote host in Putty with hosting provider says that the problem is not on their side

I use my smartphone as my "router", with dynamic IP addresses, for nearly 3 years and never had any problem SSHing into various shared hosting environments with Putty. I host my website on a CentO...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 2y ago by Canina‭

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Moved to a new OS version, didn't change project source, and now Datenstrom Yellow project won't build -- how do I debug this?

I've been using Datenstrom Yellow on a Mac running 0S 10.12.6 (Sierra) to build a personal web site (mostly a blog). The self-hosted test site (runs directly from source) and the build (generated s...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Why is Firefox performing so poorly on my Android?

Firefox is my preferred browser when using a PC. I've also always found it to be one of the faster no matter computer. However, whenever I try to use Firefox on my Android phone (Samsung S8), it g...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Lundin‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Lundin‭

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No-phone-number-required, gratis and cross-platform VoIP application

I need to be available by smartphone for potential customers which generally all of them reside in a country different than the one I reside at. Register-with-phone-line VoIP applications such as ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by deleted user  ·  edited 2y ago by Quasímodo‭

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With Datenstrom Yellow SSG, how do I generate lists of tags and recent posts for my blog?

I would like to use a static site generator to create a personal blog. I'm new to SSGs (but not to blogs). Following some initial research and recommendations, I chose Datenstrom Yellow for its a...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How can I force new Chrome tabs to the end of the list?

When I launch new browser tabs from links on other pages, I want the new tabs to appear at the end, not right after the current tab. Chrome (desktop) doesn't have a setting for this (or at least n...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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For the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M426fdn printer, is ProRes 1200 higher quality than FastRes 1200?

I use a HP LaserJet Pro MFP M426fdn printer at work. It offers 4 settings for Print Quality: ProRes 1200 (132 lpi) ProRes 1200 (180 lpi) FastRes 1200 600 dpi Is ProRes 1200 higher qual...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Canina‭

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Why scrollbar always doesn't show when using Dark Reader?

I was using Dark Reader for long time. I saw that sometimes my scroll bar goes away. When I use two finger scrolling way in touch-pad then, I see that scroll bar appears. But, why my scroll bar som...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Anonymous‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Anonymous‭

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Simple text editor for Linux with support for coloring individual words

I'm looking for a text processor that can color specific words, just like Microsoft Wordpad can (select a word -> click the color button -> choose a color), but for a GNU/Linux system. I hav...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Quasímodo‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Quasímodo‭

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Remapping backspace with Karabiner Elements

I'm using Karabiner-Elements to remap some keys. I would like remap backspace to forward delete option + backspace to backward delete To do this I tried to write the following rule ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by samcarter‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Canina‭

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How to truncate all MediaWiki logs?

I need to truncate all logs whatsoever (available under "example.com/Special:logs" path pattern) in my MediaWiki website (1.35.2). In the logs webpage, I didn't find any way to do that; I can only...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by deleted user  ·  edited 2y ago by deleted user

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How to block all images in Outlook by default?

By default, Outlook client does a great job at blocking images coming from external sources (ensures no tracking, no potentially disturbing images etc). Some folks within my organization are using ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Alexei‭

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Microsoft Photos app takes a lot of time to load in Windows 10

One of the default apps on Windows 10 for viewing photos is Microsoft Photos. The app is really nice and have very useful features but one of the worst problems with the app is that it takes a lot...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Kevin M. Mansour‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Kevin M. Mansour‭

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Audio book player for macOS 11.5

I'm looking for an application to play my mp3 audio books on macOS 11.5. On an older system, I was using ecoute, but this does not seem to work under macOS 11.5. Required features: resume the...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by samcarter‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by samcarter‭

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How to unhide folder with macOS 11.5

One of the folders in my home folder, Music, appears to be hidden. In the finder it appears slightly greyed out and it won't appear if I try to open files from applications which don't show hidd...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by samcarter‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by samcarter‭

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What's the pattern for how on/off sliders work?

Okay, this is driving me nuts with modern UIs. Back in the old days, it was easy: Checkboxes were either checked, crossed, starred, filled in, or whatever glyph the particular environment used for...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Canina‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Canina‭

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Why does my HTC Desire 610, running Android v4.4.2 and WiFi connected, falsely allege "your phone is up to date" and "no updates available"?

While cleaning my attic, I unerathed an HTC Desire 610 from 2014. I hope to use it as a backup phone. I can't afford to buy a new phone, as COVID unemployed me. As at today, the Latest release is ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Canina‭

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How do I temporarily disconnect a Mac from the network without touching cables?

A workaround to a problem I'm having with an application on my Mac (desktop machine) is to disconnect from the network before launching the program. I headed over to the network settings to look f...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by samcarter‭

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A term that describes frontend redirects

We can talk about backend redirects when we redirect a user from example.com/1.html to example.com/2.html (without a link); the server is asked to do it by some backend-language such as PHP or by J...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 2y ago by Canina‭

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How do I clear a sticky "missed call" notification (older Android phone)?

My (older) phone is running Android 7.1.1. (In case it matters, the phone is a ZTE Axon 7.) I use the phone app that it came bundled with, "Dialer" v 4.2.001. (That's a really generic name, I k...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Anonymous‭

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How to find deleted number from Android device via Imo Messenger?

I had saved a number in my mobile a years ago (approximately) and, tried to contact via Imo Messenger. I had deleted Imo later that day. Yesterday I had downloaded Imo Messenger again. And, somehow...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Anonymous‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Anonymous‭

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Avoid font colour change in macOS 11 menu bar

In macOS 11 the font colour of the menu bar automatically adapts to the darkness of the background image. On a light background it will show the text in black and on a dark background it will show ...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by samcarter‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by samcarter‭

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Why's the image preview on mouseover bigger and clearer than the image itself?

Is the issue with https://www.artemisatusc.com/our-board? or my computer? I'm using Firefox and Windows 10. This issue happens for every portrait on that website. I'll just showcase one. But a...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Chris Henry‭

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How to stop all automatic Windows Update restarts on a Windows 10 Pro machine?

I have Octoprint on a Windows 10 computer to print to an Ender 5, it's fairly often that prints will go overnight and around 15-16 hours. If Windows Updates plus a restart were to happen during th...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Chris Henry‭

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Is there any way to delete a comment in Word without deleting its replies?

I'm responsible for combining edits to a document from a number of coauthors, accepting or rejecting any changes (and deleting any comments) that don't require further discussion, and recirculating...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Chris Henry‭

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Why can reversing the order of the same words 1. lower the total character count, and 2. eliminate the short last line of a para.?

I started using Microsoft Word ever since I was 5, but I never knew of this trick until I read the following! Why does this gambit work, when the word count remains the same? (c) Word-order cha...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Chris Henry‭

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How do I start diagnosing why a Windows Server turns itself off?

We have a Windows Server, running Microsoft 2019 Essentials that is supposed to be on all of the time, but after a couple of days it will turn itself off, and then we have to manually turn it back ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Lundin‭

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What 1. free 2. offline software for 3. Windows 10 converts math in PDFs To MathJax?

I need software to convert math in lengthy PDFs to MathJax, in order to copy and paste the MathJax to websites like math.stackexchange.com and math.codidact.com. Recommendations must be unqual...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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How can I export a long Microsoft Teams chat?

I would like to export the entire history (thousands of messages) of a conversation from Microsoft Teams. There is no "save" or "export" functionality evident in the Windows client. I found some ...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Alexei‭

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Safe to delete Windows10Upgrade at 11.0 GB?

I need to free up hard drive space. What happens if I delete this folder? This Reddit thread has no definitive answer.

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Quintec‭

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How to use GitHub Personal Access Token?

I have repositories on GitHub, and have been using a user name and password to access them. All was working great. I could use various GIT commands on the command line, and GIT would automaticall...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Olin Lathrop‭  ·  edited 3y ago by FoggyFinder‭

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What is the main reason for some website hosting companies to change ports?

Some website hosting companies change port 22 to some other open port. I don't think that information security is the main reason to do that; first, because many hosting companies would explicitly...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 3y ago by gronostaj‭

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Should I install Parrot OS in virtualbox?

I am new to Virtual Box. I had installed Parrot OS in VirtualBox. And, I am directly using Parrot OS from ISO. I can do everything well. But, will my data erase when I will turn off Virtual Machine...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by deleted user

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Does changing a port address (number) necessates port forwarding?

In the past I have rented hosting services from SiteGround. I recall that their SSH/SFTP port address was different than 22 so I would assume that maybe data was forwarded from port (address) 22 to...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 3y ago by dsr‭

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How to fully verify a Windows computer so that I can use Remote Desktop without having to type the password every time?

There are a bunch of Windows Servers that I use Remote Desktop to connect to, all but one allow the saving of passwords. When I try to connect to that particular server I get an error message that ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Data transfer between computer system ports, as unidirectional or bidirectional

I understand that with computer systems (non virtual or virtual), data between the network of two or more computer systems can come in via a port and can come out via a port. Is it common to filte...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by deleted user  ·  edited 3y ago by deleted user

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Preventing Cura from connecting to a 3D printer?

I have Cura on a Windows Computer and an Ender 5 that I print to with Octoprint connected via USB. The problem I am currently running into is that if I open Cura before I start Octoprint, Cura will...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Show the command argument in Tmux status-line

This is the relevant fragment of my Tmux configuration file. set -g automatic-rename on set -g automatic-rename-format "#{pane_current_command}" set -g window-status-for...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Quasímodo‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Alexei‭

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Hot keys with AltGr for Windows 10

My Windows 10 laptop has a Scandinavian keyboard. Very convenient, as I can write the letters æ ø å with ease and ä ö with a couple of keystrokes. However, I am missing the quote symbols « and », ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by tommi‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How to setup Octoprint as a Windows Service?

I have Octoprint on a dedicated Windows 10 computer for monitoring a Ender 5, the only thing is that if the computer shuts down I currently have to open a command line and manually restart Octoprin...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Moshi‭

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How do I search for, and view, all Web Pages on En.wiktionary.com containing "Sino-Korean word"?

To compile and create a list of all Sino-Korean words from https://en.wiktionary.org, I input site:en.wiktionary.com "sino-korean word" into Google. But the screenshot beneath shows that Goog...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Moshi‭

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Switch off automatic redirection to search result in DuckDuckGo

I intermediately have a problem with DuckDuckGo. Instead of showing me the list of search results it sometimes directly jumps to one of the search results, without giving me a chance to check if th...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by samcarter‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Quasímodo‭

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In Windows 10 21H1, how do I remove the weather report in the task bar?

Windows 10 version 21H1 added a weather report to the task bar, next to the system tray area. Since I can just look out the window instead and get accurate, up-to-the-second weather information, I...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Canina‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Canina‭

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Anti-Twin's Byte by Byte“ vs. ”Compare images (pixels)"

Kindly see the red rectangle below. How does "Byte by Byte" differ from "Compare images (pixels)"? Which is more accurate? What are the pros and cons of each? Advise me if I got to ask this sepa...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by manassehkatz‭

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ELI5 these 9 methods to compare similar pictures – Hash, MD5, SHA?

Please explain like I'm 5, in SIMPLE English – all 9 methods below? Please compare and contrast Hash, MD5, SHA? why Hash has a, b, d, p in front? why SHA has 4 different Bits?

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by dsr‭

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What are the differences between OBS' 4 encoders?

I never used OBS before. I'm computer illiterate. I need OBS because I want to record Skype videos with my grandparents before they die. I Googled this, but all the results were too complicated. I...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by dsr‭