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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 1mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Zer0‭

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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 2d ago by Karl Knechtel‭  ·  last activity 2d ago by Michael‭

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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 3mo ago by Michael‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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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 4mo ago by DavidCary‭

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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 5d ago by tarhalda‭  ·  last activity 5d ago by tarhalda‭

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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 I Googled "keepasxc change password for database" but only found outdated results.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 3mo ago by propatience‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by samcarter‭

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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 2mo 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 5mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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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 3mo ago by samcarter‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by samcarter‭

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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 24d ago by matthewsnyder‭

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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 1mo ago by samcarter‭  ·  edited 1mo ago by samcarter‭

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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 2mo ago by Julius H.‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Canina‭

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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 3mo ago by 8500 Ward‭  ·  edited 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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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 25d ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 25d 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 2mo ago by Karl Knechtel‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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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 26d ago by propatience‭  ·  last activity 26d ago by samcarter‭

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Why do tty's log in even with a wrong password or none at all?

I have a Manjaro machine with mostly default programs in the background. I recently found out that when signing in to the other tty's (the ones you go to by pressing CTRL+ALT+F#), it logs in withou...

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

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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 6mo ago by H_H‭  ·  edited 5mo ago by H_H‭

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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 3mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 2mo ago by Julius H.‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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How to view history of tabs sent to devices in Firefox

I will often send tabs to other devices for later viewing and sometimes these tabs get lost between power-ons or swiped away if I don't open them immediately. Is there a place where I can view t...

0 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by mcp‭  ·  edited 7mo ago by mcp‭

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Why is WAVE throwing an "empty button" error when there's a type attribute specified?

Running the WAVE browser extension on a site, I'm getting an "Empty button" error on a search submit box: A <button> element is present that contains no text content (or alternative text...

1 answer  ·  posted 8mo ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by Moshi‭

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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 26d ago by propatience‭  ·  last activity 26d ago by propatience‭

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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 6mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Windows 11 PC getting additional 0.0.0.0 default gateway

I run a self built router setup, running Kea as a DHCP server, firewalld for managing the firewall, and dns hosted elsewhere. Its currently running in a test configuration behind a known good netwo...

0 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by Journeymangeek ‭  ·  edited 7mo ago by Journeymangeek ‭

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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 29d ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 27d ago by Lundin‭

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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 1mo ago by propatience‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by samcarter‭

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How can I speed up Git cloning in Windows?

Since my Ubuntu system is currently fried, and running a live boot was encountering problems, I am forced to resort to attempting to clone a Git repository on a Windows 10 system. I installed Git f...

0 answers  ·  posted 8mo ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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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 5mo ago by Franck Dernoncourt‭

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In FreeCAD, can you set units per-document?

I use metric units in some projects, imperial in others. It's annoying having to keep switching global units every time. Is there a way in FreeCAD to set the units per-document? When I open a docu...

1 answer  ·  posted 9mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by H_H‭

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Setting zoom level in Safari web apps

One of the new features of macOS 14 Sonoma are Safari web apps which allow to treat webpages like an application. Is there a way to set the zoom level persistently in such apps? I can zoom in and ...

0 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by samcarter‭  ·  edited 7mo ago by samcarter‭

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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 19d ago by propatience‭  ·  last activity 19d ago by propatience‭

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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 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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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 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  edited 4mo 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 4mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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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 6mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 5mo ago by Zer0‭

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How can I transmit my current location to someone else's phone?

My partner and are are sometimes in the position of trying to find each other in a large or crowded space (like a convention center, or if one of us is driving to pick up the other somewhere). We ...

3 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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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 1mo ago by propatience‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by samcarter‭

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Disable input sources pop-up in macOS 14

Since the update to macOS 14.0 Sonoma, I every now and then get the following pop-up while typing. At first it is just the blue circle with "US": When I click on it, the white part with "DE" app...

1 answer  ·  posted 7mo ago by samcarter‭  ·  last activity 6mo ago by samcarter‭

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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 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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How to mark a folder as the destination for pasting in ranger?

In ranger, I am often copying a bunch of files from one folder to another. Currently I do it like this: Select files with Space Cut with F6 Navigate to the destination folder Paste with pp ...

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

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Stop Avast from installing itself without permission

A few days ago Avast Premium Security installed itself in my win10Vm without permission. I have repeatedly tried uninstalling it with the windows add/remove programs feature, and with the 1st party...

0 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by Darth_Muldoon‭  ·  edited 10mo ago by Darth_Muldoon‭

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How to set the default time format in Linux Debian.

How to set the default time format in Linux? For example to set the format the date command outputs when run with no parameters.

1 answer  ·  posted 7mo ago by H_H‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by Quasímodo‭

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Hardware for occasional direct control of personal server

Sorry if the title is weird, please feel free to suggest a rephrase. I have a personal server in my closet. I host various software on this for my family's use. The vast majority of the time I con...

2 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by Journeymangeek ‭

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How to unlock/set locked preferences in Firefox-family browsers?

How do you unlock about:config settings which are locked? How do you set them despite being locked? As an example, Librewolf disables the password manager, which I find silly. However, they also d...

1 answer  ·  posted 7mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 7mo 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 28d ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 24d ago by Zer0‭

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Ought I clone my C Windows drive, from my old SSD to new SSD in new computer?

To save time, rather than installing Windows and programs afresh, I fancy cloning my old C SSD, on to my new SSD in my new computer. But I am getting mixed messages on cloning! Who's correct? Wh...

2 answers  ·  posted 9mo ago by TextKit‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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MS Teams - How to remove/hide "Welcome to the team! Here are some things to get going..." message?

How to remove or hide Welcome to the team! Here are some things to get going... message from Teams's Teams Channel? This one: Steps to reproduce: In the left side bar click on "Teams" (i...

0 answers  ·  posted 9mo ago by Vanity Slug ❤️‭  ·  edited 9mo ago by Vanity Slug ❤️‭

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Strange item in an Outlook folder called EventCheckPoint

I have just noticed that Outlook is displaying a strange item generated in a folder named EventCheckPoint and also displaying <This item contains active content.. Hovering the folder name it in...

0 answers  ·  posted 8mo ago by Alexei‭  ·  edited 8mo ago by Alexei‭

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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 5mo ago by H_H‭  ·  edited 5mo ago by Canina‭