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Computer whining (~16khz noise coming from somewhere in the case)

My computer makes a very annoying high pitched noise under medium loads. I have been chasing this problem for a few days now and would appreciate any input you might have. System details: OS: Lub...

2 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by Darth_Muldoon‭  ·  last activity 9mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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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 1y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Chris Henry‭

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How do I copy an unencoded URL from my browser?

Whenever I copy and paste URLs from my browser, they end up being percent-encoded and completely unreadable. For example, the homepage URL of the Japanese version of Wikipedia, https://ja.wikipedi...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 12mo 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 1y ago by Canina‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Canina‭

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Turn off proofing for quotations in Word

When directly quoting somebody, I would like to quote them verbatim, and their writing style often clashes with Word's style/grammar checker. While I can manually ignore them, the squiggly lines al...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Trilarion‭

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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 1y ago by Olin Lathrop‭  ·  edited 1y ago by FoggyFinder‭

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Increase contrast between current and other tabs in Firefox

In most recent Firefox versions I find it hard to distinguish the current tab at a glance, especially if the screen is set at low brightness. That is because the colors used for the current and oth...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Quasímodo‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by Quasímodo‭

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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 1y ago by Quasímodo‭  ·  last activity 1y 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 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Canina‭

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reduce gzip archive size if files are similar

I'd like to use the similarities between files to produce a gzip archive that's as small as possible. On gzip's Wikipedia entry it says that: gzip is not to be confused with the ZIP archive for...

1 answer  ·  posted 9mo ago by Matthias Braun‭  ·  last activity 9mo ago by Canina‭

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Using "Print using system dialogue" as default in Firefox

I'd like Firefox to automatically use the "Print using the system dialogue" setting: In older versions, I could use print.tab_modal.enabled = false in about:config to automatically get the ...

2 answers  ·  posted 11mo ago by samcarter‭  ·  edited 8mo ago by Alexei‭

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How to get rid of the ugly search icon rolled out in today's Windows 10/11 update?

Just updated Windows (2022-06-17, version Windows 10 Pro 21H2) and now there's an eye-catching, ugly icon in the taskbar, which graphics suggests that Windows' intended target audience is children ...

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

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Case independent tab completion in zsh shell

I'm using a zsh shell with zstyle ':completion:*' matcher-list 'm:{a-z}={A-Za-z}' autoload -Uz compinit &amp;&amp; compinit to allow tab completion regardless of capitalisation, e.g. cd desk w...

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by samcarter‭  ·  edited 11mo ago by Alexei‭

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How do I get the Pixel (Android 12) to show the incoming phone number for probable spam?

I have a Pixel 5A running Android 12 (I assume stock Android because it's a Pixel, but I don't know how to tell). The phone app that came with it reports probable spam or scam calls by labeling th...

0 answers  ·  posted 9mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How to copy files preserving one directory up

Have mkdir -p d1/d1_sd1/ d2/d2_sd1/ touch d1/d1_sd1/f1.txt d2/d2_sd1/f1.txt . ├── d1 │   └── d1_sd1 │   └── f1.txt └── d2 └── d2_sd1 └── f1.txt 4 directories, 2 files ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6mo ago by young_souvlaki‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by young_souvlaki‭

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Switching to an admin user within Powershell SSH session

Is it possible to switch to an admin user from a regular user within a PowerShell SSH session (similar to Linux's su &lt;user&gt;) without even connecting to a remote desktop session and open Power...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by ajhalili2006‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Canina‭

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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 1y ago by samcarter‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Quasímodo‭

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Matrix solution software

I am trying to invert the matrix in the picture. I had done mistakes 3 times. And I heard someone in Khanacademy were saying "let computer do the hard tasks". I was trying to find better Matrix s...

3 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Anonymous‭  ·  edited 10mo ago by Quasímodo‭

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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 1y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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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 1y ago by Alexei‭

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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 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How can I get my browser to block a specific SVG (Discord server icon)?

I am on several Discord servers. One of them has, as its server logo, an image I would rather not see every time I use Discord. I had previously used AdBlock to suppress it, but it came back rece...

3 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by CodeFarmer‭

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Can a Windows 7 installation be restored by simply restoring all its files?

I'm looking for a reliable and easy backup and restore system for the OS on a Windows 7 laptop (more details below). If I were to boot it to an external drive and back up all the files on the hard...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Pastychomper‭

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Open file from vifm in split view

I use vifm in split mode - it always shows two vertically separated windows each with a directory listing. From there I can open files using the right arrow. However when I open a text file, vifm g...

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

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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 1y ago by tommi‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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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 1y ago by deleted user  ·  edited 1y ago by Quasímodo‭

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Why my screen automatically zooms? How to stop it?

I am in Xubuntu. Sometimes, when I use Android Studio and suddenly change my "activity". I meant whenever I visit Android Studio to Chrome using alt+tab then my screen automatically zoom. Here how ...

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

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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 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Alexei‭

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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 1y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Lundin‭

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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 1y ago by Anonymous‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Anonymous‭

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Programmatically changing the keyboard illumination in small steps

Background story: I would like to have a button in my touch bar which changes the illumination of the keyboard in small steps (what you normally get from pressing Illumination(up/down)+option+shif...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by samcarter‭  ·  edited 1y ago by samcarter‭

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All file types associated with an application

How can I get a list of all file types for which a certain application is the default program? I know that I can get a list of all file types an application is capable of opening from the info.pli...

0 answers  ·  posted 11mo ago by samcarter‭  ·  edited 11mo ago by samcarter‭

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What is the magit equivalent of git switch branch?

What is the magit equivalent of git switch branch? I'm particularly interested in the situation where you cloned a repo, and want to checkout a remote branch locally. From the commandline that u...

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

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Camera USB device in file explorer - why so slow?

I have been using my 10-year-old small Samsung compact camera until recently. Whenever I plug that one into a Windows laptop, it shows up as a regular mass storage device just providing files, no-...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by CanisSomnolentus‭  ·  edited 11mo ago by Alexei‭

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Clean up firefox's new tab page in private mode

By default, the new tab page in Firefox has a lot of clutter in private mode. How to remove all this clutter?

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

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Outlook on the Web - Remove bold 'sender' heading row

While using Outlook on the web, when I sort mail by sender, my Inbox shows a heading row containing just the sender name in bold, with any emails from that sender below. How do I turn off those he...

0 answers  ·  posted 4mo ago by mcalex‭

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How do I make Xbox stop telling me that I have a free game pass on Windows 10?

On my Lenovo Legion, every single time I boot up Windows 10, I get confronted by an Xbox app popping up and telling me that I have a free game pass or something and to log in to claim it. Every tim...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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How to blockquote region in Emacs

Question Is there a command in emacs for "email quoting" an autofilled paragraph? Have Nullam eu ante vel est convallis dignissim. Fusce suscipit, wisi nec facilisis facilisis, est dui fermentu...

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

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Setting a cookie with a userscript

Background: I'm using a websites which uses a pin code locally stored in a cookie for login. As firefox does not recognise the field to input the pin as a password field, it won't store the passwo...

2 answers  ·  posted 4mo ago by samcarter‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by samcarter‭

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How do I stop my laptop from freezing when I stream a game?

My problem is mostly on dealing with OBS and Minecraft. I stream Minecraft using OBS and whenever the stream reaches 15 minutes or more, it starts to slowly freeze bit by bit, until it starts free...

0 answers  ·  posted 8mo ago by General Sebast1an‭  ·  edited 8mo ago by General Sebast1an‭

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How to quickly change the maximum processor state in Windows 10?

I am using a Lenovo Legion laptop and one thing I have noticed is the fan working at full speed from time to time. This seems to be related to the CPU jumping to a high frequency to deliver more pr...

1 answer  ·  posted 8mo ago by Alexei‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by Alexei‭

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Measure distance in pixels on screen

I'd like to draw a rectangle on the screen and get the dimensions in pixels of that rectangle. A bit like a ruler in order to measure the distance on screen. I'm using Sway version 1.8 on Arch Lin...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by Matthias Braun‭  ·  last activity 4mo ago by Matthias Braun‭

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Commenting on multiple selections in Google Docs

How can one add one comment to two or more selections in Google Docs? It is clearly technically possible, since when you copy a section with a comment, any pasted text will link to the same commen...

1 answer  ·  posted 6mo ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 5mo ago by laserkittens‭

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How do I fix Firefox fonts having extra spacing and weird numbers on Ubuntu?

After upgrading one of my computers to Firefox 99.0.1 on Ubuntu, it's started rendering some fonts—specifically DejaVu Sans and Arial, although there may be others—incorrectly. The actual words are...

1 answer  ·  posted 9mo ago by Ullallulloo‭  ·  last activity 9mo ago by Ullallulloo‭

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Android phone, name associated with incoming call?

This is regarding the regular phone app that came with my Android phone. Under App Info, it says App installed from Google Play Store and version 78.0.437276706. I haven't done anything deliberat...

1 answer  ·  posted 9mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭  ·  edited 9mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Install Emacs with native compilation support on macOS

Emacs 28.1 has support for native compilation of Emacs Lisp, which is supposed to give a significant speed boost over regular Emacs Lisp. However, to take advantage of it, Emacs must be compiled w...

0 answers  ·  posted 9mo ago by NateEag‭

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How do I Google for ≤,≥ a particular natural number?

How can I Google to see all titles on a public library, like Toronto's, that have ≥ n copies? n is a natural number and UNBOUNDED. I see no relevant operator here. What must I input along with sit...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by TextKit‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Quintec‭

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Change colour of search markers in firefox scroll bar

The markings for search results in the firefox scrollbar are pink by default (requires "Highlight All" to be selected): Is there any code I can plug into a userChrome.css file or similar to chan...

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

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How to download all mail in Claws-mail

With Claws-mail, I want to be able to read all my mail even if offline, but the only way I know to download mail contents is by manually selecting it in the mail list. Additionally, navigating feel...

2 answers  ·  posted 11mo ago by Quasímodo‭  ·  last activity 11mo ago by dsr‭

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