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Power Users is a Q&A site for questions about the usage of computer software and hardware. We are still a small site and would like to grow, so please consider joining our community. We are looking forward to your questions and answers; they are the building blocks of a repository of knowledge we are building together.

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Meta What do we do about webapps?

Are questions about web application such as Google Docs on topic? What about Overleaf? GitHub? Where do we draw the line between a webapp and just a website?

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Moshi‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by Wicket‭

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Q&A Switch off automatic redirection to search result in DuckDuckGo

After a bit of experimentation, I think the \ in my search term is the problem. This acts as a shortcut for the "I'm feeling ducky" option. Workarounds: remove \ from the search term pla...

posted 3y ago by samcarter‭  ·  edited 3y ago by samcarter‭

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Q&A 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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Q&A Data transfer between computer system ports, as unidirectional or bidirectional

is it common to set firewall rules for ports to transfer data in only one direction (only inwards with incoming data or only outwards with outgoing data)? No. At least not strictly as stated....

posted 3y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A 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 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Canina‭

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

You certainly can use Wireshark to look for DNS traffic. First off, because of caching, I strongly recommend that you reboot the computer, and as quickly as possible start Wireshark, start monitor...

posted 3y ago by Canina‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A Why does my external Hard Drive keep squealing?

Nobody can tell with 100% certainty, but better be safe than sorry: If this is your only backup, then get another HDD for backup. I would suggest to get yourself some diagnostic tool that can read...

posted 2y ago by elgonzo‭  ·  edited 2y ago by elgonzo‭

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Q&A Delete command from Vim's command line history?

Although .viminfo is technically a binary file, some parts of it are actually plain text. From :help viminfo-read-write, The viminfo file itself can be edited by hand too, although we suggest yo...

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

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Q&A 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 <user>) without even connecting to a remote desktop session and open Power...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by ajhalili2006‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Canina‭

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Meta Are non power users questions welcome in Power Users?

I have found three posts from one user having the same statement: I'm a computer illiterate One of these posts derived on-topic question in this site, which have two answers; the top answer m...

3 answers  ·  posted 11mo ago by Wicket‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Q&A What technical steps can I take to reduce Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and discomfort from heavy computer use?

I use computers heavily, both for work and out of personal habits. It's probably typical for me to spend ~60 hours a week at a computer (how depressing, I know). Over the years, this has caused so...

2 answers  ·  posted 11mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  edited 11mo ago by Alexei‭

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Q&A Why can't I change any data on this micro SD card or format it?

When the controller of a flash medium detects a problem it often goes read only. This is a defence mechanism so that it preserves your data and prevents any further deterioration in the flash by f...

posted 10mo ago by Pogo‭

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Q&A What does this suspicious URL structure do?

I think to some extent, you actually answered your own question, possibly without realizing it. A URL is a specialization of a URI. (Or more technically accurate, a URI is a generalization of a UR...

posted 7mo ago by Canina‭

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Q&A 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 7mo ago by Michael‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by Caleb‭

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Q&A 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 7mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by Canina‭

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Q&A What does this suspicious URL structure do?

It's not as complex as a clever URL trick: your would-be scammer is incompetent. Technically, this is a malformed URL and shouldn't parse at all. The relevant spec is RFC 3986 §3 — for this purpose...

posted 7mo ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Meta Meet the Codidact Team!

As we start on building a new community here together, we're bound to find some sticking points. Those might be bugs, new features you need, things you need support with... whatever they are, the C...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by luap42‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Sigma‭

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Q&A Is it wise to delete C: (containing Program Files) on an old hard drive, to create space to backup more files?

Essentially (it is actually a bit more complicated), the information on a hard drive (or solid state drive - a computer will normally treat them basically the same, and actually floppy disks, flash...

posted 3y ago by manassehkatz‭  ·  edited 3y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Q&A What actions should be performed to restore a website after a DDoS attack?

A typical DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service; which is a subtype of the broader class of Denial of Service attacks) will simply flood a host, or its network connection, with data. It's not uncommo...

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

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Q&A 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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Q&A Switch off automatic redirection to search result in DuckDuckGo

You have already given the answer, and I have just found that it is documented under the Search Syntax section: Use \ to go to directly to the first search result. For example, \futurama.

posted 3y ago by Quasímodo‭

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Q&A How to use GitHub Personal Access Token?

You should be able to use a PAT like a password as you've been trying to. I think what's blocking you is your Git version: see this SO question, which suggests that error comes from the Git client ...

posted 3y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Q&A How can I plug in both a microphone and speaker to a laptop with a single 3.5 mm jack?

He sees just 2 3.5mm audio jacks — see my green arrows. Correct? No, clearly not. Since both holes are different sizes, at most one of them can be 3.5 mm. It's hard to tell absolute sizes in you...

posted 3y ago by Olin Lathrop‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Q&A 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"?

Your phone appears to be telling the truth in stating that there are no updates available for it. Mapping that fact to a statement that "your phone is up to date" in the message title is perhaps u...

posted 3y ago by Canina‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A How can the total size of all frames of a video > that video's size?

As already noted in another answer, the answer is compression. But it is actually much more than you might think. A typical video has a huge amount static from frame to frame. Even an "action" vide...

posted 2y ago by manassehkatz‭

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