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    Phone randomly died for no reason whatsoever. Appears bricked. Can anything be done?

    I'm kind of freaking out... I was charging the phone. It got to 90%, and I picked it up, unplugging it. Checked something on it, pressed power button to turn off screen and set it down again. Came back to it a few minutes later, and... it's dead. Absolutely no response to anything I do. Plugging...
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    Is it really not possible to play BF1 with a 2500K Sandy Bridge CPU?

    Maybe a stupid question... Sorry if so, lol. I barely play any games, but recently my roommate and I were thinking we want to play Battlefield 1. So, I just wanted to double-check: is it really not possible to set the game to all the lowest settings and play it on my 2500K Sandy Bridge CPU? The...
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    Any recommendations for a session backup add-on for Firefox?

    A few months ago I got burned by Firefox where it crashed and then the session was wiped out. None of my windows and tabs were restored even though I have it set to restore session. I don't recall the precise circumstances but I think it also updated itself, and that had something to do with it...
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    How can one search for files from the Win 10 start menu??!

    I was watching this video, which is about how to (supposedly) recover unsaved WordPad files: If you go to approximately 1:57, it tells you to search for .tmp files on your PC. It says to simply type .tmp into the Start Menu and search for those files. Uhhhhh this is impossible. Below is what...
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    Confusion over Win 10 license & product keys

    Background: I had a desktop PC and a laptop--call it Laptop 1--that both had Win 7 on it. (However, a Win 8.1 disc was included with Laptop 1 because Win 8 had been released already but Dell offered the option of having 7 preinstalled.) Several years ago, I bought a Win 10 Edu license from my...
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    Laptop "sees" much weaker WiFi than phone & other laptop right next to it -- why and what to do?

    Background: I'm temporarily living in a dorm in Germany because I'm on a fellowship. The internet situation here is atrocious; they don't provide WiFi in the dorms for some reason. I found a neighbor who lives on the floor below me who bought service from an ISP, and was willing to share her...
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    Anyone have a Demonoid invite?

    I don't know if the respawned Demonoid is any good, but that used to be basically my only source of torrents, years ago. I'd like to have an account again since all the old data was lost.
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    Why did "solutions" to prevent websites from blocking paste stop working?

    I just discovered that I cannot paste account info when trying to add a bank account for my Discover credit card account. I tried it with both Firefox and Pale Moon (a fork of FF). In FF I have the "Don't Fuck With Paste" extension. I added a rule to the extension so that it becomes active on...
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    Anyone know of a good keyboard cleaner?

    I'm looking at getting a device for cleaning keyboards--either laptop or desktop. There's a bunch of junky-looking little USB vacuums out there, and most of them don't look convincing. Especially if it's USB powered, doesn't seem like that would generate enough power to accomplish much. Does...
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    Why are there so many Bluetooth devices in Device Manager and why can't I remove them??

    I'm having incredibly annoying Bluetooth problems with my Yoga Book--which by the way, is a piece of trash of a computer: highly not recommended, mostly because of (as far as I can tell) Lenovo's utter lack of providing driver and other support for this model. Anyway, I tried updating the...
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    Third party *true* virtual desktop software for Win 10?

    I'm looking for a Dexpot alternative because Dexpot is a dead project. It still works okay but somewhat buggy. The problem with googling this is that, for some reason, a lot of people (and reviewers) think that "virtual desktop" is the same thing as the feature that Win 10 has natively -- which...
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    Is there a way to protect against reversed payment scam for digital key on ebay?

    Sorry that this isn't actually a FS ebay post (yet), but it seemed like the appropriate place to ask... I remember when I used to play EverQuest back in the day, and people bought and sold PP outside the game for $, a common scam was for a buyer of PP to send you the money and then simply...
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    Can't figure out how to clean out malware infection

    I have Heimdal Security & Avast AV installed on both my desktop as well as my laptop. (These are not two anti-virus programs; Heimdal is supposed to complement any proper anti-virus.) On both I keep getting the following symptom intermittently. Heimdal pops up a notification telling me that it...
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    What laptop manufactuers have battery software to control battery charge, besides Dell?

    This is what I can do on my Dell Latitude E5450: (It's mostly the stop charging threshold that I care about.) Are there other laptop manufacturers that provide similar battery control? I kind of just assumed that premium laptops would have features like this, but apparently that's not the...
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    How is it that apps in my start menu do NOT appear in Settings > Apps? (Win10)

    Got a new laptop, and I'm doing the standard exercise of removing MS pre-installed garbage. I'm curious... How is it possible that there's stuff in my start menu like "Fitbit Coach" and the infamous Candycrush, which, when I right-click on it, has the option to uninstall, but the app does not...
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    Anyone tried the Windows settings sync w/ MS account? Does it work well?

    I'm skeptical that this thing is actually helpful, and kind of apprehensive that it might actually break something.... not sure how. I'm talking about the process described here, for example: https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/sync-settings-windows-10 or...
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    Help with blocking auto-play of videos on Android?

    Ugh. I'm using FF on Android. All the solutions I've so far found online seem to only work on the desktop version but not on my mobile. For example I tried adding the Disable HTML5 Autoplay extension, as recommended in this thread on the Mozilla forum...
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    Is it normal for a laptop's price to jump $300 for 256GB -> 512GB drive?

    I want to buy a MSI G65 stealth thin 050, which includes a 512 GB NVMe drive. But I noticed that if I switch to the same version with a 256 GB drive, then the price drops $300. From briefly browsing through random SSD drives on NE, this seems excessive. Isn't it? It looks like the price...
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    Recommend inexpensive (wired) mouse with this kind of shape?

    Right now my two favorite mice are the MS Sidewinder X8, and the Logitech Performance MX. Below: With both of them, I like that they are fairly fat in the height direction and also kinda large overall. I think my favorite shape is the X8 one, on the left, where the hump is a little to the...
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    Which browser for Android for fastest method to copy URL of current webpage?

    I've been using Opera Mini for the sole reason that it had the quickest, most optimal way to copy the URL of the page I'm looking at: simply tap the address bar, the entire URL is selected, and a button appears, "copy link" or something like that. I tap that, then switch over to my texting app...
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    Anyone else unable to switch to bluetooth headphones during ongoing call?

    Why is it that it seems like if I already have an ongoing call, it seems less likely for my BT headphones to work with the phone? Usually I can sync them without much trouble, but I had a FB messenger voice call earlier, and couldn't get them to work while the person was on the phone. Is that a...
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    Suggested alternatives to Google Reminders? Mostly for location-based. Google is *very* bad.

    The title pretty much sums it up. I really like location-based reminders. Just wondering if anyone has recommendations, since Google Reminders has become a complete shit-show and totally broken. It's pretty crazy how such a successful company can sink so low on this simple feature...
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    Software recommendations to make diagrams/sketches like this? (example included)

    Hi all! I'm a grad student in physics/engineering. I'd like to start making diagrams/sketches for papers and presentations, that are not pretty and flashy, but illustrate some kind of fundamental structure and/or interaction. Here is an example from a textbook (thumbnail below, click to expand)...
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    Laptop batteries from 3rd party seller (e.g. ebay) instead of from Dell? Anything to fear?

    I want to get a replacement battery for my Dell laptop. I did a battery diagnostic using Win 10's built in tool, and it shows a noticeable degradation. I noticed that buying it from Dell is a lot more expensive than seemingly the same parts on ebay, for example. Can I trust one of these...
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    Strangely empty Programs and Features list on fresh laptop?

    I got a Lenovo Yoga Book, Windows 10 edition. I went to check if there's any pre-installed stuff I don't need, and.... the list of installed programs is actually really short! To the point that it seems wrong: How can this be? It seems that things have got to be missing here. For example...
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    Bluetooth file transfer randomly fails. Why?!

    I get so angry.... Without any apparent reason or consistency, sometimes my phone refuses to send files to my laptop over BT. Simply tells me that it didn't send, or something to that effect. I have never had any issue sending or receiving files between my laptop and my tablet, for example...
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    Help choose between Xperia Z5 compact vs Xperia X compact

    I'm in the market for a compact Android phone, and I've come up with these two options. Sony Xperia Z5 Compact (Oct 2015) Sony Xperia X Compact (Sept 2016) Right now I'm wondering about the relative performance -- snappiness, less lag etc. The Z5 has a snapdragon 810, whereas the X has a 650...
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    Recommend simple webcam software for recording video?

    Does anyone have any recommendations for (simple) webcam software, that can record video? Something like Yawcam would be great. It's small and simple, but sadly does not allow recording video. I am not interested in using the webcam for security purposes, like motion activated recording + ftp...
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    Help with steps of disk imaging/restoring with 2 different Windows OS

    This is probably a noob question... I'm considering jumping back to Windows 7 after a bit of fooling around with a fresh install of Windows 10 on my laptop. (Let's not get into details about why.) However, I want to back up my current configuration as an image and to have the option of restoring...
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    Why do the colors of my image get worse when imported into PowerPoint?

    I'm trying to insert an image into a slide. I used Insert -> Pictures (not simply copy/paste). The colors look quite obviously worse: they're all darker. It's not even a photograph, just a schematic with very few colors. Why is this happening? I think there's some kind of image compression going...
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    FB changing its options/layout/etc ... NOW what do I do to control notifications??

    Ugh, here we go again. Now the "upside down carat" that used to be present for every notification has disappeared. Wtf? Now how do I disable certain notifications? In particular, I'm struggling with this new, stupid live video s***. I get a notification that "<one of my dumbass friends> is live...
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    Sensible website for phone chargers (AC adapters)?

    Does anyone know of a retailer selling AC adapters that actually lists the specs, for non-retarded people? I'm getting extremely frustrated and want to yell at my screen... I try to shop for a charger for my phone, and so far most offerings don't list the current and voltage output! How f***ing...
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    Need help with OneDrive for business (Win 7)

    I got OneDrive through my university as part of the Office 365 suite, which they give for free. I'm confused... I tried to go into my OneDrive folder through file explorer in windows and delete a folder. It won't let me. It says I need permissions to delete it. Okay... what? Why? So then...
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    OneNote syncing/sharing... Why can't I keep a copy on my HDD?

    So it seems to me that the only option I have for syncing or sharing a notebook via the cloud is by moving my notebook to OneDrive. "Moving" means the same as cut and paste, right? I don't get it: why can't I also retain a copy on my local HDD? Ideally, I would like to keep my notebook on my...
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    How to image-process notes so as to print only dark text?

    I have scanned images of some notes that I want to print out. Here is an example of what it looks like (I cropped it so as not to take up the entire page): So, to the human eye it's obvious which the stuff of interest is and which is "noise". The faint writing in the background is...
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    Images being resized (larger) in my thread

    Why is the image I am posting in my thread being made larger than it is? I was specifically trying to make it smaller so that it doesn't take up as much space on the screen. The size of the image is smaller on my computer. That is, its dimensions in pixels. As soon as I post it in my thread...
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    How to resize system reserved partition? Win 7 fails to boot afterward.

    Firstly, brief background. I have Win7 x64 Pro. The reason I wanted to resize my system reserved partition is this: http://www.pagestart.com/win7br0x8100003301.html The Backup & Restore stopped working because my system reserved partition became too full. (I don't know how or why.) The above...
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    Is there a *simple* program that works better than Paint? (for Win)

    I'm working on a presentation, and I'd like to make some simple diagrams. Paint sucks but I also don't want to deal with any advanced software, even if it's free. I need it to be simple. More specifically, this is sort of along the lines of the kind of diagram I want to make or edit: This is...
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    Recommend me an amplifier please

    Hello guys, I have a used pair of Mirage M-190iS that I got through craigslist some time back, and I'm finally setting them up. Right now it will be a 2.0 setup. I might want to add a subwoofer at some point later, but I will try these out by themselves first. This will be my first set of...
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    Cannot find setting to make windows resize when touch keyboard pops up (win 8.1)

    I just recently got a refurb tablet, a Lenovo thinkpad tablet 2. It had a built in account by the name of Lenovo. I wanted to make a new account with my name and use that instead. However, now I have an issue. On the pre-made Lenovo account, they have this feature where every time I pop up...
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