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Linux distribution for daily use on an old netbook

I won a netbook several years ago (1 GHz, 1GB RAM*, 8GB SSD) with Windows XP pre-installed. After a few weeks, the disk gets filled with Windows trash. I have tried latest version of Ubuntu, but the ...
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What is a screen recorder with mouse movement and can save the recording as video?

I'm looking for screen recording software that supports: dynamic zooming of the page captures mouse movements allows captions to be overlaid stop/continue recording sound recording saves as standard ...
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Free/Libre voice & video chat alternative to Skype?

I don’t want to use Skype because it’s proprietary. I’m looking for an alternative that is Free/Libre (FLOSS), is available cross-platform * (at least: GNU/Linux, Mac OS, and Microsoft Windows), ...
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Free newsletter software for a small business?

I am looking for free software that has the following features: Send mass mails Organize subscription lists Use HTML (with or without templates) Analytics Schedule e-mails For instance, MailChimp is ...
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Text based browser that runs JavaScript

I am searching for a text browser running JavaScript. It should be compatible with Linux platform. Other features: run JavaScript (this is the most important) minor CSS rendering (text colors, ...
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Program to save visible windows' locations and later restore the layout

I have several monitors connected to my computer. I'm looking for an application that would be able to Save the location of all visible windows (let's call it a layout) Permit restoration of a saved ...
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Simple open-source offline Markdown viewer for Windows

I am looking for a Markdown viewer for Windows. It should: run locally on Windows- be a normal program, not a browser addon, webapp or anything else that requires usage of browser. Preferable: ...
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Video editor for Windows that can insert images or audio at arbitrary points

If I'm trying to edit relatively simple videos, what is a good editor that has these features available on Windows? trimming video clips, playing one video clip after another (basic functions, not ...
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Software to find duplicate files

I need recommendations for a software for de-duplication. Requirements: Runs on Windows Ability to find duplicate archives: files that have exactly the same content (and, so, the same size). Names, ...
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Tool to list all current Windows 10 Hotkeys?

I tried "Windows Hotkey Explorer" (WHE) and it exploded in my face in a spectacular fashion. (Do NOT ever run this if you are on Windows 8 or higher. It will just PRESS each and every hotkey....
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What is a good LaTeX editor for writing thesis?

I'm writing my thesis with latex (for technical text, it's way easier than Word). However, writing LaTeX on editor, and then manually compiling PDF for preview is rather slow and cumbersome. Is there ...
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Python IDE with rich features: code completion, debugging, etc

I'm looking for a good IDE for Python that should run on Windows 7 and higher. The program should ideally support the following features: Syntax highlighting Code Completion Debugger Support Support ...
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Email client that supports Markdown?

I somewhat like (read: am in love with) Stack Exchange's implementation of markdown. In fact, I often try to use it when writing emails. Much to my disappointment, this never works. Is there an OS X ...
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Is there an image viewer for Windows that auto-refreshes the image when it is modified?

The single most important feature I am looking for is that the image viewer auto-refreshes the image (while you are viewing it) when it changes on the disk. I have tried: Irfanview FastStone Image ...
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Fighting telemarketing: application to make telemarketers waste as much time as possible

Like many I am not a huge fan of telemarketing. I know there exist applications that automatically reject call from telemarketers based on some blacklists. This is quite convenient but it doesn't go ...
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Java to UML generator on Linux

I want to generate UML class diagrams from my actual Java code. I used Visual Paradigm when I had an academic License but as it is rather expensive I would like some recommendations. Required See ...
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Looking for First Person, Physics based, Puzzle games [closed]

I recently completed Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers, a Puzzle game, that revolves around it's physics engine. The main game mechanic is being able to slice various parts of the terrain and objects, ...
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Alternative for Microsoft Office for Linux?

Microsoft Office is relatively expensive and does not run on Linux too well. There's at least Openoffice.org LibreOffice Run MS Office in wine (does it work?) Run MS Office in CrossOffice (is it ...
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Free PDF comparison tool

I am looking for an application to compare two PDF files. Application must: be able to highlight differences between the two documents be mac-compatible as I will be using it on a mac be free, I do ...
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Fastest free Python library to read a CSV file with 1~3 columns of numbers

I am looking for the fastest Python library to read a CSV file (if that matters, 1 or 3 columns, all integers or floats, example) into a Python array (or some object that I can access in a similar ...
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What tool can generate HTML documentation from C# code, like Javadoc can do for Java?

Java developers can easily generate HTML documentation from their Java code, which is a convenient way to post APIs online. This is an example. Is there a similar tool for C# code? It must be free,...
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Diff tool for XML files?

I'm looking for a Windows based diff tool that shows me the differences between two XML files, but does this tree-based, not line-based. I.e. if a section has moved to a totally different place in the ...
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Diff tool for JSON files?

After needing a Diff tool for XML files? I now am looking for a diff tool for JSON data. Same requirements: Free Tree-based, not line-based; i.e. if a section has moved to different place on the ...
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What PDF viewer will allow me to quickly view which elements are vector?

I work in the printing industry where having vector artwork for a job is paramount when it comes to the best production output. Often times clients will send me a PDF file that contains a raster image ...
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Games focused on software engineers

Software engineers are usually efficient in spotting parts that can be automated, solved by an algorithm etc. Are there any games where players can take advantage by being programmers? That is, ...
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How to convert Markdown to PDF without LaTeX?

Almost every existing md to PDF goes through LaTeX: kramdown, pandoc, multimarkdown, etc. Are there the options that don't, in any language, e.g. using a backend such as Prawn, libharu or jsPDF? So ...
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Record screen section as animated GIF

Often while trying to explain a problem I have with my PC, a screenshot is not enough. Is there a tool that lets you capture a section of the screen and save it to a .gif file? It needs to Work on ...
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Alternative to Matplotlib for scientific plotting with Python

I can't take anymore Matplotlib's general approach of "plotting-by-side-effect". Is there an alternative? I'm looking for something closer in philosophy to Mathematica's Plot function, which returns ...
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Open Source implementation of Google Play Services

Google Play Services is a library for Android that offers various goodies, for instance for geolocalization. While Android is Open Source, Google Play Services is proprietary. Many developers ignore ...
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Free software for selecting and combining pages from multiple PDFs into a single PDF

A few months ago I had several PDFs (lease documents, renter's insurance forms, etc.) from which I needed to combine select pages into a single document before sending to a property management company....
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Tool to convert between different plain text formats

There are several types of plain text structuring / formatting syntax out there, for example: MarkDown MediaWiki XWiki HTML Is there a generic tool (easier / more appropriate than reg-ex) that helps ...
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Substitute for Adobe Lightroom - Linux

I want to switch from Windows to Linux. I know I could run Windows programs on Linux by using Wine. But I'm looking for an alternative software which I can use there to do photo development. I'm ...
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Tabbed PDF viewer that works on Ubuntu

I used to use the Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu, which supported tabbed PDF viewing. Since I usually have a bunch open but am reading only one or two, tabbed viewing is better than Evince's open-each-PDF-...
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Merge GUI tools for those new to merging

The other day I had to do a rather icky merge. I tried it via the command line, but was so confused that I had to use a GUI tool. I used meld, but it seems that there are others, like kdiff3. But ...
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Speed reading software for Windows

I'm looking for a speed reading software for Windows. I am aware of Spritz for Android, Velocity for iOS and the website Speeder. I am looking for a program having as many following features as ...
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Concept-mapping software concentrating on ease of use

I'm in the process of writing an interactive fiction game (or Make Your Adventure novel, if you prefer that kind of slant), and I need software to map out all the possible scene transitions. I found ...
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Alternative to Microsoft Office that does not require Internet or Cloud

I am looking for an Office suite that can work with MS Office files that does not require an Internet connection for installation or cloud access. I have a number of clients who require compliance ...
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RSS feed client for Linux

I'm tired of add-ons for browsers to read RSS feeds, so I'm looking for some client that keeps running in my desktop and keeps updated on regular basis. Must run in Linux (preferably with ready to ...
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Tool to remember clipboard content

Often I use the same terms/sentances/code-segments and want to reuse them during development. I could define snippets in my IDE but I want to use those anywhere and I want to be able to search in ...
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Full remote access to Android device

Background: I'm looking for an app that lets me control my Android device from my computer. Sadly, any attempt at Googling this, only yields results for using the Android device as a remote control. I'...
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GUI for Git and Mercurial on Linux (similar to Atlassian SourceTree)

I am looking for an app or piece of software similar to Atlassian SourceTree for Linux (Ubuntu). SourceTree is a GUI frontend for Git and Mercurial, designed with ease of use in mind. I know that ...
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What is a good free program to open corrupted JPEG files?

Back story: I have about 15 photos (JPEG) that are corrupted files on a computer after accidentally deleting them on a SD. I have recovered them using Recuva, and tried File Repair to open the ...
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Disk space monitor - where did my disk space go?

I've been using WinDirStat for years to graphically show what directories take up the space on my disk, but that doesn't answer a very simple question: I suddenly have 1Gb less space than yesterday....
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Drawing software for amateurs

I'm looking for some Windows software that allows you to do drawing/sketching but more on the amateur level. Some specific features I am looking for: Ability to make shapes (circles, squares and ...
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Free offline tool to create icon files?

I'm looking for a free offline icon file (.ico) editor that has the following features: Creating icons with a transparent background Importing image files that are not icon files Basic shapes, such ...
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Image/Photo Viewer for Windows

I am looking for an alternative to Windows Photo Viewer that is able to view png, jpg, and gif. Windows Photo Viewer only supports static gif. Must haves: Lightweight; Loads fast. Avoids fancy ...
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Tool for optical character recognition (OCR)

Is there a tool that can recognise text in a scanned document (PNG, JPG) and convert it into a regular text file (DOC, TXT)? It should Work on Ubuntu and Mac OS X Be free Work with most common ...
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Media player that will remember my last position

I'm currently using Windows Media Player for watching DVDs. Unfortunately if I close the player, I lose my position. My main requirement is that I want a player that will remember my position, even if ...
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Is there a StackExchange client for Windows 8?

In playing around with Windows 8, I find that it would be nice to have a dedicated app for it in the 'metro' interface. Must: Have access to all sites Be able to read questions and answers View ...
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Simple video annotation software that allows drawing in frames (Windows or Linux)

I often work with videos of experiments I conduct in my research. To make the videos more informative I like to add text, arrows, maybe a quick drawing or schematic insert in the frames. I know many ...

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