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  Hide Drive Icons on the Desktop

In addition to the Computer and Home icons, Linux Mint adds an icon to the desktop for every removable drive that you attach to your system. The icons can be hidden by these steps:

Go to Menu and click the "System Settings" icon.
Click the Desktop icon under Preferences.
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  2 Ways to Copy Files to iCloud Drive from Mac OS X...

iCloud Drive supports direct file transfers from the Mac, meaning you can take just about any file, folder, document, or item stored in OS X, and copy it over to iCloud Drive, where it will be stored and accessible by your other Macs and iOS devices using the same Apple ID.

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  How to Fix an Annoying Windows USB Problem

Do you ever find that sometimes one of your USB ports won’t work? Maybe you turn on your PC and your USB mouse or keyboard doesn’t seem to be connected.

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  Text Too Small?

To zoom in or zoom out on a page (to increase font size etc) hold the control key and scroll using your mouse scrolling wheel. Scrolling forward zooms in, while scrolling backward zooms out. Ctrl + 0 brings the page back to the default zoom level.
  Microsoft Image Composite Editor

Have you ever wanted to take a panoramic photo, one of those sweeping views of everything you see? Unless you have a fancy wide-angle lens you might think that it couldn’t be done. But, in fact, even a basic camera in a phone can be used to create a panoramic view of your surroundings.

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  How to Browse & Revert to Prior Versions of a File...

All modern releases of Mac OS X include a powerful built-in version control system that allows a user to revert to any previously saved version of a file or document, assuming the app supports the version revision feature.

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  Can LibreOffice successfully compete with Microsof...

A strategy that involves challenging the dominance of Microsoft Office seems doomed, but LibreOffice may have a puncher’s chance. Here’s what the open source longshot needs to compete.

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  10 easy steps to clean your infected computer

You log onto your computer and it takes forever to boot. When it finally does, a few unfamiliar applications litter your desktop, and your browser immediately sends you to an ad for hair loss products.
Sounds like your PC has a problem with malware.
So what should you do? Before you flip out, try ... Show More
  Dropbox finally gets full Material Design makeover...

A floating action button and colored design bar bring the app more fully in line with Google's design aesthetic.

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  Emergency Adobe Flash Patch Fixes Zero Day Under A...

Adobe today released an out-of-band patch for a Flash Player zero-day vulnerability being used in targeted attacks by an APT gang known for its storehouse of exploits targeting unpatched browser-based vulnerabilities.

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  LibreOffice now available on Apple's Mac App Store...

It's an event of historical magnitude: One of the most popular Open Source projects, LibreOffice, is now available directly from Apple's Mac App Store. You can get LibreOffice on OSX with automatic updates, long-term maintenance, and optional professional support, for the first time.

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  What will happen to Linux when Linus Torvalds quit...

Linus Torvalds is undoubtedly one of the most powerful 'geeks' in the world today. His software is used in almost every aspect of our lives, often without us realizing it.

When we hear the word Linux, we think of those command line operating systems that we tried back in 2004 and abandoned. The f... Show More

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Tue, 17 May 2011 - Should I turn my computer off at night?


Yes, you should. This will mean that you do not consume electricity so turning off makes a positive social contribution. Turning off also means that your computer will last longer but most people do not use a computer to the extent of its full life.

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