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The best Gmail tips, tricks, and extensions. Dark themes for writing. I spend much of my day sit­ting in front of a screen, cod­ing or writ­ing.

Dark themes for writing

To limit the strain on my eyes, I use a dark theme as much as pos­si­ble. That is, I write with light col­ored text on a dark back­ground. I don’t know why this is not the default in more soft­ware as it makes a big dif­fer­ence after a few hours of writing. Most of the time, I am writ­ing using either Sub­lime Text, RStu­dio or TeX­studio. Intro to regular expressions : The Bastards Book of Regular Expressions. The Setup / Hadley Wickham. Getting Started in Open Source. Getting Started in Open Source A Primer for Data Scientists Rebecca Bilbro I really, honestly love programming...

Getting Started in Open Source

I also love collaborating, exchanging ideas, learning better and faster ways to accomplish things that I'm already familiar with or, even better, learning completely new things that broaden my horizons as a developer or person... Codecademy. Terminus.

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Hackerbuddy. Make objects equidistant in PowerPoint. By Ellen Finkelstein Any time you have 3 or more similar objects on a slide, you may want to make them equidistant.

Make objects equidistant in PowerPoint

PowerPoint offers 3 separate ways to create equidistant objects. 1. Duplicate, place, duplicate This method is so easy, yet many people don’t know about it. Create an object.Select the object and press Ctrl + D. 2. If you already have the objects created but they are not equidistant, you can use this method. Select all of the objects. 3. A new feature in PowerPoint 2013 is equidistance markers. Create 3 objects.Set the distance of the 1st two objects by moving the 2nd object to the desired location.To make the 3rd object equidistant to the 1st two, drag it until you see the equidistance markers. PowerPoint chart/graph with 2 Y-axes and 2 chart types. How do you create a chart in PowerPoint that looks like this?

PowerPoint chart/graph with 2 Y-axes and 2 chart types

It has: 2 different Y-axes each with a different scale2 different chart types–column and line I learned this feature of PowerPoint charts recently from my friend and fellow PowerPoint MVP, Echo Swinford. She is one of the top experts in the world on PowerPoint and specifically PowerPoint charts. Charts like this are very useful when you’re comparing 2 very different types of data. Here’s what the data looks like in Excel. Note: I found the actual chart online and estimated the numbers from the chart. Hibernate vs Sleep vs Shutdown. There are many ways to shut down and restart your computer, but – which does what, and which should you use when?

Hibernate vs Sleep vs Shutdown

The answer depends mostly on you. Are you into saving energy or boot-up time? How often do you leave your computer and for how long? There are three main shut-down options available in Windows: Shut-Down, Sleep and Hibernate (names may vary depending on the Windows version). In Vista and Windows 7, there is also a fourth option; Hybrid Sleep. Let’s explore the topic. 14 Ways to Extend Laptop and Tablet Battery Life. If you use your laptop or tablet on battery power, you’ll know how annoying it is to lose battery power at the “worst time”.

14 Ways to Extend Laptop and Tablet Battery Life

While I can’t guarantee your PC will lose power at a more convenient time, I can offer 14 ways to improve your battery life. Learn, in this guide, how to save power when running on batteries. Note: This guide is written for Windows 7 but most tips apply for Windows Vista Here are some ways to save your battery’s power. You don’t need to apply all these tips but every little helps. 1. To turn down screen brightness, click the battery icon in the system tray and click Adjust screen brightness. Slide the brightness slider to the left until you can comfortably see the screen and it’s dimmest setting. 2. Many background applications don’t need to run and only increase CPU cycles and, in turn, the demand on your battery. 2a.

Batch File Rename with Windows PowerShell. Microsoft included a batch rename feature in the latest version of Windows allowing you to select multiple files, right click on one and select rename.

Batch File Rename with Windows PowerShell

All of the selected files will be renamed with the name you provided and a number. This functionality works well for basic files but does not provide any flexibility in exactly how the files are numbered and also does not allow the file extension to be changed. Open Multiple Programs in Windows at Once. Why would you ever want to open multiple programs at once in Windows?

Open Multiple Programs in Windows at Once

Recently, I had someone at my office ask me how they can open several desktop applications at one time without having to click on each application individually. How to merge or combine multiple files? If you would like to merge multiple Word, Excel or Text files together, it can be done with relative ease, and at no extra cost.

How to merge or combine multiple files?

Follow the steps below for the type of file you're trying to merge. Windows Explorer Drag and Drop behavior explained. Have you noticed that sometimes, when you drag and drop files or folders from one location to another, on your Windows computer, they get copied – and sometimes they get moved.

Windows Explorer Drag and Drop behavior explained

Although this has been the default behavior of Windows since 1989, this can be pretty confusing for many. One could keep wondering – will the drag-and-drop action result in a ‘Copy” or ‘Move’!? In this post I will explain how the drag-and-drop operation works in Windows 7 and give you a few tips on how to modify its default behavior. When will a drag-and-drop operation Copy the file. 10 Useful Computer Mouse Tricks For Windows 7 Users. I love my mouse! Hey, don’t get me wrong!! I don’t have a pet mouse or something. I am talking about my computer mouse. Yes, I love to use my computer mouse and truly speaking it is one of the niftiest inventions among computer devices. Supercharge Dropbox or Google Drive with Wappwolf.

Fade a picture into another using Gimp. How to Bulk-Crop many images whitespace. Share files between Android and Windows with ES File Explorer. There was a time when the only way you could share files between your Android device and a Windows computer was by using a USB cable. These days, there are wireless options available that make it easier to share files. One such option is ES File Explorer, a powerful Android file manager. ES File Explorer helps you manage the files on your local Android device. Starting with version 3, however, LAN support was added to make it possible to share files with a Windows PC over Wi-Fi.

To share files between your Android device and a Windows PC using ES File Explorer, follow the steps below: What is the meaning of 0.0.0.0 as a gateway? The Journal of Open Source Software. Ten simple rules for making research software more robust. Abstract Software produced for research, published and otherwise, suffers from a number of common problems that make it difficult or impossible to run outside the original institution or even off the primary developer’s computer. We present ten simple rules to make such software robust enough to be run by anyone, anywhere, and thereby delight your users and collaborators. Burning a VIDEO_TS folder to disc makes it a playable DVD right ? That's not a problem with ImgBurn, it's a problem with your authored DVD structure. The way you have encoded + authored doesn't allow for a layer-break mark to be set at an appropriate cell border.Either re-author with a decent authoring system that allows you to set the layer break point, or encode with a better GOP structure so that ImgBurn can decide it for you, or BOTH.

@OP, you don't even need to go to the ImgBurn website to get the file (if you don't like their site), just DL from Videohelp's Tools page! The DVD-Video spec is rigorous about a number of items, including Filesystem (micro-UDF v1.02 + ISO9660 bridge), folder structure (VIDEO_TS & AUDIO_TS in root, specific files in those folders), sector layout (IFOs first, VOBs next, BUPs last, padded to 2048byte sizes), as well as a few more things. Jump Back and Forth in a PDF in Adobe Reader. Have you ever clicked a link to another page in a PDF, only to have to scroll for forever to find the page you started at when you were done? If you’re using Adobe Reader, there’s no back or forward button in the toolbar, so without digging there’s no way to just go back. You could click View > Go To > Previous View, but that’s way too much trouble.

You might notice that the Go To menu shows you keyboard shortcuts for going back and forward: Alt+Left Arrow or Alt+Right Arrow, respectively. Or, you can just add the Previous and Next buttons to the toolbar. To do this, right-click the toolbar and select More Tools. Scroll down to Page Navigation Toolbar, and check the Previous and Next button’s boxes to select them. When you’ve made your selections, click Ok to close the dialog. So let’s see how this works. Nice. Once again, this isn’t an amazing, breakthrough feature, but it is a small thing that can make Adobe Reader a little nicer.

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