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Month: August 2019

Windows boot & disk repairing toolkit

Windows boot & disk repairing toolkit

Recently I had the doubtful pleasure of trying to fix a blue screen in my Windows laptop. I learned a lot, tried tens of scenarios, but nonetheless I failed to repair it. This post contains a list of the tools I used to recover the system and some hints on how to deal with various problems. I will try to answer the following questions:

What is MBR and GPT? How to rebuild BCD and fix MBR? How to clone a partition or disk to another disk or file? How to remove and create partitions? How to remove Windows Update leftovers?

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Automatically enhance headers with hierarchy, links and smooth scrolling with offset

Automatically enhance headers with hierarchy, links and smooth scrolling with offset

There are several things useful in a longer document:

  • showing position of given heading in the structure
  • ability to create links to a heading
  • smooth scrolling to internal links
  • offset for scrolling if the top header covers some of the contents

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Excel / LibreOffice Calc – text and data processing

Excel / LibreOffice Calc – text and data processing

I’ll show how to parse text, extract numbers and calculate averages on an example of performance data. I have performed a dozen of performance scenarios, each repeated four times to get an average. Every sample contained three values: time in seconds of execution of the first step, time in seconds of execution of the second step, and memory consumption in MB. For instance, 17.6 | 7.4 | 687 meant:

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Help! I created too many changes and want to make separate commits – git add interactive, patching and branching

Help! I created too many changes and want to make separate commits – git add interactive, patching and branching

There are cases when you try to add a feature, but before it’s done, a new problem arises and you try to resolve it. At the end of the day you end up with several things solved, but no commits yet. Some people prefer big and messy commits that include all the work for the past week, but I tend to have one issue solved in one commit. What are your options to keep a clean repository in this situation?

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Online mind mapping tools

Online mind mapping tools

I’ve been using mind mapping tools for years for creating plans or elaborating ideas. So far, my favorite offline software was FreeMind. It hasn’t been updated for years, but it is open source and has impressive features, like formatting nodes, icons, good keyboard support, adding links, colorful clouds for branches, and much more. Just take a look at the screenshot in Wikipedia. Today I decided to look for some online alternative for easier access on any device (also mobile) and simplified sharing.

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