Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass is coming to PC

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How to Check if Your Hard Drive Is Failing


Windows: I recently had a suspicion that something was up with my hard drive. Spending a little time to figure out what was going on—and to confirm nothing bad was actually happening—saved me $200+, or the cost of the shiny new 6TB HDD (or speedier 2TB SSD) I was contemplating ordering off Amazon.

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How to Combine or Group Pie Charts in Microsoft Excel

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Pie charts are popular in Excel, but they are limited. You’ll have to decide for yourself between using multiple pie charts or giving up some flexibility in favor of readability by combining them. If you do want to combine them, here’s how.

For example, the pie chart below shows the answers of people to a question.

A basic pie chart

This is fine, but it can be complicated if you have multiple Pie charts.

Pie charts can only show one series of values. So if you have multiple series, and you want to present data with pie charts, you need multiple pie charts.

The image below shows the contribution to total revenues of five products across three different cities. We have a pie chart for each city with the data ranges shown above them.

Three pie charts

This enables us to compare the sales of products across different cities. But there are complications when we want to change them all consistently, or view them as a single figure.

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How to Use the time Command on Linux

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Want to know how long a process runs and a whole lot more? The Linux time command returns time statistics, giving you cool insights into the resources used by your programs.

time Has Many Relatives

There are many Linux distributions and different Unix-like operating systems. Each of these has a default command shell. The most common default shell in modern Linux distributions is the bash shell. But there are many others, such as the Z shell (zsh) and the Korn shell (ksh).

All of these shells incorporate their own time command, either as a built-in command or as a reserved word. When you type time in a terminal window the shell will execute its internal command instead of using the GNU time binary which is provided as part of your Linux distribution.

We want to use the GNU version of time because it has more options and is more flexible.

Which time Will Run?

You can check which version will run by using the type command. type will let you know whether the shell will handle your instruction itself, with its internal routines, or pass it on to the GNU binary.

in a terminal window type the word type, a space, and then the word time and hit Enter.

type time

type time in a bash terminal window

We can see that in the bash shell time is a reserved word. This means Bash will use its internaltime routines by default.

type time

type time in a zsh terminal window

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How to Change a Microsoft Word Document to a CSV File

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A Comma Separated Value (CSV) contains data separated by commas (and sometimes other characters) and is generally used to exchange data from one application to another. If you have a list of data in a Word document, converting it to a CSV file can help you get it into other apps.

Let’s say you’ve been keeping all of your email contacts organized in a Word file and you’d like to let an online application clean it up for you. You’re likely going to need a CSV file to achieve this. In fact, several of these applications you’d find online may only support CSV files because the file works across the Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms. Pretty efficient.

Go ahead and open the Word file that contains the data to be imported. In this example, we’re going to be showing a very small email list.

small email list

As you can see, all of our data is separated by commas and are on separate lines, similar to the row/column structure you’d find in Excel. The structure of a CSV file can get a bit complicated, but this is a very basic example.

Once you’re ready, click the “File” tab located at the top-left of the window.

file tab

In the pane on the left-hand side, select “Save As.”

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Experiment Shows 5,400 Hidden App Trackers Used iPhone Data During One Week

news-iphone-app-data-tracker-featured-1.Sometimes it can be surprising that we use up so much data on our phones. It’s hard to know where it comes from. I know it happened to me recently that I went over my data all in a manner of a few hours and kept racking up more and more data, and I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. I might have my answer after reading about a Washington Post experiment. A writer’s privacy experiment showed in one week there were an astounding 5,400 hidden app trackers on an iPhone that operated mostly at night. iPhone’s Hidden App Trackers Again, this isn’t… Read more

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Paid Dropbox users are getting 1TB more storage space today

dims?resize=2000%2C2000%2Cshrink___PURIMDropbox has spent much of the last few years focused on its products for enterprise business, but the company got its start by offering a simple, reasonably priced cloud storage and sync option. With major competition in the space from Google Drive,…

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Twitter now lets guests join your live video broadcasts

dims?crop=1600%2C1000%2C0%2C0&quality=85Twitter will start letting broadcasters on its app open up their livestreams to guests, similar to what it brought to Periscope in February. The new feature, which is now rolling out to Twitter’s iOS and Android app, is going to allow up to three peo…

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Lyft adds in-app pronoun choices for riders


Lyft is the first ride-hailing app to ask what pronouns you use when you ride in a car, whether that’s male, female, plural pronouns, or other options. 

The ride-sharing service announced Wednesday that starting today for LGBTQ Pride month (that’s June) and going forward, riders can add pronouns onto their profiles, and choose from five different options:

1. They/Them/Theirs

2. She/Her/Hers

3. He/Him/His

4. My pronoun isn’t listed

5. Prefer not to say

Let your driver know what pronouns you use.

Let your driver know what pronouns you use.

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Lyft’s soon-to-be-former chief marketing officer Joy Howard said in a phone call this week that the pronoun addition is part of Lyft’s “Two is Too Few” campaign calling out the gender binary engrained into our society. Lyft is adding pronouns to be part of creating an “inclusive platform,” she said.  Read more…

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