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App for storing and managing quiz questions

I need an application for storing and managing information relating to general knowledge, science..etc which can be used in quiz. For an example I collect news such as "Nobel prize in Physiology or ...
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Does text expansion help you be more productive?

I have read a few articles on text expansion (mainly from Lifehacker) and they express the benefits of text expansion in their workflows to save time throughout the day. Has anyone put this to ...
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How to automatically enter contact data into a database of contacts?

I want to be able to enter contact details of people from their email signatures into my address book automatically, without having to copy each phone number and name or other element one by one into ...
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How can I make my productivity system more efficient and usable?

I am a student in an engineering program. My schedule consists of: Lectures and Labs: Fixed schedule and last for 1 to 2 hours Research/Project Work: Flexible timings, usually in between classes ...
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While browsing, how can I quickly capture thoughts/ideas across locations and environments into a centralized, searchable medium?

While actively browsing the internet (via phone/tablet/desktop), how can I quickly file an impromptu thought or idea into a centralized, searchable medium -- but importantly -- through a method that's ...
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How can I organize my daily deals emails?

I get a lot of daily deals emails, from Groupon, to LivingSocial, to Google Deals, to a bunch of very specific ones like Newegg's shell shocker deals, and all of that is on top of regular daily ...
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What device(s) and format should I use for my to-do lists, including plans, schedules, timetables.

My problem is I am always making todo lists, timetables, and schedules. Though the problem is not procrastination(Not 100%), it goes like this : I want a perfect todo list, because of which I ...
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Will my workplace benefit from a stack exchange clone on the intranet?

I am thinking of proposing to setup a stack exchange clone at our company intranet. The idea is to have a place where anybody can ask a question about anything work related, especially about our IT ...
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Are daily keystrokes a good proxy metric for overall productivity? How can I measure them?

Lately I've been getting interested in "quantified self" metrics. I've been tracking basic health metrics like weight, sleep, caffeine/alcohol consumption, and several other subjective health and ...
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Does anyone produce a truly heavy duty, long arm stapler?

One of the things I do which makes handling paper documents much easier, is to print out in booklet format. With a duplex A3 printer, I can print out a document of 60 A4 pages onto 15 sheets of A3 (in ...
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How to structure content in a private wiki where information grows naturally?

Introduction: I often dive into some topics quite deeply in order to deal with some private issue. So I spend a lot of time researching, organizing information and coming to my conclusions. Then I ...
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Avoid petty general and arithmetic errors when in haste

How can I avoid making arithmetic and petty calculation errors while performing manual arithmetic? The problem arises whenever I am engrossed in problem solving. I make mistakes as silly as 3 ...
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I need a tool for me and my wife to set priorities

I married this month, and I moved in with my wife. Now we have a lot of tasks to do. It's extremely difficult for one to decide what to do first, not knowing the other's opinion. Something that is ...
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Synchronize shopping lists

What is the most effective way to synchronize shopping lists in a household, so that family members can quickly help purchase items for each other? (My guess is that there are smartphone apps for ...
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Technique for writing an algorithm or solving a problem

When we try to solve some some programming problems or any algorithm, we come across an overwhelming amout of information which is difficult to organize. A simple example is - If I am trying to ...
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How do I move from collecting ideas to executing projects?

I use Evernote as a way to record ideas and web clippings that interest me. Some are ideas for projects. Some are collections of ideas that relate to prospective projects. There are quotes, metaphors, ...
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What is the best tool for improving brain power? [closed]

Today I discovered Lumocity which is a well developed site to improve "brain power" like: memory attention creativity Is this the best site of its kind? Are there any other recommended tools to ...
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What's a good free replacement for a corporate Exchange account that will let me migrate Tasks?

I have an extensive set of personal Tasks organized in GTD fashion that I want to migrate off of my corporate exchange account. Is there a good, free alternative out there? I was thinking I could ...
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How to use OneNote to implement a GTD system?

In standard* fashion, I must ask how to use OneNote to implement a GTD system? * Using Remember The Milk for GTD *Using Evernote to implement GTD
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GTD spreadsheet based system with alert or Calendar (iCal, gCal) notifications

I create a GTD system based on excel, whose link I report here. The advantage of having this gtd is that I can share it with my european colleagues without the need of having a dedicated software ...
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Save browser state / tabs opened between usage?

I tend to leave a lot of related webpages open when I work, that I would like to keep working with at later points in time. Is there an easy way to "save" a browser's state with all the opened tabs, ...
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Experiencing stress from participating in online blogs or forums [closed]

Whenever I participate online by commenting(on blogs or forums), I find myself overwhelmed by stress. I experience an adrenaline-fueled fight-or-flight response, just thinking of all the negativity my ...
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Evernote : How do you use it ? [closed]

I am a big fan of Evernote and I use it for a lot of things, from personal stuff, to jobs document, knowledge base, How-to's, vacation planner, etc. How do you use evernote and, if you are a premium ...
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Effective use of online assistants [closed]

As a busy individual, I am trying to figure out how I can gain leverage in my personal life in the same way I have leverage in my work life. Online personal assistants seem to be a god-send. ...
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What is the fastest way to take pictures of a case file?

It is a common practice in brazilian law offices to take pictures of case files, page by page. The procedure is required because the files can't be taken longer than five days, so it's more convenient ...
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WebEx - How long is too long

When using WebEx for remote training of software systems, is there a point at which a session is too long. At what point is onsite training better than trying to do it remotely?
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Is there a tool that can track or record pomodoros based on tagging?

I'm looking for a tool that can track and record pomodoros visually and/or graphically, and ideally with the ability to tag pomodoros, like a "Writing" pomodoro completed, or a "Career", etc.
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An app like Trello, but without the Metro UI?

Trello is so much better for me than Wunderlist. But it doesn't have a non-Metro UI for Windows. Heck the app for Win 8 doesn't even work for me. When I add a board, it doesn't get updated in the app. ...
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How do I log and track all my Firefox tabs I want to come back to with out leaving them open or bookmarking them?

I have a tendency to open numerous tabs in Firefox and leave them open , mainly because I've found things interesting or useful and want to be able to refer back to them. However having hundereds open ...
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What's a good replacement to Gqueues Pro?

I like task management tool GQueues (http://www.gqueues.com/). But the pro version is as costly as $25/mo which is too expensive for me as a student. What's a good replacement to it? I mainly would ...
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Recommendations for Productivity videos [closed]

So I'll be doing a lot of commuting next week and I'd like something to watch on the train, can people recommend online videos or podcasts on the subject of Personal Productivity for me? I am a ...
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Is it detrimental to not have a new stapler in over three years? [closed]

Microsoft has a Windows "honestly" ad about their tablets, where they feature a guy, supposedly an accountant, who brags that he "hasn't approved a new stapler purchase in over three years" (YouTube: ...
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Using multiple services in agile environment - what can we remove? [on hold]

In our work environment, we're using a number of platforms to get things done, but we're at a point where we're trying to trim down our toolset and minimize cost. Does anyone have suggestions based ...
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how can i design forms like this [closed]

i see such awesome personal productivity forms here. http://davidseah.com/productivity-tools/ How can i design a form like this?
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What Revision Control Programs / Methods Do You Use When Writing? [closed]

What revision control programs or methods do you guys use when writing?
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“To Do list” sites [closed]

What "To Do" list programs/applications are out there, and what are the strengths and weaknesses of each? I'm looking for web-based sites that store data in the cloud as opposed to desktop ...