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How Do I Send Email Using a Different Address?

There may be times when you have to communicate with others on behalf of your office or a group, thus, using your office's or group's email address. You have to configure your email account to make this work. But before you do this, make sure that you are part of the office's or group's mailing list. Check with the head of office or the IMS.

With your Gmail application open (via a web browser), you will see an engine-like or gear icon (at the upper right corner of the application. Click on the icon. And then click on “Settings”. (See Illustration 1)

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What is USB 3.0? How do I know whether my computer supports it?

USB 3.0 denotes a better user experience in terms of transfer of data using USB devices. Wikipedia says: "USB 3.0 is the third major version of the Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard for computer connectivity. Among other improvements, USB 3.0 adds a new transfer mode called "SuperSpeed" (SS), capable of transferring data at up to 5 Gbit/s (625 MB/s), which is more than ten times as fast as the 480 Mbit/s (60 MB/s) high speed of USB 2.0."

So when you buy a new computer, make sure that it has at least one USB 3.0 port.

USB 3.0 image care of Wikipedia.org
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How do I set a row of spreadsheet data to be repeated on every printed page?

You've worked on a LibreOffice spreadsheet with data that takes more than a printed page. You want to show a table's row (usually the heading or first row) to show up on every page. What to do?

Why does my Ubuntu desktop screen lock up often?

Your desktop screen automatically locks up when you're not using the computer for 10 minutes. Note that this default feature is for the safety of your computer's data and applications. Website help.ubuntu.com has this say: "Locking your screen prevents other people from accessing your computer while you are away from it. All of your applications and work remain open while the screen is locked, and the screensaver is displayed." You may opt to make the lock-up time grace period longer or disable the lock-up all the way. Assuming you're using Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin):

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I have used Photoshop for image editing. Is there an equivalent application under Linux?

Yes, there is. One such popular application program is GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program). Both programs (Photoshop and GIMP) share concepts relating to graphic design. Although, you may need more time to get the hang of GIMP as it has a different user interface.

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What's the difference between LibreOffice and OpenOffice?

LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice, or to be more correct, a new name of office productivity suite being developed by many folks at OpenOffice.org. The reason for this is that Oracle, which bought Sun Microsystems (erstwhile corporate sponsor of OpenOffice) in 2010, asserted control over the development of OpenOffice, which went against the grain of the developers. They thus bolted out and formed the Document Foundation, which is the home of LibreOffice.

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What is FOSS?

Free and open source software (FOSS) simply refers to softwares (computer operating systems, applications and programs) considered to be alternatives to proprietary ones. 'Proprietary' in this context means not conforming to open systems standards, that puts a user (customer) at the mercy of the person or company (vendor) that sold the software. In this setup, user does not have the right to study, develop and redistribute the software.

Visit this link for more on FOSS.

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IT or ICT?

Some people interchange IT (information technology) with ICT (information and communications technology), mainly because they do not know the real difference between the two terms.

IT, on the one hand, is the branch of engineering that deals with the use of computers and telecommunications to store, retrieve and transmit information. It spans a wide variety of areas that include computer software, information systems, computer hardware, and programming languages. (wikipedia.org)

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