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How to manually delay Windows updates

Windows 10 update settings are varied and at times confusing. Here is an exact list of the settings that control when updates will automatically run.

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Linux tip: Learn to use display release commands

In this tip, we look at commands that identify the version of Linux in use on a Linux system – the lsb_release and uname commands.

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Linux tip: Learn to use the shred command

In this Linux tip, we look at the shred command, which removes a file from a disk in a manner that is far more thorough than the rm (remove) command.

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R tip: Keep passwords and tokens secure with the keyring package

Learn how to store credentials in an encrypted, secure keyring within R

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How to use PowerShell to scan for Windows 10 updates

Here’s how to tell what patches and security improvement are in Windows 10 updates before you install them.

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R tip: Sparklines in HTML tables

Learn how to add sparklines to HTML tables in R with the DT and sparkline packages

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R tip: Quick Interactive Tables

See how to create an interactive HTML table with one line of code. Plus, plenty of customizations

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R tip: Drag-and-drop ggplot

See how the new graphical user interface for ggplot2 works, thanks to the esquisse R package

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R tip: Reshape data with tidyr

See how the tidyr R package’s gather and spread functions work. Plus a bonus look at labeling in ggplot2

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R tip: Schedule R scripts on a Mac

Learn how to run R scripts from the Mac command line. Then, see how to schedule R scripts with cron jobs and the cronR package.

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R tip: R Markdown tutorial

In this 10th episode of Do More with R, learn how to create HTML, Word docs, PowerPoint presentations, and more that combine text, graphics, and R code

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What is RPA? A revolution in business process automation

More CIOS are turning to robotic process automation to eliminate tedious tasks, freeing corporate workers to focus on higher value work. But RPA requires proper design, planning and governance if it's to bolster the business, experts...

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R tip: Access nested list items with purrr

In this ninth episode of Do More with R, learn how to easily access and modify nested list items with the purrr package’s modify_depth function

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Linux tip: How to use the lsblk command

In today’s Linux tip, we’re going to look at the lsblk command, which provides useful information on block devices.

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Linux tip: How to use the apropos command

In today’s Linux tip, we look at the apropos command – a command that helps you locate and identify commands even when you can’t remember their names.

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Linux tip: How to use the dstat command

In today’s Linux tip, we’re going to look at the dstat command that provides important information on system resources — notably CPU usage, disk activity, network traffic, paging and system internals (interrupts and context switches)....

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R tip: Animations in R

In this eighth episode of Do More with R, learn how to animate data over time with R and the gganimate and ggplot2 packages.

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R tip: Create maps in R

In this seventh episode of Do More with R, learn how to create maps in R—it’s easier than you think, thanks to new and updated packages like sf, tmap, and ggplot2

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Linux tip: How to use pipes

In today’s Linux tip, we’re going to look at pipes, which take the output of the command on the left side and pass it to the command on the right to use as input.

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Linux tip: How to use the od command

In today’s Linux tip, we’re going to look at the od command, which allows you to look at the content of files.

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