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June 28

Help diagnose dead computer

I left town for 10 days with my (home-built, previously-working-fine) desktop computer powered off and the surge protector switched off but not unplugged. I came back and now it won't turn on. Please help me figure out what the problem is. [more inside]
posted by number9dream at 10:19 AM - 18 answers

Alternatives to Facebook events?

What are the best alternatives to Facebook for providing on-line events listings with RSVP, the ability to send out updates, etc.? [more inside]
posted by enn at 9:39 AM - 6 answers

Bricked nexus 5x

I got back from a big vacation (my first in over ten years), where I took hundreds of photos on my Nexus 5x phone. I had been waiting to install an android update so that I could back them all up, but then the update installed itself... and bricked my phone. Can I recover my photos? I now have none of the trip, and I had plans for those photographs. [more inside]
posted by sockermom at 6:20 AM - 14 answers

What should my SharePoint role be called?

What is my job actually called in the SharePoint world? Am I an IT Pro? Power User? End User? Business? And why is none of this defined on a website? [more inside]
posted by almostwitty at 3:38 AM - 8 answers

Help me publish a name-your-price ebook for charity

I have written a book which is being self-published. People can name their own price, from zero on up, but anything they pay will be donated to a charity. Help me figure out the right way to get it online. [more inside]
posted by Orlop at 12:20 AM - 4 answers

June 27

What's this website I saw once and forgot to bookmark?

It was a plain text website that scrolled infinitely in any direction, and all text was editable by visitors to the site in real time. [more inside]
posted by wats at 9:06 PM - 2 answers

How do I feed myself motivational quotes?

Is there any iOS equivalent to the fortune app? I've got a list of quotes I really like. I'd like to be fed one a day, ideally using the notifications feature of my iPhone, but I'm up for email as well. Do I need to roll my own for this, or is there an existing solution out there?
posted by leotrotsky at 10:12 AM - 0 answers

iPad as a video intercom for an unattended reception area?

Does what it says on the label - Is there an app that will allow me to use a (physically) secured iPad as a video intercom/doorbell in an unattended office reception environment? [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 4:26 AM - 4 answers

June 26

Best (free) program for cataloguing my numismatic collection?

I have a decent sized numismatic collection, but for various reasons the Excel file I use to catalogue the collection and record important and thrillingly nerdy details about each coin is becoming unwieldy. Help me jump to a new programme. [more inside]
posted by Hadrian at 3:00 PM - 3 answers

Is there a great alternative to HealthMonth?

I love HealthMonth (yay Team MetaFilter!) but have had ongoing account problems, and the site owner/administrator is unreachable. I'm looking for a gamified, health-focused goal tracker that also allows me to set non-health related goals. [more inside]
posted by angiep at 1:42 PM - 2 answers

June 24

What is "internet service without internet access"?

While looking for something unrelated on my ISP's web site, I came across a pricing document that included, in addition to normal internet products, "HIGH-SPEED INTERNET SERVICE (Not Including Internet Access or ISP Features)". What does it even mean to have internet service and not internet access? What is the use of this? [more inside]
posted by Lirp at 11:18 AM - 4 answers

My laptop is very slow and may have power issues

I have a Dell Inspiron 15 3000 series. I'm running Windows 8.1.At some point (don't remember when), my laptop became slow at all things, especially waking up. I also believe it has some power issues, but when I run the power troubleshooter, it says everything is fine. I'm happy to answer questions/give details. I don't know a ton about computer things, but I can follow directions that are written clearly. More details about problems and things I've tried inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 9:33 AM - 9 answers

Windows 10 audio issues and

Don't know if these are related, but when I launch a new tab in chrome on windows 10 (creators update) the tab audio is muted. I have to go into the windows volume mixer to unmute it. Also there is always a volume slider for and I've never played that game on my PC. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling chrome to no avail. Help?
posted by mattholomew at 7:13 AM - 1 answers

June 23

Please explain the new Dropbox photo folders to me

Dropbox has been sending out a notice that says after June 30 "2) You’ll no longer be able to view, create, or share photo albums on the web after this date." AND "4) You can continue to share your photos through Dropbox via shared folders or shared links." What does that mean?! [more inside]
posted by cda at 5:37 PM - 2 answers

June 22

How to copy/archive a favorite website?

One of my go-to websites for Japanese Recipes, Washoku Guide suddenly announced that they're closing up shop next week. That's not enough time to go through and copy all my favorites! Is there any way to copy/archive the whole thing myself?
posted by Caravantea at 3:32 PM - 12 answers

Which MacMini model should I get?

We have an ancient MacMini that's our family computer. I made the mistake of upgrading it to Sierra and now it runs sooooo slooooooowly it's super-tedious to use. Guess it's time to upgrade to a new one? But which one? Pretend I'm your great-aunt and explain this to me using little words. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 11:15 AM - 25 answers

Quick photoshop request

Where can I get a quick, simple photoshop edit? I'm not in my office and need a simple mockup of the Hollywood sign. Thanks.
posted by wensink at 10:44 AM - 2 answers

Selling a 2014 Macbook Pro

I am planning on selling my Macbook Pro to pay for some car repairs. I have looked at Gazelle and Phobio. Does anyone have any experience with these companies? Is there a better company I haven't found?
posted by headspace at 10:27 AM - 7 answers

June 21

Things to do with an Apple Airport Extreme Router for Fun and Profit

I am currently happily using the router/modem combo that came with my Verizon Fios service. However, I have an Apple Airport Extreme router that is gathering dust, and I am wondering if there is anything fun I can do with it. I am a geek who like to tinker, so I would love your ideas for projects that put this device to use. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 5:59 PM - 2 answers

Wireless Repeater Security Settings

I'm trying to set up a repeater using an old Linksys router and dd-wrt and I'm *so* close but don't know what settings to use for Wireless Security. [more inside]
posted by 7 Minutes of Madness at 5:41 PM - 4 answers

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