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May 23

Here is your new computer! Please treat it well, it is your friend.

I just helped my youngest sibling buy her first personal machine. She is used to using a shared computer (at home and at school), and I want her to get off on the right foot! [more inside]
posted by tedious at 5:05 PM - 6 answers

Need Help with Tumblr Hashtags

When using IFTTT to post pictures on Tumblr from Instagram, my hashtags are not automatically becoming active links. Help me fix this! [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 10:24 AM - 4 answers

Standard Practices For New PC, May 2017 Edition

My mom just got a new laptop, and has asked me to "set it up" for her. (For example, removing bloatware and dealing with virus protection.) I was once a Windows power user, but I've been using Macs exclusively for about eight years now. What does setting up a new PC entail in 2017? [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 9:44 AM - 10 answers

Looking for a beautiful, fast, free Mac slide show

I just want to look at pretty pictures when I take a break. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 9:33 AM - 2 answers

May 22

Emerging CMS Recommendations/Pros & Cons?

Looking at an array of emerging CMS options for small to medium-sized websites that are easy to deploy and maintain - particularly alternatives to wordpress, drupal etc. [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 11:09 PM - 4 answers

Computer game filter

What was the game I played in the 90s where you skated on hoverboards inside a bowl shaped arena and tried to catch a ball and get it into goals along the rim? Probably on a mac.
posted by neat graffitist at 2:43 PM - 3 answers

Simple Facebook content harvesting

A friend passed away last night after a brutal struggle with cancer (which can just f*ck right off, by the way). He was a longtime Austin musician and my Facebook feed is flooded today with memories and photos from his huge network of friends. His family are very dear to me and I'd like to harvest all these good memories for them to look at later. HOPE ME. [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 at 8:07 AM - 5 answers

May 21

Gmailfilter: Ideal setup when sharing Gmail with others?

I'm working with a startup where we all share "inbox duty" on Gmail. What's the ideal way I can access the inbox, respond to email, and have everything still remain on the server? Here's the kicker: I want to use Outlook 2016 as my email client app from my Win10 laptop. [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 8:12 AM - 7 answers

May 20

PS4 Controller not working with Steam

My PS4 controller is not working with steam games. I've got it connected, Steam sees it, I can go into Big Picture mode and navigate around & launch games just fine, but when I actually launch a game the controller either only partially works or doesn't work at all. For example in Salt & Sanctuary it does nothing. In MGS Phantom Pain I can launch some menus but not select anything. I tried a different PS4 controller and same issue, thought it might be input mapper interfering so I uninstalled that and rebooted to no avail.
posted by mattholomew at 6:06 AM - 5 answers

May 19

New Excel user... how to translate document into English efficiently?

I was hired to translate a foreign language Excel document into English. I am being paid per word, so obviously the faster I work the more I get paid, but... I have little experience with Excel, so in my current state I will be moving slow as molasses. How do I optimize my translation efficiency/speed? Bonus question: How in tarnation do you count words in Excel?! More info available upon request. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers at 9:35 AM - 9 answers

Making 3D shape by revolving half a cross section about an Axis.

I have an image file that's half a cross section of a round object. I need to turn this into a 3D object file that can upload to Shapeways for 3D printing. I tried using Tinkercad and a few other online 3D tools, but I can't seem to find one that works. Is there a way I can do this for free?
posted by radwolf76 at 8:21 AM - 6 answers

Excel Help - How to Concatenate without all the extra decimals??

I'm working on a sheet where I have a summary box explaining the data in the spread sheet. Something like "With 80 guests per day and and average transaction size of $14.32, you can expect 61% margins. Concatenation is not working the way I hoped =/ [more inside]
posted by FireStyle at 8:13 AM - 5 answers

Does this application exist? Giant wireframe/flow mapping of screenshots

I am looking for an application that basically allows me to reference external images, place them on a giant canvas and annotate them (draw arrows, make notes etc.). The trick here being that when the external images update they should also update my "map". I know this is possible in Indesign and Illustrator, but I am looking for alternatives.
posted by wolfr at 7:29 AM - 1 answers

May 18

What color is it?

I want to write a very simple app for a smartwatch-type device that will display the time as a color. What's the easiest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot at 2:14 PM - 11 answers

How to ensure compatibility with projector when I can't test beforehand?

How do I ensure my computing device will connect to a particular projector when I won't be able to test it until day of? [more inside]
posted by bologna on wry at 7:08 AM - 7 answers

Excel/Google Sheets Formula Help

I am not sure how to ask this, so it is probably easily available on Google and I just can't find it. However, I am trying to make a Google Sheet (or Excel Doc, it doesn't matter which) that does something specific. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero at 2:54 AM - 6 answers

May 17

550 5.7.1 relaying denied email error

Hello, hoping someone here can help me when both Google support and my hosting provider have given up. I'm working with two domains - we'll call them and, both use G Suite for email, both at the same hosting provider. One email (mine) on (my work domain) is getting this bounce back message: 550 5.7.1 relaying denied when emailing any address at My colleagues, also emailing from, don't have a problem. [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 6:28 AM - 11 answers

May 16

Replacing mouse on iMac

I want/need a new mouse for my iMac of roughly 2014/2015 vintage. It came with a battery-powered mouse...can I swap it for something rechargeable or plugged in? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 4:53 PM - 15 answers

up to date application checking application (windows 10)

Is there an application that will check the version of all applications running on my computer (windows10) and give me a list of those that are out of date? I asked the same question (except for the windows 10 detail) about 8 years ago and was told about filehippo which I used until recently. However, it does not look like filehippo is being maintained ( the latest version is about 2 years old and the name indicates that it's a "Beta" version ) so I'm looking for an alternative. Thanks.
posted by metadave at 1:25 PM - 8 answers

How do watch what an apache process is doing

A script keeps bouncing me out (and only me!) of certain pages on a website but doesn't appear to be anything to do with the script itself. As far as I can tell the request isn't getting to the script so I'd like to figure out where its going. It has the same issue on the live server as on my local XAMPP install. [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 6:21 AM - 5 answers

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