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November 29

Wishlist / group registry app recommendations?

It's that time of year when my family and I trade lists of things we could get for one another if we haven't already found something on our own. We usually just do a running email thread, and it devolves into sub threads excluding the person of interest, where all the other family members claim what they're getting or have gotten for the person who isn't on the cc:list. Until of course someone (Mom) replies on the wrong thread, and spills the beans. ;) [more inside]
posted by blackfly at 9:42 PM - 1 answers

Help me find a single-player offline Scrabble game for Windows 10

I'm looking for a computer version of the game Scrabble. It needs to run on Windows 10, and allow for offline play with a single human player against some number of computer players. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by sourcequench at 8:51 AM - 4 answers

Upgrades to Windows 10

I just upgraded to Windows 10 from 7 after being nagged enough by it to finally take the time to schedule an update. What are some of the good, new features in it that I should be aware of/take advantage of? Any apps that I should bother to download?
posted by flatluigi at 12:16 AM - 5 answers

November 27

Lenovo replacement for X201

I have had the Lenovo Thinkpad X201 for over 4 years and now it is dying :(. Hoping to get a replacement-ideas and Black Friday deals would be great. [more inside]
posted by stepup at 8:19 PM - 4 answers

All-in-One Kit or build my own?

Which is the better approach, buying an all in one electronic repair kit set or just compile one from various vendors? [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 5:28 PM - 4 answers

Mile High Performance Computing

The servers won't fit in the carry-on space. Help me find a Lappy that can? [more inside]
posted by MrBobinski at 12:54 PM - 8 answers

Webpage to display two random photos upon each reload

I have a collection of 50-100 images. I want to display them on a very basic webpage in which two random images are displayed side by side each time the page is loaded. Is there any free (or paid, I guess) website builder that could do this very easily? Or, do you have a suggestion for some very basic way for me to build it myself? I have little to no programming skill but used to muddle through some html back in the day.
posted by dahliachewswell at 9:53 AM - 11 answers

Will (some flavor of) Raspberry Pi work here?

I've got a friend's kid who's into computer gaming. Should he get a RaspPi, and if so what kind? [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss at 9:44 AM - 13 answers

"Touch to Retry"

You have a new cell phone (and contract) and you are totally in love for six months or a year. You receive the scheduled system upgrade (!) and everything is peachy. Until one day, YouTube decides it doesn't work on your phone anymore. [more inside]
posted by halfbuckaroo at 8:53 AM - 14 answers

I'd like to get a new laptop, a bit better than the one I have

I want a small laptop that I can use to watch netflix and videos, and play steam games on. I often hook it up to my projector, so it needs an HDMI output. I am also curious about possibly getting one with a touchscreen to I can draw and make art in bed. Lots more details inside. [more inside]
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 3:26 AM - 3 answers

November 26

Blu ray with fancy connection abilities

I use my blu ray player to connect to Netflix and hulu and this is primarily the way I watch TV. What blu ray player will connect to a secure network..... [more inside]
posted by Kalmya at 4:55 PM - 12 answers

How to block the NY Times' shitty ad practices?

I subscribe to the NY Times and use their app on my ios 9 device. Lately they've had a randoml auto-playing ad with video and sound either when I open the app or when it refreshes. I work in an environment where I can use a phone to read the news but absolutely cannot suddenly have sound blaring. Will the new ad blocking apps block in-app ads in the Times app? I know I can block in Safari but I use the app to also read the paper on the subway. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 2:57 PM - 12 answers

Buying a Macbook Air, first time Apple buyer

We are buying a MacBook Air for our A+++ student. Is there anything to know besides the $100 student discount? Are there ever any sales prices tied to holiday buying? Is the AppleCare Protection plan worth it? [more inside]
posted by readery at 10:45 AM - 27 answers

Is there a trick to moving virtual hard disks?

I can't seem to attach a virtual hard disk I created if I move it from its original directory unless it's attached as "read-only". Is this typical? [more inside]
posted by millions at 9:25 AM - 5 answers

November 25

Help me make my brand new awful job less awful

Basically, I need a step-by-step explanation/tutorial on how to play audio files on my phone (not stream; play from memory). Android. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter at 5:20 PM - 15 answers

Upgrading PC for current games

My PC is getting old. Help me decide on a cost-effective upgrade that will improve my gaming experience. [more inside]
posted by pipeski at 12:39 PM - 12 answers

Can I automate sending emails in Gmail one at a time?

I'd like to send the same email to a group of about 40 people, but instead of sending it BCC with me in the "to" field, I'd really like to send it individually to each person. Is there a way to automate this? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 10:26 AM - 5 answers

November 24

Wordpress Notification Bar for Twitter or similar?

I am looking for a Wordpress plugin (or service?) which will allow me to send a tweet and display it at the top of the page, with some caveats. [more inside]
posted by terrapin at 12:45 PM - 2 answers

Free wordpress themes - appearance somewhat comparable to divi or avada

Looking for a responsive wordpress theme that's quick loading, doesn't have a lot of bloat, and lets me use my own plugins (SEO, etc.). I used to work in the biz; that plus my current field and sometimes slightly particular aesthetics make a certain amount of customization inevitable. There's so much out there to weed through and many reviews/compilations aren't all that helpful.
posted by dancing leaves at 12:16 PM - 4 answers

November 23

Quick Jump-in Multiplayer Online Web-Based Games

Please show me your web-based multiplayer games like this version of Battleship that are super-easy to jump into and play with a friend.
posted by AloneOssifer at 2:58 PM - 1 answers

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