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I need help understand the account types, charges and payment plans. [more inside]
How to use only a custom dictionary in Word (or other word processor)? [more inside]
I purchased a new MacBook Pro last month--mid-level 13" model with the TouchBar FWIW--and it's had 3 or 4 kernel panics in the four weeks that I've had it. I've got the logs for one of those times at least. Is this machine a lemon? And if so, what's the best way to go about getting it replaced?
My parents want to be able to video chat without the distraction of seeing their own faces on screen. Is there a way to do this on Skype, Facetime or Hangouts--and not by turning off the camera but by somehow having their own images hidden? [more inside]
Question for social media pros and Insta-influencers! I manage Instagram accounts for major brands that are often tagged in other users' pictures, and I need a way to track those mentions. Seems simple enough, right? Complications inside. [more inside]
Have a new job as a copywriter in NYC and need a workhorse ultrabook to commute with. Right now I'm using my wife's MacBook Pro, but I'm freaking out about it and need my own gear. I am getting confused about the new hard drives and what-all and need good rec's on what I should be looking at for a powerful, but not top of the line system. [more inside]
I browse the web using Chrome on my desktop and I have an I-phone. I often see articles while on my desktop that I want to discuss with someone when I see them next, which might be several weeks away. Is there an easy way to send the article to my phone and at the same time set an alarm to remind me about it at a particular time and date in the future, ideally without having to touch my phone to do it? Many thanks in advance!
Can anyone suggest a laptop for an incoming college Freshman this fall, under $1000, no gaming? Also, any advice on how to shop for this is much appreciated! [more inside]
My six year old LOVES video games. I have extremely limited experience with them. I need some kind of introductory understanding. We have a desktop computer running Linux Mint and no real interest in owning a gaming console (like XBOX or whatever kids today use). Please help me help him. [more inside]
I am one of a few chaperones on an upcoming trip to DC. Instead of handing students a paper map of the area in which they can roam about, is there a more iPhone friendly option? [more inside]
I have a self-hosted WordPress site. I have access to the server logs and can see the gzipped files going back to when the site was launched. What tool or procedure can I use to analyze these server logs? I am most interested in site visitor information. Ideally, the information would be easy to send to another party as well.
I need help coding a learning algorithm in R for a research project I am working on. I know that this takes coding skill that I don't currently have. Where is the best place to go online to find someone I can pay to help me with this?
Hello smart people. I have searched and searched the internet for a solution to no avail, but have not yet posted this to Dell tech support. I have had good luck here before, so I'd rather try you first. I have had some intermittent trouble with my Dell E525W laser printer since I installed it that has now turned into not being able to print at all. I think the best way to describe the issue(s) is with a list of what the printer did and what I tried: [more inside]
For reasons, I need to send anonymous emails from a throwaway account. Assuming I use incognito mode in Chrome when using Gmail, what can the recipient find out about me? [more inside]
I've been programming in Ruby (and other scripting languages) for a few years now—and hey, I've even been paid to do it for two of them. But my dream is creating music and audio related products and toys—think synthesizers, samplers, etc. I play with my OP-1 from Teenage Engineering and think "I want to make things like this." [more inside]
Should I do anything beyond changing all my passwords and security questions, and turning on 2-factor authentication everywhere available? I have some confusions. This is actually the first time this has ever happened to me despite living full-time on the internet for a couple decades. [more inside]
For professional reasons, I need to upload a bunch of large pdf documents that had been generated by a client to a government website. On my first attempt to upload them, the site rejected them because it requires all pdfs to be at least 200 dpi, and some of the pages were lower resolution than that. [more inside]
I'm interested in getting up to speed on Blockchain technology and issues. I've got the gist of it from the multitudes of bitcoin-related pieces out there. But would love some recommendations on sources that start down the path of getting into the weeds of the technology and market issues. I'm most interested in developments and use cases apart from crypto-currencies. [more inside]
Back in the 20th century I used Windows machines a lot. I even bought a few, with mixed results. I jumped ship to mac for my second ever laptop and have been happy with that. Now, for $REASONS I find I shall be returning to the windows-verse, and I need a new laptop within two weeks. [more inside]
I can't for the life of me find a laptop case (13.3" screen) like this (see links). I need something that I can zip all 3 sides open. Almost everything I've found unzips 1 side plus 1/3 of the 2 adjacent sides. And... the bag has to have handles. See pix: 1, 2, 3