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October 24

Help me decide how to put a DVD online.

So I have this DVD with accompanying copyright information, descriptive notes and disclaimers and I'd like to put it online so others can access it. The last time I did such a thing, I ripped it and converted to FLV and used JW Player. I could do that again but I wonder if that's what people at the end of 2014 would do. Are we in a post-flash world? Could I do something similar in a different format? (Even though I have some experience with this, please "explain like I'm 5.") [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference at 4:44 PM - 4 answers

Stop OS X From Prompting about opening applications for the first time!

Timely Help Needed Updated to Yosemite and now all my calendar workflows require me to click OK to allow them to be run for the first time. [more inside]
posted by terrapin at 2:22 PM - 3 answers

How can folks protect themselves in this new hacky, doxxy world?

What are some steps people can take, or some resources they can read up on to shore up their own security and protect their identity in the event that they were to become a target of hacking and online harassment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:23 PM - 4 answers

Fish-themed alternate URL for amazon.com

I vaguely recall there being a domain name involving the word "fish" (or something similar and ridiculous) that would redirect to amazon.com. Was this a dream? I can't find any information about it anywhere. [more inside]
posted by caaaaaam at 9:52 AM - 5 answers

New-fangled Scanner Technology

I'm looking for a document scanner setup with some fairly specific requirements... [more inside]
posted by grateful at 8:20 AM - 3 answers

Macintosh Power Users -- how do you afford to keep up?

I was recently given a heavy Mac G5 Tower by my uncle. It has Mac OS 10.4 "TIGER" on it... [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 7:11 AM - 21 answers

October 23

gossip-averse liberal political news sources: all killer, no filler?

Hoping to find at least one ostensibly liberal news website that has not yet collapsed into a pit of Buzzfeed-ification or gossip column nonsense masquerading as current events. I don't want to read about the latest offensive off-the-cuff remark made by some random state representative or Joe the Plumber or Sarah Palin or any other totally irrelevant GOP-friendly media personality. I only want to read in-depth stories about U.S. politics with a liberal bent: candidates, issue positions, polls, all that fun stuff. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio at 2:11 PM - 15 answers

Google Calendar and Outlook - making BFFs out of frenemies...

Our team is virtual and uses Google Calendar to see free/busy time between co-workers. One of our VPs loathes Google Calendar and instead uses Outlook (2010 on her laptop/2013 on her desktop). How can I get her Google Calendar to show up with two-way sync in Outlook so she doesn't have to use Chrome-native Google Calendar but we can still see her meetings? Complication below... [more inside]
posted by ovenmitt at 8:08 AM - 6 answers

Fun coding projects for (re)learning programming?

I'm looking for interesting coding-project suggestions, preferably, but not necessarily, for execution in Python, ObjectiveC, or Unity. [more inside]
posted by vaguelyweird at 12:52 AM - 11 answers

October 22

How and what voice recognition software can a child use in school?

What , if any, voice recognition software would be suitable for a child who has issues writing? How do you make it work for in-class assignments? How well does IOS Dragon work? [more inside]
posted by Measured Out my Life in Coffeespoons at 6:47 PM - 5 answers

I am not to be trusted with small electronic devices

Tomorrow I get my new iphone 6. What is the most indestructible case I can buy? [more inside]
posted by zara at 6:08 PM - 17 answers

After updating Debian, thunderbird wont download my mail

I just updated from Debian Lenny to Wheezy (via Squeeze), now I can't download my emails in thunderbird [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 5:15 PM - 3 answers

October 21

High processor usage for Chrome under OS X Yosemite.

How can I stop Chrome from killing my battery? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 6:37 PM - 10 answers

But which John?

I'm currently using Facebook group chats in some of my community organizational work. The "seen by" function is really helpful for more timely items, but the problem is that it only shows first names - but we often have multiple people in the group with the same first name. Is there a way to tell which John or Jane has seen the message? Googlefu is failing me.
posted by Conspire at 5:56 PM - 2 answers

Do I want a unicorn? To-do lists (Oct-2014).

Looking for a cross-platform to-do list/outliner with the option to work offline/save locally on desktop (Mac) and Android, and to export to Google Calendar and Excel (or Word) for Mac 2011. I hate Evernote. More within! [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock at 5:25 PM - 7 answers

Disneyland Filter: Disney-themed iPhone game app to play in queues?

Having read every previous wonderful Ask about Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, I've discovered that some of the game apps that folks here recommended a few years ago are now nowhere to be found on iTunes or the App Store, etc. Please help me find a cool, Disneyland-themed app to play on my iPhone with my 7-year-old DS while we wait in the lines during our upcoming trip to Disneyland. [more inside]
posted by hush at 1:23 PM - 4 answers

How dead is my computer?

My PC, a Lenovo roughly 3 years old, froze this morning while I was navigating a web page. [more inside]
posted by jon1270 at 10:18 AM - 14 answers

1.Membership list 2.??? 3.Non-profit!

I've taken over a position as a general administrator of an artist workshop with 400+ members, and set myself the task of automating what is still a manual or paper organisation. Looking for advice on membership software and good practices - getting a bit lost among all the CRM options and features. [more inside]
posted by monocultured at 7:29 AM - 4 answers

Replacement for iPhoto (on iOS) Oil Painting and Watercolor filters?

The iPhoto app on iOS had two excellent photo filters that I liked a lot in certain situations: Watercolor and Oil Painting. I've seen nothing else as good as either of them in any other app (I am aware of the Waterlogue app, which also provides some interesting effects). Unfortunately, as of iOS 8.0, Apple no longer supports iPhoto for iOS. [more inside]
posted by Prawn at 6:43 AM - 4 answers

October 20

How do we stay in touch without Gchat?

My best friend and I communicate primarily on gchat and now it's getting blocked by one of our work places. Can't download any programs. Is there a hidden solution here? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard at 4:28 PM - 27 answers

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