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May 5

Alarm Software that Will Make A Sound at the Scheduled Times

I'm looking for either a Chrome App or Mac OSX software that will: 1) make a chime or some other noise at an appointed time 2) enter about 20 different "appointments" each day in an easy way [more inside]
posted by neeta at 1:52 PM - 5 answers

How can I stop worrying and learn to love Slack?

I just friggin' hate Slack, or at least what it is doing to my workday. I feel like I am losing an hour a day to watching ping-pong matches that I can't ignore because it will be hard to capture what's being discussed later (and/or people drop references to things they're asking me to do in the threads, sometimes without @mentions). [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike at 7:45 AM - 10 answers

Is there any way to fix this laptop screen problem?

Last night, while watching a tv episode, my laptop screen did this. This morning, after installing the most recent video driver and copious shut-downs and restarts, the problem is still here. Sometimes the bottom 3/4 is flickering like it is continuously refreshing at a stuttering rate, sometimes it is still. [more inside]
posted by zyxwvut at 7:03 AM - 4 answers

May 4

OSX - SOCKS proxy for bluetooth tethering?

How do I use a SOCKS proxy in OS X when tethering via Bluetooth? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 8:36 PM - 1 answers

Podcasting on WP?

Is there a good podcasting plugin for WP? Or do I need to roll my own? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 12:59 PM - 10 answers

Why does my computer think it's in India?

I am in the US and have never traveled to India. Today, websites started acting as though I am in India (e.g., the Google website had a popup asking if I want to change my default search to google.in, and another shopping website showed prices in rupees). Why is this happening? Is my ISP (comcast) giving me an IP address that is being interpreted by websites as being in India? Or should I be worried about a virus or malware that is making my computer act as though it is in India?
posted by Mallenroh at 9:30 AM - 6 answers

Easiest Way to Create an Interactive, "Multi-Factor" Game/Exercise?

Programming-challenged foodie here, trying to create a cooking activity for a staff event: From a list, you choose ingredient A as a starting point. Then you choose other ingredients to add to A (D and W, say), and see the result: A+D+W—a dish you can make at home. How can I create something (digital, paper, or otherwise) that allows people to choose any ingredient, add any others, and see a possible resulting dish? [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 6:28 AM - 5 answers

Where is my Mac (and maybe my iphone?) hiding stuff I may need?

Tomorrow is my last day at a job I’ve been at for years. For all that time, the company has owned my only computer and my only phone. Much of what’s on both is the company’s, and of course I’ll leave that behind. There are some personal documents that I know are mine, and I know how to keep them. Is there other stuff tucked away on the Mac or the iPhone that I may want to keep? What, and how? [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 4:42 AM - 5 answers

May 3

Google's Chrome browser is refusing to forget my passwords with LastPass

I've used the Chrome browser with the LastPass extension for years, and for years it's been set to refuse automatic access to accounts such as Facebook, metafiilter, GMAIL, etc, unless I type in the master LastPass password. Suddenly, this has changed, and Chrome refuses to forget my passwords....it's driving me nuts! [more inside]
posted by newfers at 2:00 PM - 10 answers

How should I create an awesome customizable searchable database in 2016?

Technology keeps changing and I know you guys are on top of it more than I am... so helllllpppp! We want to create a database of detailed text information, photos, videos, links, etc. (whatever I can find) that can be tagged and accessed easily when we're looking to provide a client answers on a topic. Before we compile and input it all, I want to make sure we're using the best possible resource to build it instead of just throwing it all into evernote or Excel without looking into other (possibly better, easier and more flexible) solutions. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 1:30 PM - 4 answers

Minecraft minefields

Please help me understand minecraft pocket edition. My son is 7 1/2 years and initially I was fine with him playing minecraft. He was building stuff, planted carrots and had dogs, and was flying around. But suddenly he is using weapons. I put an immediate stop to it by banning minecraft. But I would like to find out if there is a way to get rid of the weapons and return to the childfriendly version as he really enjoyed it. [more inside]
posted by 15L06 at 11:55 AM - 22 answers

May 2

Is My Computer Infected?

Today, I was on my Windows laptop and a command prompt window opened, which changed from red text to green text really quickly, almost too quickly to catch. I wiped and re-installed Windows, and now, the same command prompt popped up again! Screenshot: here. Is my computer infected? How can this be with a full wipe and re-install?
posted by xingcat at 9:03 PM - 7 answers

Help connecting Airport to Internet

Weird situation. I have two Mac computers right next to each other. One recognized the wifi on the Airport and logs in no problem. The other sees the network but can’t log in. I’m usually pretty say with these things but no luck resetting airport, running diagnostic tool or rebooting. I’m stumped. only thing I can think of was I used the utility privacy scan and it might have tossed some Finder cache files. Any help would be hugely appreciated. Thanks
posted by captainscared at 6:20 PM - 8 answers

Snapchat for olds

I'm getting ready to start busking, and I got a Snapchat account at the advice of a few other buskers. I'm not sure how to use it. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 3:43 PM - 2 answers

I want an ebook app (for mac) that does these things.

I've read a lot of reviews of ebook readers, but short of downloading all of them, it's hard to tell if they do what I want them to do. I also have a question about ebook devices. [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 12:12 PM - 15 answers

iPad Air 2 Accessories & Advice for a Tech Un-Savvy Senior

I'm seeking advice for the right accessory solutions and ways to remotely help my 80-year-old mom with her new iPad Air 2. [more inside]
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese at 12:10 PM - 1 answers

Required Facebook Malware Scanner?

I have encountered a Facebook "malware scanning checkpoint" that is trying to force me to download something it claims is Kaspersky Malware Scanner. That's got to be a hack, right? How do I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 11:44 AM - 10 answers

Looking for "horror stories" of computer virus infections

I need to put the fear of God into some foolish, negligent users. I'm looking for examples of organizations that were hit with some kind of horrible malware (like CryptoLocker) or had sensitive data stolen -- all because of a really stupid action by an employee. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 at 10:19 AM - 20 answers

May 1

Free online transcription software?

I have some interviews to transcribe- some audio only, and some video, each about 45 minutes long. Is there any free or cheap app or software that can take the whole file at once and spit out a reasonably accurate transcription?
posted by pseudostrabismus at 9:36 PM - 4 answers

more like wordpre$$ amiright

I would like to convert a custom-built paid membership website to Wordpress. What is the best paid membership plugin? [more inside]
posted by michaelh at 5:51 PM - 2 answers

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