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October 22

How easy is it for someone to discover your real identity online?

I'm struck by cases where someone who suddenly becomes famous is shamed by people online after they discover embarrassing comments they made in the past. As an example, CEO of Whole Foods used an alias and engaged in petty fights online over prospects of company. Somehow, hackers discovered it was him. Say I say some really harsh things about iPhones online (e.g., on Ask Mefi), then achieve fame through asking a question at a Presidential debate--how easy would it be for someone to discover my shameful anti-iPhone tirades?
posted by Jon44 at 6:27 AM - 8 answers

October 21

Free/low cost online solution for file sharing and discussion forums?

My research has left me confused. I want to provide a simple online place/forum for participants in my adult education programs to share files and discussions. [more inside]
posted by MT at 6:53 PM - 6 answers

Free or cheap computer for indigent artist

Hi, my friend is a brilliant digital artist and wants to apply or ask to get a free or cheap computer - his present main box is manufactured in the last millenium! Are there agencies, websites or subreddits, etc where he could show some of his work and get parts or a complete computer ? Should be capable of running adobe cs5 if possible. He is in the UK.
posted by Mistress at 3:21 PM - 5 answers

Test credit card for production?

I'm working with an ecommerce startup and we need a test credit card for production testing, as in a real credit card where we can purchase and void transactions. Is this something that a credit card company provides? I basically, don't want the card to get flagged because we use it then void it continuously. This might just be, use a corporate card and they don't care, but didn't know if there was a more clean way to do this. Bonus points if there's a magical card that we can have make transactions that don't actually go through so that we can use that for automated testing.
posted by geoff. at 3:14 PM - 10 answers

Batch download PDFs linked in PDFs?

Need to download hundreds of PDFs, but they are linked in PDFs... Browser extensions can't auto-download them- what are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:23 AM - 2 answers

October 20

Automated WooCommerce

Any developers out there use WooCommerce? Anyone know how to write a PHP script that creates downloadable products from a script? [more inside]
posted by johngoren at 9:44 AM - 1 answers

Where to put "virtual tables" in MVC?

Short version: Should ORMs only map to actual tables in the actual database, or is it useful to add classes that create "virtual tables" based on filtering the records? [more inside]
posted by lore at 9:41 AM - 2 answers

anyone have experience with .law or other new-fangled TLDs?

I know the whole topic of acquiring a TLD can be fraught with interest; my question has more to do with what happens once you have it. I have a client interested in a .law domain. Has anyone run into problems with this TLD, either in dealing with registrars, DNS difficulties, or getting Microsoft hosted exchange or Google Apps working with it? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike at 8:44 AM - 4 answers

October 19

Reset android chrome external protocol handlers

How do I change Chrome's external protocol handlers on my phone? [more inside]
posted by anadem at 9:05 PM - 2 answers

Android Reminder App ?

I have to take a tablet every day and would like an Android app (or a mobile friendly web-app) to help me remember to do that. The obvious choices don't suit me ... more inside [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 6:04 PM - 14 answers

What's my best HTPC receiver/amp option?

What should I use to send sound from my HTPC to my speakers in two separate rooms? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield at 4:52 PM - 2 answers

Fast responsive Blog and Blog Theme that work in China.

Sounds easy but is surprisingly difficult. I need a blog and a blog theme, e.g. WordPress and a theme. Requirements: 1. Must be for a finance related blog 2. Must be FAST, must be also fast in China. Meaning loading no bulls.t from Facebook, google analytics, google fonts etc. since this stuff is blocked there. 3. Must be responsive. Must look good on a cell phone. [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 12:17 PM - 6 answers

SharePoint and Mac users

I have SharePoint 2010 sites, with lists, libraries and InfoPath forms. SharePoint is only worth a goddamn in Internet Explorer, as you probably know. I have a bunch of Mac users who do not like to use a virtual machine. These are senior-type Mac users, however. What can I do to bridge the gap? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 11:51 AM - 7 answers

What's the scam? filter

I usually pride myself on knowing what the scam is, but this one has me stumped. It's on eBay, from a buyer named "wealth-enhancement-resources." I tried searching all the scam warning pages, but all of them assume that you have a valuable item like a phone or computer that they don't want to pay for. [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 8:43 AM - 15 answers

Google indexing

Does Google index child pornography? About two months ago, I Google Image Search'd "vintage porn" because I have a soft spot for Victorian pornography. However, as I was scrolling through the images, one caught my eye. I won't describe it because triggers, but suffice it to say, I'm almost positive it was a pornographic image involving a child. I noped out as quickly as possible and almost threw my phone across the room. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:13 AM - 9 answers

October 18

Slicing and dicing photocopies of open faced books

I'm always copying chapters from books at work. I usually scan them straight to a pdf file by opening the book face down and copying two pages at once. This makes the final product difficult to read on various screens. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 7:33 AM - 12 answers

Getting rid of "ghost touches" on Dell laptop

Hi. The cursor flies around opening/closing programs, etc. I see these weird "bubbles" at top of screen all along at points where icons are. Like someone's touching tablet. Well-known phenomenon -- and NOT a virus. [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd at 7:16 AM - 10 answers

October 17

Help me remember a few sets of edutainment games from my childhood!

When I was younger I remember playing a Win 3.1 game that either was a collection of four separate games or were four separate games distributed together. I don't recall very many details of gameplay at all, but I'll share what I remember in the extended explanation. [more inside]
posted by LSK at 4:24 PM - 3 answers

How can I understand the architecture of an existing code-base?

Help me to make sense of this largish C++ repository, so I can become an upstanding citizen and contribute to the program and give back to the community. [more inside]
posted by Zigurana at 1:10 PM - 8 answers

October 16

I want to tweet my google searches

Is it possible to make a twitter bot that tweets out my google searches verbatim? How would I do that? [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork at 3:08 PM - 5 answers

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