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August 26

Rusty on Windows, don't want 10 - options?

I haven't used a Windows machine in quite a while, but now need one for a project. 10 is baffling to me, I have no interest in putting in the time to become proficient, and I don't want to deal w/what appears to be its total privacy dumpster fire. What are my best options for getting a new machine w/an older but still reasonably useful Windows OS? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 6:36 AM - 2 answers

iPhone 4 Vulnerability?

In light of the recently revealed iPhone exploit, how vulnerable is an old iPhone 4? Because it can't be updated past iOS 7, I assume Apple isn't releasing a patch (indeed, I checked the software update and there was nothing available). Does this mean I absolutely have to upgrade my hardware? [more inside]
posted by Yiggs at 2:57 AM - 2 answers

August 25

Can you recommend some complex, story-driven Android games?

My husband is on a perpetual hunt for Android games that are complex or challenging enough to keep his interest for more than a day or two. He enjoys RPG and puzzle games, mostly, with the occasional building or strategy game thrown in. By this point we've tried most games on various best-of lists, and he was hoping there might be some hidden gems he's not aware of. [more inside]
posted by cabingirl at 3:28 PM - 20 answers

August 24

What was this 90s kids' computer game?

I'm trying to remember the name of a computer game I played as kid. Things I remember: - The main control room/hub was a tree - You could pick where you wanted to go from the main tree - There were several mini games accessible from the tree - maybe through tubes? - All the characters were colorful animal-like creatures Ring a bell?
posted by stompadour at 7:40 PM - 13 answers

Mailing list solution for a small group

I am helping the local community garden with their communications. Are there any mailing list managers that don't get caught by the spam/promotions filter? We aren't marketing, just sending out information about community work days and tomato pests. [more inside]
posted by xo at 4:05 PM - 2 answers

What is hacking?

I don't understand hacking. How is it done? [more inside]
posted by Triumphant Muzak at 3:57 PM - 18 answers

Is the Dell Inspirion 15 5000 Series Worth It?

I'm interested in the Dell Inspirion 15 5000 Series, but I'm not sure if Dell is worth the time. Chiefly, I need a good laptop for university, photography editing, blogging, writing essays, youtube, reddit, playing chess, downloading pdf files, computer programming, and possibly Minecraft. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 11:23 AM - 5 answers

August 23

I Need An External DVD Player For Music, Not Burning

I recently purged most of my music CD/DVD collection. Now, I want to listen to what's left using an external player. Are any players targeting music playback rather than burning/duplication on the market? Should I be looking for specific attributes/brands? Needs to have a USB 3 connection. Currently have an old Amazon Basic USB 2 unit that's noisy enough to hear with headphones on.
posted by justcorbly at 9:04 AM - 7 answers

Landscape only iPhone text editor

I like typing in landscape but browsing in portrait. Unlocking the orientation means it turns sideways whenever I lie down. I'd really like a landscape-only text editor. Plain as you like. Markdown and Dropbox support a bonus! I have a 6 Plus, iOS 9.
posted by danteGideon at 7:46 AM - 2 answers

August 22

Ess Ay Are Ay WITHOUT AN H at gmail dot com

How do I get an email address I don't have to spell? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. at 8:11 PM - 38 answers

What should I do with a presumably fraudulent thumb drive?

I found a thumb drive online claiming to hold 2 terabytes for $16. For no good reason, I bought it. It must be a fraud, and now I'm afraid to even plug it in. [more inside]
posted by Sleeper at 5:13 PM - 14 answers

Corporate IT folks: How much can you see of what users send?

I assume a network admin can tell if someone is torrenting Game of Thrones or actively watching pornography. But if I Slack someone in private "Man, Brian is the fucking worst," is that readable to you guys (I know, I know, none of you would ever care to—but is it possible?). If I send an email from my personal Gmail account over a work network, same deal is that readable? Again, I know most corporate IT folks would rather do almost anything rather than eavesdrop on what the idiots in marketing are emailing each other—just curious if it's possible.
posted by Peemster at 2:07 PM - 16 answers

Calendar table functionality

I'd like to do something particular with a table in Word 2016. Can you tell me how? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 9:24 AM - 4 answers

Apple Lightning Charger cable that won't wear out in a few weeks?

When I got my iPhone, it came with a Lightning charger cable that went almost a year before I had to hold it at a certain angle in order to keep my iPhone charging. I have bought various replacements on eBay that appeared to be genuine, but got the same problem MUCH quicker with these. Is there anywhere I can get an actual genuine cable that will last, without paying a fortune? [more inside]
posted by Slinga at 9:06 AM - 23 answers

August 21

Firefox Flash

How do I get Firefox (47.0.1) to stop asking me about Flash? I want to answer "Yes, I want Flash to run here, there, and everywhere, always! Stop nagging me!" [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 7:18 PM - 5 answers

Help Me Book-ify My Old Livejournal

The last time this question was asked was back in 2009, so just wanted to see if anyone had any advice or recommendations for getting a super old LJ printed into some sort of keepsake book. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 4:46 PM - 5 answers

August 20

Can I do a "slide show" of someone's FB photos?

I need to know if it's possible to run a slide show of someone else's FB photos during a memorial service....Snowflakes of course... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 7:18 PM - 3 answers

Clouds in my coffee

I impulse bought myself a lifetime Droplr account. What do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Broadband at 5:50 AM - 1 answers

August 19

Safe no hassle way to buy a desktop PC?

What are the best ways not to get myself buying a PC in a hurry? [more inside]
posted by mark k at 8:15 PM - 17 answers

FilemakerPro to .CSV to NeonCRM - How to Excel?

Excel experts and fundraising professionals, ho! I work for a small non-profit and we're currently transitioning from a janky FilemakerPro database to NeonCRM. I have all the data spread across three spreadsheets and my brain is collapsing trying to figure out the best way to deal with it. What's the best/most efficient way to compare data between three separate spreadsheets, and manipulate it into the format I need for this import? All the necessary/boring details lie within! [more inside]
posted by adastra at 12:42 PM - 11 answers

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