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March 28

Making a political-compass style test for D&D character alignments

I'm looking for some way to make a D&D style character alignment test (lawful good, chaotic evil, etc) that lays out the results of the test similar to the 2-axis political spectrum/compass test, with the two axis being law-chaos and good-evil. I'm having trouble figuring out a way to do this. [more inside]
posted by Orca at 11:32 AM - 3 answers

This is an identify scroll. n--a cursed amulet of NethackW.

When I need to rest my brain, I tend to play NethackW (the tile interface, not ASCII). As of yesterday, my computer's anti-virus software decided that only NethackW, and not the ASCII version, was infected with a Trojan or malware (gen:Variant.Jaik.15909), and promptly wiped it off my computer. [more inside]
posted by thomas j wise at 7:27 AM - 4 answers

They practically raise themselves with the internet and all

I have a 5 year old, going on 6 who spends a lot of time on the internet. This has been pretty great for him- I'm sure his language skills, maths and general knowledge are far greater than they would have been without them. However I'm concerned that he will inevitably encounter things that I'd rather he didn't. Tools or rules for balancing giving him the freedom to explore without being too laissez-faire? [more inside]
posted by Gratishades at 6:19 AM - 13 answers

March 27

Avoiding internet time-suck

I spend far too much time reading the news. Far, far, far too much time. It's embarrassing and I'm ashamed. I kind of want to totally disconnect, but I don't believe that would be effective ultimately. Does anyone have ideas for how to stay somewhat informed without getting sucked into an endless news spiral? I'd love it if there were some digital equivalent of a very thoughtful newspaper (without links!) with only the most important pieces in it, like with a paper newspaper. [more inside]
posted by tangerine_poppies at 2:18 PM - 16 answers

Can My Computer Play Civ 6 if it Can Play the Demo?

Pretty straightforward question. When the game came out I looked at the recommended specs and it didn't look like my computer (a Surface Pro 3) could. But I've played the demo on my computer and it works. Will the full game work too? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 12:59 PM - 5 answers

Best affordable, light laptop for programming work?

I'm going to start a master's program in computer science in the fall. My current (Windows) laptop is great, but it's too heavy to carry to class. I'm looking for something under $1,000 (ideally closer to $500 or below; I'm poor) that I can bring in for in-class assignments and group work. What would you recommend?
posted by marfa, texas at 11:16 AM - 20 answers

March 26

Anyone know of any video from yesterday's Debbie/Carrie memorial?

Does anyone know of places online with footage from yesterday's Debbie Reynolds/Carrie Fisher memorial livestream? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 8:21 PM - 0 answers

Idiots Guide to Facebook Pixel Tracking?

I'm looking for a straightforward guide on how to setup Facebook Pixels so I can track conversions between Facebook ads, traffic to a website (my own), and sales on another site (where I've installed my Pixel as well). Help!? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 4:51 PM - 1 answers

Why is gmail deleting all emails from a particular sender?

Gmail has been deleting all emails from a particular sender and I can't figure out why. The obvious answer is that there's some filter set up which is causing this to happen, but if so, I can't find it. There's no filter set up, that I can tell, which would move all these emails to the trash. Is it possible that there are filters somewhere else in gmail that I should be checking? I've been looking in the obvious place--under Settings, in Filters and Blocked Addresses--and there's nothing that would explain how this is happening. (The address is not blocked, either.)
posted by lotf629 at 11:57 AM - 7 answers

Earliest version of iTunes that will work for me?

In iTunes 10 (Windows 7), I'm getting a 5002 error at the end of movie rental downloads, and then again when I attempt to play them. Does iTunes 10 play rentals for you? If not, how about 11? Any other insights? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 7:56 AM - 2 answers

finding a Forum for my website (wpForo?)

I've paid a Web designer to create a neighborhood-focused website for my little town (I am not tech-skilled). The most important part of it will be the Community Forum, providing a better level of public conversation. The platform is WordPress, but the current Forum page (and "manual" registration) is already proving to be too awkward to gather momentum. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle at 6:09 AM - 9 answers

Need accounting app recommendation

I am the treasurer for a small community orchard. I have been using an old version of QuickBooks on an old computer and would like to update preferably to something I can use on my iPad. We don't have that many transactions; our bookkeeping needs are simple. But still, I would like to generate balance sheets and profit and loss standards easily. I am in the UK. Any suggestions?
posted by shibori at 2:13 AM - 4 answers

March 25

I already have 2 versions of OS X. Can I run an existing one virtually?

I have 2 physical hard drives in my Mac Pro, one with OS X 10.11 & one with OS X 10.6. I would like to use the install of 10.6 virtually instead of having to re-boot from 2nd drive. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:47 PM - 10 answers

Moving the MathType tab's position on the Word ribbon

I use MathType 6.9 with Word 2013. MathType's current position on the ribbon is after the Review tab, but I would like to move it to be one of the leftmost tabs. Is there a way to do this? (Yep, I've already tried "Customize Ribbon", but the MathType tab is not listed there, despite being on the ribbon.) [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo at 11:02 AM - 2 answers

March 24

I want to set up a vpn

Looking for advice on how to set it up and how to judge a good provider. Recommendations welcome. I don't want to spend a ton of money but willing to spend a reasonable amount. [more inside]
posted by roolya_boolya at 5:29 PM - 13 answers

A Web 1.0 paean to the Ford Country Squire

The longest of longshot find-a-website questions: Years and years ago, I remember reading some college kids' site (really more of a webpage) about the Ford Country Squire they had, and what a great car it was for roadtrips. (I think it was a 1991.) [more inside]
posted by Polycarp at 4:23 PM - 1 answers

How do spammers know who I am? And, what should I do?

Today I got spam/phishing email that claimed to be from the postal service-- nothing new. However what was new, and scary, is that this message was to my primary email and had my correct address and my cell phone number. They missed a part of my address but had majority of it right. [more inside]
posted by avidreader at 3:59 PM - 7 answers

Is it possible to hide a message thread on an Iphone 6S?

I want to say naughty adult things to someone on my iPhone but my 11yo son uses it a lot to watch youtube videos and I don't want him to see it. I don't want to delete the message thread because I like reading it back. Is it possible to hide a single message thread in between comments?
posted by anonymous at 11:14 AM - 11 answers

Did I get a lemon?

I have 13 days to return a tablet I got, should I? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock at 7:31 AM - 14 answers

March 23

OCR on MacOS?

I have some scans (currently TIFFs) of old newspapers I would like to OCR on my Mac. Can anyone recommend a good solution? I tried PDFPen but it seems to choke on some of the larger broadsheets. Is that my best option? Web services? Anything?
posted by entropicamericana at 9:35 AM - 6 answers

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