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I'm going to show a YouTube video to a bunch of people in a context (DIY MST3K) where we need to have constant access to the accurate playback clock for the movie. I.e., I want to show the timeline bar that appears at the bottom of the screen when you wiggle your mouse, constantly, but without constantly having to wiggle the mouse. Is there a way to do this? Bonus if it can work with Chromecast.
I frequently need to send emails to myself. Gmail keeps making it harder and harder. Details below. [more inside]
Apple Music, or iCloud Music Library, or whatever, won't always play or show the correct version of the song or album I want to listen to. How can I get it to play the correct version? [more inside]
My nearly-brand-new, fully loaded iMac has a problem playing videos. The audio skips, as if tiny pieces of it have been taken out, or as if someone is sporadically unplugging the speakers for a fraction of a second. This happens even if the video is on my hard drive, and I'm playing it offline. [more inside]
I want to make a Web page that's basically just a bunch of evenly-sized square tiles which pulls specific album covers (from Amazon or Discogs or...) using some kind of input, whether it's drag-and-drop or entering a source URL or whatever. Is this a thing? [more inside]
A few years ago, I created an OpenOffice doc that is now unreadable. Is there a way to find out how, or how to read it? [more inside]
I'm looking for fun games for the PlayStation 4 that are easy to pick up, fun, not too violent, and well designed... that as many as 4 players can play (i.e., not online but all sitting together on the couch using the PS4 controllers). [more inside]
I am looking for a to-do list app that omits some common functionality in favour of not-so-common functionality. It can be Android or PC, but I don't have an iWhatever so that's out. Ideally the task list could be shared between phones and/or PCs. I've checked out any.do, habitica, todoist and a few others and they don't do what I want as far as I can tell. [more inside]
Can a WD My Cloud work with PC and Mac simultaneously? [more inside]
Just got notice from Norton about re-up, and it's now up to $110. Is there a cheaper or maybe even free way to protect my computer? [more inside]
I'm looking for an online tool that I lost track of that does something unique, but, unfortunately, sounds like every gif maker out there. I believe it's a new tool, or at the very least, I saw it on a design blog within the last few months. It takes one photo, does some nifty redrawing voodoo and creates hundreds (thousands?) of subtly illustrated images that vary ever so slightly, and when all put together it turns into a softly animated image. [more inside]
I'm worried about the possibility that my tower PC might get stolen during a burglary, and then the bad guys will have access to all my data. I'm thinking of using Windows BitLocker to encrypt all four of my hard drives, but I don't know if it'll work with my backup system. [more inside]
When ICANN Whois says a website has been updated, what does that mean?
I'm getting my first Windows machine after 5 years of using MacOS. What are current best practices for software hygiene? How do I neuter Windows 10's spyware? Do I need third party anti-virus software? Is there good maintenance software I should use from the start? [more inside]
I'm converting an old hand-tally chart into Excel, but I'm unsure how to translate a simple portion/total fraction of cells into Excel and then add more fractions in that row. "D / (B+C)," basically. [more inside]
I seem to be the Person Who Knows Tech Things in a nascent local grassroots making-life-uncomfortable-for-a-Republican-Senator group. I'm brainstorming ways to track participation in regularly occurring actions. [more inside]
I'd like to control the cursor by moving my finger on the surface of my Magic Mouse, rather than scrolling the screen. Insert long story about shoulder injury. Is this possible?
I was forced to download the latest adobe flash player (yeah, I know) and even though I am scrupulous about opting out of add-ons, they snuck in a thing called Intel True Key. Now I can't make it go away. [more inside]
I'm having trouble pulling files off an Ipad into my PC (Win7 HomePremium.) [more inside]
Help me improve my 3 monitor rig. I'm a computer novice and I need your expertise. [more inside]