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September 29

Please me fix my tabbed browsing technical issues.

When using Firefox and Chrome, is there I way that I can make the browser load new tabs while I am simultaneously browsing on a separate tab? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 7:34 PM - 2 answers

Why is internet+TV+phone cheaper than internet alone from TWC?

My internet company ("Spectrum" aka TWC) has been relentlessly mailing and emailing me with deals on internet+TV+phone bundles that are cheaper than getting internet alone. I don't want TV or phone (in fact I don't even have a phone to plug in anywhere) so it seems silly to sign up for this. But it is cheaper. What is the deal here? [more inside]
posted by kms at 12:38 PM - 10 answers

Best practices for using an iPhone on a public Wi-Fi network?

I'm looking for best practices for using our iPhones and iPads on public Wi-Fi networks. That is, what can we do to best protect/secure/encrypt the data that is transmitted over such networks to/from the devices (aside from not using the public networks in the first place)? Would using a VPN accomplish this? Any recommendations for one? Something else? These are iPhone 7's and iPad Pro's, all running the latest version of iOS 10. Thank you!
posted by jroybal at 11:58 AM - 4 answers

September 28

My Tumblr app dashboard will not refresh on iPad

I use the Tumblr app on my iPhone and my iPad. Starting a few days ago, my dashboard wouldn't refresh on the iPad. It works fine on the iPhone, and works fine in browsers on iPad, iPhone, and my MacBook Pro. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 5:59 PM - 4 answers

Embedding element from one Wordpress site into another

I manage a website hosted on -- which, annoyingly, does not allow uploading plugins. I manage another Wordpress website which is hosted elsewhere, and I can upload plugins there. Taking advantage of this second site, I created an accordion slider using a plugin which I would like to show on the site. Assuming this can be done, what's the best way to achieve it? (You can assume I have some, but not a ton, of experience with both Wordpress and HTML but very little with CSS.)
posted by karbonokapi at 12:45 PM - 4 answers

Any recommendations for a good, varied set of screwdrivers?

Any recommendations for a nice, varied, good quality set of "screw" drivers of various different types of screw heads that I might find on IDE HDDs? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 12:32 PM - 9 answers

September 26

Is this an attempt at identity theft or a result of poor security?

I can’t figure this out. At the start of this month, I got an email at the junk mail account I have at yahoo, informing me that an account had been created in gmail that’s only two characters off from the gmail address that I use as my main e-mail account. What’s going on? [more inside]
posted by Roy Batty at 3:46 PM - 9 answers

My computer will turn on but will not send a signal to the monitor.

What could be the problem? What should I do? [more inside]
posted by nequalsone at 12:28 PM - 10 answers

Is it impossible to make Outlook the default email on a Mac right now?

I use Outlook for work on my Mac (El Capitan 10.11.6). There seems to be no way to make the computer have Outlook be the default client, so this is a last-ditch attempt to find an answer. According to Microsoft, in theory you just open the Mail app and then use Mail's preferences to choose Outlook as the default. It doesn't work. You can tell Mail to use Outlook at the default, but it reverts back to Mail almost immediately without you telling it to. What am I missing? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 12:14 PM - 4 answers

September 25

Mac laptop(s) problem: they won't burn *dual layer* DVD+Rs anymore!

I have two Macbooks: one is a 2009 Macbook Pro, and the other is a 2012 Macbook Air. The internal Superdrive on the Pro conked out years ago (I bought it used, never wanted to pay to have that fixed) and the Air never had a Superdrive, so I've been using an external Memorex burner for about 3 years now for backing up video files (using Toast Titanium, in Data mode). Two weeks ago, I started experiencing weird issues where I was unable to burn dual-layer (8.5 GB) discs. [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 6:54 PM - 3 answers

My replies go into a DRAFT box

I have a Dell with windows10. When someone sends me an email and I try to reply , my reply is tagged as DRAFT and it never gets sent back to the original sender.I have tried various methods and nothing works to correct the problem. I assume it is a simple error on my part.A reply could be sent to
posted by Thaiexpat at 4:28 AM - 3 answers

September 24

How to report a blog post thief using Google Ads to Google?

I have a blog, and found another site which is duplicating multiple posts of mine in their entirety (text, photos, captions, formatting, the works), in violation of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License under which I publish. The blog in question is on Wordpress, but uses Google Ads. How do I report the site to Google? Is it likely that reporting the site to Google will result in the thief losing Google Ads revenue? [more inside]
posted by Spathe Cadet at 11:22 AM - 7 answers

September 23

Somehow, Googling all Winter holidays does not help...

YouTube Filter: Help me remember a (popular?) YouTube video of yesteryear, that I watched in the mid-late 2000s! The video was ripped from a "local" style commercial/infomercial around "the Holidays" (e.g., Christmas, Hanukkah, et cetera). A crazed, totally bald man wished the audience a great [insert every western Winter holiday here]. He spoke in very intense, stilted speech: "MERRY. CHRIST. MAS." At one point, he just sings, "Kwanzaaaaaa!" It ends with him and his family wishing the audience a "Happy Holidays from [whatever business]!" ... He may have ran a car dealership? [more inside]
posted by The Sock Puppet Sentience Movement at 10:12 PM - 2 answers

When is it wise to crowdsource for info professionally?

Since AskMeFi is one of the OG crowdsourcing platforms I know, and since I love irony, I wanted to take this question here for an article I'm working on. With the proliferation of Facebook professional groups (particularly for writers), it's so easy to ask a large group of people a question in a short amount of time. But that's not always a good thing. Sometimes you get good info or helpful insights but sometimes you get unhelpful information, or get sidetracked in a side conversation, or get sucked into a drama vortex. So who has mastered the art of knowing when it's a good idea to toss a work-related question (like this one!) out to a huge group of people? When is it better to do your research in other ways?
posted by clairezulkey at 2:35 PM - 2 answers

What FREE things do you do to keep a Windows 7 PC running fast?

I'm comfortable with computers, but far from an expert. But other people see my comfort and presume that I'm a total pro and ask that I take a look at their PC, because "its running too slow". What FREE bit of software would you recommend to optimize a person's Windows 7 PC so runs a bit faster or smoother? These users all use the Microsoft Suite and Firefox. Is there FREE software on the PC that deletes old caches or files or something similar?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:01 AM - 15 answers

You: pretty, fast, cheap. Me: Poorly organised

Looking for AMS / membership software for non-profits. Again. [more inside]
posted by monocultured at 6:06 AM - 2 answers

September 22

Hook Me Up! --MAC VERSION - external keyboard

Basically, I want to use my laptop without using the keyboard on the laptop, and use the external monitor, as well as an external keyboard. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by RaRa-SpaceRobot at 4:30 PM - 17 answers

Cheapest Chromebook that comes with 100gb free Google Drive storage??

What's the cheapest Chromebook that comes with 100gb free Google Drive storage? [more inside]
posted by gregr at 1:40 PM - 11 answers

Autotools for Fools: Debugging files via logging variables?

Is there a way to log or print-to-console the variables configure uses from a script? I'm trying to build Erlang on OS X 10.9 with ODBC, and the `--with-odbc` path that I'm providing seems to be ignored, possibly due to a bug in lib/odbc/ I know almost nothing about autotools, but I could test my theory if I could see what's in $host_os and $with_odbc in that context when configure runs. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by weston at 1:01 PM - 2 answers

How to encourage a diverse tech mentorship program?

There is a tech mentorship program that lasts a few months and the pool of mentee applicants seems to be diverse but the pool of mentor applicants are mostly white cis males. It's important to have mentors who are also diverse. How can we make that happen?
posted by bleary at 8:41 AM - 10 answers

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