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June 17

No, I don't want to Hangout!

Asking for a friend: is there any way to get Hangouts to look like the old Gchat? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna at 8:04 AM - 5 answers

June 16

What's a bitcoin really worth to an American?

I've noticed that BTC prices have recently surged to about $2,500 per coin. However, reading a bit makes it seem as though this is fairly hard to cash out into actual U.S. dollars, due to American banks being reluctant to work with BTC. If you're an american with 4 Bitcoins (for example) how much could you realistically cash that out for at a moment's notice? [Caveat: I am not at all interested in trading in BTC, just generally curious.]
posted by codacorolla at 9:57 AM - 7 answers

Does such a Chrome extension exist? Reloading pages

I use a web app at work which, for various reasons, logs me out after ~5 minutes of inactivity. Logging in takes at least a minute, which, over the days & weeks, adds up. Snowflake-y requirements inside... [more inside]
posted by slater at 8:47 AM - 2 answers

Help me pick a cellular carrier

So, I just got a new iPad Pro and I love it. It's wifi-cellular model. Now I need to pick a cellular carrier. And it can't be Verizon because i didn't buy a Verizon iPad. I currently have AT&T on my old iPad Air 2 and it's fine. I need about 3GB a month, and I'm looking for the broadest fastest coverage, as I travel with my iPad instead of a laptop for business. Should I stick to AT&T or jump to TMobile or something else? I'm based in Seattle.
posted by bearwife at 8:07 AM - 5 answers

June 15

Sadly, a replacement for OneNote is needed

After using OneNote since it was released for everything from to-do list management to keeping lists of my favorite quotes and pet names, I've come to a place where I find myself annoyed with the "software rental" concept, the constant drumbeat of cloud service enticements, and Microsoft's decision to make a "free" version available that will not read valid OneNote files stored on a local filesystem. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy at 10:11 PM - 7 answers

Switch from Microsoft Email to Thunderbird: can you import by folders?

My dad (the tech person in the household) is switching my mum from Microsoft Live Mail, to Thunderbird. He knows basically how to do it - but it seems the system exports all the emails in one 'catch-all' folder. Is there a way of transferring the data so the folders, and the emails sorted into the folders, can be transferred over? Basically, is there a way of exporting the structure as well as the data? [more inside]
posted by latnahc at 2:43 PM - 6 answers

Please give me ideas for a programming demo for fourth graders.

I'm giving a 'this is my job' talk for my 9yo son's 4th grade class in two weeks. I want to do it on programming (with python), what should I show them? [more inside]
posted by signal at 2:10 PM - 14 answers

Syncing to the cloud in a developing country

Wondering if anyone has any advice on the best way to design an app that efficiently sends data to an online DB in a country where folks conserve their data carefully on 10 MB/day SIM cards. Specifically I have a question about Firebase, but any relevant stories or experiences welcome. [more inside]
posted by johngoren at 9:55 AM - 0 answers

YouTube Blocking

Can I block keywords from youtube recommendations? OR from being shown at all? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 6:30 AM - 7 answers

Password protect pages/posts with searchable content?

I would like to make a WordPress site with an area only accessible via password. This area will feature a catalog of pages or posts that needs to be searchable by keyword or category or tag (preferably all three). It would also feature a couple of private forums (which would have separate passwords). What is the best method for creating this kind of site? [more inside]
posted by jammy at 4:16 AM - 3 answers

June 14

Is Google Voice An Option As a Voicemail Service

I am cutting back on expenses. I am considering suspending my smartphone service. A friend suggested that I switch to Skype. I would like the incoming calls go directly to an answering service. Is Google Voice an option for a Skype phone number? To be clear, the smartphone account will be suspended and I do not have a landline
posted by goalyeehah at 4:05 PM - 5 answers

Progressive activism aggregator/calendar

Attention data scientists and others: I've been looking for--and failing to find--a progressive political activism events/actions aggregator. Something like travel aggregator Kayak only for progressive political action (covering orgs such as Swing Left, MoveOn, Indivisible). Failing that, a glorified calendar. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 12:20 PM - 3 answers

Telling which Wifi my windows computer is on by its wallpaper.

Is there a way to have the background image my computer displays reflect which SSID it is wirelessly connected to? I would like to determine this information by a glance at the screen.
posted by Obscure Reference at 10:02 AM - 6 answers

How do I securely move files in an automated way?

I am in the process of building an All Sky Camera. I have it basically working at this point, but I'm stuck on how to transfer the images/movies off of the Raspberry Pi that is controlling the camera and storing the images. What is a good, secure way to do this without me having to type in my password every night/morning? [more inside]
posted by Betelgeuse at 6:34 AM - 5 answers

Cosmetic Casing for (Now) External Optical Drive

I've switched from an old, catastrophically failed home-built PC to a laptop. But I will occasionally have use for the 5.25" R/W Blu-ray drive and I've bought a powered USB 3.0 adapter for it. But it's ugly. [more inside]
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 5:39 AM - 5 answers

June 13

Tiny charger for MacBooks?

I'd really like a very small, very light charger for my 15" MacBook Pro as an alternative to the huge 85W Apple charger and as a backup. I've been looking at the Zolt and similar, which seem cool, but I'm curious if it's possible to find something even smaller. [more inside]
posted by duoshao at 3:13 PM - 5 answers

June 12

If I want to learn to code, what should I learn and how?

I am currently in an IT-ish position (database manager for a non-profit, all front end stuff) and I would like to take the ubiquitous "learn to code" advice because I think I would be good at it and I would like to do a job that is more interesting and earns more money. I am looking for suggestions (as concrete as possible) about the best way to do this, but I have no idea what to learn or how to learn it and would be super, super appreciative of any advice you could give me. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:31 AM - 17 answers

Fusion drive or SSD for new iMac?

I am trying to decide whether I should get an SSD or Fusion drive for a new iMac. [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 9:22 AM - 11 answers

What are some cool graphic-things I can do with my new iMac?

I am replacing a five-year-old Macbook Air with a new maxed-out 27" iMac (with a quad-core Kaby Lake i7 and the big ol' 8GB graphics card). What are some cheap ways I can show it off to myself to feel smug about how much faster it is than my old computer? [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first at 7:30 AM - 3 answers

June 11

iPhone 7 adapater for headphones and charging?

Bought a Coobar adapter for an iPhone 7 back in March, so I could charge it and use headphones at the same time. Then Apple did an system update and it rendered the Coobar inoperative. So what lighting adapter are you using for to charge your iPhone 7 or higher AND listen to headphones at the same time?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:31 PM - 3 answers

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