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Asking for a friend: is there any way to get Hangouts to look like the old Gchat? Details inside. [more inside]
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.]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
Can I block keywords from youtube recommendations? OR from being shown at all? [more inside]
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]
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
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
I am trying to decide whether I should get an SSD or Fusion drive for a new iMac. [more inside]
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]
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?