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Help me pick a laptop-printer-office software combo.

If I were to spend $400 to $500 (bargain basement, I know) on a laptop and printer/scanner, what would you suggest? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Aug 31, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me buy a laptop

So I, or rather the good lady, need a new laptop. I'm tech and computer savvy but out of touch with the constant flow of improvements so not sure what I should be looking for. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Dext on Aug 27, 2015 - 13 answers

How do I know which Graphics Card I can upgrade to? (AMD Processor)

Hi MeFi, I have a PC I bought in 2012 and it has served me well for past years, however, it skips/lags when it comes to 1080p/4k video. I am looking to upgrade to a better card but unsure what factors I have to consider before upgrading. I mostly do video editing + motion media. The machine is as follows: Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) CPU: AMD FX-8150 (Zambezi 32nm Technology) Motherboard: Gigabyte 2AC8 Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7570 2gb RAM: 16gb Is there a site that will let me figure out which GFX card(s) my machine is upgradable to? Thanks in advance!
posted by cheero on Aug 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Please recommend a device for father-in-law (Windows OS & data plan)

My contractor father-in-law is looking for a tablet or 2-in-1 device that he can use at home or in his truck on job sites. The main uses will be email, internet surfing, maps and tracking employee time. The other must have is the being able to use an ATT data plan directly with the device. He's familiar with Windows so that takes Apple, Chrome and Android OS out of the running. [more inside]
posted by briar0rose on Aug 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me save my data!

I need help restoring data from a hard drive I accidentally wiped [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Aug 10, 2015 - 3 answers

How do I go about starting a website with monthly membership fee?

I would like to start a website that has a monthly membership fee. Can someone suggest what service or software would allow me to charge a monthly fee to access my website? I dont plan on charging very much to access the site and will never have more than maybe 50 or 60 members, so this wont be very profitable for me, and I would like to go with the cheapest and most simple option available. I am not planning on having anything besides just a calendar where you can click on a date and see what events are on that specific day. The services I was seeing seemed to have too many options and I didnt want to be paying to have options I wouldnt use. Thanks.
posted by helloilikebooks on Aug 9, 2015 - 3 answers

Can I have a private wireless network with a shared internet connection?

I share an internet connection with the other tenants in my small apartment building. My neighbors are nice folks, but I'd like a little more technological distance between us. I'd like to keep my computers on a private wireless network and have the router for that network connect to the shared router for internet access. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by Made of Star Stuff on Aug 9, 2015 - 13 answers

Useful things to do with a spare desktop PC at a University department?

Hi! I have a reasonable specification (circa 2011-12) Dell desktop computer which is being due to be recycled which for all I know may mean going in to landfill. It seems somewhat of a waste and shame not to consider doing something useful with it as the component parts are decent and breaking it down for spares is going to be of marginal benefit. It belongs to the University so I appreciate that it isn't my property but I was wondering if someone could think of good purposes/ applications for which this unused box PC could be used. [more inside]
posted by conrad101 on Aug 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Physical Computational Thinking

What are some fun physical games and activities that can be used to teach computational thinking? Good topics would be algorithmic processes, graph and network theory, cryptography, boolean logic, computational problem solving, etc. These would be for beginners, but examples at any level (elementary, primary, college) are welcome.
posted by codacorolla on Jul 31, 2015 - 9 answers

How would you transform this high school IT class?

I may be inheriting a high school class that, for the past couple of years, has consisted of students obtaining certifications in Microsoft Office (see here for the framework). I'd like to transform this class, either a little at a time or in giant steps. Halp. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Jul 31, 2015 - 16 answers

Should I fix or replace something that isn't all that broke?

MacBookFilter: Help me decide whether to upgrade or replace my increasingly decrepit 2011 MBP. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Jul 28, 2015 - 21 answers

How do you stack?

Where can someone learn about modern technology stacks / enterprise computing? Is there an equivalent to How Computers Work but for corporate computing? If I wanted to see how CRM, ERP, PaaS, ETL, ESP, DMZ, NoSQL, and GitHub might be used together at Walmart / Acme Co., where would I go? Is What is Code the closest I will get?
posted by jasondigitized on Jul 28, 2015 - 4 answers

Getting and using full MS Office with zero internet access

How can I buy a physical copy of full Microsoft Office with all the features enabled, that works without ever needing internet access for setup or use? I can purchase a physical copy, but the end user will have no internet access whatsoever.
posted by cashman on Jul 27, 2015 - 3 answers

Is this what a hard drive does when it's dying?

All of a sudden since yesterday my computer has been practically unusable. I originally thought that Windows Defender was going crazy because everything had ground to a halt but I could still see it accessing files via the resource monitor. I eventually killed it, but nothing improved. I'm starting to think my hard drive is dying but I've never had a problem like this before. [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Jul 23, 2015 - 6 answers

What are the best online stores that build custom gaming computers?

I'm looking for any online stores with good ratings that will build custom computers. As in you pick out all the specific parts you want (case, motherboard, cooling, storage, etc..) and they build it for you. I thought about doing it myself but i just don't know enough about it all to do that yet. I know that NCIX does what i'm wanting but i've heard a mixture of bad and good reviews so i'm not sure if i should go with them or not.
posted by earthquakeglue on Jul 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Intel SGX - Software Guard Extensions - bad DRM or useful?

In looking for news about Skylake, I saw some discussion about Intel SGX, which will create some kind of enclave inside of a system. Some folks classified it as a useful way to stop malware, while others characterized as widespread DRM that is invasive and problematic. For future PC purchases, is Skylake something I should avoid as a result?
posted by cashman on Jul 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Pantone color values for the old Digital/DEC PDP-11 computers...

Does anyone have good matches for the Fuscia/Magenta-ish colors used by DEC for their (very) old PDP series of computers? I'm trying to use the colors and am looking for near matches. Optimally, I'd love to find what DEC themselves would have used for promotional materials, as well as paint mixture codes if I wanted to paint stripes of matching colors on my walls. ;)
posted by BleuLlama on Jul 12, 2015 - 11 answers

To iMac or not to iMac

Should I get a 27" Retina 5K iMac, or a MacBook Pro plus a 4K monitor? [more inside]
posted by dire on Jul 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Is Symbaloo a virus?

I recently bought a new laptop. I signed into Windows on the new PC with my old Microsoft account. Symbaloo seems to have been transferred from my old laptop. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Jul 8, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me transition into a career in Programing!

So I'm 25, and I have a wonderful, stable job in a wonderful, stable industry as a mechanical engineer, and I'm slowly realizing that my actual calling is in computer science. Shit. I'm not in desperate circumstances, so help me to plan my career move! I need specific help on: 1) Learning to Code. 2) Preparing for the transition while still working at my current job. 3) Moving from my current job into actually working as a programmer. Any advice from experienced people would be great. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Jul 1, 2015 - 15 answers

How to get a URL shortened with Google's URL Shortener Reactivated?

A few months a ago I shortened a URL wit the Google URL Shortener (https://goo.gl/[etc] and distributed it to a small handful of people. As recently as two weeks ago, it continued to work just fine. [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying on Jul 1, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me learn Photoshop properly. Challenge level: no video if possible.

I need/want to learn to use Photoshop for various things. I do not learn well from videos and I can't find any courses within 400km of me. I'm good at teaching myself things given the best media fit. [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer on Jun 30, 2015 - 13 answers

Can I make a separate, secondary WiFi network?

I would like to figure out how to make a wireless network inside my house that doesn't interfere/interact with my regular cable modem/wifi. Details to follow ... [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii on Jun 29, 2015 - 8 answers

What do I do on my computer when I don't have an internet connection?

Sometimes I'll be sitting at my laptop with no internet connection for an hour or three. What can I do to keep myself busy during that time?
posted by Triumphant Muzak on Jun 28, 2015 - 15 answers

Best prepaid data SIM plan for Australia/NZ visit

What are my SIM options for a two week visit to Australia (Sydney) followed by a 1 week visit to NZ (Wellington then drive down west coast of south island to Queenstown)? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jun 25, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I delete custom lists in excel?

How do I delete multiple (several thousand) custom lists in excel all at once? I can delete them individually, but if I did that I would end up wasting a ton of time. [more inside]
posted by lucy.jakobs on Jun 23, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me remember this Y2K-era piece of technology!

Around 1999-2001 (maybe earlier or later) my grandfather ordered a "PC". It wasn't a computer in the traditional sense, but basically an Internet terminal. [more inside]
posted by GreatValhalla on Jun 17, 2015 - 19 answers

Total Knee Replacement: Please Help Me Plan for Surgery and Recovery

YANMD/Visiting Nurse/Physical Therapist/etc., but I've got a lot of questions and more than a smidgen of anxiety about next month's total knee replacement surgery and recovery. Love to hear advice and suggestions from folks who've been through this as patients, family, friends, medical providers, ... I live alone with no local family, so need suggestions on group calendaring, scheduling, to do lists, errands, etc. for my friends helping me out. Inside: questions about recommended ways to co-ordinate and schedule help, what to wear, products to get, and plans to make, plus snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by LeftMyHeartInSanFrancisco on Jun 11, 2015 - 11 answers

Tech job; bay area vs Chicago?

What feels different between applying for tech jobs in San Francisco/Bay Area versus applying for tech jobs in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jun 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Tiny bugs crawling out of my Macbook

In the last two days I've noticed about a dozen tiny, almost microscopic bugs crawling around, into and out of my Macbook Air keys. I'm freaking out, not only because I'm worried they're going to destroy the laptop but because this could potentially be a bigger problem in the house. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Jun 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Please recommend a kid's coding curriculum

My quite bright 9-year-old son has repeatedly expressed great enthusiasm and curiosity about learning to code. I would be delighted to help him, but I'd appreciate a little advice about how to go about that. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice on Jun 8, 2015 - 13 answers

Windows: to ten or not to ten

I got my notice from Windows the other day, notifying me that I am eligible to upgrade my system to Windows 10 for free. The full version will download automatically at the end of July. I guess it's legit, but is it? and is it a good idea? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by mule98J on Jun 3, 2015 - 12 answers

Keeping sensitive electronics cool in a car

I'm selling almost everything I own so I can fit everything that's left into my car and travel for a while. The inside of my car can get volcanically hot at times, and I'm worried about storing my MacBook and iPad there. What can I do to keep them as cool as possible? Buy a cooler they'll fit in? Do I need to worry about condensation in that case? Any ideas would be very welcome -- thanks!
posted by jeffcovey on May 25, 2015 - 16 answers

Disconnecting my laptop from browser history at work

Hi everybody. I'm not very computer literate, so please bear with me as I'm counting on your indulgence. For whatever reason, using Google Chrome as my default browser on my personal laptop (MacBook Pro, by the off-chance it matters) has resulted in a situation wherein my personal searches wind up on my "History" when I use Google Chrome at work (different computer). I most certainly never chose that. While I have nothing to hide per se, I don't appreciate this breach of privacy, and haven't been able to figure out how to undo that. If I have to simply stop using Google Chrome I'll do so, but is there another way? Thanks in advance.
posted by DavidfromBA on May 18, 2015 - 7 answers

How do I transition to a freelance IT career?

What IT/computer-based fields offer a viable opportunity for someone who is handy with technology to freelance from home and earn a living wage? I'm interested in fields for which the skills can be learned independently or without going through years of formal education. [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on May 17, 2015 - 5 answers

How can I put a voice changer on my computer audio output?

Is there any software that can change the voice/filter the audio playback of your computer in real time? [more inside]
posted by dargerpartridge on Apr 24, 2015 - 5 answers

GRR Stupid Samsung monitor!!! Why can't I turn it on?!? Help please!

I have a Samsung SyncMaster B2430 flat screen monitor. I use it as an external monitor with an ASUS laptop. Right now I am not using it because I CAN'T TURN IT ON. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Apr 24, 2015 - 5 answers

Divorce questions

I'm ending a marriage after 14 years and I have two questions. [more inside]
posted by Draccy on Apr 18, 2015 - 18 answers

What computer do I want?

So, my 15mo old daughter poured a cup of coffee in my 2011 Mac Book Pro, and now the keyboard and none of the ports work. I am trying to figure out what to replace it with, if anything (at the moment). [more inside]
posted by annie o on Apr 12, 2015 - 17 answers

Where to find a historic video demonstrating how a computer CPU works?

I once saw a film, made in the early 60s, that demonstrated the basics of what is now called "Computer Architecture" using players at a card table as a metaphor. The film is shot from above and each of the "players" serve roles like "instruction fetch", "memory", "arithmetic unit", etc. The dealer plays the role of the clock. Can anyone point me to an official credit/source for this film? [more inside]
posted by mr.ersatz on Apr 9, 2015 - 0 answers

Windows questions I should know the answers to but don't

Questions are acquiring a legitimate copy of Windows OS and installing it on a family's computer. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Apr 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Upgrade to Windows 8.1?

My Dell desktop has Win 8 (with Classic Shell). I can download Win 8.1 for free from the Windows Store. Requesting pros and cons for doing this, please.
posted by lungtaworld on Mar 26, 2015 - 8 answers

Free app/program/software for positioning light onto basic shapes?

Free app/program/software for positioning light onto basic renderings of geometric shapes? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Mar 24, 2015 - 4 answers

How can I send photos from a cell phone to a computer?

There must be an easy way to send photos from a cell phone to a computer... (as brief as possible explanation inside). [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Mar 18, 2015 - 12 answers

What programming language/technology should I master to make a living?

I have a solid foundation in computer programming (and theory) but have been mostly out of this field for several years, and not developing my skills. Assume I'm putting in the time and focus to really master something new. What language or technology (or area of application?) in programming could I master that would give me the best shot at becoming a valuable freelance contractor and making a living? Something rare and valuable (or which there's high demand for regardless) which works with being freelance. Your guidance would be appreciated Internets.
posted by Kirn on Feb 26, 2015 - 17 answers

Help me choose a laptop.

So I'm getting a new (to me) laptop and I've decided that I want a refurbished Lenovo, I'm looking on their website and can't make up my mind. Help me decide. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Feb 3, 2015 - 10 answers

Learning programming online

I would like to learn computer programming online, what websites/courses would you suggest? [more inside]
posted by marienbad on Jan 29, 2015 - 15 answers

Apps/suggestions for setting time limits on apps for iPad/iPad?

The kids are getting too much screen time, and I am tired of chasing them down to surrender the iPad, setting passcodes, etc. Is there an app or setting that will permit iPad use *only* during specific recurring periods? Or is there an app that will let me specify which apps can be used during specific recurring periods? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Jan 21, 2015 - 11 answers

Intermediate/Advanced Java Programming Books?

I'm a software developer with several years of experience under my belt. Lately, I've been working with lots of Java code, but have very little formal Java training. Unfortunately, most of the resources that I've found seem to target people with little/no programming experience OR lots of basic Java experience. Can anybody recommend books or other resources that teach Java, from the perspective of a developer who is already experienced with OOP and other C-style languages? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Jan 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Art and Chance: A list

I want to compile a list of art works that used chance operations and/or randomness in their creation. I am keen to incorporate pre-20th century, non-Western works, and lots of works by female artists, but anything you can think of will be super helpful. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 20, 2015 - 7 answers

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