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Computing hacks for migraine sufferers

My mother gets migraines. She has to be on a computer for several hours at least a day for work. These two things are not very compatible. Help me help her make it better. [more inside]
posted by mymbleth on Mar 19, 2015 - 13 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

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

Can you hire a computer mentor?

I always thought I could learn whatever I needed to learn about computers, but as my life has gotten more complex, and computers keep changing, I find myself with over 12 years of email from school and three jobs, and more and different kinds of stuff coming all the time. I see four big things I'd like to do with my computing environment (home, work, phone, cloud) but I have no idea how to get started or what is the best way to do this. I need a computing mentor. [more inside]
posted by rschram on Jan 17, 2015 - 9 answers

Should I stick with Sciences or switch to Humanities?

It's almost time to choose courses for next semester and declare my major. I am currently a Science Major. I envisioned a career in researching how new technology could be used to treat psychological disorders, but I have a history mental health problems myself, so I am wondering whether I might have bitten off more than I can chew. I am drawn to some of the courses on the humanities side, and part of me thinks studying something more broad could take me out of myself and would allow me to recover. [more inside]
posted by Erred on Jan 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Is a Kano Kit what we are looking for?

On the basis of an answer to this AskMe, we are considering ordering a Kano but need some opinions. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Jan 1, 2015 - 6 answers

Great Linux games for school children?

My foster kids are 7 and 8. I recently turned over my Thinkpad X40 (running Debian) for their exclusive use. It is old and underpowered, but they're loving "their" computer. I installed GCompris and the Tux4Kids suite (TuxMath, TuxPaint, TuxType), which they really enjoy, and I'd like to find more games for them. [more inside]
posted by amandabee on Dec 2, 2014 - 6 answers

What does this sudden, unexplained user profile on Windows 7 mean?

An unexplained user profile called 'matt' showed up in C:\Users on my Windows 7 laptop today. What does this mean and should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Nov 25, 2014 - 2 answers

What is a ket

Quantum physicists of MeFi: I want to know all the quantum mechanics I need to know to understand quantum computing. I am mathematically literate and willing to learn more math, but I want to minimize my need to study physical phenomena or experimental results. [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Nov 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Lesser-known women in technology

Who are some important women in technology that are lesser-known in the world? Especially women of color, LGBTQ women, and non-American women? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 15, 2014 - 44 answers

I need to find a programming job in San Francisco in 1953.

Story research filter: My imagination was sparked by a recent comment about how computer programming was considered a suitable career for women in the 1950s and 60s, akin to clerical work. I'd like to learn more about what working life might have been like for these women, and about computing in general at that time. Bonus points if you can help me name some companies in 1950s San Francisco that might have employed my character. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country on Aug 13, 2014 - 22 answers

What do people use Mac Pros for?

Why do people spend $4,000 or more on a Mac Pro? Who are those people and what do they do with the machine? [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Jul 7, 2014 - 26 answers

Accessing old AOL emails on a different computer

I have been an AOL user for several years. I've had several different computers during that time. Now I can't seem to find old emails. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Mar 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Computing with printouts

The "Off The Grid" Password Generator uses printouts of Latin Squares to hash domain names into unique passwords without a PC or even a pencil. Are there other useful paper based algorithms like this? The concept rings a bell but Google wants to show me papers on computing, not computing on paper. [more inside]
posted by jayCampbell on Feb 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Suggestions for online (Mac) computing tutorials

Brushing up...and doing things correctly with my new computer...help out an oldster! [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Dec 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Audio analysis software: where can I download a reputable program?

I'd be interested in downloading a program which allows me to see a visual analysis of the soundwaves within an audio file. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Dec 3, 2013 - 7 answers

High-DPI Linux?

I have a Yoga 2 Pro, freshly purchased, with an insanely high resolution screen (3800 x 1800). I generally run Xubuntu in a VM alongside windows, but I'm struggling to make it truly workable. What is the state of the art in resolution independence when it comes to Linux? What window manager should I be looking at, are there guides and tweaks etc.? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Best Wireless Digital Photo Frames?

For Christmas, I'd like to purchase digital photo frames for family members that would allow me to update the photos wirelessly. The reviews for several of the digital wi-fi frames are awful on Amazon. Do you have any recommendations for digital photo frames that specifically come with wi-fi? Or another digital photo frame that would be easy enough for non-tech-savvy people to use? Thank you.
posted by melodykramer on Nov 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Did Charles Babbage ever read Leibniz on logic?

Charles Babbage was a prominent member of the Analytical Society, and was at the very least intimately familiar with Leibniz's formulation of calculus. But did he ever read Leibniz's writings on logic? Did the Ars Combinatoria, or any of his writings on the "universal characteristic" or "calculus ratiocinator" influence Babbage's thinking about computation?
posted by wobdev on Nov 3, 2013 - 1 answer

Updating NAV and Windows 7 on laptop that I haven't used for a year

Am I likely to get a virus on a laptop that hasn't been updated for a year, while I wait for new updates? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Nov 3, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I invest in quantum computing?

I would like to invest money in emergent technologies that may be a little further down the road. [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull on Oct 4, 2013 - 6 answers

How to emulate Android on a Windows PC?

Hello, I recently downloaded an Android emulator called Youwave but am finding it very difficult to use due to small font size. Please could someone explain how to install a reputable Android emulator so I can use Android apps on my Windows PC? Thank you for your assistance.
posted by Musashi Daryl on Aug 23, 2013 - 3 answers

What will be the dominant influences on the world in the next 100 years?

A friend and I were discussing the fact that to have a reasonable understanding of the present-day developed world, it's useful to understand concepts from computer science and engineering to have an idea of how the internet works, how machine learning works and so on. What will be the most important fields and areas of knowledge of the next century? [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Jun 19, 2013 - 33 answers

What is the largest stylus-based pen computer?

What pen-based computers let you draw with a fine-pointed stylus, and not with your fingers? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Jun 4, 2013 - 9 answers

I want to analyse a lot of satellite imagery at once.

I want to analyse a whole bunch of satellite imagery at the same time, and I'm not sure my usual tools (GDAL, R, Python) are adequate for the job. [more inside]
posted by stinker on May 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Fastest VNC setup? Concurrent RDP sessions in Windows 8 Pro?

I just purchased an underpowered computer to experiment further with remote desktops. Ideally I'd like to be able to use a remote desktop technology to stream HD video from the remote server, play a game on the client that's rendered on the more powerful server, and to have a local user work on the remote serving computer while another account on the server is being accessed remotely by the thin client. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Apr 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Dinosaurs move faster than this

How do I speed up my old laptop? I cancelled my cable and I want to use it for streaming TV shows and Windows gaming. [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Apr 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Likelihood of Dropbox deleting my files?

I use a free Dropbox account for loads of stuff and I think it's a great service, but I currently only use 70% of my allowance and don't want to fork out for pro. However, I recently read the Ts and Cs of free account and see that they can delete my files whenever they like. Eek! I find it pretty unlikely this would happen, but how big a risk do you think it is? Is it worth paying just for the security, or is it so unlikely that I can continue with free service and peace of mind?
posted by KateViolet on Mar 26, 2013 - 18 answers

What do I need to know about kids + safe & responsible computing?

Mr. BlahLaLa and I are considering buying Kid BlahLaLa a laptop for his 10th birthday. (We want him to be able to play Minecraft and browse the internet.) We're a Mac family but I'm pretty sure this computer will have to be non-Mac because they're so much cheaper, which in turn opens up a whole world of internet security questions that I usually don't think about on my mac. Plus the whole idea of "Now I'm giving my kid a computer, what do I need to think about?" type of stuff. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Mar 2, 2013 - 13 answers

How to record audio from a sound card?

Hi, How to record audio as it passes through a sound card? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Feb 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Changed ISP unable to send email with e-mail account of old ISP

I have a friend who has become totally reliant on an e-mail account, which was provided by an internet service provider which she has just left to go to a new ISP. She uses Outlook 2003 as her e-mail client program. Unfortunately, she is now finding that after moving to this new ISP that although she can receive e-mails absolutely fine, she cannot send e-mails. [more inside]
posted by conrad101 on Feb 7, 2013 - 16 answers

Meaningful work

I have a pretty powerful, patented, implementation of machine learning software (genetic programming) and left my company a few months back. I have some time and have been looking at possible jobs at various companies. However, many of them seem trivial to boring, in part because I want to do something more meaningful then analyzing social media data or ad data or (ugh!) financial data. So the question is: What should I do? [more inside]
posted by BillW on Jan 11, 2013 - 6 answers

What can I seed or mirror on my server to help the world?

I lease a massive server that I am underutilizing. I'd like to use up to 8TB/month of transfer and 500GB of disk space to make the world a better place. I am already seeding Ubuntu distros, Project Gutenberg, and Pearl Jam shows, and I'm looking for more ideas.
posted by quarantine on Jan 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Mumbuntu.

Ubuntu for the elderly? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia 2 on Jan 4, 2013 - 10 answers

Computer Writing, 1979 Style

DIY Computering: I want to build a dedicated, Raspberry Pi "writing station". [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Nov 28, 2012 - 20 answers

No self control

I love the idea of AirParrot to get my Mac's screen on my TV through AppleTV. But I want more. I want to have my keyboard and mouse too. Problem: Bluetooth limits and my iMac is upstairs while the TV is downstairs. [more inside]
posted by Gungho on Oct 29, 2012 - 3 answers

Web page about recording research path, pre-computer age?

Machine for recording research path, pre computer-age? Library books on a waterwheel device? Please point me to the right web page... [more inside]
posted by Speculatist on Oct 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Insert Disk 53 and Press [RETURN]

I was having one of those "I walked to to school uphill both ways" discussions with friends and the question came up: What software product shipped on the largest number of floppy disks? I'm having trouble tracking it down, but I have some recollection that A/UX shipped on some insane number of diskettes, like 20 or 30, before Apple started selling it on a hard drive.
posted by LastOfHisKind on Oct 6, 2012 - 19 answers

Which tablet is best for reading many, many pdfs?

Looking for a thin, light, rectangular device on which to read scientific papers... which one?? I know nothing about tablets, except that they exist. [more inside]
posted by munichmaiden on Sep 16, 2012 - 19 answers

Fine-tuned searching - how is it formed?

What kind of search engine is this, and is it something which one has to code themselves or which websites get someone to set up for them? How does it work? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Sep 14, 2012 - 10 answers

I'm bad at math.

I already know where to place my router. My question is, how do I find the exact center of my house? [more inside]
posted by PapaLobo on Sep 12, 2012 - 8 answers

Recommend me a good quality forum on Cloud Computing?

Recommend me a good quality forum on Cloud Computing? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Aug 26, 2012 - 1 answer

Glass-casing a laptop?

A certain relatively expensive, recent (2011) but not current computer is for my needs the apotheosis of laptops. I can buy another one, but how long should I think it can be glass-cased before it starts to rot? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Aug 17, 2012 - 16 answers

introduction to programming

I'm to give a half an hour talk to a group of year 12 (snr high school) students as a really brief introduction to software development. Half an hour isn't a lot of time. Has anyone got an idea of an activity this small group (+/-10) can undertake to get them thinking as programmers? I'm generally casting around for ideas.
posted by mattoxic on Aug 9, 2012 - 11 answers

My Dad is helpless with Technology, and I am not (despite what he thinks) a tech professional.

Help me to help my father with his computing issues, and help me maintain my sanity in the process, please? This is both a tech and psychology question. [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. on Jul 9, 2012 - 29 answers

The year of...

Can you bring me up to date with the state of Linux desktop environments? [more inside]
posted by deadwax on Jun 19, 2012 - 12 answers

My career, let you show me it

Graduating with an IT degree at 31 - how to be attractive to employers, please? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Jun 14, 2012 - 4 answers

I am trying to co-ordinate large files (some files over 50mb) and folders with a group of people within a virtual library.

I am trying to co-ordinate large files (some files over 50mb) and folders with a group of people within a virtual library. People should be able to view the entire library of folders at once, and everyone should be able to upload and download the folders. It needs to be free, or very low cost.
posted by nanook on Jun 12, 2012 - 8 answers

Will The Cloud kill my IT career before it even begins?

IT-worker-in-training here. I've been reading doom & gloom articles about how Cloud-computing and virtualization will kill the market for IT professionals due to automation and economies of scale. Question for people in the IT professions: should I be scared? [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye on Jun 11, 2012 - 18 answers

What maintenance tasks should I be doing on my family's Macbooks?

I need to fix up my family's two Macbooks for the first time in three years. What needs to be done? [more inside]
posted by Comic Sans-Culotte on May 21, 2012 - 10 answers

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