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Remote Access on an iPad?

I have an older relative who has just gotten an iPad, but they live far away. Is there an app I can use to remote view their iPad desktop to help them navigate the internet?
posted by to sir with millipedes on Jun 21, 2016 - 4 answers

How long do Links Survive on the Internet?

I linked to an article on LinkedIn in January of 2016. I went back to it yesterday, and it was gone. As I work on other projects, I notice that many links that don't seem very old (less than a year) return a "404" error message. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jun 19, 2016 - 10 answers

This made me look at this, then this and now I am asking this?

I was intrigued by a post a little while back on a Family Dog concert, it that post were references to a great site about identifying lost live grateful dead shows. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Jun 19, 2016 - 4 answers

Cruelty-free meme sites?

My 13-year-old loves memes, the kind that are a photo with amusing text over them. Unfortunately if he starts looking for them, they quickly become racist, sexist, degrade people with disabilities, etc. Is there anywhere safe to look for this kind of humor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2016 - 10 answers

My focus is all crocused

I am having trouble getting work done and work, waking up, and going to bed because of distractions on my phone or on the internet. Lots of details inside, but what strategy has worked to "cut back" on distractions in your life? I know "stop doing all of these things" is the obvious answer, but how specifically would your recommend I try to stop? [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Jun 16, 2016 - 20 answers

I want to start a reviews site. How to protect myself from lawsuits?

I'm wanting to start a reviews site where people can report unethical members X_PROFESSION. Clearly, members of X_PROFESSION will not be happy to see themselves reviewed on my site. What is my legal risk in running this site? How can I protect myself from lawsuits? [more inside]
posted by when it rains it snows on Jun 14, 2016 - 10 answers

Help me understand my laptop + Google

When my laptop (MacBook Air) wakes up from sleep, I have a really hard time reconnecting to Google stuff: my Gmail, my google docs, even just plain old google.com. At the same time that all of this is happening, I can connect to all sorts of other web pages. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jun 13, 2016 - 8 answers

Montreal - Do internet cafes still exist?

I'm temporarily in Montreal and need to do some work online for my job back home. My laptop is on the fritz and I need access to a computer for several hours per day. Can anyone confirm whether there is an open internet cafe downtown? The closer to Berri station the better.
posted by oceanview on Jun 9, 2016 - 10 answers

Ideas may die, but how do you kill them?

CGPGrey explained how internet arguments are self-selecting in order to symbiotically grow two opposing sides who mostly just badmouth the other side with increasingly inaccurate stories. That wouldn't be a problem, except sometimes the process spirals out of control and spills over into harassment, doxxing, violence, etc. So, if we understand how the process works, how do you stop it? Is there actually an effective way to treat the angry thought-germs CGPGrey described?
posted by jsnlxndrlv on Jun 4, 2016 - 10 answers

Seeking librarians' input on hotspot lending

Our local library will soon start lending mobile wi-fi hotspot devices (similarly to what BPL and KPL have done), and I am interested to learn about the experience of others who have engaged in similar projects. [more inside]
posted by papafrita on Jun 3, 2016 - 5 answers

What's the best home wifi option?

I'm so sick of having bad wifi. I'm willing to pay for a good router, but I'm not sure what to get. [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on May 31, 2016 - 16 answers

Let's stream this baby...

I am in search of a solution that would allow me to live stream an event. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by theartandsound on May 30, 2016 - 4 answers

fiber optiic internet in the east end of the San Fernando valley

Anyone know how to find out if there is any fiber optic service in the Glendale/Montrose/La Crescenta/ Tujunga general area? (within say five miles of this area?) The Verizon, Time Warner etc. fiber optic "search availability" functions are really vague... even if you get them on the phone, they tell you to provide a specific address. How can they not have some sort of record of where they have laid cable??
posted by ConnieL on May 28, 2016 - 2 answers

complete, systematic Windows 7 network & security settings

I want a complete understanding of the subsystems, registry settings, and other components of Windows 7's networking and security settings. O'Reilly's "Windows 7 / The Definitive Guide" didn't deliver this. Where can I find it? [more inside]
posted by amtho on May 10, 2016 - 5 answers

Internet marketing profile spoofer?

Given the extent to which targeted ads have penetrated, I am curious if anything like a profile spoofer has been developed, doing things like (I imagine) opening/lingering on websites correlated with certain demographics, blocking or randomizing what usage is not anonymous, so on. [more inside]
posted by solarion on May 8, 2016 - 1 answer

How to find a list of pages I can't access on a certain domain

An odd question I can't quite figure out how to google: I'm trying to detective my way into finding out the names of unannounced products. I've figured out that if I plug the code names of these products in as the final part of a url, I get an Access Denied message. If I type in random letters or words I do not get this message. How do I find out what other pages exist that I can't access? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Apr 27, 2016 - 4 answers

How to best record a Skype call?

I'm looking to record a Skype call. Not the little picture-in-picture thing, but a split-screen thing where I'm on the right half of the screen and my co-host is on the left half. Is there any easy way to do this? I've already purchased the Call Recorder plugin, and I know that Quicktime does something similar to this. But what's the best way to get a high-quality, split screen interview recorded, without paying an arm and a leg?
posted by jbickers on Apr 21, 2016 - 4 answers

Ditching Time Warner's Modem for Something Else

I've been lazy and just paying the monthly lease on the modem/router for Time Warner internet service in Brooklyn, NY. It's an Arris DG1670. I feel like I could both save money (eventually) and get better service by getting my own gear, but what? For use with a variety of mostly Mac devices, if that matters. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated.
posted by dearleader on Apr 14, 2016 - 12 answers

Internet etiquette

Is it sociaIlly acceptable to google someone I knew, say 10 years ago, to find out what happened to them (e.g. where they live, what their career is?) I am not planning to contact them, I just get curious about where people ended up. If I search for someone on Linkedin, will they find out information about me at all, seeing as I don't have a Linkedin profile?
posted by EatMyHat on Apr 9, 2016 - 24 answers

Blogs, Internet Mags, Websites Always Ahead of the Technology Curve

A recent interview question threw me a bit for a loop (I'm an Interactive Project Manager) and before the next interview I want to have a better answer. The question was "How do you stay on top of all of the rapid advances in technology". So my question is, "What are the best blogs, internet magazines, message boards or websites that are always focused on the cutting edge and are ahead of their peers in recognizing coming trends in interactive/digital/mobile technology?" [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Apr 4, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me have a Blast.

How to make sure that I can enable cable modem Internet in a condo? Current owner is using DSL and that has me concerned. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Apr 2, 2016 - 6 answers

What don't I understand about Apple Airport?

So, a while back we got an Apple Airport to try to extend Wifi in our apartment. It doesn't really work and I think perhaps I've misunderstood something fundamental about the airport. Help. [more inside]
posted by Gray Skies on Mar 30, 2016 - 18 answers

Never pick a fight with a database

Have you succeeded in getting internet service at an address which doesn't exist in the provider's database? [more inside]
posted by enn on Mar 22, 2016 - 13 answers

Why am I losing 60% of my bandwidth when I connect a router?

I have a fast fiber optic Internet connection, and it works great when wired directly into my PC. But as soon as I connect a router, I lose 60% or more of the download speed. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Mar 13, 2016 - 8 answers

OK, so not a series of tubes

How does the internet work? Clients, servers, REST, SOAP, packets, protocols, oh my! -- looking for resources to teach a budding programmer how it all works. [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Mar 6, 2016 - 9 answers

Is Tiered Cable Internet Access a Scam in the U.S.?

At least here in the U.S., cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner sell net access in tiered bandwidth packages. I.e., the more you pay per month, the more bandwidth you are supposed to get. Is this a scam? Or, is there a technical basis for this? What additional costs does a cable provider take on to provide more bandwidth to a single existing customer? The network infrastructure does not change. They don't install new cable lines. What actually changes and does it cost anything?
posted by justcorbly on Mar 4, 2016 - 26 answers

High Tech Non-fiction for a Low Tech Enthusiast

As of recently I've been really into non-fiction about the Internet, computers, hacking, or any combination of those things. I like the behind the scenes look at these technologies and the cultures surrounding them, but also that they're presented in layman's terms. Some books/articles that I've enjoyed and fit this bill have been: Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick, How Music Became Free by Stephen Witt, The Dark Net by Jamie Bartlett, and this Wired article about The Silk Road (Part 2). Could you direct me to some more books and articles like these?
posted by holmesian on Feb 27, 2016 - 15 answers

Online, no login scratchpad/list for the permanently behind.

I want to hide on my website a page that I can just cleanly add, edit, and delete items to a list from any browser, mobile or desktop, if we know the url. Basically like google tasks, but with no login. Is there a simple way to do this? It's basically so my partner and I can have a running errand and grocery list. [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Feb 27, 2016 - 10 answers

None of my mac devices will connect to the internet

Hello hive. A bit of a head scratcher here Suddenly none of my mac devices will connect to the internet on my network. I was working fine earlier This problem is both wired and wirelessly. My macbook air, iphone and ipad None will connect to the internet However my friend is able to connect with his devices. I deleted and re entered DNS address, restarted everything multiple times. Still no prize. My iphone and my ipad both connect to a 3g network no problem. The only thing these devices have in common is my apple ID What do you think?
posted by citybuddha on Feb 18, 2016 - 12 answers

Taxes

For the past 5+ years I've owed small amounts of Federal income tax, $5-$11. Why not this year? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Feb 15, 2016 - 10 answers

Browser won't reset location after using VPN

I'm working overseas in Country B and sometimes have to VPN back to Country A. When I'm doing that sometimes I'm careless and I open another browser tab for surfing, or forget to disconnect from VPN afterwards. And now google, and other sites insist I'm still in Country A, and not country B. How do I fix this and prevent it from happening again? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on Feb 6, 2016 - 5 answers

Easy Direct windows pc to pc large file transfer over the internet

Are there any simple freeware apps that can do private direct file large file transfers or directory transfers over the internet between two windows computers on home networks without the third party storage or the limits of solutions like dropbox, google drive or live drive? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Feb 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Find that song: Hearts, Stars and Diamonds

Years ago (possibly before YouTube?) a friend sent me a link to a video of a girl singing a wonderfully horrible, super-catchy song with a title/chorus that was something like “hearts, stars and diamonds”; if not that exactly, then something close. Does this song still exist somewhere online? [more inside]
posted by Asterism on Feb 3, 2016 - 6 answers

hhttps?

How does this sketchy "hhttps" link work? [more inside]
posted by ChurchHatesTucker on Feb 1, 2016 - 10 answers

Small Business Internet Safety

Hey all. I'm looking for advice as well a good novice level resources to beef up the IT security at my workplace regarding use of the internet. [more inside]
posted by Jalliah on Jan 26, 2016 - 5 answers

Best, easiest website blocker

I want to block my daughter's internet access except to three, homework-related websites, from the hour of 3 to 4, Mon-Thurs. This is a mandatory condition of her getting to use her computer for homework in her after school program. Right now she has Chrome and Firefox installed on her MacBook. She is on board and wants to follow the rules, so will probably not go way out of her way to circumvent a blocker program. What is the easiest, bestest extension I should use?
posted by latkes on Jan 25, 2016 - 9 answers

Does anyone remember this article about an internet backbone facility?

I am looking for a particular article that shows a municipal internet backbone being repaired in a facility that has served as an important telecommunications junction for decades. [more inside]
posted by daHIFI on Jan 20, 2016 - 4 answers

I'm going to Cadillac, MI, and need to use the internet.

I'm going to Cadillac, MI on a Friday through Monday "vacation" (that is, I'll need to work while I'm there). I'll probably need 16-24 hours of ~1.5 mbps or faster internet over the four day period, on my own laptop. I'm fairly sure that our Airbnb-type accommodations don't have an internet connection/WiFi. Tethered mobile data probably won't be an option. Where can I go to use the internet for several hours at a time? I don't mind paying for it or purchasing something so I can use it.
posted by pullayup on Jan 14, 2016 - 9 answers

What Research is There on Technology, Communication, and Empathy?

I've been thinking a lot about empathy and the way we communicate on the Internet. What research, studies, books, articles, etc. should I be reading? Special snowflake requirements: I studied Psych 101, so it's gotta be on my damn fool BA in English level of understanding.
posted by SansPoint on Jan 14, 2016 - 5 answers

Slow home server diagnosis.

Why is there a difference in performance between loading my home wiki directly and loading it via an ssh tunnel? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Jan 13, 2016 - 10 answers

What is Google Sites?

On my Google Dashboard, it says I have an insane number of views for my "Google Sites". I don't know what this is or why this would be the case or even what "sites" are. I have tried using the developer module to research this, but honestly it is over my head. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance.
posted by null14 on Jan 13, 2016 - 8 answers

Seeking a comprehensive list of internet forum communities

Does there exist an updated catalog or wiki list of internet forums and web communities living and dead over the coarse of the internet's history?
posted by Taft on Jan 10, 2016 - 6 answers

Can you help me understand my Time Warner Cable internet bill?

I'm trying to help my elderly parents sort out their internet bill, and apparently I'm an idiot. Maybe you can explain it to me like I'm five? Details within. [more inside]
posted by bluecore on Jan 7, 2016 - 6 answers

Where was the effing monkey?

Back in 1999, there was a website with a game. The aim was to find a monkey in a tree. If you won, you'd get $10k. Did anyone actually find this monkey? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Jan 4, 2016 - 9 answers

Why can’t I read Newsweek on my laptop?

I'm using a Mac Laptop running OS X Yosemite (though this is surely moot). Whenever I visit a Newsweek article, (e.g.) I’m told that I’ve already read five articles this month - despite never having visited before. This is true if I use Safari, Tor Browser, Firefox, or Chrome. I entirely believe this could be do to a particular add-on configuration, but my Safari set up is pretty vanilla, so I’m dubious. Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine on Dec 19, 2015 - 9 answers

Google fu fail--story likely on hacker news about addictive web behavior

I read a story recently that I've not been able to find on Hacker News or Google about behaviors that are built into websites that make them addictive. I cannot find the story--I'm creatively remembering now how it related to the bottomless feeds a la Facebook, random reinforcement, and perhaps social pressure. Does this thread ring a bell for the hive mind?
posted by teddyb109 on Dec 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Looking for particular type of internet restriction software/app

I'm interested in restricting my own use of time-killing websites at home so as to increase my productivity. I see that there are a number of apps or programs that do this in different ways, and some of these techniques would be good. But I haven't found one that works in the way that I think would work best for me. Is something like that available? Details on the kind of functionality I'm looking for are below. P.S. I'm willing to pay up to maybe $50 for the right kind of software. [more inside]
posted by Mechitar on Dec 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Questions about streaming TV

I’m not a luddite, but I’ve been left in the dust by TV technology. Help us start streaming, please. [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Dec 14, 2015 - 38 answers

Mooching Memes

How do I cut off a friend's access to my wifi w/o being an asshole? [more inside]
posted by tippy on Dec 9, 2015 - 83 answers

The tagline should be: Yell at the TV and Not at Each Other!

This weekend I played one of the Jackbox family of games. I think my family would love them and I'd like to give/have it available to play while we're all home for Christmas. Looks like I might have some technical issues--I need some guidance, please! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Dec 9, 2015 - 13 answers

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