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Help me find this job!

I am a telecommuting web software developer focusing on Java/JEE. I enjoy what I do but feel mostly isolated. Help me find a new gig! [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Aug 27, 2014 - 1 answer

need chromebook to connect to wi-fi, but it won't

My daughter's chromebook from school needs to connect to wi-fi. We have wi-fi at home. When I open up my home computer, I never need to put in a password....I just click onto my internet icon. By the way, I have netgear for my wi-fi. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Aug 22, 2014 - 15 answers

I'm moving, how should I handle my Comcast/Xfinity TV/internet service?

I'm moving. I want to keep using Comcast/Xfinity for TV/internet but I want to save money and/or upgrade my service. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity on Aug 22, 2014 - 7 answers

Is there a plugin that creates this gallery effect?

I'm working on making a magazine blog. I started with a template that is pretty awesome, but I liked the effect another theme used to manage the photo and video gallery. Is there a plugin I can install to achieve this effect or is this hard coded into the template. [more inside]
posted by FireStyle on Aug 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Seeking texts (any medium) on online representation/digital subcultures

I'm applying to teach an honors-level composition course with a theme of online self-representations and virtual communities. What are some cool texts (in any media) that I can show my students to get them thinking about different aspects of this theme? [more inside]
posted by littlegreen on Aug 19, 2014 - 3 answers

Want Fast Wireless Internet, Comcast Sucks

A few days ago I got high-speed internet from Comcast. When I placed the order, I was told I needed to upgrade my router and wireless to new models, specifically a TP-Link Wireless N300 and the Motorola SB6121 Surfboard modem. My internet speed is lower than ever. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Aug 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Where in the Bay Area can a user connect to the web via Ethernet?

Wifi is plentiful, but it is also more vulnerable than a wired connection. In the Bay Area, is there a library or other public or semi-public, trustworthy place, that allows users to connect directly to the router with an ethernet cable? Charging a fee is fine.
posted by Baeria on Aug 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Online backup options for several Macs?

It's 2014. I should be backing up my thousands of photos in iPhoto online. Please tell me he best options available for long-term storage. Print options would be nice too.
posted by toastchee on Aug 17, 2014 - 14 answers

A choice, for once.

Should I go with Optimum/Cablevision or Verizon FiOS internet in Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Why does my wireless router keep dropping connectivity?

My Linksys WRT54G router keeps losing internet connectivity, even though the wireless seems to be fine. Halp? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Aug 12, 2014 - 12 answers

Why won't my 64-bit Windows 7 laptop connect to the internet/cable modem

I'm having trouble connecting to the internet or to my cable modem. I just bought a used (Dell, 64-bit) laptop. I've been using a Motorola Surfboard SB1501U cable modem plugged in through ethernet on my old (Acer, 32-bit) laptop. I plugged it into the Dell and it immediately connected to the internet. There was a couple of other unrelated issues though, but there is no factory reset option and I thought I'd start with a clean slate. So, I made an installation disk and reinstalled the OS, W7 for a 64-bit computer. Everything went smoothly. But now I can't connect to the internet, either through the ethernet or the USB and installation disk. [more inside]
posted by atinna on Aug 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Wireless Internet Radio Player with the best menu and recall system?

I love world music! I'm looking for a stand-alone (no computer) wireless internet-radio music player, but get exasperated with wonky interface/station recall/ menu systems on the ones I've seen. Any suggestions? I need two: one for a gift in the US, one for me (european outlet). Also, speaker recommendations for streaming from a laptop welcome! [more inside]
posted by iiniisfree on Aug 1, 2014 - 4 answers

How to save the coding of an entire website?

I'm not referring to saving a page or website to view offline, but viewing/saving the coding of an entire website without manually clicking the view source on every single page. Is this possible? Is there a program?
posted by atinna on Jul 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Do my Brazil heavy website stats indicate something nefarious?

My itty-bitty portfolio website traffic is almost all new visitors from Brazil. I don't have anything on my portfolio that would appeal to Brazilians. What is going on? Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Jul 24, 2014 - 18 answers

Software skills for aspiring technical writer

How do I know I’ve taught myself enough technical writing software (number of programs and my abilities therein) for potential employers to take me seriously? [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Jul 23, 2014 - 6 answers

I Have (Go)Daddy Issues, Help Me Resolve Them Without Therapy

My personal website has been down for the past 4 hours. Never had an iota of problem with GoDaddy before. I have domains through them and also shared hosting. Naturally, 4 hours of downtime is shocking to me, so I call them and say "Hey! What's up with THAT?" [more inside]
posted by John Kennedy Toole Box on Jul 23, 2014 - 26 answers

When Is It Good To Let go Of An Internet Friendship?

I've had a two year friendship with someone I've never met but care a great deal for. It is causing a lot of stress. I am unsure how to end it given the intensity of our communication. I have included more in the extended area. [more inside]
posted by Fayrose on Jul 18, 2014 - 17 answers

Fiction incorporating internet interactions?

What books and short fiction successfully incorporate internet communication, specifically web communication, into the narrative? I'm interested in writing a novel or novella that would switch between traditional omniscient third-person narrative and the descents into utter madness that can be found on, for example, Tumblr, and other web forums. The only piece that I can think of that uses forum posts to tell a story is "Candle Cove," but I am sure there must be many more. I'm particularly interested in novels.
posted by Countess Elena on Jul 16, 2014 - 24 answers

Where do trains (and other moving things) get their interenet from?

I know cell phone providers sell data plans, but my understanding is that these have limited connection speeds - these days many trains offer "free wi-fi" for the passengers (I was even told of a shuttle bus that had wi-fi available). It can't just be standard cell phone data connection right? That would be hopelessly slow if more than a couple of passengers connected. Planes use satellite connections I think. What technology do land based - but moving - wi-fi hotspots use? Thanks
posted by Xhris on Jul 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Portland, ME internet service provider that we can live with?

Me, the husband and Supercoolbaby are heading south to live in Portland! We've had TimeWarner and Comcast and do hate them so. So what Internet providers do people recommend for price and decent service in Portland, Maine? If possible we'd like to avoid the big horrible companies. We're an internet TV-only household so no TV or phone service required. Thanks!
posted by supercoollady on Jul 15, 2014 - 4 answers

Best Vehicle for Distributing Interviews

I conduct interviews and want the best distribution for them. They are occasionally broadcast on KBOO in Portland. I also have access to the Public Radio Exchange as well as Pacifica's "audioport". With those, I can offer these interviews for rebroadcast through affiliated radio stations throughout the country. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jul 6, 2014 - 2 answers

Is there a 3G/4G wireless router that takes multiple SIM cards/dongles?

I'm based in the UK and will be spending a week somewhere that has no broadband. The reception on most networks seems to be changeable though it's strongest on Vodafone. Is there a 3G/4G wireless router that can take multiple SIM cards or dongles so that I can connect together more than one network and thus maximise my chances of getting connectivity?
posted by skylar on Jul 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Internet's having issues--some sites load, some don't.

My internet (AT&T DSL) got weird a few hours ago this morning, and is still struggling. I went through a long list of stuff with a tech, who is sending out a new modem. Here's what's happening. Certain sites are loading fine, while others just time out to the "The connection has timed out" message. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Jun 30, 2014 - 8 answers

Where can I buy a cheap, giant suitcase on the internet?

A few friends of mine have bought cheap, giant suitcases from novelty shops and souvenir shops in NYC. Since I'm halfway across the country, I'm looking for something similar that I can buy on the internet. Workable dimensions are around 32 x 25 x 10 inches - really freakin' big. But, amazon and ebay and the like are failing me. Can you help?
posted by entropone on Jun 30, 2014 - 7 answers

DSL in Lancaster County, PA?

Moving to a fairly rural section of Lancaster County (Paradise, PA, to be exact), where cable isn't available. *Sad trombone* I work from home full-time and will need reliable, fast internet. Suggestions, please! BTW, FiOs isn't available here (I checked) and it's been hard to get a solid answer on exactly WHAT internet services are out there, so alternatives are welcome. The last tenants here used a mobile hotspot, which was unreliable and slow, so I want to avoid that. Also want to avoid working from a coffee shop every day.
posted by KateH on Jun 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Cable Internet Issues -- bad cable modem?

I've been having a lot of problems with my Comcast cable internet (both performance, and with their service, but this question focuses on performance) over the past few weeks. Is this really caused by a bad cable modem? Many details inside. [more inside]
posted by inigo2 on Jun 27, 2014 - 22 answers

How bad is satellite internet service?

I'm considering buying a house in rural Vermont where cable and dsl internet are not available, and mobile phone service is spotty. It seems the only option would be satellite internet through a provider such as HughesNet. Would this be a huge mistake? [more inside]
posted by bobafet on Jun 25, 2014 - 22 answers

What's the least awful ISP in Chicago?

I'm trying to set up internet service at my apartment. AT&T's downstream is abysmally bad for what they charge – 3 mbps for a lousy $30 per month. Comcast is better, but possibly more evil, and there are a lot of confusing legal riders in the contract that make me scared. Help! [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Jun 24, 2014 - 11 answers

International routing...

I'm looking to purchase a router in the U.S. that will work in Russia. What do I need to buy? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Jun 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Does this software/web service exist?

I'm starting a blog, and I have this hunch that perhaps a service or program exists out there that allows you to: 1) Write, format, and save blog posts, as well as mark them as "ready" to publish, and 2) Automate publishing those ready posts chronologically onto your blog at a fixed rate or alternatively by selecting a publishing date and time for every post marked as ready. The theory being, I could write as many posts as I want on a given day, but schedule and automate their publishing. Does this sort of thing exist? [more inside]
posted by Taft on Jun 23, 2014 - 7 answers

How can I stop spending so much time on the Internet?

I feel like I'm addicted to the Internet. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is go on my smartphone and Reddit for at least half an hour. I live at home and spend most of my day on the computer listening to music and surfing the web into the early hours of the morning. [more inside]
posted by fallingleaves on Jun 16, 2014 - 16 answers

Yearbook picture style directory

I want to make an online directory that allows me to simply post a large directory of listings featuring a photo, name, and short description (akin to how old year books looked, for example). Is there an easy was to do this that avoids databases? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Jun 16, 2014 - 2 answers

What's going on with my girlfriend's wifi/LAN?

Recently my girlfriend switched internet providers, from Verizon to Time Warner. Since installing the new Time Warner-provided router, we've both been having problems with our phones seemingly not being able to use certain apps or services. [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Jun 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Point me to some strange, macabre or otherwise bizarre news-y websites!

Inspired by this Gabriel Garcia Marquez interivew, I'm looking for some off-beat news stories to inspire a collection of short stories I'm writing. [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua on Jun 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Chrome Extension Filter: Selecting multiple checkboxes, click-and-drag

I used to have a Chrome extension that allowed me to select multiple checkboxes on a site by clicking and dragging. I can not remember what it is called. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jun 4, 2014 - 1 answer

Best internet provider in St. Louis

Should we use Charter or AT&T? [more inside]
posted by molla on Jun 3, 2014 - 4 answers

I move. A lot. Help make my admin easier.

We move quite often - every 2 years or so. I have done it all my life, but usually within the same country.Over the past 5 years that has included 3 different countries, and it looks like for the next 6 years or so we are probably going to live in another 2 or 3 countries. Looking for tips on making our admin and daily living a bit easier. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Jun 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Problems with Internet connection. My ISP is blaming my cable modem.

Time Warner is telling me that I need to buy a new cable modem. I would like a second opinion. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Jun 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Default Browser Setting, Where Art Thou?

I've decided to switch over completely to Google Chrome, and on my work laptop it's NBD. My home laptop, however, asks me EVERY DAMN TIME I START CHROME if I want to make it my default browser; clicking OK does nothing (Firefox is still the default). More inside... [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Jun 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Ads and concert promos from the late 60s

I'm trying to rebuild a now defunct internet radio station called "Technicolor Web Of Sound". One of the great things about TWOS was that in addition to playing psychedelic music from the late 60s was that it also played advertisements and concert promotions from that era: http://web.archive.org/​web/20110926052525/​http://​www.techwebsound.com​/playlist.cfm?​promos=yes. These audio clips made the station sound very authentic. However, finding these audio clips is proving difficult. Does anyone know where I might start to track down these clips? [more inside]
posted by tomargue on May 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Calling network engineers: help me understand latency and packet loss

I’m trying to be more pro-active with regard to monitoring the network at my workplace, addressing any issues that might arise, and answering that ever-present question: “My computer is so slow today! Is the problem on our end, or on their end?” [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on May 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Do I need all this coax for Fios?

Yay--we bought a house! The house has what seems like miles and miles of coaxial cable in every room. I'm trying to figure out if we actually need it or not. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on May 16, 2014 - 9 answers

How to simulcast a movie?

HAAAAY, I was wondering if there's software or a website I could use to broadcast a movie file that I have, so that my friends and I could all watch it simultaneously. We could all download the file to our separate computers, but I'd like to have it broadcast from one web-location so that we can all be on the same second of the movie at the same time. So that we can gossip about what we're seeing. It would only be like five to ten people, max. Okay, thanks!
posted by Greg Nog on May 10, 2014 - 10 answers

Why does my college website have advertising trackers?

Today I installed Ghostery, which is supposed to flag and block advertising trackers, analytics, and beacons. When I visited my college's homepage I found that the site used the trackers adap.tv and Trade Desk and the beacon Rocket Fuel. This alarmed me. I checked a dozen other college websites. None had any ad trackers. So...why would my school have ad trackers on its website? Am I right to feel a bit creeped out by this?
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2014 - 4 answers

How to share internet costs with neighbors?

I live in the one-bedroom basement apartment of a house (so there are 2 total apartments in the building). About a week ago, my soon-to-be new neighbor contacted me, said he was moving in with friends upstairs, and let me know Comcast had said they could only have one account per address (I already have Comcast wireless internet) and asked if they could share with me, offering to split the cost. He was also potentially interested in upgrading to a faster connection. I said we could chat about it after he moved in, which they have done (I've been letting them use my account the past few days). There are four people living in the apartment upstairs. Now that I've thought about it, I think splitting the cost two ways when there will be five people using it is unfair. I have one of two apartments, but it's not like I will be using half the internet. Is there something I'm not considering? How are these costs usually split when you share with neighbors? Should we be splitting it 5 ways, 2 ways, or something in between? (I also want to ask if they want to just take over the account and have me reimburse them my share, since I am moving in a few months--that's an ok thing to ask, right?)
posted by picardythird on May 4, 2014 - 36 answers

Extending our wireless network in a three story condo

I live in a three story/family condo. We have been sharing cable Internet access for the last few years. It works fine. I've extended the signal with a few old dd-wrt routers configured as wireless repeaters. However, we want a little more out of this network. By searching some past posts, I've found a few options, but would like some input before I make a final decision. [more inside]
posted by toddst on May 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Something like an ad-blocker for related links?

Is there a way to block links to other articles from showing up on the web? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on May 1, 2014 - 8 answers

My own little two-home wireless ISP

I would like to connect two homes that are about 150m apart in order to share an internet connection. Unless convinced otherwise the cheapest solution is likely a point-to-point wireless link at 2.4ghz (using directional antennas and tomatousb/ddwrt). I have line of sight but there are some trees in the way: is this feasible? Bonus: will cheap 14 dbi panel antennas be good enough with the trees?
posted by ennui.bz on Apr 29, 2014 - 11 answers

Great firewall, 2014

Hi, Looks like I will be spending a good while in China and I'd love to read your recent experiences with VPNs, general internet use there. (I noted a question about this from almost two years ago, with lots of people speaking well of witopia, can believe things have changed.) I'll be in Chongqing, for what that's worth. Thank you for taking a moment to help me.
posted by ambient2 on Apr 22, 2014 - 7 answers

Mac OS X Mavericks internet issues

I've been having internet issues at work for a while now. I'm using Mavericks on a retina MBP, and the internet will repeatedly just start being abysmally slow connecting to websites. [more inside]
posted by thewumpusisdead on Apr 17, 2014 - 8 answers

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