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Examples of internet detective squads

I'm looking for examples of internet amateur detecting and/or exposing crimes, frauds, etc., ideally through fora, but also blogs or mailing lists. For example, MeFi's Kaycee Nicole work, or (as a negative example) Reddit's misplaced accusation in the Boston Bombing. The more direct links you can provide, the better.
posted by klangklangston on Jul 3, 2015 - 18 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

Where can I talk to friendly, interesting strangers on the internet?

Remember back when the internet started, and it was all about connecting with people you'd never met before? We're not talking Chatroulette, message boards, or anyone asking 'A/S/L?', but just having interesting, non-creepy, real-time conversations with strangers? I miss that. Is there a corner of the internet where that still exists?
posted by torietorie on Jun 28, 2015 - 7 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 much did it cost to set up an 8 modem BBS in the mid 80's?

Trying to get an idea of the cost in both money and time to set up an 8 modem BBS in 1987. Anecdotal evidence would be useful. Thank you!
posted by Alex Goldman on Jun 19, 2015 - 13 answers

Why can't I connect to Facebook? Got a gremlim in my system

For some reason my U-verse modem will not let me connect to facebook. When I use a VPN I am able to connect but it just times without it. Every other site I have tried has not been a problem. I have had others try to sign on to their accounts both hard wired and wirelessly and the same results ATT tech support has hit a wall in being able to help me with this and that includes having a tech out to swap the modem. Seems to be a head scratcher for everyone. Is there an answer in the Hive?
posted by citybuddha on Jun 18, 2015 - 3 answers

How can I promote my eCommerce website?

I have a site that I have started a few months ago. It is a site where I am selling random stuff right now and seeing what works. I have had some conversion from Reddit posts that got a few thousand hits so that seems to be helping but it is not always reliable since you never know what is going to go viral. Also, I'd like to open up more channels for selling. The problem is that acquiring visitors can be expensive. Does anyone know of any reasonably priced ways to generate good targeted traffic in 2015? I am not looking for SEO as an answer. I am interested in promoting the products on this site and getting conversions. I am still working on improving the site but I already know that it can convert at a reasonably good rate so my problem now is just acquiring visitors at a reasonable price.
posted by locussst on Jun 14, 2015 - 3 answers

text-only browsing in Firefox

Is there an extension or some setting in Firefox (e.g. in about:config) I can activate so that only text loads by default as I browse? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jun 5, 2015 - 11 answers

What's this software tool directory website called?

The website is styled like Bento.io's grid page, and has descriptions of bento.io's resource listings (and more), except it's a single static page with just the listing or directory of programming languages, frameworks and libraries for the web. [more inside]
posted by jermspeaks on Jun 4, 2015 - 4 answers

What was this cool website effect?

A few months ago, I was reading some long-form news article (that I probably found here) and I really liked the mechanics of how the site was displayed as you read it. Unfortunately, I have no idea where the site was or even what the story was about. Hopefully, y'all can help. Description and specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel on Jun 4, 2015 - 6 answers

A Catalogue of Novelties

What's your favorite online store (or other source) that puts out well-chosen lists of new stuff (books, music, or anything else) on a weekly or monthly basis? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on May 29, 2015 - 4 answers

Frontier FIOS problems. Service, router, or...?

We recently moved and chose Frontier (formerly Verizon) FIOS for our Internet service since the other option was Comcast. The service is the lowest tier (50/50) but we were coming from DSL with lower speeds and it was fine so we were expecting it to be OK. And it is. Sometimes. Other times it is really slow to unusable. Like, the airport on my Mac won't even connect to the router sometimes. Sometimes it will connect but I have to wait 2-4 minutes for an URL I typed in to load. Sometimes it goes up and down, disconnectng and reconnecting our wifi devices every few minutes. And other times, like right now, it's absolutely fine. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on May 28, 2015 - 5 answers

Stop popping up when I'm about to switch the tab!

A growing number of websites these days will detect when the cursor moves off of the website up to the tab bar, and pop up a message trying to get the user to stay/sign up for their newsletter/etc. How do I block this from happening? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on May 20, 2015 - 15 answers

Monkeybrains vs. Comcast/Wave in (Mission) San Francisco

Will be moving to the Mission, trying to decide between my internet options. Monkeybrains is cheap, local, awesome, but not as fast as Comcast, who suck, are expensive, but very fast. Do you have experience with either? [more inside]
posted by danny the boy on May 13, 2015 - 12 answers

Internet safety for the elementary school set?

How do I protect my small from teh pr0n? [more inside]
posted by pleasant_confusion on May 12, 2015 - 10 answers

I am looking for a bookmarking solution for yosemite, firefox

I am looking to upgrade my mac osx to yosemite on my main home computer. One of the things that gives me pause is the bookmarking sidebar I enjoy that delicious offers as a plug in on the earlier system. Can anyone offer something of similar convienience that might work with firefox on yosemite. I am also willing to consider a new browser
posted by citybuddha on May 12, 2015 - 3 answers

Weaning Myself Off of Checking Messages, Email and Websites

How do I wean myself off this urge to constantly check the internet? Sometimes I use an app blocker or turn of the internet when I need to do a focused session of work, but I find myself feeling this strong, psychological itch to use the internet anyway. The urge is so strong it's distracting, even if the internet is inaccessible. [more inside]
posted by neeta on May 1, 2015 - 11 answers

Help! My browser is going popup mad.

I just got back from a lengthy trip to Asia and I think my computer may have picked something up. I have a new Macbook Air and I use Firefox for browsing. I am getting many many redirecting of pages clicked. Very annoying. Is there an easy fix or diagnosis? I am not really savy in configuring but I will say that my popups are disabled in the preferences. Thank you hive
posted by citybuddha on Apr 16, 2015 - 10 answers

What Should I Do When I Give My Elderly Parents an iPad?

My sister and I are planning on giving our parents a combined Mother's and Father's Day gift of an iPad. What can I/we do to help ease their transition from Luddites into users of tablet computers and the Internet? [more inside]
posted by skitchen on Apr 14, 2015 - 19 answers

Combine cable and verizon mifi internet with a single modem?

I have comcast cable internet (Bandwidth A). For work I also always carry around a verizon mifi jetpack and good good service at home too (Bandwidth B). Is there a way to combine these to sources with a common router to essentially have Bandwidth A+B? Thanks in advance for help!
posted by mtstover on Apr 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Anyone recall an early group blog/reality show, name riffed on 'cereal'?

The Lore thread reminded me of something else from that era of the web, one of the first group blogs I encountered, and now I am annoyed because I can't remember the name or more details. It was a bunch of interconnected art/tech/media people, mostly based in the SF Bay Area I believe. The name riffed off 'cereal' in some way, but all the keywords are too general to fish anything up out of google. [more inside]
posted by tavella on Apr 14, 2015 - 4 answers

Anonymice? Anonymoose?

Should I stop using my name online? Everywhere? Somewhere? With several pseudonyms? Details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Apr 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Nerd Idol

Has there been any contestant on a singing or dancing TV competition that has performed something "nerdy", such as songs from video games, cartoons, or Internet media? The one example I can think of is a Dancing with the Stars routine to Super Mario.
posted by divabat on Apr 3, 2015 - 14 answers

What to do with ridiculously fast Internet?

Gigabit Internet has come to where I live. For the first time in a long time, I finally have an upload of more than 10Mbps and no data transfer cap. What are some ideas to actually do with it? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Apr 1, 2015 - 11 answers

Need reccomendations for small business ISPs in Midtown Manhattan

I'm tasked with changing our ISP and wondered if you have insight... [more inside]
posted by shesbenevolent on Mar 30, 2015 - 3 answers

What should I keep in mind as I update my web site?

I'm an artist and I haven't updated my web site in about 7 years. I have a lot of content and I want to make sure it's easy to access and understand, and compliant with modern web standards. Is there anything I absolutely positively MUST do/not do? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Mar 30, 2015 - 16 answers

Online CentOS administration courses / resources?

I'd like to take two or three weeks and intensively study the administration of CentOS servers. What resources or online classes exist? Red Hat certification courses/resources would count. [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Mar 27, 2015 - 7 answers

Which is the best art price reference website?

I need to subscribe to one of these websites that have zillions of auction and sale results for art and antiques. None of them give it away for free. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Mar 25, 2015 - 4 answers

WOW: wow? or no wow?

Friendly people from WOW Cable/Internet/Phone are blowing up my mailbox and doorbell with cheap offers to switch over from Comcast. Is this a terrible idea? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Mar 24, 2015 - 12 answers

Why is my internet so sluggish and choppy?

My internet browsing is very slow and choppy, and I can't quite figure out why. Speed tests report my connection is average or above average. [more inside]
posted by naju on Mar 23, 2015 - 18 answers

Why does a search for () return 0 results?

From the search engines perspective what is happening. Most Engines return 0 results for the search, (). Does it think I am asking for something between the two, ( and )? There are 100's of millions of results for ( or ) but 0 for () or )(. What gives? T(om )Hanks!
posted by 1inabillionmistake on Mar 23, 2015 - 11 answers

How can we amplify the wireless internet signal in our concrete apt?

How can we amplify the wireless internet signal in our concrete apt? [more inside]
posted by zyxwvut on Mar 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Looking for list(s) of upcoming movies to be shown on tv

I'm looking for a website with list(s) of movies that are upcoming on tv so that I can set my dvr to record the ones that I'd like to see. I'm looking for lists that are either specific to one channel (so I can look at each channel separately), or one that could contain only the channels in my Directv package (so that I don't have to pick through ones that I can't record due to not being subscribed to the channel they're playing on). I'd be happy going through multiple lists (one for each channel, like FX, ABC, IFC, etc.), but it would be great to have a list with only the channels I get. Thanks!
posted by atm on Mar 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me set up a whitelist computer

I would like to set up a computer for my internet-addicted teenage son (windows 7 or 8, let's say) where internet access is constrained by a "whitelist" of sites. Blacklist-based parental control schemes do not work for tl;dr reasons. Help me re-introduce the internet gradually to my son so he can start afresh. [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Mar 11, 2015 - 12 answers

Best way to put a small library database online?

I am responsible for a library of about 1200 books, which I've cataloged in a database. I'd like to put the database on our website so that readers can search for a book without having to visit the library. I have experience with Python and to a lesser extent, MySQL. What is the best way to create a searchable database online using these tools or something else that's relatively easy to learn?
posted by stinker on Mar 9, 2015 - 8 answers

How to sell a domain anonymously?

I have owned the .com of a domain for about 10 years. Hadn't done anything with it although I had planned to. Competitor appears to have bought the .net of the same name about 2 years ago, put up a website, and is probably selling his service from it (our occupation is exactly the same)... [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Mar 5, 2015 - 6 answers

How Incognito is my Mode?

Are buzzfeed/playbuzz style quizzes able to correlate my answers to my identity when I use Incognito Mode in Chrome? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Mar 2, 2015 - 4 answers

What are the best websites/forums for selling a business (USA)?

I am looking to help someone I know sell their company. It is a small business based in NYC that places consultants in IT positions, mainly with large financial institutions. I am wondering what the best venues are for advertising such a business. If anyone has knowledge or experience with this, please share. Thank you!
posted by jlhopes on Mar 2, 2015 - 1 answer

What resources are there for internet/gaming addiction recovery?

A family friend needs help. Over the last few years he's been sinking more and more of his life into MMORPGs and internet time wasting. He's socially isolated -- no friends, low social skills. He was a pretty normal, fun kid up until about 15. He's in the midst of flunking out of his freshman year of college (after an in-between year spent similarly wasted). [more inside]
posted by mf_ss on Feb 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me with some internet safety tips for families

I'm doing some presentations for parents of kids K-12 grades about the nebulous topic of internet safety and could use some advice/stories/resources from real-world parents to help me make sure this is relevant and useful. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Feb 16, 2015 - 20 answers

Is the .NET tld as "reputable-sounding" as a .COM for a company?

After weeks and weeks of making lists for a name for my studio, I saw that it was not available as a .com but was as a .net, and it got me thinking: Is a .net as good as a .com or is does it sound cheap in comparison? Also, how would you rate different tlds in terms of "sounding professional"? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Feb 14, 2015 - 11 answers

My ISP wants me to upgrade my service ASAP. I don't wanna.

My ISP is now telling me if I don't call them about getting an upgrade ASAP, they will "temporarily interrupt my service." I don't want one but think they are going to force me into it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2015 - 17 answers

Difficult Projects and Process Organization.

Are there interviews or essays on how individual people tackled difficult projects: organizing, keeping motivated, editing, and checking back on earlier edits? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Feb 10, 2015 - 1 answer

Standalone Search Software: Does it exist?

I need software that will search multiple locations (University library, Google, WorldCat, etc.) using different queries of citations loaded from a text file. Does this exist?
posted by PHINC on Feb 6, 2015 - 3 answers

The Game of Life

Trying to identify this elaborate custom-tailored performance art/ARG project I read about, possibly on MetaFilter, circa 2007-2010. Basically: you apply for the chance to have this group go to your hometown and stage an elaborate theatrical experience personalized to you, starring all your friends and family, for the purposes of creating a powerful emotional experience. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Feb 5, 2015 - 3 answers

Microwave Internet

Is switching to a small local provider of microwave internet from Comcast a good idea? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jan 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Help Detecting Internet Usage via Router

How to find an activity log on my Verizon M1424WR Router to see if our babysitter is spending more time surfing the internet than playing with our kids. [more inside]
posted by GorgeousPorridge on Jan 21, 2015 - 13 answers

Bond, James Bo... I mean JANE Bond

I've changed my name. Is there any tool to help me update my online presence accordingly? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Jan 19, 2015 - 11 answers

What's up with ecommerce these days?

This is obviously a big question to which I don't expect simple or succinct answers. But as I'm probably going to be doing some work soon for some fairly established hi-tech types (the focus of which will be some "disruptive" ecommerce solutions) I feel compelled to ask it. [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Jan 13, 2015 - 8 answers

Hermit with a DSL line

Over the past few years, I've found myself turning into a relative hermit - living alone, going out and about alone, spending time with my family but not really anyone else in 'real life,' preferring the wider range of people and opportunities on the internet for friendship and comradeship. Is this a problem, or am I just overthinking and worrying about nothing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2015 - 18 answers

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