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How can I keep my son's laptop from gettin' the cooties?

My son is about to get his first laptop, a Windows machine. I'd like to install the necessary software to keep it free from all the nasty stuff Windows machines can catch. We're a Mac family so my knowledge of personal A/V software is minimal. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 15, 2014 - 15 answers

Tablet for hearthstone

I'm looking to buy a sub-$200 tablet primarily to play Hearthstone and watch Netflix. I'm finding it confusing to to pick out the best quality tablet in this price range that will run Hearthstone well, do you have a suggestion? I am open to Windows, Android, or Apple. If I understand correctly, the Hearthstone app is not out for Android yet but it should be available soon.
posted by Drinky Die on Dec 12, 2014 - 14 answers

Mail Merge to PDF

Can someone walk me through how to make a mail merge from excel data with a word letter so that each individual letter will be a separate PDF? If it's easier via an Apple/Mac program, let me know. I have access to both a windows computer and a mac.
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 on Dec 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Let There be Light?

Is there such a thing as too much light in a living space? I'm looking for a new apartment. One possibility is a large studio in a high rise tower (30th floor) with floor-to-ceiling west-facing, unobstructed windows. This is in the Northeastern section of the US (an area known for hot and humid summers). The property developers have not included cellular shades, only standard mini blinds. It is lovely now in the winter and makes the apartment seem large and cheerful, but will I regret signing a lease come July?
posted by girl flaneur on Dec 10, 2014 - 27 answers

Gap between window and wooden sill letting in cold air

Last night as I was closing the shades I noticed cold air coming in and discovered what I think is a fairly recent gap between the wooden window sill and the vinyl windows. The gap is letting in quite a lot of air, and I am trying to figure out a) what caused it and b) if this is something we can fix (temporarily) ourselves. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Dec 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Winter proof tape (?) for sealing gaps around windows outdoors

I need some sort of barrier or tape that will survive the winter snow and rain to apply to the gaps between my siding and window frame. [more inside]
posted by futz on Nov 29, 2014 - 13 answers

HP Split 13 x2 PC freezes/stutters...

...Intermittently, when I plug in the power cord or detach/reattach the tablet, the system freezes, unfreezes, freezes, etc. [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Nov 29, 2014 - 1 answer

Best thing Bing ever did

Can someone recommend a dynamic, curated, photo desktop replacement for the amazingly great dearly departed Bing Dynamic Desktop Theme for Windows (7)? [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on Nov 19, 2014 - 5 answers

switching to a PC laptop and have no idea what any of the specs mean

I'm buying a new Windows laptop computer after years of using a Mac desktop and enough has changed that I have no idea what to look for these days. I'd really like to run Dragon Age Inquisition on it (here's the specs for that) and I'd really like to buy it from someone reliable. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Nov 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Issues with uploading photos from Ipad to PC

My PC is not recognizing my iPad as a camera and for this reason, I cannot upload photos from this device to my PC, which is more than a bit frustrating. Details in the [more inside] [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy on Nov 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Bridging the gap between existing drywall and new glass block windows

Some friends recently had their deeply recessed basement windows replaced with glass block. So far, so good. The problem is that there is now a 3-5 inch gap between the end of the drywall of the recess and the glassblock, giving a not-so-lovely cross-sectional view of their exterior wall. (If I'm not explaining it well, here are pictures.) The question is: what is the best, least time-intensive way to bridge this gap? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Nov 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Mint Linux can't see Windows 7 partition

I'm trying to copy a laptop drive to a new laptop as a starting point (drivers, obviously, will need updating), and I keep hitting snags. [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Nov 2, 2014 - 8 answers

Google Calendar and Outlook - making BFFs out of frenemies...

Our team is virtual and uses Google Calendar to see free/busy time between co-workers. One of our VPs loathes Google Calendar and instead uses Outlook (2010 on her laptop/2013 on her desktop). How can I get her Google Calendar to show up with two-way sync in Outlook so she doesn't have to use Chrome-native Google Calendar but we can still see her meetings? Complication below... [more inside]
posted by ovenmitt on Oct 23, 2014 - 8 answers

How dead is my computer?

My PC, a Lenovo roughly 3 years old, froze this morning while I was navigating a web page. [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Oct 21, 2014 - 15 answers

Advice for switching to Windows 7

I recently purchased a new desktop PC running a clean install of Windows 7, without any other software installed. What should I know or prepare for before I get started with daily consumer use? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Oct 14, 2014 - 14 answers

The windows in our house are crappy. Complication: high desert climate

We have a nice home, but our house was built in 2007 with a number of "builder-grade" elements, including the windows. When we moved in, a few had issues with some elements of the windows (tracks sliding out, locking mechanisms not working smoothly), and they've only got worse. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 12, 2014 - 1 answer

How can I switch between two game controllers?

I have a fairly ordinary Windows 7 PC. I have two USB game controllers: a wired 360 controller, and a Logitech F710. For some games I prefer the 360 pad, for others the Logitech. This is kind of a pain because many games will only allow me to use the primary controller; i.e. the one that was plugged in first. [more inside]
posted by ArmyOfKittens on Oct 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Two finger 360 degree scrolling in Adobe products on Windows?

Is there a way to enable 360 degree two finger scrolling in Adobe products for a Windows 8.1 machine? Essentially, I want it to work like it does on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by Defenestrator on Oct 7, 2014 - 4 answers

Obscure Outlook bug - flag automatically changes to completed

When I try to flag an email message in Outlook for follow-up, it automatically/instantly changes to completed. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Oct 1, 2014 - 8 answers

How to erase a computer hard drive and installing free basic software.

This is going back to this question where I'm dealing with obsolete computer equipment. This weekend's discovery was a laptop at least 10 years old, a desktop computer of over 5 years not running on a Windows system, and another desktop over 5 years running on Windows Vista. [more inside]
posted by adapt on Sep 29, 2014 - 12 answers

So what do I use now if I don't use Truecrypt?

I used to use Truecrypt to encrypt little enclosures so I wouldn't have to worry about my files so much when I, say, put them on a USB stick or backed them up to the cloud. There was a whole... thing with Truecrypt and now it's hard to say if I should use it anymore. Is there another program that's going to work well for this purpose? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Sep 21, 2014 - 7 answers

Windows Management Replacement

I need to find a windows management replacement for DM2 that is compatible with Win 7 and Win 8/8.1. [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Sep 17, 2014 - 3 answers

Suggestions on reducing traffic noise in a high rise apartment?

Anyone have any suggestions for sound dampening in a high rise apt near a freeway? [more inside]
posted by HonestAsian on Sep 11, 2014 - 10 answers

A Display/DPI/Resolution Sweet Spot for Windows Font Rendering?

Is there a display size/DPI/resolution sweet spot for font rendering on Windows? (Win7 at the moment.) Intuition says higher resolution on a smaller display ought to deliver better rendering. But, doesn't scaling happen above some DPI threshold that results in diminished quality? Realize Windows apps have more than one way to render fonts available to them. But, I can be a bit obsessive about this issue.
posted by justcorbly on Sep 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Desktop PC powering down shortly after powering on -- what next?

My four year old home-assembled Windows desktop PC was working fine until a recent move. Now, when I turn it on, it seems to be booting as usual but then powers down about 15-45 seconds after powering on. What's the likely problem? What do I do next? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity on Sep 2, 2014 - 20 answers

Windows Server vs Desktop OS for Running a Server

I have to justify the extra cost of Windows Server over the desktop version and I'm having trouble finding what the advantages of Windows Server are. Can a server computer, being used as a server use a desktop OS? Is it advisable to do so? [more inside]
posted by exolstice on Aug 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Small non-profit seeks automated backup for Windows file server

Our organization recently bought a new file server (running Server 2012), but the old server probably has a few years of life remaining in it. I'd like to place the old server at the opposite end of the building and use it to host real-time backups through the LAN. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Aug 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Modern Day Commonplace Notebook

I'm looking for ideas to improve creating and organizing notes efficiently. Including analog and digital devices. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Aug 6, 2014 - 11 answers

How to open "file://" hyperlinks in Internet Explorer 10?

How to open "file://" hyperlinks in Internet Explorer 10? [more inside]
posted by colecovizion on Jul 28, 2014 - 5 answers

House Design Software

What software should we use to design our (small) house? We will have an architect draw the final plans, but want to create quick 3D models for visualization. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Jul 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Is Windows tolerable these days? If so, what laptop should I get?

My old MacBook just died, so I need a new computer. I'm broke, so I'm considering going back to Windows. I haven't used Windows since the XP days, and vaguely remember hating it, though I can't remember exactly why. What's Windows like these days compared to Mac OS in terms of ease of use or annoyingness? What are your favorite / least favorite features of one platform compared to the others? And if I do get a Windows machine, what models might I consider? Requirements are pretty simple: it should know how to surf the web, run Word and LaTeX, and play movies, and most importantly be cheap, reliable and long-lasting.
posted by zeri on Jul 23, 2014 - 18 answers

How to install/extract a font from a .otf file

I've extracted a .otf font from my Kobo Touch. I'd like to install it on Windows, but Windows can't handle it and neither can any of the font editing programmes I've downloaded. I believe that the file contains multibyte characters. I have tried right clicking and choosing install. I've tried font forge, and several other font related applications. I just get varying error messages saying that it's not a valid font file, despite it working on the Kobo. If it's relevant, the font is Gothic MB101. I'm running Windows 7 - what do I need to do to install this font?
posted by Solomon on Jul 21, 2014 - 3 answers

Don't Make Me Regret My Lack of Piracy!

Is there any way to recoup the money I spent on Adobe products for Windows, now that I've switched to Mac? [more inside]
posted by brisquette on Jul 21, 2014 - 16 answers

Do I have to buy a fancy custom replacement window?

Window experts of metafilter- is there any chance this is a standard shaped window? [more inside]
posted by slateyness on Jul 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Please help me snap my windows.

Mac OS 10.8.5- What's the best app for adding the Windows Snap feature? Googling led me to Better Snap Tool and Hyperdock- if either of these (or others) have proved to be useful to you, please let me know! Thanks to all in advance.
posted by invisible ink on Jul 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Looking for a desktop program or widget that displays interesting photos

Anyone know of a Windows 7 compatible program or widget that automatically downloads and displays pictures pulled from the Internet on the desktop? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Jul 3, 2014 - 3 answers

Temporarily sealing windows

The building I live in will be power washed next week and the landlord has asked that we (i) close our windows and (ii) move items away from the windows that might be damaged by inadvertent leakage. I'd like to take the extra step of sealing my windows because I am fully confident that they will leak. My thought is some kind of tape but I don't want to harm the paint on the sills or leave marks on the glass. Thoughts?
posted by janey47 on Jul 1, 2014 - 16 answers

I want to see what kinds of content a DVD has without having to play it.

I'd like a Win7x64-compatible tool that can dump the structure of a DVD: like, a list of the disc's titles/chapters with their durations, each title's native resolution/display aspect radio, details on the audio tracks each title has, etc. If it can report on details like the menu/program hierarchy—what titles/other menus are accessible through each menu, which titles are set for mandatory playback—and where playback goes next when a specific title ends, so much the better, but that's not required. [more inside]
posted by Lazlo Nibble on Jun 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Help Me Keep My New PC Happy, Healthy and Safe From Harm

I've very recently (ie yesterday) got myself a brand new desktop PC! I would really like your advice on the best ways to keep it running at its best, protected from the nasty things that lurk on the internet (virii, malware, spyware etc) and set up to get the most out of our blossoming relationship... The machine runs on Windows 8. [more inside]
posted by Philby on Jun 25, 2014 - 10 answers

You pay for what?

What software are you happy using, so much so that you are willing to part with your hard earned money? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Jun 24, 2014 - 69 answers

Should I upgrade my peer-to-peer business network to a server system?

I own a small business with 11 employees, about 13 computers and a half dozen or more other devices. We currently run a peer to peer network and all the machines are on Windows 7. Is it time I bit the bullet and upgraded to a server based system? [more inside]
posted by bowline on Jun 14, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me remember a 4X game from the 1990's

There was a Windows 4X game I played in the 1990's I'd like to play again, but I can't remember the name of it. [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Jun 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Connecting to Postgres through Powershell/Changing Username

I'm trying to log on to Postgres using Powershell and it's not working. I did this before a little while ago and now I can't remember how I did it and it's driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jun 4, 2014 - 8 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

ArcGIS on a Mac

I am starting a geography class tomorrow and I am trying to install ArcGIS on my computer. I have a Mac... [more inside]
posted by ekf on Jun 1, 2014 - 14 answers

Can I force to permit only one Chrome window to be o?

I have a habit of opening new windows in Chrome instead of new tabs. I'd like to prevent my Mac (OS X 10.9.3) from opening more than one Chrome window. I'm happy to have lots of tabs but not lost of windows! [more inside]
posted by skylar on May 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Disambiguating between Similar Windows

Posting for a friend: Help me figure out if my new windows are really "the same" as my old windows, or if our window salesperson bait-and-switched us! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on May 23, 2014 - 1 answer

Script or hack to show PDF from /YYYY/MM/DD/*.pdf URL?

I just noticed that the NYT offers a PDF version of its print front page, which I'd like to be able to access without going through the extra clicks on the website. The file always has the same name as is located in a simple nested date format — but I have no idea how to script something to replace that every day in a new tab or add it to Rainmeter or the like. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on May 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me purge my laptop demons

I have an acer operating Win7 starter. (1) I hastily tried to watch a champions league game and picked up some bad viruses. (2) I haven't been running a legit version of windows for at least 2 reboots and I don't have any current version I can switch to (3) Attempts to use pirated versions have led to failure thru what seems to be windows versions conflicts or lack of crucial drivers that I can't find. I understand that uninformed pirates, even if they're plundering Msr. Gates are not easy to forgive, but please help. I'd just like to have a functioning old machine with a clean OS install and not have to get a new machine. Any tips, links, instructions are greatly appreciated.
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens on May 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Recommended security/AV software for windows 8?

What is the current state of the art / recommended best bet in security and anti-virus software for Windows 8? Paid options are on the table. [more inside]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault on May 2, 2014 - 6 answers

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