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What was this 90s kids' computer game?

I'm trying to remember the name of a computer game I played as kid. Things I remember: - The main control room/hub was a tree - You could pick where you wanted to go from the main tree - There were several mini games accessible from the tree - maybe through tubes? - All the characters were colorful animal-like creatures Ring a bell?
posted by stompadour on Aug 24, 2016 - 13 answers

Laptop recommendation for a new freelance writer?

I just gave notice at my 9-5 advertising job (yay!) to try out the freelance life, but will soon be forfeiting my awesome Macbook pro to the company store (boo!). Therefore, I am in need of a new laptop, STAT. [more inside]
posted by straycatinthewildwest on Aug 24, 2016 - 9 answers

Home plate icon to mean home on a device?

Do you know any examples of the "home plate" image being used as the "home" icon? [more inside]
posted by mediated self on Aug 23, 2016 - 10 answers

Safe no hassle way to buy a desktop PC?

What are the best ways not to get myself buying a PC in a hurry? [more inside]
posted by mark k on Aug 19, 2016 - 17 answers

How can I relieve RSI wrist pain when using a computer?

I've had RSI related pain in my right wrist (right side) now for over a year that's showed no sign of improvement. My work is all computer based (admin) and the software we used isn't very shortcut friendly, so I'm using the mouse all day. I've had to give up playing guitar (my favourite hobby) because it causes me too much pain to play. The pain is constant from the moment I wake up (around a 2-3) then gets worse throughout the day (up to about a 5) when I use my wrists. I'd love to take some time off to rest my wrist but I literally use it for everything. [more inside]
posted by fallingleaves on Aug 13, 2016 - 30 answers

I am completely lost trying to record music on my chromebook

I have two chromebooks and a Yamaha YPT-320 keyboard. I have been trying like heck and failing at finding a way to record sounds from the keyboard to the chromebook. I would like to record multiple instrumental tracks that I could bring together and mess with in a garageband/ableton type program. [more inside]
posted by holmesian on Jul 27, 2016 - 6 answers

Halp me choose an inexpensive laptop

I'm looking for laptops under $500 that meet my special snowflake needs (inside). [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger on Jul 18, 2016 - 12 answers

How do I blog?

I'm technologically inept but I want to set up a blog for fun. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Jul 13, 2016 - 15 answers

How to get rid of old laptops?

Seeking advice on the best way to get rid of two old laptops. [more inside]
posted by trixie119 on Jul 1, 2016 - 9 answers

Laptop Recommendation for Video Streaming

Cut the cable cord a couple months back, looking to purchase a laptop that will be used primarily (almost exclusively) for live video streaming, connected to my TV. Do you have a recommendation of a laptop that is optimized for streaming? [more inside]
posted by The Gooch on Jun 29, 2016 - 3 answers

Why are some USB cables better than others at charging?

Exactly as it says above - can someone explain what makes some USB cables better than others? [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Jun 27, 2016 - 11 answers

Heat issues with laptop

I don't hardware well. Can you tell me why the sensor utility on my laptop gives me a fluctuating "maximum" temp for my computer? And for bonus points, whether I can do more about the fan? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Jun 27, 2016 - 3 answers

long-battery PC/Mac to recommend?

Hi, I've been trying to find a long-lasting laptop/ultrabook. I'm querying MF for suggestions. The problem is that the actual performance of the laptops, once you get them, is materially different from the manufacturer's supposed battery life. For instance, I bought a Lenovo T450 which is supposed to have a massive battery, only to find out that the life is 6 hrs tops, when new. And the laptop itself is a heavy beast. I have looked at the XPS13, and am considering the Macbook Air 13", upon which I'd run Windows (because I need Windows for work). Any advice?
posted by earthwalker7 on Jun 16, 2016 - 12 answers

Bricked chromebook, how to clean?

For nearly two and a half years I was the proud owner of an HP 11 Chromebook. The power socket crapped out on it last week rendering it effectively useless (will not charge, battery is dead, will not turn on). It's a cheap machine and has already been replaced...that's not why I'm here. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jun 14, 2016 - 6 answers

Word 2016 on OS 10.11 Printing Issues

My office just did a technology upgrade. The gist is that we went from 10.8 to 10.11 and Office 2011 to 2016. Now, there are printing issues. We are using the same printer as before (Lexmark MS810de), but the printer will not print as close to the edge of the paper as it used to, so it is cutting off the footer on documents. The second is that all old files want to print at a fraction of the size of the paper (maybe 10% or so). More info in extended section. Any ideas would be appreciated! [more inside]
posted by emilisha on Jun 14, 2016 - 8 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

Insure my laptop -- against myself?

Can I insure a computer against my own foolishness, e.g. spilling a glass of water on it? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Jun 11, 2016 - 11 answers

Computer noise at startup

I bought this computer off an Ebay store where they assemble it for you. On cold mornings, it would make noise after turning on (power supply fan related). The noise would stop for a while. I got a replacement power supply (PSU) from the company and the noise stopped for a while. Now it's almost summer, it's not that cold, and the noise has started again. I'm thinking maybe it's not the PSU but maybe the flimsy case enters some resonant vibration? With the previous PSU I tried to buffer the spaces between the case and the PSU with tape, didn't do anything. With this new PSU, I tried to tighten the screws again, didn't do anything. I'm sure the noise isn't coming from the case fan, as, when I had the previous PSU, I disconnected that fan to make sure.
posted by spacefire on Jun 9, 2016 - 11 answers

How to prevent online spending with Apple TV

I'm asking for a dying friend's caregiver. We want to give him his Apple TV, but are concerned about the potential for online spending (and exposure to fraud). We want to figure out if it's possible to prevent online spending through Apple TV (or another platform). I know there are parental locks possible, but I think that will mean he can't purchase movies and music, which we'd like to allow. [more inside]
posted by Gorgik on Jun 8, 2016 - 12 answers

Malvertising, drive by downloads

How safe is it really, to surf the web these days on a modern Windows PC? [more inside]
posted by inner_frustration on Jun 4, 2016 - 11 answers

Career in IT and Computer Programming with zero knowledge?

I'm fascinated with computers, robotics, and photography. Yet, there's something captivating about IT and Computer Programming. I'm almost finishing up my Social Science bachelor's degree (Sociology), which is pretty worthless from a marketable angle, little job offers. I would like to learn more about IT (Support Services for software) and Computer Programming as well, but I have no background in these two fields. Should I pursue a degree in either of these fields if I have no experience with math and computers? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on May 28, 2016 - 15 answers

Move files to folders with same number in name

I have several hundred files and folders who don't share names, but do share numbers. I'm looking for an automated solution to put the files in the folders that share the same numbers. Windows 7. [more inside]
posted by INFJ on May 14, 2016 - 4 answers

Why don't magnets stick to hard drive platters?

Conventional hard drives are magnetic media, so why is it if you disassemble one and stick a magnet to a platter, you don't feel any magnetic attraction at all? I can understand feeling a very weak level of attraction, but it feels like sticking a magnet to a piece of plastic or wood.
posted by Bugbread on May 12, 2016 - 7 answers

What kind of computer and lighting do I need to record and edit video?

What kind of computer and lighting (and recording devices) do I need to record and edit video? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on May 12, 2016 - 9 answers

Looking for "horror stories" of computer virus infections

I need to put the fear of God into some foolish, negligent users. I'm looking for examples of organizations that were hit with some kind of horrible malware (like CryptoLocker) or had sensitive data stolen -- all because of a really stupid action by an employee. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on May 2, 2016 - 21 answers

how to get a good laptop??

i am student and need a better laptop for my thesis. my field is computer engineering and i work with laptop for programming. i want to bye a new laptop that has a good speed and the money that i want to pay for that is about 800$. please help me to choose the best one
posted by msmryh on Apr 26, 2016 - 12 answers

Help with better audio in videos

My computer records videos with terrible sound even with a microphone hooked up, what are some options to fix it? [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Apr 25, 2016 - 9 answers

What's the best tiny computer?

What are your suggestions for the best tiny PC kit that I can run Windows on? I'm talking about ones that are under 8" square. [more inside]
posted by that girl on Apr 25, 2016 - 5 answers

How to get only certain events from a google calendar to sync

I would like to get only events with certain key words in the description to sync with another calendar-- the calendar on my iPhone would be ideal, but another google calendar is fine. [more inside]
posted by Henrietta Stackpole on Apr 18, 2016 - 4 answers

What is 'bloatware', why should I care, and how do I fix it?

After some research I have decided to buy this laptop, which has great specs for the price - but multiple reviews (like this one) say that while it's a good computer, it's "full of bloatware, which takes time (or a fresh Windows installation) to clean up." I barely even know what that means, much less how to actually go about doing it. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Apr 14, 2016 - 21 answers

Mac Malware?

My dad just called me in a panic. His iMac (running El Capital or Yosemite) gave him a scammy looking error message. Need some help figuring out what's going on and how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Apr 13, 2016 - 19 answers

Fast as a speeding bullet, it's Super Windows Process! How to catch?

WindowsFilter: All of a sudden, a super fast "MS-DOS"-like process has emerged that begins and quickly ends on my Windows 10 desktop. It seems to be encountering an error of some kind, near as my speed-reading can detect. I have no idea what this process is, and it happens every 30 minutes or so. If I am in a fullscreen program, it kicks me out to the desktop, sometimes disrupting or occasionally crashing the program. How do I best diagnose and solve this problem? [more inside]
posted by Keter on Apr 13, 2016 - 8 answers

Sorry, you're just not my type

My beloved keyboard is finally giving up the ghost and I need another one. Why is this so hard? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle on Apr 10, 2016 - 7 answers

El Capitan and noatime

My Mom has an old iMac that's always seemed a bit sluggish. I recently installed El Capitan and it's now painfully slow, so I tried the noatime trick and it makes a big difference. Problem is I can enable it using the terminal but I can't get it to persist across reboots. Does this have something to do with Apple's System Integrity Protection?
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Apr 9, 2016 - 3 answers

Upgraded to an SSD and now games crash my computer?

I got a SSD for Christmas and finally got around to installing it a couple weeks ago. My computer seems to run great, but now certain games that used to run fine crash my computer completely. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by DynamiteToast on Mar 29, 2016 - 3 answers

Best way to clean personal info off work computer?

My work computer is 5 years old and is not responding well to the latest Office upgrade. It only has 4 GB RAM and my tech guy tells me that I need a new laptop. So, yay, but I have been using this laptop for everything for 5 years and I want to make sure that all my personal info and passwords are cleared before turning it in. So, how do I do this? (oh, it's a Latitude E6510, if that matters)
posted by qldaddy on Mar 29, 2016 - 11 answers

Google groups with a non gmail address?

I have been invited to join a google group for work. I do not want to join with my personal email. I have received the invitation via my university address. I cannot seem to accept the invitation. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Mar 28, 2016 - 3 answers

Can I salvage $50 out of this dinosaur?

I have an old laptop to get rid of. How to best get a few dollars out of this? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Mar 27, 2016 - 8 answers

What should I do with this iMac?

I have a 27" iMac I bought at the beginning of 2013. It's a top of the line, 3tb hybrid drive, 16gb RAM. It has problems though that can't seem to be fixed. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Mar 24, 2016 - 4 answers

I am being gifted a new mac laptop and I need help choosing which one.

My macbook is from 2009. I haven't followed Apple news/updates for many years now so I am at a loss on how to prioritize the options available. [more inside]
posted by futz on Mar 20, 2016 - 26 answers

Water+computer=how bad?

I leave my Macbook on during the day while at work. Spouse spilled water on it at some point, the area around the keyboard is damp and the computer won't start up. Any chance of resurrection?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Mar 11, 2016 - 15 answers

The connection

I'd like to read about the connection between the counter culture/alternative culture in the 60s and the first generation of computer culture. I believe our thinking about computers and the internet contains a lot of DNA from the alternative part of the 60s, but I don't know where I can read about this subject. Your suggestions (preferably links to online material) are welcome!
posted by Termite on Mar 10, 2016 - 12 answers

My media players keep skipping, is this a sign of a RAM problem?

For several months now the media players on my PC "skip" when playing music. At first I thought it was just WMP but it's happened on iTunes and JRiver Media Jukebox as well. This PC is a Dell, about three years old, and replacing it just isn't going to happen this year. I've reinstalled audio drivers, even reinstalled Windows 10. All to no avail. [more inside]
posted by Ber on Mar 8, 2016 - 47 answers

Help me buy a new Mac

I'm leaving a job that provided me with a new-ish MacBook Air, and I need to replace it. I'm torn: Macbook, Air, Pro, retina, non-retina, desktop Mac, etc. My entire digital life - home and work -is with Apple, so I am not interested in PCs. Help me overthink a plate of pretty, functional, slightly-overpriced beans. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Mar 4, 2016 - 24 answers

I suck at whiteboard interviews. Can I suggest an alternate process?

I'm an experienced software engineer and manager. I have a number of successful projects under my belt and some really great companies on my resume. However, I'm really, really bad at the traditional whiteboard interview. I'm getting ready to start looking for a new job. Would it be worthwhile to request an alternative interview format? [more inside]
posted by panama joe on Mar 1, 2016 - 29 answers

Computer help in Oxford, UK

I know very little about building computers. My 14 year old son is very keen on them and we brought components to build a gaming computer. I underestimated the difficulty of building and we now have an assembled computer that doesn't work. Can anyone recommend a good business / person in Oxford who could help?
posted by Gilgongo on Feb 27, 2016 - 9 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 - 16 answers

Formatting question for producing an e-book on Amazon

I'm turning my manuscript into an e=book and putting it on Amazon. The regular text is fine, but I have some columns with text in them, which makes those pages too wide to fit on the very narrow screen of an e-reader. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Feb 27, 2016 - 8 answers

Buying an New Computer (Apple Desktop). Looking for Options...

I am in the market for a new desktop, and would like an iMac. Wondering if there are other options (read more inside if interested). [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 24, 2016 - 10 answers

Hope to Work Out of Town....But Need a Serious Monitor

New York's about to get super cold, i'm crashed on a project, and I see lots of tempting $150 r/t last minute fares to Dallas. So I'm thinking of going refugee. Problem is, my current work requires a decent sized monitor, and my Macbook Air has a tiny 13" screen. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Feb 11, 2016 - 31 answers

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