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Cell phone and computer for elderly, increasingly fuzzy relative

I'm travelling to help an elderly relative (in pain, sciatica, on pain meds) who is 83 and fuzzing mentally. She has been pretty good with computers for years, but is having trouble maintaining her PC. I thought an iPhone would be easier but she hasn't taken to it. So I'm looking for some kind of ultra simple phone (few features, big buttons, I doubt she'll text), and a replacement computer. [more inside]
posted by msalt on Jun 24, 2015 - 11 answers

How do I get the most out of this HP TouchSmart Celeron notebook?

My old computer is wrecked and for the next two months or so I will be exclusively relying on my HP TouchSmart Notebook with a Celeron Processor. What can I do to make the computer go as far as possible for me in terms of speed and letting me perform all these activities without too much lag or delay as I switch from tasks to tasks, delays which can be very annoying after a while. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue on Jun 24, 2015 - 4 answers

not my type

I'm looking for a new Windows laptop, but pretty much everything that I've tried out has a keyboard that just suuuuuucks for me. Please hope me find something I won't detest typing on? Because, um, typing strings of words in succession is sometimes relevant to my interests. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jun 17, 2015 - 23 answers

Help me decide what budget Windows computer to buy

I need a new or refurbished Windows computer. Please help me to choose one. [more inside]
posted by Cinnamon Bear on Jun 10, 2015 - 13 answers

creative IT solution for computer illiterate federal employee

Is there a way to solicit responses to weekly queries in a way that would allow a tabulation of the responses without allowing anyone else to see another individual's answers? Difficulty level -- working for the federal government so have to do this within sharepoint and/or using excel spreadsheet. [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 on Jun 10, 2015 - 2 answers

electric adaptor in le puy en vale france?

help french speaking mefites! we are in lepuy france on the camino and lost our american to european electric cord adaptor for my surface pro 3. does any one know an electronics/computer store store that would sell these in le puy? merci!!!!
posted by bluesky43 on Jun 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Custom PC-Builders in Greater Boston Area

Hi MeFi, I am looking for someone or a shop that does custom PC builds. I do a lot of multimedia production (video editing, motion media/rendering, audio production, etc) and I would love to give my money to a smaller shop/person versus going through Dell/HP/etc. I will gladly buy all the parts I need, I just need someone with experience to assemble it all. I heard APC Integrated in Boston is pretty good but they can get pretty booked. Any other spots? Thanks in advance!
posted by bostonhill on May 30, 2015 - 7 answers

Panic.

Husband just dumped a glass of water over the keyboard of his MacBook Air. It immediately shut itself off/ went dead. There is water dripping dripping out of the ports on the right side. What do we do?
posted by SLC Mom on May 23, 2015 - 36 answers

Chicken or the egg, graphics card version

How in heck do I install my new graphics card drivers, when AMD Catalyst recognizes my old graphics card and will only install those drivers? How in heck do I install my new graphics card drivers, when, with the new card installed, there's no video? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on May 22, 2015 - 26 answers

Could you help me pick out a new computer, please?

I would like to buy a new desktop computer that can handle Adobe Creative Suite, some data / statistical analysis software, and a little gaming. Could you help me figure out what to buy and/or direct me to other resources that might guide me to the right computer? [more inside]
posted by cimton on May 20, 2015 - 15 answers

Subwoofer (only) for PC?

I'm looking for help to find a cheap subwoofer to improve the sound for some built-in computer monitor speakers. I don't want to add desktop speakers. [more inside]
posted by AstroGuy on May 17, 2015 - 1 answer

Replaced HD in iMac, didn't back up Windows/Bootcamp. What do I do now?

I'm an idiot. I had Applecare come out and fix a display issue, and then I asked the guy to diagnose my HD. He spoke little English, and my Korean is very, very poor (I'm in Seoul). He said it's old, so just replace it. I said okay, with little thought. [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl on May 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Halp. Chromebook + printer = frustration

I have a Chromebook. I have a Canon Pixma 3520. These two are supposed to be able to talk to each other. However, everything I find assumes my printer has an LCD screen. It does not. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on May 12, 2015 - 5 answers

Help my Cousin Get Back into a Computer Science Major

My cousin is a bright student and worked so hard to get to where he is, but a recent family emergence ( a death in the family) and his grades started getting really bad towards the end of the semester, he was put in probation but one thing led to another and he was dismissed from school for one full semester, he took the semester off and after much grief he was ready and more focused that before to go back and complete his undergraduate in computer science.The computer science department at his school won't let him continue and asked him to change to another major outside of engineering. [more inside]
posted by dolilmao on May 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Where can I find a library of Macros for Excel and what they do?

I've been recently getting interested in various Macros and what they can do in Excel. Is there suppository of various Macros available online as well as clear demonstrations of what they can be used for that I can insert into my spreadsheets.
posted by RapcityinBlue on May 7, 2015 - 3 answers

Chromebook/netbook for on-train work, does Storybook work?

I want a very light laptop/netbook/chromebook/ultrabook to work during my commute, can anyone help me out, please? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on May 4, 2015 - 7 answers

Desktop computing! On a budget! In Australia!

I'm looking for a desktop (tower) PC of solid quality that can be purchased and delivered to my house for less than $1000 in Sydney, Australia. Can you recommend any? [more inside]
posted by Quilford on May 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Syncing an iphone to a new computer when the old one is dead

My old computer died. How do I sync my iPhone to a new computer without losing all of my new photos and videos? [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Apr 26, 2015 - 6 answers

Reading for computer science fundamentals

I work in the software industry and I studied CS in undergrad, but I feel I either didn't get the best education in CS fundamentals or I wasn't paying attention (or both). Most of my knowledge of CS is fairly practical. Now I want to spend a few hours a week re-learning CS core subject matter to deepen my understanding. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Apr 26, 2015 - 8 answers

Image Blocking Software

Does there exist software that lets me block images on my computer screen by selecting, sizing and moving other, preferred images with my mouse or my finger? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Apr 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Where can I find Excel exercises that will help me ace my job interview?

I will be having a job interview that requires me to have some knowledge of Excel. I know this is vague but it includes, I presume, filters, hlookup, vlookup, and establishing filters to search out education data. The interview is to get a data analyst fellowship in the education setting. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue on Apr 7, 2015 - 6 answers

My computer stopped working!

I just got home from 6 weeks of holidays, moved house, reassembled my desktop and when I turn it on the monitor doesn't get a signal. Is the most likely cause a motherboard failure? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Apr 3, 2015 - 5 answers

What is the smallest x86 computer I can buy that supports a 3.5" hdd?

What I really want is an 8TB hard drive with an ethernet port on the back side. The Intel NUC is almost right but it only supports a 2.5" drive at best. Is there a product that does what I want? It must run Linux but doesn't need to be particularly fast.
posted by Skorgu on Apr 1, 2015 - 14 answers

Emergency VOIP Service with no monthly charge

I have been asked to set up an emergency VOIP "phone" at my house. What's the best hardware/service combo for this? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Mar 31, 2015 - 15 answers

Please advise me on a forthcoming computer upgrade

My vintage 2008 Macbook is eagerly gazing at the pasture that has been beckoning it for a few years now. I have replaced the hard-drive and maxed out the RAM, but the poor little guy is simply ready for a well-deserved rest. So - what's next for me and when? Macbook Pro? Air? iMac? iPad? Difficulty level: incorporating moderate music production, Netflix, general web use, somewhat limited funds, and massive over-thinking. [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Mar 26, 2015 - 15 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

Remote control for computer? I watch TV on my computer now,

Hi Hivemind, so I got a Google chromebase (like a computer, only internet) in the bedroom now to watch tv. is there a remote I can buy? I thought I read that people were using their chromebase as an alarm clock, so I figure there must be a remoter control out there, so that I can watch the computer from bed. thanks!
posted by cheetahchick on Mar 18, 2015 - 5 answers

Rollercoaster game (for Android) that's closest to Disney's Coaster?

Back in '93, Disney had a game for DOS called Coaster. You get a track editor, build and ride it in 3D, then it gets rated by some riders. Is there anything close to something like this in terms of game play for Android that's available now? Nicer graphics would be a plus.
posted by querty on Mar 17, 2015 - 3 answers

Outlook requires VPN to access exchange, Apple Mail does not - why?

Outlook requires VPN to access my work exchange account, while Apple Mail does not - why? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Mar 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Displaying on TV from computer

I would like for my TV to display streaming video from my computer. How do I hook this up? [more inside]
posted by juliebug on Mar 14, 2015 - 13 answers

Trying to play Skyrim on a PC with Xbox controller...help

I've played Skyrim on a PS3 for a while now. I love it, but after hearing about all the mods you can do with the PC version, I was eager to buy the PC game. I've been trying to play it on my computer, but it's awful. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Mar 11, 2015 - 9 answers

Please explain MacBook Pro pricing anomaly to me

In the current MacBook Pro lineup, there's a $100 dollar price jump between the 2.9Ghz i5 processors and 3.1 Ghz i7 processors on the 128GB and 256GB models, but a $200 difference for the same upgrade on the 512GB model, all other specs remaining the same. Is there any reason for this, aside from Apple deciding that people willing to spend that much simply won't mind paying another $100?
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Mar 11, 2015 - 18 answers

Education book involving a classroom 'simulating' a computer program

My mother was a secondary school teacher, and roughly 15-20 years ago I was reading a book of hers that involved a classroom game or experiment or lesson where each child in the class followed a set of individual instructions, passing information around to other kids and making decisions and so on. The net result of all of this was that the whole classroom would end up effectively running a program to play a game - I *think* it was noughts and crosses, but it was a reasonably complex program with maybe 20 separate sets of instructions for different people. [more inside]
posted by xiw on Mar 7, 2015 - 1 answer

Off the shelf computer with a legacy PCI 2.0 slot?

My lab is trying to replace a computer (Pentium 4, Windows 2000) that controls, and gets data from, a large mechanical testing machine. The problem is, the software needs this PCI 2.0 (possibly 2.1 or 2.2) data capture card on the computer. We can't make purchases from ebay or amazon, so that limits buying a used computer. Are there any new computers that have legacy PCI slots? Or is my only option building a pc that has a motherboard with legacy slots?
posted by Dipped Pretzels on Mar 6, 2015 - 7 answers

I want to write like it's 1989

I'm looking for a computer that does not have any way to connect to the internet and I can use for word processing and editing. It would be mainly for poetry. It would be great if there was a way to then transfer what I'd written to a different computer. I seem to do my best writing in Microsoft Word/Google Docs, but distractions and poor self control tend to hurt my productivity. Is there a computer out there without any bells and whistles?
posted by holmesian on Mar 1, 2015 - 17 answers

Program to limit access to website and time spent there?

Looking for parental controls for to set daily timers for specific websites. [more inside]
posted by Feisty on Feb 27, 2015 - 6 answers

My external hard drive shows a different capacity than it actually has.

Upon adding up the separate folders within my drive, I can see a large discrepancy between the two amounts. I've utilzied many of the options within disk utilty for OSX. Please help. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Feb 25, 2015 - 10 answers

renaming files with long names

I would like to rename some files with long file names. I'd be happy deleting them. I'm using Windows 8(.?) They're in the "Music" folder. I don't know whether that complicates things. Things that haven't worked: [more inside]
posted by stuart_s on Feb 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Something more interesting than :(){ :|:& };:

What are some fun, computationally intensive tasks for my new computer to do? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Feb 21, 2015 - 13 answers

What's the best way to play music from an external hard drive?

What's the best way to play music from an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by zibra on Feb 21, 2015 - 5 answers

So am I being a big old computer usage policy meany?

A direct report of mine complains of having a slow work laptop, but I noticed he was running BOINC, and I advised him to stop. He was working remotely today, and his computer was running flat out with the fan running at hand-dryer temperatures. At the end of the day, I opened it up, and saw he was running BOINC again, at 100% CPU load for his college computing team. Am I being a hopeless old fuddy-duddy in expecting him to cut that right out? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Feb 20, 2015 - 42 answers

Cool rainbow effects! Wait...that shouldn't be there.

I have just built this pc. All drivers, os, and anything else updatable are current. I was watching some videos through youtube and noticed rainbow flashes along outlines of people. [more inside]
posted by Talia Devane on Feb 20, 2015 - 6 answers

Monitor "fades out" slowly into vertical lines

I have a refurb monitor that's starting to go bad: the screen will fill with vertical color lines that don't change once they appear. Cycling the power almost always fixes it, but it's starting to happen more often. There are three boards inside - which is the likely culprit? [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Feb 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Windows 8.1 freezes for a half-second periodically, why and how to fix?

Yesterday, I started noticing that Windows is freezing for maybe a half-second every minute or so. Ordinarily it's not noticeable, but during videos or games it causes sound to catch for the duration ("...and so the solution to the pRRRRRRRoblem is..."), and sometimes video playback to glitch. Anyone have an idea what's going on? [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Feb 13, 2015 - 10 answers

Computer science machine language help! If-then-otherwise statements

We are working on simple machine language in computer science for data manipulation. All the other problems I have gotten through but this last one. Here is the problem: "Write a short program in machine language to perform requested activity. Assume the program is placed in memory starting at address 00- -If the value stored in memory location 44 is 00, then place the value 01 in memory location 46; otherwise, put the value FF in memory location 46." Lots of questions inside DX Working with very basic Op-code and Operand setups. [more inside]
posted by LittleNami on Feb 7, 2015 - 13 answers

Keyboard me! Help me replace my aging Saitek Eclipse.

My Eclipse if finally showing it's age and I need some advice seeing as I haven't even thought about keyboards for what 10 years? What's a good keyboard now? Mechanical seems to be all the rage again, is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Feb 6, 2015 - 10 answers

Seeking 11" laptop: PC, reliable, decent battery, heavy excel usage

Suggestions for lightweight 11" laptop? Need to have: full keyboard, Windows, able to handle large and complex Excel files and long Word docs, good internet connection, reliable performance, decent battery life, good for both work and for netflix-type activities, reliable use with external monitor. After a lemon of an HP, reliability is important. What should I expect to pay for this? Which one should I get? [more inside]
posted by quinoa on Jan 29, 2015 - 21 answers

How did my computer get this malware?

My computer apparently picked up an infection while it was turned off. I know that's not right. What really happened? [more inside]
posted by Biblio on Jan 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Nasdaq.com automatically switches to nasdaq.com/zh, which is in Chinese.

Every time I go to nasdaq.com, it automatically defaults me to nasdaq.com/zh, which is in chinese. I can't figure out how to get it to switch back. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Jan 28, 2015 - 3 answers

MacBook Pro is *slow* when I back up with Time Machine

I have a 2-year-old MacBook Pro with a 500 GB SSD running Yosemite. It was fine until 3 days ago, when the computer slowed to a crawl. I rebooted several times; each time, it got slow again. I eventually realized that it slowed down when trying to back up to the external hard drive. I ran Disk Utility, which found no errors on the SSD or the external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by lukemeister on Jan 27, 2015 - 6 answers

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