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Help me cover all bases for computer backup

My desktop computer hasn't been doing so hot lately and one of these days I'm worried it's going to refuse to boot up altogether. So I've begrudgingly accepted that I will, at some point soon, need a new computer. Unfortunately, even though I've moved computers before, I do it so rarely that it's as stressful to me as moving house. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved on Dec 8, 2016 - 10 answers

Reliable Computer Repair Shop in Brooklyn, The Bronx or Manhattan

Does anyone have a recommendation for a computer repair shop ideally in Brooklyn, The Bronx or Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on Dec 6, 2016 - 3 answers

Best Raspberry Pi Book for Beginners

My 12 year old nephew has expressed interest in having a Raspberry Pi for Christmas. I have already purchased a starter kit for him, but I'd also like to get him a guide book to help him get started. He has some coding skills, but is a relative beginner. What book would be best for him?
posted by zabuni on Nov 25, 2016 - 3 answers

I'm leaving the cult of Apple and ready to buy a PC....Help!?!

I've had an Apple Mac Book Pro for the last 10 years. The computer is starting to breakdown / slow down, to the point where I'd rather bang my head against the wall then turn it on....Time for a new computer....I love Apple. I love my Macbook Pro...But..... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Nov 20, 2016 - 26 answers

A simple way to organize photos for Mac and PC?

I have several hundred photos I'd like to organize and send out for other's viewing. Or send them a link for viewing?? Simple to organize, and to scroll thru. Ideas?
posted by ebesan on Nov 20, 2016 - 6 answers

Rebuild or replace my laptop

I'm running a refurbished Fujitsu LifeBook PC Tablet T5010 (originally released in 2008, purchased mine in fall 2012). As you can guess, it's showing its age, but I really like (the idea of) the pen interface/ surface. I've built PC towers and an HTPC in the (distant) past, so I'm not a novice, but I feel like my skills and knowledge are rusty. More details and thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 13, 2016 - 7 answers

How do I connect to my home network securley while traveling?

I want to connect to my home network, video and voice chat with my family securely, and possibly even screenshare or remote control one of the the PCs. What do I need? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito on Nov 10, 2016 - 5 answers

Private internet connection as part of anti-virus software

The latest version of my anti-virus software includes a new "Phantom VPN" function, which, when active, creates a "private connection" to a "virtual location in the USA." When active, it lists a "% used" statistic determined by a ratio of KB to MB. For example, right now it tells me I'm using "0%", or "219.38kb KB of 500MB Secured Traffic" I would like to know: A) In terms of security, what does a private/Phantom VPN connection accomplish, and is it worth using every time I connect to the internet? B) What does "% used" have to do with functionality? Is the percent KB/MB something I need to pay attention to? Thanks
posted by BadgerDoctor on Nov 5, 2016 - 5 answers

Print! Just print, d@mn you!

So tired of doing workarounds -- need a small footprint, B&W Brother printer which will play nicely with my Dell All in One until I can pull it together and purchase a whole new system. Currently Windows 7. [more inside]
posted by alwayson_slightlyoff on Nov 1, 2016 - 7 answers

Help me pick a (moderately) high-performance laptop?

I am looking for a new personal computer which I would run Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software on. Other than that I am a light computer user. One recommendation I got for laptop specs to run Dragon 15 is 16GB RAM, 2.6GHz i7 processor with a 6MB L3 cache (example i7-6700HQ) and a solid state drive. What laptop should I get which has those specs (or other specs which would suite my needs), is a good reliable machine, and is a good price? [more inside]
posted by catquas on Nov 1, 2016 - 14 answers

1st Time PC Builder with a Question

I'm trying to build my own gaming PC and have hit a snag. The motherboard powers-up but a few seconds later powers back down, then repeats. [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian on Oct 30, 2016 - 13 answers

Free or cheap computer for indigent artist

Hi, my friend is a brilliant digital artist and wants to apply or ask to get a free or cheap computer - his present main box is manufactured in the last millenium! Are there agencies, websites or subreddits, etc where he could show some of his work and get parts or a complete computer ? Should be capable of running adobe cs5 if possible. He is in the UK.
posted by Mistress on Oct 21, 2016 - 7 answers

sudo apt-get clue

Help me learn Linux the right way circa 2016. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Oct 12, 2016 - 14 answers

Help me find a file on my computer

I need to find a Word file from 8 years ago and I don't have much to go on. [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Oct 11, 2016 - 6 answers

How do I get my macbook working after my hard drive got erased?

Aaaaaaaahh!!! Friend tried to fix my macbook and erased my hard drive in the process. Now I get a white "stop" symbol when I try logging in, which apparently means that my Mac can't find a valid System Folder to start up from. I'm beyond warranty--how do I get my macbook working again? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Oct 8, 2016 - 4 answers

How to learn computer programming for the absolute beginner?

I have no prior experience with computer programming, but would love to how. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Oct 3, 2016 - 14 answers

Is there a way to print via WIFI on an Ethernet/Apple AirPrint printer?

I have an all-in-one printer that only prints via Ethernet or Apple AirPrint; however, the printer will be set at a far spot as Fax machine and I don't have any iOS device. Is there still a way to make it print remotely from PC and via WIFI?
posted by lanhan on Oct 1, 2016 - 7 answers

My computer will turn on but will not send a signal to the monitor.

What could be the problem? What should I do? [more inside]
posted by nequalsone on Sep 26, 2016 - 10 answers

Best capacitive touch monitor for Windows?

Almost two years ago today I posted a question about whether we could use OS X with a touch-screen, and mostly the response was no. Now I'm back asking which capacitive touch monitors would be best on Windows! We are resigned to setting up dual boot on this Mac Mini so we can finally get a better touchscreen. [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Sep 14, 2016 - 2 answers

Still safe to use a hard drive that went unrecognized then reformatted?

Once a portable hard drive went wrong (PC not recognizing) is it still safe to use it after reformatted? Fortunately, I used a software to have my files recovered but I am not sure if I should keep using it or I better look for a new drive?
posted by lanhan on Sep 11, 2016 - 5 answers

Make computer not go to sleep - without admin access

I am a teacher lucky enough to have several classroom computers. I am a teacher unlucky enough to not have admin access to these computers. I am a teacher whose students can't type capital letters. Help! [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Sep 2, 2016 - 18 answers

With dual monitor setup, any way to swap between what are being shown?

With a dual monitor setup (A and B), is there a way to quickly switching what are being displayed on screens (to B and A). [more inside]
posted by lanhan on Aug 30, 2016 - 4 answers

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 - 14 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 - 18 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

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