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Surely backpack technology has progressed alongside the laptop?

I'm looking for a men's backpack or messenger bag that exists at some magic intersection of lightweight and strong/durable. This is for daily commuting, often by foot, in New York City. My flashy new devices are impossibly light, and I'm looking for a bag that won't add unnecessary bulk when I carry some or all of them with me. [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Jun 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me sell my computer!

I'd like to sell my desktop computer. I built it in 2011, with intermittent upgrades. It was fairly powerful at the time, as I used it as an engineering student. Specs are below. I have a few questions, never having done this before. I need help setting a price, setting up the OS for sale, and safely deleting my data [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Mar 22, 2014 - 15 answers

Hacked Instagram account; can my friend get justice?

A fellow aspiring entrepreneur and friend of mine is in desperate need of help. Time is of the essence! Here's the story: Two years ago he created his own business that sells custom hand-made clothes and products. He owns a website and is on all of the normal social media. One of his most effective tools to connect with customers is through instagram. He's worked hard over the years to develop a fan base of over 27K followers. Mysteriously, last night this account was hacked. They changed the password, hacked the business email, and have taken control of the brand. This account is the business' main source of revenue and advertisement. Although he's trademarked the company and taken all the normal preventative measures, the admin. at instagram claims there's nothing they can do to help. Assuming this is true, what are his available options? Essentially, my friend's ship just got hijacked by some evil bastards and he's going to need a seal team to get it back. [more inside]
posted by intelligentfool on Dec 3, 2013 - 15 answers

What are the dates for the 9th and 20th business day for the rest of this year and all of next year?

I need to quickly figure the 9th and 20th business days of each month for the rest of 2012 and all of 2013. Preferably not in a manual fashion. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me find high-quality image files of Xbox360 achievement icons.

Help me find high-quality image files of Xbox360 achievement icons. [more inside]
posted by mean cheez on Dec 22, 2011 - 2 answers

Corp-to-Corp computer consulting in CA- what's the deal?

Corp-to-Corp computer consulting in CA- what's the deal? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Sep 29, 2011 - 3 answers

I realized it was probably time for a MyFi. Then realized I didn't even know how to spell that, let alone what it meant.

I think I'm ready to pull the trigger on a mobile hotspot. So...which one? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on May 6, 2011 - 7 answers

How to stay up to date on PC parts after a hiatus?

How does MeFi stay up to date with PC Tech? [more inside]
posted by BurN_ on Mar 23, 2011 - 13 answers

Print to remote fax?

I'm wondering if this is even possible... my client wants to be able add the ability to select from the list of available printers; a remote fax machine. The original file will be quickbooks invoices. All my searches turn up what seem to be really old 'almost' solutions.
posted by bravowhiskey on Mar 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Is it worth paying to have my iPod Touch fixed?

2nd generation iPod Touch isn't syncing properly. Is it worth fixing or should I just look into buying a refurbished one? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Feb 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Help with home network?

NetworkFilter: Total networking n00b needs help with home network. Snowflake! [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Dec 18, 2010 - 6 answers

Apples and Oranges

No really, what is the difference between a Mac and a PC? [more inside]
posted by oohisay on Dec 14, 2010 - 33 answers

A weekly newsletter that adds/omits information from the e-mail?

Is it possible to create a newsletter that will add/omit information to a weekly e-mail based on the user's preference at the time of subscription? [more inside]
posted by gacxllr9 on Nov 7, 2010 - 4 answers

Crippled iMac. Busted iBook. Tight budget. Do I repair the iBook or buy a netbook?

I'm returning to school and would like to have some sort of portable computer. I have a few options, but an not sure which is best in terms of budget and longer-term investment. [more inside]
posted by bestillme on Aug 11, 2010 - 22 answers

How can I have two computers connected at once to an ADSL modem?

I'm clueless. I have an ADSL modem and two computers. Despite having both a USB and Ethernet connection, only one works at a time. Help! [more inside]
posted by csjc on Jul 10, 2010 - 9 answers

Help recovering files after Vista install

Is there any way to find files that were deleted during a Vista reinstall? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Mar 9, 2010 - 3 answers

What's the current best computer for video editing currently available?

I work for a nonprofit and we're starting up a media program. [more inside]
posted by beardlace on Feb 9, 2010 - 7 answers

What to do about a computer business that knowingly installs counterfeit software on several clients computers

A local computer repair store has contracts with several local businesses to provide tech support. It was discovered that they have installed illegal software (hacked/downloaded copies of Windows and other Microsoft software) and charged for the full price of the software. [more inside]
posted by newfers on Feb 1, 2010 - 15 answers

LCD Monitor Starring as TV

I want to use a LCD monitor as a TV. What do I need to do to make this dream come true? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 21, 2010 - 15 answers

What top 10 techie lists do you know of?

What "top n techie" lists do you know of? I'm specifically after lists of the movers and shakers in the tech scene, rather than the cutest a la Violet Blue, but hottest geek lists are also interesting. I'm not bothered about time frame - I'd like to see lists from top geeks of 2009 to top geeks of all time.
posted by handee on Jan 1, 2010 - 3 answers

Computer Swapping?

Swapping my laptop for a desktop and monitor instead of selling? My plans have changed, and my laptop and furniture are not working together well and causing me pain. [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Dec 26, 2009 - 5 answers

Is there good sites that provide ranking of computer processors performance?

Is there good sites that provide ranking of computer processors performance? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands on Oct 30, 2009 - 17 answers

How to get an intro to computer sciences?

Should I go back to school and take some computer programming classes? I've got my MLIS and work in Archives now, I'm sorta interested in Content Management but I have no useable computer knowledge. Would an introductory course help me see where my strenghts are and what I might possibly be good at? I'm not sure where to go from just having my Master's on top of the fact that I'm not sure I want to stay in the Archives field. I'm more interested in Records Management but I know I lack a lot of the tech experience
posted by Mis-Information on Aug 25, 2009 - 7 answers

Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer bought in USA? How to use in U.K?

Just returned from fabulous 2 week holiday in New York. I Brought back Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer from Staples costing $230. Unfortunately, I cannot use it in U.K., unless I plug voltage converter/transformer products. Has anyone else bought this set over there with more success? Any advice \ information appreciated. Please specify me What exact voltage converter product to buy & where to buy it from USA online store. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi on Jan 28, 2009 - 4 answers

How to stop torrents at work?

I'm sure this question will not make me the most popular student at the dance, but is there a way to identify (via IP) machines running BitTorrent clients within an internal network (ie. work)? My company has around 50 employees, and the old, "Please don't torrent at work" doesn't seem to be doing much good anymore. It brings our email and web browsing to a near standstill, and dropping by the "usual suspects" is not only tiresome, but doesn't seem to find all the sources of traffic any longer. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
posted by numlok on Aug 11, 2008 - 27 answers

Missing Mouse

Help me find my lost mouse! [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jul 30, 2008 - 5 answers

Is it my iBook battery or something more sinister?

iBook G4 battery is out of juice. Computer won't start up... even when AC adapter is plugged in. Is there something else going on? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen on Jun 10, 2008 - 7 answers

Best Lightweight Free OS?

Best Linux Based OS? [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Nov 28, 2007 - 21 answers

Please help with this simple MS Excel problem!!

MS Excel Problem: CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP? I am a very average PC user having unable to open spreadsheets. I borrowed a copy of MS Office Professional from a friend, but it did not install Excel properly. I no longer have access to those installation CDs. Whenever I try to open a spreadsheet, it prompts me for the CD's. So I bought Excel 97, installed it fine, but still when I try o open a spreadsheet it automatically tries to open it with the XP Professional version... How so I get around this to just use the Excel 97 version now on my computer??
posted by writingjulie on Oct 29, 2007 - 9 answers

Mac sucking the life out of our network?

Is it possible that my MacBook Pro is sucking the life out of our home network? [more inside]
posted by ukdanae on Jul 22, 2007 - 16 answers

Help out my creaking old computer.

Succour for Aged Computers Filter: I've got an old computer that is having two problems. 1) When it boots up, it always asks to go into safemode. This is an old problem. 2) when it boots up, I can use the kb to select safemode (or not) or make selections in the bios, but when XP loads up, mouse and kb aren't working! [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Jul 19, 2007 - 7 answers

My browsers won't work.

HELP! My computer is connected to the internet, but the browsers (I.E., Firefox) will not open and websites!? I know I'm connected because my google-talk thing is updating my incoming mail in the toolbar (and my LAN is showing connected). I have restarted my computer a few times to no avail. What to do?
posted by curiocity on Sep 25, 2006 - 9 answers

Broke my Moniter, need to access my tower... Any thoughts?

Any way to gain access to a win XP box through a forced remote desktop (or another method?). Or even a network install (though that'd be hard, I don't dare lose anything on the HDD) of Linux? Oh, and I don't have a monitor (that's the root of the problem) [more inside]
posted by TrueVox on Feb 23, 2006 - 10 answers

Help me grow my small computer repair business?!?!

I need advice about taking my side business to the next level. [more inside]
posted by Bjkokenos on Feb 16, 2006 - 4 answers

Network tech support brain-twister

Riddle me this: there are two Windows XP computers (desktop and laptop) on the same Internet connection, behind the same router, connecting wirelessly to it. The laptop often (but not every time) takes a really long time (30 seconds+) to send email and connect to certain websites. The desktop never has this problem. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by frenetic on Feb 10, 2006 - 10 answers

Group/Permissions oddness in Tiger

I just cannot change the group of my Music folder. I created a new group called "music" as a first step towards allowing my SO to share my iTunes library directly. I try to set the Music folder (and its contents) to being part of "music", but no dice. The "get info" window says that it's changed. But as soon as I click the lock to prevent further changes, it switches back to the group of me. If I close the get info window and don't hit the lock, then call up get info again, I see that the attempted group change hasn't stuck. I also cannot change the group ID to "admin." As root, it doesn't work either, but then I get a mysterious error called "-60002." chgrp doesn't work from the shell, either. Is this a known bug or am I missing something?
posted by yesno on Jun 15, 2005 - 8 answers

Diagnosing Computer Issues - many parts already replaced

Computer fixing frustrations - what to do when you've replaced (pretty much) every part and the problem continues? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Mossy on Sep 15, 2004 - 9 answers

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