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Time Machine to Nowhere

I have a 3TB Apple HD that I’ve been *ostensibly* using, in conjunction with Time Machine, to back up my data for the past couple of years. I say “ostensibly” because it takes forever and never seems to fully complete. Please help me figure out a new approach. [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon on Jan 31, 2016 - 10 answers

Daisy chaining surge protectors, cords, and power strips

How do I safely connect my computing equipment to a surge protector and a far away wall socket? [more inside]
posted by ticktickatick on Jan 30, 2016 - 14 answers

Inexpensive refurb or used ruggedized laptop?

Can you suggest a ruggedized laptop in the same vein as the Panasonic Toughbook, able to run Win7 but perhaps a couple to a few years old and relatively inexpensive? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Jan 29, 2016 - 2 answers

I want a custom Lenovo W541, probably not from Lenovo directly.

So, Power Notebooks is suddenly out of business and I don't know where else I can get what I want. I worked out a spec for a new custom Lenovo W541 with them. Went to actually order it today, but the company is out of business. Where can I get the notebook I want? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jan 18, 2016 - 6 answers

Remote to a remote

Can I "easily" log into someones computer from os x 10.11 to os x 10.6.8? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Jan 14, 2016 - 6 answers

What Research is There on Technology, Communication, and Empathy?

I've been thinking a lot about empathy and the way we communicate on the Internet. What research, studies, books, articles, etc. should I be reading? Special snowflake requirements: I studied Psych 101, so it's gotta be on my damn fool BA in English level of understanding.
posted by SansPoint on Jan 14, 2016 - 5 answers

Computer defense

I'm getting a new computer (Windows 10). What are the current best practices in personal computer protection, starting from the beginning? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 12, 2016 - 15 answers

Help, my work is stuck on a second screen

This feels like a silly question but - I disconnected my computer from the monitor when leaving work, and now when I try to open an Excel document it seems like it's trying to open it on the monitor. I tried restarting the computer but it doesn't help. Other Excel documents open fine, it's just the one that I had on the monitor. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Jan 6, 2016 - 14 answers

New laptop hard drive transition

Just got a new laptop but my old laptop's hard drive is better. How do I switch new laptop to booting from old laptop's hard drive while keeping all the files? [more inside]
posted by pravit on Jan 6, 2016 - 5 answers

Why would my computer hang and reboot in Windows but not Linux?

About a year ago I made the mistake of building a computer myself. One motherboard and 12 months later, I have a crash that happens consistently in Windows but never in Linux. [more inside]
posted by Polycarp on Jan 5, 2016 - 12 answers

Sharing my computer, but want to lock everything down but one file. How?

I need to share my computer with someone for a few weeks while we work together on a pair project in excel. But I want to lock everything else down on my computer so they can't open/copy/email my other files if I step out of the room; or so they can't open my browser and read my email / see my history, etc. [more inside]
posted by tangyraspberry on Dec 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Basic Tools for Boxing Week Sale Comparison shopping?

I want to buy a cheap notebook/netbook. It seems like (maybe?) buying it this week will get me a cheaper price? What should I be doing in order to find the best piece of hardware I can get for ~$300 CAD. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Dec 28, 2015 - 1 answer

Reliable wired computer mouse recommendations?

I need a wired USB computer mouse that is reliable, doesn't use a ball (so optical / laser) and has a scroll wheel. Bonus points if the mouse is also stylish. I'm willing to spend up to $50—(probably) not any higher.
posted by GlassHeart on Dec 18, 2015 - 14 answers

Help me get a monitor for my Mac Mini

I have a mid-2010 Mac Mini that we use as our family's common desktop computer. The monitor is dying. Help me choose a replacement? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Dec 17, 2015 - 16 answers

Do All in One computers make humming noises or am I losing my mind?

I recently bought an all-in-one Lenovo C50 desktop from Microsoft. It seems to be making a whirring noise all the time. Is this normal or is it defective? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Dec 14, 2015 - 12 answers

What was this computer-refereed board game about space I played in 1992?

I remember going to someone's house for regular sessions of this very long game about a quest for something that had to do with aliens, spaceships and weird planets. The defining thing about the game was that your Windows PC computer kept track of what was going on, even though you spent a lot of time reading passages the computer assigned you to read, from cards or a book. So it had this hybrid aspect reminiscent of VCR games.
posted by johngoren on Dec 14, 2015 - 2 answers

Pulling pictures from old phones & laptops, oh my!

Is there a service that pulls pictures and videos from a bunch of old phones, laptops & Macbooks? [more inside]
posted by crayon on Dec 14, 2015 - 4 answers

Charts won't refresh automatically

Google Finance stock charts have stopped refreshing for me automatically as they used to. They will only update if I reload the page. They also won't retain any of my preferences, despite cookies being allowed. I have updated Firefox, Flash, Java, etc., to the latest versions. Any ideas for a fix?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Dec 14, 2015 - 2 answers

Highly Specific Portable Music Player Needed

An older relative with a daily train commute has requested a music player for the holidays - but they don't want anything with extra features, novel menus, or - if it can be helped - a shuffle feature. All they want is the ability to listen to an entire album (from a selection of about 20) with very clear and easy to understand menus and buttons. They were given a Zune for this purpose a few years ago and returned it saying it was confusing and had "too many settings". What should I buy? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Dec 10, 2015 - 4 answers

The tagline should be: Yell at the TV and Not at Each Other!

This weekend I played one of the Jackbox family of games. I think my family would love them and I'd like to give/have it available to play while we're all home for Christmas. Looks like I might have some technical issues--I need some guidance, please! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Dec 9, 2015 - 13 answers

Best Cloud Storage for Elementary Students

I need to teach my 3rd-5th graders how to save files on a network. They need to be able to access their files from different machines and locations around the school. My chief objective is that they learn to save thoughtfully and carefully, so that they'll develop good habits and be able to find their work in the future. (FWIW, I believe this means teaching them to be conscious of 1) what they want to call their file and 2) where they want to put it). [more inside]
posted by carterk on Dec 8, 2015 - 6 answers

The 2 key on my laptop is broken, how to cope

My laptop has developed a thing where the 2 key, which had been intermittent for a couple of weeks, now seems to be completely kaput. How to deal with this? If not to fix it, then maybe to cope with it until my next computer? [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 8, 2015 - 15 answers

computer screen flickering

My laptop screen has started flickering every time I start up my computer. The most obvious flickering stops after 30 seconds or so, but I’ve noticed that my eyes get really tired really quickly after working on the computer now and sometimes I feel woozy. Is it possible that my screen is flickering fast enough that it is bothering my eyes? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Dec 7, 2015 - 4 answers

New computer and tech support for non-techy older person

My mum's 8 year old, second hand laptop is on the way out. I'd like to replace it with something more suited to her needs. Also, is there any sort of phone/online tech support available in Australia suitable for older people so she doesn't have to wait months until I'm home to learn how to download pictures/ save files etc? [more inside]
posted by neatsocks on Dec 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Why are some in-browser videos suddenly artifacting like crazy?

Recently (in the past month, I think), when I watch videos in a browser window sometimes they will develop a pattern of thin horizontal artifacts, as seen here. The artifacts are not static, but change color and position as the video plays, and will generally take up more and more of the screen the longer I let it go. I can't figure out what's causing it or how to fix it, nor can I find a workaround. [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish on Dec 5, 2015 - 4 answers

Manually recovering Firefox bookmarks and passwords from the files

I'm connecting to a laptop HD with an enclosure and trying to recover some files from it. The highest priority are the owner's Firefox bookmarks and saved passwords, since apparently some of those passwords are unknown beyond being saved in this Firefox install. I would just boot the HD, log into Windows, and go look, but while it's perfectly mountable, Windows becomes unresponsive after a short time of trying to actually run from the drive. What files do I need to be looking at, and how do I actually use them?
posted by Pope Guilty on Dec 4, 2015 - 14 answers

Possible malware infection: Network printers are spewing gibberish

I need advice on how to deal with an apparent malware infection that's causing most (or maybe all) of the network printers to print gibberish pages. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2015 - 7 answers

Is a gaming laptop just a bad idea?

Can one buy a gaming laptop that not overheat on a regular table and still play modern games? (Hopefully for under $2000) [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Dec 3, 2015 - 13 answers

Subwoofer rises to the occasion only occasionally

My Altec-Lansing 885 computer speakers, bought from Dell in 2001, are not thumping, only gently pulsing, if even that. [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd on Dec 2, 2015 - 5 answers

Building a new gaming PC from scratch - your expert advice please

Advice for an old IT guy about building a new PC in this dizzying modern world? Haven't built one for about 7 years and am feeling overwhelmed. Difficulty level: Australian. [more inside]
posted by turbid dahlia on Dec 2, 2015 - 14 answers

Does anyone sell Lenovo Y500 motherboards? Am I crazy?

Is there any way to get a replacement motherboard for a Lenovo Y500 laptop? It's a relatively new computer. I'm surprised by what my repair guy is telling me. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Nov 30, 2015 - 12 answers

How do I make these components work together properly?

The PC, DVD changer, HDTV, receiver and 5.1 speakers, theoretically, were properly set up. They're not working, and other configurations aren't working! How can I get them working together? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Nov 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Can I automate sending emails in Gmail one at a time?

I'd like to send the same email to a group of about 40 people, but instead of sending it BCC with me in the "to" field, I'd really like to send it individually to each person. Is there a way to automate this? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Nov 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Where can I find a USB cable that fits my WD external hard drive port?

Here is a photo of the port in the back of my Western Digital external hard drive. It's not a mini-USB, or anything else I recognize. I need a new USB-to-whatever-this-is cableto connect the drive to my laptop. The only one I've found is here, but it would take a full month for it to get to me. Any suggestions welcome.
posted by tzikeh on Nov 22, 2015 - 4 answers

Should I return/exchange my new Macbook Pro?

I have a new Macbook Pro 13" that I purchased two weeks ago from the Apple store. It has had two minor (but possibly signs of something bigger?) issues so far, and today is the last day I can exchange it for another one. Would you exchange it in my position? See inside for the issues. [more inside]
posted by st elmo's fire on Nov 20, 2015 - 14 answers

Mac Pro or iMac 5k

I'm thinking of replacing my current 3+ year old Mac mini workstation for a 2015 27" iMac 5k but after doing some research I think the 2013 Mac Pro might make more sense. [more inside]
posted by photoslob on Nov 14, 2015 - 11 answers

Major hardware upgrade with Windows 7

I'm considering doing a major computer upgrade - CPU, mainboard, and video card. Is Windows going to completely shit the bed after I do this? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Nov 13, 2015 - 18 answers

How can I retrieve the files from my malfunctioning flash drive?

I'm trying to transfer the files from my 8 GB Sony flash drive to my computer. However, whenever I plug it in and try to open, save, or transfer a file, doing so causes my computer to freeze--which prevents me from doing any of the above. I'm thinking that something went wrong when I ejected it on a previous occasion. So, what can I do to get these files? (Ideally, I'd like to transfer them all.) Thanks!
posted by gypsyhymns on Nov 13, 2015 - 2 answers

Computer, once again you have forsaken me.

My stupid old computer is on the fritz again. All of a sudden, my computer keeps shutting itself down. It'll say Entering power save and the screen will go blank. Then there's no way to wake it back up. So frustrating! Is this fixable or I should I finally break down and buy a new one? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Nov 11, 2015 - 10 answers

How can I recover my bitcoins that I forgot all about?

A little over X years ago, I traded for about $1500 worth of bitcoin off mt. gox (I'm PRETTY sure about that). I then set an alarm to go off in 7 days so that I could check on it to see if I'm making money or not. Shortly after, I received horrible news over the phone, and I had to leave the country for 9 months. A little while ago, an alarm on my calendar went off. I had set the alarm for X years and 7 days instead of just 7 days. It doesn't make sense, but it explains how I never remembered this. I have no idea where I put anything!? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2015 - 8 answers

A week's travel photos ... Poof! Gone. Can you help?

We're traveling in Japan and my daughter has been taking photos all along on her Sony nex5r camera. After 10 days of beautiful photos, it suddenly it displayed a dialog stating a file format "not recognized" ... ! [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Nov 5, 2015 - 11 answers

Reply from contact form used ex-BF's name. How?!

Yesterday I used a website's contact form to ask a question. In the form, I wrote my question and gave them my name and email address. Today, I received a reply from them addressed to my ex-boyfriend. Instead of "Dear Kinetic," they replied, "Dear Kinetic's ex-boyfriend's name." I contacted the company and asked them how this happened, and they claim to have no idea. They're forwarding the screenshots to their IT department. I'm using a new computer, I haven't seen or spoken to him years. I did not write his name on the contact form. How did this happen??
posted by kinetic on Nov 2, 2015 - 29 answers

Computer is running in treacle!

Due to its slowness I have installed AMD System Monitor which shows the computer (upgraded to Win 10) has AMD E1-1200 with Radeon HD Graphics with AMD Radion HD 7310 Graphics. (Why is this shown twice?). Please interpret these figures for me. It looks like my 4 GB of RAM is sufficient, but the CPU is overloaded? Any help or advice gratefully received! [more inside]
posted by lungtaworld on Oct 29, 2015 - 15 answers

Drag and drop modern website programs?

Now that I've gotten a new domain (thanks guys) I want to modernize and streamline my website. I basically want a single page with ' click to expand' photos that looks good on a tablet. Think a nice restaurant website. I have no idea how to do this, my incredibly creaky HTML skills are at least 15 years out of date, and template / design for you sites like Squarespace all want a hosting bundle package. I just want something drop-dead simple that will export an index.htm file at the end. Does this program/service exist? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 25, 2015 - 8 answers

Need recommendations for a replacement motherboard (and case?)

In summary: I want a recommendation for a good, high-performance motherboard (and a solid case for it), with allowances made for size (my current case could just barely fit a GTX970) and budget (I have a bit of leeway but I don't need to drop a ridiculous amount of cash if I don't need to). Elaboration under the cut: [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Oct 23, 2015 - 6 answers

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD?

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Oct 22, 2015 - 3 answers

Need a Instant Messenger Program for small office

I work in a small office where everyone's computer is a Windows PC. We need the option to send each other a instant message when it would be easier to do that then to get up and go down the hall to ask a question in person. What would be a good FREE program that would be suitable for us? We do not use Microsoft Outlook, we use GoDaddy for our email server.
posted by just asking on Oct 15, 2015 - 17 answers

My Macbook has been inexplicably been freezing

I have a brand new Macbook which has been for the most part pretty great. But it's been doing a few odd things lately... [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Oct 12, 2015 - 3 answers

Can you help me update OS X?

My Mac is (and has been) prompting me to update software. Every time we get past the "Agree" or "disagree" prompt, the window tells me it can't be installed on "Macintosh HD." There is 300-some GB of space. Any ideas what's going on? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Oct 12, 2015 - 17 answers

Mirror iMac monitor hotkey?

My spouse and I own an 27-inch iMac from 2011. Recently, the screen seemed to go briefly haywire and then black. Now, when the computer is turned on, it seems to boot fine, but nothing can be seen on the screen (the flashlight trick did not help). Is there a way to make the computer mirror itself to another monitor at startup so that we can access its contents? [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Oct 8, 2015 - 3 answers

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