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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

Do I need a desktop or laptop?

Do I need a desktop or laptop, and which model? My desktop died yesterday, and I'm trying to figure out what to replace it with... [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Oct 6, 2015 - 15 answers

I need a photo uploader for a WordPress web site...can you suggest one?

The photo uploader I had used for my site has closed. It resized in three sizes. Now I need a new one. [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Oct 2, 2015 - 3 answers

What's the best PC for my mom?

My mom is using my 2006 Core Duo iMac and all is well except that, of course, it's a 32-bit CPU that can't run new versions of MacOS and is no longer receiving security updates. Chrome frequently blocks Flash and it's generally annoying her. It's time for a new machine (probably). [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy on Oct 1, 2015 - 9 answers

aughhhhh no no no no no

What the hell is going on with my computer help help help [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Sep 28, 2015 - 14 answers

Looking for cheap but easily upgradeable desktop

I want to spend less than $400 to buy a fully functional new desktop. Regardless of the CPU it would have, I want to be able to put in an i7 later on. I want to be able to add more RAM and a powerful video card without having to get a new case or power supply. HDD should be at least 1TB. It can start with 4GB of RAM, since I plan to upgrade. If it's 4GB i'd prefer it to be on a single stick. I would also prefer Windows 10 to be already installed.
posted by spacefire on Sep 23, 2015 - 11 answers

Settings GPS Data Logger

I would like to use my Old Wintec WBT-201 GPS Data logger to keep track where we are taking pictures. Given the limited storage space on the device I want to minimize the amount of data points that are collected. No need to record speed, direction etc. Its just when we are hiking to log every minute or so our location. I can charge the battery but cant' download the data for 12 day's. Using the "Time Machine" software to access the settings page but am confused about the settings. Any advice?
posted by Mac-Expert on Sep 12, 2015 - 1 answer

Netgear wifi-extender: I can't get past the second-to-last setup page

I have just bought the Netgear N300 WiFi Range Extender (EX2700), and followed the instructions to the letter. I connect to the extender, tell it which network to extend, put in the router password, and get to "name your extended network." I leave the default name and security and click "continue." NOTHING HAPPENS. Please help. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Sep 11, 2015 - 3 answers

Did I just do a clean install? or just a regular install

I have an “early 2009” Mac Mini that I am nursing along. It’s not my main computer but I do use it enough to want to keep it running smoothly. Last year, without putting a lot of thought into it, I upgraded to Mavericks from Snow Leopard. I noticed a hit in speed even though the reviews I was reading after the fact said the opposite should happen. Whatever. So this past weekend, I thought it’d try it again with a clean install. [more inside]
posted by TWinbrook8 on Sep 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Super special snowflake laptop edition

I am thinking of getting my son a laptop but I have no idea where to start looking. And there is a list of what this laptop has to be able to do. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Sep 6, 2015 - 5 answers

Do I need to do a clean Windows 10 install to remove Windows 7 cruft?

In the past, every time I've upgraded Windows (3.11 to 95 to 97 to XP to 7) I've done a clean install. For the first time, I'm considering upgrading (to Windows 10) with an in-place (overwrite) installation, not a clean install. My Windows 7 has been acting badly lately, probably due to various registry cruft. Does an in-place install take care of that, or is all the registry cruft carried over, and should I do a clean install instead? (A clean install would involve many hours more work)
posted by Bugbread on Sep 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Motherboard light flashing after PC shutdown, how to stop?

A light somewhere on my PC motherboard, my best guess is near the Ethernet connector, has recently begun to flash irregularly even after system shutdown, which is driving me nuts, because I sleep in the same room. I can't easily cover up the light or open my case, and since the PC was built for me by someone I can no longer reach, I need your help to kill that light. [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Aug 30, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me font my name

My name is A R N I E. However, when typed on a computer it often looks like Arnie and lately a LOT of people are having trouble, thinking it's A M I E I use Gmail primarily and with that comes a limited selection of fonts, but how can I format my name so that it comes through clearly but still be unobtrusive as a signature?
posted by arniec on Aug 27, 2015 - 15 answers

Create a bootable USB repair stick?

Fixing a computer for a church friend. I'd like to easily create a bootable usb stick from my other computers... windows and mac... but everything I've read makes it seem like a daunting process. Is there a utility out there to easily burn a rescue usb stick ? thanks.
posted by toastchee on Aug 23, 2015 - 7 answers

Is there a good computer for keeping in hot climates?

I've been thinking of getting a new desktop computer--one that is adequate for gaming and doing high-res artwork (I'm a comic artist). But also I live in in a place where the weather is hot all summer and autumn. [more inside]
posted by picklenickle on Aug 21, 2015 - 15 answers

Laptop or iPad for 13 year old?

I decided to get the kid a computer for her 13th birthday. Does she need a laptop or can I get away with an iPad with external keyboard? Primary uses: homework (word processing, internet research), games, general internet. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Aug 16, 2015 - 21 answers

Laptop for life

Another should-I-buy-a-new-machine question, plus: what laptop would you buy if the main consideration was how long it would last? [more inside]
posted by ctmf on Aug 15, 2015 - 20 answers

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