I've taken the role as a graphic designer at a small company, and I also wear the IT hat sometimes. That being said, I'm more of a Mac Guru than (blech) XP. BUT, we have a small file server (40 GB, half full) of data we would like to backup nightly. #1: What's a good tape drive (or other media) for that much data, with room to grow, of course. #2: What software? #3: What's a "typical" backup schedule. I'd prefer just to do incrementals, but how often to rotate tapes/etc...? Thanks!
Please help me find these three ancient computer games. [more inside]
What do I need to know to become a web developer? Be as vague or specific as you want. How can I get started and learn what I need to learn? Where should I go for help? How do I find clients and keep up on industry news? I'm just trying to sus out if it's the right field for me.
The following message keeps popping up in Windows concerning a virus on my computer. Is it coming from my computer or the Internet? If it's a fake (and it may be since I noticed that it's gramatically incorrect) how do I get rid of it? (message inside) [more inside]
What files are truly interchangeable between Mac and WinTel? [more inside]
Need a reliable cd burner to burn audio cds for radio show. [more inside]
Is there such a distribution of linux that is multiarchitectural and designed to run off of a flash drive?
How can I convert TIF files to JPEG, GIF, or PNG without spending 25 bucks on a computer program I'll use once?
My laptop is dead. What's the best way to dispose of the body? [more inside]
Any suggestions for the best hardcore computer (and related) hardware retailer with online ordering and US-based? [more inside]
My laptop speakers are terrible. Can I replace them? It's an Acer TravelMate 4400.
Wi-fi, neighbors, gaming: woe! Help me make this workable! [more inside]
Wifilter: Wired + Wireless network architecture: How can I protect my wired machines, but still access them from my wireless devices? [more inside]
I will be wiping the hard drive of my Dell Inspiron 600m, which is currently running Windows XP with multiple profiles. What's the best way to make sure I back up everything? [more inside]
I have a lovely Xanga skin for my blog, but weirdly it appears to be the only skin which doesn't include an option for a reader to go back and look at my previous posts, and despite my Googling, Xanga-ing and trying to work it out, all I've done is muck it up good and properly. So, can anyone suggest what code I need to enter (preferably by cutting and pasting!) into the middle of the three boxes at the bottom of my Xanga code to allow people to go forward or back as far as they like? The source I'm using at the moment is at my blog page, here: http://www.xanga.com/timpollard Many thanks in advance!
Is there another web-based tool similar to MonitorsDirect's monitor tool kit? [more inside]
I'm looking for a reference movie for testing video codecs, or tips on how to create my own. [more inside]
So, I'm writing this book, and I need some software advice for making a computerized version of my mental rolodex. (DIT) [more inside]
What's up with the 30 day return period on laptops? Are there any fees that I'm going to lose by going that route? [more inside]
For a friend, "I run a small computer consulting business on the side in my spare time. I have a bit over two dozen clients and do regular work for a handful of them. My question is, does it make sense to go thru the process of creating a business? What advantages or disadvantages would this give me? How much would it cost? Any other uggestions/ideas/comments/etc.. would be great! Thanks!"
What LCD monitor should I buy? This thread 6 months ago recommends the Dell UltraSharp 1905FP, which is about $383 right now. Is that still the best bang for my monitor bucks? I'm not a gamer, do a little web work but nothing hugely critical, and look at my computer screen for most of the day. What do you recommend? [more inside]
A friend of mine is looking for an application (Windows XP preferred, but other platforms might work) that will allow him to freeform draw a sound wave, and have it exported as an AIFF of WAV. Does anyone know of such a utility?
I have my eye on a new computer. I have the choice between including a 256Mb GeForce 6600 or a 256Mb Radeon X700. For an avid gamer, I have no idea if the latter is worth the extra £50. Is it?
Sound distortion on Windows XP [more inside]
I'm hoping to recover some corrupted files that (I think) got messed up during a transfer to a Firewire drive. Could you be a lamb and step inside? [more inside]
When I try to use the middle mouse button (scroll wheel) in Firefox and Opera to open a link in a background tab it will sometimes "jump" down a few lines, not clicking the correct link and sometimes clicking a wrong one, and then jumping back to the first position as soon as I let go of the button. This is unbelievably annoying. The mouse is a "Genius NetScroll+Eye PS/2".
Where can I find a good computer/technical bookstore in Manhattan? [more inside]
My computer illiterate family has an HP box running Windows XP Home SP 2. They are constantly installing random programs from suspicious websites and allowing nefarious Active X controls to run – often leaving a trail of destruction for me to deal with. Is there an easy way to restrict their ability to install software? (Also - was I dreaming or did Microsoft just release some kind of policy editing tool that deals with this kind of problem?)
My iBook makes a loud buzzing noise, and I'm going to lose my mind if I don't figure out how to make it stop. [more inside]
What's the score with Pentium Ds? If I'm buying a new desktop computer, should I make sure I have this processor?
I, like a lot of geeks, seem to just have a few spare motherboards and hard drives kicking around. I'd like to put these to good use, but the question is how? I'm interested in building a machine into a piece of furniture of even a wall or ceiling (renovating the basement now so timing is good for this), but I can't think of any reason to actually do this other than a digital picture frame with an LCD screen on the wall. This PC is already running without a case, so its in pieces and can stay that way. What practical (or slightly impractical) use can I get from an extra PC like this? I don't just need a simple server, already have one of those, and a client machine would be great, but I want this machine hidden if possible which makes the logistics of getting a monitor and keyboard somewhere useful a little more difficult.
Help me get office XP off my computer! [more inside]
I have to do a new XP install... [more inside]
New motherboard cannot detect harddrive and it's driving me nuts. Let's solve this crazy mystery together >.< [more inside]
At long last, I am buying a new PC for my home use. I was hoping for suggestions for the best way to migrate files from Ol' Clunky to the new machine. [more inside]
Mac or PC? [more inside]
Installing PHP package Ming on Debian Sarge? (kernel 2.4.29) I'm getting compilation problems when I'm rebuilding php and I'm a n00b. Can I get some help? [more inside]
Alienware vs. Dell: I humbly request personal experiences to aid in the resolution of my notebook-buying dilemma. [more inside]
A good independent computer shop in NYC? [more inside]
Start a webcam on a timer to catch a prank [more inside]
Are there such things as automatic-pause headphones? [more inside]
Runtime search on CD - What is your recommendation for an inexpensive (but not free) search utility to add to a data CD for use in searching its contents? [more inside]
I need to allow a few people to access our mail server using Outlook from outside the building. They use OWA yet do not like having to use a web page to do this (yeah, I know...). I thought of setting up POP3 but am not sure what ports I need to open on the firewall (110, 25 do not seem to cut it). What is the functional difference between POP3 and IMAP and is either one better/easier to setup? (File folder sharing would be an optional objective). Microsoft's KB system sucks...any other useful articles out there?
I'm looking for a keyboard with a cover. [more inside]
I am in the process of building an AMD Sempron 2400+ based file storage machine. I am seeking recommendation for how big a power supply I need. I am planning on 4 to 5 (may be 6 in future) 250GB Seagates, 2x320GB WD Sata drives, 1 DVD writer, Geforce FX 5500 video card. The $50 case has a stock 480W PSU. I am wondering if I need more juice and possibly something by a well known brand ? I recently built an Athlon box with Seasonic 430 PSU. Seems pretty quiet. Not sure if I should get another of those.
Owing to bad/absent ventilation design on the part of hold everything, I now have a drawer with an interior temperature pretty constantly in the 90 degree F (32 C) range. How should I best take advantage of this? [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for home computer tech support in Toronto, Canada. Nerds on Site seems pretty good, anyone want to give a recommendation for a buddy or company that does great work?
I used ClamXav for Mac OS X to locate any viruses and had the infected MS Word docs (quite a few) isolated. Now I need a free download to clear the viruses and repair these documents. Know of any and where I can find them? For the future, are there any free downloads that do both the finding and repairing?
Why does my Powerbook with OS-X 10.4 go ffftt! and jump to a different web page unprompted? [more inside]