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Strip my tags, please!

GeekFilter: I want to strip all HTML tags from a page of text, leaving plain text. I have Text Wrangler and OS X.4. I thought it would be easy… [more inside]
posted by al_fresco on Oct 31, 2005 - 17 answers

booting issues

I was messing around with nlite and ended up making some sort of change to my computer that I just can't figure out. All is basically well except for one thing--- Every time I boot the computer the first menu says something like "Press 'R' for Standard System Recovery Options " and then Press 'F' for reformmting the drive and Q to quit if i hit R i go to the recovery utility HAVEN'T tried F for obvious reasons and Q seems to read the boot ini file. when i hit Q, my normal boot process works and All is OK. However all subsequent reboots give me that same R, F and Q menu and I'd like to get back to just booting in to Windows. Can anyone offer some advice as to how to tell the computer that all is well? i wouldn't want a family member to reboot the computer and select the wrong option. I'm running Windows XP MCE.
posted by swisscheez on Oct 28, 2005 - 7 answers

Need help repairing old Mac laptop mousebutton

computer repair: I have an old Mac G4 Titanium laptop (first generation I think) with a broken mouse button that I would like to repair myself or have repaired cheaply. [more inside]
posted by slogger on Oct 28, 2005 - 9 answers

Paper or pixels?

Is there any disadvantage in terms of long-term retention of information when studying off of a computer display, as opposed to studying from notes on paper? [more inside]
posted by Brian James on Oct 27, 2005 - 18 answers

How to protect a Mac?

What are the best tools to protect a MacOS computer from disaster? [more inside]
posted by xorowo on Oct 27, 2005 - 7 answers

Usable and attractive Linux for my wife's slow laptop.

My wife has an old laptop that can just barely handle running Windows XP. I've spent the last year acclimatizing her to Firefox and Open Office, so I believe she would be willing to give Linux a whirl, assuming I could find a distro that was usable, attractive, and faster than XP on her laptop. So what should I try? Specs inside. [more inside]
posted by Plutor on Oct 27, 2005 - 27 answers

Subwoofer Power/Computer?

Help me with my subwoofer power problem! [more inside]
posted by miss tea on Oct 25, 2005 - 6 answers

Got good Blog?

My company is thinking about setting up a blog for IT analysts to contribute ideas and talk about our products. Does anyone know good places to find best practices for doing this? Anyone know of good example sites?
posted by xammerboy on Oct 25, 2005 - 7 answers

Keylogger

Perfect Keylogger - I have some reason to believe that this product, made by Blazing Tools, has been installed on one of my computers. [more inside]
posted by megatherium on Oct 25, 2005 - 10 answers

Trying to Find the Easiest Way Out

MotherboardFilter: Looking for anecdotal experience on an inexpensive replacement for my motherboard that has a PCIx for a new video card. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis on Oct 24, 2005 - 7 answers

IBM Thinkpad Repair

IBM Thinkpad Brick: I've recently come into posession of an IBM 600E Thinkpad. As a Mac user, I don't plan for this to be my main machine. But it'd be great if I could use it to test web design work, and perhaps to tinker with Linux. The problem is, it won't turn on. What's the best way to have it looked at and perhaps repaired? I don't particularly want to go to the local CompUSA and would like a solid estimate before sinking any money into it. [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Oct 22, 2005 - 10 answers

Do you know about any good looking computer cables?

Do you know about any good looking computer cables? [more inside]
posted by ouke on Oct 20, 2005 - 7 answers

Webcam Frustration

Webcam frustration: I have a Logitech QuickCam Pro 3000, and it's driving me up the wall. When it's not in use, the 'active' light is always on, but when I try to use it with any application, it goes off and the camera does nothing. I've done all the logical stuff I can think of - checked the Logitech site, Googled for this error, uninstalled and reinstalled software and hardware, changed USB ports and toyed with finding a major religion to cling to, but so far nothing makes any difference... so please help me, MetaFilter friends, or Mr WebCam will become surprisingly intimate with Mr Hammer... thanks!
posted by timpollard on Oct 15, 2005 - 2 answers

Help me sell my computer.

Help me sell my computer! Er... or at least decide if I want to. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Oct 14, 2005 - 22 answers

Too much too soon?

Am I qualified to do this IT job, and/or is it something I could pick up as I go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2005 - 12 answers

Please explain routers, firewalls, etc.

Need nerd help: Is it better to use a software firewall or a router to protect oneself while connected to the internet? Pardon my igorance, but I really am quite stupid. [more inside]
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Oct 12, 2005 - 18 answers

How to transfer a big file?

I want to get a file from my mac to my pc -- the file is just slightly too big to fit on a CD-R. [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer on Oct 12, 2005 - 15 answers

Can I save my data?

Can I save my data? [more inside]
posted by nooneyouknow on Oct 12, 2005 - 9 answers

Should he balance it on his head?

How do you transport a computer on a motorcycle? [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Oct 11, 2005 - 14 answers

Help me select a laptop. (Be gentle, its my first time...)

Help me select a laptop. (Be gentle, its my first time...) [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Oct 11, 2005 - 41 answers

Do I need to upgrade my graphics card?

I've recently got into watching sports webcasts but find that the picture quality isn't great. My internet connection is 400Mb/sec so I suspect that the problem lies with my graphics card which is a Mobility Radeon 7500. Is there some way to confirm this before I splash the cash and upgrade it? I'm running on Windows XP and have 512Mb RAM. I'm not sure what else is relevant.
posted by PurpleJack on Oct 10, 2005 - 10 answers

ZIP file extractor that automatically deletes original?

I'm looking for a Zip file extractor for Windows with some specific requirements that I haven't been able to meet... [more inside]
posted by RikiTikiTavi on Oct 8, 2005 - 8 answers

What software packages do phone sex operators use?

What software packages do phone sex operators use? [more inside]
posted by afroblanca on Oct 8, 2005 - 8 answers

Legal/licensing question about re-installing XP.

A question about the legality/kosherness of re-installing Windows XP on a machine that has a legit product number. More inside. [more inside]
posted by deadcowdan on Oct 7, 2005 - 6 answers

Swap motherboard - Will Windows work ok?

My motherboard died but I don't want to loose any data. Can I put in a new motherboard from a diff manufacturer and have windows xp work ok? If not, what should I do. [more inside]
posted by neodem on Oct 7, 2005 - 12 answers

Rpc locator encountered a problem

A couple days ago, the company's IT guy did some fiddling/updating to the server and to my (and others) laptops. Now, whenever I try to open a folder or document file, I get a message telling me that "The Rpc Locator encountered a problem and needs to close". [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Oct 7, 2005 - 10 answers

Help Desk Software

Looking for a *free* Windows based Ticketing/Help Desk/knowledge base software. We are a small IT department that is looking for somewhere we can put solutions on how we fixed issues for looking up later.
posted by flipmiester99 on Oct 6, 2005 - 8 answers

Back it up...I'll take it

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!
posted by Wiggo on Oct 6, 2005 - 11 answers

Please help me find these three ancient computer games.

Please help me find these three ancient computer games. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice on Oct 3, 2005 - 9 answers

Daaaamn, I'd like to develop HER website...

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.
posted by saysthis on Oct 2, 2005 - 24 answers

How rid this poor grammer message?

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]
posted by Idiot Mittens on Oct 1, 2005 - 8 answers

Interchanging Mac and WinTel files

What files are truly interchangeable between Mac and WinTel? [more inside]
posted by megatherium on Oct 1, 2005 - 13 answers

Need a very reliable cd burner for audio cd burning

Need a reliable cd burner to burn audio cds for radio show. [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji on Sep 29, 2005 - 7 answers

Multiarchitecture Linux?

Is there such a distribution of linux that is multiarchitectural and designed to run off of a flash drive?
posted by jackofsaxons on Sep 28, 2005 - 12 answers

Converting TIF files to JPG, GIF, or PNG

How can I convert TIF files to JPEG, GIF, or PNG without spending 25 bucks on a computer program I'll use once?
posted by stoneegg21 on Sep 28, 2005 - 17 answers

Laptop is dead. How to dispose of the body?

My laptop is dead. What's the best way to dispose of the body? [more inside]
posted by CMichaelCook on Sep 27, 2005 - 13 answers

Computer Hardware Retailers

Any suggestions for the best hardcore computer (and related) hardware retailer with online ordering and US-based? [more inside]
posted by Ethereal Bligh on Sep 25, 2005 - 20 answers

Replacing laptop speakers

My laptop speakers are terrible. Can I replace them? It's an Acer TravelMate 4400.
posted by punishinglemur on Sep 24, 2005 - 6 answers

Wi-fi, neighbors, gaming, oh my!

Wi-fi, neighbors, gaming: woe! Help me make this workable! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Sep 24, 2005 - 12 answers

VPN?

Wifilter: Wired + Wireless network architecture: How can I protect my wired machines, but still access them from my wireless devices? [more inside]
posted by daver on Sep 22, 2005 - 1 answer

Most effective backup method for computer with multiple profiles

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]
posted by MeetMegan on Sep 20, 2005 - 6 answers

Xanga blog 'next/previous' date query

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!
posted by timpollard on Sep 19, 2005 - 2 answers

Any recommendations for an LCD monitor test?

Is there another web-based tool similar to MonitorsDirect's monitor tool kit? [more inside]
posted by MegoSteve on Sep 16, 2005 - 1 answer

How to find (or make) a DV reference movie?

I'm looking for a reference movie for testing video codecs, or tips on how to create my own. [more inside]
posted by danblaker on Sep 13, 2005 - 7 answers

Mental Rolodex?

So, I'm writing this book, and I need some software advice for making a computerized version of my mental rolodex. (DIT) [more inside]
posted by kungfujoe on Sep 9, 2005 - 5 answers

30 Day Return Policy

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]
posted by KirTakat on Sep 7, 2005 - 11 answers

Should I create a business?

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!"
posted by k8t on Sep 5, 2005 - 5 answers

Which 19-21" monitor should I buy?

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]
posted by barnone on Sep 5, 2005 - 21 answers

How to convert a drawn waveform into a sound file?

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?
posted by jammer on Sep 4, 2005 - 11 answers

GeForce 6600 or a Radeon X700?

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?
posted by nthdegx on Sep 4, 2005 - 19 answers

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