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Help me find a cheap computer

What is the best computer I can get right now for ~200 bucks? Wifi and FireWire port are the only requirements. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Dec 8, 2012 - 12 answers

Transferring iPod Songs from Nano to Classic

I have an ipod nano 1st generation, and I want to copy all of the music on there to my new ipod classic 5th gen. They are programmed on separate computers and I've been told by techy friends and Apple store employees that if I connect my old ipod to my new computer then it may erase all of the data. I don't want to take that risk. Is there a program that will transfer all of my music from my old ipod nano to my new classic ipod (without erasing my nano's drive)? Thank you!!
posted by Kombucha3452 on Dec 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Is there a Portland area school with a technology program?

Is there a Portland, OR area high/middle school with a good computer technology elective/program? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Dec 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Is CAS Latency performance noticable?

What's the real world difference between CAS 9 and 10 for modern dual channel memory? For the last six months DDR3 1600 has been roughly double the price for CAS 9 v. CAS 10. [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Dec 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Is the mouse lobby strong-arming southpaws into switching?

Are there any mice that have a tilt-wheel and some lefty-specific buttons? That's all I need! [more inside]
posted by sub-culture on Dec 4, 2012 - 2 answers

I wanna make a zine! Just like the one I had in college, but different...

You guys are always supersmart and up-to-date with this kinda stuff. Help this semi-retired print designer understand the tablet/mobile magazine biz! [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Dec 3, 2012 - 8 answers

For the Love of Mac!

Mac Filter: I recently switched from a PC to a Mac at work and am having my first experience with Outlook 2011. So far, it has not been a good one, and now I'm totally stumped. Contact Group and Meeting Request question inside. [more inside]
posted by couchtater on Dec 3, 2012 - 8 answers

why is some RAM not usable?

Aw, Christ. Why does my computer properties say "12.00 GB (6.00 GB usable)"? If it can detect it, then that means I installed it right, so why isn't it usable? Please tell me this is something easy to fix! [more inside]
posted by gnossie on Dec 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Experiences with the PC version of Dark Souls

Dark Souls for computer: any experiences? [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on Nov 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Chromebook questions

Would the Chromebook be right for me as a writing device? I'm looking to replace my old netbook I use for writing with something more swish and it looks to fit the bill, however I'm not a Google Docs user - how easy is it to transition to from using OpenOffice/Word? How well does the local storage/offline working option work? How easy is it to export Word files and how well does formatting carry over? Is there anything else i need to know?
posted by Artw on Nov 27, 2012 - 10 answers

It keeps running forever.

My Windows 7 computer no longer turns off properly. If I shut the screen, it no longer sleeps or hibernates, it just freezes. If I go through the start menu to hibernate, it will do so, but the computer is still on -- the power and the wifi lights stay on, it's still running and using battery. This also happens if I go through the start menu to turn off the computer. If I hold on the power key, it will then turn off and restart or resume from hibernation normally when I turn it back on. [more inside]
posted by jeather on Nov 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Power computing for less $$$

What's the best way to buy a gaming computer for less than $500? Should I be buying components and putting it together on my own, or just waiting for the best deal on a prebuilt system? And what websites should I be using to price things? [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Nov 26, 2012 - 23 answers

Can you help me upgrade my MacBook Pro (late-2008) hard drive?

Need advice on how to update an older MacBook Pro with a new hard drive. I have a late-2008 MacBook Pro: 2.53 GHz, 320GB hard drive, 8GM RAM (4GB in two slots). My drive is getting full and I don't have the cash at the moment for a brand new laptop. Should I replace the optical drive with a SSD? Or just upgrade the regular hard drive with a new one with 750GB or 1TB? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Nov 23, 2012 - 16 answers

I can't have imagined this computer game! Falling faces?

I'm trying to remember a computer game I had years back, but I can't for the life of me find it. It was a falling bricks game (like Tetris) but the pieces were one of four parts of several different faces - the hair, the eyes, the nose and mouth, and the chin and neck. The idea was to make a complete face that would then disappear from the board (again, like in Tetris). You could do mix and match faces, but you got more points for doing a whole matching face. If you let, for instance, too many mouths pile up on each other and reach the top, you lost. There were different levels, and the faces changed with each level. Does anybody else know of this? It would have been a Mac game, sometime during the 90's. I can't have just imagined this!
posted by dithmer on Nov 20, 2012 - 3 answers

my god where is the power button

Please help the dumbest person you have never met figure out how to use a wacom tablet. [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo on Nov 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me pick a netbook

Which netbook/tablet should I get? [more inside]
posted by quietshout on Nov 18, 2012 - 19 answers

Get rid of this doorstop

I have an old ibook from about 2003 or so gathering dust in a corner. It turns on but doesn't function enough for me to delete the data on it, as far as I know how. Plus, I don't own a power cord that works for it anymore. I would like to be rid of it, but I do not even really remember what's there and I don't want anyone else to see personal info that might be on it. I live in the SF Bay Area. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Nov 15, 2012 - 7 answers

What is causing this inexplicable video problem with my monitor?

What is causing the strangest video error I have ever come across? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Nov 10, 2012 - 17 answers

How do I get a playlist off an ipad without any additional equipment?

Is there ANY way using JUST the ipad 2 to export a playlist I made there as a text file? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Nov 9, 2012 - 1 answer

xbox controller you'll be the death of me

Is there anything better than an xbox controller to control xbox media center running on a windows 7 HTPC? [more inside]
posted by tehloki on Nov 2, 2012 - 12 answers

If someone says Tricorder....

Researchers, Writers, Grad Students, and Professors: Tell me about your technical setup (hardware and software). What do you use, and what couldn't you live without? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Nov 2, 2012 - 25 answers

How to prevent typing injuries!

I became a full-time author 2 months ago, and my hands are starting to get stiff. What do I do to prevent wrist/hand injuries? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Nov 1, 2012 - 17 answers

Broken Laptop Screen

I recently broke the screen on my laptop and I need to get it fixed. What are some good computer repair places in Baltimore?
posted by josher71 on Oct 31, 2012 - 2 answers

How do I relearn high school/early college math?

Former liberal arts nerd planning a return to university for Computer Science. How can I best catch up and prepare after years away from math and science curriculum? [more inside]
posted by f_panda on Oct 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Examples of non math uses for Excel

For a project, I'm trying to collect uses of Excel that do not include any formulas or other use of math. What are some common documents that people use the format of Excel to create in an office setting? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Oct 26, 2012 - 68 answers

Upcycle an old HP laptop for my kid?

Hey all - I have an old HP laptop from 2005, still working, but quite old now. I was tempted to recycle it, but I have a chance to give it a new life. I also have a kid on the way, so I was thinking about wiping it and making it the kid's computer in 2-3 years when he's likely to be interested in it. Thoughts, suggestions? [more inside]
posted by cyclotronboy on Oct 25, 2012 - 7 answers

retirement home for old robots

How do I sell "old" computers for their parts, without fuss and fairly. 2004 iMac & 2002 HP laptop. Both have minor operating issues. I don't know a lot about computers, so I don't want to get into specifics with eBay sellers. Prefer walk-in to computer shop and get a fair price. In Chicago if that helps. Thanks!
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Oct 21, 2012 - 14 answers

6 monitors 10 pc, how to hook it up

So this involves a whole bunch of computers (Linux, Windows (server), Windows (7) and Macs and 6 monitors a keyboard and a mouse. I am trying to find a way to dynamically assign a computer to one or more monitors, and change it around whenever needed. (So no monitor should be hardwired to a single machine) I am thinking of a super duper KVM switch but I havent been able to find one yet.
posted by digividal on Oct 19, 2012 - 10 answers

help installing an ethernet jack.

help installing an ethernet jack in an HP pavilion tower. [more inside]
posted by austere on Oct 17, 2012 - 8 answers

Explain it to me as if I were four years old...

How do I "start over" with my Macbook Pro without reinstalling the OS? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Oct 15, 2012 - 6 answers

Desperately Seeking Geometr231 Bd BT et al.

Trying to acquire as cheaply and efficiently as possible some fonts I don't have on my current computer. Working with a book/design project made in Quark XPress ten or more years ago, then put on the back burner and just now re-opened. The file opens fine in Quark XPress 9, which is the latest version, but a number of the fonts used in the original file are missing. [more inside]
posted by londongeezer on Oct 15, 2012 - 6 answers

How to keep a new computer from getting bogged down over time

How can I set up a Windows 7 PC to be clean and stay clean? I don't want file bits and temporary files to clog it up, I don't want a million image files the size of a dot. I don't want this computer to run like molasses after a few years of web browsing and use. What is the best way to do that? [more inside]
posted by cashman on Oct 12, 2012 - 20 answers

My computer isn't working properly

I went away for the weekend and when I returned this is what I get everytime I try to access the internet. Can't use google at all so IE is my only option. I'm freaking out a bit. I keep getting pop ups from "System Progressive Protection" that is trying to sell me stuff but I'm not buying into what I see as a scam. Every program I open is said to be infected. Everything was fine 3 days ago. It won't even let me Skype. Help, please Ignore warnings and visit that site in the current state (not recommended). [more inside]
posted by Ohdemah on Oct 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Desktop PC Recommendation

Seeking Desktop PC Recommendation [more inside]
posted by saladin on Oct 11, 2012 - 9 answers

A Laptop To Study Monkeys By

I am looking for a relatively rugged laptop (or tablet?) that I can use for data entry, word processing, internet browsing, and music playing while in the US, and then use for data entry, arcGIS, and music playing while in the rain forest in West Africa. It would be wonderful if it was less than $700. I do not want a Mac. What should I be looking into? [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Oct 8, 2012 - 19 answers

What type of internal usb computer cable do I need?

What type of internal computer cable do I need? [more inside]
posted by snowleopard on Oct 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Computational biology vs. bioinformatics vs. biotech ...

I am a college freshman in my school's the College of Letters of Sciences. Currently, I'm pursuing a B.A. in Computer Science. I'd like to pursue a more technical understanding of software engineering as it applies to biological system, but need help maneuvering the many subfields. [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Oct 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Computer slow and messed up after power failure

I am tired of this damn computer and its numerous problems. Before this, I've had to replace newly bought RAM and a new HDD, a motherboard and oh so much more. Anyway, moving on. After a power outage I had while running my computer, it has never been the same. [more inside]
posted by johnx on Oct 3, 2012 - 17 answers

MPD/network mp3 playing alternatives?

What is the best way to play MP3s on one computer, but controlled (prev, next, play, volume, etc.) by an interface on another computer. Complication level: there shouldn't be one because there is Linux and FreeBSD and NFS and shit everywhere. Why is this harder than it should be? [more inside]
posted by wrok on Oct 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Powerful & Fast Computer for around a grand

I need a new Desktop PC and I want it to run well. First, what are good combinations of processor and memory? Intel's Ivy Bridge I7 processors look the best, and I'm guessing 10 gb of ram would suffice, or would it? I'm not buying an Apple, but HP? Compaq? Dell? What combination of processor/ram/brand would you recommend for a desktop somewhere around a thousand dollars? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by cashman on Oct 1, 2012 - 31 answers

Help a beginner learn Java/J2EE

I need to learn Java/J2EE. Where do I start? What resources are out there? How do I become a good programmer overtime? [more inside]
posted by turniphead on Sep 28, 2012 - 4 answers

What is the recommended portable mouse and laptop backpack for an x230?

What is the recommended portable mouse and laptop backpack/bag for a Lenovo x230? [more inside]
posted by cycleback on Sep 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Laptop shopping

What's the decent, cheap laptop to buy these days? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Sep 26, 2012 - 16 answers

How can I access my NAS remotely?

Does anyone know how to access a Synology (or other) NAS remotely -- esp. if they seem to be behind multiple routers in a big network? [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good on Sep 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Besides asking for a good-quality large monitor, I'm stumped

Please help a not-very-savvy computer user make a decision. I have the potential to have either a Mac or a PC purchased for my use at work, and I'm not sure how to decide between the two. The story inside. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Sep 21, 2012 - 16 answers

Trying to find a resource for an adult who wants to beef up their computer skills

Browser say what? Trying to find some learning material (online or books) for a 35 yo adult. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Sep 20, 2012 - 3 answers

What does the Casper suite allow Admins to see?

My office just announced that they are installing Casper QuickAdd to all of our laptops in the next week or so. I want to know what they are going to be able to see after I do the installation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Help with organizing my hot mess of an external hard drive!

Good ways/ideas/tips for how to organize my external hard drive (because I put it off each time I added things to it...and now it's a hot mess). And ideas for keeping it organized when I add things in the future. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Sep 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Advice on converting a python program to a web app?

Hi I have programmed on eclipse, a reasonably straightforward program in Python 2.7 that applies image filters to user selected images e.g. by turning them to sepia, black & white, negative, etc. It uses Tkinter for the graphics user interface and the program functions ok. However, I was thinking about how to turn this into a web app. So to transfer this to an Amazon cloud server, I understand that for the client side user interface I would need to convert the program by adding html and javascript to the client side while python handles the server side? Does anyone know of any tutorials or other resources that are particularly good at covering web apps like this using python, html and javascript?
posted by conrad101 on Sep 19, 2012 - 3 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

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