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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

Tell me everything there is to know about TV tuner cards.

What channels can I get from a tuner card in NYC using just the antenna? No cable hookup or FIOS or any of that fancy sh*t. I plug the card into the computer, I put the antenna in the window, I activate the relevant programs, and . . . . ? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Trying to get to my "unplugged and seated" years

I'm trying to switch my laptop from a DSL to a wireless connection. I was told this would function as the modem/router I needed, and so ordered it. Today it came and although it works perfectly as a modem it doesn't seem to have wireless router capabilities. Please tell me whether it does, and if so how to set up a wireless connection, and if it doesn't, tell me what I should buy or do instead after I return it.
posted by orange swan on Sep 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Graphics and NIC problems with Win 8

I need someone to fix my pc! I am so sick of windows. My Display adapter causes my screen to go blank at random times and I loaded windows 8 and now my internet connection is at a crawl. [more inside]
posted by kmurray24 on Sep 9, 2012 - 7 answers

IE* not co-operating with my Tumblr posting.

Scroll bar acting CRAZY in my Tumblr edit window when using IE8. [more inside]
posted by Gor-ella on Sep 6, 2012 - 4 answers

My computer takes entirely too long to start up. I am sick of it.

Why does my computer take such a ridiculously long time to boot up, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Sep 6, 2012 - 22 answers

Sufficiently Advanced Technology, or Magic?

How can a virtual machine track the guest OS's use of an emulated disk? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Sep 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Stupid computer! Bad computer!

My new laptop has the world's most annoying feature: for about 30 seconds after (resuming from hibernate/opening the lid/mysteriously just happens), a popup will appear in the center of the screen announciing: " Power Save > Increased Performance" This stupid popup cannot be moved or dismissed. I have no idea where it comes from, or how to alter it. [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Sep 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Is it safe? Is it?!

How safe is a virtual machine for testing unknown software or browsing unknown websites? [more inside]
posted by apip on Aug 29, 2012 - 9 answers

What do you think about the new Google tablet?

Is the new Google tablet worth it or practical? As a non-tech savvy person, who has only ever used a desktop, and would like to buy an affordable tablet it would be great to get experienced tech savvy thoughts about this new gizmo that popped up on the Google front page today. Is it safe to walk around with one's tablet connected to wifi, if one's tablet is meshed with one's Google account? Can hackers then access one's Google account easily?
posted by nickyskye on Aug 28, 2012 - 37 answers

Mass customization of URLs/QR Codes

I want to have a large number of unique URLs, all pointing to the same content. Like a million of 'em, so we can track individual recipients' behaviors online; one URL (or set of related URLs) per recipient (say we're sending them an email or a postcard with a QR code). [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Aug 28, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I display the image from my telescope on my computer screen?

I'd like suggestions/recommendations on a solution that will let me display the image from my telescope onto a computer screen. [more inside]
posted by robhuddles on Aug 27, 2012 - 6 answers

Hope me buy a computer!

Help me buy a new desktop computer when I'm not really sure what I need. [more inside]
posted by Nightman on Aug 26, 2012 - 15 answers

bring back the vocal please

I got a new PC, it turns songs into Karaoke songs, the beautiful vocal channel is missing. Help! it's so annoying to be stuck with this situation. Thanks [more inside]
posted by akomom on Aug 23, 2012 - 8 answers

macbook old keyboard coffee

I spilled coffee on my old (2006 polycarbonate) MacBook. Now the trackpad works, but not the keys. How can I diagnose and fix my laptop keyboard? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Aug 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Looking for a new 4+ button scroll mouse for Win 7

I'm looking for computer mouse suggestions: at least 4 button (right, left, forward and backward for internet browsing) plus a scroll wheel, for Windows 7, your best buys for the money. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 20, 2012 - 10 answers

What laptop or tablet has everything I want?

Help me work out the best laptop/tablet to take away from home! [more inside]
posted by missix on Aug 20, 2012 - 10 answers

What kind of a name is ZaReason anyway?

What kind of power supply (and cooling system) should I get for a tower with an 8-core processor? [more inside]
posted by Yesterday's camel on Aug 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me kill my eMac

Help me kill my eMac (snowball) [more inside]
posted by ebesan on Aug 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Choosing a computer for long-term installation

Help me choose a computer to be the brains of a long-term art installation. The main criterion is that it should sit there and behave well for months and years. I don't need the absolute best graphics or processing power. [more inside]
posted by moonmilk on Aug 13, 2012 - 25 answers

New inexpensive SFF PC for lightroom?

I would like a small new desktop PC. I would like it to be faster in Lightroom. I would like to spend as little money as humanly possible. What's my best strategy? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Aug 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Computer boots to blank screen many times before loading - help!

When I start my computer, it loads to a blank screen and freezes. It has to be restarted anywhere from 2-20 times before it finally boots up. It has been F-Disked and still does this. What could be causing this and what could I do about it? It's a PC running Windows Vista. I've had it 3 years and it's done this the whole time I've had it. Thank you!
posted by Melsky on Aug 12, 2012 - 18 answers

Assemble JPGs into a PDF?

I have a folder of JPG files. I want to create a PDF with one of those JPGs on each page. I don't want to spend any money. I am using a Windows computer. [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Aug 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Computing for a 90-year-old?

Computing for a 90-year-old? Gramps might finally be interested in the wonderful world of the Internet. [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Aug 7, 2012 - 17 answers

How much should I pay for someone to assemble my computer?

If I got someone else (in the UK) to assemble my computer from the various components I've bought, how much should I expect to pay? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Aug 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Saving web images without right-click on the mouse?

I'm sure not knowing this makes me an idiot, but I need quick help saving a few images from NASA's site to my hard drive without the ability to right-click. Right-clicking on my optical Microsoft mouse has apparently just died; I'm getting no menu when I right-click on an image (everything else is working fine; changing batteries doesn't help). For now I'm alt-left-clicking to highlight the image and then copying it, but is there another way to pull up the menu that usually appears when you right-click a web image in Windows? [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Aug 6, 2012 - 12 answers

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