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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

Mac brain transplant

Can I just take the guts out of my old Mac Pro and put them in my new Mac Pro? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Aug 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Why can't a 32GB thumb drive hold a 15GB file?

I just bought a Mushkin 32GB flash drive. I have a 15GB folder I need to put onto it. About 1/4 of the way into the transfer, I get an error message saying there in not enough space on the thumb drive. [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Jul 29, 2012 - 14 answers

How can I make this not be so hard?

Why am I having anxiety about certain tasks at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Can you help me find this blog post?

Some tech blogger - probably one with a Mac focus - wrote a post about leaving TextMate for a different text editor, in the style of someone addressing a person with whom they were ending a romantic relationship. Can you help me find it?
posted by Egg Shen on Jul 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Give my older desktop some new life

What would be the best hardware upgrade in my desktop PC to improve multitasking performance? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Jul 26, 2012 - 28 answers

How to transfer OS to a new drive but preserve current data?

How can I go about transferring my OS to a new SSD but leave my other programs without totally breaking everything? [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Jul 23, 2012 - 11 answers

How to get data consolidated from a bunch of computers with money rather than work?

Service to pull data off a bunch of old computers and then recycle, in bay area? [more inside]
posted by paultopia on Jul 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Does anyone want old computer memory?

Just replaced the memory in my MacBook Pro (was 2GB, now is 6GB) - what should I do with the old memory sticks? [more inside]
posted by WestCoaster on Jul 21, 2012 - 11 answers

An app to demonstrate econ policies' efficacy? (helping to show extern)

Conservatives in the U.S. seem to inherently assesses economic policies based on the personal ethics (as in, self-reliance) involved, not on overall benefit or harm to the society. Is there a (simple, credible) online app that lets you easily try different policies (including "each must pay his own way" personal-ethics ones) & compare the outcomes? [more inside]
posted by ahaynes on Jul 19, 2012 - 11 answers

Should I upgrade the hardware on my Macbook or just give it a good cleaning?

My 2009 Macbook Pro has grown a little too much hair and is in need of a trim and some general cleaning. Could you tell me if my proposed scenario sounds reasonable or is it overkill? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Jul 17, 2012 - 12 answers

Can't Login??

I can not log in to this website from any computer in our house. Why? [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Jul 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Selling Diablo 3 and Battle.net's Terms of Service

I have a physical, legal copy of Diablo 3 I'm planning on selling on eBay. I always knew that once I got bored of D3 I'd be selling it, so when I registered it on Battle.net I created a whole new GMail & Battle.net account (with a fake name) so I could give them to the buyer as part of the sale. My questions, then, are as follows; [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Jul 8, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I purchase/donate/ship computers to a Third World school?

How can I go about purchasing computers to donate to a school in a developing country? That is, a _specific_ school -- the woman in my life is in the Peace Corps, and one of her dreams since she's been there has been to find some way to update the ancient computers at the school where she teaches. (This goal is shared by local teachers and administrators at the school.) This sort of targeted giving seems to fall outside the scope of most charities I've looked into, such as OLPC. Are there organizations suited to this kind of project, or which could offer advice on handling this (from the U.S.) as an individual? Is the latter remotely feasible? If so, what should I keep in mind, as far as insurance, taxes, shipping, customs, etc.? [more inside]
posted by mattstan on Jul 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me buy a computer for commuting!

I need a laptop that I won't be sad over if it breaks or gets lost, my target budget is Less Than or Equal To $400. Ideally super light with a full size keyboard. [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Jul 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Help with fixing or replacing my laptop.

Is my laptop toast and if so, what should I replace it with? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Jun 28, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me keep a connection for ten seconds!

TechSupportFilter: Internet connection drops out after five seconds regardless of whether I'm connected via wireless or ethernet [more inside]
posted by LSK on Jun 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Outlook 2010 tortures my poor corporate soul

Outlook 2010 Filter - Why oh why do the changes I make to body portion of .oft email templates not save correctly? Woah not all at once now! [more inside]
posted by amazingstill on Jun 27, 2012 - 2 answers

How should I prepare for the looming demise of my personal laptop?

How should I prepare for the looming demise of my personal laptop? [more inside]
posted by argonauta on Jun 27, 2012 - 14 answers

Moving expensive desktop PC without a car?

How can I take my expensive desktop computer with me to move when I am flying? If I were driving, I'd just put the desktop tower in my car. [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover on Jun 26, 2012 - 28 answers

What do I need?

I'm buying a new laptop, and I need to be able to watch a lot of live-streaming on the web on it. So which is more important for that, RAM or CPU speed? [more inside]
posted by mreleganza on Jun 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Wall-mounted 2- or 2.5-speaker computer setup?

Can anyone recommend a speaker set like the Logitech X230 that can be mounted on a wall? [more inside]
posted by gabrielbenjamin on Jun 24, 2012 - 3 answers

I want my own private video server.

I have a ton of personal videos, but my laptop has a small SSD. I have another computer at home (and access to a VPS) on 24/7 with decent internet connection. What is the best way to stream files from computer to laptop when on the road? [more inside]
posted by helloworlditsme on Jun 15, 2012 - 5 answers

My laptop is a magic dust-creator!

Why does my laptop seem to produce its own dust? [more inside]
posted by violetish on Jun 13, 2012 - 4 answers

I am trying to co-ordinate large files (some files over 50mb) and folders with a group of people within a virtual library.

I am trying to co-ordinate large files (some files over 50mb) and folders with a group of people within a virtual library. People should be able to view the entire library of folders at once, and everyone should be able to upload and download the folders. It needs to be free, or very low cost.
posted by nanook on Jun 12, 2012 - 8 answers

I'm hiring a freelance programmer for the first time...what pitfalls should I watch out for?

I'm hiring a freelance programmer for the first time...what pitfalls should I watch out for? [more inside]
posted by internet_explorer on Jun 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Scanning TrueCrypted hard drives

I'm looking for a good Linux distribution to run from a USB stick for virus scanning on Windows computers. Difficulty - these computers have their hard drives encrypted with TrueCrypt. [more inside]
posted by charred husk on Jun 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Need help with deleting files from MacBook

How do I delete large amount of files off a MacBook? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Jun 7, 2012 - 13 answers

MS tech support is useless.

Windows Explorer (aka "the thing I use to look at my directories of files" ) on my computer is crashing because of the "Visual C++ Runtime Library", but Microsoft's help library isn't very helpful. Can you guys do more? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Jun 3, 2012 - 17 answers

How do online banking trojans work?

How do online banking trojans work? [more inside]
posted by davar on Jun 3, 2012 - 5 answers

Why the **** won't Amnesia start?

Why won't Amnesia: The Dark Descent start? [more inside]
posted by glaucon on Jun 2, 2012 - 7 answers

How to get my laptop's keyboard to work after a beer spillage?

I spilled beer on my laptop. I got a missing or corrupt BIOS error on startup and a number of keys didn't do anything when pressed. I disassembled the laptop and cleaned the inside with alcohol wipes and replaced the keyboard. The BIOS error is gone and the keys register as input but in pairs. Is there a software solution to this problem? [more inside]
posted by Lubo on May 31, 2012 - 8 answers

What is the screeching?

Computer/Electronic/AudiophileFilter: I just finished my first build of a computer. When I plug in my computer's onboard sound into my receiver through the standard 3.5mm audio jack and output to two KRK monitors and a sub, I get screeching/scrambling from the speakers that drives me nuts. It basically sounds like I can hear my processor. This doesn't happen with headphones. Lots more inside. [more inside]
posted by jwmollman on May 28, 2012 - 22 answers

Old computer for a new employee?

Help me set up my old computer for a new employee, and make this easier the next time. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink on May 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Clones of drives, living together, mass hysteria

Cloning a boot drive and then deleting the original drive? But if I boot with both plugged in, it boots from the original drive. Possibly need to make a boot disk in Windows 7? Is this different now that we don't have floppies? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on May 24, 2012 - 9 answers

pprint-dispatch

Can anyone tell me which institution offered the first computer science degree in Australia and when that was? My Google hand is not working.
posted by mattoxic on May 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Windows backup returning error

I recently bought another 1TB HDD, so I now have two 1TB HDDs (Both western digital; caviar black) and an Intel SSD (operating system). The new HDD, after one day of use has gone bad. S.M.A.R.T has detected errors, I ran the western digital tool and that also detected errors. I was warned to backup my drive, so I tried to last night but after 2 hours I gave up to re-do it tomorrow (tons of files). I stopped the backup properly and shutdown. Now this morning I'm trying to get all 830gigs of my files off of the new bad drive, back onto my original storage hdd before the new drive goes completely bad and I lose all of my important files. The windows restore and backup program is giving me error code: 0x8007045D near the start of the backup. I/O device error. I've checked the destination HDD and it returned no errors (both with the western didgital tool and using chkdsk). I need to fix this problem quick before my new drive totally fails.
posted by johnx on May 21, 2012 - 6 answers

How to cool the computer?

My computer heats up the entire apartment. Is there any way to cool it down? [more inside]
posted by rebent on May 20, 2012 - 17 answers

What camcorders record straight to a computer?

What's the best camcorder I can buy for a reasonable price that will output directly to PC? [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire on May 17, 2012 - 1 answer

Best book for beginning C++ student?

What's the single best book for a beginning student of C++ to work through over a period of a month or two?
posted by killdevil on May 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Dad School

What are some good references or software tools to help me teach my young kids some basic computer skills (including typing, spreadsheets, and more)? [more inside]
posted by bove on May 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Need help on downloading pictures from Nikon Coolpix camera

When I download my pictures to my computer from my Nikon Coolpix S630, it always downloads ALL the pics instead of just the new pictures I just took. How do I download only the new pics? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on May 12, 2012 - 3 answers

I Can't See the Pretty Pictures

Images are not loading or taking too long to load. What is the problem? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on May 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Computer, Y U NO connect to the Internet??

Is there a somewhat simple solution to this problem? We recently installed new wireless Internet at home but my laptop (older Toshiba Satellite) refuses to connect to the net. It will automatically find our network and connect to it, but doesn't go that step further to actually connect to the Internet. This only happens with the wireless at home - it works fine with other networks I've tried out. Is my computer just not recognizing the new modem?
posted by sunshine arakhan on May 6, 2012 - 12 answers

Help my coworker's husband read his email on his phone and computer.

My coworker's husband has an old Mindspring/Comcast email account which he checks on a PC at home. He set up his email account to download only new messages onto a device -- so if he accesses his email account from a phone, he then doesn't see any of these new emails the next time he uses his PC. I have been asked to fix this, and I'm not sure what type of settings he has set up. Do you have any ideas off the top of your head? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Apr 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Computer and user accounts

Getting new PC with Win7 for whole family use. How to set up so kids' games and crap doesn't affect me and my wife's work and crap. Partitioning? Different user accounts? Something else? (I'm pretty illiterate on how to do any of that.) [more inside]
posted by luvmywife on Apr 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Advice on laptop repair on short timeline - laptop repair decision-making advice needed.

Advice about repairing/replacing this laptop, including possible online repair options? Total screen/top half damage on HPdm4 laptop. (Speed and cost considerations inside). [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Apr 25, 2012 - 1 answer

Digitizing Them Big Plastic CDs

Best practices for burning vinyl to digital on an Ion Turntable? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Apr 23, 2012 - 2 answers

Finding A Job In Chicago Without A Clue

I would like to get a new job in Chicago. What are some things I can do over the summer to maximize my odds at finding employment in the windy city? My field is software engineering. [more inside]
posted by Green With You on Apr 23, 2012 - 8 answers

help me with putting address book into iphone

frustrated for not being able to import address book contacts into my iphone. Seek kind help here [more inside]
posted by akomom on Apr 23, 2012 - 5 answers

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