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Small non-profit seeks automated backup for Windows file server

Our organization recently bought a new file server (running Server 2012), but the old server probably has a few years of life remaining in it. I'd like to place the old server at the opposite end of the building and use it to host real-time backups through the LAN. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Aug 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Which algorithms changed the world?

A recent post to the blue proposed a set of equations that changed the word. As a computer professional, I'm curious, which algorithms transformed the world? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Aug 10, 2014 - 22 answers

Help me use Excel to save my job

So, I just got promoted to a new position at my company (Yay!). Unfortunately, the new requirements involve scheduling a ridiculous number of people. It turns out my predecessor has just been doing dozens of iterations manually until one kind of worked, but every slight change puts a bunch of other things out of wack. I feel like Excel could probably be capable of doing it, but I have no idea how I would go about designing such a spread sheet. [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Jun 19, 2014 - 17 answers

How do I tell if a file is a real corrupt PDF or a fake broken file?

I make my students submit their assignments (for college writing classes) by uploading them as PDFs to our course management system. Sometimes students submit broken or un-openable files. My question is, how do I tell the difference between a real PDF file that became corrupted somewhere along the line and a fake corrupted PDF file created by a student who didn't do the assignment and wants an excuse? [more inside]
posted by Tesseractive on May 13, 2014 - 28 answers

High-DPI Linux?

I have a Yoga 2 Pro, freshly purchased, with an insanely high resolution screen (3800 x 1800). I generally run Xubuntu in a VM alongside windows, but I'm struggling to make it truly workable. What is the state of the art in resolution independence when it comes to Linux? What window manager should I be looking at, are there guides and tweaks etc.? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Micro computers

I have a fascination for micro computers such as the Raspbery Pi, the wide array of micro Android PCs, and low-power wall plug computers. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 9, 2013 - 15 answers

Interesting blogs about weird technology?

I'm looking for blogs that cover old and/or niche technology, in the vein of Something Awful's "Obsolete technology" thread or JWZ' "retrocomputing" tag. Suggestions?
posted by GenericUser on Feb 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Desktop PC Recommendation

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

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

HAL-lite for Mom

What netbook should I buy for my mother who has very limited experience with computers? [more inside]
posted by vidur on Dec 21, 2011 - 33 answers

Prevent Super Crazy Computer Implosion 2011

First time building a computer...am I doing this correctly? [more inside]
posted by littlesq on Nov 23, 2011 - 16 answers

Doctor, doctor, tell the news, I got a bad case of computer blues

My home computer seems to have been attacked, and possibly wiped of all programs and files, by some kind of virus. Is there hope for my computer or is all my data (which includes 75% of a rough draft of a novel) hopelessly lost? [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Nov 15, 2011 - 21 answers

My computer keeps clicking!

My computer keeps making a clicking sound and I can't work out how to fix it or what is causing it... [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Jul 2, 2011 - 8 answers

And the home computer has me on the run.

Are my odds of working in a technical field substantially lower because I don't "buy into" the lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on May 23, 2011 - 25 answers

We're going back to school, but for what??

Please help two hardworking yet poor 30 year olds get careers and move out of this tiny one-bedroom apartment. [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin on Apr 7, 2011 - 20 answers

I can't use any operating systems because of Grub. Can any computer experts help me?

I can't use any operating systems because of Grub. Can any computer experts help me? [more inside]
posted by EatingCereal on Sep 30, 2010 - 9 answers

Take my Vaio, please!

Please help me figure out how to most productively complain to Sony about my absolutely craptastic Vaio laptop. [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Sep 15, 2010 - 3 answers

Which should I get: a faster CPU, or more memory?

I'm ready to buy a new desktop PC with Windows 7, and I can't decide whether to spend more money on a faster CPU or more memory, if either. Which would be better in the long run: i7-860 (or even i7-920) with 6 GB RAM, or i5 with 8 GB of RAM? Considering the CPU alone, is an i7 instead of an i5 worth the extra money? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on May 7, 2010 - 12 answers

What's the current best computer for video editing currently available?

I work for a nonprofit and we're starting up a media program. [more inside]
posted by beardlace on Feb 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Why does fullscreen make old programs look funny on my Windows 7 computer?

When I run some programs in full screen under Windows 7, they either crash or have odd colour effects. [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty on Dec 4, 2009 - 5 answers

Is there good sites that provide ranking of computer processors performance?

Is there good sites that provide ranking of computer processors performance? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands on Oct 30, 2009 - 17 answers

Why does my laptop think I'm pushing ctrl?

My Inspiron 1545 thinks I'm pressing ctrl and I don't know why. [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty on Oct 27, 2009 - 5 answers

What to do with the Apple II?

What do I do with several Apple IIs (and a Commodore, and maybe a few other "vintage" comptuers) that I have? [more inside]
posted by niles on Oct 1, 2009 - 19 answers

I've been hacked.

Someone hacked my laptop! What do they know now, how much can I find out, and how can I keep it from happening again? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Sep 10, 2009 - 13 answers

Compare and output greater value.

Spreadsheet question: Display Greater Value? I know this is one of those "you-either-know-it-or-you-don't" situations, and I just don't know. [more inside]
posted by guptaxpn on Feb 5, 2009 - 6 answers

What are external links, and what value do they provide to my site ranking?

What are external links, and what value do they provide to my site ranking? Are they important? [more inside]
posted by Nixie Pixel on Jan 21, 2009 - 3 answers

Need new motherboard for an emachine

Should we replace the motherboard and processor or buy a new computer? [more inside]
posted by socrateaser on Dec 29, 2008 - 10 answers

Tell me about current NAS manufacturers and technology?

Tell me about Network Attached Storage ( NAS )? In particular what current manufactuers should I avoid for a typical 1 terabyte (or greater) RAID array? I'm also interested in general information and pitfalls for NAS devices and implementations. [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Aug 10, 2008 - 13 answers

Missing Mouse

Help me find my lost mouse! [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jul 30, 2008 - 5 answers

If it looks and quacks like a CS Degree, then is it a genuine enough CS Degree???

Does it really matter where you get the Computer Science degree from? [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007 on Jul 23, 2008 - 32 answers

Computer science? yea or nay?

Should I major in computer science? If yes, what career options are available? [more inside]
posted by frettchen on Jul 3, 2008 - 23 answers

Computer hardware review sites?

Is there a website that tests computer hardware like Tom's Hardware does, but publishes comprehensive comparison artilces more regularly? [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Jun 9, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me Geek Squad these laptops!

2 used laptops: what to do with them? One will be new to me (from my wonderful girlfriend), one will be new to my grandma (from me) [more inside]
posted by whiskey point on Apr 8, 2008 - 14 answers

my computer screen is too small!

Help! My computer screen has shrunk and I can't make it big again! [more inside]
posted by arcadia on Feb 23, 2008 - 10 answers

Question about shipping a computer

Help me get my iMac across the Atlantic ocean [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Sep 3, 2007 - 9 answers

Sending E-mails with PHP

How do I get PHP to send an e-mail. Is there a way to do it without recompiling PHP/Apache. If not, how do I recompile PHP/Apache on a linux system to do this? [more inside]
posted by kaozity on Aug 7, 2007 - 11 answers

Does anyone know of a way to create a line graph using html or javascript?

Does anyone know of a way to create a line graph using html or javascript? [more inside]
posted by kaozity on Jul 30, 2007 - 6 answers

Am I killing my laptop by holding it sideways?

Am I killing my laptop by holding it sideways (like a book)? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on May 25, 2007 - 12 answers

Could a non-gamer benefit from buying a "Gaming PC?"

I'm a power user, but I am NOT at all a gamer. Would I still benefit from buying a "gaming PC" (Dell XPS 710)? Or, would I just be an idiot who wasted money on something they didn't need/won't use? [more inside]
posted by creative on May 5, 2007 - 27 answers

Wiping a drive.

I am trying to wipe my hard drive... [more inside]
posted by 517 on May 5, 2007 - 18 answers

Windows XP and me.

I have a legal copy of Windows XP running as my OS right now, the problem is I no longer have the original installation disks. Is there a way for me to somehow make a copy ... [more inside]
posted by 517 on Apr 19, 2007 - 20 answers

Outlook Taskbar Icon Go Bye Bye?

Where has my Outlook New Mail notification on the taskbar gone? [more inside]
posted by antifuse on Feb 22, 2007 - 5 answers

Best way to climb the computer career ladder?

What's the best way to get my foot in the door or "create my own door" in a computer security-related field without a degree? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Feb 12, 2007 - 22 answers

Laptop on the cheap. What are the minimum specs?

Shopping for a cheap used laptop: What are the minimum specs I should be looking for with respect to CPU, RAM, HD? I'm planning to use WinXP (maybe I'll settle for 2K), Open Office, and FireFox (including some AJAX-heavy web sites such as gmail, Google Docs, del.icio.us), with a wifi card. And not much else. I want to avoid "I'm always waiting for this stupid slow computer!" but not spend much more than the minimum needed to avoid that.
posted by Leonard of Vince on Dec 18, 2006 - 24 answers

Please recommend or disparage your new "quiet" XP PC.

Please recommend or disparage your supposedly "quiet" or "silent" XP desktop computer; unlike some recent posts here, pre-assembled rather than home-brew. Have you used a Dell XPS 400 or Dimension 5150 in a quiet bedroom? I'd appreciate advice based on recent personal experience. I'm aware of endpcnoise and quietpcreview. [more inside]
posted by Dave 9 on Jun 25, 2006 - 22 answers

Help me help my iBook, please

My iBook has started freezing on me. When I start it up, it starts making a buzzing, whirring sound from under the left of the trackpad, then won't do anything else. I'm thinking it's some sort of a fan problem or HD-related issue, but I'm at a loss, and very frustrated. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by macdara on May 17, 2006 - 10 answers

Morning routine for an internet-addicted college student?

What is the best morning routine, especially for someone who is (a) in college and (b) wants to fight something starting to look like internet addiction? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Apr 17, 2006 - 12 answers

cheap alternative to monitor and tower and keyboard and wires and then and then and then...

[Relatively] cheap alternative to PC? My parents are moving... [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Apr 15, 2006 - 14 answers

Building a cheap computer for Civ IV.

Building a cheap computer for Civ IV. [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer on Feb 15, 2006 - 17 answers

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