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Where to find a licensed version of Windows 7 Professional ?

In pushing Windows 8, Microsoft is making it very difficult to find Windows 7: does anyone know a vendor for a legitimate "boxed' version of Windows 7 Professional 32-bit for a single PC? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by cool breeze on Mar 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Can I run Adobe CS (version 1) on a Windows 7 laptop?

I have an old copy of Adobe Photoshop that I desperately want to run on my much newer laptop. Is it possible? I am a fumbling luddite - pretend I'm your 80 year-old grandparent when you explain anything techie to me. [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui on Mar 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me learn how to collaborate with programmers!

Hi everyone, I will soon be working on a project that involves the development of a web platform and will be hiring part-time engineers. I would like to know enough about programming and web development to be able to collaborate with them and understand the language, and have realistic expectations of when things get built. So I am not looking to learn how to program (I wish I had time for that), but rather have a basic understanding of how the system works and fits together (front-end, back-end, etc.) Anyone know of any good online resources- online courses, websites, etc. for this type of knowledge? I've checked out Code Academy and Khan Academy, but both seem heavily focused on helping you learn how to write code vs. understanding the system abstractly and holistically. But I may have missed something. Thanks in advance for your help!
posted by tessalations999 on Dec 21, 2013 - 19 answers

Teaching Old Executives New Tricks

Computer illiteracy among top executives: there has to be a solution [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Jul 12, 2013 - 13 answers

Wait, did Bill Gates just walk into my house and card me?

I inherited my desktop Mac from my girlfriend last year when she got a new one. We now live together and have our computers on the same network, and now MS Office complains that I don't have a license for this computer. Do I have any options other than buying a whole new MS Office license/package? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Aug 12, 2012 - 17 answers

Looking for software for windows to tag movies and tv shows media files for itunes.

I had been using a mac to keep my media files and had been using "Ripit" to rip my DVD's and "identify" to tag the resulting files and put into itunes to watch on Apple TV. Due to file space I have moved to a PC running Windows 7 to do this. And while I have found software to rip the DVD's I cannot find software to add the tags such as "synopsis", "cover art", and "episode details"? You suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Me-Fi
posted by ndaguiar on Jul 25, 2012 - 1 answer

Real-time captioning software for webinars?

Asking on behalf of a friend: she runs a weekly GoToMeeting webinar that now needs to be captioned in real time. Is there a good software solution? [more inside]
posted by theatro on Jul 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Please help me create a calender on Microsoft Excel using dates in the spreadsheet from another tab.

Please help me create a calender on Microsoft Excel as I can't find any help online. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Jun 25, 2012 - 3 answers

If I want to be a cypherpunk, or at least effectively use their software, how important is it that I learn to program?

If I want to be a cypherpunk, or at least effectively use their software, how important is it that I learn to program?
posted by vash on Feb 10, 2012 - 14 answers

How can I give Final Cut Pro as a gift?

I want to give someone a copy of Final Cut Pro X as a gift. But since there's no physical package anymore, I can't figure out how to do it, and I'm feeling pretty dumb. I thought maybe an iTunes Gift Certificate, but Apple.com says "iTunes Gift Cards and Certificates can be redeemed for songs, albums, audiobooks, videos, and games on the iTunes Store. They cannot be used to buy Apple products." Help? [more inside]
posted by theatro on Jan 11, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I create a PowerPoint presentation that looks like it's from 1994?

How should I go about preparing a historically accurate / vintage PowerPoint presentation? I would like to conform to the abilities and (potentially nightmarish) limitations of, say, PowerPoint 4.0 (1994). [more inside]
posted by sixswitch on Jan 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Best way to learn Excel (from scratch) for entry-level actuarial work?

Two actuarial exams passed, writing resume and CV, need to learn Excel fairly well, for basic entry-level actuarial work. Any book recommendations? Or other learning modules? What's the best approach? I'm fairly competent at learning technical things.
posted by brighteyes7 on Dec 21, 2011 - 6 answers

I'm gif-less and sad.

I've switched from PC to a mac- help me alter my gif making process! [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Nov 2, 2011 - 2 answers

How does my computer work?

I'm a proficient mac user, but I think I'd like to know more about how my machine works. Where do I go to learn more? [more inside]
posted by Homo economicus on Oct 19, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me archive web pages

Help me archive web pages. [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Oct 5, 2011 - 4 answers

What is great and useful windows 7 software?

I'm a new windows user. Recommend awesome software for me to try. [more inside]
posted by Winnemac on Aug 24, 2011 - 29 answers

Does anyone know of any computer software that can be used to turn on and off an electronic motor or switch?

Does anyone know of any computer software that can be used to turn on and off an electronic motor or switch?
posted by *lostatsea* on Aug 4, 2011 - 13 answers

I've CAD it.

How do I get the product key for my 30 day trial version of Corel CAD? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jul 11, 2011 - 2 answers

Mac to PC Hard Drive Switch

Can I switch an external hard drive from a Mac to a PC? [more inside]
posted by philmas on May 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Can you help a British artist choose his database software?

Do you have any experience working with art gallery-specific database systems? I'd love some advice on choosing the right software to help organize a mid-career artist and his sprawling archive. [more inside]
posted by Chichibio on Dec 9, 2010 - 5 answers

Veterans Day Special: How can disabled Vet and West Point grad best move into Software Engineering?

Veterans Day Special: How can disabled Vet and West Point grad best move into Software Engineering? [more inside]
posted by spmcbride1201 on Nov 11, 2010 - 16 answers

can this IMac be saved?

IMac and bootcamp problem [see within] [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Sep 10, 2010 - 5 answers

How can I best transfer all of my paper to the cloud and make it searchable?

How can I best transfer all of my paper to the cloud and make it searchable? [more inside]
posted by allfortheBoss on Jun 16, 2010 - 7 answers

deliver us from evil

Long winded question about new computer, internet, and anti virus programs [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on May 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Difference between anti-spyware and anti-virus?

What are the main differences between anti-spyware and anti-virus? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Apr 12, 2010 - 6 answers

File Association Mess Office 2007

After buying Office 2007 (Standard) on my Vista system, I can no longer change file associations. I migrated from a mixture of Office 2000 Professional and Windows office XP. When I go to the file association dialog box, it recommends odd programs, and no Office 2007 options, hence nothing opens in the new format. It won't change even if I point to the correct .exe file in Office 12 folder. The menu doesn't even offer any Word 2007 options. HELP! Nothing on the web or on the Microdouche website. [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ on Apr 4, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me organize my video files!

Stand-alone Video Organizer - Is this possible? Please help me organize (with tags) my video files! [more inside]
posted by Master Gunner on Feb 26, 2010 - 20 answers

Leading Me Unto

I'd give anything if I could run Temptation Blocker on my Windows XP machines. [more inside]
posted by swlabr on Feb 9, 2010 - 5 answers

Looking for good system monitoring / task scheduling software

Looking for good system monitoring / task scheduling software to run on Windows for server monitoring as well as running custom scripts for keeping track application specific metrics. [more inside]
posted by Nothing on Dec 22, 2009 - 2 answers

Make it speak English!

Just downloaded Play65 but it isn't in English! Help! [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Nov 26, 2009 - 2 answers

Little text manipulation help?

I need some help repairing some text files. I don't really understand regular expressions and so on enough. [more inside]
posted by yesno on Nov 2, 2009 - 14 answers

Multi-track looper software?

I'm looking for some sort of multi-track looper software. Something I could use during a live performance to record and play along to multiple tracks. [more inside]
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy on Aug 12, 2009 - 8 answers

Don't Know Much About Mainframes, So I'm Intrigued...

What is a modern mainframe computer? IANAP [more inside]
posted by mhh5 on Jul 7, 2009 - 15 answers

Printing an Excel file

Excel filter: How do I print a specific column on every printed page without having to physically insert the column to the beginning of every page? [more inside]
posted by jujube on Apr 22, 2009 - 3 answers

How does one play back 2-channel video?

It's becoming increasingly common in the art world to see various forms of multi-channel video: works or installations in which video plays back on more than 1 screen at a time. If I wanted to create a 2-channel video piece, what technical means would be available to me to play back both video channels in sync with each other? [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Apr 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Mobile software for the mobile traveller?

What applications/software for your mobile device did you find useful/essential for travelling? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Mar 31, 2009 - 2 answers

Recommendations for making Venn diagrams?

Does anyone have software recommendations for making Venn diagrams? Especially complicated ones? [more inside]
posted by tnygard on Mar 10, 2009 - 9 answers

Looking for a great customer management/scheduling solution for a growing IT company

My company is looking for a comprehensive package to manage our IT company, which has grown 1000% over the past 4.5 years. I believe we have outgrown our existing solution. It has to be scalable, user friendly, integrate with Quickbooks, ideally would integrate with Kaseya, and generally be a very full solution. Honestly, Autotask is the best thing we have found, but it is not an option as we cannot host it ourself. Outsourcing all client data to another company means we are beholden to that company for life and that is not an option. We tested Commit but the web interface just wasn't robust. The program itself was very functional, but the interface would lead one to believe that it was intended for smaller shops so we are going to stay away from it. All suggestions and critiques are welcome.
posted by titans13 on Mar 8, 2009 - 4 answers

Please help a novice do a software demo

I have to do a demo of a content management system. I was never completely proficient with the tool to begin with, and I haven't used it for two years. I'm not a programmer. I've never done a software demo before. And I have only the weekend to prepare. I need your help. [more inside]
posted by Valuev on Feb 26, 2009 - 5 answers

Learning Ruby on Rails 2.0?

Foreword: No ruby background aside from basic tutorials. Here's the deal. I've tired the Agile Web Dev (2nd edition) book for rails, very out of date. I need to learn something. I want to learn ruby on Rails. I've gone through the Rails guide on creating a rails blog (http://guides.rubyonrails.org/getting_started_with_rails.html). So, rather then buy it now (3rd edition of book as beta) or just wait, I want to get on the fast track to learn rails 2.2 (soon to be release 2.3) . Basically I'm looking for a online resource super cheap or free that provides quality information relating to rails and ruby. Help and suggestions welcome
posted by BoldStepDesign on Feb 3, 2009 - 6 answers

HD-DVD/Blu Ray software for PC?

What PC software is out there for playing HD-DVDs and Blu Ray discs? [more inside]
posted by Dr-Baa on Jan 26, 2009 - 5 answers

How can I tile windows in OS X

How can I easily tile my windows in OS X like I do in MS Windows? [more inside]
posted by creeront on Dec 12, 2008 - 7 answers

Microsoft Exchange Hates Me

We have Microsoft Outlook set to send emails via a POP3 service, but our old Exchange 5.5 server keeps trying to take over when we don't want it to. [more inside]
posted by Zeker on Dec 10, 2008 - 8 answers

Make this Mac interesting to kids!

My husband lucked in to a free iMac and we'd like to set it up for our neice who is 11. Can you help us trick it out? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Dec 4, 2008 - 10 answers

Limiting internet time for teenagers

My teenage cousin is staying up too late on the internet and my aunt has asked me to help her limit how much time she is spending on it. It is very similar to this question which has come before. But I'm looking for a software solution. [more inside]
posted by roshy on Nov 3, 2008 - 21 answers

Easiest way to move files and programs?

What is the easiest, most foolproof way to move files and programs from an old PC computer (XP) to a new one (presumably Vista, sigh). [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Oct 24, 2008 - 14 answers

I am looking for a simple timeclock/timecard replacement software.

I'm a tech for a school district. One of my high schools was hit by lightning. The computer that my faculty uses to clock in every day (a windows 95 machine) died. I need a replacement ASAP. [more inside]
posted by Davaal on Jul 21, 2008 - 6 answers

How can I create a social networking site?

How can I create a social networking site? I am in Southern California (Inland Empire/Orange County) and interested in building a social networking/message board/blog site along the lines of Sermo or Metafilter that isn't really about customizable media and meeting friends, as much as it is for people within a certain specialty, let's say the veterinary community, to share their ideas about their expertise with peers, receive newsletters relevant to their work, and ask for their peers' opinions or advice. [more inside]
posted by lukeklein on Apr 12, 2008 - 10 answers

LaTex Book Templates?

Where can I find LaTex book templates? [more inside]
posted by tesseract420 on Sep 7, 2007 - 3 answers

Finding the number of the beast

Anyone know of a tool to automatically extract 'Product Keys' from Microsoft Products installed on your machine ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Aug 2, 2007 - 7 answers

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