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Use of The City as a metaphor for the Internet/Web

I am looking for examinations of the Internet and World Wide Web that use the structure and/or history of the city as a metaphor. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me not get scammed buying a computer used

After my previous question, I'm considering buying a used Mac laptop via Craigslist. Help me not get scammed? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Chrome, you are getting on my nerves.

Why has Chrome decided to suddenly space out my bookmarks and context menus so much? How do I return to the proper spacing? [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer on Apr 4, 2013 - 24 answers

what's this maths puzzle doing in my craft cupboard?

So, I am making a quilt and have a puzzle. I am kind of copying this one. [more inside]
posted by superfish on Mar 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Can a terrorist murder me with my car's computer?

Can "hackers" use the power of the internet to control anything that has a computer in it? [more inside]
posted by Daily Alice on Mar 23, 2013 - 17 answers

Which HP docking station can I purchase?

Calling all HP docking station experts! Which one of the cheaper models works with my laptop (Elitebook 8460p)? And why are there so many different models? [more inside]
posted by apip on Mar 21, 2013 - 2 answers

Suggest Electronica Suggestive of Electronics

I like songs that evoke images of circuitry, complexity, and digital processes. What are some songs and artists that convey this feeling? [more inside]
posted by dephlogisticated on Mar 18, 2013 - 24 answers

How can i play HD video without it horribly stuttering?

Any HD video files i try to play stutter horribly on my new computer, and just generally play inconsistently and in a not-smooth fashion. I've tried almost everything... [more inside]
posted by emptythought on Mar 14, 2013 - 19 answers

I am looking for an Internet-free laptop to use for writing.

I can't think properly while online. Nor can I think properly if the Internet is a few clicks away. So I am looking for a laptop that can run Open Office, Adobe, and MS Word, has a USB port for swapping files on and off. It must not be capable of connecting to the Internet, at least not wirelessly. Alternately, I'd be interested in ways to permanently disable the wireless on my old unibody MacBook Pro, model 1.1. Then I could buy a second laptop for Internet purposes. The goal is two laptops--one that's capable of online work and one that is not.
posted by thecolor12 on Mar 11, 2013 - 11 answers

System/software to project answers in realtime, and save for later?

Our university has milestone birthday this year, and therefore a gala. We’re looking for some sort of solution for people to visit one of a number of computer stations in the ballroom, and answer random questions (What’s your favorite memory? Who was your favorite professor, etc). The answers would be projected up onto a large screen, or a number of screens, around the room and update as people enter new answers. We’d also like the answers to be archived for us to do something with later. I’m sure there’s any number of ways to do this, but I’m not sure where to start looking, or even what additional questions I need to be asking. Thanks for any assistance/guidance.
posted by korej on Mar 5, 2013 - 16 answers

About file dates and what they mean...

In Windows 7 or 8 (and maybe before that) if I view the properties of a document, I get all sorts of meta information. I'm interested in the Date created element and a Content created element.... [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Mar 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Summer (Winter?) of Code

I'm hoping to find short (2 month-ish to 6 month-ish) full-time, in-person programs that teach practical computer programming skills (Ruby, Python, iOS, PHP, R, Matlab, etc.) [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera on Mar 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Can I search for a computer by selecting the components that are in it?

I have specific computer parts I'd like in a computer. I'm considering buying the individual parts and having one built, but I wonder if there's some way to select the options I want to have in my computer on a website and have that generate computers for sale with those parts. Does anyone know of anything like this? Thanks.
posted by Fister Roboto on Mar 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Is my laptop going to kill me?

I got a shock from my laptop the other day and now I'm afraid to use it... [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Mar 3, 2013 - 12 answers

What do I need to know about kids + safe & responsible computing?

Mr. BlahLaLa and I are considering buying Kid BlahLaLa a laptop for his 10th birthday. (We want him to be able to play Minecraft and browse the internet.) We're a Mac family but I'm pretty sure this computer will have to be non-Mac because they're so much cheaper, which in turn opens up a whole world of internet security questions that I usually don't think about on my mac. Plus the whole idea of "Now I'm giving my kid a computer, what do I need to think about?" type of stuff. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Mar 2, 2013 - 13 answers

What should a creative yet technical person study?

What kind of academic path (from the undergraduate level and beyond) prepares one for developing or working on interesting, innovative projects like Steve Mann's EyeTap (or Google Glass), or other cool interdisciplinary digital projects (e.g. medical cybernetics, space elevators, wearable computing, smart home devices)? [more inside]
posted by mayurasana on Feb 28, 2013 - 18 answers

Best Home Web Streaming Setup

I'd like to create a great streaming setup for my living room. Exact requirements inside [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Feb 16, 2013 - 8 answers

What's the latest word in bluetooth keyboards?

My Mac's 10-year-old bluetooth keyboard is acting up, and I'm pretty sure that it's death is imminent. I'd like to find a replacement, but Apple long ago stopped making full-sized wireless keyboards -- what are some good alternatives that exist in 2013? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Feb 13, 2013 - 6 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

Outdated web design

I used to have a lot of fun doing some web design a few years back, and wanted to have some fun with it again. [more inside]
posted by readygo on Feb 10, 2013 - 9 answers

R Statistical Computing for Semi-Dummies?

StatFilter: Would anybody be able to recommend a good introduction to the statistical computing language "R" that a reasonably quantitatively-adept psychologist might be able to work through on his own? Something like a step-by-step book or textbook with exercises would be great to help me become more fluent in R. (My colleagues at work who use R are primarily computer scientists who either first learned MatLab or are brilliant autodidacts when it comes to learning different scripting languages, and thus don't have any suggestions; Googling has mostly proferred a somewhat obscurely structured guide from the R authors and lots of invocations to just learn on my own, somehow...). I've become familiar with how to do many individually useful tasks in data structuring and analysis, but I feel a bit like a very high-functioning tourist who has learned a lot of phrases to get around but who would be lost and mugged in an alleyway if I strayed off the beaten path.
posted by Keter on Feb 7, 2013 - 16 answers

Help me strip my laptop down to an ancient email checking machine

I have a six year old hp pavillion laptop. It is slow and often infuriating. However, I don't use it for anything too demanding so I figure there are better things I could spend my money on than a shiny new computer. Help me figure out how to make my computer spend it's energy doing what I need it to do and nothing more. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Feb 6, 2013 - 25 answers

How can I most efficiently "spring clean" my laptop?

My computer is slowing down and I need to revive it! [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Jan 30, 2013 - 13 answers

How will the new web-based Office 365 affect my monthly data cap?

I have satellite internet service with a monthly download/upload allowance of 15 GB. I am a heavy Microsoft Office user. With Office 13, apparently there's a web-based subscription option, and it sounds great (5 licenses vs. 1). But will constant communication with the servers eat away at my monthly allowance? [more inside]
posted by jackypaper on Jan 30, 2013 - 1 answer

Elevator question

When an interviewer asks an interviewee for a programming job to design an object-orientated elevator control system, what are they looking for in a good answer?
posted by Artw on Jan 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Streaming Video A No Go

When I stream video from almost any source, it gobbles up 100 percent of my CPU usage and becomes choppy and unwatchable. I've tried every trick in the book. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ronofthedead on Jan 26, 2013 - 15 answers

How best to access (possibly outmoded) Complete New Yorker DVD set?

I have a Complete New Yorker DVD set. My current Mac OS (10.7.5) doesn't support it any longer. ("PowerPC applications are no longer supported.") Is there a way to download individual issues on my ipad? (I know that, theoretically, I could go back and look at old issues via the New Yorker app, although it isn't clear how far back the electronic archive goes.) Or is there a way to view this stuff on my current Mac?
posted by Mr. Justice on Jan 12, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I safely uninstall MobileIron encryption on my Nexus 7?

How do I safely uninstall MobileIron encryption on my Nexus 7? [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on Jan 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Laptops with high pixel density displays?

What PC laptops today have high pixel density (similar to Apple's retina displays) IPS or PLS displays?
posted by jsturgill on Jan 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Use a Mac to install Windows on a formerly Linux nettop box

How do I make a bootable Windows USB flash drive using a Mac? [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Dec 30, 2012 - 7 answers

How can I replicate the experience of the mid-90s web for a curious Generation Z tweenager?

Does such thing as an early web emulator exist? My 12 year-old stepson is learning HTML and CSS, and today I was trying to describe the web of yesteryear (for me, c. 1995-96). I'd love to show some visual aids. I have googled to no avail. [more inside]
posted by allisonrae on Dec 13, 2012 - 17 answers

NTFS FAT HFS+: Drowning in Acronyms

Where can I learn about file systems? [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Dec 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Will my parents hate Windows 8?

Will Windows 8 put my parents off computers for good? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Dec 2, 2012 - 18 answers

How to share info within a work group?

Info sharing question. A group of us at work need to share some info among (between?) ourselves. Details follow.... [more inside]
posted by mikedelic on Nov 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Lower... lower... higher... left... OTHER left... MY left... lower...

Random thought/Someone must have made this question: Anyone know of an online site that allows you to map out areas on a (3D or 2D) human model as "hot" or "cold"? I'm thinking of something that would allow people to map out their erogenous zones as they know them or discover them. [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Nov 28, 2012 - 1 answer

What's that home video (VHS) introduction to home computers from the '80s?

What is the name of that 1980s home video introducing you to computers hosted by that famous TV personality husband and wife whose names I can't remember? The one whose background color changes depending on what section you're in? [more inside]
posted by dan_of_brainlog on Nov 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Out vile jelly

I stare at the computer all day for work, and I stare at it at home for recreation and to further my career-change efforts. In the last year or so, though, I've developed intermittent eye strain that makes it almost impossible to do my job or to make any progress on changing careers. [more inside]
posted by indognito on Nov 24, 2012 - 16 answers

IRC script to alert based on text in chat

IRC script that will play an audible alert when specific text is mentioned in chatroom [more inside]
posted by passtehbrainz on Nov 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Electricians/IT experts: Can you solve this mystery?

My computer cycles off without warning, and it's on a battery pack/surge protector UPS. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d on Nov 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Who the hell added these videos to my favourites folder on YouTube?

I found several "favourited" videos in my YouTube account that were definitely not my or my partner's doing. What could have happened? Was I hacked? [more inside]
posted by peripathetic on Nov 14, 2012 - 3 answers

Help my parents help themselves.

Two part question. Helping quasi-luddite parents figure out how to use their computer, and whether I should help them make the switch to VOIP. [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Nov 14, 2012 - 17 answers

Recommend a good portable battery pack?

Recommend a good portable battery pack? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew on Nov 14, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I figure out what this USB device is?

I've got a Windows laptop computer I'm working on that has a small usb device plugged into it, and I can't tell what it is. It has a little red square with an icon of a six-armed gear, and it's one of those low-profile things that only sticks out a quarter-inch or so. I'd almost think it's a wireless mouse receiver, except that this thing also has a wireless mouse receiver plugged in. Is there a program I can run to tell me what USB devices are plugged in?
posted by Pope Guilty on Nov 9, 2012 - 7 answers

A Tablet Bag for the 7'' Masses

I've got a Nexus 7, and now it needs a nice bag to carry it and the things I take with it. Snowflakes follow. [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Nov 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Goodbye netbook, hello iPad?

I'm going to have to work some stupid overtime in the next few weeks, and I'm thinking of treating myself to a replacement for my well-loved but on-it's-last-legs EEE Asus netbook, used mostly for sitting on the couch and surfing while watching TV at home. Things I'm pondering: [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Nov 7, 2012 - 15 answers

Why can't I find a DC-DC laptop power adapter?

Why can't I find a DC-DC laptop power adapter? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Nov 5, 2012 - 20 answers

How to always have the best looking PowerPoint?

How can my powerpoints always be the best looking in the class? Also how to easily create graphs for powerpoints? [more inside]
posted by locussst on Nov 1, 2012 - 20 answers

Gaming on a microPC

Will this computer run Armed Assault 2 so I can play Day-Z? [more inside]
posted by OldReliable on Oct 24, 2012 - 12 answers

I'm not left handed, but am I this not left handed?

Is it possible that switching my mouse to my left hand is messing me up enough to cause physical symptoms? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Oct 23, 2012 - 12 answers

Posting pics: to the left or the right of the article?

I need to know about a design and layout notion. [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Oct 15, 2012 - 5 answers

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