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Windows is usually so good at deleting stuff, even the things you want.

So for some unknown reason (probably I hit enter when I wasn't looking), Windows has decided to plunk down a 'Windows Service Pack Setup' file, update.exe on my external, USB, media HDD. I don't want it there. If it were as simple as right click-delete i wouldn't be here, and neither would the file. [more inside]
posted by baserunner73 on Apr 24, 2007 - 13 answers

Right Click This!

Is there a way, when opening a file from a program, to right click within the "File Name:" dialogue box and get a list of the most frequent paths to folders available to choose from? [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Apr 21, 2007 - 4 answers

Playing incomplete .avi woes.

I'm looking for a plugin for VLC (or, an alternate media player) that is capable of handling incomplete video files downloaded from a Bittorrent network. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Apr 13, 2007 - 7 answers

How do I delete a stubborn mpeg file?

My computer is refusing to let me delete a fairly large file. It's an mpeg movie file I downloaded from Limewire (have mercy, MPAA)! Whenever I try to delete the file, I get a message claiming the file is in use by another program, but I don't see any programs running in task manager that would be using this file. The file is in my documents folder. Any thoughts on how this stubborn mpeg can be deleted?
posted by zembla3 on Mar 27, 2007 - 24 answers

Should we use save our Illustrator files as .ai, or .eps?

Should we use save our Illustrator files as .ai, or .eps? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Mar 20, 2007 - 21 answers

Free File Hosting

Where can I host a few files online? Preferably with no bandwidth limit and ideally for free! [more inside]
posted by gaby on Feb 5, 2007 - 10 answers

I need file sharing software for a website

I need to create a website to upload and share files with colleagues. I want it to be open source (or cheap or free), and be easily customizable (think wordpress). We all teach Social Studies and want to share things like powerpoints, worksheets, lesson plans, rubrics, etc. Is there something out there that would work? [more inside]
posted by allthewhile on Jan 16, 2007 - 7 answers

windows file manager for folders with hundreds of millions of files

Can anyone recommend a file manager for windows that can handle directories with hundreds of millions of folders/files?
posted by yeoz on Jan 11, 2007 - 6 answers

Save Christmas

5mb file on old computer needs to get transferred to new computer. Of course there is [more inside]
posted by kevin_2864212 on Dec 25, 2006 - 26 answers

What is this 'iPod' you speak of?

So, I've got my lady an iPod for christmas, and I'd like to preload it with some vids - help me understand Apple's way of doing things... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2006 - 10 answers

What can I file in a file drawer... other than files?

What can I file in a file drawer... other than files? I want to store [more inside]
posted by clh on Dec 4, 2006 - 5 answers

Always open with...

In OSX how do I get files without extensions to be recognized by something other than Excel? Ideally I'd like them to be opened by the shell, or perhaps a new session in iTerm but iTerm is greyed out in the Choose Application menu.
posted by Null Pointer and the Exceptions on Dec 1, 2006 - 5 answers

Probably nonexistent, but...

Non-Java open source methods to convert flat files to XML? [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius on Nov 8, 2006 - 6 answers

After Effects - Where did my file go?

After Effects - Where did my file go? [more inside]
posted by dvjtj on Oct 3, 2006 - 3 answers

How do I keep the field updated?

In a Windows environment, what's the best way to keep a folder with large files sync'ed across multiple pc's? [more inside]
posted by alightfoot on Sep 27, 2006 - 11 answers

Can You Lock/Watch your sysyem?

Is there anyway to boot your mac off a disk image? Or something that can be closely watched in terms of changes? [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza on Sep 10, 2006 - 8 answers

Data Recovery program that can get files off of a messed up (but structully sound) NTFS partition?

I have a Partition on my Hard Drive that is telling me it needs formating. The thing is, it shouldn't. Is there a data recovery program that can help me get what I can off it? [more inside]
posted by TrueVox on Aug 4, 2006 - 3 answers

File transfer on a Treo 650

Is there a program for my Treo 650 running Palm OS that will download a file and then tell me how long the download took? [more inside]
posted by event on Aug 3, 2006 - 1 answer

My music is in ruins!

Having read this thread, I downloaded several *awesome* box sets... but then I download Itunes which resulted in this annoying problem. What can I do?! [more inside]
posted by rosswald on Jul 31, 2006 - 9 answers

Yet another XP file sharing question

Can someone point me to a resource that will help me configure file sharing properly in XP? [more inside]
posted by dragonbay on Jul 27, 2006 - 8 answers

Kazaa fesses up, limewire next?

Well, the makers of Kazaa just paid out a decent chunk of change to recording industry in a settled lawsuit. My question is -- how come limewire/morpheus are still ok? Kazaa news link: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/technology/AP-Downloading-Music.html [more inside]
posted by narebuc on Jul 27, 2006 - 6 answers

How can we share our files accross several laptops?

Help me figure out the best solution to this problem: File sharing between 3 laptops and 1 pc (no server software). [more inside]
posted by andrewdunn on Jul 21, 2006 - 11 answers

iBook May I

Read/write permissions on an iBook. [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity on Jul 19, 2006 - 10 answers

Help me get my old my documents files

My old Dell just died, bought a new toshiba, am able to get some but not all files from old computer. Help me get the rest! [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine on Jul 14, 2006 - 5 answers

Recovery of Word 6.0 Doc

Help me recover a seemingly corrupted Microsoft Word 6.0 file. [more inside]
posted by gwint on Jun 16, 2006 - 10 answers

Accidentally wrote over a file I really, really need!

I just know I can't be the first person to ever do this, but I haven't been able to find an answer. I religiously back up my files from my local drive to my network every day, but it appears that yesterday, while I was in a hurry, I actually copied the files from my network drive down to my local drive, thus overwriting a very full day of work on one particular file. Is there anyway I can get back the version that was stored on my local drive or am I, as I fear, screwed? Also, when I try to search my local drive for all the files with the same extensions (*.as) in hopes that I actually just saved it in the wrong place, Windows XP tells me I have no files with that extension, even though I can see that I do. Is it possible that my problems are bigger than my own incompetence?
posted by katyjack on Jun 15, 2006 - 7 answers

How do I rename files based on the contents of a text file?

I have a folder of 300+ files with three digit file names. I also have a tab-delimited text file which has the current file name and the corresponding desired file name. How can I use the text file to properly rename all my files? (This is on Mac OS X)
posted by nathan_teske on Apr 21, 2006 - 14 answers

How do I share a newsletter online securely in PDF?

What is any easy way to securely share a newsletter online to my fellow club members?This would entail 100 members downloading 20-30 mb newsletters quarterly. [more inside]
posted by plumberonkarst on Apr 18, 2006 - 8 answers

Automatic file maintenance under XP?

I'm looking for some software to be run under Windows XP that I can set to move or remove files which are past a certain date after specified intervals. Ideally the software will have a small footprint and relatively easy to use. Is this the sort of task that can be done through some sort of Windows based CRON program? Ahhhh help me Mefi!
posted by a. on Mar 25, 2006 - 12 answers

How to go from "this_" to "this" ?

Batch unzipping and file renaming on UNIX or OS X? All_ my_ files_ look_ like_ this!_.gz [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny on Mar 23, 2006 - 25 answers

How to change file extension of a large number of files?

How can I change/append an extension of a large number of files at once? [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems on Mar 2, 2006 - 7 answers

Need a stripper

Help me batch-strip resources from thousands of image files. [more inside]
posted by squirrel on Feb 23, 2006 - 13 answers

Windows XP crashes during file access, can I fix it?

Windows XP crashes whenever it accesses a specific file. The problem: I don't know what file it is. What would cause such a serious error and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by monsta coty scott on Feb 18, 2006 - 8 answers

Lost File Menu in MS word

I have lost File Menu in MS word. [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 on Feb 13, 2006 - 5 answers

How do I unpack an .smi file in Win2k

MacFilter: How do I unpack an .smi file in a Win2k environment?
posted by johnj on Feb 2, 2006 - 9 answers

How to deal with file names that are too long

Windows XP annoyance: I've managed to create some files with names that are too long. How can I rename them? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Feb 2, 2006 - 23 answers

Why does Windows Desktop Search keep "forgetting" my Outlook items?

Why does Windows Desktop Search keep "forgetting" my Outlook items? [more inside]
posted by JudgeBork on Nov 30, 2005 - 1 answer

Looking for log file analyzer

I'm looking for a website log file analyzer. This is not to display summaries or graphs, as in this thread, but to examine the activity of individual IPs and get a handle on what kind of hacking attempts, leeching, and other abuse might be going on. I have direct access to logs (something that can DL them would be nice, too). The $100+ software I found isn't an option.
posted by rolypolyman on Nov 30, 2005 - 9 answers

Is free pdf to word conversion possible?

Where/how can I convert pdf files to Word.doc/rtf format - for FREE? [more inside]
posted by porktrap on Oct 13, 2005 - 12 answers

How to transfer a big file?

I want to get a file from my mac to my pc -- the file is just slightly too big to fit on a CD-R. [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer on Oct 12, 2005 - 15 answers

List comparison

Does anybody know of a Windows tool to compare two lists/files and identify the commonalities? [more inside]
posted by jedro on Oct 5, 2005 - 18 answers

Why can't they make iMovie for Windows?

I need to edit some video files I've shot on my camera. The problem is that the camera's video files export as .MOV and I can't find a good entry-level Windows program that supports the file type. Could someone recommend either a program that will let me edit this file type, or a good freeware converter? And if I do change them over to .AVI, what are some recommendations for a good yet simple Windows video editor?
posted by thecjm on Sep 15, 2005 - 9 answers

How to use MOD files?

How to best edit / produce the MOD files from my JVC CZ-MC200 camera? Need advice / software recommendations, please? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Sep 14, 2005 - 2 answers

V3 Razr File Exchange

How can I transfer files to/from a Motorola V3 Razr and a new Powerbook if the Bluetooth File Exchange seemingly can't do it? It recognizes the phone, but can't see the internal structure of the phone's storage system. Motorola's Mobile Phone Tools has no Mac version. I can sync contacts and calendars with iSync and via Bluetooth, but I have a friend who has the same phone, but the inverse problem: he can transfer files with Bluetooth, but can't get the phone to sync contacts and calendars.
posted by Toolshed on Sep 1, 2005 - 5 answers

Regular Expressions? PHP? Existing App?

I have a bunch of directories of static HTML files in which I need to: -> Find A -> Find B -> Replace A with B -> Save, close, repeat with every one of the 500 or so files. Anyone got an idea? [more inside]
posted by TiggleTaggleTiger on Aug 29, 2005 - 21 answers

PostScript help

My Google-fu is failing.. yada yada... I am trying to create some simple PostScript output and need a simple how-to. [more inside]
posted by shannymara on Aug 26, 2005 - 5 answers

File Sharing Between Win98SE and WinXP?

Help with file sharing between Win98 and WinXP? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Jun 19, 2005 - 4 answers

How do I setup out site network to send large files?

I am trying to setup a server or something (i am very amature at computer network) so that I can share radio records and video files (200mb to 600mb) with my parents abroad? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo on May 11, 2005 - 13 answers

File sharing problem in XP

File sharing problem in XP.. I can access my laptop files from my desktop but not the other way around. [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on May 9, 2005 - 13 answers

Winamp to DVD

I'd like to convert some Winamp files to DVD files, so they can be played on a normal DVD player. Anyone know if this can be done and how?
posted by Frasermoo on May 8, 2005 - 4 answers

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