Is there a set-and-forget G+ / Picasa image collection scrape-and-republish tool? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by mwhybark
on Mar 12, 2014 -
Why do I suddenly have 4 requests to share a Google Drive folder with people whom I don't know? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote
on Mar 10, 2014 -
After turning on Google 2-step verification, I am having trouble signing into YouTube on my Sony Blu-ray player. Any work-around?
It seems like the Sony app makes no accommodation for 2-step verification.
posted by Exchequer
on Mar 9, 2014 -
Late last year I moved from Canada to the US. I now have a US address, bank account, credit card, cell phone, etc. I've tried to change the info on my google account to reflect my new information, including adding my US credit card to google wallet, but I am still prohibited from purchasing some US-specific apps in the Play Store (e.g. the app for my bank). I am also unable to access Google Music All Access. Any tips on convincing google to give me access to these things?
posted by GeneticFreek
on Feb 25, 2014 -
Why can't I sign up for google apps with the domain I own? Weird troubleshooting loop, I'm probably doing something wrong that is really obvious. [more inside]
posted by mai
on Feb 17, 2014 -
In Rebecca Solnit's latest LRB piece on San Francisco's tensions around the tech boom there,
she makes an unsourced reference about "Google set[ting] itself up with the help of a $4.5 million dollar government subsidy". The LRB is very respectable but this claim seems a bit wobbly.
Perhaps my Google Google-fu is failing me but I can't find a reference or more detail for this claim online. All I get is very vague and untrustworthy CIA funding conspiracy theories on tinfoil hat crank sites. I can't find anything re: that $4.5m figure. Solnit likely may not mean the CIA at all but some other kind of government subsidy.
Can the MeFi hive mind help factcheck this claim? Are there reliable sources with more detail on this?
posted by zresearch
on Feb 13, 2014 -
Decided to step up security with Google's 2-step verification process. Received the codes sent to my phone so that I could use the Gmail app and use my Google account on my phone's browser. Also, decided to list my work laptop as a trusted computer.
Later I try logging in with my personal laptop without any luck.
So now I'm not sure what to do. I can't log into any of my accounts whether its from my phone or my home laptop. Do I have to wait until I head back to work and use the laptop there? I admit I didn't carefully read all the directions for the setup...
posted by AngryTypingGuy
on Feb 4, 2014 -
is it possible to sort Google docs [in a google Drive folder] in date order?
I don't mean 'date last opened by' or 'modified by; I do mean by numerical order, or even 'date closest to the present day' [whatever the formatting style of the filename]. [more inside]
posted by dash_slot-
on Jan 28, 2014 -
I have a Chrome/Google Apps for Domains account for work. When I log onto my computer at work with that account, I have a bunch of apps and a bunch of bookmarks.
My issue is: when I sign into Chrome at home with my work account, none of my apps or bookmarks are there. On the settings page (advanced sync settings) I have selected "Apps", "Bookmarks", "Extensions, "Passwords", "Settings", "Themes" and "Open Tabs" but my Apps and Bookmarks and Password that are on my work computer (under this account) are not there when I sign in on my home computer (under this account). [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick
on Jan 28, 2014 -
Right now I have the email setup of my small business so that email@example.com (we'll call it) is our public address, and email sent there is forwarded by our host provider to firstname.lastname@example.org, which is our main company account with Google Apps for Business. 99% of emails sent to email@example.com come through to firstname.lastname@example.org just fine, but there's that 1% that just disappear -- they don't go to spam folder, they don't seem to go anywhere. Help! [more inside]
posted by jcfudgely
on Jan 25, 2014 -
My profession now requires a bit more public profile and as such people are Googling me. Instead of finding what I want them to find (linked in profile, who I am 'professionally', etc) they instead are presented with a version of me from 10 years ago. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 23, 2014 -
If you visit the City of Calgary and State of Utah websites, the center of the page is a Google search bar. How do these sites incorporate Google's search into their websites in what looks to be real time? [more inside]
posted by dukes909
on Jan 23, 2014 -
Well I finally made it over to the tablet, after being a long time hold out. I see “kids” reading powerpoint lectures and taking notes on theirs, so I finally decided it was an investment in my education (I’m a grad student). I read the Nexus 7 book that came in my “library” but I still have a lot of questions. Please help so that I can get the most out of this tablet.
posted by TRUELOTUS
on Jan 7, 2014 -
I just got married! Yay! And I wanted to change my email address to reflect my new name. But that is turning out to be difficult. [more inside]
posted by Lizlemondrop
on Jan 6, 2014 -
Are older phones or phones designed for poorer countries any less susceptible to spying than the latest Apple, Google or Android models? I've read about CEO's looking for the very old brick phones because since they don't have the sophisticated technology of the modern phones, they're harder to monitor or track. I understand the phones w/o apps are clearly more secure regarding third parties because they aren't sending personal data to companies. But what the government and everything else; voice, location via cell towers, SMS; the very basics.
posted by CollectiveMind
on Jan 4, 2014 -
(all e-mail addresses below are fakes, natch)
I created email@example.com solely for the purpose of having a Google voice account to port a cell phone number to. I no longer needed the phone, and consolidated what were two phones (work and personal) into one number. Since I didn't want to check another e-mail address when voicemail/text notifications came in, and since the discarded phone had been for work, I set up firstname.lastname@example.org as the address to forward all e-mails to, and also set up this e-mail as my recovery address for the email@example.com account.
This is the only association between these two accounts, and I have never publicized firstname.lastname@example.org at all, to anyone.
Now that I've done this, gmail users who enter email@example.com into the TO: field to send me e-mail see the icon I used for firstname.lastname@example.org, and apparently the Google+ info that Google automatically set up for that account. It gets worse after the break... [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike
on Jan 3, 2014 -
GMail Themes only change the look of the inbox as best I can tell, not the background and text color of the actual messages. My grandfather's eyesight is degenerating badly, and he can read white-on-black much easier than black-on-white. I assume the answer involves user styles managed through the Chrome plugin Stylish, which has a lot of options for Google Chrome, but searching the web hasn't turned up a working snippet of code for user styles that will change the text and background colors. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
posted by Televangelist
on Dec 31, 2013 -
Are terms and conditions, disclosed after sale, legitimate? What if the associated item is a gift? [more inside]
posted by Goofyy
on Dec 30, 2013 -
A document revealing my friend's private information has shown up on Google searches and she is hoping to have it removed. It looks as if someone posted the PDF to Yahoo Groups, as a file attachment. The trouble is that we can't figure out what Group it belongs to because the URL is obscure. [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz
on Dec 29, 2013 -
In the transfer of Youtube to Google, my unlisted videos have vanished. Is there a way to get them back? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano
on Dec 24, 2013 -
I recently did a Google search for an old college friend of mine that I haven't seen since his wedding a couple of years ago. I found a link to a baby registry with his and his wife's name on it, and the due date was listed as a week ago.
I really want to call him up and congratulate him, but there's something a little weird about it: The registry has a ton of stuff on it, but almost nothing has been purchased: Just a few stuffed animals. This makes me worry that maybe they lost the baby and they just never took down the registry. [more inside]
posted by AlexanderPetros
on Dec 19, 2013 -
I read this article
that said there was a button on the Google Earth site
that let you download wallpapers. The article states there's a "globe" link at the bottom of the page, however when I load the Earth page I don't see that icon. Does anyone else? Or can I get to the images somewhere else?
posted by cozenedindigo
on Dec 17, 2013 -
I've created simple Google spreadsheet which calculates some data entered by users. Now I need to share it with my co-workers. The problem is that when I set a share on it any data entered by one user is instantly visible to all others. I want independent copies of my spreadsheet so anybody could enter different data and get different results. In short I need to turn my Google spreadsheet into a interactive webpage something doing something like this
. Is it possible?
posted by przepla
on Dec 17, 2013 -
Someone has created a site via Google Sites that is radically defaming myself and my family. We're not talking about a 12 year playing a prank. It's a systematic attack with the most egregious accusations one can imagine. They're parroting my personal business site and posting info that is not only libelous, but fantastically horrible. The junk they've posted about myself, my wife and our two small children is heartbreaking. We believe we know who it is (but have no proof) and have contacted the FBI on advice of a lawyer. They've told us they'll call us once they get jurisdiction figured out and the cybercrime guys take a look. The kind SAIC looked at the site and understood the problem but only got the ball in motion. That could take weeks/months for them to move on this and the site needs to come down, now.
HOW? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 17, 2013 -
Looking for a slick way to update the album artwork for a large (>150gb) music library on a PC. The key here is updating to HD
album artwork. My smartphone has a really high res screen and most artwork looks awful on it. What's the easiest, most painless way to do this (for free!
)? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Dec 10, 2013 -
I have an iphone. Today I will be getting a MotoX. I don't really know a lot about smartphones in general or Android in general (or hell, even ios really) except that I assume there are going to be a few hiccups in the transition. Help me avoid those hiccups! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee
on Dec 5, 2013 -
I've been doing research involving the treatment of musicians under repressive regimes. A while back I found a graph that had a list of countries, and for each country listed the number of musicians killed, tortured, abducted, assaulted etc. in a certain period of time. But I've lost this graph!! Can you help me relocate it? [more inside]
posted by switcheroo
on Dec 2, 2013 -
In an opening chapter of this book which I read a year or two ago, the author describes a meeting/discussion with Google's Brin and Page, during which one of them refuses to take his eyes off the mobile device he's holding (if memory serves, the author requests the Googler to be present and not distracted/have his attention split by his little device, to which the latter responds laconically in the negative). [more inside]
posted by tenderly
on Nov 28, 2013 -
Given that many people are divided about Google Glass, with some people especially resistant to even the idea of someone wearing them, how, when and what would be appropriate for someone wearing them?
I'd especially like to hear feedback from people who are averse to the concept. [more inside]
posted by mulligan
on Nov 27, 2013 -
I saw some ads online showing a lable on the right top corner with a "i" in a triagle, by moving mouse to it it shows "AdChoices". Clicking on the label brought me to: http://www.aboutads.info/choices/#completed [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon
on Nov 20, 2013 -
I have a website that has 50 pages, each containing the text of a different US state constitution. I want a search box that gives me the option to search all 50 constitutions at once (Entire Site) for all mentions of that term OR lets me search a single constitution (Alabama) for all mentions of that term. The box I'm currently using only allows one result of the term per constitution. So the entire site search give a max of 50 results, and a single state search gives a max of 1 result. And Google Custom Search freezes. Do I have to build one or is one available commercially that I can customize and plug in?
posted by CollectiveMind
on Nov 16, 2013 -
I work in a high school where we often want teachers to fill out a single Google spreadsheet with information about students in their homeroom class. [more inside]
posted by allison00
on Nov 14, 2013 -
I use Google Scholar to look for court cases. For some reason, for the last few months the options at the bottom of the search box have been as shown in the extended area. It used to be that the last entry would be "Michigan courts," as that is where I live. But the choice now is always "California courts." Even if I take the several (annoying) steps needed to select Michigan courts, it defaults back to California courts the next time.
Does anyone know how this behavior can be changed? [more inside]
posted by yclipse
on Nov 10, 2013 -
I have two Google accounts, so I already have Google Plus on one and it's fine, not that I use social networking much. But the other one was the one I used to sign up with Feedly. Which is now insisting that I create a second Google Plus profile in order to sign back in to view my feeds, with no warning. Is there any way out of this aside from creating a brand new feeds account using the email address that already has a profile? [more inside]
posted by Sequence
on Nov 8, 2013 -
A friend of mine was just offered a temp-to-hire content writing job with Google without ever meeting actual people. Is this not unusual? [more inside]
posted by Ink-stained wretch
on Oct 29, 2013 -
I really hate google calendar but use it so I can share a calendar with my partner. Can you help me figure out how to use it better? [more inside]
posted by latkes
on Oct 28, 2013 -
When word started spreading that Michael Jackson had died, I remember searching Google for his name and getting back an error page
. Apparently so many people searched for him at the same time that Google's computers thought it was a DDoS or similar attack. Here's my question, which has been surprisingly difficult to Google: had this ever happened before, and has it happened since? If so, when and for what event(s)? To be clear, I mean a legitimate worldwide search being improperly seen as an attack (as opposed to Google properly detecting bad guys or Google just plain crashing).
posted by AgentRocket
on Oct 28, 2013 -
I would like my friends & family who are not G+ members (and do not want to be) to be able to view my Picasaweb albums as in the past.
I have searched several forums like google's downgrade
, but find no definitive answers.
If I delete my Google+ profile can I email the link to my friends/family? I do not want to lose my Gmail account.
posted by lungtaworld
on Oct 27, 2013 -
I have an iPhone 4 running iOs 7 and I decided to sign in to the Google Maps app to see what the benefits were. I changed my mind and signed out, but the app seems to have retained my login info (and will login without entering a password). Is there any way to remove my info completely?
posted by cozenedindigo
on Oct 16, 2013 -
Twitter and Tumblr feature trending or hot tags/news. But is there a way to find the most read/shared news story associated with a certain tag/news topic? [more inside]
posted by bluelight
on Oct 9, 2013 -
I wan to make a Google ngram showing the history of the term "spoiler" as it is used in popular culture to mean the reveal ahead of time of an important piece of plot information. Problem is, "spoiler" has at least two other meanings and I don't know how, or even if, I can craft a query to separate out those other meanings. [more inside]
posted by gauche
on Oct 7, 2013 -
Well Google changed their search preferences - finding news, books, videos or anything else for that matter from the search result page is impossible. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier
on Oct 5, 2013 -
I want to use a Google Hangout "On Air"
for a project, but a tiny limitation is getting in the way. I would like to bypass the 'Press to Talk' functionality with a tiny browser script/hack/modification. My programming knowledge is tiny, but I am sure this could be done super super simply with a script loaded in the browser. Perhaps there's better solution. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Oct 1, 2013 -
I apparently have bad or damaged Google Web Fonts installed on a Windows 7 machine. Fun fact, they are not in the Windows Fonts directory. Text is coming up gnarly, super aliased, big and chunky in both FireFox and Chrome as they appear to be loading a local cache of the font(s) as opposed to hitting Google for them. Where are they? How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by cavalier
on Sep 27, 2013 -
So you know how when you look up a company or in my case, a college, on Google and you see a box on the right side with all their information (map, contacts, etc)? I work at a museum at a college, and we'd like to get our information set up this way. [more inside]
posted by degoao
on Sep 26, 2013 -
O hai! I'm a Google avoider. I've managed to not use Gmail, and to stop using Google as a search engine. I do have a Google account, but I use a separate browser to log into that, and log out and close the browser when I'm done.
My online Google-avoiding life would be complete if only I could find a good replacement for Googledocs, preferrably free. [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky
on Sep 12, 2013 -