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Someone is using my Gmail & old personal address to sign up for things

A few months ago, I started getting emails thanking me for signing up for things like Match.com, Monster, and a few newsletters, all of these were using a personal address that I haven't used in about 7 years. I figured it was a weird spam thing, since the user names they created for these accounts were just random letters (like djfdksjafkasjvnckdfja). Today, I got four different responses from auto insurance companies about quote requests that I didn't actually make, all using that old address as well. I think I need to delete my Google account to stop this, but I'm very very hesitant to lose access to all my paid apps. Any suggestions what I could do?
posted by shesdeadimalive on Aug 20, 2013 - 11 answers

I can haz gmail?

Please explain Google accounts to me like I'm a child. [more inside]
posted by yawper on Aug 19, 2013 - 10 answers

Newness is no Virtue. Cache of old Google Maps satellite images?

Google Maps / satellite view used to provide a wonderful shot of our historic family homestead. Sadly, the New and Improved Updated 2013 satellite photo is one big glare-y blur. An easy way to find the old shot? [more inside]
posted by falldownpaul on Aug 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Is autocomplete spying on me?

Is there a privacy risk specifically associated with Google search autocomplete/typeahead? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Google streetview shows the wrong house - UK

Is there anything I can do to get google street view and satellite to show the correct location for my house in the UK? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on Jul 21, 2013 - 12 answers

How do I get my URL out of the wrong hands?

Someone snagged my old Blogger URL and made it live again and is using it to post lousy marketing copy, mostly, it seems, to generate some income for Google ads. The problem is - the URL is my totally unique professional name. So, if someone were to search for my name, they would find my old blog, filled with some else's crap content. [more inside]
posted by Ink-stained wretch on Jul 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Tracking Changes in Google Calendar

I swear I found an answer to this before but I am stumped now. I have a scheduling conflict at work and I use Google Calendar for staff scheduling. Two people have requested vacation on the same day and I need to know who entered the request first.
posted by zzazazz on Jul 16, 2013 - 2 answers

Where did my Picasa photos go when I'm paying for storage?

Okay. So I go to Picasa online today on my iPad and I cannot view my photos (YEARS of precious photos!) without sharing them on Google+. Whut?!?!? I pay for extra Google storage and have plenty left. I do not want to be/use Google+ (I'm not on FB, either). [more inside]
posted by Punctual on Jul 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Permission for reproducing examples of GoogleMaps use in journal article

I'm about to submit my first academic journal article for review. The article contains several images / figures and I need to obtain permission to reproduce these before the article goes to print. [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown on Jul 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Google Latitude location history alternatives?

With Google retiring Latitude in a month's time, what alternatives are there? [more inside]
posted by Talkie Toaster on Jul 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Sci-Fi novel predicting Google Glass

I'm trying to remember the name and author fo a sci-fi novel that predicted the idea of Google glasses and their impact on society. I can clearly remember one of the characters, a youung person, complaining that all these old people had these glasses that recorded everything that happened around them and could send that data directly to the police. It was kind of an Orwellian Big Brother feel to society. You were always being watched, recorded, reported, etc. I was reminded again about this after reading an article on NPR about the first police arrest recorded on Google Glass. Does anyone else remember this book or the author? Thanks in advance for the help.
posted by corwalch on Jul 9, 2013 - 13 answers

my google-fu sucks: wat do?

I'm always impressed lurking around here by the expertise of folks when it comes to finding sources/answers. Obviously, there are a lot of librarians and information specialists whose jobs involve research, but still it's clear many of you are much better than me when it comes to using google. So, how can I better? What google search strategies do you use? What resources would you all recommend? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on Jul 8, 2013 - 21 answers

Google App Script - no error generated?

Google App Script - no error generated? I have two scripts that run on form submit, but sometimes they don't run at all. No emailed errors, no messages to the execution transcript or log. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2013 - 0 answers

Text Messaging is Overrated...?

I can't find a text messaging app that does everything I want, so I use multiple apps and confuse my friends with multiple phone numbers. Is there a better way? [more inside]
posted by emoemu on Jun 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Need to find: Article read about life expectancy vs hunger at age 10-12

I read an article about how going through a period of severe hunger during age 10-12 can lead to longer life. It was based on birth and death records crossed referenced with annual crop yields for some European country prior to the 20th century. Help me find it? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Jun 26, 2013 - 5 answers

How to create a feed for feed-less websites

How can I track changes/updates to a webpage when it doesn't have an rss feed? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Jun 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Searching multiple specific domains with Google?

I want to set up a Google search that searches a set of 15 domains. Google's "Advanced Search" doesn't do the trick. Is there a workaround? [more inside]
posted by seventyfour on Jun 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Google Analytics for Advanced Beginners

Are there ways to "cross" or "join" data results in Google Analytics? Just as a for instance, I have a list of Referrals and a list of audience Location demographics. Is there a way to join those two lists, so that I know where site referrals are visiting from? (Generally, are there resources which list "pro tips" for getting the most out of Analytics?)
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jun 18, 2013 - 2 answers

Easy Google Reader RSS replacement?

I follow over a thousand sites on Google Reader, and am hella disappointed that it's being axed. Is there a final consensus on the best RSS reader to replace Google's? Specs = Mac / OSX / old Chrome / iPhone 4S. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Jun 16, 2013 - 29 answers

How to get a map from Google maps to an Android phone?

The situation: I'm running Android 2.3.5 on my phone, using the Google Maps app version 6.14.4. Via the desktop, I've created a map with custom directions from Point A to Point B.

The problem: I can't find a way to get the map with the edited directions to my phone. I can save the map with the directions to a Google account, which normally would mean that I could log into that Google account on my phone and download it that way. However, I don't have the necessary software on my phone that will enable me to log into a Google account. "Account and Sync settings" is missing. I can't seem to edit directions from within the Google Maps app on my phone, either. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jun 15, 2013 - 14 answers

Dependent Calendaring - Scheduling Reading Schedules, Episode Views, Etc

I have a need for dependent calendaring – maybe this is the domain of project management software, but such seems more elaborate than what I need. But any ideas or solutions would be appreciated. I’ll go into a little more detail inside to explain what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jun 14, 2013 - 2 answers

Chrome hangs when searching for "allahu akbar" but not "fluffy puppies"

When I use Google Chrome to search for certain terms, the browser tab hangs. In this video, it hangs on "allahu akbar" and "osama bin laden". I have not been able to reproduce this issue using other browsers or benign terms (like "fluffy puppies"). What causes this behavior?
posted by compartment on Jun 13, 2013 - 30 answers

Invalid Certificate Problem

Does anyone know why Google keep going out periodically at my house? [more inside]
posted by sholdens12 on Jun 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Matching two spreadsheets via one matching column

I have two separate marketing lists on spreadsheets, both of which were originally opt-in, but have been residing on different systems - System A for email marketing and System B for SMS marketing. List A has the users' email addresses, cellphone numbers and names. List B just has the users' cellphone numbers (plus a column called "unsubscribed" for those people who. I want to combine the two spreadsheets to create one spreadsheet while keeping the column called "unsubscribed" so I know which people to keep permanently removed. Can you advise me on how to synchronise these two spreadsheets using the cellphone number as the common data? Thanks!
posted by skylar on Jun 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Can Google Harvest Data from the Google Map API?

The question came up about our use of the Google Map API. We have Google maps which we populate with XML data. Can Google harvest that data when a user views it? For example: a map is showing employees, their locations and their salaries (fictitious example).
posted by rmmcclay on May 27, 2013 - 2 answers

Google Pixel questions: GMail as main email client; benefits of Ubuntu?

I just nabbed a 32gb WiFi Chromebook Pixel off Craigslist and it's a fun machine. I'd like to get the most out of it and have a two questions, one about ubuntu and one about GMail (as my main email client). [more inside]
posted by dobbs on May 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Jumping ship to Android (Google's S4) and need a Mailbox equivalent

I think the time has come for me to jump the iPhone ship. The announcement of the Google version of the Galaxy S4 at I/O was the clincher. But I am not 100% sold on the idea, mainly because the S4 is an ugly brute, but also because I fear for the apps and innovation I will miss. Help me out, specifically in finding a worthy replacement for my beloved Mailbox app. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me understand the new Google Hangouts service.

For a unified messaging service, I am a little confused. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on May 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Best tablet and workflow for blogging

I would like to purchase a tablet so I can do more blogging without lugging a laptop around. What are the best tools/apps/workflow tips to be able to do this without tearing my hair out? Special snowflake stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by melissa on May 13, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I send an invitation from iCal to a Google Calendar user?

When Mr. Corpse and I were both using iCal I could send him an invitation to an event; if he accepted it it blocked off the time in his calendar. Now that he's switched to Google Calendar this system doesn't work. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on May 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Google Voice calls from Playa del Carmen?

Can I make calls over the free Wifi at the Mexican resort I'll be at this week? [more inside]
posted by PSB on Apr 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Chrome users I need help!

I'm thinking of moving from Firefox to Chrome on my work and home Windows PCs. I'm confused by bookmarking in Chrome, however. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy on Apr 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Secure archive for Gmail

I'm an avid user of Gmail and other Google services, but I'm increasingly uncomfortable keeping my entire email history on someone else's servers. Can I keep a week's worth of messages on the server and encrypt everything else? What are some other Gmail privacy compromises? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Apr 17, 2013 - 7 answers

How do I embed a Google spreadsheet into a non-Sites webpage?

I have a spreadsheet with about 3000 rows of data. I would like the contents of this spreadsheet to show up as a big list/table on a webpage. It's mostly text with one column of URLs. The contents will change not-infrequently (maybe every couple of months) and I would like people both inside and outside my organization (but not general visitors to the webpage) to be able to edit the contents. [more inside]
posted by marylynn on Apr 15, 2013 - 3 answers

I Googled you and I found you! Nervous laugh...

I have an internet friend (never met IRL) whom I met on a discussion board for a health issue we share in common. We connected because we live in the same city and are undergoing the same treatments. He has told me his uncommon first name, his employer, and the hospital where he's being treated, as well as the fact that (unfortunately) his most recent procedure had a lot of complications and he's still in hospital. Would it be really weird to send flowers and/or a card? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Apr 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Should my tablet match my phone or my laptop ecosystem?

I am getting a Tablet for work, either a Nexus 10 or an iPad. I'm pretty well versed on the features and drawbacks for both, and I feel like if my other devices were either all Apple or all Google/Windows I'd make the choice based on matching my current device operating system ecosystem. BUT right now, each device I use has a different OS, so is there a better device to match my tablet operating system with? [more inside]
posted by midmarch snowman on Apr 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Adjust Google Calendar training plan by one day

I have a Google Calendar with one of Hal Higdon's half marathon training schedules, and I'm a day off. I've been a day off for weeks. I'd like to adjust the calendar rather than my life. How can I adjust the events by one day all at once? I am happy to import or export, etc as necessary. It's such a small thing but it's driving me crazy.
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Apr 9, 2013 - 3 answers

send it on

Google Docs Sheets question [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Apr 6, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I protect Ronnie Edwards?

I'm a female in the US, about to get married for the second time and taking my husband's name. Help me manage how my new name appears online before it starts to happen. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Chrome, how does it work?

I'm a recent Chrome user, and so far I'm having a hell of a time with the privacy settings. I like the idea of using the synch feature so I can have my bookmarks and things shared across the three or four desktops I use. However, I can't seem to figure out how to make it so it doesn't sign in automatically when I open the browser - I would like to be prompted to put in a password every time. I feel really stupid, but I can't figure out how to make that happen. [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Mar 29, 2013 - 8 answers

Flight cancelation updates—how did Google know before the cabin crew?

Last week I was on an Air Canada flight from Vancouver BC to London Heathrow. It was a disaster. [more inside]
posted by TheDonF on Mar 24, 2013 - 11 answers

How can I efficiently harvest Google's entire cache of my website?

I stupidly let a web hosting account expire without backing up and transferring my site to my new server. I'm talking to the host to try to get access to my data (fingers crossed), but in case that does not work out: Is there a way to efficiently harvest Google's entire cache of a specific domain? Something else I should consider? I would like to act fast on this, and I don't have any programming/tech-fu skills.
posted by croutonsupafreak on Mar 18, 2013 - 10 answers

Picture being used for something unpleasant

If you do a Google search on my name, the only image that comes up via image search is an old picture that used to be hosted on my work website. But now it links to an... unsavory website. What is the deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Which Social Media is "Best"?

II am trying to get a handle on web content and which content has, overall, the best stickiness. Sites like YouTube, Tumblr, Flickr are, as near as I can tell, mostly visual. Blog and microblogging sites like Wordpress and Twitter are word based. Quora, Reddit and Metafilter are information sharing communities. Podcasts and music sites like MySpace or Soundcloud are, for the most part, sound focused. And then you have sites like Facebook and Google+ that are trying to combine the best of all of them. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Mar 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Why is google being spooky and filling in other people's gmails?

This has happened twice now, and it is freaky. Google chrome on the iMac I use in my office at work (at a university) will have usernames and passwords for people who have never been in my office ever. The first time it happened it was my father's email, and the second time it was my stepmother's. Why would chrome be filling in these odd emails when it doesn't even save my own login information after closing the browser window? [more inside]
posted by artychoke on Mar 7, 2013 - 8 answers

CompSci/CompLit: Anyone have links to interesting "poetry" generators?

I've found this (see more here), which seems to be defunct (links to the "generator" are 404), and this, which is less than satisfying. Here in the age of alleged "robot authors" I'm hoping to do better. Any leads, anyone? [more inside]
posted by Broccoli Bear on Mar 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Google Play music alternative?

Can I access my music in the Google Play Music cloud with something other than the Google Play Music app? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Mar 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Google Chrome on Mac OS keeps shutting itself

Chrome on Lion 10.7.5 keeps closing while I'm in the midst of browsing, and it's driving me nuts. And it doesn't seem to think there's a problem with that. [more inside]
posted by FarOutFreak on Mar 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Turn off Google Drive Preview "Feature"

Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) has just unveiled a new "feature," that makes Google Drive open most files in a "preview" mode when you click on them, instead of just opening the file for editing/saving/etc. I would like to turn this "feature" off so that my files actually open. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Feb 28, 2013 - 7 answers

In search of

I have a GoogleBooks library with 2650 books in it. This is good. For several months now, I have been unable to perform full-text searches on it. This is not. I've ascertained from other users that this is not a system-wide problem, so the bug is somewhere in the library. [more inside]
posted by thomas j wise on Feb 25, 2013 - 2 answers

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