Currently, I have a Virgin Mobile PAYG smartphone. I'd like to get a phone on my family's Sprint plan instead (for the same monthly price as Virgin, I can get unlimited whatever). However, Sprint says they can't port my phone number because Virgin is a reseller of theirs. I've heard that you can port your number to Google Voice for a small fee, and then have Sprint port the number to a Sprint phone, but this advice was found on a forum somewhere and no one backed up the claim that it actually worked. Would it work? Have you done this? I'd really like to keep my phone number, and before I risk losing it, I'd like to know. Thanks.
How do I eliminate foreign language results in Google Alert results? [more inside]
Google contacts seems to be getting increasingly problematic for me. In some contact records, I have over a dozen random email addresses assigned to a contact (that have no relation at all). In others, the contact email is legitimate, but is now named after some individual I have never ever had any form of contact with, apparently through some google+ functionality (I have not signed up for google+). Aside from ditching this increasingly crappy platform, any advice how it make this work? I cant see hand fixing thousands of contacts....
I've had an email from Blogger about legacy accounts and I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
How does the Metafilter Deleted Threads blog pull info and then publish it automatically? [more inside]
How can I make changes to a Google Checkout account when the tabs that have all the settings (including Settings) are MIA and Google is telling me they can't help me because they claim my Merchant ID and my account email don't match!? [more inside]
Former excel magician attempts to use Google spreadsheets, fails. It should be easy to make a function that can tally a monthly total from a column of dates and a column of numbers, right? [more inside]
How do I change the location setting for Google search? [more inside]
Seeking activities, tutorials or resources designed to impart academically-oriented Google skills. Bonus points: fun? [more inside]
Please recommend for me a new search tool to replace Google Desktop. Ideally I want something that searches the full text of all files, that covers everything on my hard drive plus Google Docs. I want it to be fast, offer results in context, and have a simple interface that offers 'sort by relevance' and 'sort by date.' I use Ubuntu. [more inside]
Somehow, my Ph.D. dissertation ended up on Google Books. Hooray! "Pages 30 to 147 are not shown in this preview." Boo! [more inside]
Verizon and Google Voice experts: Which of these plans will be the best way to port my number? What can go wrong with these approaches? [more inside]
What are the best ways to promote my Google+ Page as a moderate size CPG business? [more inside]
I'm working on a demo for a potential software product. The content of the product will be a combination of slides, still images, video, and voice over, delivered via a web site (mobile will follow if the product goes to full production). [more inside]
Has anyone come up with a good replacement for Google Reader's (now-defunct) "Note in Reader" feature? "Sharing to G+" is NOT THE SAME, and emailing articles is annoying compared to the ease of pressing one tiny little button. [more inside]
So, it would appear that Google have changed their search algorithms. Using search queries that would have previously returned hundreds of results I am getting a handful of results which are mostly irrelevant / gibberish. Any ideas how I can go back to the "old" Google? Thanks!
I would like a thing (greasemonkey script, add-on, bookmarklet, etc) which will let me easily add events to my Google calendar from within Firefox. [more inside]
Gmail just asked me if I wanted to import all my mail from another email account of mine. How can I figure out if I've ever told Gmail I own this account? Or is this just google being creepy as hell again? [more inside]
Where did Google's advanced search feature disappear to this time, and why do they keep moving it around? Is there any way I can edit my settings so that it's always in a nice visible place? [more inside]
If I could punch myself, I would. Clicked too fast and our beautifully organized Windows Live Photo Gallery has been emptied into Picasa. DO NOT WANT!!! Is there a site out there that will walk me through zeroing out and disabling Picasa and getting my old setup restored? [more inside]
What effect do my Ask MetaFilter searches on behalf of others have on data miners' sense of who I am? [more inside]
Why is my full name still attached to a Blogger post when all obvious traces of my name have been deleted?
My last name got attached to a blog post. I asked my friend to delete it. She did, but the blog post still shows up in Google with my full name attached. What is going on? [more inside]
A Few Questions About Registering Multiple Domains. Is it worth it? [more inside]
Please recommend me a well-designed iPad feed reader that doesn't require Google Reader to use. [more inside]
I have a handful of questions about Google, VPNs and privacy. [more inside]
How would I create a "note", "tip" or "caution" notice box (rough examples) with the syntax provided by Markdown and Google Code? Is there a trick to make this possible?
Should I be concerned about the PeekYou results for our daughter's preschool teacher? [more inside]
Options to replace Google Documents? [more inside]
Aggggh!!!! Goggle Instant has come back with a vengeance. Please help me turn it off. Nothing I try seems to work. I have cleared the cache, all cookies, flash cookies and it still ignores my search preferences and it is affecting me on multiple computers. Ten results makes me feel like I am back on dial-up. [more inside]
How can I make sure that Google deletes my phone number? [more inside]
Is there a way to keep repeat link spammers from a free and open art community project without requiring membership/passwords or the like? [more inside]
How to speak to a human being at Google, to resolve an issue with a Blogspot blog? I really do need a person & not a public forum; paid support would be fine.
Google's new links are timing out on me. I block cookies from Google as as part of my feeble attempt to maintain some internet privacy and, just today, the links on Google's search results are timing out. [more inside]
Weird re-direct issue when searching Google... [more inside]
Do you think it's creepy when you find out someone has Googled you? Semi-related to previous questions about Googling dates, but my date isn't the Googler. [more inside]
When uploading my files to the cloud, are they automatically encrypted before they leave my computer?
When uploading my files to major cloud services (Microsoft SkyDrive, Google Docs and Google Picasaweb), are they automatically encrypted before they leave my computer? [more inside]
Once in a while, when trying to load a page, I can see that my browser (Chrome) is telling me that its accessing csi.gstatic.com. What is this? Searching for this seems to imply its Google-related but I couldn't find a clear explanation for this.
Firefox popup "Application/JSON from Google.com" [more inside]
Google's bots are returning 403 errors on all my pages on a Wordpress-based site running the Thesis theme. I'm out of troubleshooting ideas. Halp? [more inside]
I recall reading an auto-biographical story a few years ago about a guy in California who was arrested after being accused of beating his girlfriend. He wrote about how he always made sure to use his credit card and to look into surveillance cameras to establish his whereabouts if he were falsely accused in the future. If I recall, the police investigator also went out on a limb to help the guy when the girlfriend's story didn't really check out. Anybody recall this story? If I remember it correctly, he somehow cleared his name in a civil proceeding. I'd like to figure out how he forced the issue to clear his name.
I have a Google Voice number. My job has a Google voice number. How to get both to forward to my phone, or how to devise an alternative to my current set-up? [more inside]
Google+, the Android App. Can you associate multiple accounts with it without your OS suddenly thinking you're trying to synch them? [more inside]
Apparently many successful software companies have processes where engineers write daily status updates that are publicly visible. Google has a system called 'Snippets' and Facebook has 'Colbert'. Any insiders want to share their experience with such reporting tools? Does anyone know of any resources that describe the pros and cons, nut and bolts of these processes? [more inside]
In short: how do I sync all my contacts between Mac OS X Address Book, iOS, iCloud.com, and Gmail.com? Not as short: In olden days, I used the Address Book app on my Mac to store all my contacts. Everything in there would sync to MobileMe (and by extension, iPhone, iPad and me.com) and Google (for Gmail). After iCloud was released in October, turning on contact syncing between Address Book and iCloud resulted in a message that said if iCloud contact syncing is turned on Google syncing must be turned off. Googling tells me that lots of people are having this problem, but I'm not finding a solution within all the noise. What am I missing? Any settings to change? Any software? Thanks in advance.
I have been very careful not to have my full name or my child's name associated with our address on any searchable documents due to privacy/custody concerns. My full name is now showing up on a document attached to my child's school's website. Please help me figure out how to best fix this. [more inside]
Help me switch from Google services (Mail/Cal...) to a paid alternatives. [more inside]
Google Reader seems to be permanently displaying an error message when I first try to access my feeds. To recap the specifics of my problem, here's what caused it to come up in the first place, and what I've done to try and solve it. 1) Imported all of my feeds from another Reader account. 2) Attempted to access my new Reader account, which always results in the "You don't have permission to view this feed." error message. I can then click on "All Items" and access my feeds, but this extra step is really annoying (it's the internet, don't make me click twice ;). 3) Checked to see if the address is "https" and not "http". Yes, it's "https" 4) Tried deleting all of my feeds, starred items, etc, and then subscribing to a brand new one. The problem remains. Anyone know what might be causing this? Can I just delete this Reader account (w/o deleting my Gmail, GPlus, etc.) and start again? Also, yes, I asked this question on Google's forums months ago and haven't received any useful advice there. Probably because Google doesn't really care about its users. Oh, and this is on all browsers and all different computers.