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Microwave Internet

Is switching to a small local provider of microwave internet from Comcast a good idea? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jan 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Help Detecting Internet Usage via Router

How to find an activity log on my Verizon M1424WR Router to see if our babysitter is spending more time surfing the internet than playing with our kids. [more inside]
posted by GorgeousPorridge on Jan 21, 2015 - 13 answers

Bond, James Bo... I mean JANE Bond

I've changed my name. Is there any tool to help me update my online presence accordingly? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Jan 19, 2015 - 10 answers

What's up with ecommerce these days?

This is obviously a big question to which I don't expect simple or succinct answers. But as I'm probably going to be doing some work soon for some fairly established hi-tech types (the focus of which will be some "disruptive" ecommerce solutions) I feel compelled to ask it. [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Jan 13, 2015 - 8 answers

Hermit with a DSL line

Over the past few years, I've found myself turning into a relative hermit - living alone, going out and about alone, spending time with my family but not really anyone else in 'real life,' preferring the wider range of people and opportunities on the internet for friendship and comradeship. Is this a problem, or am I just overthinking and worrying about nothing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2015 - 18 answers

When will I get "gigabit internet" in my east Austin Neighborhood?

I live relatively near 4700 kitty rd austin texas 78721, Google, grande communications, and ATT are all supposedly bringing gigabit internet to Austrin Metro soon, but how can I find out when my neighborhood will be getting it? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Dec 29, 2014 - 1 answer

I spy, with my little eye, everything that is happening everywhere

I am fascinated by live tracking types of websites such as FlightAware and Tweetping. Where can I find more real-time website goodness? [more inside]
posted by susanaudrey on Dec 26, 2014 - 13 answers

The Diamond Age: Familying long distance

I'm going to be a world away from my 9 year old nephew. How can I a) set up a Windows 7 netbook in a kid safe way so we can keep in touch, and b) provide some basic tech support, remotely? [more inside]
posted by Elysum on Dec 26, 2014 - 4 answers

North Korea Internet Outages

As of this writing, North Korea has had two Internet outages in 48 hours. A lot of people seem to watch when Internet service goes down for countries and companies. But I don't recall anyone saying North Korea's Internet had gone down until within the last couple of days. Has anyone reported North Korea's Internet going down in the past?
posted by CollectiveMind on Dec 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Let Me Gladly Google That For You

How can I get paid to be a human Google + Wikipedia + Snopes? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 18, 2014 - 19 answers

Why is DNS lookup failing for both my computer and my smartphone?

Why is DNS lookup failing for both my computer and my smartphone when connected to public (library) wifi, when it is working for everyone else? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Dec 17, 2014 - 8 answers

How do I hide my internet bookmarks / searches

Ok, I'll be straight with ya.....Mid 40's Male. Married. Two young kids. Using a Mac Book Pro completely updated...Using Google Chrome as my browser.....(more after the jump) [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Dec 8, 2014 - 29 answers

Big Bandwidth in the Big Apple

I need to upload several GB of data fast while on travel to New York. How do I pull this off? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Dec 7, 2014 - 8 answers

Internet speed necessary for decent streaming on Amazon TV?

Just bought Amazon Fire TV for an antennae television at a house we visit on occasion. What cable internet speed do we need in order to have decent streaming? Hate to spend a lot of monthly money on something seldom used, but know the frustration it will cause if streaming is spotty.
posted by bartlett on Dec 4, 2014 - 11 answers

AT&T, shut up and take my money!

My bf has been trying to get internet service in his apartment for several years. Other people in his building have AT&T, yet whenever he tries to sign up, they tell him that service is not available in his area. We are at our wit's end. Please help! [more inside]
posted by chara on Dec 4, 2014 - 16 answers

Datafilter

Help maximize my small data allowance! [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 29, 2014 - 16 answers

Some problems with Safari for iPhone

I have a 15 gig iPhone of the previous generation, and the Safari web browser has had some interesting quirks of late. When I've left websites with logins unattended for more than, say, thirty seconds, I automatically get logged out (even when I've clicked the "keep me logged in" box on the login page). More recently, the cache has "forgotten" the URLs for websites I frequent. I've set "never" to the Block Cookies option in settings. What can I do to get Safari to keep me logged in and to cache/remember the sites I visit?
posted by pxe2000 on Nov 26, 2014 - 1 answer

Help me quit you, internet

How might a Luddite live without a home internet connection, but still have access to email and basic surfing for occasional practical needs? (Specific smart phone recommendations?) [more inside]
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark on Nov 22, 2014 - 20 answers

Help me meet my agonizingly specific internet music needs!

I am struggling mightily to find the internet radio station and/or streaming music service that works for me. Am I just being too picky? Musical snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Nov 16, 2014 - 6 answers

Explain VPN to me, and advise me of its worth and possible providers.

How does VPN work? How well does VPN protect me? Should I get a paid VPN account? If so, from what provider? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2014 - 10 answers

How/why do you feel safe using a browser with plugins installed?

I just installed Tampermonkey in Chrome, and it alerted me that it can "see and modify" everything I do online. From a technical standpoint, how do people use plugins like this and still feel secure when, say, doing online banking? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Nov 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Will hyphens impact SEO if I bridge two words together as one?

So it looks like hyphens in domain names do mean lower positing in Google’s SERP but does this mean the same for keywords? For example, my site contains the word 'multi media' but I would like to change that to 'multimedia' on every occurance. Is this ok? Will it impact my SEO?
posted by bostonhill on Nov 10, 2014 - 6 answers

better internet service provider for Lake Oswego, Oregon?

We're located in zip 97035, currently get Comcast and, frankly, it's pretty slow and, worse, unstable. So spotty that I feel like I'm living in the late 90's.
posted by tangyraspberry on Nov 4, 2014 - 3 answers

Who do I call about all this old phone cabling?

My company just moved into a new space a month ago. It's a beautiful old building in San Francisco right across from Aquatic Park. With the space came a small room this is a spiders nest of old phone cabling and some T1 equipment. The building manager told me to find whoever I wanted to take care of it and they would pay for it. So my question is... who do I hire to come in and rip out the unnecessary stuff and make sure they leave the stuff we need?
posted by matt_od on Nov 4, 2014 - 8 answers

I have an extra wi-fi router now. Can I put it to use?

I recently bought a new router (Archer AC1750) to fix my crappy home wi-fi. It helped, but the second floor of the house still had some issues. Then my cable company (Time Warner) sent me a new cable modem with built-in wi-fi, rendering my new router superfluous. The new modem is also good, not quite as good as the Archer, and my second floor still has poor signal. I'm wondering, can the Archer be used somehow to improve the second floor signal, in some kind of unholy alliance between it and the Time Warner modem/router?
posted by malhouse on Nov 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Business Class- Unshared vs Consumer Cable?

Is it true that the advertised cable internet speed is just a burst and then drops and is also shared with other users on one node causing slowdowns when its busy? [more inside]
posted by Mac-Expert on Nov 3, 2014 - 13 answers

Great works of the Web-ern Canon

A lot of ink has been spilled on the subject of whether video games are art, but rorgy's recent megapost on Homestuck reminded me that comparatively little has been written on the idea of Internet Art. Such works that leverage the internet as a unique creative medium fascinate me, and I'd love to find more. What are some other works that qualify? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Nov 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me decide how to put a DVD online.

So I have this DVD with accompanying copyright information, descriptive notes and disclaimers and I'd like to put it online so others can access it. The last time I did such a thing, I ripped it and converted to FLV and used JW Player. I could do that again but I wonder if that's what people at the end of 2014 would do. Are we in a post-flash world? Could I do something similar in a different format? (Even though I have some experience with this, please "explain like I'm 5.") [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Oct 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Free "petition"-type web software?

I would like to create a web page where people can sign a sort of petition. It needs to be on my own web host, so third-party websites are not an option. [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Oct 19, 2014 - 9 answers

QT on IPTV, OK?

Can you make me an IPTV ninja? I finally tried loading up some stations on XBMC/Kodi and I am digging it immensely. I'm interested in getting tips on IPTV excellence. Any users here? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 13, 2014 - 2 answers

Wlan woes

My laptop cannot connect to Wlan anymore. Please help me! [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Oct 9, 2014 - 6 answers

What's the best way to say "don't say anything"?

I'm working on a social media response protocol (similar to the Air Force classic template here), but trying to come up with a pithy Golden Rule along the lines of "If you don't say anything, you can be almost certain that you're not making things worse". But... better. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Oct 8, 2014 - 27 answers

Satellite or Cellular Internet?

I am building a new house and do not currently have access to cable or DSL. It looks like my only two options for high-speed Internet access are to use a satellite provider like Hughes Net or to use Internet data from a cell provider. I do not have any experience with either option so I am looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by bove on Oct 8, 2014 - 17 answers

Moving to Portland Yippee! Sorting thru cable providers Yikes!

I am moving to Portland OR at the end of the month and it seems that the three cable/internet providers all have really bad reviews. Is one less bad than the other two? . [more inside]
posted by cairnoflore on Oct 7, 2014 - 9 answers

ColdTurkey

How do I permanently delete ColdTurkey's website block from my system? [more inside]
posted by companionCubed on Oct 3, 2014 - 2 answers

can random people view my stuff on facebook, pinterest and twitter?

I am on facebook, pinterest and twitter, and I was wondering if random people can just look up my stuff that I have written or even my pictures. I'm not talking about people who are logged in and are following me or my friends. I just mean random strangers. Thanks.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Oct 2, 2014 - 6 answers

The value of online friendship?

I'm uncertain how to proceed w/maintaining an online friendship and if I should move on or not. Internet drama ensues. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Sep 28, 2014 - 14 answers

Reliable and fast VPN with servers in Columbus Ohio?

Hi, I need a reliable and fast VPN with servers in Columbus Ohio, and that somehow makes my internet disconnect if the VPN disconnects. Any recommendations? Thanks
posted by crawltopslow on Sep 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Is it possible to make a blog layout like this using Tumblr?

Is it possible to make a blog layout like this using Tumblr? Thanks in advance
posted by FuckingAwesome on Sep 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Academic and creative freedom ... behind a mask or not?

Got a PhD, got a cushy research job that I really like, but have extracurriculars that I'd like to pursue and have concerns about pursuing them under my real (academic) name. [more inside]
posted by sockpuppetryarts on Sep 23, 2014 - 11 answers

Why does my 4g on my note3 keep disconnecting until I reset it?

I have 4g data on my note 3 here in Australia, using yatango as my service provider. After about 20 minutes of usage of browsing web on my phone, the 4g stops working (the download signal of data stops lighting up and nothing loads) and the only way to fix it is for me to "turn off mobile data" then turn it back on, fixes it every time. Why does it stop working and how can I fix it so I don't have to turn off and then back on mobile data every 20 minutes?
posted by crawltopslow on Sep 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Please help me find replacements for these subreddits

I think it's about time I unplugged myself from Reddit. But where will I get my hobby news/content/funny pictures? I'd like suggestions for replacements for my current subs that: (A) have variable time investment possible, (B) have decent, rotato (or at least not disgusting) comment communities, and (C) where the communication is focused around the topic (e.g. comments on a post) as opposed to the user (e.g. reposting to your personal profile). List of topics inside! [more inside]
posted by rebent on Sep 9, 2014 - 12 answers

How can I make life more stimulating and beat an Internet addiction?

I'm underemployed, have so many hobbies and interests that I can't decide which to pursue, and friends who are usually too busy to hang out very often. All of this makes my day-to-day life incredibly dull, so I usually end up online...all day. My room doesn't get cleaned, my laundry doesn't get done, my clients grow unhappy, and sometimes I forget to eat, but at least my brain has something to do. [more inside]
posted by oogenesis on Sep 4, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me find this job!

I am a telecommuting web software developer focusing on Java/JEE. I enjoy what I do but feel mostly isolated. Help me find a new gig! [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Aug 27, 2014 - 1 answer

need chromebook to connect to wi-fi, but it won't

My daughter's chromebook from school needs to connect to wi-fi. We have wi-fi at home. When I open up my home computer, I never need to put in a password....I just click onto my internet icon. By the way, I have netgear for my wi-fi. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Aug 22, 2014 - 15 answers

I'm moving, how should I handle my Comcast/Xfinity TV/internet service?

I'm moving. I want to keep using Comcast/Xfinity for TV/internet but I want to save money and/or upgrade my service. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity on Aug 22, 2014 - 7 answers

Is there a plugin that creates this gallery effect?

I'm working on making a magazine blog. I started with a template that is pretty awesome, but I liked the effect another theme used to manage the photo and video gallery. Is there a plugin I can install to achieve this effect or is this hard coded into the template. [more inside]
posted by FireStyle on Aug 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Seeking texts (any medium) on online representation/digital subcultures

I'm applying to teach an honors-level composition course with a theme of online self-representations and virtual communities. What are some cool texts (in any media) that I can show my students to get them thinking about different aspects of this theme? [more inside]
posted by littlegreen on Aug 19, 2014 - 3 answers

Want Fast Wireless Internet, Comcast Sucks

A few days ago I got high-speed internet from Comcast. When I placed the order, I was told I needed to upgrade my router and wireless to new models, specifically a TP-Link Wireless N300 and the Motorola SB6121 Surfboard modem. My internet speed is lower than ever. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Aug 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Where in the Bay Area can a user connect to the web via Ethernet?

Wifi is plentiful, but it is also more vulnerable than a wired connection. In the Bay Area, is there a library or other public or semi-public, trustworthy place, that allows users to connect directly to the router with an ethernet cable? Charging a fee is fine.
posted by Baeria on Aug 18, 2014 - 12 answers

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