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Default Browser Setting, Where Art Thou?

I've decided to switch over completely to Google Chrome, and on my work laptop it's NBD. My home laptop, however, asks me EVERY DAMN TIME I START CHROME if I want to make it my default browser; clicking OK does nothing (Firefox is still the default). More inside... [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Jun 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Calling network engineers: help me understand latency and packet loss

I’m trying to be more pro-active with regard to monitoring the network at my workplace, addressing any issues that might arise, and answering that ever-present question: “My computer is so slow today! Is the problem on our end, or on their end?” [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on May 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Buying a WiFi Router

Help me find an online tool for selecting a wifi router, or at least help me find reliable reviews or a buying guide. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Oct 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Is there a Twitter widget that doesn't depend on Java?

I want to embed a Twitter feed, but is there an option that doesn't use Java? I just tested the site on different browsers around the office, and at least half of them aren't displaying the feed until I either update or enable Java on those particular machines. Is there another option?
posted by jackypaper on Aug 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Help setting up the OBI100 (Google Voice questions/confusion inside!)

I need to set up a new google voice number to use my Obihai OBI100 strictly for work. However, I do not have an extra number to associate with the google voice account (and don't want to use my current google voice number that is used for personal purposes). What cheap options are there available to me to do so? [more inside]
posted by apip on Jul 27, 2013 - 4 answers

VPNs and multiple users under Mac OS X

Is it possible for a VPN to affect only the traffic of one logged in user under Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jun 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Can I use my mobile devices to connect my consoles to the Internet?

We just moved and sadly our cable Internet provider cant make it out to set up our Internet for another two weeks. We have already tried Clear.com and the local DSL and do not want to go back to those. We both have androids with unlimited data plans as well as an iPad with a data plan. What I would like more than anything is to somehow connect my WiiU and our desktop computers to the Internet through one of our mobile devices, but I just don't know how. Can anyone walk a noob through this task?
posted by hworth on Jun 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Are there dangers in connecting to a comprimised (virus-ridden) PC?

Cleaning a virus-ridden PC using Windows Easy Connect -- is my Windows 7 machine at risk? [more inside]
posted by apip on Jun 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Use of The City as a metaphor for the Internet/Web

I am looking for examinations of the Internet and World Wide Web that use the structure and/or history of the city as a metaphor. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 12, 2013 - 9 answers

What do I need to know about kids + safe & responsible computing?

Mr. BlahLaLa and I are considering buying Kid BlahLaLa a laptop for his 10th birthday. (We want him to be able to play Minecraft and browse the internet.) We're a Mac family but I'm pretty sure this computer will have to be non-Mac because they're so much cheaper, which in turn opens up a whole world of internet security questions that I usually don't think about on my mac. Plus the whole idea of "Now I'm giving my kid a computer, what do I need to think about?" type of stuff. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Mar 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Best Home Web Streaming Setup

I'd like to create a great streaming setup for my living room. Exact requirements inside [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Feb 16, 2013 - 8 answers

Outdated web design

I used to have a lot of fun doing some web design a few years back, and wanted to have some fun with it again. [more inside]
posted by readygo on Feb 10, 2013 - 9 answers

Streaming Video A No Go

When I stream video from almost any source, it gobbles up 100 percent of my CPU usage and becomes choppy and unwatchable. I've tried every trick in the book. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ronofthedead on Jan 26, 2013 - 15 answers

IRC script to alert based on text in chat

IRC script that will play an audible alert when specific text is mentioned in chatroom [more inside]
posted by passtehbrainz on Nov 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Computer for parents

What's the best, fastest way to set up a computer to do nothing but surf the internet? [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Oct 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Why do websites tuen tiny and grey?

Some web content, like Tumblr and the videos on Netflix appear in greyscale, with vertical lines all over them, and smushed into the left side of the screen. If I want to click on something, I need to click on the place it would normally be, rather than where it appears on the tiny, greyscale screen. I don't think it's my browser, because it happens on both Safari and IE (I know, I know, but I can't watch Netflix on Safari). I couldn't find an answer on Google. Thanks in advance!
posted by WhathaveIdonenow? on Sep 19, 2012 - 21 answers

Any recommendations for a book on history of computer security?

I'm looking for a book recommendation on the history of computer and internet security. [more inside]
posted by cman on Sep 15, 2012 - 8 answers

On rituals and algorithms

What is the relationship between the ritual and the algorithm? Are all rituals algorithmic? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jul 17, 2012 - 16 answers

Real-time captioning software for webinars?

Asking on behalf of a friend: she runs a weekly GoToMeeting webinar that now needs to be captioned in real time. Is there a good software solution? [more inside]
posted by theatro on Jul 3, 2012 - 4 answers

g2m4 codec

Where can I find a free download for a G2M4 codec that doesn't include nasty viruses that will torture my computer? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jun 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Earliest examples of Internet- and computer-based art?

What are the earliest examples of Internet-based art? Are they still online? Do they date all the way back to the 1960s when the Internet was founded? Are there earlier examples of computer-based art from before the advent of the Internet?
posted by mortaddams on Apr 21, 2012 - 11 answers

What is the Folk Web?

I'm looking for 'Folk' Web Cultures. I am thinking of the recent take-down of Geocities, which seemed to refresh people's love of the naff, kitsch aesthetic it was famous for, as a prime example. What are some other folk cultures still lingering in the dark corners of the web? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 4, 2012 - 11 answers

If I want to be a cypherpunk, or at least effectively use their software, how important is it that I learn to program?

If I want to be a cypherpunk, or at least effectively use their software, how important is it that I learn to program?
posted by vash on Feb 10, 2012 - 14 answers

I know the anwer is Googleable, but even if I find it I can't understand it.

What am I doing wrong? Wireless broadband edition. [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Jan 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Computer excitement for a smart kid?

Looking for computer/internet recommendations for my 10 year old friend. What are the coolest, most interesting, and least consumerist activities, websites, and other digital/virtual things that I can introduce this kid to? What did you like to do with computers / the internet when you were that age? Bonus internet safety questions inside! [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Jan 3, 2012 - 14 answers

If the internet were being recreated from scratch, what would you do to improve it?

I've been asked to research the viability of the launch of a new top-level domain (TLD) parallel to dot-com. Assuming the prospective domain owner wishes not to reduplicate the internet as it exists now merely with another extension, I'd like to ask: Let's say you could take what you know about how the internet works (indexing, monetization, traffic, web-mastering but also crowdsourcing, social networking, political organizing, personal publishing, microfunding, etc.) and for reasons purely fictional, the existing system was scrapped and being re-built from scratch, what would you do with that opportunity if you had it? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Dec 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Need help troubleshooting slow internet

My internet connection suddenly slowed way down. I've tried all the usual things, but I need some expert advice. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Dec 14, 2011 - 10 answers

How to keep my computer safe.

What do I *really* need to do in order to keep my computer reasonably save from malware and intrusions? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Dec 10, 2011 - 23 answers

Running a wireless router off a Dell 24 switch router

Is it possible to run a Linksys WRT54G wireless router off a Dell 24 switch router? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Nov 13, 2011 - 13 answers

Help, please! VPN-enabled wireless router not working

How do I connect my Witopia VPN wireless router to my ISP's wireless router? [more inside]
posted by thatgirl1985 on Sep 21, 2011 - 1 answer

Laptop is great, desktop is crawling.

I'm at the end of my tether trying to sort out this internet connectivity issue. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Aug 19, 2011 - 16 answers

Super Slow Internet!! Is there a way to automatically store/autosave webpages?

Ok so I'm overseas for awhile, horrible internet; is there a way store webpages automatically so I don't have to reload them next time? I view page, what i see is saved?? Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by rmathew1 on Aug 5, 2011 - 10 answers

Does anyone know of any computer software that can be used to turn on and off an electronic motor or switch?

Does anyone know of any computer software that can be used to turn on and off an electronic motor or switch?
posted by *lostatsea* on Aug 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Don't Wanna Be a YouTube Idiot

How do these YouTubers do it? Please help me upload videos that won't take forever. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jun 26, 2011 - 26 answers

No pr0n, please.

What's the best Net-Nanny-Type software out there for my 10 year old daughter's new MacBook Air? [more inside]
posted by madred on May 9, 2011 - 12 answers

My poor, innocent computer is being held hostage by a malevolent virus. Please help!

Can anyone tell me how to remove the XP Security 2011 virus from my home computer? [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Apr 8, 2011 - 17 answers

FOREX quandary

Problems with AvaFX (online forex trading) software download. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jan 7, 2011 - 0 answers

Linksys mystery

A confusing question about my wireless internet connection and "linksys". [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Dec 31, 2010 - 29 answers

seeking a web genius

Who can design a really cool website for a writer, historian and activist? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Dec 23, 2010 - 6 answers

How to tell if netbook is someone else's bot?

Where can I learn more about how one's laptop can be remotely used by others, specifically pertaining to keystrokes, text saved in the cloud such as in a blogpost draft or yahoo mail or some such with a particular emphasis on means to identify and secure one's work, even if offline? [more inside]
posted by The Lady is a designer on Dec 17, 2010 - 4 answers

Create a pushpin map to track an objects location.

How can I make a pushpin type map that will help me to track the location of something. Specifically, community entered information (more information inside) [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Nov 26, 2010 - 4 answers

What would be the best way of going about telling people about a project I've been working on?

What would be the best way of going about telling people about a project I've been working on? [more inside]
posted by thebenman on Oct 10, 2010 - 7 answers

How to turn off VPN?

How do I get a VPN (hotspotshield) to "turn off" so I can use the internet normally? Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Sep 27, 2010 - 5 answers

Email Provider Suggestions

What web based email provider would you suggest as an alternative to my current one? [more inside]
posted by gman on Sep 23, 2010 - 9 answers

web pages not loading

Why won't my web pages load? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Sep 10, 2010 - 2 answers

Why won't my laptop connect to the internet?

Why won't my laptop connect to the internet? [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi on Aug 8, 2010 - 8 answers

Hey interwebs! Can I have my brain back?

I'm pretty sure that too much internet has fried my brain. If I cut back my time online, is it likely that my powers of concentration will return? And how should I structure an "internet diet" for maximum effect? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Jun 3, 2010 - 19 answers

Flaaaaaaaashdriiiiiiiiiives

Help me make computer zombie costumes for my drama class students. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on May 20, 2010 - 7 answers

deliver us from evil

Long winded question about new computer, internet, and anti virus programs [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on May 14, 2010 - 10 answers

bbc iplayer in usa

how can I watch BBC's iPlayer in the US? A one-step solution is ideal, without having to install and configure a system-wide proxy (which is the current way I can think of doing it). Some software or plugin custom-setup for iPlayer?
posted by lrodman on May 8, 2010 - 11 answers

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