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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

LMGTFY sans snark?

So, I really like how Let Me Google That For You gives me the ability to send someone a shortened link to a specific google search. What I don't like is the built-in implication that the asker is lazy and that I am annoyed by the question. Are there any kinder, gentler alternatives to LMGTFY? (I don't want to simply use the search results URL because I don't want the results to be localized to me).
posted by rada on Jul 26, 2013 - 13 answers

Good Paris Hotels for Internet Access over the holidays?

Looking for Parisian hotels in Monmartre or in central Paris with US-quality wifi or Internet access during the Christmas season. No wifi tokens or credits or anything like that, looking for flat fee wifi within guest rooms for at least one device. That the hotel be nice to stay at is a plus.
posted by The Whelk on Jul 25, 2013 - 11 answers

"Stop internet-ing and do your job!" ?

An employee in my office is scheduled to be fired today for "non-productive use of company time." That's a fancy way of saying, "Playing around on the internet all day instead of getting his work done." I happen to know that another co-worker is at risk for the same fate. Should I warn her to change her ways while there is still time, or stay out of it? [more inside]
posted by falldownpaul on Jul 25, 2013 - 32 answers

Short term (1 month) pocket hotspot recommendation for NYC?

I have a friend from overseas who is going to be visiting NYC for 1 month starting next week. She is going to be staying in a Bronx apartment without internet access of any kind and really needs a way to get online with her laptop & foreign iphone while here. [more inside]
posted by dcjd on Jul 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Any way to remotely reboot a Mac that is NOT connected to the Internet?

I am trying to access my home Mac remotely from the office (I use RealVNC). Unfortunately, there was an Internet outage, which is restored, but the Mac is no longer connected to the Internet. It is however connected to the router, which is accessible from the Internet. AFAIK the only way I can get the Mac reconnected is to reboot it. Is there any way I can reboot the Mac via the router? Or is there some other way to restore the Internet connection to the Mac remotely? I am pretty ignorant on these matters. Thanks for your help.
posted by Mo' Money Moe Bandy on Jul 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Giving internet access as a gift?

I have a friend who, because of financial reasons, doesn't have internet access at home. I'd like to somehow hook her up with access as a gift. Is there a way I can do this? [more inside]
posted by biscuits on Jul 18, 2013 - 10 answers

iPhone 4s lost ability to talk/browse internet while connected to 3g.

Up until this morning, I have always been able to use my 3g network, make a call and browse the internet at the sametime on my iPhone 4s. This morning when I went to use my phone a message appeared (while connected to 3g) that stated, Cannot Verify Server Identity. Once I got that all figured out, the capability to use the internet while on 3g and talking on the phone was gone. I called Verizon and they claim this was never a feature on their iPhones and told me I must have a special phone. After some investigating, what they are telling me seems to be true, but I know that I have been able to do this the last year or two that I've had this phone. I did it last night while talking to my brother and relaying information that I had looked up for him. But! 8 hours later this feature is now gone and only works when I'm hooked up to my wireless. I'm just severely bugged that this is all of a sudden gone, when I can recall being in my car doing all this (safely parked) and talking to my husband while hes at work. What could have happened? Was I just imagining this for the last couple years or did they somehow take this capability away from me this morning?
posted by Sweetmag on Jul 14, 2013 - 5 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

Internet slow, but fast in safe mode - reinstall Windows?

I'm having a problem with my fairly new laptop where it seems to be using more Internet bandwidth than it should. In Safe Mode with networking, it works fine. I'm considering reinstalling Windows but wondering if that's the best option and if so, how to go about it. [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Jul 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Posting once, and having it show up everywhere.

I'm wondering if there is a browser plugin or other tool that will let me post once in either blogger or twitter, and have my post automatically propagate to my Facebook and Google Plus accounts. It doesn't matter where I put the initial post, as long as it's not Facebook. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Jul 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Want the Facebook info, but don't want an account. Help?

I would like to be able to aggregate the "open" Facebook pages of interest: primarily retail store discount codes into an easy overview web page - but, at the same time, I do not want a Facebook account. Are there any page aggregators out there that can help me do this? [more inside]
posted by alchemist on Jul 2, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I download all the pages in a website?

This particular site has about 50 pages of good reference material. I would like to download load it all before it goes away. Is there a program anyone can recommend that does this? I'm using Windows 7. Thanks!
posted by Rad_Boy on Jul 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Should I get Comcast's new X2 DVR box?

Does anyone have the new Comcast X2 box? Can you let me know what you think of it? Is it slow as dirt? Can you forward through commercials on recorded shows with ease? Can you access content easily? Do you prefer it to their previous DVR box?
posted by cashman on Jun 29, 2013 - 1 answer

Solutions for 'renting' internet while in a remote location?

I will be renting a cabin in a remote area in the US (mountains outside of Asheville, NC) and need to have internet access from my laptop for one day. I looked at maps of coverage and it seems like only 1 local carrier has a nearby tower. What are my options? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Jun 20, 2013 - 8 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

OSX Networking Problem -After an hour or so my net connection just stops

I have a bug with my networking on OSX Mountain Lion, Put simply after an indeterminate, randomish amount of time (from 30 minutes to 10 hours) my laptop will simply stop loading or fetching new websites. This happens both over wired and wireless networks - In both cases the connection will appear to still be connected,but loading a webpage will just hang on "sending request" and a traceroute to google.com which works fine beforehand, just fails (nothing in terminal after the command). I've struggled but can't find much indication at all about this bug on the internet - can anyone help me fix this problem? [more inside]
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory on Jun 20, 2013 - 23 answers

AT&T Uverse software bug screwing up Chrome's functionality?

Chrome won't let me access the Metafilter homepage--among other issues. I am not having this problem with Safari or Firefox. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Jun 19, 2013 - 9 answers

Outlook Contacts Compromised?

I've started getting emails "from" people in my contacts list. The email is from their name, but with an email address that is not theirs and is different each time. I have an address with a local internet provider, not gmail or yahoo. Do I have a virus my antivirus hasn't caught? How can I fix it?
posted by summerstorm on Jun 19, 2013 - 4 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

I don't want to f*ck; I want to make friends.

Good ways to make offline friends using the net? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 15, 2013 - 10 answers

What fits in a megabyte these days?

I'm using my first smartphone ever -- a secondhand iPhone 4 - on a prepaid plan. I generally leave cellular data turned off because most of my day is spent in range of WiFi, and because data transmission on my otherwise cheap prepaid plan is very expensive: $0.99/MB. I have no idea how much data is transmitted in the course of typical online activities. What's it take to, say, download a few emails, perform a Google search or open a basic, non-video-laden web page?
posted by jon1270 on Jun 14, 2013 - 20 answers

Canadian e-mail hosting and domain registration

Which Canadian company (or companies) would you recommend as a reliable and affordable organization to host my e-mail? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Jun 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me find a new job in the UK

[UK Job Hunting] I'm looking for a new job and my usual roster of recruitment agencies and contacts are failing to come up with anything either interesting, in London or at my level of seniority. If you were hunting for a senior position role in London right now, what places/companies/services would you be using or doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2013 - 4 answers

What is the legality for a web site to make credit transactions?

In order for any web site to charge one for services or goods, in this case services, what are they legally required to record and produce? I'm having a little trouble wording my exact question so maybe this will help. The web site in question provides phone service for inmates in correctional facilities and in order for one to receive calls from a loved one in the correctional facility you have to set up an account and attach a phone number to it while loading money for the overpriced service... $5 for 15mins. The company charged me a fee of $5 every time I was to load money on the account which did not show the rate for a call per min and also charged me numerous unknown fees. I could not tell why or how much I was charged which was made worse by their not being a way to track credits and charges to the account. When I contacted customer support they also could not account for the charges and would not refund them, refused to refund my visa purchase, and claims to have no way of producing charges and credits to my account. Their customer service is no help and I'm not sure how to handle the situation. [more inside]
posted by isopropyl on Jun 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Comcast alternatives in Western Massachusetts?

Does anyone have an internet/cable provider in this area that's not Comcast? We are fed up with their horrible service. We're in Northampton, MA if it helps.
posted by chaiminda on Jun 8, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I add more than one type of income-producing skill on Linked In

Everyone in my industry uses Linked In, so though I can't figure it out for the life of me, I had to create a profile. But I don't have just one job - I'm also a freelancer in a couple of different fields. I'd like to list them too. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Jun 7, 2013 - 6 answers

WordPress theme for a marketplace

Need ideas of a off-the-shelf WP theme for a marketplace. [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on Jun 6, 2013 - 1 answer

Router noob in need of help

Help me make my wireless router work with my XP PC [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Website - Shopping Cart API Recommendation?

I am looking to set up a website that sells directly to customers, but also to wholesale accounts which will require registration and verification prior to being given discounts. If anyone has any good recommendations for an API that supports this well, please let me know! [more inside]
posted by cccp47 on Jun 5, 2013 - 3 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

Cheap but good home internets? NetZero? FreedomPop? Something else?

I currently have Comcast cable internet at home. I hate Comcast. I'm curious about these newfangled internet delivery systems including Netzero, FreedomPop and - is there anything else? [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on Jun 4, 2013 - 12 answers

htaccess Redirect Problem

Need help configuring .htaccess: parkeddomain.com redirects fine, but www.parkeddomain.com does not. [more inside]
posted by ljshapiro on Jun 3, 2013 - 7 answers

How to extend WiFi to another building?

I'm looking for a way to extend home WiFi into an adjoining building, where laying cable is not an option and packaging/LOS is a concern. I'd also like to reduce equipment cost, while not compromising endpoint throughput. Specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Jun 3, 2013 - 14 answers

More Details About Web Product Management, Please

What are some good resources and tips to get better at Product Management for an internet startup? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jun 1, 2013 - 2 answers

Internet in China

What are the best practices for internet security in China? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2013 - 10 answers

Making a WiFi network with my iMac?

I am trying to connect my iMac to my Blu-Ray player and laptop via Wifi, but I’m lost in the wilderness. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on May 30, 2013 - 11 answers

Did that outage just zap my internets?

We had a power outage for about 3 hours yesterday evening, and when I restarted my Mac mini, I could not connect to the internet. Our wireless modem/router is working fine, as our other Mac (an ancient PowerBook g4) and my phone can both go online using wifi. Please help! More things we've tried below: [more inside]
posted by asranixon on May 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Turbotaxable (but not yet Turbotaxed) oGovernment Paperwork

Websites and software like Turbotax make it fast and easy(-ish) to file taxes. But what about everything else? I'm curious what kinds of paperwork could be "turbotaxed," but doesn't yet have a streamlined website or program to help people get through the red tape. [more inside]
posted by Green Winnebago on May 29, 2013 - 8 answers

What are my options for home internet service in Savannah, GA?

Home DSL service has been declining in quality and stability in recent months, and I'm at the point where it's time to consider canceling and switching to a different provider. Search engine pages seem to be spammed with fake "index" sites." What are my options? If you use ATT or Comcast, how has your service worked?
posted by CBrachyrhynchos on May 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Computers and kids

I have one laptop in the house and one smartphone in the house. Both of these have my personal photos, texts, emails, etc on them. I also have one smart 10 year old in the house who uses these devices to google things, play games, type assignments, etc. How do I keep my personal stuff out of the site of my kiddo? [more inside]
posted by latkes on May 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for a searchable image-hosting solution

I have a large number of medium-sized image files (let's say 2000) that I want to host online in a publicly browsable gallery with tags. Is there any kind of service or software that will make this easy for me? [more inside]
posted by Lorc on May 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Logging Internet Traffic on Home Network

My mom, dad and I use the Internet at home on separate PC's. We always manage to go over our download limit. Is there anything out there that can use to log downloads on a monthly basis from 3 different PC's so I have an idea who the culprit is as far as exceeding bandwidth goes? Thanks peoples...
posted by Bacillus on May 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Software to monitor network activity AND which program is active?

I am looking for some software (cheap, free) that will tell me which program is currently accessing the net AND how much traffic is being transferred. [more inside]
posted by gnossos on May 22, 2013 - 5 answers

Is this the creepiest credit card hack ever?

Is this the creepiest credit card hack ever? [more inside]
posted by knmr76 on May 13, 2013 - 13 answers

What is this called

I'm seeing a trend emerge, but I can't quite put my finger on how to identify it. Does it already have a name? If not, help me come up with one (for an article I'm writing). The article's jumping off point is RapGenius's foray into annotating everything not just lyrics, the NYTimes' Quips tool, Medium.com's paragraph-level commenting/annotation system, and Findings.com. [more inside]
posted by AceRock on May 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Current technology trends for teens?

Parents, teachers, and those who work with youth: can you give me a heads up about what websites you have noticed your teens using? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on May 6, 2013 - 14 answers

Please recommend a UK based web hosting company

It has been a few years since I last needed to own a website - the need has arisen again and I am looking for recommendations for a decent UK based hosting company. Thanks!
posted by kenchie on Apr 29, 2013 - 14 answers

Options to add internet to a place that isn't wired for cable/broadband?

Are there options to add internet to a place that isn't wired for cable/broadband and doesn't have a phone line? The marina where I keep my sailboat does not have cable or telephone lines installed at the docks. I want to be able to use the internet while I am staying on my boat. Are there technology options available so that I can make this happen? What is the general connectivity speed of those options? Many thanks!
posted by matrushka on Apr 27, 2013 - 10 answers

What is OkCupid like for men?

I'm interested in the male experience when it comes to this popular dating site. [more inside]
posted by thank you silence on Apr 26, 2013 - 36 answers

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