System/network/desktop admins, what tools and utilities do you keep in your virtual toolbox? [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never
on Jun 1, 2011 -
I have a Western Digital Elements 1 TB External Hard Drive. I uploaded files onto it from a Mac, and want to put those files onto my PC. Problem is, my PC doesn't recognize my hard drive now when I plug it in, and instead asks me to reformat the whole drive (which I previously had to do on the Mac). [more inside]
posted by matticulate
on May 27, 2011 -
PC Screen Cleaning: What's the best way to clean a PC monitor? Tried water, scared of windex, changed the cloth type -- still have wipe marks and dust. Home readies or commercials solutions with type of cloth to use appreciated.
posted by Funmonkey1
on Apr 30, 2011 -
Can a Panasonic PV-GS120 be used for streaming video without a firewire port? Plus more questions! [more inside]
posted by fozzie33
on Apr 18, 2011 -
After 10 years of being blasé about downloading dodgy stuff from wherever I pleased, I've just messed up my computer in a single mouse click. It won't start up now, even in safe mode. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c
on Apr 16, 2011 -
iTunesFilter: I used to own an iPhone, and used Remote to control iTunes at home. I have both Macs and PCs at home, and would like to use both to be able to control iTunes playback on another machine (old system dedicated to stereo in kitchen/living room) remotely. I'd prefer not to use Remote Desktop. [more inside]
posted by smitt
on Apr 5, 2011 -
I am having problems with a new video card. I'm wondering if it's the card, the system board or some other part of the whole system. I would like to figure this out in time to send the card back to Newegg. [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA
on Mar 17, 2011 -
I have the source code for my app... how do I compile it without access to a Mac? [more inside]
posted by Seeba
on Mar 15, 2011 -
Recommend an external hard drive? I'm looking for something in the 500GB range, Windows (XP) format, UBS 2.0 or earlier. Thanks!
posted by The Ardship of Cambry
on Mar 12, 2011 -
I would like to display Karaoke lyrics over a live
webcam feed. This means I might need a skype (or equivalent) plugin that plays the music & lyrics, or
find some karaoke software with the ability to display lyrics over a transparent background. (That is, to have windowless karaoke display, and run the webcam feed behind it. )
All the software (I can find) to play .CDG
(karaoke lyric standard) files forces them to be played with an image background, or over a video file. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Mar 10, 2011 -
Is there a no-frills sticky note app that will simply display a txt file? Preferably for both mac and PC? [more inside]
posted by jnnla
on Mar 7, 2011 -
I'm trying to pull old Ensoniq SQ-80 sequencer files from ancient floppies, and I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark
on Mar 7, 2011 -
My XP desktop's motherboard spitzensparken. Kaput. Can anyone share advice on how best to migrate the contents of a crufty, crowded XP boot drive, to a new Vista system build, ideally booting on a new solid state drive? (Hardware recommendations on a new system are also welcome!) [more inside]
posted by markkraft
on Mar 4, 2011 -
Will the "iPad 2 3G" works with other carriers other than AT&T or Verizon?
posted by omaralarifi
on Mar 2, 2011 -
What could possibly be going on with my new (to me) Windows 7 desktop? Windows seemingly installs fine, then eventually (most recently after the first reboot), it hangs at a black screen. More details inside... [more inside]
posted by pilibeen
on Mar 1, 2011 -
[AbletonLiveFilter]Is the fact that many of my samples/wavs/VST plugins are on an external hard drive the reason that Live is quitting on me? [more inside]
posted by kuanes
on Feb 21, 2011 -
Is it possible to make/receive calls and send/receive texts using my PC, rather than my phone? [more inside]
posted by jeatsy
on Feb 16, 2011 -
ComputerBuyingFilter: My beloved iBook is on his last legs. I haven't owned a Windows computer in nearly 7 years, but I'm considering buying one as my next computer. What would you tell a longtime Mac user who's considering going Windows? [more inside]
posted by kagredon
on Feb 11, 2011 -
I have a guest staying with me who suggests that Apple uses PCs and PC-based CAD software for doing the mechanical design of their products. I'm skeptical, and consult the mighty and infallible Oracle of Metafilter for first hand verification. Anyone know what they use... for real?
posted by FauxScot
on Feb 2, 2011 -
Is there any sort of headset I can get that I can use both with my PC and my 360? Bonus for wireless setups. [more inside]
posted by deezil
on Feb 1, 2011 -
Catalog application: I'm looking for a lite or open source app, to Catalog all files,folders & media on my PC & Mac ,that can be saved in pdf. I can search , store on my PCs and Macs,so that when I create a backup volume, I can know what is on it.
I have tried a few lite and open source apps, but dislike ones I tried ( PixDiskat 1.08 ,Media Catalog Studio Lite 5.9, MediaMonkey because it conflicts with itunes)
posted by pcmactech
on Feb 1, 2011 -
What's the best and most reasonably priced software (or free method), on both the Mac and PC platforms, for scheduling computer startup and shutdown, along with application startup and shutdown. Different software for each platform is fine. Being able to control this from an iPhone would be great too. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Jan 27, 2011 -
If one sets up a RAM stick as temporary storage to reduce writes on a SSD (via http://goo.gl/7cem) or for any other reason, can that particular RAM stick to be utilized only
in this manner? [more inside]
posted by robobrent
on Jan 20, 2011 -
For my mother: a totally unexciting Windows tech question! Mysterious error code, and PC won't boot fully after updating antivirus software. [more inside]
posted by jon1270
on Jan 13, 2011 -
I'm near Ottawa, Ontario; I need to ship a defective video card to California. What way gives me the best combination of low cost/speed/reliability? [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday
on Jan 4, 2011 -
What is the best Anti-virus and firewall apps for a Win 7 PC in 2011?
I just purchased a new Dell PC, and I'd like to set it up with a good anti-virus and firewall program.
The general consensus seems to be that McAfee and Norton are bloated, resource-hoggy, and ineffective. Google turns up plenty of free programs, but credible, CURRENT reviews are hard to find.
Many of the big programs offer "security centers" - huge programs that combine anti-virus, firewall, malware removers, and phishing protection. Some of this seems necessary, others not-so-much.
Also, Win 7 has a firewall built-in; since I'm not remotely a security expert - I have no idea if this is sufficient, or I need a 3rd party app on top (or instead of it).
So, what's a conscientious but non-expert Windows user to do?
(I know, I know - get a Mac. Which I've done - I LOVE my iMac. But I ALSO need a PC for work...)
posted by stuehler
on Jan 3, 2011 -
Two PCs have died in our house over that past month. Both were old(ish) and neither was much-loved, so no tragedies (we back them up). I've already replaced one (a 7 year old Dell Dimension 8400) and will eventually replace the other -- a Mac mini. Here's my question: any idea why both would suffer similar deaths?
In both cases, they seem to boot up, show the first stage of loading their respective OS, then cycle straight into a non-responsive screen with only a tiny square of light (ala the Matrix). Both machines have surge protectors and the PC had a profusion of anti-whatnot software. Any ideas?
posted by JConUK
on Jan 1, 2011 -
Just bought an iPad and realized that Apple products do strange things to the photos on my website, but everything looks fine on a PC. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy
on Dec 21, 2010 -