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Clean personal info off work computer while leaving apps behind?

I got a new job (cool!) but have to turn in my MacBook Air from old job (oh well). Since I also used as my primary laptop for personal stuff, like banking and Facebook, it also has a ton of personal data on it. (I plan to buy my own laptop for next job. And no, I did not look at naughty stuff on it -- I do have a tablet.) The company wants the programs already installed left on the computer, which is reasonable -- so leave Photoshop and Word installed -- but I want to clear off any personal data. Is there a good way to scrub an Apple computer while leaving programs behind? Right now you could go to Twitter on my browser and log into my personal account without a problem. (I realize I can just Clear History on browsers, but also looking for deeper scrub, such as WiFi passwords and stuff on keychains).
posted by Peemster on Aug 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Good resources for learning about money?

I'd like a resource, be it a website, blog, book, etc. for learning about money, such as explaining inflation, compound interest, types of savings accounts, etc. I'm basically trying to learn how money works. Thanks. :)
posted by Cybria on Apr 22, 2013 - 7 answers

I have a problem with certain types of questions. Help me to understand why and how I can deal with my discomfort.

I have been struggling to figure something out. There are certain types of questions I have trouble with, and I would like to understand what types of questions these are, why am I so uncomfortable with them, and what can I do to make dealing with them less unpleasant. [more inside]
posted by matrushka on Dec 29, 2012 - 58 answers

How often do you talk about personal things?

How often do you talk about personal topics with friends, co-workers, etc...? [more inside]
posted by ohtimorousme on Oct 24, 2012 - 27 answers

Do you remember this study about deep/meaningful conversations?

There was a study a few years back where they had two people meet and discuss a list of questions. The control pairs got a basic set of superficial interview questions (what's your name, do you have siblings, where are you from) and the other got a specially designed set of questions that increasingly went into meaningful, personal topics. At the end, pairs in the test group tended to report a deep bond with their partner and went on to become friends after the study. Can you find me the study and/or the questions?
posted by sdis on Jun 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Can a person hack my Mac's webcam?

Can a tech-savvy person hack the webcam on a Macbook through the wireless network? How can I stop it if it is happening? [more inside]
posted by hungry hippo on May 29, 2012 - 11 answers

I need help deciding on a home data storage/NAS solution.

I need help deciding on a home data storage/NAS solution. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on May 16, 2012 - 11 answers

I like my *insert alcohol here* old and my women young.

Does a liquor exist that meets the following [read: personal] criteria? What about a cigar to go with it? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on May 14, 2012 - 28 answers

Help with naming personal shopping business.

Asking for a redheaded friend in Birmingham, AL: Please help name my personal shopping/errands business! [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow on Apr 3, 2012 - 15 answers

How much time do you spend budgeting and tracking spending?

How much time do you spend each week or month budgeting, tracking spending, thinking about your money, paying bills, etc.? These are tasks that I hate, and I , therefore, do not dedicate enough time to do them. Right now money comes in (paychecks are automatically deposited into my checking and savings accounts) and money goes out (bills are paid automatically by my banks and I spend cash and use my debit card). However, I'm not tracking everything I spend (I know that I should be), and I'm not budgeting for the future. I have a (very) small savings, but basically live paycheck to paycheck. I know that tracking spending and budgeting are the way out of this trap, but I'm loathe to get started (again--I've tried before), because of how much time I anticipate it will take. If you are tracking spending and budgeting on a regular (weekly?) basis, how much time does this activity take in order to have a clear picture of your finances and adequately plan for the future? Thanks in advance for your replies.
posted by buddylove on Sep 14, 2011 - 21 answers

can you recommend insightful books?

Ask for book recommendation for personal growth [more inside]
posted by akomom on Aug 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Foreign Not Domestic

Can anyone recommend some contemporary foreign personal essayists? [more inside]
posted by John of Michigan on Aug 2, 2011 - 7 answers

Should I be keeping over a decade of personal email?

I've been keeping all of my personal email since 2001. I keep it nicely organized in yearly folders and sub-folders...but should I? [more inside]
posted by jspierre on Jul 19, 2011 - 18 answers

Divide it amongst yourselves.

If all the people in all the world took all of their cash (whether it's in a bank or not) and divided it equally amongst everyone, how much would each and every person in the world end up with? [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Jul 18, 2011 - 17 answers

+1 Smoke -1 Fire?

What could cause someone to smell like clean campfire wood smoke--besides camping by a fire? [more inside]
posted by MidSouthern Mouth on May 10, 2011 - 51 answers

Think of it as a PO Box for your phone...

PrivacyFilter -- Please help me find a way to keep my personal phone number hidden from prying eyes. [more inside]
posted by kensch on Dec 31, 2010 - 7 answers

What's in a name? Some MX records, email headers, cat pictures.

I need a better domain name for personal and professional email, and perhaps as a landing page for people to find me on the internet. The problem is that I have an extremely generic name and all the usual suspects are taken. Please suggest or help me find something distinct and foolproof for email. [more inside]
posted by cgomez on Jul 28, 2010 - 42 answers

Cheap personal laser printers?

What is a good bare-bones black-and-white laser printer for home use? [more inside]
posted by fatty magoo on May 10, 2010 - 21 answers

Where can my friend get a loan?

Friend needs about $3000 fairly quickly for an unexpected expense, but has some late payments on her credit report. The credit union she uses and the bank where she has an account have both denied her already because of delinquent accounts. [more inside]
posted by howrobotsaremade on Apr 25, 2010 - 24 answers

Three ways to embrace dreams?

I have accepted a job with the United Nations and will be going to Sudan in the next eight weeks once the visa is cleared. I want to make the next couple of months as personally joyful as possible - help me work in three areas of focus I can do every day. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Apr 24, 2010 - 7 answers

Christmas Betrayal! Or not?

I have a problem with a broken Christmas promise. My girlfriend and I agreed that since money was tight, we would not buy gifts for each other. We would purchase gifts for family. Children, parents, siblings. But we would only buy for others. Not for us. Then my girlfriend bought me an iPod Touch. While I certainly love the gift I feel that I should now buy her something, even though she insists that I do not. I'm thinking that since the agreement was broken (granted with love) I have the right to purchase her a gift. (With love) But OTOH, would that be loving, or tit for tat? Am I overthinking this? Is it a given that I get her a gift? Or should I just accept my gift and leave it alone, and in my mind maybe be missing some signal of some sort? While money is tight, it isn't so bad that I couldn't get her something. It doesn't have to be the same amount, but I'd feel like crap if I didn't get her a gift now. Help!
posted by Splunge on Dec 25, 2009 - 51 answers

What are those personalized audio cones above me at the museum?

What are the personal/individual audio cones are museums called? Is it possible to make one at home relatively inexpensively? [more inside]
posted by codybaldwin on Nov 23, 2009 - 3 answers

A little distance, please, people!

Help me say, nicely, "Please don't touch my child". [more inside]
posted by lottie on Oct 1, 2009 - 54 answers

What to do with $1000USD

A charity gave me $1,000 USD they raised for me after a drunk driver wiped me and my motorcycle out. I am 56 yrs. old, sick from cancer and will be losing my job in December. I have little savings and will have to work at whatever my body lets me do, and probably lose my health insurance. I plan on selling my home and its contents and downsizing to a studio apartment. I have no credit card debt but hold two mortgages, both will be a wash at the sale. What is the best bang for my buck for this $1000 in this economy? A CD? Online savings account? Any suggestions?
posted by ~Sushma~ on Sep 15, 2009 - 14 answers

camping toilet advice

Prior to a few short camping breaks this summer I'm looking to purchase a camping portaloo - more for my wife's benefit you understand! Any advice on models/makes etc and how much chemical stock I need. Also how user friendly are they?, if you know what I mean...
posted by cameronfromedinburgh on May 31, 2009 - 2 answers

Fill my room with the wonderful sound of tweets

What are some awesome Twitter feeds - cool people or information I need to know? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Nov 3, 2008 - 15 answers

Personal Finance with Pounds

"Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery." British personal finance blogs, forums and other resources? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Feb 15, 2008 - 6 answers

"When I'm goin' to the movies / I take up seven rows because I'm ... "

Many adjectives used to describe overweight men in a nonoffensive manner can also be used to describe muscular men (i.e. stout, beefy, etc.). What are some adjectives that describe, with a positive or neutral connotation, the state of being both male and overweight, but that are not used (or at least not commonly used) to describe muscular men as well? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Oct 10, 2007 - 52 answers

What philosophies of personal identity are out there?

What philosophies of personal identity are out there? [more inside]
posted by nile_red on Nov 15, 2005 - 15 answers

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