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iPad best practices

My laptop died. Boo. I got a new iPad Air. Yay, I guess. How should I set up my privacy, security, and general user preferences? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Sep 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Display issues on my laptop

My new laptop works perfectly except for the screen. At boot, the contrast is almost grey. On certain colors/wavelengths(?), there seem to be tiny pixels gyrating, almost like snow on old-fashioned TVs, but much smaller. It's nonetheless distracting. What settings do I change? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Aug 10, 2014 - 1 answer

Mac printing only in landscape layout, not portrait, in Firefox

A couple of weeks ago, our office Mac (OS X 10.7.5) started printing everything from Firefox (30.0) in landscape layout (on our HP laserjet CM1312nfi), when we need portrait layout to be the default. [more inside]
posted by Lettuce_Leaves on Jun 23, 2014 - 4 answers

My Roland RD-700 doesn't sound good; help me fine-tune the settings.

I recently purchased a Roland RD-700, which sounded ay-may-zing when I was playing it in-store. Playing it at home (without headphones), though, it sounds a bit dull; the highs don't sing, and the lows have no power. It sounded like a concert piano in-store, and it sounds like a sub-$500 keyboard at home. Please help me configure my keyboard settings/speaker location so I can get this keyboard sounding the way it should. The [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on May 13, 2014 - 9 answers

How to turn off vibrations in latest Android?

I recently got a Moto X, running the latest KitKat OS. I set up a few basic apps, turned off the sound and vibration to everything, but still every tweet reply and email I get causes the phone to do a short vibrate jolt on notification. I also get the haptic keyboard vibration feedback when typing on it. I've googled, turned every sound/vibrate option off in Settings and still can't get this phone to be quiet and vibrate-free on both counts. What am I doing wrong here?
posted by mathowie on Mar 9, 2014 - 5 answers

How to "copy on drag" text in Windows 7?

I need to copy text between a commercial text editor (TextPad 6.1.3 by Helios) and a home brew program used by my company. When I try to do this now, the highlighted text is moved/cut rather than copied. Is there a Windows 7 or TextPad setting I can use to force the behavior to copy rather than cut the text? [more inside]
posted by moxiequz on Feb 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Facebook's 'eavesdrop' setting?

So what function of Facebook is it that lets my friends see the comments I've made on pages I like - which they have NOT liked - and comment on them? I've gotten into several conversations lately made more uncomfortable by someone not in the community I'm commenting to jumping in and making a comment about my participation. I thought I had my settings pretty nailed down, but can't figure out where this one is. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Aug 23, 2012 - 21 answers

Google Checkout Catch-22

How can I make changes to a Google Checkout account when the tabs that have all the settings (including Settings) are MIA and Google is telling me they can't help me because they claim my Merchant ID and my account email don't match!? [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Apr 10, 2012 - 2 answers

I watched Downton Abbey instead of the Super Bowl

(Asking for a friend) What is the wooden measuring stick called that is used to adjust the table settings during the opening credits of Downton Abbey? [more inside]
posted by El_Marto on Feb 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Do not like colors.

Can I switch the colors on my Android phone to grayscale? [more inside]
posted by blargerz on Feb 12, 2012 - 7 answers

dns settings questions

I have a profile hosted by a social media site that I would like to customize with a personal domain. The directions involve me changing my domain's A record to a certain IP, but my IT guy says that doing so will screw up the other domains that are hosted in my family's all-inclusive account. Why? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Jan 31, 2012 - 12 answers

Double-zero sept just isn't the same.

My DVD player automatically plays all DVDs in French. I like French and all, but James Bond is so much more fun in English! [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on Jun 9, 2011 - 9 answers

What WinAmp equalizer setting will most emphasize the bass guitar?

What WinAmp equalizer setting will most emphasize the bass guitar? [more inside]
posted by Trurl on May 14, 2011 - 3 answers

Facebook friends

I have an old friend Ned (who is not friends with any of my other friends) on facebook. I comment on and discuss many things with this Ned. My other friends (who are not friends with Ned, live in a different state, have never met Ned, and have no connection to him except my existence!) show up on Ned's page liking what I have said and occasionally even adding to the discussion. [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Apr 18, 2011 - 24 answers

A blue monitor, but not the blue screen of death

Why did my monitor turn blue? ... and now today, I cant seem to get it to work. (I'm sooo clueless.) [more inside]
posted by saragoodman3 on Nov 30, 2010 - 11 answers

How to restore a 1GHz Power PC G4 Mac to factory settings?

I'm giving my 1GHz Power PC G4 Mac to a charity because I'm getting a new Intel-based one. What's the best way to restore it to factory settings, so there's no trace of my personal data or installed programs on it? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Nov 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Restore to factory settings and programs and wiping clean personal info?

Bought a (windows 7) dell inspirion laptop. too many problems, company finally giving a refund. how do i restore it to factory settings and delete all personal data? I do NOT want to reformat the hard disk, i want to leave the system programs intact. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister on Nov 1, 2010 - 12 answers

Help my computer remember program locations with dual-monitor setup.

Dual-monitor setup and saving preference settings? [more inside]
posted by Twicketface on Oct 25, 2010 - 3 answers

Rundll32 crashes

I have just re-installed Windows Vista, and when trying to change power settings, rundll32 crashes. Help! [more inside]
posted by edbyford on Sep 17, 2010 - 6 answers

Re-installing OSX and copying files over from a backup without employing Migration Assistant

Question about re-installing OSX and copying files over from a backup—but without using Migration Assistant. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Aug 27, 2010 - 4 answers

Computer screen blinking on and off

My secondary PC screen is blinking on and off when certain events occur. [more inside]
posted by Harald74 on Jul 29, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me make my new Mac like my old one, but faster — and fast.

Migrating my Mac — any good checklists out there? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Apr 15, 2010 - 19 answers

Change-resistant PC Question of the Week

How do I make my 23" LCD monitor act like a 17-18" one? [more inside]
posted by kreestar on Feb 22, 2010 - 14 answers

What do these printer settings do?

Anyone know what these laser printer driver settings do? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Feb 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me understand Facebook privacy settings

How can I hide all posts by me from a list of friends on Facebook? [more inside]
posted by Maia on Feb 5, 2010 - 7 answers

Obligatory Toto joke here

KansasFilter: writing a novel set in Kansas. Can you give me some advice about localisms that you had to have lived there to know? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on Jan 28, 2010 - 41 answers

When I say draft I mean draft!

How can I get my HP printer to work correctly with my MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on May 19, 2009 - 11 answers

Don't look into the light!

I currently have an iMac 24" (early 2008). If you are acustom to the iMac you'll know that the brightness setting is extremely high. Unfortunately everytime I boot the computer up the brightness settings reset and I have to go through the hassle of lowering the brightness. Why is the keyboard/mac doing this? and can it be fixed?
posted by nam3d on May 18, 2009 - 8 answers

Shooting video in the dark on a budget

Please help me prepare for taking video in the dark next month! I know very little about taking video and I need help preparing for an event where I won't have any second chances for re-shooting. [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Apr 18, 2009 - 4 answers

How to get my motherboard to recognize all 6GB of RAM

New Asus P6T motherboard only showing 4GB of RAM in BIOS when I have 6 installed. :( [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Mar 14, 2009 - 7 answers

Where are custom settings stored in Word 2000?

What file are settings (created macros, custom toolbar buttons, etc.) stored in in Word 2000? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 on Jan 18, 2009 - 2 answers

Why Oh Why, YUI?

DrupalFilter: I need help configuring YUI Rich Text Editor so that it appears in specific non-body fields in a specific content type [CCK-created bio page] while also appearing site-wide in all body fields. [more inside]
posted by fourcheesemac on Dec 12, 2008 - 3 answers

iphone app dev question

High level iphone app dev question [more inside]
posted by daveyt on Dec 1, 2008 - 7 answers

How do I get my work POP3 account at home to have the same content (emails) as my work computer in Outlook?

How do I get my work POP3 account at home to have the same content (emails) as my work computer in Outlook? [more inside]
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse on Nov 2, 2008 - 6 answers

Is there such a thing as DOF bracketing?

Another photography question regarding bracketing aperture and locking exposure. Is this possible on either a Canon or Nikon dSLR? [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Oct 4, 2008 - 15 answers

Help me restore my Windows XP settings. DARN YOU SP3!!!

How can I restore the settings I had from my previous Windows XP setup? [more inside]
posted by slavlin on May 8, 2008 - 11 answers

facebook privacy setting wierdness

Is anybody else experiencing privacy setting wierdness on facebook today, or have I broken my internets? [more inside]
posted by chrissyboy on Apr 2, 2008 - 3 answers

I can has gud spelling?

Why is Firefox refusing to spellcheck? [more inside]
posted by Phire on Mar 11, 2008 - 4 answers

Lost user settings on a win XP machine

Please help me restore my user settings (Win XP Pro). All of my wife's personal settings (also folders and files) have beem sent to the recycle bin upon restart. I tried to use the recycle bin restore feature, but to no avail. There is only one user account, and that seems to be set to new machine status. She wants her desktop back ! Last time, you guys saved my butt...can you do it again? Thanks.
posted by lobstah on Jan 11, 2008 - 4 answers

Help me test the waters with Google Apps

I'm trying to set up Google Apps Email Premiere for just a few users for testing. I'm following the instructions on the Pilot program help page, and I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. [more inside]
posted by edjusted on Oct 13, 2007 - 5 answers

But it's just a little scratch

On my Linux-based laptop and desktop, I've been having trouble reading DVDs that have even the slightest scratches. It seemed that Windows was a bit more tolerant of imperfections--is there any way to modify my [Ubuntu] settings so that it doesn't hang at the first missed bit? [more inside]
posted by zachxman on Jul 31, 2007 - 7 answers

How do I change

How can I change permissions so that i can run an underclocking program for my notebook under a guest account? I've looked in the control panel under administrator tools and tried changing some registry key permissions. [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji on Jun 18, 2007 - 2 answers

How to fix this icon?

How can I change the icon (that shows up in My Computer, etc.) for a hard drive in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on Mar 14, 2007 - 6 answers

Device Manager in XP doesn't see LCD monitor

Help! I've just reinstalled Windows XP, and now my computer doesn't recognize that I have a monitor in the Device Manager, which means I can't install drivers, which means my screen in currently in 4-bit colour mode. Which is really not going to sit well with my family if I can't fix it. [more inside]
posted by Dasein on Feb 21, 2007 - 12 answers

Firefox settings not being saved

Firefox won't save my settings. [more inside]
posted by docpops on Oct 4, 2006 - 6 answers

Stroke my Photoshop, the same way every time

Can I set defaults in Photoshop CS2? Specifically, I want to change the Layer Style "stroke" default. [more inside]
posted by pithy comment on Mar 14, 2006 - 4 answers

Better sound device management on OSX?

Is there a widget or other worthwhile utility out there that can give me slightly easier, and better, control of the "Sound" settings on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon on Dec 15, 2005 - 10 answers

How do I change my monitor display from vertical back to horizontal?

Ack. Happily coding away in DreamWeaver when my monitor hiccuped, and suddenly my horizontal display had been switched to a vertical one (ie, so I need to rotate my monitor 90 degrees CW to read properly). No amount of poking around Windows XP settings or Googling has given me the simple solution I seek: How on earth do I switch back to a regular horizontal view? Everything else seems to be working just dandy.
posted by missmobtown on Nov 21, 2005 - 13 answers

Why the cyclical disconnects?

Help me get this to work! My iBook/SBC DSL/Airport express will not stay online. I'm 99% sure it's just some simple setting issue. I just switched to mac so I really don't know my way around or am really familiar with the terminology... [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Nov 20, 2005 - 7 answers

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Every time I open Adobe Acrobat, it creates a folder in My Documents called "My eBooks." How can I stop this? I hate repeatedly deleting this folder, and I'd rather not just make it "hidden." [more inside]
posted by clgregor on Sep 28, 2005 - 6 answers

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