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How to erase a computer hard drive and installing free basic software.

This is going back to this question where I'm dealing with obsolete computer equipment. This weekend's discovery was a laptop at least 10 years old, a desktop computer of over 5 years not running on a Windows system, and another desktop over 5 years running on Windows Vista. [more inside]
posted by adapt on Sep 29, 2014 - 12 answers

Software skills for aspiring technical writer

How do I know I’ve taught myself enough technical writing software (number of programs and my abilities therein) for potential employers to take me seriously? [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Jul 23, 2014 - 6 answers

These projects aren't going to manage themselves

What would you recommend for project management and research-sharing among 15 people? We want to replace Redbooth fka Teambox with something that works and suits our needs better (specifics within). Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by andromache on Mar 6, 2014 - 6 answers

How much can "tech" at work see of what I am doing?

How much can "tech" at work see of what I am doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2013 - 11 answers

To R or not to R

My office has recently had some funds open up and we are looking into investing in some statistical software to make our lives easier. We do a lot of work with distribution fitting, Monte Carlo analysis, and regression analysis with data sets that may contain left or right censored data. Unfortunately, we only have a few days to identify the best software package for our buck. Alternatively, the idea has been floated to download the free R software and spend the money on some training to get over the steep learning curve. What program or approach would be the best use of our money?
posted by C'est la D.C. on Aug 12, 2013 - 23 answers

Does anyone even buy desktops?

Is there a market for custom built computers sold through an independent person, versus Dell or HP? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on May 18, 2013 - 32 answers

Backup software copying entire contents of laptop *twice*!

I backed up the contents of my ASUS UL50VT laptop in 2011 to my Seagate external hard drive using their Memeo software. In 2012, I connected the Seagate again and ran a second backup, and it created a separate folder where it stored all the new files I'd gained since the previous time. So far, so good. Now when I try to back it up again, it has started from scratch--duplicating the entire contents of my 450 GB laptop to a third folder. I'm gonna use up all my hard drive space this way, stat. Any way to make it back up only the new files again, like it did before?
posted by manzanita on Feb 23, 2013 - 2 answers

How do you go about finding copyright information for old computer game?

Trying to find out copyright information on 20 year old game. (more below) [more inside]
posted by gb77 on Feb 20, 2013 - 19 answers

If someone says Tricorder....

Researchers, Writers, Grad Students, and Professors: Tell me about your technical setup (hardware and software). What do you use, and what couldn't you live without? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Nov 2, 2012 - 25 answers

Advice on converting a python program to a web app?

Hi I have programmed on eclipse, a reasonably straightforward program in Python 2.7 that applies image filters to user selected images e.g. by turning them to sepia, black & white, negative, etc. It uses Tkinter for the graphics user interface and the program functions ok. However, I was thinking about how to turn this into a web app. So to transfer this to an Amazon cloud server, I understand that for the client side user interface I would need to convert the program by adding html and javascript to the client side while python handles the server side? Does anyone know of any tutorials or other resources that are particularly good at covering web apps like this using python, html and javascript?
posted by conrad101 on Sep 19, 2012 - 3 answers

Assemble JPGs into a PDF?

I have a folder of JPG files. I want to create a PDF with one of those JPGs on each page. I don't want to spend any money. I am using a Windows computer. [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Aug 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Can you help me find this blog post?

Some tech blogger - probably one with a Mac focus - wrote a post about leaving TextMate for a different text editor, in the style of someone addressing a person with whom they were ending a romantic relationship. Can you help me find it?
posted by Egg Shen on Jul 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Outlook 2010 tortures my poor corporate soul

Outlook 2010 Filter - Why oh why do the changes I make to body portion of .oft email templates not save correctly? Woah not all at once now! [more inside]
posted by amazingstill on Jun 27, 2012 - 2 answers

Finding A Job In Chicago Without A Clue

I would like to get a new job in Chicago. What are some things I can do over the summer to maximize my odds at finding employment in the windy city? My field is software engineering. [more inside]
posted by Green With You on Apr 23, 2012 - 8 answers

I need to be reminded that my current apartment situation is finite.

Renter's Remorse Filter. I moved into a new place and I cannot stand it (upstairs neighbor sounds like an elephant, asinine condo regulations, horrible parking, etc.) Is there a countdown timer utility (Mac OS 10.6) or email service that I can use to count down the weeks I have left to live here? Ideally, I would like to receive an email at the end of every week, saying I have X number of weeks left.
posted by invisible ink on Feb 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Teen Edutainment?

We are sending a nifty notebook computer to a 13 year-old girl in the Philippines, and wish to load it with interesting software to entertain and educate her. What programs do you recommend? You may also suggest bookmarks to awesome websites.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Feb 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Cursor in Photoshop Elements 8 driving me nuts. Help?!

Why is my cursor spinning (i.e. "thinking") so frequently in Photoshop Elements 8 (PSE 8)? [more inside]
posted by aelish on Jan 28, 2012 - 7 answers

How can I thoroughly test the Windows 7 desktop machine I built for my dad before I give it back to him?

How can I thoroughly test the Windows 7 desktop machine I built for my dad before I give it back to him? He lives 4.5 hours away so I won't be able to easily respond to problems once he has it. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Dec 19, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me set up a family PC

Help me set up a family PC [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Dec 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Need to create a karaoke video, but I'm picky.

I'm looking for a piece of software that I can use to create a karaoke video with Japanese text that scrolls at a constant rate. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Nov 14, 2011 - 5 answers

Help a nerdy girl learn R-programming

Anyone know of good online or in-person (in the Philadelphia) training options for R statistical programming? [more inside]
posted by moshimosh on Nov 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Need advice on shutting down a commercial software project.

I've reached a point where I don't have the desire to continue developing my commercial software product.  I need some help on deciding what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Computer Fixing Software

ComputerToolsFilter: Just cause i work in the industry (Computer) im always getting ask from family and friends to fix their computers. Can you please give me a list of mandatory tools and software that you use so i can always be prepared when im fixing their laptop, pc, printer, router, viruses, spyware, etc? Basically im looking to put a laptop together with essential software for fixing all my friends and familys needs? All suggestions will be appreciated.
posted by flipmiester99 on Nov 8, 2011 - 11 answers

I need to make my parents' computer father-proof.

How do I keep my father from wrecking his computer - again? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Nov 7, 2011 - 27 answers

How do I most effectively learn how to program?

I'd love to learn how to program effectively in a language like C++ or Java, so that I can, within a year or so, be somewhat productive. [more inside]
posted by oaklandj on Oct 30, 2011 - 17 answers

Why does my iMac refuse to download Flash Player and other things?

I have a Mac desktop with OS X 10.6.8 and use Firefox. When I try to download something like CCleaner or updated version of Adobe Flash, I'm unable to do so. Instead I'm told I've chosen to open a binary file, and when I click Save File, a blank box opens with a "Download" label, but then just sits there: a blank white box apparently doing nothing. I wait, and nothing happens. I'm computer dumb, so be gentle. Have I got my settings screwed up, or am I not doing something I should? This has happened a bunch of times when I try to download other stuff. I hate being ignorant. Many thanks if you can help.
posted by fivesavagepalms on Sep 30, 2011 - 7 answers

Male-dominated workplaces that work for women - the good, the better and the best

I'm wondering about what measures can be taken to increase gender diversity in male-dominated workplaces. For women who work in male-dominated fields - how did your company's culture contribute to creating an appealing work environment for you? What can be done to build and foster this kind of culture? [more inside]
posted by remixnine on Sep 11, 2011 - 25 answers

I don't think Fortran and punchcards cut it anymore...

Which programming languages are best suited to creating a timetabling application? [more inside]
posted by bister on Jun 26, 2011 - 16 answers

How often will I have the chance to stare at my own torn rotator cuff?

Please help me open the MRI images on the CD-rom I received when I left the hospital. [more inside]
posted by purplefiber on May 16, 2011 - 12 answers

How do I get 32-bit only software to work on Windows 7 x64?

I have a piece of software that works on Windows 7, 32-bit, but not on x64 versions. Is it possible to get it working on my computer, perhaps in a VM? I also have the linux version of the software. [more inside]
posted by Canageek on Mar 23, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I move my dev environment to another PC?

What's the best way to do a complete clone/copy/export/duplicate/mirror/whatever of an Eclipse-based development environment and move it to another PC? [more inside]
posted by nmaster64 on Mar 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Can my employer see what I do at home?

Is there any way I can determine, with a high degree of confidence, whether or not my employer can track what I do on my home network using my employer-purchased Mac running OS X 5.8? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2011 - 13 answers

How to record youtube videos

Is there any way to record or download youtube videos for free using some software? Thanks.
posted by da_wump on Feb 1, 2011 - 17 answers

Setting Up A New Laptop For Your Mom?

The essentials of setting up a new computer for your mom? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Dec 26, 2010 - 24 answers

Apples and Oranges

No really, what is the difference between a Mac and a PC? [more inside]
posted by oohisay on Dec 14, 2010 - 33 answers

Is there a tool to help me consolidate all these image files?

MacFilter: Looking for a program or shell script that will allow me to quickly and easily scan my computer (Mac) for duplicates of images and consolidate them so that aren't redundant copies taking up space everywhere. [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Oct 26, 2010 - 3 answers

Coding Practice

Programming Filter: I'm applying for software jobs, but I don't want to forget what I know. How should I practice to keep my skills sharp? [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean on Oct 21, 2010 - 22 answers

Newbie to MS Access deleted something essential. HELP!

[MSAccess Filter] HELP! I have been thrust into Access with no understanding of how it works beyond a 10-minute "use this" and "do that" session. Now I think I inadvertently deleted a couple of essential "forms." Can I get them back? Or rebuild them? I know the data must still be in there, but I don't know how to display it. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Sep 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Software patents are evil

The license system used by my company supposedly infringes a patent. Help me find some examples of similar license systems which existed before the patent was granted. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2010 - 13 answers

What software and games should I put on my Grandfather's new PC?

What software and games should I put on my Grandfather's new PC? [more inside]
posted by thewittyname on Jun 17, 2010 - 12 answers

I can access the internet, but my mac software cannot. Help!

Please Hope Me! My internet connection is fine as is my internet access - but none my mac software is connected to the internet it seems. [more inside]
posted by JaiMahodara on Jun 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Can you recommend software to manage a small medical practice?

Please help me find patient or practice management software for a SMALL chiropractic office. [more inside]
posted by SuperErin on Mar 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Temporary Internet Turnoff Software for PC?

I found a free application called Freedom whereby one can disable one's internet access for up to eight hours, unless one re-boots. But it is exclusively for the Mac, and I run PC's. I can't find a version or a similar app for my Windows Vista-equipped PC. Does anyone know of such program? [more inside]
posted by swlabr on Feb 1, 2010 - 19 answers

Writer meets arthritis

Mac voice-recognition software for a writer with arthritis. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Dec 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Make me more geeky!

How can I (non-programmer), create a customized installer? (see details please!) [more inside]
posted by stevyb on Oct 3, 2009 - 7 answers

Great idea for a course--horribly misdirected.

I'm taking an innovative course on using technology for humanitarian causes, taught by a professor I really like. But it's awful! How can I tell him what I think, and/or turn this disaster of a course into something worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2009 - 29 answers

High fidelity DVD ripping

High fidelity DVD ripping: collecting short videos from separate DVDs without losing any quality [more inside]
posted by sloe on Aug 25, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me rescue a .QIC backup file?

IT Filter: Anyone know of a resource or protocol for opening .QIC files (Old Windows backup file format) short of finding a machine with Windows 95/98 on it? Had a laptop stolen and this is the only format in which I still have ALL of my writing from college/grad school. Any help is appreciated (please no lectures on backing up files... have learned my lesson.)
posted by Prevailing Southwest on Aug 10, 2009 - 4 answers

Bringing Big Brother closer to home.

I'm curious about 'trojan' software for tracking a computer after it's been stolen. [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu on Aug 7, 2009 - 9 answers

Put me on a continuum

What free software (or adroit use of SmartDraw or basic MS Office products) provides a template for making pretty continuum figures/charts for inclusion in a Word document? [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra on Jul 28, 2009 - 3 answers

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