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Devil Computer, Stop Updating Yourself

This morning I was working on my computer, and stopped to take a break for lunch. I left my computer on--it generally goes to sleep after 10 minutes of inactivity. When I returned from lunch, my computer had unexpectedly shut down and had to be rebooted. Once it restarted, I noticed that it had updated several programs that have been prompting me for updates, like iTunes and Firefox. (I had purposefully not been updating them.) My computer requires permission from me to update programs like this, and it has never updated programs without that permission. Any thoughts as to what might have happened this time? [more inside]
posted by Bella Sebastian on Jan 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Glass Block or Insulated Replacement Window

So I have been working on my house and making it energy efficient. It is now time to replace the basement windows in my split level. One double wide window needs to be replaced with one that opens to meet code, but the other three single wide windows do not. Would I be better installing glass blocks in those three, not vented, or installing either a picture, slider, or another type of insulated vinyl replacement window? If I should do a replacement window, which type should I use? [more inside]
posted by Nackt on Dec 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Adobe Creative Suite: Long-term plans?

So, Adobe has abandoned retail versions of Creative Suite (and its component apps) in favor of Creative Cloud. This terrifies me. [more inside]
posted by xedrik on Oct 17, 2013 - 17 answers

iOS 7.0.2 update question

If I have an update already downloaded OTA but not installed on my iPhone, will updating through iTunes delete the OTA download once the update is done? I want to know this because I tried to install the 7.0.2 update on my iPhone 5S (running 7.0.1) and it was unable to verify the update a number of times when trying to install it. So I plugged it into iTunes and did the update through a Mac. Does the OTA download get deleted on the iPhone when the update is done through the Mac? I don't want to have the update taking up room somewhere on my iPhone.
posted by antgly on Sep 26, 2013 - 3 answers

If I've upgraded PHP on my Mac, should I now avoid all OS X Updates?

If I've upgraded PHP on my Mac, should I now avoid all OS X Updates? I'm hosting a website on a Mac mini in a datacenter, and some of my software required a newer version of PHP than what's included out-of-the-box in OS X Mountain Lion. I keep getting the notification saying system updates are ready, and restart to install. But I'm scared it's going to overwrite my PHP upgrades and break everything. And it took me an insanely long time to get the PHP upgrade to work properly and play nicely with OS X Server.
posted by ferdinandcc on Sep 3, 2013 - 25 answers

Should Windows 7 be automatically restarting while configuring updates during startup?

Should Windows 7 be automatically restarting *while* configuring updates during startup? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Aug 15, 2012 - 6 answers

Can my facebook updates appear on my site?

Can my facebook updates appear on my site? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Apr 25, 2012 - 1 answer

Is it wise to install Windows server updates without restarting?

Is it wise to install Windows server updates without restarting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 10, 2011 - 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

Keeping up with the conversation on facebook

Facebook question: I often see that people make posts on Group pages and other people respond to them. I'm talking about regular members of the group, like me, not the administrator. I want these posts to show up in my news feed. I can't figure out how to do it. [more inside]
posted by amethysts on May 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Review sources for software updates, Windows & otherwise

What are your favorite site for info about software patches & updates? [more inside]
posted by woodman on Sep 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Minimal set of Vista Updates?

Just reinstalled Vista in my laptop, and now the next step is to install MS updates, right? The thing is, I don't think now installing every available update from MS Windows Update is a good idea. What are the absolutely necessary updates to install, if any? [more inside]
posted by papafrita on Mar 27, 2009 - 10 answers

Who will send me TV listings like the ones in TV Guide?

I want an e-mail or RSS update that tells me all the shows I want to watch that day and give me a brief synopsis of said episode. Is there anything like this out there? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Mar 10, 2009 - 2 answers

Follow tweets without tweeting?

I'm considering getting rid of my twitter account (its too much of time waster) however I currently follow several people who post interesting links each day and I know that I could get them via RSS but I'd like an email sent to me each day contain their days "tweets". I thought their was a service to do this but I can't remember the name, any ideas?
posted by nam3d on Mar 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Java Bunnies Breeding

Which of these Java programs can i get rid of and why are they breeding like bunnies? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on Feb 19, 2009 - 12 answers

How do I show new posts from another blog on my current blog?

I have two wordpress blogs. I would like to show the new posts from one blog on the other, either in the sidebar, a post or some other method. Can anyone recommend an app that can do this?
posted by dennis10512 on Sep 1, 2008 - 6 answers

Reload reload reload reload.

Why on some web hosts do uploaded file changes not appear immediately? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on May 31, 2008 - 4 answers

Aborted OSX 10.5.2 update help needed.

OSX Leopard 10.5.2 update - somehow aborted, now my macbook pro is caught in limbo. [more inside]
posted by Rumple on Feb 11, 2008 - 17 answers

Windows XP update nightmare - can't download!

Updated XP now my computer doesn't download anything. [more inside]
posted by seeminglyshy on Aug 15, 2007 - 3 answers

Help Me Go Back in Time....

IE Update Filter. Help Needed ASAP [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze on Jan 4, 2007 - 11 answers

Hijacked by Microsoft

Microsoft continues to hijack my computer. Every time I get a new Windows update, it changes my default email client from Outlook Express to Outlook (I prefer OE) and my browser from Firefox to IE. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Smith on Mar 20, 2006 - 11 answers

WindowsUpdates Arrrrgh!

WindowsXP and FTP Filter: I am running WindowsXP Pro and every time I allow it to update, my FTP client fails. I have tried everything I can think of and all Microsoft's advice, to no avail. Anyone seen this before? [more inside]
posted by juggler on Sep 30, 2005 - 6 answers

Where Can I Find Older Microsoft Office Updates Online?

Where are old copies of Microsoft updates (specifically for Office v.X) stored online? [more inside]
posted by greasy_skillet on Dec 21, 2004 - 5 answers

Website update monitors

Are there any free services that will monitor a website of your choice, and tell you when it changes?
posted by inksyndicate on Apr 21, 2004 - 5 answers

Slow XP

Help me! I'm naked! With my new computer I finally got Win XP (instead of win 98, which I had been using with the older computer), but after downloading and installing all the security patches, the system slowed down to the speed of molasses, taking forever to open any folder... [more inside]
posted by taz on Dec 30, 2003 - 21 answers

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