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April 17

Have a Chrome hyperlink open in an Incognito window

When I'm using a Chrome Incognito window and I hit a hyperlink on a site, the link opens up in a regular Chrome (non-Incognito) window. Not what I want. [more inside]
posted by lometogo at 12:20 PM - 3 answers

Using BitLocker with an automated backup app

I have a Windows 10 PC with three SSDs in it. I'd like to use BitLocker on all three drives, and I'd also like to install SpiderOak One to do automated backups. Help me do this so that it's a "set it an forget it" configuration. [more inside]
posted by JD Sockinger at 10:53 AM - 1 answers

Gmail vs. Mailchimp

A few years ago I switched from Gmail to Mailchimp to send messages to my organization. I'm thinking about switching back just to save time. Anybody have thoughts on pros and cons on this? [more inside]
posted by robverb at 7:55 AM - 5 answers

April 16

Free image hosting 2021 edition?

A friend/acquaintance needs help putting several thousand images online for all to see and share. [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 12:48 PM - 6 answers

How to explain that you know how to do something but can't explain it?

This could be any skill and not just my immediate example. I had a job interview and the data analysis person asked me about my data cleaning and merging several sources together for analysis techniques. I had no clear answer. Literally, my technique is to look at the data and their sources and go to work based on what needs to be done. I like to think that I'm good at it. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! at 11:53 AM - 22 answers

Free or inexpensive very basic PDF editor that is NOT open source

Recommendations for a PDF editing program that can merge PDFs, delete individual pages, and rearrange page order? Doesn't need to be able to edit text and might even be better if it can't. NOT OPEN SOURCE and not web-based. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 7:35 AM - 16 answers

Help Me Convince Earthlink this is THEIR problem

I have been having a frustrating issue with my own Outlook account connecting to my ISP's incoming mail server. I am going to attempt to get on the phone with someone tonight and resolve it. Please help me prepare for battle and convince them to take me seriously. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:12 AM - 11 answers

April 15

How an I cast my chromebook to my roku?

I looked all over online and can't find anything conclusive. I tried using a screen mirroring app, they all sucked and wouldn't work well at all. I really prefer roku and already have one so I don't want to buy a chromecast. How can I cast my chromebook to roku ellegantly? THanks!
posted by maxexam at 12:21 PM - 4 answers

Recommendations for Zoom video backgrounds?

There's a ton of Zoom background sites out there, but searching them feels spammy and it's a bit overwhelming to find good ones. What are your favorite sources or examples? I'm particularly looking for video backgrounds (beach/forest/office etc.) Thanks very much for any tips!
posted by Bwithh at 8:15 AM - 5 answers

Help me import a previous Thunderbird calendar into a new profile

My Windows 10 computer was having issues. Tech support said the solution was to wipe it clean and start again. Before doing so, I saved a full copy of my existing Thunderbird profile. Now, the question is, how do I import the calendar into the newly created profile? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx at 8:06 AM - 8 answers

April 14

Dualboot Set-Up Assistance

After putting a new SSD in my PC I installed Linux Mint & Windows 10 on it with the intention of using the old HDD as storage. Installation went well, but after mucking with stuff I ended up deleting the Linux partitions, assuming a reinstall would make it easier to avoid the issues I created and give me an opportunity to set things up better. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 7:04 PM - 9 answers

Clearing KYC to get on a crypto exchange.

No comments about how bad crypto is please. I need this for work. UK/US citizen. Has US passport. Lives in UK. Has UK bank account. Know your customer on crypto exchange wants UK passport. Is there any exchange that will accept US passport? I mean, I’ve managed to buy a house and run a bank account for 8 years.. [more inside]
posted by The Last Sockpuppet at 4:26 PM - 4 answers

Known cases of harm from telling FB your initials and favorite color?

The internet loves little generative memes where you choose from the first column based on your favorite color, the second column based on your birth month, the third column based on your initials, and bam, that's your Wacky 80s Band Name or something. Every time one comes around, someone asserts that you're an utter fool if you participate, because it's basically asking to have your personal data stolen by evildoers. So...is it? Are there any known cases of responses to these memes being used for nefarious purposes? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 2:45 PM - 8 answers

April 13

Largish Word files lagging after the tiniest of edits

I do freelance copyediting, and I'm getting these problematic large Word files from one particular client (usually about 12MB or 400-500 pages). When I’m editing the downloaded file with Track Changes on, Word often stalls for about five seconds; the top bar grays out and says Not Responding, the fan comes on, and I can’t do anything until it catches up. [more inside]
posted by scratch at 2:34 PM - 14 answers

Adobe Bridge is crippling my computer

I work on a iMAc 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 with 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 memory, ( late 2013 model ). I use Adobe Photoshop CC 2021 and Bridge 2021 every day. Recently Bridge has been been unusable. When I try to launch, it takes many minutes to open and seems to struggle with every step of the preview process. It's festival of spinning colored wheels. When I try to open a folder of large files it basically freezes and is overwhelmed to the point that I have to force quit. [more inside]
posted by Liquidwolf at 7:13 AM - 5 answers

April 12

Facebook lockout - again.

I'm in Facebook jail. Again. Third time in two months. They've not told me what I'm doing wrong, all I've gotten is the standard you can request a review boilerplate. Help? [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess at 5:41 PM - 4 answers

Is it actually possible to manage multiple Zoom accounts?

This has been a problem for me since Covid hit, but maybe it can be solved? I basically have two Zoom accounts: home and work. Every single time I have a Zoom meeting (i.e. multiple times a day), I need to diligently sign into Zoom in my browser AND in the Zoom app. And half the time it goes wrong anyway and signs me into the wrong one. I am a confident computer user and still I cannot get to grips with the logic of Zoom. Can it be tamed? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c at 4:06 PM - 7 answers

How to crop and trim video files as easily as possible?

I need help cropping and trimming a few video files and not sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by NoneOfTheAbove at 2:37 PM - 8 answers

Converting timezone in Outlook, MacOS calendar, and Zoom

What is the easiest / best way to convert my timezone in various appointment/meeting apps? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo at 10:58 AM - 5 answers

April 10

Embarrassing Google search result

I'm job hunting, and googled myself, like you do. The results all seemed pretty normal except for an inexplicable "associated word." It's bothering me a lot and I'm trying to figure out why it's there and if it's possible to get rid of it. [more inside]
posted by cat friend at 8:24 PM - 10 answers

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