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May 20

Password manager to easily share passwords with family

I need to share a list of passwords with members of my family. I want to set it up so that they can access the passwords if I'm out of contact for some reason. These passwords are for my father's accounts, his computer literacy is limited. I tried putting the passwords in a Keepass database and putting that on a shared GDriver folder that they have access to, but I'm worried that the fact that they'll have to install the Keepass software will be a stumbling block. [more inside]
posted by Zumbador at 2:29 AM - 6 answers

Do Power Supplies Matter

I have a Dell and a Lenovo laptop. The OEM power supply for the Dell is big and cumbersome. The OEM power supply for the Lenovo is small and easily manageable. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 1:35 AM - 5 answers

May 19

What are some games to play on my iPhone?

I'm looking for games to play on my phone at work during slow times. Any suggestions? In the past I've enjoyed Reigns: Her Majesty, Stack the States, I Love Hue, and Duolingo (not technically a game, I know, but it feels like one). [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 12:19 PM - 15 answers

Resetting a google account password: Getting complicated

My 81-year-old father is locked out of his google account. It looks like he may have either accidentally changed the password (and does not remember the old one) or the account was compromised. We’re trying to get back in, and while I *think* we finally have all the info we need, google is sending lots of “too many failures” messages and not letting us in. I’m worried we’re going to dig ourselves deeper into a hole. Is there some professional we can/should get to help? Things we should be doing / not doing from here? [more inside]
posted by PersonPerson at 8:39 AM - 5 answers

May 18

Best turnkey private forum?

I'll be facilitating a 12-week writing workshop, and I want to have a private place for participants to discuss work between classes. Ideally they would be able to upload documents and comment on them. The level of technical literacy is not terribly high; last time, some people had trouble uploading documents to Google docs and I had to do it for them. So whatever forum we use must be easy to use--the basic functionality at least. [more inside]
posted by Flock of Cynthiabirds at 6:58 PM - 9 answers

How can I effectively UN-MERGE an iPhoto library?

So I screwed up. I'm an amateur photographer and have thousands of photos in my iPhoto cloud account. I was in the process of transferring my old iPad to my brother and hit the wrong button when changing accounts, and now I accidentally merged the thousands of photos that were saved from my iCloud account into my brother's iCloud account and now he's being prompted constantly to upgrade his account. Are there any tools to help filter and delete photos and videos from iCloud/iPhoto by any useful means like which camera/phone they were taken with or location? Nothing is too hacky of a solution!
posted by gzimmer at 11:16 AM - 7 answers

spring cleaning, email edition

Just graduated college and transitioning to using my personal email again. I basically used my edu email for EVERYTHING for the past four years, so now I need to transition everything to the personal email, maybe cancel some subscriptions, etc. Personal email is very cluttered. tips would be very appreciated! [more inside]
posted by cruel summer at 6:27 AM - 13 answers

May 17

Vaccine hesitancy anecdote

I'm looking for an anecdote that I've come across a few times on Twitter and/or Tumblr. It involves a doctor getting someone to agree to a vaccine by countering the patient's conspiracy theory with an even wilder one. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by meese at 3:28 PM - 2 answers

How to get the most deleted off a Mac without factory reset?

I've left dealing with returning my old, replaced computer to my employer to the last minute and now I'm running into an issue I hadn't considered: they've put a firmware password on so that I can't just do a factory reset and wipe it before I give it back. What should I do to ensure I get the most I can deleted with this critical path blocked? [more inside]
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs at 2:37 PM - 10 answers

Fix for an intermittent XBox 360 DVD drive problem

A good buddy has an XBox 360 and it sometimes has trouble reading the game discs. It labors and struggles and eventually gets it right after several minutes. Any way to fix this?
posted by storybored at 2:23 PM - 2 answers

M1 Pro Macbook and dual monitor docks

I'm having a hard time finding a USB-C hub with the following features:
  • Supports two external monitors (1080p is fine) for a 2021 MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro chip, with extended desktop (not mirrored)
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 80w+ power delivery (the 2021 MBP comes with a 140w charger!)
  • Four USB-A ports (mouse, keyboard, external microphone, external webcam)
  • < $200 US
Can you help me figure out the right search terms for this? [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 1:53 PM - 3 answers

My Tivo died with all these NBA playoff games that I want to watch

My 6 month old Tivo Edge died. Tivo will replace it but isn't offering to transfer my recordings. Mostly I just want my unwatched NBA playoff games. (I'm about 10 days behind on watching the playoffs). [more inside]
posted by neuron at 11:50 AM - 2 answers

make excel look up which cell to use in a formula

I want to write a formula in excel. THere is a sheet with rows that contain the text "a" "b" "c" "d". I want the formula to use column 2 from one of those rows. Which row? The row that matches the text in this other cell I'm going to point it to. I know this is a two step thing where I first make excel figure out which row and then write that formula into the larger formula. But I can't figure out the function to look up the right cell. The functions i find will tell me the the text is "third in the list" or whatever, not "Cell C2", (or better yet, Row 2) which is what I want.
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 10:04 AM - 11 answers

May 16

16T drive not mounting on USBC Dual Dock Bay (Mac)

Work has sent me two separate 16T drives and neither of them with mount in my dock bay. I've even tried them in a different drive enclosure, different ports. different cables, different computers. Nothing. But the weird thing is other 16T drives will mount. What gives? The ones that won't mount, won't show up in disk utility either. Am I doing something wrong? It just seems really odd that two drives in a row would fail like that. [more inside]
posted by captainscared at 10:45 AM - 8 answers

How to get a URL of a search result from a website?

How do I generate a URL of a search result from a website which always shows its home URL? I would like to share a link with someone who could just click and see the result page.
posted by lanhan at 10:09 AM - 10 answers

Block Fox News on Amazon Fire Stick?

I have an Amazon Fire Stick, and when I'm looking for a news feed, it keeps showing me Fox News along with other feeds. I do not want to see Fox or any of the other right-wing channels, but I can't find a way to block them. [more inside]
posted by Kirth Gerson at 8:09 AM - 3 answers

May 15

Why did YouTube for desktop stop working?

Up until last week, I used a Mac app to browse YouTube on my Macbook. But suddenly it's stopped working. Any idea why? [more inside]
posted by critzer at 5:41 PM - 2 answers

What's the difference between Azure and AWS?

I work on a lot of web-scale technologies and nearly every industry has or is in the process of moving to the cloud. So I'll use Kubernetes, straight VMs, severless services (e.g., Lambda), message busses, managed SQL and the like. Is there something that Azure excels at that AWS does not? Using both I'm not really aware of prices but assume they're in overall parity. When talking to clients, aka companies, who seem to exclusively one or the other they're very loyal to either and I can't tell if this is a Coke vs Pepsi thing or if one is better? I use both so much I can't tell the difference. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 1:42 PM - 6 answers

Help me get into my gmail

I may have accidentally changed my gmail password Thurs night while fiddling around with a password in Doordash. Help me sign in? [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 at 10:05 AM - 1 answers

May 14

Slideshow software with random orientation

I am searching for Windows software that will display a slideshow in a fullscreen, with a random order of images, but can also randomize the orientation of each image. In other words, the images could be upright, rotated 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise, or upside down.
posted by panhopticon at 7:03 PM - 2 answers

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