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April 25

Looking for an easy sign-in app for library patrons

At my library, storytime participants have to sign in with their library card number. This often results in a line to get in, as people are fiddling with their keychains, squinting at the numbers and juggling little kids at the same time. I have an idea for a new system, but I don't know how to make it work. [more inside]
posted by Biblio at 11:27 AM - 20 answers

Resume / CV website?

A friend wants to host their CV and a selection of downloadable materials (PDFs, mainly) by way of a portfolio. They want it to look slick, and the less coding the better. Have any of you had good experiences along these lines with hosting or template providers? [more inside]
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 8:58 AM - 6 answers

My email address is being used by not-me, and I am not sure what to do.

In the last month or so, I've been getting a lot of emails along the lines of "yes this is still for sale, would you like to come see it?". The items in question have been motorcycles, RVs, go-carts, etc. I've also gotten at least 1 request for money through paypal and a ton of spam from Twitter suggesting that I follow a lot of celebrities that I don't. I've changed my password twice - what next? [more inside]
posted by tryniti at 6:33 AM - 21 answers

Email: Verizon/AOL Thunderbird problem

Suddenly Thunderbird stopped downloading & sending emails from my Verizon/AOL accounts. Gmail still works fine. [more inside]
posted by james33 at 5:27 AM - 2 answers

April 24

Facebook "Boost Post" Question

I signed up for a Facebook account in late February. I've probably boosted about a dozen posts, but I just noticed that it seems when a post is in process of being boosted, Facebook won't let me promote any new ones until the one current one is done. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 6:23 PM - 3 answers

Recommendations for places to buy TLS/SSL certificates?

Where do you like buying your TLS/SSL certs -- and do you have a preference for the cert brand (say, Comodo vs RapidSSL vs GeoTrust)? I know about the free certs from Let's Encrypt*; in this case, I'm looking for 1- or 2-year wildcard (unlimited subdomains) certs with domain validation (DV) from a reputable reseller, since buying directly from an authority seems to be more expensive, AFAICT. [more inside]
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 5:44 PM - 7 answers

I am looking for a way to download and convert realplayer files

I am a fan and subscriber of the site It's a site of old airchecks. Presently I must listen to the airchecks while on the internet which they link to realplayer. Is there a way to download these files directly onto my Mac computer? They probably do not want their subscribers to do this so I'm throwing this out to the hive. When I click the links a .rm file opens and allows me to play it using realplayer
posted by citybuddha at 4:11 PM - 7 answers

Details about iOS Photo Permissions

I don't want my iOS apps slurping up all the photos on my phone. Can they do this without my express clicking, if I give them permission to read/write photos? [more inside]
posted by gensubuser at 1:52 PM - 5 answers

DVD ripping/copying/editing in 2018

It has been a few years since this has been asked AFAIK. I need to play portions of a DVD documentary in a court proceeding and have those excerpts entered into evidence. What do I need to do to get the data to my hard drive and, from there, to create video excerpts? What would be the best file format to save to Cd-r or a thumbdrive (i have to have extra copies available to give to the other side and for the court). I’m a Windows 7 user. Thanks!
posted by DB Cooper at 1:35 PM - 4 answers

Help with Ansible playbook error while deploying Kubernetes w/ Kubespray

I'm attempting to run Ansible playbook to set up Kubernetes Cluster using Kubespray. I've followed all steps but my nodes are still failing. Help please! [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 12:14 PM - 4 answers

I know I was being scammed, but I need to be sure.

About a month ago, I received a call from a very nice Indian gentleman claiming to represent MS, and [more inside]
posted by Beholder at 11:29 AM - 29 answers

Email from Facebook: accept new TOS or delete account?

I just got notified by Facebook that I need to either accept their new terms of service by May 25 or delete my account. The summary of the changes they are introducing is very vague. They are "updating Data Policy" and "making it easier for me to control my privacy". [more inside]
posted by M. at 6:55 AM - 9 answers

April 23

I've been Zucked! HALP!

2nd time in a few months I've been narced and had my acct deleted. this time they're demanding proof (last time i got away with a name change but no proof)... I do not use my real name. I am adamant about it. I won't argue that point. HOWEVER... I want my friends there to know i'm leaving and maybe get some files back/downloaded (just to be sure i have them). I dont' think they have any sort of 'backup your shit' like google does. But is there a way (without sending in my ID and setting up under my real name) short of having another friend attempt to contact all the other friends and notify them (further complicated by the fact they're not all the same friend networks)... Anyone ever deal with this BS? I don't care if I have to leave FB, I just want to say goodbye to those that matter to me from FB.
posted by symbioid at 3:10 PM - 9 answers

Printer Problems

We have a HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus. [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 1:43 PM - 4 answers

sony laptop battery replacement

I need to replace a failed Sony VGP-BPS26 battery, rated at 10.8 volts. All the replacements I can find online are rated at 11.1 volts. Will this be an issue?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:43 AM - 4 answers

April 22

Has my Yahoo account has been hacked?

I'm not very computer literate, so I'm hoping someone can help me. Although I can still access and use my e-mail without any problems, I can no longer check the comments section of their articles, nor post any comments. [more inside]
posted by DavidfromBA at 3:31 PM - 3 answers

installing second hard drive

Is it possible, or advisable, to install a second hard drive in my new tower? I recently purchased a new tower with Win10. It has a 480GB SSd and a 1TB regular drive. My old PC has Win7. [more inside]
posted by jtexman1 at 11:58 AM - 7 answers

April 21

Voice recognition software for translation/long-form writing

So, I'm sort of an all purpose translator/transcriber/sometimes writer/language person, bottom line being I do a lot of typing in lots of different formats, typing that involves a lot of formatting, editing, and stopping. The recent advances in microphones and voice recognition (Siri/Alexa, Google Translate voice recognition, dayum!) have me wondering...would it be economical to use it to replace or supplement typing? What are your experiences with this? Snowflake & hardware details inside. [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 9:29 AM - 9 answers

An iPhone app *like* Freedom, but one that actually works

Yeah, I 100% need something to cut me off from the internet on my iPhone during work hours. I used to use Freedom for this purpose, but it stopped working (and started messing with my computer). I can’t be cut off from everything on my phone because I have work related stuff on there. Anyone know of a good iOS Freedom alternative that will let me block select websites and apps, and actually works?
posted by schadenfrau at 5:23 AM - 7 answers

April 20

Can Android link your phone account to your other google accounts?

Can Android link your phone account to your other google accounts? eg if you log into another account using a mail app? Is there any way to stop this? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia at 3:30 PM - 8 answers

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