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October 19

How to get several large files off of my old computer

I need help finding a piece of software that will let me transfer several large files from a computer running Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by NoneOfTheAbove at 6:15 PM - 12 answers

Mysterious Registry Files

My C:\Users\(name) folder has 2 One Drive sub folders. One contains the contents of the One Drive. The other is named SkyDrive in its path even though it has One Drive as its external label. SkyDrive contains mostly recognizable flotsam with the exception of a Documents folder that contains 4 registration entries with various dates in 2016. The flotsam files are dated up to 2017. [more inside]
posted by Raybun at 5:10 PM - 1 answers

Can't find image on shutterstock.

I'm looking for the original, shutterstock version of this image, so I can buy it. Simple, right? It has the shutterstock watermark, and should be easy to find with keywords like woman work laptop striped shirt. Nope. Been searching for over an hour, no luck. Tried google image search, no luck. Please suggest alternate search strategies or even better, hep me find the image?
posted by signal at 12:28 PM - 10 answers

Looking for a cheap... minimally adequate webcam (2020 edition)

Any recommendations/ personal experience with cheap (non Logitech) webcams in 2020? (Ideally <$20 USD). There are times when I am obligated to be on webcam, but don't want to share my face nor my work space in full high definition glory. [more inside]
posted by oceano at 10:24 AM - 2 answers

How can I make JavaScript more enjoyable? What tooling do I need?

Who should I follow on GitHub that's producing some quality JavaScript applications? Doesn't really matter what they are doing, but the code that makes you wish that you wrote it. I think at one point, one of the founders of Optimizely was committing great code. I'm more partial to backend practices. Second, I'm having to architect or guide an application that will have developers of varying skillsets commit and it'll be in Javascript. What's some advice you have? Examples inside: [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 12:01 AM - 7 answers

October 17

Social ads and sales tax

I work for a university in the U.S. that's tax exempt. I'd like to run some social media ads (probably FB/Instagram, possibly Twitter) about a free virtual conference we're holding. Will we get charged sales tax? If so, do you have any idea how to submit a tax exempt form to the relevant parties? [more inside]
posted by chimpsonfilm at 1:03 PM - 4 answers

October 16

How do you archive yourself?

Family documents, diaries and journals, the book I wrote but never published... my personal archive is growing as I age, and I'm wondering about storage and retrieval for future years (and future generations.) [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 10:22 PM - 5 answers

want secure email provider with Roundcube-like or customizable UI

Seems like all the newish secure email providers keep trying to ultra-simplify their web/app interfaces. I get that for mobile that might be a thing, but even for my notebook, I want all the columns! Suggestions? If I had my way I'd say "gimme secure email product X, but let me have my Roundcube GUI" - doesn't seem to be a thing. I think for desktop clients there are options (trusty Thunderbird and maybe emClient), but not for web.
posted by bitterkitten at 6:01 PM - 2 answers

What tool enables click & dragging a visual chart, saving the results?

I want to show a 'blank' chart (eg a bar chart, or even better - a composite radar chart) for a prescribed set of topics. Each topic's score starts at 0, but by mouse click (or finger tapping) the score can be increased from 0 up to, say, 5. As the user scores each one, we see a more complete chart. At the end, the data (score for each topic) gets retained. Does such a tool exist? (online, app, or via a feature in a bigger product) [more inside]
posted by Chipeaux at 12:38 PM - 3 answers

What is the most protective iPhone 8 Plus case?

I had a small crack on the back on my iPhone that I tried to epoxy- it came out a little weird??? But I just now dropped my phone and now the whole back is cracked. Can I just put a screen protector over the back? Or what other case is the best to keep my phone working? I think what I have isn’t enough and I would like this phone to continue to work for another 2-3 years. Sigh.
posted by pairofshades at 11:24 AM - 11 answers

Architectural software for the non-architect

What is the current landscape for architectural software (plans, visualizations, VR(?), open-source, paid)? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 9:33 AM - 9 answers

Power Query, but in Google Sheets

I am working with a non-profit that uses Google Suite for their office technology. I am trying to implement some dashboards and data tracking. In Office 365, I would use Power Query to automatically pull new data from additional spreadsheets in a specific folder into the dashboard file. Is there a parallel feature in Google Sheets?
posted by philosophygeek at 6:15 AM - 3 answers

October 15

Macfilter: can only get on WiFi if I run Wireless Diagnostics

My MacBookPro (16-inch, 2019, with 2.3GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 running Catalina 10.15.6) has suddenly developed a problem connecting to WiFi. About 1/3 of the time it cannot find any WiFi networks unless I run Wireless Diagnostics. It is not a distance issue or an issue with the WiFi network as this has happened in four separate places. In all of those places, I had connected before that very day, and re-opened my laptop to find zero networks in my WiFi listings. Turning it off and on again doesn't help. I assume it is a software rather than hardware issue since it does find all networks once I run Wireless Diagnostics. Any ideas?
posted by rednikki at 4:16 PM - 5 answers

Amazon Alexa is saying odd numbers/letters instead of "bing"

I have an Amazon Alexa in my home office connected to my computer. Works well except for one very odd thing. When my computer makes an 'alert' sound — Alexa does not say 'bing'— instead she says a random string of letters and numbers. [more inside]
posted by Lescha at 2:01 PM - 2 answers

Help with Making Microsoft Teams Videoconferencing More Interesting

I've done some cursory Googling, but cannot find what I'm looking for and now turn to you for assistance. [more inside]
posted by daikaisho at 1:28 PM - 5 answers

Recommend a good, free issue tracker.

Looking for an issue tracker that's: free, fast, hosted or very simple to deploy, easy for non-techies to use, allows uploading or pasting in screencaps. [more inside]
posted by signal at 11:11 AM - 6 answers

October 14

Collective storage & collaboration space for activists

I'm looking for a way for a small activist group to collectively store & access online documents like minutes and collaborative project proposals. Needs to be easily accessible with minimal technical hassle. [more inside]
posted by BrStekker at 10:44 PM - 6 answers

B.B.B. does not mean Better Business Bureau

What does B.B.B. mean on my Google Pixel 4XL start-up screen? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 6:29 PM - 6 answers

Odd Ableton issue

As of this morning, the "arrangement record" button in Ableton doesn't actually start recording on an armed track--it will count in, but will not actually start recording (same result if I press record on my MIDI keyboard's transport controls). However, I can start recording by clicking the record circle on an individual clip, or if I have a clip highlighted and click "session record." Is this just a bug in the 10.1.25 update, or have I changed a setting by accident? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 10:02 AM - 3 answers

October 13

I'm looking for a fake control panel app or website

This is sort of a 15-year follow-up to this question, and most links are dead. Is there an app or website that simulates a control panel, whether it's Star Trek or air traffic control or a cockpit or just sci-fi screens? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer at 6:14 PM - 9 answers

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