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May 22

What does PowerShare mean in the context of a Dell dock?

The Dell D6000 dock is marketed as having "3 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0" and "1 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 with PowerShare". As far as I can tell, all four of these USB Type A ports are exactly the same. Dell Technical Support was no help. Does anyone have any idea how they might differ? [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 2:41 PM - 7 answers

/, /home, boot, swap, ???, profit!

Linux partitioning, distro selection, etc. Please help me beanplate my desktop computer. [more inside]
posted by number9dream at 1:04 PM - 14 answers

What's the current state of music streaming services in 2019?

I'm looking for a service that can algorithmically create and download playlists and automatically update when connected to WiFi. [more inside]
posted by mikek at 9:26 AM - 7 answers

Help me to Slack ...

I've started getting a few invites to Slack channels, based around professional interests, but not necessarily company specific. I can definitely see the upsides here. But, the etiquette is unknown to me, and particularly, I was wondering: Is it okay to join channels and just be quiet a lot, or should I be upping my communication game a bit here, and taking advantage of what Slack-based interaction could offer? [more inside]
posted by carter at 4:39 AM - 8 answers

May 21

How to regularly remove malware from website?

I installed Wordfence on my Wordpress website (free, not paid yet). Am I supposed to just delete the files they say are bad? [more inside]
posted by Vaike at 10:23 AM - 2 answers

How do I make this font work on my PC?

I having trouble getting a font I want to show up in applications on my PC. [more inside]
posted by Biblio at 8:01 AM - 3 answers

May 20

What are the Facebook groups that add value to your life?

What Facebook groups do you love and find interesting/useful? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont at 7:22 AM - 19 answers

May 19

Twitter blocks emojis?

I posted about a midwest Lobster Fest to Twitter, because it had a warning that said, "Festival is not responsible for any illness, death, or allergy related issues regarding consumption of shellfish or any other food and beverage served at The Great American Lobster Fest,” and I followed it with a lobster emoji and a skull and crossbones. I can no longer type a lobster emoji from my phone. [more inside]
posted by quarterinmyshoe at 2:15 PM - 7 answers

Tell me about Wifi calling and texting on an Android

How do I change my settings so that I can continue to receive and make calls and texts via a Wifi network when my cellphone network is off? [more inside]
posted by jj's.mama at 10:12 AM - 9 answers

May 18

Can I help my daughter get her Gmail account back?

GMail has just disabled my daughter's account because she is 13 and not 14 as required in Spain. It is requesting proof of ID which she cannot give because she is underage. I would be happy to let her continue the use of her GMail account under my supervision, but the problem is that her account has now been disabled and I need to access it to allow this to happen. My question: How can I set up a supervised GMail account for my daughter using an already existing account that has been disabled? Thanks in advance!
posted by Holly at 2:15 PM - 2 answers

May 17

Need to pull folders/files off computer. Thumbdrive/flashdrive?

So for Reasons, I am dismantling my Dell Inspiron One Desktop Computer. But I probably need some folders/files. I have emailed myself some of the files but … not certain that is sufficient. The computer, circa 2006 or 2010, is going on a shelf. I am moving to an MS Surface Pro 4 circa 2016. Is it possible to use a flashdrive/thumbdrive that is compatible with the Dell and the Surface Pro 4 to gather a few folders/files just in case I need them? Can you recommend one that I can purchase quickly on Amazon or Staples? [more inside]
posted by alwayson_slightlyoff at 9:51 PM - 13 answers

Help me ID risks I'm not thinking of.

How long post-support should I use my Chromebook? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 10:49 AM - 2 answers

May 16

Why is it so difficult to prevent buffer overflow attacks?

I have a layman's understanding of how a buffer overflow attack works and it seems pretty straightforward to me. So help me understand why this type of attack, which continues to be a common vector for malicious code or malware (nobody was surprised this was the source of the recent WhatsApp vulnerability) seems so difficult to account for when writing code. Or is it not difficult to anticipate and there are other reasons why it keeps happening to supposedly well-written code and to operating systems that have been around for years?
posted by theory at 7:27 PM - 17 answers

Using machine learning to generate procedural cities.

I have an idea for generating an infinite city for a game using machine learning, and would like some technical guidance. [more inside]
posted by signal at 7:00 PM - 10 answers

Replacement for Google News Android App

I'm giving up on the increasingly useless Google news app. It insists I love football. I do not. Is there a customisable news app for Android that doesn't actively hate me?
posted by thatwhichfalls at 6:27 PM - 3 answers

Seeking fandom metrics

Where would I find statistics about which fandoms/pairings are currently popular, on the rise, on decline, etc? [more inside]
posted by Cozybee at 5:04 PM - 4 answers

What's the best way to fundraise for a friend?

I want to raise some money among my personal network for a family that I am friends with. I want something easy, without a lot of fees, and that will allow the money to get to them quickly. [more inside]
posted by mai at 2:48 PM - 3 answers

Teach me about changing perspectives in photoshop

I have pictures I'm compositing together and also sometimes compositing backgrounds (e.g. a hardwood floor, a wall a window). Sometimes the perspective is a little off. I'm looking for simple explanations of how to fix this -- i.e. not just "use the perspective tool" but "if it looks like the font is too low, make pull the bottom handles apart/together/left right or pull the middle bottom handle up/down etc. etc." [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 12:17 PM - 8 answers

Android firewall app?

I have a Pixel 3a and would like to find a firewall app. [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 9:27 AM - 2 answers

May 15

Apps for learning Spanish for kids (not Duolingo).

What are good apps for learning Spanish that are suitable for kids and go to a more advanced level than Duolingo Kids? [more inside]
posted by louigi at 10:26 AM - 3 answers

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