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What Facebook groups do you love and find interesting/useful? [more inside]
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]
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]
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!
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]
How long post-support should I use my Chromebook? [more inside]
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?
I have an idea for generating an infinite city for a game using machine learning, and would like some technical guidance. [more inside]
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?
Where would I find statistics about which fandoms/pairings are currently popular, on the rise, on decline, etc? [more inside]
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]
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]
I have a Pixel 3a and would like to find a firewall app. [more inside]
What are good apps for learning Spanish that are suitable for kids and go to a more advanced level than Duolingo Kids? [more inside]
I have an audio file. I want to upload it somewhere, then make a QR code that people can scan on their mobile devices to get to it and play it. [more inside]
I'm going to do a curated newsletter...Trying to make it as smooth and easy. Idea is a low effort curation with zero marketing. Meanwhile: Revue, Curated.co, Goodbits, substack. Yeah, I'm doing the research - haven't subscribed and tested... But if someone else has done this already, I'd love to know what you know.
I’ll soon be starting a new role as a UX designer at a small company and would like to level-up my skillset to contribute more to the UI engineers I’ll be working with. What tools and workflows are you using, and where should I be upping my development skills to improve communication and minimize design/dev gaps? [more inside]
I've downloaded some KML polygons of municipal boundaries but the thin red lines are impossible to see in Google Earth, how do I change their color, line weight and fill color? [more inside]
I've only found canada 411 which doesn't have the info I'm looking for. [more inside]
My iPhone briefly displayed a notification this morning which read "Your message to Joe failed to send". The weird part: I hadn't sent any messages and I don't have anyone called Joe in my contacts. I would think I'd imagined it if I hadn't been looking at the phone when it happened. [more inside]