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April 21

What software should I use to build a course for work?

it is an internal facing course for our teams. I’m writing the content. Text, images, possibly an embedded video or two, and quizzes would be essential, and generating a certificate at the end (or at least some sort of proof) would be nice. Free is nice, ok to pay a bit.
posted by The Last Sockpuppet at 5:18 PM - 3 answers

April 19

Power supply for IOmega SCSI ZIP100 drive?

What power supply should I use to revive one of these? The manual is very vague, and it’s an antique…
posted by pompomtom at 4:35 AM - 6 answers

April 18

Chicago: Seeking IT Help for a Melting Server Rack (and Beyond)

Do you know of any contract IT providers in Chicago that are great? [more inside]
posted by wowenthusiast at 3:38 PM - 5 answers

Mechanical Keyboards with Kalih Prestige Silent switches?

Are there any other mechanical keyboards available for purchase that use Kalih Prestige Silent switches? I know that Varmilo sells them (see this example) but I am not a big fan of the the color schemes. Bonus if they are less expensive than the Varmilo keyboards. I am looking for a tenkeyless (no number pad) model.
posted by dhens at 8:39 AM - 9 answers

Can't find a specific city in Facebook events

I have a strange issue with Facebook events lately. I like to browse Facebook events in cities nearby occasionally. But lately I can't find any events in Philadelphia, PA. I can type in pretty much any other city in the "Location" box on FB Events. I can't find a setting related to this anywhere. This used to work as of maybe a week ago? It's a little difficult to google.
posted by cozenedindigo at 7:35 AM - 3 answers

story help: password protection for folders

Help with a story I'm writing. How would you password protect a folder of material you don't want other people to see, in the mid 2010s, if you're only averagely computer-savvy? [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser at 3:21 AM - 26 answers

Is my iPhoto library still lost?

I am cleaning up my office, and found two LaCie harddiscs with back-ups from my old work computer. This is good. The first thing I thought is that now I can recover my old photos, not least 600 photos from Japan. But for some reason, I cannot import the pictures from the external disc. [more inside]
posted by mumimor at 2:58 AM - 2 answers

April 17

Updating from MacOS Catalina 10 ---> Sonoma 14

I have been (perhaps overly) conservative regarding system updates on my 2017 Intel Core5 iMac with a 1TB onboard SSD and 8GB of RAM, but am now finding some issues cropping up such as Safari not functioning entirely properly. I am currently running Catalina 10.15.7 and am considering updating to the current system Sonoma 14. Are there any potential issues or advice I should be aware of before I proceed? [more inside]
posted by fairmettle at 8:45 PM - 4 answers

Looking for a simple budget app

My wife and I are looking for an iOS app to keep track of our discretionary spending. All the budget apps that we’ve found so far are too feature-heavy and complex for our needs. We don’t need something that automatically tracks electronic purchases, categorizes them, makes suggestions or anything like that. Just something where when we spend money, we can quickly open up an app and be prompted to enter the amount and brief description and it’ll auto-add the date. [more inside]
posted by saturday_morning at 10:42 AM - 7 answers

April 15

How to screen mirror from Windows 11 to TV (perhaps via AirPlay)

A sudden flareup of an old injury will leave me on my back on the couch for a bit. But this is a question about how I can view visual/video content from my "work" laptop on my TV. Open to solutions that don't involve AirPlay, though it may be the only way , described below. [more inside]
posted by jerome powell buys his sweatbands in bulk only at 10:06 AM - 4 answers

April 14

Outlook is evil

I have to use m365 outlook on a windows laptop with 8GB thus I archive a lot. I use subfolders by project so when I search within a subfolder, I can only search my mailbox folder CATS and not simultaneously my corresponding archive folder CATS - I have to search allllll mailboxes which returns way too much. What blindingly obvious thing am I missing here? I have only found similar questions, no answers in searching.
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 11:29 PM - 7 answers

April 13

Looking for a blogging theme like kottke

I really like the simplicity of Kottke and TheMarginalia and Waxy — a blog with a front page that contains all (or most) of the content of each post, with links embedded to other parts of the web. However, I have yet to find a Wordpress or Ghost or [insert other system] theme that duplicates this layout. Rather, all themes I've found have a front page that shows an excerpt that links to a full post that then has those other links. I do not like this. Do you know of such a theme? What am I missing?
posted by dobbs at 5:19 PM - 2 answers

Really good book blogs?

Are there blogs like Smart Bitches Trashy Books, but for other genres? [more inside]
posted by 168 at 2:07 PM - 8 answers

April 10

Tips for decluttering my Mac workstation

I have a ton of cables and peripherals attached to my MacBook Pro, which is cluttering up my desk and making it a hassle to unplug the computer and actually go anywhere. I am looking for ways to make this easier and nicer, and happy to spend money to do it. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 4:18 AM - 14 answers

April 7

Installing Teams on my personal device without company enrollment?

I'm in a desperate situation, our security team has a model where we can't install anything without permission now and a bill code (OSS or not). I cannot access any files out of my "One Drive," I can't access Terminal, can't run scripts and all kinds of programs that worked before (WSL) suddenly stopped. I can't access any web portals (Sharepoint, etc.) outside my work computer. Websites are now being randomly blacklisted. I tried eanrolling my Mac similar to my iPhone but I got to the company portal and the site has been down. My request has been in over a year. I don't care if it is a hack, I need a somewhat reliable way to transfer files (nothing confidential to the company). RClone, somehow hooking up a Raspberry Pi to the ethernet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:17 PM - 11 answers

Is Facebook sending my FB friends emails about me?

A few times per week, I get an email from Facebook that says something like, "John Smith commented on Yale University's post" or "Susie Smith commented on The Yellow Cafe's post." Are my Facebook friends getting emails about my comments that I make on Facebook? [more inside]
posted by allison00 at 6:48 AM - 7 answers

April 5

Looking for filler photo from 1999 New York Times

In or around 1999, the New York Times printed a photograph of me and my teenage friends standing or sitting on the rock overlooking the Great Lawn in Central Park. How could I find this photo again? [more inside]
posted by grobstein at 11:12 AM - 15 answers

April 4

Attorney sent financial documents via email-is this a security issue?

A relative is using an attorney to help straighten out an identity theft issue. To prove that a loan was obtained fraudulently, the attorney had to submit a bunch of documents including tax returns, bank statements, brokerage statements, etc. I have now learned that the attorney sent these documents as attachments via email rather than using a secure portal. My understanding, based on various IT folks I have spoken to over the years, is that this is a huge no-no security wise. Is that so? How concerned should we be?
posted by Larry David Syndrome at 5:04 PM - 14 answers

Crafting printer - 2024 edition

My question is much the same as in this one, what is a good printer to use for multi-creative people who might want to print on fabric, or milk-cartons or other weird stuff. https://ask.metafilter.com/339946/Best-printer-for-crafters-at-the-dawn-of-a-new-decade [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 2:16 AM - 1 answers

April 3

Two-Handed Controller-Like Keyboard from 2004ish

At a previous job, I was given permission to buy samples of stuff that might help us "innovate". One of the things I bought was a "keyboard" that was supposed to help with RSI. It was shaped like a video game controller. The "keyboard" stayed in the building where it was purchased so many years ago and am trying to track something similar down! [more inside]
posted by chiefthe at 7:52 PM - 9 answers

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