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December 10

Online calendar or scheduler

I need a simple appointment scheduler/calendar for clients to use for a one-time scheduling of meetings with me. Ideally this would be a Google Calendar appointment scheduler function, but they seem to reserve this for "work or school accounts" . I assume this means gsuite and I don't have a good reason to have it otherwise. Is there another option or should I bite the bullet and pay for GSuite just for this one function? [more inside]
posted by twoplussix at 11:06 AM - 7 answers

December 8

Best Luddite-friendly VHS digitizing tools for a gift?

Is there any VHS digitizing equipment out there that's completely plug-and-play and very easy to use for someone who isn't very tech-savvy? [more inside]
posted by 168 at 4:05 PM - 6 answers

Make messages not pop up on Facebook?

I always have open in Chrome. Prior to a recent system update from Dell for my Inspiron 15, all the messages stayed there. But now, when I'm on every message I receive is suddenly popping up from the bottom of my screen. They weren't before. [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess at 7:29 AM - 2 answers

December 7

Looking for a simple contact management app for networking / job search

I am currently networking as part of a job search. I'm meeting lots of people who are in turn introducing me to more people. I need to keep track of all these people. Help! [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust at 1:21 PM - 8 answers

Finding the Geographic Center of a Bunch of Points

Is there a tool that lets you find a geographic center from a bunch of points on a google map? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Twist at 10:33 AM - 7 answers

Tracking "Last-Read" on Twitter

I follow a super prolific Twitter user. Web/mobile web interface make it painful to stay current via periodic check-ins (must scroll and scroll, eagle-eyed to catch the point of "last-read" in his feed). Would a (Mac or ios) Twitter client help? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 10:29 AM - 3 answers

iPhone text messing

Apparently some recent "enhancement" by the UX "geniuses" at Apple has altered the behavior of iOS text messaging to my great puzzlement. [more inside]
posted by Gilgamesh's Chauffeur at 5:38 AM - 5 answers

December 6

What do I get when I download my Facebook ?

My favorite four kitten and science groups on FB have started banning users they think are using fake names, and FB itself is asking for PG rated material only (suiciding like Tumblr). Is my ten year download of content just going to be unreadable crap like my old AOL mail?
posted by tilde at 12:56 PM - 5 answers

"Laser Pointer" Effect in Screen Capture Videos

A friend wants to create videos where she clicks through online slideshows while commenting. I suggested she us QuickTime Player's screen recording feature, constrained to browser window, plus a decent external microphone. But she wants to be able to point at specific parts of photos. Any ideas of how to integrate a sort of "laser pointer" into this? She's on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 9:10 AM - 6 answers

How do I determine what date I first downloaded an app on my iphone?

How do I find out what date I downloaded an iOS app on my iphone? I have an app on my phone. I want to know what day I downloaded it. I also have iTunes on a mac on the same account. (Twist, will these methods work on apps I downloaded, deleted, and downloaded again?)
posted by andoatnp at 9:08 AM - 7 answers

I'm thinking about starting an events website for my town.

I'm thinking about starting an events website for my town. Is it a good idea? [more inside]
posted by xo at 7:54 AM - 7 answers

December 5

How to reconcile two lists in Excel?

I have two long lists that I need to manually reconcile. The lists contain many of the same items, but List B has lots of inconsistency in formatting. I need to rename the second list to have the standard names from List A. Also, each list has some items that are not in the other list, and one is about twice as long as the other. [more inside]
posted by gray17 at 12:48 PM - 9 answers

I want a new gmail email address. Can you help me?

My current gmail email address is a pain to use. It was a google suggestion when I opened my gmail account many years ago and I accepted it. I wish I hadn't because giving it to people verbally is difficult. I'm ready for a new email address. [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy at 12:37 PM - 10 answers

December 4

What was that 'fake letters to companies' blog from the early 2000s?

Back in the early 2000s (think early Metafilter days!), there was a blog/site, back when there were only like a few thousand blogs, that featured fake/darkly-comic/OTT letters to companies. Of particular note, one such letter invited a company to help the writer commit suicide in a mysterious manner... [more inside]
posted by so_necessary at 11:01 PM - 8 answers

Software and setup to keep a PC and MacBook synced over a network folder

I've got a MacBook and a PC, and a folder on each that I'd like to keep more or less synced. I also have a SMB/SAMBA/CIFS folder that I can usually access on my network or by VPN. What the best way to keep files synced between these computers (without a cloud service like Dropbox)? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 7:21 PM - 7 answers

can I use an old iPhone as an AirPlay receiver?

I've got an old iPhone 4S sitting around unused, and a pair of very good amplified speakers that aren't currently connected to anything. Is there any way to turn the old phone into an AirPlay receiver so I can send music through it from my Macbook and my current iPhone?
posted by moonmilk at 6:31 PM - 1 answers

Tumblr likes

I want to download all my liked pictures on tumblr, at full resolution. [more inside]
posted by Sterros at 8:53 AM - 12 answers

Bar across bottom of screen on second monitor with Firefox and Chrome.

Examples in the more inside. For the past several months, when using firefox or chrome on my second monitor, a black (chrome) or white (firefox) bar appears on the bottom of the screen. It's like the browser window just stops where the bar starts. I have turned off graphics acceleration per a couple random suggestions I found, but it is still happening. How do I make this stop? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 8:31 AM - 3 answers

Macbook freezing up

My 2013 Retina MacBook Pro has taken to freezing up at times. Is this fixable? [more inside]
posted by signal at 6:21 AM - 9 answers

December 3

Long term internet speed test?

I am having poor internet issues in our basement and trying to determine if it’s our internet connection, router, computer, etc. The problem is it seems to be intermittent. I was thinking if I ran something like an internet speed test but once a minute or once every 5 minutes for 8 hours maybe I could narrow down the problem by swapping out hardware, etc. Anyone know of such a service?
posted by UMDirector at 6:12 PM - 6 answers

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