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August 24

How to share recipe links across 2 people and 3+ computers?

My wife and I both scroll through recipes and bookmark them at random when we're web surfing. We're not very good at combining them into one resource we can both add to and view easily. We have bookmarks on multiple home and work computers. Is there a tool that will help us with this? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats at 3:13 PM - 10 answers

Delay notification of email

Gmail has filters that let you move all email matching a set of characteristics into a certain folder. Gmail also has a "snooze" function that will mark a message as read until later, when it returns to your inbox. Is there a way to do both things at once, i.e. delay notification about certain messages until a specified time? [more inside]
posted by eirias at 7:53 AM - 1 answers

August 23

Can I change my Comcast Xfinity plan mid-contract?

I'm about to sign up for a Comcast Xfinity internet-only plan, with a new customer promo ($20/month for Performance Starter). It's possible I may want the next plan up ("Performance"), which also has a promo for $30/month for new customers I think. If I sign up for the Performance Starter and determine in a month or two that I want to upgrade, will I only have to pay $30/month at that point, or will that deal no longer be valid and will I have to pay the full price?
posted by ClaireBear at 4:38 PM - 6 answers

What is the carbon/material/environmental cost of loot boxes?

This is a bit of a dumb question, but it comes up when trying to put an ethical question to loot boxes and other 'game currency/goods/services' vs irl counterpart discussions. Given the estimates for the carbon footprint of something like bitcoin, I realized I was out of my depth. Considering things like processing, hosting, even work hours lost or physical things like gift cards for STEAM and EPIC. Is there a way to quantify this, even broadly? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah at 7:41 AM - 7 answers

August 22

Do I really need McAfee on my new laptop?

I recently purchased a Lenovo ideapad 330. Ever since setup, McAfee popups have been trying to browbeat me into subscribing, but my understanding was that Lenovo 330s came with Windows Defender, but I'm not finding that when I search my computer? Suggestions?
posted by DrAstroZoom at 12:04 PM - 16 answers

Two questions about to-do list app features

I'm looking for to-do list apps that meets my needs for two different projects. Two specific questions within. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 11:48 AM - 7 answers

How do I point Cloudflare to our site?

How do I point our domain name managed by Cloudflare to our site's server's IP address? Explain to me like I'm a donkey. [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 6:19 AM - 9 answers

August 21

Help me find ONLY the duplicate files between folders

I have two folders full of images on my Mac with identical file names, and I want to find only the duplicates between them. [more inside]
posted by jonathanhughes at 3:00 PM - 10 answers

No, the other way to change letter case in Word

I'm positive there's a way to change the case of highlighted text, using some combination of the mouse and/or a modifier key (Shift, Alt, and/or Ctrl) and/or the letters on the keyboard. I used to do it all the time, but haven't for a while, and can't remember it. And the entire internet is gaslighting me on this so I cannot find it again. [more inside]
posted by dancing leaves at 4:07 AM - 9 answers

August 20

Play sequential videos in a folder

It should not be this hard [more inside]
posted by BrooksCooper at 8:21 PM - 4 answers

Please don't group me

Twice in the past month my cell number was added to a groupme thread. They have the wrong number and I have exited the group both times. This is likely the same people again (once for dancing, now for cheerleading). How can I stop them from adding my number to the next group? I replied to say wrong number before exiting this time. [more inside]
posted by soelo at 6:56 PM - 8 answers

Can you identify what kind of power cable I need?

I own a Samsung SyncMaster P2770 monitor, model code ls27efhkuf/za and I misplaced the power adaptor and cable during my recent move. Can you help me figure out what replacement part to order and where I can order one from? (Ideally in Canada.) [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 5:48 PM - 6 answers

Can't Write to Partition on External Drive

My USB external drive has two partitions (partition 1 is "Mac OS Extended", partition 2 is "Mac OS Extended - Journaled"). I've had this set-up for years with no problems. Suddenly Partition 1 won't let me write. Its "Get Info" says "You can only read", even though permissions grant me read/write privilege. Here's "Get Info" for both partitions. Help?
posted by Quisp Lover at 8:02 AM - 6 answers

Home server for a mostly Mac household

I’ve waxed poetic about my 2009 Mac Pro, which has been a workhorse for years. Recently, it’s been something of a home sever, including as a Plex server. It’s getting less reliable and may need to be replaced. Most likely Mac would be a Mini, but there’s the Apple premium and the Mini hasn’t been updated in about a year (I’m well aware it was not updated for years before that). Should I get Mini, or look at a small PC desktop? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 6:05 AM - 10 answers

August 19

Help me find a light, fast travel laptop?

Anyone wanna help me find the best laptop I can currently get on Amazon? I'm looking for a Windows laptop, solid state drive, under three pounds, and, ideally, under $500. What's my best current option? Direct links welcome, because I am in a rush and feeling (in)decision fatigue. [more inside]
posted by TwoStride at 10:04 PM - 10 answers

Building out a desktop computer 2019 edition

I'm finally looking to upgrade my system after 5 years with no major modification. I haven't kept up with hardware tech so am looking for component advice on a new CPU, GPU, and RAM. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 2:02 PM - 9 answers

What is the best anti-malware program for Mac OS?

My Mac laptop (MacBook Pro, 15 inch, 2018 running OS version 10.14.6) has recently started acting up. I am suspicious I inadvertently installed something I shouldn't have, possibly during an Adobe update. What is the best tool to scan my Mac for malware and delete it? [more inside]
posted by TedW at 10:31 AM - 7 answers

How to Open Dropbox Folder in Finder via Menubar Icon

I've got the newfangled DropBox app for Mac desktop. I used to be able to open my DB folder in Finder as an option via the app's menubar icon, but that no longer seems possible (OTOH the issue doesn't google, which usually means I'm doing something dumb).
posted by Quisp Lover at 7:09 AM - 10 answers

August 18

Are Their Good OnLine Ways To Look For a Used Car Besides Craig's List?

I would like to purchase a used Honda CRV. For me, Craig's List is a crap shoot. My current resources are such that I would to like to have a vehicle as fully vetted as possible before I see the owner. I am looking for a better on-line alternative.
posted by goalyeehah at 7:17 AM - 17 answers

August 16

Interesting, yet very safe for work, websites

I'm working at a temp job where I have nothing better to do most of the time than browse the internet. Can y'all give me recommendations for interesting websites? Ideally they'd be things to read, not games so I look sorta professional. I saw the Ask from 2016, which I'll check out, but maybe there's some new sites. [more inside]
posted by starlybri at 5:52 PM - 25 answers

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