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November 24

does siri know what time it really is?

I've got a lot of apple computers, and they are all on the same wifi. And I've got the thingy turned on where they announce the time. And they mostly don't do it at the same time. Why is that?
posted by valkane at 8:05 PM - 1 answers

Video game suggestions

Can you suggest some xbox one games for me, given some criteria below? [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote at 1:37 PM - 13 answers

Laptop Screen Color Cast

My new laptop, purchased for photo processing, has an apparently uncorrectable brown/yellow cast to the screen (HP Envy x360 Ryzen 4700U Radeon Octa-core 32GB). This was intended for processing 8-bit photos to be displayed on a computer screen. HP recognizes this problem on their help pages. All of the recommended solutions listed by HP were tried to no effect. [more inside]
posted by Raybun at 10:18 AM - 5 answers

How do I EXCEL at a used "Laptop" Purchase?

Hey guys, I am struggling with a laptop purchase. I tend to be a power user of machines by having lots of apps running and doing multiple things at a time. I have a MacBook Pro 2015 15" with 16gb of ram. However, running windows with 8gb and another 8gb on mac just doesn't cut it. Excel (on Windows) is slow to respond at times depending on usage of the system. [more inside]
posted by iNfo.Pump at 7:08 AM - 13 answers

Android emulated storage-- How does it work?

I just added an sd card to my phone. (samsung galaxy a21) and want to use this storage for my audiobook app. However, the operating system seems to have added duplicates of my existing directories to the sd card. I wanted to create a new audiobooks directory and so I did (via usb to a pc.) but my audiobook app doesn't see it (smart audiobook player). Instead it sees storage/emulated/0. Whatever that is. I think I don't understand the android storage model correctly. Can someone explain this to me like I'm 4 going on 5? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference at 12:47 AM - 4 answers

November 23

real-time collaborative handwritten notetaking

I need a real-time collaborative handwritten notetaking app for the iPad. Is there any app you've used to take handwritten notes in real time with multiple people? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet at 6:54 PM - 8 answers

November 22

Survey says?

I would like to receive a daily e-mail with a Question of the Day. The question would come from me and answer would be saved for me. Difficulty level: have website with all the bells and whistles that should make this easy. I just don't want to reinvent the wheel. [more inside]
posted by a non mouse, a cow herd at 7:04 AM - 2 answers

November 21

Gift ideas for techies

Techies: what are your favourite (fun/useful/beautiful) tech accessories? [more inside]
posted by orange and yellow at 8:08 PM - 15 answers

Zoom camera works in test but not meeting, Help plz.

This is the most boring thing to ask, I'm so sorry. I scoured the old answers and good ole Google for help before bringing this here, but I'm about to throw this dang computer out the window. It's an HP Pavilion laptop, Zoom was working fine for a long time, and now the camera says "Failed to start the video camera. Please select another video camera in Settings." and before that it was saying "camera being used by another application" but it ISNT! I need zoom every day, and haven't been able to have a camera for two months now, and it's driving me up a wall. [more inside]
posted by emirenic at 4:19 PM - 9 answers

How to print actual size when document is larger than paper. Indesign

I have an indesign document where each page is 12x12 ish and the spreads are 12x24ish. I want to print all the spreads actual size, though I have only letter and legal paper. Just for proofing purposes. I would like it to just print the overlapping bit multiple times if there's room on the paper instead of just strictly slicing up the document. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 11:31 AM - 4 answers

NAS HS with bad sectors - game over?

A HD in my NAS developed some bad sectors and crashed. I have replaced it but am wondering what to do with the crashed drive. It's out of warranty so I can't RMA it as I have done in the past. Is it worthwhile putting it in an external case, reformatting it as spare storage, but not using it for anything critical? Or would I be throwing good money after bad?
posted by Grinder at 8:08 AM - 7 answers

How can I find the artist's name of a vintage item I can't find?

It was already sold sometime during the summer and is an oval shaped decorative plate with two blue colored birds on it. [more inside]
posted by fantasticness at 7:06 AM - 5 answers

November 20

New computer build troubleshooting

My daughter and I built a new PC for gaming. It now has Windows and Steam, and appears to be working, but I am not sure if all is well with the graphics card and liquid cooling system. OK, now it just did it again. Something is not right. Can you lend me the benefit of your lights? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 7:54 PM - 9 answers

How to teach Bash/Linux so high school students will be intrigued?

I'm teaching an Intro to CS course in high school and want to use the short week before Thanksgiving to introduce them to a command-line OS — namely, Bash on some vanilla Linux (Debian, I assume). How do I induce them to conclude anything other than "wow, command-line is a pain in the ass?" [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 9:20 AM - 43 answers

Old fashioned distribution list in Outlook

How do I create something similar to what was an old fashioned distribution list in Outlook? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 9:18 AM - 4 answers

November 19

Simplest good password manager

A relative uses a password manager on one computer, with intent that I can access their passwords if needed due to emergency. (I don't live near them, so paper is not an option here.) They do not use or want autofill on web pages, syncing to other computers/phones, or any other bells and whistles. We've used Dashlane for this, but they are now pushing a web/extension model rather than a desktop app that will likely bother and/or confuse my relative. All they need is the ability to save passwords and text (in Dashlane this is "secure notes") and the ability for me to access this in case of emergency - and of course that this be secure. Are any of the other options going to be simpler than Dashlane?
posted by 2 cats in the yard at 12:01 PM - 10 answers

Password manager for someone who can't install a password manager?

I would like to manage my passwords, but at work I can't install anything. How can I still get passwords? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:47 AM - 20 answers

In US for 2-3 weeks, need a SIM and great Wifi and hotspot connectivity

Need to buy a cellphone SIM and cell plan for one month only in Florida. I need fast internet and hotspot capabilities for my laptop. Phone calling isn't important, although texting would be nice. Will leave US by end of month. Solutions/suggestions?
posted by lometogo at 2:50 AM - 11 answers

November 18

Upgrading my MacBook Air: Intel or Apple silicon?

My 2013 MacBook Air will soon be crossing the rainbow bridge. Should I replace it with a new M1-powered MacBook Air, or the previous 2020 model? [more inside]
posted by PlusDistance at 7:16 PM - 22 answers

Web development for Sewists

My mother loves to sew and make crafts, and she wants me to set up an online "store" just for family that doesn't take money, but points instead. She wants to be able to put her creations up just like a store, but assign them a point value based on the amount of time it took her to make it instead of an amount of money, and then give selected people a number of points that they can buy things with. Does such a shopping cart, or module / plugin thereof, already exist? [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy at 3:37 PM - 6 answers

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