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January 23

How to make overset text in PDF placed in InDesign non-searchable

I've placed a number of PDFs in an InDesign document but with tightly constrained text boxes, meaning that much of the text in the PDF is essentially overset. I then export that InDesign as its own PDF. My problem is that text that is overset on the placed PDF pages is still searchable. Is there a setting somewhere in Acrobat or InDesign that would solve this problem?!?< [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian at 8:25 AM - 4 answers

Online tool for writing fiction on the go?

I'm looking for a new setup for writing fiction online - I've been using Zoho Docs, but it got rather bloated and slow with long files. Most of all I want something that will load quickly and let me write on various Windows 10 computers and Android devices with the ease of scribbling in a paper notebook. Other items on my wishlist: [more inside]
posted by I claim sanctuary at 6:44 AM - 1 answers

To update the OS X or not

I'm going to have to get a new internal SSD for my MacBook Pro, and this is a good a time as any to update. I'm running a very stable build of 10.11.6. [more inside]
posted by tedious at 5:27 AM - 9 answers

January 22

Do ecards still exist any more?

I used to send someecards for birthdays, but their website doesn't seem to do that any more...? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 1:19 PM - 10 answers

Workflow using SharePoint 2010 or Python 3.x or ?

I have a big, dumb, needlessly complicated, manual process I would like to automate (insofar as possible) in SharePoint/InfoPath 2010 or possibly Python 3.x. Can you help me think through how to do it? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 12:34 PM - 11 answers

How to set up a separate Outlook mailbox outside Exchange

Is there any way to set up a non-Exchange Outlook mailbox and be able to use and store personal mail on my work computer? We use Exchange and I'd like to avoid having personal mail on the company server, but still be able to use Outlook.
posted by Gnella at 5:23 AM - 8 answers

January 21

How can I get this printer to print in draft mode?

I have a HP OfficeJet 4650 that will not print in draft mode. I've tried every setting possible but all pages are coming out almost wet. [more inside]
posted by james33 at 6:52 AM - 3 answers

January 20

Roku thinks I have headphones plugged in, but I don't

I have no audio on my Roku 3, except through headphones. I had not previously plugged headphones in, but I can now get audio through them, but not through the TV speakers. I turned off power to the Roku and restarted that way. I hit the Reset button and restarted that way. I took the batteries out of the remote, re-paired the remote with the Roku. None of that fixed the problem. Ideas?
posted by lazuli at 6:02 PM - 1 answers

Inner cover of printer (Samsung M2070W) will not close

We have just replaced the toner in our Samsung M2070W printer. Now somehow the inner cover (the bit that covers the area where the toner cartridge sits) will no longer close. It can be pushed down partially, but then there is some kind of resistance that prevents it from closing all the way. How can we make it close? [more inside]
posted by jeudi at 10:20 AM - 6 answers

Best (or only) tool to extract and save twitter threads

Now that people are putting sustained arguments into twitter threads, sometimes I want to save these off. Is there anything that will allow me to click on a long twitter thread and save the whole lot for future reference? [more inside]
posted by alloneword at 8:30 AM - 3 answers

Help me find a CTF game?

Please help me find a LAN capable CTF game meeting these criteria? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 7:16 AM - 3 answers

How can I watch Netflix on Chrome for Android?

I already know the answer will be "you can't do this without the app." I don't want that answer. I don't have an app on windows+chrome and it works fine. I want to know exactly what I need to do to chrome to make it play on android, or, exactly what is missing from chrome+android that precludes it from working. (For e.g. Chrome for Android doesn't support required FeatureX.) [more inside]
posted by Pig Tail Orchestra at 6:26 AM - 6 answers

January 19

Identity of my ex-husband's doppleganger?

Someone recently found a photo (on Pinterest?) that looks almost exactly like my ex-husband. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 7:47 PM - 7 answers

Damage in the Socket

Help me save the day and my friend's first computer build from bent pins in the CPU socket on the motherboard. [more inside]
posted by glonous keming at 6:58 PM - 8 answers

Excel: How do I filter records based on criteria across different cells?

Excel experts: How can I filter this range so that I only pull records with red cells (these were originally blank)? This is a pivot table that I converted back into a range. Alternatively, is there a way I can filter my original pivot table so that it only displays records with blank entries? Thanks in advance!
posted by matticulate at 10:11 AM - 9 answers

January 18

Enormous Download from

I have a seldom-used 500g dmg file in DropBox that's not mirrored on my drive. I need to grab it for a sec, but don't have room on my hard drive, so I'm downloading to an external drive. But I haven't been able to complete the d/l in Safari or Chrome (for reasons explained below). [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 11:40 AM - 21 answers

How can I get this Airport Express to do what I want?

I’ve been given an unused Apple AirPort Express. Great! Maybe I can finally network my printer and print wirelessly from it. Given the specifics of my current WiFi configuration, can you help me figure out the best and/or easiest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 9:46 AM - 7 answers

January 17

initramfs prompt

I think my usb operating system is having trouble mounting. Please help me fix it. Note: I don't know what I'm doing, so use small words please. [more inside]
posted by aniola at 5:42 PM - 13 answers

Need a solution to push an iOS notification once an hour at random time

I'm looking for a app/platform/solution for my iPhone that will do the following -Select from a pre-filled list/database of quotes, Bible verses, and random musings -Send a push notification to my iPhone once an hour, but at a random time during that hour -Repeat, but with a new entry from the list, preferably shuffled and randomized [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 4:49 PM - 4 answers

Mom's New Computer, Episode #4938

Mom has a new Windows 10 laptop, which she'll use primarily for email (Gmail), photos, and occasional browsing. She's asked me to transfer over some files and 'set it up' for her. I'm no IT-talkin' guy & find Win 10 fairly straightforward, but I was wondering if you had some program recs (Security, browsers & extensions) for less-savvy user. Bonus points if they're on Ninite & offer painfree updates that won't freak mom out with "Your security is about to expire! Upgrade to Premium NOW!" messages. Also, recs for free non-fussy remote viewing/desktop sharing would be appreciated and save a lot of "Do you see a red button with an X?" phone conversations for my sister and I.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 1:20 PM - 9 answers

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