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June 1

Instagram support help: not showing comments when logged in!

I'm unable to see comments on Instagram when I'm logged into a specific account. This is an account with 80,000 followers, and we have multiple people using the account to post from... everyone, regardless of device (Apple, Android, laptop, etc.) is having the same issue. Help? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 12:20 PM - 0 answers

Technical Midjourney Question

I feel like I'm climbing Mount Everest when maneuvering Midjourney, the generative artificial intelligence program. Are there any mavens here in the MF hive? [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 10:58 AM - 5 answers

May 31

Gremlin inside my old Macbook Pro?

How can I stop my Macbook Pro opening loads of apps all by itself when its lid is shut? [more inside]
posted by anadem at 11:15 AM - 9 answers

May 30

Computer, Enlargenate and Enhancerize

My darling spouse had a scan or photo of a photo from her childhood that meant a lot to her, but unfortunately the only copy of it I can find is on her Facebook, and it's literally a thumbnail, 113x114 pixels. What with the internet and AI and all, is there a utility I can upload the thumbnail to that will enlarge & 'fill in' the image, creating a copy that is of appropriate size and resolution for printing? [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 12:31 AM - 12 answers

May 29

Getting data off an Android phone with a dead scree

A friend busted his phone screen and came to me since I'm supposedly the technical one. I told him I'd give it a shot, but I'm getting nowhere with it at all. [more inside]
posted by cmm at 9:40 AM - 4 answers

May 28

Emergency help with Google Wallet

I downloaded tickets to Hamilton on to Google Wallet. It is my first time using it. Nothing shows up. I need to leave for the show in about 45 minutes. Help!
posted by NotLost at 4:18 PM - 5 answers

Moto E home screen display has vanished

The display of time/date/temp/% of charge that for two years has always been at the top middle of my home screen (after login) suddenly disappeared yesterday. All the normal icons are there, but the display is gone. I have fooled around with it for an entire day now and cannot figure out how to get it back. You can see what I'm talking about here. Halp!
posted by Dolley at 2:21 PM - 3 answers

iPhone 13 brightness goes down when used for car navigation

I have an iPhone 13. I use it as a GPS for my car (using Google maps). Usually, a while into the trip, the brightness on the screen goes down. My understanding is that this is because the phone gets hot. Is there a way to stop this? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 1:26 PM - 3 answers

Best type of chart to visualize geographic distribution of servers

I am doing some research on a provider's network geographical distribution. If my data is for 70 countries and 2,000 servers, how could I best visually display this? The relationship I'm trying to show is the potential even or uneven geographic distribution of servers while also taking in to consideration the fact that the USA would have more servers than a country than the size of Ireland or Hungary. This seems like the least complicated way of controlling for size rather than getting into population, etc.
posted by ascetic at 8:15 AM - 5 answers

May 27

Help me keep a senile parent safe online

My friend's father is slowly sliding into senility and can't keep himself safe from scammers, etc. while using his computer. I've recommended a few things to help my friend make their dad's online activities as safe as possible, but this isn't a situation I have much experience with and I wonder if there may be more/better options. All the online articles I can find are too basic and vague to be much use. I'm looking for specific suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:30 AM - 11 answers

May 26

Rest in Password

I’d like to put my estate papers on a storage site like Dropbox or Google Drive (encrypted naturally) so my future executors can access them. Is there any difference in these sites and is one preferred over the others?
posted by jabo at 2:55 PM - 10 answers

Sometimes I want to be basic

Facebook's mbasic has stopped working on my phone, all of a sudden about a day ago. It says the website I'm looking at is, but the interface is the non-basic mobile interface. I deleted cookies, site data, and cached images and files (I haven't tried deleting browser history yet). I tried a different browser (Safari instead of Chrome). The problem persists. I can still use mbasic on my laptop's browser, however. How do I get back to mbasic on my phone?
posted by eviemath at 9:56 AM - 4 answers

May 25

Bloated emails

I know that an email message is always larger than what you'd think it would be given the amount of text and the size of the attachment. But why are they so bloated and bulked up? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx at 3:09 PM - 8 answers

Emulating a CRT television on a Mac

I want to emulate the effects of a CRT television (scanlines, a bit of a glow, curved corners) when watching files on my MacBook. Is there a Mac OS video player that supports GPU shaders in the same manner that video game emulators do? Or, if not specifically a video player, an overlay like the Windows program ShaderGlass? [more inside]
posted by kaisemic at 1:23 PM - 3 answers

"Browser security" that works and isn't terrible

I have a not super tech savvy acquaintance who occasionally gets tripped up by malicious websites. They asked me to recommend a "security system." Is there anything that will actually work in this case? [more inside]
posted by pullayup at 1:20 PM - 10 answers

May 24

Network Music Player Appliance, DAAP or MPD

I'm looking for a standalone hardware gadget that can play music from a local network server via DAAP or MPD. This will replace a dying Roku M1000. Not interested in a phone app or a player that runs on a desktop computer. Apple-phobic. [more inside]
posted by sourcequench at 9:34 AM - 4 answers

May 23

Help me identify this fantasy/gaming artist?

This image is an AI upscale of a texture used in a game called Thief: The Darkness Project (1998). I'm trying to identify the original artist. Wikipedia identifies the game's artist as Mark Lizotte, also the name of a well-known musician, which makes search muddy. Note: contains scantily-clad people, but no outright nudity. Gives me Vallejo and Bell vibes, but not quite. Any thoughts greatly appreciated. Thanks!
posted by moonmoth at 10:19 AM - 4 answers

Ghost in the machine: Windows 11 Home edition

My new coworker keeps doing SOMETHING (but we have no idea what) that makes a small ghostly image appear on one of his monitors. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 8:07 AM - 8 answers

How to update IG shop catalogs

I have a business IG account and a shop. Only my shop link doesn’t appear on my profile, and I can’t figure out how to manage the inventory. I’ve read tutorials which turned out to be updated, and I’ve tried going through FB’s commerce center and Meta Business app, all without luck. I need to remove some items and add more. Anyone know or have up to date instructions? [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 7:49 AM - 1 answers

How do I install Adobe XD?

XD is Adobe's application for web design and prototyping. It's their competitor to Sketch and Figma (until they bought Figma last year). Perhaps as a result of the Figma acquisition, XD appears to have been scrubbed from Adobe's website. However, I need to install it in order to open XD files. But even though I have a valid Creative Cloud subscription, XD doesn't appear in CC's list of apps to install. Anyone know a workaround?
posted by snarfois at 7:28 AM - 5 answers

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