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April 5

Video conferencing with password/PIN protected breakout rooms

I'm looking for almost the opposite of this query - our organisation would like to set up videoconferences where the participants aren't completely free to move between breakout rooms, but can only do so via a password or PIN so as to allow some level of self-management. [more inside]
posted by Major Clanger at 9:52 AM - 0 answers

Should I sell my twitter account for $100k?

It’s more than a twitter account for me. [more inside]
posted by thenickeldropped at 9:39 AM - 9 answers

April 4

Zoom Safari

I just watched the "Customer Safari" episode of Superstore and want to brainstorm a Zoom version of this. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 9:01 PM - 2 answers

The Blog of an Orthodox virgin

Years ago I read a great anonynous blog by an Orthodox Jewish woman who was unable to be matched with a husband of her liking in her community, so she expected to be single for life. She wanted to experience sex, but couldn't figure out how to do it without compromising her values or safety. She wrote thoughtfully about this predicament. Anyone remember what the blog was? [more inside]
posted by nouvelle-personne at 1:10 PM - 7 answers

USB C Hub stops USB A Headset from working

Problems with remote work setup. Details below... [more inside]
posted by The Architect at 11:27 AM - 4 answers

Make a PDF of all the first pages of PDFs

I have a large number of e-books in PDF format. I would like to print just the covers and put them in a folder so I can browse through them. The easiest way would be to extract the first page of each to a single PDF and then print that. How to do. I am on a windows PC and don't want to spend any money.
posted by Iteki at 10:40 AM - 5 answers

April 3

YouTube Channel - best way to substitute edited video for livestream?

My organization did a livestreamed event on YouTube this week that has been getting a lot of views on the archived livestream. We've now edited the subtitles for the published one, and we're putting it up. Anything to keep in mind in that process - not breaking other people's links, etc? [more inside]
posted by mercredi at 10:52 AM - 1 answers

April 2

who does twitter recommend to you?

Because of the gendering and racializing of expertise, I don't follow men who primarily retweet other men, even when I like their work as journalists, scientists, etc. And yet... I've noticed that Twitter almost always recommends men and more often not, white-appearing men, in "You might like" and "Relevant people." People who use Twitter (while logged in), who does Twitter recommend to you? [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi at 1:15 PM - 14 answers

Older call log on an iPhone?

Sometime in January, I made a phone call. I still know which number I called, but now I'd like to know the date of that call. It's too old to show up in the "Recent Call Log" on my iPhone XR. Is there a way to pull up the date of the call?
posted by nouvelle-personne at 12:50 PM - 3 answers

Video meeting/party where people can move freely between small groups?

Is there a way to allow participants in Zoom (or another similar system) to talk in small groups, and move freely between groups? Zoom lets you you divide a group into breakout rooms, but only the meeting host can create rooms and move people between them. I'm looking for workarounds and/or other systems that would give participants more freedom. I want this for conferences/meetings and also for cocktail parties. Do you have any ideas/suggestions? Have you seen anything like this done? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 10:24 AM - 9 answers

VMs For Social Good

I'm looking for VMs or apps which help out the social good that can be run on some idle hardware I have. [more inside]
posted by JustAnotherPerson at 9:51 AM - 2 answers

Power me up! Acer laptop adapter needed -but which?

The power cord for my Acer Spin 3 needs replacing. I can buy one direct from Acer, but it's pricey and shipping timelines are vague. I'm hoping to get this quickly and am wondering if there is a suitable option on Amazon Canada. [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine at 5:51 AM - 1 answers

April 1

Un-deleting Zoom default virtual backgrounds

Can't believe I'm wasting a question on this, but -- I accidentally clicked the delete button on one of the default virtual backgrounds in Zoom (the outer space one). How do I get it back? [more inside]
posted by serelliya at 5:54 PM - 5 answers

Brand new PC (HP) won't connect via connector.

It was time, after working with this 7 year old lap top that now has black holes in the screen. [more inside]
posted by Rumi'sLeftSock at 2:55 PM - 16 answers

What's the best way to fax a PDF without a landline?

I have a packet of forms as a PDF that I need to get to a doctor ASAP for some medical stuff. Their office wants these documents by fax, not email. I'm stuck at home with no fax machine or even a landline, but lots of internet access. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 11:31 AM - 9 answers

Can't connect to internet via ASUS AC3200 router

I got a new router, an ASUS AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit WiFi Router, for a better signal. My android phone and windows 7 work laptop connect just fine and can get to the internet. My windows 7 home PC, however, can only connect after taking 30 seconds or more and then shows connected but no internet. [more inside]
posted by Pig Tail Orchestra at 6:26 AM - 4 answers

Windows timestamp text filename

I'm looking for a way to do date and time stamps in windows (especially for renaming filenames, but anywhere else too). I was going to try autohotkey but the site gives a warning, IDK how real that warning is but more wary than usual due to general weirdness. [more inside]
posted by unearthed at 1:21 AM - 5 answers

March 31

What's the best basic video tutorial for Zoom?

I'm hosting a Zoom book club, but some of the members have not used Zoom before. What's the best video tutorial that covers the basics (non-host)? They only need to know how to join a conference, how to test the aud/vid, and how to set up Speaker/Gallery view.
posted by storybored at 1:55 PM - 4 answers

How to install a new version of OSX on a 2009 MacBook?

How to install a new version of OSX on a 2009 MacBook? Without leaving home? [more inside]
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 8:36 AM - 17 answers

What problems are going to arise if I turn down my Macbook Pro fans?

My new Macbook Pro 16" is hella noisy. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Hartster at 5:16 AM - 16 answers

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