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June 16

Best simple database

Looking for a very low cost database to replace a massive spreadsheet of names and contact information. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 10:02 AM - 10 answers

Chrome Autocomplete Woes

How do I keep Chrome from suggesting my most recent search terms instead of a frequently visited site? [more inside]
posted by cozenedindigo at 9:03 AM - 3 answers

Can a user stay logged out of Office 365?

My partner just started a new job at Big Company that uses Office 365. If you're using 365, your name will show up on the top right hand side of every document. You can logout but the system will automatically log you back in if you open another file. Is it possible to stay logged out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:53 AM - 7 answers

June 15

How to find an Instagram ad I lost OR how to find a dress

Instagram showed me an ad of something I wanted to purchase. I clicked through to the link, put it in my cart, and accidentally x-ed out of it. I can’t remember the name of the company, only the nature of the product, and as there is no browser history or “back” on the inherent IG browser which one is led to by clicking an ad, I can’t find it. [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 6:42 AM - 10 answers

June 14

Help me pick out a laptop that I will barely use?

I've had my current 13" MacBook Pro for about 7 years, and it's slowed to a crawl. I'm thinking it might be better to get a PC laptop with a bigger screen rather than spending a bunch of money on a new Mac, but I don't really know anything about what's out there. Just tell me what to get? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 1:11 PM - 11 answers

How bad will running Win7 after 2019 be? Really...

So my wife has a computer running Windows7 that her tech-savvy brother set up for her to do various important things like keep documents for small business accounting, etc.. and I pointed out that maybe we should upgrade it to Win10. To that suggestion, my bro-in-law shrugged and said something like "why are you worried? you think you're going to get hacked? you can get hacked in Win10, too." [more inside]
posted by mhh5 at 10:51 AM - 15 answers

June 13

turn your lights down load....

I am having a lot of trouble downloading various things for my use. Hope possible? [more inside]
posted by nantucket at 6:37 PM - 7 answers

Studying for CCNP/CCIE R&S: Should I use Eve-NG, IOU-Web or Boson NetSim

Hi all! Question for the network engineers here. I just passed the CCNA R&S and I'm about to start studying for the CCNP and, eventually, the CCIE. I'm looking for a virtual set-up that I can use for the long-term. [more inside]
posted by jack.brodey at 9:43 AM - 3 answers

Excel query

Trying to attach a date and ID to multiple rows of data - do I need INDEX MATCH or some kind of multiple VLOOKUP or what? [more inside]
posted by sock of ages at 4:14 AM - 18 answers

June 12

How to successfully manage a preteen's screen time?

Here comes summer and I don't want my kid to use his computer or tablet all the time and just as importantly - I don't want to talk and negotiate each day about it. What works in your family and how much time feels reasonable in your family? [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 10:57 AM - 14 answers

iPhone App to take pictures/video and capture text about them

I would like to take pictures/video with an app that prompts me for text descriptions every time (force me to provide context for the image/video). I will be using this content for a large work presentation and don't want to use social media apps. I use Windows 10, Box, Office 365 products, and have an iPhone 8. Is there an iPhone app that: 1. takes picture/video 2. forces me to enter a text descriptions (and maybe capture location/date/time details) 3. stores results someplace easily accessible (preferably in an Office/Windows app) for use in a PowerPoint presentation. Ease of use is paramount, as I will be on a tour and won't be able to spend too much time with each picture. Thanks!
posted by GernBlandston at 7:05 AM - 2 answers

June 11

What is a good way to start a digital journal?

I want to synthesize my lived experience, explorations, random knowledge gains, and art prototypes in blog form, but I'm very intimidated by the blog software. Can you please suggest some resources and actions that would help me accomplish some or all of my objectives (listed inside)? [more inside]
posted by rebent at 7:47 PM - 10 answers

Nintendo Switch games for little kids?

With the announcement of the Animal Crossing in 2020, I'm wondering if this is going to push us to get a Nintendo Switch for Christmas. What other games are suggested for kids of Kindergarten age, or should we wait a few years? [more inside]
posted by Hermeowne Grangepurr at 3:10 PM - 12 answers

Why do my Python scripts not finish?

For a hobby project, I run hourly Python scripts via a cron job. These scripts always run correctly (ie produce expected output), but sometimes one of them doesn't terminate and the Python process lives on, hogging memory until manually killed. Can you help me troubleshoot this? [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote at 12:03 PM - 4 answers

June 10

Task list with permanent step completion

I must be searching for the wrong key words. What is it called when you have a list of tasks and permanently mark one complete? [more inside]
posted by BeeDo at 12:32 PM - 5 answers

Best used Verizon iphone for a kid

I'm looking for MeFite suggestions regarding which used Verizon iphone to buy for a middle schooler. I want to spend less than $250 (way less is better). I'm concerned about the "touch disease." I'm concerned about the phone becoming obsolete too quickly. I'm balancing this with concern that the phone will get lost or broken. I'm wondering what else I should be concerned with that I haven't even considered... [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue at 10:49 AM - 13 answers

GitHub for beginners

I'm working on a small distributed project. Folks would like me to upload a few things (html documents) to GitHub. So, I need to get up to speed, at least as a basic user. Any resources that you would recommend? Video resources preferred. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by carter at 7:12 AM - 6 answers

Father-in-law called a scammer and gave them access to his laptop

My poor father-in-law called a scam phone number from a pop-up window, because he thought his Macbook had been hacked. He proceeded to give them control of the computer. My assumption is that after he gave them access, anything is on the table as far as malicious software installed on his computer, or information they've acquired. He didn't give them any information on the phone, but they presented him with a price table for how much it was going to cost to fix a number of different "problems" they found. What should he do next? [more inside]
posted by colossal at 7:12 AM - 7 answers

June 9

Just Landed replacement

Is there an app or service that will tell me when to leave to pick someone up at the airport? Looking for an iOS replacement for the now-defunct Just Landed. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 6:46 PM - 4 answers

June 8

Soulsborne Let's Plays

I would like to watch relatively thorough YouTube playthroughs of Dark Souls 2, Dark Souls 3, and Bloodborne, because I am an old and no longer have the patience or reflexes to get gud at these sorts of games, but think they're very cool aesthetically and from a game design standpoint. I would like to not hate the player, and my tolerance for bullshit is low. [more inside]
posted by Caduceus at 5:42 PM - 5 answers

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