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May 16

Is there a privacy-first user-friendly social network? would have checked all the boxes except privacy. Mastodon, Diaspora won't do. Looking for something with very little onboarding friction and having functional web and mobile apps with a clean and intuitive UI that shows just the updates from friends in a chronological feed and nothing else (i.e. no trending articles!).
posted by amar at 6:04 AM - 14 answers

May 15

Is there a repository of R cheat sheets?

So many packages, so few cheat sheets! It seems like pretty much any R package could use a cheat sheet. Is there a respository of R cheat sheets that is not just for the base or commonly used packages, but that includes cheat sheets for specialized packages? Even better, how about a utility that lets you assemble custom cheat sheets from component-pieces? (yeah, now I'm getting greedy, I know) [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 3:16 PM - 7 answers

I mean, we don't have shit-flavored corn flakes on the shelves

Drupal is awful. How, then, is there a market for Drupal? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet at 9:38 AM - 19 answers

Excuse me, my eyes are up here! Zoom version.

My friend is teaching zoom classes from her laptop and is having trouble keeping her eyes focused on the camera. I want to surprise her with a little picture doohickey to hang from the top of the laptop screen to help her - something that would surround the camera and draw her eye, but not cover the camera or very many of the actual screen pixels. Apple doesn't tell me these particular dimensions in the technical specs, of course, so could one of you wonderful mefites please measure your 17" 2018 Mac Book Pro for me? How much space from the physical top edge to where the pixels start, how wide is the camera, and how far is the camera from the edge? TIA!
posted by bluesky78987 at 6:19 AM - 6 answers

May 14

What Are Your Favorite Mods for Fallout 4?

Since the quarantine started, I've fallen into a sort of a addiction with this game, especially after discovering to jazz up the vanilla version. Eager to hear what your favorite mods are for FO4 - can be any type, category, etc. Which mods make replays exciting and vital for you? Also, bonus points for anyone who can walk me through adding Script Extender without wrecking anything internally with the game - I've heard differing reports about how stable it is.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 5:28 PM - 4 answers

Best macOS app to remove PRIV, COMM, UFIC, NCON, etc. frames/ID3 tags?

I have long stripped hidden PRIV, COMM, UFIC, NCON, etc. "frames" or tags from MP3 and MP4 ID3 tag sets, on principle. I'm not interested in having personal info embedded in my music. But many previous programs to do this don't have a GUI (eyeD3) or aren't available for Mac (e.g., Windows programs ID3-TagIT and Desiccate). Kid3 works on macOS, but not well. I don't want to have to remove and re-add all the ID3 tags. Can you recommend newer software to remove my personal metadata from MP3's and MP4's?
posted by limeonaire at 5:10 PM - 2 answers

Google hates

When I send email from any of my Gmail addresses using, Google now drowns me in security alerts. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 11:23 AM - 12 answers

Discord for preteen?

I have a pre-teen daughter whose (mostly male, same age) friends are hanging out on Discord, and I am trying to figure out whether it's possible to give her access in some way without exposing her to the site's very nasty underbelly... [more inside]
posted by cgs06 at 10:20 AM - 10 answers

internet connection troubleshooting

I have a new computer that is having trouble connecting to the internet. So, it's the computer, right? But, my old computer also has trouble accessing the internet. So does my phone. So does my roku. So, it's the router or the modem or the service, right? But right now, I'm using the old computer to ask this question with the same router and cable modem that doesn't seem to be enough for the new computer. [more inside]
posted by stuart_s at 9:46 AM - 7 answers

Need to make online animation of business process flow.

I'm working on an online business process dashboard. We need to make animations of business processes, showing the flow of each purchase from one node to the next, visualizing time/resources spent at each node and bottlenecks. [more inside]
posted by signal at 8:00 AM - 0 answers

May 13

Scraping years of photos & comments from a facebook group

I'm in a private group on facebook, about a unique regional industry that's now almost gone, and is poorly documented. A vast number of photographs and comments have been posted to this group over several years. The historical record they represent is irreplacable, and the people posting are getting old and passing away. I don't trust Facebook to preserve all this for posterity. How can I retrieve it? [more inside]
posted by automatronic at 7:48 PM - 3 answers

App that beeps at you at long random intervals?

I'm looking for some kind of app or reminder service I can put on my phone that will remind me at random intervals, ~45 minutes apart or so, to stop and be mindful. Can't seem to find something that matches the specifics. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by forza at 4:18 PM - 12 answers

WiFi for "lots" of devices?

Customer support folks are telling me I have too many devices for my wifi to handle and are recommending setting up my own wifi, rather than use their router's wifi. Should I purchase a new wifi router, or push for them to fix this somehow? [more inside]
posted by hanov3r at 2:07 PM - 12 answers

Roughly what's the max I should spend on repairing a 5 year old PC?

My 4 - 5 year old PC died this morning and is currently in the hands of a techie friend. He suspects it may be the hard drive and beyond his capabilities. If I have to take it to a shop and if it can be repaired, given that it's that old and I could presumably get another one for $800 - $1000, what should be my cutoff for repairs? [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 1:12 PM - 8 answers

How complicated is it to have two computers at one desk?

Like many people, I'm now working from home full-time. I'm in a small apartment though, and looking for ways to optimize space. I have a work laptop and a home desktop. [more inside]
posted by Pademelon at 9:28 AM - 30 answers

Gmail autocompletes my home address but it's slightly off

Hi folks. When I use Gmail, and I type the words "my address is," Gmail will autocomplete with a full home address (109 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield IL). However, I live at 123 Evergreen Terrace (not really). It's almost exactly my address, just off by a little. Is there any way I can fix this?
posted by Slinga at 8:41 AM - 4 answers

May 12

What website am I thinking of?

I have this vague memory of a website from at least ten years ago called Cat Town. It was a collection of ridiculous stories illustrated by photos of cats in hats, originally from a Japanese website. There were recurring characters and I think they revolved around the mayor, who could have been a tuxedo cat who said "doo doo doo" a lot. This is all I remember but I loved it! I hope someone else remembers this - thank you!
posted by Neely O'Hara at 6:15 PM - 11 answers

Update my Mac or find InDesign CS 6? Advice please

Help me find Adobe InDesign CS6, an online back-up system and/or advice on updating my Mac OS please [more inside]
posted by biscuits at 4:58 PM - 8 answers

May 11

Best options for tracking child

The Doki watch company is no more. I need to be able to track via GPS my child and have said child be able to do emergency signalling. What are the options? [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 4:10 PM - 8 answers

Weird issue with tumblr URLs

I have multiple tumblr blogs. When I am logged in and enter the full URL for most of them, I see the page as any visitor should, with the option of going to my dashboard using the 'home' button at top right. Weirdly, one particular URL automatically redirects me to my dashboard. [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar at 3:34 AM - 3 answers

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