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February 12

What's the best free/cheap + quality/comprehensive genealogy software?

I've got more than two feet stacked up of notebooks, note cards, photocopies, maps, and god knows what all of genealogy I've been working on for more than 30 years. It needs to get computerized. [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess at 5:48 PM - 6 answers

Replacing MacBookPro Butterfly Keyboard

I was purchased one of the MBPs with the defective butterfly keyboards. According to a rep, I qualify for service (see here). However, when I called the Apple Store and the genius said I had to bring it in to be assessed for damage before they would consider any work covered by the program. Has anyone negotiated this transaction at an Apple Store? The MBP itself is not damaged. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by life moves pretty fast at 8:57 AM - 9 answers

Is my power adapter extension cable compatible with new laptop?

I bought a new power cable with an extension cable for my 2013 Macbook Pro last July. I ended up getting a new Macbook Pro laptop last week, and they don't come with the extension cable anymore, it seems. I really like that extra length. Before I buy a new one, is there any reason why I can't use the one I already have? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 7:08 AM - 5 answers

February 11

Is there an elegant way to get linked data in Google Sheets?

Basically I have two sheets on one spreadsheet (Dashboard and Resources). One, Dashboard, is used to generate a drop down based on this criteria: =Resources!$B$2:$B. This works correctly and populates the drop down with the name of the values of that column from the Resources sheet and the user may select, "Gold," or =Resources!$B$23. I'd like to get the Price column in C, Resource!$C$23 based on user's selection. This does not work. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 2:38 PM - 10 answers

Experiences with Thinkful and Code Academy

I need a mid-career skills update, with a focus on full stack development. Does Thinkful provide good courses and deliver on its promises? How about Code Academy? It looks like Thinkful provides a lot more structure and costs a lot more. I'm interested in hearing about experiences with both these options and others as well. [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust at 10:09 AM - 3 answers

I need a new laptop.

I use mine mostly for web browsing, watching video, and email, so i don't need anything too fancy on power and memory. But I do play a few simple games and love puzzles, so a touch screen is a must. I also want the keyboard to be relatively easy to disassemble to clean. I carry it around pretty often, so weight is also a factor. Thanks!
posted by backwards compatible at 4:18 AM - 7 answers

February 10

Robot Apocalypse Dry Run?

With all of the emphasis on Artificial Intelligence, and Ray Kruzweil trumpeting it while Stephen Hawking warned against it, has anybody done a dry run on where self-learning intelligence would go if left unchecked? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 3:02 PM - 15 answers

My Google News feed is infected

How do I convince Google News that I don't care about K*lie J*nner or the K*rdashians? (names obscured for reasons that will become clear) [more inside]
posted by dephlogisticated at 12:50 PM - 11 answers

February 9

Which TV shows are limited on Hulu?

I have the paid, commercial-free version of Hulu. I know this allows me all of Hulu's catalog, but I'm trying to figure out which TV shows are limited in what's allowed on Hulu, for their currently-airing shows. [more inside]
posted by lea724 at 10:42 AM - 1 answers

What's a good replacement for Google Inbox on Android?

Google Inbox is going away :(((((( Do you have any good suggestions for an Android-compatible replacement that also supports bundling messages by label? (I have terrible piles of email, and looking at all of it at once without some kind of pre-sorting and filtering is intensely stressful. Directly filing to directories is a good way to ensure that mail doesn’t get read.) A program that doesn’t bundle mail might be acceptable if you have a good alternate workflow for dealing with sorting email. BONUS POINTS for programs that supports providers other than Google.
posted by Going To Maine at 10:07 AM - 6 answers

February 8

New Laptop, 2019 edition

Asking for recommendations for a general purpose relatively inexpensive new laptop, [more inside]
posted by ovvl at 8:41 PM - 3 answers

What cable do I need?

I want to be able to screen mirror/play videos from a browser on my iPad or MacBook Pro on my tv. What cables do I need? [more inside]
posted by HonoriaGlossop at 4:28 PM - 3 answers

Google+ brand pages?

Hi! I have a Google+ (or Google Plus) brand page. I know Google+ for consumers is going away but what happens to brand pages? I can't find anything explaining what to expect. I had a notification in my brand account earlier this week that I accidentally closed! So I'm not sure what they were trying to tell me. I haven't gotten any communication from Google about the G+ brand page. Can anyone link to what will happen to brand pages after Google Plus shuts down?
posted by puckupdate at 5:52 AM - 8 answers

February 7

What to do with my downloaded JSON files from Flickr?

I want to re-upload 32,000 images to my Flickr Pro account, but I don't know how to save the information (tags, title, description) contained in the corresponding JSON files. Can someone explain to me if this is possible, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 5:08 PM - 3 answers

Help me Kondo my computer.

My tragic flaw: I have never backed up my personal laptop, save everything to Desktop or Download and now am overwhelmed by the idea of organizating it. I have Dropbox. Where do I begin? Help me organize and backup my computer(s). (I have laptops stretching back to 2001 in a box.) tl;dr - How do you organize your computer files and how do you continue to organize new files?
posted by melodykramer at 1:28 PM - 15 answers

February 6

Living with intention

I just downloaded Siempo and it's great. It's helped me realize how challenging it is to balance my relationship to technology. I don't consider myself addicted or anything, but I miss.... being offline. I'm old enough to remember the days before the internet, and I miss them. Though I'm not looking to quit the internet just yet, I think books on the subject of reconnecting and living intentionally would be helpful. Here's one example. Any others you'd suggest? If not a book, is there a habit or exercise that you find restorative?
posted by onecircleaday at 2:26 PM - 8 answers

How do I open old Eudora .mbx files in Win10?

I'm trying to find a way to open Eudora's mailbox files (.mbx) and am very suspicious of the results I get. Anyone know of a viewer that isn't just a malware repository? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM at 1:59 PM - 3 answers

Link for "Ring the Bell" video with postal worker?

I have failed in finding a video link for a video in the Indian "Ring the Bell" anti-violence campaign that features a postal worker. It has been recommended. Is your google-fu stronger than mine?
posted by pompomtom at 1:56 AM - 3 answers

February 4

Laptop doesn't charge unless i switch the outlet every time

I have a 4 years old Asus X751L laptop that charges just fine...until i turn it off. Then the only way for it to charge again is to switch the outlet. It's not the electricity issue, the same happens in multiple different buildings. It is very irritating because I tend to forget about it sometimes and it happens a lot that it just turns off with no warning - because it's empty. What should i look for? To change the battery, the charger? Any advice?
posted by Salicornia at 1:13 PM - 7 answers

Linux Bash - Write array contents to middle of existing file

Not sure if this is a failing in my Google-fu, a rare edge case, or if it's not really possible, but I'm trying to write a bash script that will write the full contents of an array into an arbitrary point in an existing file. [more inside]
posted by Nice Guy Mike at 12:43 PM - 16 answers

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