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August 14

Safe way to view online ads?

I'd like to learn more about online advertising and I want to check out some real-life examples, but I don't want to compromise safety or my own ad preferences. Is there a safe way to interact and explore targeted ads online? [more inside]
posted by mannermode at 5:53 AM - 3 answers

August 13

Phone & plan recommendations for the surveillance-averse?

Driven by my current phone’s decrepitude and by paying too much for a cell plan that I barely use, I’m in the market for a new phone + plan. Preferably not bundled, but obviously they need to be compatible. This question was triggered by my discovery of Google Fi, and I’m wondering what other services are out there that might meet my needs better than the traditional TMobile/Sprint/ATT/Verizon contracts. [more inside]
posted by Metasyntactic at 5:33 PM - 6 answers

Insecure Connection

Why do I keep getting this error today on many different websites? I can access many others without a problem, including metafilter and google. "Your connection is not secure The owner of has configured their website improperly. To protect your information from being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this website." [more inside]
posted by soelo at 2:28 PM - 11 answers

ISO ergonomic keyboard with USB ports

Are there ergonomic keyboards that have extra USB ports? [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 10:45 AM - 6 answers

How do I let the invisible women of Reddit know there's a menopause sub?

I know the stats: Reddit skews heavily under 30, and heavily male. (And also is toxic and terrible.) Nevertheless... [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 10:28 AM - 18 answers

Will I ever get to inbox zero?

I need help with Gmail and Apple Mail logic [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind at 2:08 AM - 1 answers

August 12

Recommendations for a portable ergonomic keyboard

I'm starting to get quite bad RSI so I need recommendations for ergonomic keyboards. However, I am currently living on the road, so I am in the market for a keyboard that is quite portable and compact. [more inside]
posted by tavegyl at 1:08 PM - 8 answers

August 11

Best podcast aggregator

Just looking for some recommendations for a podcast aggregator for my iPhone 6s. Must give access to a range of podcasts including ABC radio national, not download episodes automatically but allow me to choose which ones to download, allow me to choose whether I listen to the playlist in order of oldest first or newest first, be free or cheap to download.
posted by EatMyHat at 11:02 PM - 10 answers

Help me find someone to solve my wifi issues who isn't from my provider

I live in an approx 1300 sq. ft. condo. The modem and router are in the master bedroom, which is dead center between the back and front of the condo. No trouble getting on wifi in the back, but it's constantly in and out in the front (living room, TV, etc.). RCN is useless; where do I find someone who come in and tell me how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 11:10 AM - 8 answers

Popups in Chrome

I've been getting annoying popups in Chrome, and none of the fixes I've found online are working. [more inside]
posted by cozenedindigo at 8:24 AM - 3 answers

August 10

Adobe Genuine Software annoyance

I upgraded to Mojave Mac 10.14.5, which has mostly sucked since I installed it and led to a series of hassles. Because of this my old Photoshop wouldn't work and I recently started paying for a subscription for Photoshop CC. Suddenly after two months they're hitting me with these pop up windows saying I'm not using Adobe Genuine Software. But I bought and received the download from the Adobe site. It's definitely authentic. Could this be because I have a 10 yr old cracked version of Illustrator still installed? I used cracked versions of Photoshop for 20 years with no problems and now I start paying and run into one slowdown after another. Thanks for any help.
posted by Liquidwolf at 6:13 PM - 8 answers

Family troubles: Macs won't talk - 21.5' iMac/MacBook Pro

Help needed getting 21.5' iMac tow as external display for Macbook Pro ... [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 at 8:17 AM - 3 answers

August 9

Is there a phone game that approximates a social life?

Facebook is gross, Twitter is screamingly depressing, Peach is all bellyaching, and my group text is only three people—but I crave the specific dopamine hit of having interactions from a human who's interested in my life. How can I approximate this without spending (significant) money or getting sucked back in to social media which is mostly toxic for me? [more inside]
posted by babelfish at 6:53 PM - 11 answers

Why do emails get stuck in Outbox?

Sometimes my emails get stuck in Outbox and I don't know why or what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman at 6:55 AM - 2 answers

August 8

Notifications wont open

I have been using Facebook to promote a new book. Within the last two days, the notification feature has stopped working and now, I can't open individual posted messages to see comments or invite new visitors to follow me or like my Facebook page. It shows I have a number of notifications, but when I click it, I only see a blank screen and hours later, it is still blank. Insights also do not seem to work. Also, Ad Center, Inbox and Events are unresponsive. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 10:25 PM - 3 answers

Help bulk-sending fillable forms (PDFs) with completion tracking

My friend runs a non-profit and needs to send out a very detailed release form for child care to dozens of parents which they can fill out online and she can track. What is the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 4:17 PM - 2 answers

I wish to command a starship or space station (in space).

I wish to command a starship or space station (in space). [more inside]
posted by Evilspork at 3:53 PM - 13 answers

Why won't ebay let me buy this item?

I'm in the US and I'm trying to buy this old phone that I found on some foreign ebay [more inside]
posted by fantasticness at 2:20 PM - 7 answers

Used laptop recommendation - Flutter development edition

I'm doing some Android and Flutter dev on my home desktop, but I'd like to take it with me. What's the cheapest laptop I could ge (used if fine) to run Android Studio reasonably well? Good emulator performance is not important because I can just test on my phone. Windows or Linux would be fine (Mac is fine too but I usually assume Max are on the expense side).
posted by Tehhund at 6:25 AM - 4 answers

August 7

Safari spooking

When I open Safari, I get a generic page with favorite sites above and frequently visited sites below. I've never bothered to edit it, since it does it's job fine. Till today, that is. Today among the frequently visited is the site of my former workplace. How can that happen? [more inside]
posted by mumimor at 1:08 AM - 5 answers

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