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September 20

What password manager for a family with privacy on the brain?

A question asked a thousand times before, but, of course, we're snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:44 AM - 7 answers

September 19

My wife's macbook won't turn on after aborted update.

My wife was updating her Mac, not sure what, and it was stuck saying 'a few minutes' for over an hour, so she shut it down. Now it won't turn on at all. [more inside]
posted by signal at 8:26 PM - 4 answers

Is plain-text-only email realistic?

HTML email is increasingly loathsome due to phishing, spam, tracking, and bandwidth usage. Wouldn’t it be nice to run my own email server and flatly reject all that? Is that feasible? Can you still get (for example) usage alerts from the utility company, flight updates, grocery coupons, and receipts? Can you keep the good parts of email but get rid of the bad?
posted by Monochrome at 5:08 PM - 12 answers

How do I check my Macbook for malware?

I think someone tried to change my Hotmail account password last night. Hotmail keeps sending me in circles when I look for activity. One thing they do say is to run a scan for malware. I have no idea how to do that, and searching is bringing up lots of advertising. I have a 2017 Macbook pro. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 6:52 AM - 7 answers

September 18

What is wrong with my iPhone?

I have an iPhone XS. The same issue has persisted for years, including now with iOS 14. The issue is: once a week (maybe - sometimes it will take several weeks to happen, once three times in a day) the following things will happen all at once on my iPhone:
  • WhatsApp will crash within seconds of opening, possibly related to scrolling
  • Twitter will not show videos or animated gifs - instead they’ll be greyed out (the videos often will play, but audio only)
  • GPS stops working (eg Google Maps and Waze will not know where I am)
[more inside]
posted by Hartster at 3:58 PM - 6 answers

Are these effects something I could do in Final Cut Pro?

This video uses animated lines and arrows that extend, bend, arc and rotate, etc. It also includes a sighting target that follows the road, and some color masks (not sure if that's the right term). Are the effects in this video achievable with just Final Cut Pro, or do I need a special effects program like Motion or After Effects?
posted by tzikeh at 12:39 PM - 5 answers

Recommend an intro programming language for 11 year old to make games

What's the language that my son should be learning now that is robust, can be learned by an 11 year old, will grow with him, can be picked up relatively easily and, importantly, that he can make games with, specifically 3D ones? [more inside]
posted by MythMaker at 8:25 AM - 21 answers

September 17

Do I want to create a website? a blog? Which platform?

What platform do I want to be using that combines the aspects of both a blog and a website? [more inside]
posted by QuakerMel at 10:09 AM - 6 answers

September 16

DIY package tracking

I want to get a text or email delivery notification for a shipping company that only lets me check a tracking number on a website. Is there some way I can automate this? [more inside]
posted by carolr at 12:07 PM - 9 answers

Games that require math skills but don't beat you over the head w/them

I'm looking for video games that require math skills, especially ones where a player could conceivably need to learn a bit of math in order to be more successful at the game, but that are not blatantly "educational" - one litmus test I'm thinking of is whether a kid would just start playing the game if you gave it to them, and they wouldn't roll their eyes and complain that it looks like something their teacher would give them. A few examples inside. [more inside]
posted by rjacobs at 10:15 AM - 12 answers

"That email address is invalid"

Can an email signup form detect my real address? [more inside]
posted by dancing leaves at 8:49 AM - 17 answers

September 15

How to extract contextual information from speech?

After watching too much sports talk on cable television, I became convinced the national media is obsessed with only a few storylines. I work in computer vision and AI, so I'm familiar with extracting information out of photos. Is there a similar way of extracting context with natural language processing or something similar the way broadly I would with labeling an image and feeding it into a model? No sports knowledge required, but I'll explain what I mean inside. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 12:49 PM - 8 answers

Which iPad should I get?

I will use my AirPad mostly for drawing with Procreate, but I am at a loss with so many options. Help! [more inside]
posted by plant or animal at 8:32 AM - 12 answers

Instagram without influencers

This may be impossible, but I live in hope. I like to use Instagram to look at neat places around the world. Unfortunately many/most of these photos are cluttered up with people (usually a woman with freshly blown-out hair artfully posed and facing away from the camera). Is there a way to frame a search or edit results so that I can only see photos without people in them?
posted by orrnyereg at 7:45 AM - 10 answers

September 14

Another "What Computer Should I Buy" Question

I need some advice on buying a computer. I am historically a Mac user, but for a variety or reasons I think I would like to get a Desktop PC. I am totally overwhelmed by the options. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 2:05 PM - 12 answers

Zoom, zoom - look at me

I take a weekly exercise class on Zoom. I would like to be able to see the instructor and myself and no one else at the largest size possible. I'd also like to record just me so I can look at myself afterwards. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by AMyNameIs at 8:39 AM - 10 answers

Connect a 2.4ghz printer to a 5ghz Android hotspot?

I tether my spare phone's cellular 5G via 5ghz Wifi. I need 5ghz speed. 2.4ghz is too slow. Android can't run both 2.4ghz and 5ghz WiFi at the same time but my printer only supports 2.4ghz. How can I connect my printer to the network? [more inside]
posted by jago25_98 at 4:20 AM - 4 answers

September 13

Daily idea

I'm trying to find a 'daily idea' community I used to subscribe to 10 plus years ago. Members would post diverse 'blue sky/out of the box' type ideas for discussion on a daily basis. I don't remember it as being part of a larger community, but rather, an independently run website or forum or list. I might be wrong about this. [more inside]
posted by BrStekker at 7:59 AM - 2 answers

Software Recommendation for getting my club in order.

Can you recommend a software (or system) for sorting out my small private club? [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 6:20 AM - 2 answers

September 12

Extended electronic, annotated correspondence

So I have a college friend and we have been writing email to each other for almost 30 years. Just to mix things up, I recently combined two emails he had sent me into a single document, and responded by inserting comments. He then replied to those comments. It was pretty cool, and we were left with an interesting record of our communication. Some problems arose, however: those side conversations taking place in the comments grew increasingly unwieldy. Is there a better technology for this kind of extended, collaborative conversation/shared writing? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 3:36 PM - 7 answers

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