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September 19

Advice for starting a blog in 2023 (are blogs still a thing?)

I want to embark on a self improvement journey (specifically in terms of getting my finances in order and learning to be better with money) and the idea of blogging about my progress is appealing to me, but I'm not sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by chives at 1:35 PM - 17 answers

Why am I getting this weird Apache page thing when I go to my website?

I've recently changed some content (text) on my website, , and now, when I go there, I get a page that says, "Apache 2 Test Page powered by CentOS This page is used to test the proper operation of the Apache HTTP server after it has been installed. If you can read this page it means that the Apache HTTP server installed at this site is working properly." etc etc What's going on? I asked the administrator of the web server, who is basically not really a professional (hard to explain), and she doesn't know what's going on. I have many other pages, website things, on there ("there" =, with no problem. We can't figure it out. Any thoughts about what this could mean?
posted by DMelanogaster at 10:41 AM - 8 answers

September 18

Identify a DOS/486 era landscape rendering app

Way back in the 90s, I had a pirated copy of a 3d ray tracing program that rendered landscapes based on height maps, and allowed the user to place the sun, determine the weather, etc. [more inside]
posted by bowbeacon at 1:04 PM - 8 answers

Spam and phishing email recognition practice

I'm looking for a website that could help a less tech savvy person recognize spam/scam/phishing emails (like a teen or senior citizen). I recall seeing something like an online quiz that takes people step by step through examples, but am not able to locate it. This one is good but is limited to primarily recognizing links for file sharing services. Any suggestions?
posted by roaring beast at 11:59 AM - 2 answers

An alternative to Messenger Lite

With Facebook deciding phone batteries worldwide have had it too good and shutting down Messenger Lite, is there a way to have a bearable Messenger experience on Android? [more inside]
posted by GenericUser at 11:05 AM - 6 answers

September 17

How to make 2016 Outlook look like 2003?

Forced to upgrade after 20 years of service. [more inside]
posted by Mesaverdian at 8:03 AM - 1 answers

September 15

Looking for best practices (NOT howtos) on Microsoft Planner and Teams

My organization is working to standardize on Microsoft Planner and the O365 ecosystem to manage work. My personal approach is a combination of Getting Things Done and kanban boards. I know what the tools can do from a technical perspective, and I need guidance on how to implement the tools to accomplish what I want. Lots of details inside! [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 5:37 AM - 3 answers

September 14

Supernova blows up Thunderbird

I stupidly made the mistake of updating Thunderbird to the latest version, unbeknownst that it includes a disastrous UX redesign. Help me fix it. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx at 2:16 PM - 8 answers

Accessory after the Mac

Begone, 6+-year old computer, there is a shiny new M2 MacBook Air in the house. I have long experience using Apple and MS Office technology as a trainer/presenter in higher ed, but left that almost four years ago when USB-C was newish. I don't know the current terrain for good peripherals. What useful accessories would you use for these tasks? What little charger/dongle/battery/thingie has made you smile with its nicely designed utility? What is The One True Adaptor? [more inside]
posted by conscious matter at 9:09 AM - 8 answers

SubStack Alternatives

Is there a decent / more ethical alternative to SubStack? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 6:48 AM - 8 answers

How to nicely post links on bsky?

When I post links on Twitter, the link in the resulting post will automatically be expanded to a kind of thumbnail or snapshot that gives an impression of what the link content contains, which makes it easier to share with others. However, doing the same on bluesky/bsky just posts the link URL itself, and no thumbnail/snapshot. What can I do differently on bsky to automagically get the same effect as Twitter?
posted by They sucked his brains out! at 12:17 AM - 2 answers

September 13

What is the best not-too-expensive, not-too-cheap PC laptop or desktop

What mid-price PC computer (desktop or laptop) should I get and why? [more inside]
posted by umbú at 6:27 PM - 8 answers

September 11

Google Sheets guide for someone who knows nothing about spreadsheets?

I'm looking for a good guide (written, or video) on how to use spreadsheets, but specifically Google Sheets, for a complete noob. I realize I can look on Google, or YouTube, but I am looking for a first hand recommendation, from a community like this. [more inside]
posted by jstncwlcx at 9:36 AM - 6 answers

September 10

Help, my iPhone S has stopped working!

My iPhone S has suddenly stopped working. It has not been dropped in water or exposed to any moisture. When I plug it in, I get a "plugged in" chime noise, and when I press the round button at the bottom, the phone vibrates, but the screen does not light up. [more inside]
posted by chariot pulled by cassowaries at 9:45 PM - 7 answers

Raspberry Pi 3B+ and newer Unifi controller versions

I'm currently running pi-hole and Unifi network controller on a Raspberry Pi 3B+ with 32-bit Raspbian (Buster). I noticed that the newly released Unifi network controller drops support for 32 bit OS's. Is upgrading to a 64 bit OS (e.g. 64-bit Bullseye) performant enough on this model, or will it be too sluggish to handle what I use it for and make me wish I had gotten a Pi 4B? [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 8:08 PM - 4 answers

September 9

Friend's FB was hacked, or something - can you help?

Asking for a friend. His FB account was hacked and he can't get in. Here's his question: [more inside]
posted by JimN2TAW at 11:27 AM - 5 answers

September 8

ISO a RELIABLE laptop fall 2023

Quality issues are apparent with every brand. Every laptop I’ve owned has been a lemon despite a reasonable amount of research. Please recommend something I won’t regret! [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock at 4:42 PM - 16 answers

do FB advertising services include favorable "comments"?

I have my suspicions, but I have never bought advertising from FB so I don't know. Do you know? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 2:02 PM - 10 answers

Looking for a digital phone number that isn't terrible

I've been a line2 user for a while, it's...fine, but seems to be getting worse, but the space seems full of awful companies. Do you have like? [more inside]
posted by wooh at 8:51 AM - 3 answers

Audiobooks for kids vs iPhone Content Restrictions

I am trying to set up my old iPhone 8 for my 6 year old, so I want to turn on as many content restrictions as I can. However, it seems that turning on the age-appropriate restrictions in iPhone settings makes the Audible app disappear entirely (from googling, it seems this is because the iPhone content restrictions can't tell what content is being consumed through Audible). How can I allow my kid to listen to kid-appropriate audiobooks? [more inside]
posted by CiaoMela at 7:03 AM - 4 answers

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