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December 3

Why would someone try to open a bitcoin account using my email address?

I received an automated notification to confirm my email (gmail) address from a company that lets people trade in various cryptocurrencies. I had not tried to open an account with them and of course did not confirm my address. What would be the point of a hacker trying to use my email address to open such account, given that email addresses are not 'official' or 'legal'.
posted by modernnomad at 1:50 AM - 7 answers

December 2

Help me *extract* myself from Google’s search results

I have been lately removing personal information from the internet, and on one particular site I thought I had successfully used Google’s Remove Outdated Content Tool. However, the site- unfortunately one with my address plastered on it- still comes up with a search of my name, albeit now with my name scrubbed from the search result, site description, and the website from whence it came. [more inside]
posted by teekat at 5:12 PM - 1 answers

To walk and play music: gizmo edition

I have agreed to participate in a church even that requires playing a Christmas carol on my flute while walking. I can do this, but I'm wondering if it's possible to get a high tech assist. [more inside]
posted by SemiSalt at 9:54 AM - 5 answers

ISO of an old website that was a link aggregator of sorts

I'm trying to remember a website that I would check out from time to time, years ago. I don't know if it still exists, but if it does I can't find it, because I cannot for the life of me recall the name or the url. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by merejane at 8:34 AM - 8 answers

December 1

App to replace old-school notecard method

I currently use Bear as my primary notetaking tool, and I like it a lot. However, I've lately been thinking about a method of notetaking I used to use in school that was based on organizign 3x5 cards. I figure there must be an app that works this way. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 4:34 PM - 10 answers

Best practices for uninstalling older versions of Office & reinstalling

We have 6 windows machines (2 desktops & 4 laptops) running Office 2007 or 2010. These versions of Office were bought from the UK or US on disc, with 3 installations allowed per disc. We are based in Japan for the time being, in case this has any bearing on things. [more inside]
posted by Calvin and the Duplicators at 4:32 PM - 1 answers

Librarians help!

We are working on an assignment for our MLIS and are having trouble identifying the Data Content Standard for (Out On the Shelves). How do you guys usually figure something like that out? Some websites will tell you, but not this one. Would one of you be able to tell us the answer, alternatively teaching us how to help ourselves next time? We appreciate your time and labour!
posted by ipsative at 12:11 PM - 3 answers

Where to Buy eBooks?

Where can I buy DRM free ebooks? I want to keep sideloading epubs onto my older e-reader, while keeping a backup copy on my computer. It seems like most sites are pushing using their app rather than selling just straight epubs. My eInk device isn't set up to be able to install an outside app, and I don't want to have to connect it to the internet to read. I would really rather not have to jailbreak books...
posted by stoneweaver at 11:51 AM - 12 answers

Best service for confidential e-newsletter?

I'm headed to Yemen on Monday for the next 6 months, and I'd like to send out a newsletter and photos to my friends, family, and colleagues (around 25-50 people). What is the easiest and most secure way to do this? [more inside]
posted by hasna at 11:14 AM - 3 answers

Is there such a thing as a visual meditation app?

Are there any apps that guide you through meditation and/or mindfulness activities using visuals? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel at 7:41 AM - 6 answers

November 30

Randomly losing edits made collaboratively in Google Sheets

I'm having a problem with a Google Sheets spreadsheet that's being edited by multiple people. About 98% of the time it's fine. But some of the edits are randomly disappearing, and this is causing big problems. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 at 1:10 PM - 11 answers

Change default direction for animation in PowerPoint?

I am building several training PPTs which involve explanatory text appearing on the screen. I am using the "wipe" animation, appearing from left to right - it gives it a nice feel of the text as if it's being typed right onto the screen. The default direction comes in from the bottom and moves upward. I can change it manually, but is there a way to change the default? MS says no, but I hope maybe some here knows more. . . [more inside]
posted by RevRob330 at 6:57 AM - 2 answers

November 28

International version of "Readeo"

I live in one country and my parents live another. Neither of these is the US. My mother wants to sign up for the "Readeo" service so she can read a story to my daughter over a video chat, where half the screen is the book in question and half the person. It seems, however, to be a US-only service. Are there any international versions? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 8:36 PM - 3 answers

Fake MySpace/Geocities Account?

I want to make a mini site (or even a one-pager) that resembles an unholy mashup of a MySpace/Geocities profile. (If it's hosted on Neocities/Angelfire/Tripod/etc even better). I can come up with the content, but am not sure how to code the layout. Are there easily available templates I can use to approximate the look and feel of an old-school MySpace profile? (I think MySpace itself still exists, but it seems slick now and I want to make it look super janky)
posted by divabat at 5:04 PM - 10 answers

Programmatically generating Excel files

How can I programmatically generate Excel spreadsheets? I know about generating a CSV and importing it, but I need the resulting spreadsheet to use Excel-only features not available in CSV. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 3:07 PM - 10 answers

What useful and/or fun things can I do with a spare gaming PC?

My current gaming PC (over 5 years old with an i5 4670 and a GTX760 in a full-size tower) is getting a little long in the tooth, and I'm considering replacing it rather than updating components. What sort of fun and or useful things can I do with the older PC to continue to get use out of it? Bonus points for links to howto guides for any relevant projects.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 11:43 AM - 11 answers

Political subreddits

Can you please recommend some good political or news subreddits for me to read? I'm looking for ones that are at least somewhat (or very) progressive/left wing and don't have lots of racist/sexist/homophobic/transphobic comments.
posted by mosessis at 5:19 AM - 6 answers

November 27

I need a new Alarm Clock app for my Android Phone

I've been using AdyClock for years across multiple Android devices, but lately, it's gone completely unreliable on me. I suppose that the stock clock app from LG could fill that gap, but I'll miss some of AdyClock's features. [more inside]
posted by radwolf76 at 7:00 AM - 2 answers

November 26

Is proof of Apple Care purchase actually required?

I'm in the market for a used MacBook Pro, and have found one for sale that includes AppleCare coverage for another 13 months. Apple implies that a transfer involving original receipts should happen, or that said receipts could be required during repairs/service. Will that actually ever matter? [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 8:59 PM - 7 answers

iPhone Side Button Back to Life After iOs Update

The side button (aka "on/off" button) on my iPhone 7 was working only sporadically (which meant lots of pocket dialing because I couldn't lock phone, and taking screen shots was torture). I just updated from iOs 10 to 12.1, and button works all the time. This is seriously weird. Any theories?
posted by Quisp Lover at 8:18 AM - 3 answers

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