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August 5

Help! My iPhone keeps hijacking my Bluetooth headphones.

I have a pair of Jabra earbuds that I have paired with both my iPhone and my MacBook Pro. If I'm using them with the MacBook, and the iPhone makes any kind of noise, it "helpfully" cuts off the MacBook audio and switches to the phone. This is frustrating when I'm on a videoconference on the Mac. Can you help me make this stop? [more inside]
posted by brianogilvie at 1:49 PM - 12 answers

Do Covid Exposure Notifications Cross State Lines?

If I have my state's version of the Covid notification app that's based on Apple and Google's Covid tracking technology, would I get notified if I was exposed to someone from another state? [more inside]
posted by firechicago at 6:18 AM - 5 answers

Looking for an 1980s "how to win at video game" book with gory pictures

In the '80s I checked out a book from the public library about video games. The only thing I remember about it is that the illustrations were really violent. (Content warning) [more inside]
posted by johngoren at 2:04 AM - 8 answers

August 4

In 2022 how do I want to archive data for the long term, offline?

I currently just keep an old fashioned spinning hard drive (two, if I'm counting) in my safe deposit box, but storage has changed a lot in the last decade. What's the current wisdom for long-term (stable) data storage? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 1:36 PM - 8 answers

Selling an Expensive Item on eBay

I have a 2017 iMac that Apple will only give me $250 for if I trade it in. eBay listings for that model + its extras are going for ~$1100. This is tempting me, but I've never sold something so expensive on eBay before, and something tells me it's going to be scary. Should I go with the safe path even though it'll give me a pittance in return, or take a gamble to recoup some of the value? I paid ~$3k for the iMac originally and it's still in beautiful condition.
posted by The Adventure Begins at 11:12 AM - 10 answers

August 3

How to get Amazon Echo to show day and date?

I'd like my Echo to show the day and date on the home screen. Currently only shows time and temperature. [more inside]
posted by cda at 7:23 AM - 4 answers

Opening .exe with a batch file

I'm trying to set up a batch file that will open all the apps I use for work at once. Most of the apps are opening without a problem (chat program, my browser, spotify, etc) however I'm having a problem with Todoist. Code and error below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Braeburn at 12:32 AM - 6 answers

August 2

How do I view Truth Social without signing up?

I want to see Donald Trump's "Truths" on my laptop without signing up for Truth Social, is there an type service that proxies his stuff so I can just view it? Bonus point if there's a way to view Twitter feeds without having to signup and being nagged to sign up after just scrolling a little bit.
posted by geoff. at 10:04 PM - 5 answers

[howto] identify this NAND flash chip?

i am trying to ID this NAND Flash chip on an NVMe M.2 SSD. there is no mfg logo. merely searching for the numbers hasn't given me anything useful. what is this chip, but even better, how can i learn how to id these types of things in the future? [more inside]
posted by glonous keming at 10:22 AM - 5 answers

Can computer virus be spread through a power bank?

I have a power bank that is used for charging electronics, like cellphones and laptops. I use it because my phone is old and the battery drains fast. One month ago, I lent it to someone whom I did not know well. Right now, I'm too afraid to use it because I think their phone might have a virus and I don't know how power banks and computer viruses work, so maybe the power bank has the virus and will spread it to my phone if I plug it in. More specifics below ... [more inside]
posted by Didnt_do_enough at 8:37 AM - 17 answers

August 1

Finding a 1980's software manual (Wang PACE RDBMS/4GL)

In the 1980's the Wang PACE RDBMS/4GL was pretty close to the cutting edge and I made a decent income programming using it. I would now be interested to find some documents/manuals about it. Interested in good ideas of how to do that. [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 5:11 PM - 4 answers

Same website, same operating system, same browser, different content.

I made some changes to a website I manage. Caches have been cleared. Computers 1 and 2 are MacBook Pros both running the same version of the OS and fully updated chrome. On computer 1, the changes appear correctly. On computer 2, the updates do not appear. More weirdness within. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 2:30 PM - 4 answers

July 31

Where are the low-watt server motherboards of yester year?

I'm looking for a new motherboard to put in a place with cheap bandwidth and very expensive power. Peak use must stay below 30 watts, including 2 2.5 SSDs. I also need 16+ G of ram, serial console, and want to stay below $US 400. This used to be easy, but now seems impossible. [more inside]
posted by unknown knowns at 3:42 PM - 2 answers

Help me buy supplies for wiring my house with Ethernet

I want to run Ethernet from my router/switch to some WiFi access points and computers in my house. I've never done this before, but I have a broad idea of what's involved. Normally at this point I would spend a bunch of research time deciding on the approach/supplies, but right now that honestly sounds tiring rather than fun and I'd appreciate any help MeFi can provide to get me most of the way there on a pretty good solution with less of an energy investment. [more inside]
posted by unus sum at 12:13 PM - 12 answers

Decluttering: Ancient Technology Edition

I have several laptops ranging from ancient (20 years old?) to fairly current. All are broken past the point of utility, and all have stuff on them I am resistant to losing forever (pictures, correspondence, etc.). I've been hauling them around with me this long because while I don't want to lose what's on them, I have no idea how to access and store it (or even if I can), and thinking about it makes me anxious. Just throwing them away might be liberating in a way, but I have privacy/security concerns. Is there a place where I can just take these to get them cleaned off (hopefully in a way where I can retrieve and store what's on them) and disposed of?
posted by Otis the Lion at 9:42 AM - 13 answers

July 30

What will actually happen if I send my Ipad to Apple for repair?

I have a 2020 Ipad Air that has stopped recognizing when it's plugged in. According to the people at my local Apple affiliated store the port connector has become corroded and would need to be replaced. What will Apple actually do if I send it to them for repair? [more inside]
posted by sevenless at 11:28 PM - 7 answers

Why does Google Chrome say my login was associated with a data breach?

Is there a way to find out information about why Google Chrome says my password has been associated with a data breach? [more inside]
posted by NoneOfTheAbove at 9:35 PM - 6 answers

Audio Book Narrator - how to search on Libby?

I’ve accepted that Overdrive is being replaced with Libby. Libby doesn’t seem to support one of my critical features - searching for audio books read by the same narrator. At least, I can’t figure out how to do it. I’m hoping it’s there, just in an unintuitive way. I’ve listed the steps I use below the fold. Please tell me where I’m going wrong! [more inside]
posted by Bottlecap at 12:28 AM - 5 answers

July 29

Video clips for website

I would like to record small sections of movies and other videos and then stream them to my website for commentary. What is the best and simplest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by jammy at 4:05 PM - 2 answers

2013 Macbook Pro OS Update/Partition Best Option?

I have continued to run 10.9.5 Mavericks on my 2013 macbook pro, mainly to avoid interfering with programs I don't want to replace (Adobe CS6 Suit and Microsoft Office 2011). Unfortunately it's gotten to the point where available web browsers cannot handle websites that I need to use. What is the best way of preserving use of the programs I have installed but also getting a later version of OSX that can run updated web browsers? [more inside]
posted by 12%juicepulp at 9:46 AM - 7 answers

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