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Suggestions? Looking for OSX friendly dvd ripper that can handle DRM. can you recommend any?
Firefox has been slooooow, and is suggesting that I hit the refresh button. I have never done this, and am a little unnerved about losing my extensions. At the same time it may be the extensions slowing me down, so...Please tell me which add-ons/extensions will help with privacy, security, and ad blocking, and which will not conflict with each other. [more inside]
WebDevelopmentFilter: what are the up-and-coming frameworks, platforms, technology stacks, etc. for building CMS sites and similar web apps in 2019? I need to hit the "eject" button on my PHP/LAMP career. [more inside]
Our media laptop is on the brink of death, and was never that great anyway. Looking for a cost-effective Windows laptop for running a Plex server and streaming, available in the UK on Black Friday. We've tried figuring this out ourselves and are completely bamboozled. Hope us! [more inside]
Yesterday, a book on Amazon was ranked 616th in General Broadcasting and 1564th in Journalism Writing on Amazon. Today, it's ranked 68th in General Broadcasting and 206th in Journalism Writing on Amazon. What does that mean? Could a ranking change that much in a day? Somebody said their algorithm might be screwy. Amazon isn't generous in explaining what those numbers mean.
I’m planning on buying a new MacBook Pro later this week when the one I want goes on sale at Costco. Current MacBook is 10 years old and barely functional. What do I need to know about switching and what is the easiest way to handle transferring data from old to new? [more inside]
I volunteer for a nonprofit small dog rescue group, who recently lost its tech-savvy person who handled the newsletter. I've been asked to help out, but my skills are VERY out of practice, and were pretty basic when they were current. [more inside]
I'm wanting to send desktop notifications to users on my work LAN. I'm aware I can do simple dialog box messages and I can even do slightly fancier balloon tip notifications but I'm wanting something ideally a bit more attractive and fitting with the year 2019. [more inside]
I don't have space in my office or my home for a "year at a glance" calendar, but it would be very valuable to have a general overview of upcoming things, synced with my Google Calendar. Not just the next week, two weeks or 1 month in my calendar app. Is there an app for that? [more inside]
My digital archives are a huge mess, with many instances of entire folders (and sub-folders) being duplicated. I feel like my de-duplication efforts would be inefficient if I started by focusing on file-level duplicates. Instead, I'd like to begin by identifying and deleting duplicate folders / directories. [more inside]
I can't figure out how to check if any 3rd party is accessing my email because the info I find online on how to do it seems out of date. [more inside]
So I was reading the New York Times' great multi-headed hydra of a piece: So, the Internet Didn't Turn Out the Way We Hoped, which linked a video from a gen-Z YouTuber named Antonio. At 9:26, the video used a sound clip which is driving my 40 y/o self nuts. What is it? [more inside]
Whoever invented Duck/Rickrolling never got paid, but at least Rick did in a way. "This is fine" didn't earn its creator a fraction of its actual, cultural worth, but plenty of people /companies did well out of it by proxy. Fruitless litigation aside, what (if any) are proven or possible ways of converting something meme-able into some sort of income stream for the creator? [more inside]
I've been experimenting with different types of learning aids for science students, and building versions of automatically graded daily quizzes. I also spend time talking about various study techniques like spaced repetition. The first quiz in this article on quantum computing really caught my attention. How do I make something like this for different subject matter? [more inside]
Recently I've been getting pop-ups in Android that are directing me to a specific app on Google Play. I can't figure out which app is causing this and don't know how to fix it. More within... [more inside]
I'm trying to find a recent tweet (4 hrs ago) by loading the author's timeline and searching down the page for text string via web browser find. It doesn't appear. This happens a lot. Does Twitter not show the complete timeline, even for recent tweets? [more inside]
I've never, in 25 years of Mac computing, made an Avery label template work as-is. Not the design-online thing, I'm just downloading Pages templates and filling in. Most common: a font size small enough to fit the template prints out insanely small. Any general guidelines/strategies? [more inside]
I am trying to access documents on an early 2000's computer for which both hard drives are broken. I think I could access this data by installing a new hard drive from the same era with Windows ME installed (I think that was the Microsoft OS before XP).. I am a bit confused about where to find a suitable hard drive and what details I need to check in terms of compatibility (possibly relevant may be RAM details, whether I need a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system)? [more inside]
I use Voice Access on Android to control my phone, but it doesn't play well with Firefox for Android. [more inside]