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July 6

Video Weirdness

Hi all. Welcome to this addition of what the hell is up with my computer. I'm having trouble viewing videos online. [more inside]
posted by kathrynm at 12:47 PM - 8 answers

Self-recording an audiobook

I’ve got a book I’d like to give to a cousin who can only do audiobooks, not print or ebooks. There isn’t an audiobook of this title, so I’m going to record it myself. What’s the best way for me to do this with the tools I already have? Looking for tips on the recording itself and the formatting into an audiobook file. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 11:57 AM - 14 answers

July 5

Quick Editable Cheat Sheet for iPad

There are many ways to stash quick reference info (system startup keystroke combinations, etc) on my Mac. Sticky Notes, for example. What’s something analogous for iPad that displays an editable reference sheet upon launch? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 7:48 PM - 3 answers

Boosting the sound on iPhone movie before sharing

I record video on an older iPhone and the volume is usually pretty low. When I play it back for my own use with headphone and/or VLC (which lets me boost the volume) it is usually just barely good enough. The problem is I have a recording that was particularly quiet that I would like to submit to others for evaluation. I can't ask them to do anything special to listen so I need to do something to my original to give the volume a hefty boost. Help!
posted by metahawk at 11:01 AM - 4 answers

CMYK, PDFs and test-prints

I am planning to print a book with blurb. I've made the book in in-design using their plugin and their CMYK profile. When I save PDFx files and do test prints on ( giant built into the giant industrial photocopier) printer at work, the yellow in the cover is greenish/muddy/yucky. No amount of replacing the yellow has fixed this. What should do? Bonus question inside that anyone whose used blurb can answer. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 9:16 AM - 11 answers

Are ATA drives backwards compatible?

Can I use a more modern PATA drive (ATA6?) in an old computer (think Intel 486) that used an ata2 drive? Bonus question, what's the best way to format it to show up in DOS 6.22? FAT12? [more inside]
posted by nzero at 8:30 AM - 13 answers

Help me Marie Kondo my squalid computer

My computer is a wildly disorganized mess. The only way to locate things is to use the search function. It is an archeological dig going all the way back to my undergrad-- I'm now in my late 30s-- as well as every job I've ever held, everything I've ever downloaded, etc., etc., etc. I have time to try to wrangle it into shape this summer but I don't know where to start. How does one sift through, thin out, and create order with a disaster of this magnitude? [more inside]
posted by jeszac at 7:28 AM - 24 answers

July 4

Using a cloud-based service to sync to a locally saved folder?

Situation: I have a folder of audio files stored on my PC I would like to be also stored locally, synchronized, on SD cards in phone1 and phone2. For an order of magnitude idea we're talking a ~20gb folder not like 2000gb. I think the way you do this involves clouds? [more inside]
posted by ToddBurson at 9:39 AM - 5 answers

Browser extension to show newsletter link destinations?

Are there any Chrome/Opera browser extensions that let you hover over the links in email newsletters and see the ultimate destination of the link? Generally newsletter links are wrapped in some kind of redirect URL so the sender can track which ones are clicked - but as it turns out this makes it way less likely that I will follow any link. Seems like it should be possible for an extension to do the following for me and show the destination but I haven't been able to find such a thing.
posted by yarrow at 5:20 AM - 4 answers

July 3

Wanted: generators for fun visual stuff

I love the Pulp-O-Mizer generator for pulp magazine covers, which I'm pretty sure I found on MeFi somewhere. Can you point me to other fun generators? [more inside]
posted by andraste at 4:24 PM - 3 answers

Restore Recent Folders to open/save dialog in Windows 10?

Work computer got upgraded to Windows 10. The "Recent Folders" option has been removed from Open/Save dialog windows. How can I restore it the Open/Save dialog windows? The first couple of answers on Google don't work. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:58 PM - 2 answers

Best, least costly SEO classroom training worldwide

I am looking for a relatively inexpensive location to learn SEO anywhere in the world [more inside]
posted by lometogo at 10:40 AM - 2 answers

Absurdist re-imaginings of common software GUIs

I am looking for projects that recreate/simulate common software UIs with a twist. Specifically, I'm not looking for projects that do anything useful - I'm looking for art projects, games, and the like. [more inside]
posted by ripley_ at 9:36 AM - 16 answers

Fully integrated CRM for non-profits?

Fully integrated CRM for non-profits. Do they exist? Or are there one(s) that play nicely together? [more inside]
posted by spandex at 8:50 AM - 8 answers

how do I share a google doc with someone through e-mail?

Can anyone help me to share a google doc with someone via e-mail? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 8:04 AM - 9 answers

July 2

Mac laptop questions

Is it a pain to use an external, occasionally connected drive for Mac photo storage? Or does it Just Work? [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 9:13 PM - 7 answers

How to not take up free Google storage space with my photo library

Somewhere Google once said that photos and videos uploaded via iPhone app won't count against a user's free storage space. My photos and videos now take up 90% of my storage because I uploaded them through the website. Is there a way to download everything (Mac) and re-upload via app to free up my free space?
posted by Triumphant Muzak at 8:48 PM - 2 answers

Best ebook app reader for iOS 2019

I am in process of trying to simplify my electronic life. Right now, I have multiple reading apps to deal with my library of books. What are your favorite ebook reading apps this year? A few snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 5:29 PM - 3 answers

turning off template formatting -Microsoft word

How do I disable MS Word formatting, once I upload and start working on one of their templates? [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine at 3:12 PM - 2 answers

July 1

Why can't I play PUBG Mobile anymore?

I have a Google Pixelbook and was using it for months in tablet mode to play PUBG Mobile. 2 or 3 days ago I started the game and it told me it sensed I was using an Emulator and would only be pitted against other people using an emulator. I do not know what an emulator is and had not changed anything on my laptop but now when the game is on, there are no controls on the screen, making it impossible to play. What happened and how can I fix it?
posted by dobbs at 7:09 PM - 7 answers

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