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April 9

Galaxy s9 to s21 frustration

With my s9 I could press the "home" icon on the always on screen to wake the phone up. With the s21 I can't figure out how to set it the same way. *super pout* *hope me*
posted by one4themoment at 7:05 PM - 5 answers

Seeking better home office audio...what am I looking for?

I would like to improve the audio in my home office from old computer speakers to something richer. I'm not even sure what product I'm looking for. Help? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 8:08 AM - 16 answers

April 8

How does 1Password work?

I want to use 1Password, but am curious about how it may interface with my work computer. Can you help me understand how the program will work across different devices, and how it works generally? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:47 AM - 15 answers

April 7

Opening old Macwrite files

Ok, so this one is a challenge. I hear it's tougher than time-travel. I'm hoping someone has done it. Old Macwrite and Appleworks files. How can I open them? [more inside]
posted by vivzan at 3:23 PM - 9 answers

Does My Dream Scheduler Exist?

Here is my dream scheduler/planning tool: I load a bunch of modular tasks (4 x 15 minute blocks of doing this, 3 x 30 minute blocks of doing that, etc.) into a virtual hopper. Working around whatever set appointments I have, it serves them up to me one-by-one, with me either accepting (and completing) or marking pass, which will cause them to come up later. Is this a thing? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:25 AM - 4 answers

April 6

Pokemon, no so much Go

I got my 6-year-old into Pokemon Go, because I want to walk, and want to find a way to make walking fun for him (previously and previouslier). But it seems like when we play there's very little walking. We step out of the house, spend 5 minutes catching Pokemon, then walk the the next Pokemon, which are a half-block-away, then 5 more minutes of video games, and so on. Am I missing something? Is there a way to incorporate more walking?
posted by ManInSuit at 4:22 PM - 25 answers

April 5

Windows, Stop Scaling, Please

Hi All, I have a cloud gaming PC which is very pleasant to use in most respects, except for one particularly nagging issue. Every time I connect to it, presumably using VNC or some similar technology, Windows has scaled the display to 200%, as this is "recommended." How can I stop it from doing so? [more inside]
posted by Alensin at 4:08 PM - 4 answers

Router extender appearing on wi-fi list as unsecured

Should I be concerned about this? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 9:06 AM - 12 answers

April 4

What's the Difference in Generators?

Almost six years ago, I bought a Generac XT8000 portable generator for $1300 from Lowes. It has an 7 gallon gas tank and can run for 11 hours at 50% load. Until last year, the most I ran it was a monthly, 15 minute test and occasional power outages (maybe three times a year) lasting up to or totaling, maybe 12 hours. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 8:27 AM - 15 answers

April 3

Why would my router be blocking Microsoft One Drive?

I've been using Microsoft One Drive on a MacBook Pro for a year now to work from home. It worked perfectly fine until the day before yesterday; then things started going wrong. I've gotten as far as figuring out that the problem is the WiFi, but why is it causing a problem and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by holborne at 12:46 PM - 4 answers

April 2

How to open a GarageBand file on an iPhone 12

I recently finished a demo recording in GarageBand and want one of my bandmates to add drums. She’s having trouble opening it. We both have the 12 and are running 14.4.2 iOS, and the file is a format. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 6:32 PM - 4 answers

Dear diary, today I tickled a cephalopod...

Despite a longstanding fancy-notebook addiction, I've finally realized that I often prefer typing to journaling by hand. I also want a better way to organize and preserve my memories, including text, handwritten reflections and drawings, photos, videos, and audio. Please help me find my ideal journaling app for Mac/iPad/iPhone! [more inside]
posted by cnidaria at 5:40 PM - 3 answers

Best platform for database, forms, etc

My wife's nonprofit organization has a medium-sized database running in Microsoft Access 2010 on an antiquated server running Windows Server 2008. It's getting increasingly creaky, and she's been trying to push them towards migrating to a new platform. What are the options? [more inside]
posted by number9dream at 1:56 PM - 9 answers

Recommend a field microscope to use with an iPhone

Help me choose a microscope to connect to my iPhone. [more inside]
posted by leslies at 1:05 PM - 3 answers

April 1

WordPress Theme Recommendation

Can you point me to a WordPress theme that looks similar to this Squarespace page?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 5:46 PM - 4 answers

How do I get this lost iPhone back to its owner?

I found an iPhone on the sidewalk today. I chased down the only person nearby and they said it wasn't theirs. It was on airplane mode and I was able to disable that but then I found out there's no SIM. Is there a way for me to get it back to its owner or should I just drop it off at the police station and let them deal with it?
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 11:19 AM - 25 answers

March 31

Is there any reason to wait to buy a MacBook, and which should I buy?

My current MacBook is the better part of a decade old. I'm thinking of buying a new one soon. Googling suggests that there may be big changes to MacBooks released later this year. Is this likely, and are these worth waiting for? Also, should I get an Air or a Pro? Thanks!
posted by ClaireBear at 11:26 AM - 17 answers

March 29

How does cell phone coverage work across the U.S.

After years of having a prepaid flip phone, I'd like to switch to a prepaid smartphone. Since I don't use my phone much, Tracfone seemed like a good low cost option. But I might be taking a long road trip, so I tried looking at their coverage map, and that's when I got nervous. [more inside]
posted by daikon at 4:32 PM - 17 answers

Apple has "Optimized Battery Charging". Exactly why does it help?

Details inside. [more inside]
posted by atm at 6:37 AM - 7 answers

March 28

Twitter hanging and hasn't been able to load for days

I've not been able to load Twitter for days, either through the site or the downloaded app. I check the downdetector sites and am told no problem, but won't load for me. Any suggestions?
posted by lometogo at 11:31 PM - 5 answers

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