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August 20

Help me find a clue to the password for my encrypted iPhone backups.

So apparently I encrypted my iPhone backup using iTunes. And apparently I didn't save the password down anywhere because I was like "oh that's so easy, of course I'll remember it." Which means now I can't. And I need to. I've now tried 70+ passwords, I've gone through my diaries of the days I did the last restore, nothing. So is there ANY way I can get a clue as to what it is? A first letter. Number of letters. SOMETHING.
posted by rileyray3000 at 3:33 AM - 0 answers

August 19

How do I call someone in Europe from the US for free?

I need to call someone in Europe to conduct an interview for something I'm writing. I don't have international calling on my cell phone, and neither does he (he's American with a US cell number). How can I do this for free? [more inside]
posted by swheatie at 5:34 PM - 12 answers

What is my best privacy strategy for a work smart phone?

I work for a large tech company that requires us to carry smart phones. I would like to keep as much information to myself as possible, but I don't want to pay for a private phone -- I don't use my phone too much. What's my best way to approach this? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus at 4:10 AM - 12 answers

August 18

Best video camera under $100?

What is the best video camera for under $100? [more inside]
posted by amro at 5:47 AM - 8 answers

August 17

Open source Plex alternatives for music libraries?

I'm using Plex right now for music streaming of my collection, but I'd like something that's open source and a bit better for music specifically. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by jzb at 4:41 PM - 9 answers

August 16

Trying to pick a new phone

I'm really torn between the Moto G7, the Pixel 3a, and the Pixel 3. I am more than familiar with the different technical specs and advantages. I'm still torn. Help me decide - if you've bought one of these three specific phones, do you love it or regret it and why? [more inside]
posted by randomnity at 8:58 AM - 17 answers

August 15

Macbook Air not holding a charge

I purchased it about 3 years old, should this be happening already? [more inside]
posted by CancerSucks at 11:57 PM - 8 answers


How do I stop unwanted Uber notifications? These aren't texts. These messages show up out of the blue at the top of my screen. [more inside]
posted by jtexman1 at 11:41 AM - 2 answers

Getting rid of my smart phone (mostly)

My husband and I want to get rid of our smartphones. I think we can mostly do this, but I have some logistical questions. [more inside]
posted by neematoad at 8:25 AM - 36 answers

I lost my therapist's number + now I 'm dealing with an emergency!

My phone totally shut down on me 2 days ago and then yesterday someone in my family had a serious accident. There is no one here with me right now and I'm under enormous strain trying to cope by myself. I really need to talk to my therapist but as I can't access my contacts, I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by ChickenBear at 7:05 AM - 15 answers

Transferring audio and hard-copy content to Word docs

I have some things I need to put into Word docs and could use some advice. [more inside]
posted by heyho at 6:03 AM - 5 answers

August 13

efficient way to block text spammers on an iphone

My current method takes ten taps. Is there a shortcut? [more inside]
posted by a moisturizing whip at 6:57 PM - 5 answers

How do we track conversation and interactions for a grassroots campaign?

I am part of a campaign to get a company evicted from a building. Part of our campaign is asking the other tenants to publicly join our campaign. What is the best way to track our communication with these tenants? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 5:28 PM - 5 answers

Kik messenger app searching contacts

Question about Kik messenger app: if someone finds you via letting the app search their contacts, is the user name matched with the contact name or number? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:34 PM - 0 answers

Microsoft OneNote Sync Problem -- Need help recovering missing pages

I have been using Microsoft OneNote for some time on my Windows desktop, through the Office 365 site in Chrome and on my iPhone. All seems to have been working pretty well all that time across those devices, but I just saw two pages in a notebook disappear before my eyes and I can't seem to find them anywhere. [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good at 2:41 PM - 1 answers

August 11

What are the best wireless earbuds for audiobooks?

I have a fairly physical job--lifting, walking, some climbing--and I'd like a pair of wireless earbuds with excellent sound for audiobooks. A lot of the online reviews talk about sound quality for music, but I want to hear the books well. A little noise cancellation would be nice, and if they could auto-pause when they fell out of my ears, that would also be useful. I have a Google Pixel 3a phone. Ideally looking for the $50ish sorts but can go higher. What earbuds do you recommend?
posted by Alex Haist at 4:23 AM - 6 answers

August 9

Signup sheets, but 21st century

The non-profit I work for collects names and emails at events. Is there anything better than paper signup sheets? Complication: we may not always have network access. [more inside]
posted by scruss at 7:49 AM - 8 answers

August 7

Non-internet (Landline) Teleconferencing Solutions

I'm having trouble finding a non-internet teleconferencing solution for a person who travels a lot, especially in China. Any recommendations or ideas would be appreciated!
posted by rmmcclay at 9:25 PM - 4 answers

App recommendations for a flight with a two year old? (Sound-free)

We're taking a long flight soon and I'd like to be prepared with some games or videos to entertain our two year old in case the usual toys/snacks/books aren't enough. We don't normally do any screen time or apps so I'm not sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by Gravel at 4:15 PM - 13 answers

Simple solar internet?

Say you have a cellular modem that runs off a 12V power supply. Say you'd like to run it off a 12V battery bank instead of a wall wart. The battery bank's output varies from ~12V to ~13.5V depending on sunshine and what else is plugged in/running at the moment. [more inside]
posted by bricoleur at 8:36 AM - 9 answers

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