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November 16

iTunes multiple libraries question

After many years of having all my audio in the same iTunes library, I'm splitting off all of my DJ mixes (CDs, FACT, Resident Advisor, etc) into a separate library to make browsing easier. However, I've run into a few logistical problems: [more inside]
posted by Merzbau at 12:50 PM - 7 answers

November 14

How to get audio from headphones and TV speakers at the same time?

Planning to buy a wireless headphone for a hearing-impaired family member and wonder if it is possible to get audio from both headphones and TV speakers at the same time so people without headphones can watch together and still listen to the audio playing back from TV speakers. My experience with stereo or computer is that once headphones are plugged in the native speakers will be switched off. Any way or device that might help?
posted by lanhan at 2:56 PM - 7 answers

Company asking for my personal information to close fraudulent account

Someone used my email address to sign up for a financial account. Now the company wants my personal information to close the account. Obviously, I don't want to give it to them. What should I do next? Am I overthinking this, or should I just reset the password, log in and try to close the account myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:17 AM - 10 answers

November 13

Digital Picture Frame

My parents want a digital picture frame for Christmas, and we'd like to get them one that all their children can send pictures to from our phones, so my parents don't have to do anything to get new pictures of their grandkids in rotation! Do you have one? Do you recommend it? Is there one that stands out from the rest? Features I should look for or avoid?
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:25 PM - 14 answers

November 12

What does 4.3 million GB look like?

So on the news that Google Photos will no longer offer unlimited storage, I started wondering about how the whole process works. I realize this is probably a trade secret, but how does Google store all this data in a way that is immediately retrievable? [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero at 9:35 PM - 6 answers

Hand Drum -> Bluetooth Speaker ?

I have a small hand drum with such a quiet sound that someone at an outdoor drum circle once (jokingly?) asked me if I was playing a "silent drum". I have a powerful bluetooth speaker (with both bluetooth and stereo 1/8" in) that could very decently amplify the sound. What are my best options for implementing this, for the least amount of money? [more inside]
posted by tenderly at 9:04 PM - 6 answers

How do I record DVR to computer, 2020 Edition?

I need to upgrade my internet and in order to do so, I'll likely need to turn in my ancient DVR. Before I do, I want to find a way to keep what I've recorded. Are the answers in this post still relevant? [more inside]
posted by Recliner of Rage at 2:56 PM - 2 answers

November 11

Is my friend pretending to be overseas?

It could just be a fluke, but my friend tells me she's calling from Europe, but when I call her cell phone and she calls mine, there are no extra charges or changes in my service. [more inside]
posted by fantasticness at 4:34 PM - 9 answers

November 9

Mic me Mac

Suggestions for a wireless microphone for MacBook zoom, a wedding event. [more inside]
posted by artdrectr at 5:59 PM - 5 answers

How's your iPad handling the NY Times?

The NY Times is one of my primary news sources, but has become nigh impossible to read on my 2nd Generation iPad mini lately. Pages, especially the front page, take forever to load, and scrolling is hit-or-miss. How well do your various iPad-like objects work with the Times?
posted by schrodycat at 4:27 PM - 7 answers

November 8

How do I make matching donations?

I'd like to donate to a political campaign, and encourage others to do the same, by setting up a "matching donation" program. Basically, I'd match my friends donations up to $300 of my money. Is there a technical solution (a website, probably) that would facilitate keeping track of this? Or if not, do you have other suggestions for how to do this well? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 3:19 PM - 5 answers

November 7

So say I am someone who wants to purchase a typewriter, where would I?

I am in the mood for a typewriter. Manual or electric. Probably new rather than used -- but I might be convinced otherwise. I was an excellent typist, might still be. Retro looking would be cool, but not if it sacrifices usability. I would prefer black or navy blue ink. If it has correction tape, that would be a plus -- but there is always whiteout; and, I am not handing in a dissertation. I need to order it online for delivery. I am in the USA/NYC. Wirecutter has no suggestions. Do you? Thanks!
posted by alwayson_slightlyoff at 4:59 PM - 11 answers

gmail confusion

I recently cleaned up old emails and spam, etc. from gmail. I deleted "sent" emails from that folder as well. Then I deleted the "trash" folder and I guess that was a mistake. [more inside]
posted by jtexman1 at 7:43 AM - 2 answers

November 6

Cleaning up Graphics for Dummies

I'm downloading images from the Internet Archieve Book Images Flickr page for a personal zine project. These are scans of old books so they have yellow backgrounds such as this and like this one. I am looking for an easy, cheap, not-to-technical way of making these images black and white again (instead of yellow and black) so they will photocopy well. A chromebook solution would be preferable.
posted by vespabelle at 6:12 PM - 4 answers

What delivery or errand service do I need for this task?

A 75 year old aunt is apartment bound in Hempstead, NY (Long Island). She needs a prescription picked up and dropped outside her apartment door. The pharmacy can deliver in 2 days, but ideally she would receive it the same day it is filled by the pharmacy. The friends and relatives who would normally do this can't for Reasons. Is this a job for Postmates? Taskrabbit? ServiceSquirrel? What exists that is accessible by me (far far away) from the internet? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Jenny'sCricket at 5:49 PM - 7 answers

How to Store and Play Music on Windows/Android for Recent Apple Convert?

For years, I've had a Macbook and used my trusty iPod classic to listen to music. I'm a recent convert to android/windows, and I need to figure out the easiest/best way to store and listen to my music on my computer/phone. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane at 1:59 PM - 7 answers

How to gain control over my kid's Chromebook?

How do I control website access on a school owned Chromebook at home? [more inside]
posted by a22lamia at 2:02 AM - 28 answers

November 4

Switch a Switch

We think we want to buy a second Nintendo Switch. Can we disentangle ourselves and get everything we want on two separate devices? If we can, I need step-by-step instructions. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 1:01 PM - 5 answers

Am I a Phone Fuddy Duddy?

I have a 2016 Sony Xperia XZ running Android 8.0. I could upgrade today but, even though it's been 4 years, I don't get the sense that a new phone would be a that much better. Outside of cameras (which aren't important to me), am I missing out? What glorious benefits could I enjoy by upgrading to a current year phone and Android 11?
posted by my log does not judge at 8:20 AM - 10 answers

Please help me not throw my phone off my balcony

I have an iPhone 7SE. I absolutely hate it. The latest thing I'm fighting with it to do is attaching photos to emails within the Gmail app. I click the little paperclip icon as usual to attach a photo, then click on "camera roll" to get it to bring up my photo library... and then I can't select any of the photos that appear. Tapping on them does nothing. When the option to choose camera roll appears, I can attach photos if I swipe to the left on the tiny selection of pictures that appear, but of course the photos I want to attach don't appear in that menu. [more inside]
posted by Stoof at 7:27 AM - 15 answers

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