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Author Topic: The Technology Thread: Computers Are About Murdering You In a Lake  (Read 13410 times)

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Re: The Technology Thread: Computers Are About Murdering You In a Lake
« Reply #750 on: February 12, 2011, 09:54:13 PM »
Two things:

1) I noticed on my Firefox on my Mac that I get an invisible window that show up. I can't close it. I tried Googling about it but it said that the bug was fixed years ago... but why do I see have it? Heh.

2) My external hard drive isn't loading when I connect it to my computer. It might have been dropped. Is there a way that Best Buy or some other computer store can fix it or at least retrieve the stuff off of it? So much stuff on it and it's my back-up of my Mac so I don't even have it on there anymore.  :'(

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Re: The Technology Thread: Computers Are About Murdering You In a Lake
« Reply #751 on: February 12, 2011, 11:32:40 PM »
Hey. There are programes you can download to get stuff off of broken SD cards, so I'm sure there is something you can do. Maybe google the name of it?

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Re: The Technology Thread: Computers Are About Murdering You In a Lake
« Reply #752 on: April 13, 2011, 08:47:30 PM »
Question smileyDwight: I am still fairly new to the world of downloading MP3 albums, and I just downloaded an album with digital booklet. I cannot find the booklet file anywhere on my computer. I'm using a Mac and iTunes (though the download came from Amazon). Anyone know where I would find the booklet file on my computer? I've looked in my music folder, in the folder for the album, tried unsuccessfully to find a downloads folder on my HD. I am at a loss. ???

ETA: OK, after searching my HD in vain, I finally came to the conclusion that the file never downloaded. Amazon allowed me to do it again, so problem solved. Glad I'm not as dense as I was feeling last night. :)
« Last Edit: April 14, 2011, 10:11:36 AM by Jamnicity »
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Re: The Technology Thread: Computers Are About Murdering You In a Lake
« Reply #753 on: April 30, 2011, 03:40:27 PM »
Sorry for double posting, but I have a whole new question. We just got a TiVo Premier and can access my YouTube account through it (cool beans!). I can see my favorites list, but the TiVo says I don't have any playlists or subscriptions, which I do. I went to TiVo for help, and they told me that if any of the videos are marked restricted or private they won't show up. I don't think that's the case with any of them, though. The vast majority are Jam mash-ups, and some other random stuff. Anyone else have any experience with this?
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Re: The Technology Thread: Computers Are About Murdering You In a Lake
« Reply #754 on: May 22, 2011, 04:05:39 PM »
Disclaimer: techno clueless-ness ahead.

A couple of months ago I 'inherited' an (old-ish - 4 yrs?) MacBook Pro. I'm basically a PC girl, so have no frame of reference. It worked fine until a week or so ago...

Then that infuriating beach ball started popping up more frequently. This usually occurred when online, so I assumed it was our oft-wonky wireless connection. Nothing major, just annoying.

Then last night, I tried to watch a movie on Netflix. Shortly into it, it stopped and I got a message saying I didn't have enough memory to continue. Weird...never been a problem before and I checked in Utilities - and had like 2/3 of my memory available.

Then, the whole thing began freezing. Can't open the Finder. Sometimes can open Safari, sometimes not. The application folder is frozen open. Can't empty trash. Shutting down and re-booting helped at first, then I'd lose all  desktop icons (save for those on the dock at the bottom of the screen - though clicking them now does nothing) and I sometimes see a translucent Safari menu bar on top.

Not happy. Do not think I've done anything to cause this - recently trashed a few stupid widgets from the Dashboard, but that's nothing, right?

Question: does this sound software-ish (i.e., possibly fixable without too much fuss) or like a hardware meltdown (i.e., kerplunkt?) Don't expect any diagnosis based on the above, but would love to have some idea before visiting the Mac-doctor...

Any Mac types out there have a clue?  ???

   

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Re: The Technology Thread: Computers Are About Murdering You In a Lake
« Reply #755 on: September 24, 2011, 10:17:22 PM »
I am such an idiot.  I dropped my freaking iPhone into the toilet!  Fortunately it was clean water.  It was working, but I turned it off right away to prevent damage.  I searched the net for what to do.  These are the steps I've taken:

1- Turn off the phone.
2- Shake it out until no more water comes out.
3- Use canned air (which I didn't have so I used my blow dryer on a cool, low setting) to dry it out.
4- Submerge the phone in a bowl of rice, which will apparently absorb the remaining water.

Hopefully this works.  I so cannot afford a new phone right now!  Has this happened to anyone else?

The other downside is that my husband works nights and we don't have a house line.   ???
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Re: The Technology Thread: Computers Are About Murdering You In a Lake
« Reply #756 on: September 24, 2011, 11:50:03 PM »
Do you have an Apple store nearby? If your 'cure' doesn't work go there with the phone and talk to one of the geniuses. Apple doesn't publicize it but their employees have the ability to go the extra mile with customer service. Tell them what happened (by the way, they can tell immediately if it's been submerged) and it wouldn't hurt to let them know you don't have a house line. I would be surprised if they didn't help you out, especially since there are new phones coming out in a week or two.

Also, can you tear up on command? Do you really need to have that top button buttoned up? JK - try it; they should help you out.

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Re: The Technology Thread: Computers Are About Murdering You In a Lake
« Reply #757 on: September 24, 2011, 11:58:46 PM »
Thanks for the advice!  The Apple Store is about an hour away, so I'm hoping I don't have to go there.  I was talking to a friend of mine who had the same thing happen and she told me how she got hers working.  Fingers crossed it works!

PS- I'm not above fake crying if you'll think it will help!  laughingicon
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Re: The Technology Thread: Computers Are About Murdering You In a Lake
« Reply #758 on: October 05, 2011, 08:45:49 AM »
Ok, brainiacs, I have an issue I need some help with -- I used to be in SW development, but that was 7 years ago and the new technology is whooshing past me in both lanes.  (Hey, I have a almost-smart phone -- that's progress).

Here's what I have -- a giant stack of printed address labels (3 across, 10 down) and I need to get it into electronic format -- a SS or DB of all this address info.  (The obvious answer is to get it in electronic format to start with, but that's not an option here).

I have a scanner with a doc feeder, and I know there are OCR programs out there that can read each address and translate into some sort of text format.  Can anyone help me find one?  Free is great, but I can pay a reasonable amount for a license if necessary.

I'd JFGI, but I'm going in for eye surgery tomorrow and I'm running out of time to get this done (or at least started) while I can still see my laptop screen.

Thanks for any advice y'all can offer.

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Re: The Technology Thread: Computers Are About Murdering You In a Lake
« Reply #759 on: February 27, 2012, 08:09:39 AM »
This is very last minute, but if anyone could help me out I'd love them forever!

Two of my best friends were rushed to NYC for makeovers on the Rachael Ray show about 6 weeks ago. It was some kind of 2-for-1 episode, and they're twins, and it was all very exciting. Except they never managed to air the episode!

Well, they got word yesterday that the episode is airing today. Woo! I would love a digital copy, but have no idea how to go about doing so right off of the TV. It's airing on Citytv and NBC here, but neither seem to put the episodes on their websites after.

So, I was curious, if some insanely kind and wonderful person would be able to somehow get the episode for me? I can't tell you how much I would appreciate it! Where I'm living now doesn't have a DVR/PVR/VCR so I have no way of actually getting any kind of copy...

If anyone would be able to help me out, I would be so grateful!
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Re: The Technology Thread: Computers Are About Murdering You In a Lake
« Reply #760 on: February 27, 2012, 08:29:38 AM »
I'll see if I can get it for you, Spencer.  If I'm successful, do you want it on youtube or just a link to download the video file? 
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Re: The Technology Thread: Computers Are About Murdering You In a Lake
« Reply #761 on: February 27, 2012, 08:36:54 AM »
Thank you so much, zhh! Downloading the file would be great, but whichever method is easiest for you is more than fine!
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Re: The Technology Thread: Computers Are About Murdering You In a Lake
« Reply #762 on: May 27, 2013, 08:59:27 PM »
Just curious, has anyone here ever used a YouTube converter to get an MP3 file from a video? There's video that uses a song I really love, but I can't find to download on iTunes or Amazon. Someone suggested I use a YouTube converter, but didn't know if this was one of those things that might leave me open to viruses or if it was even legal.  ???
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