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Why does my Mac Pro displays static and garbled junk on both displays?

Please help me correctly diagnose this video/display problem on my 3-year-old, out-of-warranty Mac Pro.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by tomorama at 12:56 PM on January 13, 2010 (5 comments)

Will I see the Northern Lights in Alaska without a New Moon?

Am I likely to see the North Lights during a trip to Alaska in late January or early February if I am not there during a new moon?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by tomorama at 2:34 PM on November 18, 2008 (7 comments)

eBay user selling plagiarised articles

Someone is selling my articles on eBay.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by tomorama at 2:13 PM on February 21, 2008 (7 comments)

In need of a raise

It has become apparent that a friend is extremely past due for a raise. Given the circumstances, what is the best method of approach?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by tomorama at 9:26 AM on November 29, 2007 (11 comments)

Should you lose weight without eating health?

Does what you eat really matter for weight loss, or is it simply a numbers game?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by tomorama at 7:32 PM on September 3, 2007 (47 comments)

What type of lens should I settle on for my DSLR?

I'm going to be purchasing a DSLR camera, and am looking for some input on which lens(es) to purchase.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by tomorama at 8:21 PM on April 26, 2007 (45 comments)

How to make the most of college loan repayment?

How can I make the most out of repaying my student loans?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by tomorama at 10:00 AM on May 24, 2006 (12 comments)

Should I vacation in San Diego?

How is San Diego as a summer vacation spot? The target date is mid-late August.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by tomorama at 3:42 PM on April 23, 2006 (15 comments)

"Clear Answers to Common Computing...

Of Zen and Computing "Clear Answers to Common Computing Questions". Comments and criticisms are welcome and would be greatly appreciated.
posted to MetaFilter Projects by tomorama at 4:36 PM on March 9, 2006

Where to find quality tie-dye shirts?

Naturally, all of the tie-dye shirts that I have bought at concerts or made myself over the past few years have faded to a white-pinkish mess after the first wash or two. Do you know of a good place, online or off, that sells quality tie-dye shirts? Preferably, I would like shirts sporting the usual designs - The Dead, Phish, The Allman Brothers, etc... Google turns up plenty of vendors; the hard part is figuring out who actually makes the quality goods.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by tomorama at 9:13 PM on September 26, 2005 (7 comments)

Weird display problems in Windows

My girlfriend has a fairly new Dell laptop that has suddenly developed a few problems.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by tomorama at 1:00 PM on April 24, 2005 (12 comments)

How do we find out what an old house originally looked like?

My girlfriend lives in an old house in an even older city (Poughkeepsie, New York). The building has obviously been subletted and then rebuilt. We think it was a one family, then a two-family, and now it's a one-family again. The layout is so weird with five bedrooms (one being in the attic), two kitchens and no living or dining rooms that we're really curious to find out what looked like originally. How can we go about digging up these kinds of records? Is there any way to find old floor plans or building codes from public records online or off? Further, can we find out about past owners and tenants?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by tomorama at 5:24 PM on January 28, 2005 (15 comments)

Do CD-RW drives have a limited number of burns?

Do CD-RW drives have a limited number of burns? A couple of computer science majors at my old school told me this and I didn't really beleive it. However, my HP CD-RW has stopped writing discs (but still reads fine). I've had it since the summer of 2000 but granted it's 4 years old, I haven't really pushed it hard. I use it to read CD-ROMS and play music CDs occasionally, and have probably burned a couple-dozen music CDs. Is it kaput, in need of cleaning, or what?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by tomorama at 10:46 AM on March 13, 2004 (13 comments)

Simple to-do software wanted

I'm looking for a very simple to-do list that will sit on my desktop. I've searched Google, but a lot of the results that come up are integrated with calendars and other functions I don't have use for. The ones I did download seem suspicious and attempt to contact their home networks; I don't want anybody spying on me. Does anyone use something like this, where I can simply type a linear list of things I have to get done, and have it floating on my dekstop?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by tomorama at 3:39 PM on January 5, 2004 (14 comments)

How to lock down the family computer?

My family is computer illiterate, and since I moved out they've been giving the family desktop hell. Every time I come home from a holiday or weekend, ads, spyware and malware have taken it hostage. [more inside]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by tomorama at 7:37 PM on January 3, 2004 (23 comments)

Login errors

It seems like others can get to the site fine, but I've been getting this same error for a few days now when trying to access MetaFilter:

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posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 9:14 AM on February 2, 2003 (5 comments)

DMB fan site

AntsMarching.org, a Dave Matthews Band fan site, posted almost 500 high-quality audio files of live recordings of the band's concerts to their website after Christmas. When previously only those who were of technical-mind and knew where to look could download shows, AM dumped every fan with the ability to click a hyperlink into the mix. Today, the band updated their tape trading policy, saying that any trading actions that don't promote fan interaction, specifically posting audio and video files on websites, are strictly forbidden. While it is my assumption that AM.org is the major player in provoking this move, my question is this: Is it wise for bands who credit their success to tape trading and word of mouth, and encourage fans to record and trade shows, to essentially ban the practice from the internet? Is it fair that you either trade through the mail or don't get to have live recordings when the internet has so much potential? Is it impossible for digital music trading to foster community?
posted to MetaFilter by tomorama at 9:01 PM on January 13, 2003 (19 comments)

ClearChannelSucks.org has launched

ClearChannelSucks.org has launched with the goal of being the "premier source for information about Clear Channel, its corporate mentality, and its practices, on the Internet." Site owern Clint Sharp alleges that Clear Channel strategically uses its monopolistic position as the largest owner of radio stations, the largest concert promoter, and largest outdoorsignage company to stifle competition and set their own tangible price tag on what it takes to have any success as an artist in the music industry.
posted to MetaFilter by tomorama at 12:16 PM on June 11, 2002 (40 comments)

One Sweet Campaign To Fight Global Warming

One Sweet Campaign To Fight Global Warming officially launched this month with a press conference a few days ago. Every day, human beings put 16 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmostphere. The campaign is a joint effort between DMB and Ben & Jerry's which uses the new, previously discussed ice cream flavor as its vehicle, and asks you to pledge to lose 2000 pounds of CO2 this year through reasonable modifications to your daily routine. Help make the world a healthier place. [warning: flash/music]
posted to MetaFilter by tomorama at 8:28 PM on April 5, 2002 (18 comments)

Critical IP Sucks

Google bombing at it's finest. Matt's Critical IP Sucks page has officially overtaken search result numero uno, directly preceeding the official Critical IP site.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 11:28 AM on February 11, 2002 (73 comments)

Bad Post Callout

What do we conclude about a thread that simply poses a question?
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 10:48 AM on January 11, 2002 (28 comments)

Nude Britney to Champion PETA

Nude Britney to Champion PETA - Will Britney bare it all for animal rights? Are CNN and the Post spreading rumors?
posted to MetaFilter by tomorama at 3:12 PM on December 12, 2001 (40 comments)

Since when did Microsoft start using textads at the top of the MSN Portal?

Since when did Microsoft start using textads at the top of the MSN Portal? Granted, I don't visit MSN much, but weren't there banner ads up there in the not too distant past? Did they take a hint from MetaFilter and PyrAds?
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 6:35 PM on December 1, 2001 (3 comments)

Comment guidelines?

We all know the guidelines for front page posts and obviously the rules are a bit more lax for comments, but what exactly is (or should be) the policy on deleting comments? Do ones like this qualify for the big eighty-six?
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 9:55 AM on September 28, 2001 (16 comments)

Mistyped URLs Break MeFi

Every once in a while, posts like this pop up where someone types an incorrect URL, usually forgetting to include the http://. It's an honest mistake, but did you ever think about adding a simple regex to correct URLs on the fly?
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 8:52 AM on July 19, 2001 (4 comments)

Filming for Spiderman, the Movie, is underway

Filming for Spiderman, the Movie, is underway and going on all this week at various spots in New York. Here are some set pictures of Peter Parker's house and shots of Spiderman saving a baby from a burning building. (clicking links will lead to spoiler pictures and a few plot summaries.)
posted to MetaFilter by tomorama at 10:06 AM on April 29, 2001 (23 comments)

Nice job with the style-ized scrollbars in IE

Nice job with the style-ized scrollbars in IE, Matt. Very slick.
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 11:12 AM on February 2, 2001 (18 comments)

XHTML is in the spotlight.

XHTML is in the spotlight. The specs were announced months ago, and on December 19th the w3 reccommended it as the new web language.
posted to MetaFilter by tomorama at 8:50 AM on December 23, 2000 (5 comments)

Priceless quotes

Priceless quotes from web design clients. "I think this should always be spinning." "I don't think people will be able to focus on the words..." "Make it spin DAMMIT!!" Some of these are downright hilarious.
posted to MetaFilter by tomorama at 10:38 PM on December 7, 2000 (22 comments)

Saint Chad

Saint Chad was the object of some controversy in his life. The title of Bishop in Lastingham was thought to be vacant and Chad was appointed. It was later discovered that the title was not actually vacant, and Chad was not the rightful holder. He politely stepped aside. On an interesting side note, this happened in the year 666.
posted to MetaFilter by tomorama at 2:43 PM on December 2, 2000 (2 comments)

The battle for .web has been well underway,

The battle for .web has been well underway, and this open letter brings light to the issue. Small time contenders are busy spending what resources they have on producing a proposal that will launch the success of .web as well as promote competition while big boys like NSI are scrambling to simply snatch the hot commodities any way they can.
posted to MetaFilter by tomorama at 2:03 PM on October 20, 2000

One-liner Headlines. Discuss.

One-liner Headlines.

One-liner quotes/sayings/quips are pretty common (and often very witty) on personal blogs, but that's your perogeta [sic?]. On MeFi however, I don't think I'm too fond of them, and have been seeing a lot more lately. It's obvious that a link with a good subject, description and question/thoughts up for debate will spawn a bigger/better conversation than a few witty words. Also, it helps people to know what they're clicking on, and can still lead to a hearty discussion even if the link itself goes bad. Other thoughts on the matter?
posted to MetaTalk by tomorama at 6:54 PM on October 18, 2000 (2 comments)

Al Gore, Artist.

Al Gore, Artist. Slate's listed a set of drawings done by Al Gore for a New Yorker profile. If you haven't read the article yet, Slate wants you to analyze each drawing and figure out what Al's trying to get accross. Post your ideas to The Fray; the most creative ones will be hilighted.
posted to MetaFilter by tomorama at 12:05 PM on October 8, 2000 (14 comments)

Elian: the Movie

Elian: the Movie - coming soon to small screens everywhere. My TV is riddled with commercials for this epic, touch-your-heart-and-soul 4 hour saga of Miami's favorite son.
posted to MetaFilter by tomorama at 10:07 PM on September 16, 2000 (5 comments)

Does GW's great Texas education system really work?

Does GW's great Texas education system really work? Teachers say Texas has given up on normal school subjects in favor of test taking strategy in order to produce nice round numbers for politicians. Kids spend the school year preparing day and night for massively hyped state wide tests instead of actually learning. Is this any way to educate our children?
posted to MetaFilter by tomorama at 8:09 PM on September 10, 2000 (26 comments)

A new strategy in the war against piracy?

A new strategy in the war against piracy? Allegedly, Sega offered these DreamCast ISO distributors stock options in exchange for ceasing their piracy operations. They reportedly have taken the offer, dropped their DreamCast ripping and moved on to PSX bootlegs. [via SlashDot]
posted to MetaFilter by tomorama at 7:07 PM on September 7, 2000 (3 comments)

Ted Nugent reccomends more guns for students.

Ted Nugent reccomends more guns for students. Through his new book, Nugent uses the Columbine massacre as a tool in pointing out the need for more people to be allowed to carry concealed weapons.
posted to MetaFilter by tomorama at 5:11 PM on August 15, 2000 (26 comments)

AOL's Netscape division is being sued by an NJ photographer

AOL's Netscape division is being sued by an NJ photographer over their SmartDownload feature, which allegedly allows surveillance of activity between websites and you. He claims "[SmartDownload] secretly transmits to Netscape the file name and location, along with an identification string unique to that Internet user.''

"...we've never used or accessed any information about SmartDownload users or files..." - AOL
posted to MetaFilter by tomorama at 6:35 PM on August 4, 2000

"Naming and shaming" needs to stop

"Naming and shaming" needs to stop is being claimed by groups who are meeting with News of the World executives. These groups claim that releasing information about pedophiles to communities is degrading and sparks more violence than good. They beleive making jail sentences longer will become a better alternative to hilighting offenders, and help to reform them to the point where the information is not needed by those around them.
posted to MetaFilter by tomorama at 5:50 PM on July 30, 2000 (17 comments)

The government and FBI are innocent

The government and FBI are innocent of any wrongdoing at Waco. Special Counsel John Danforth is '100% certain' that agents did not fire on Davidians or set the fires responsible for the 80 deaths. Also, he concludes that the government did not engage in any sort of cover-up.
posted to MetaFilter by tomorama at 5:50 PM on July 21, 2000 (7 comments)

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