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November 20

Need a new Podcatcher

I've been complaining about it for years, but the most recent round of "updates" to the iOS built-in Podcasts app has finally broken this camel's back. I need a new podcatcher, but I realize I have no idea what's out there beyond Apple's walled garden. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by firechicago at 1:18 PM - 20 answers

Wordpress wants my featured image to be my sad, sad face

Is there any way to add "featured image" capability to a self-hosted Wordpress site without CSS? Is there really no plug-in? [more inside]
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese at 12:48 PM - 6 answers

Ya? Who else?

I have used Yahoo mail almost since its inception, and used to be quite happy with it. But between ads which hold everything else up while they take too much time to load, and constant urging to change back to the new version (which performed even worse for me), I have had it with the post-Verizon Yahoo. I'm not willing to pay $50 + $20 a month for the ad-free service. So what are my other options? [more inside]
posted by ubiquity at 10:17 AM - 18 answers

Android email app

I would like an email app for my Android phone where I can view both my yahoo and gmail emails in a non-threaded style. I am fine paying for it. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 7:55 AM - 11 answers

November 19

Advice on how to unlock an Ipad

My father has a 2nd generation ipad mini that he cannot use because he has forgotten the password, and Apple customer support has been no assistance. Please help me help him use his device. [more inside]
posted by parkerposey at 12:33 PM - 7 answers

Where and how and why are my photos?

I migrated my photos from Apple Photos to Google Photos and hate it. I can't migrate back, so now my photos are in multiple places. All I want is 1) all my photos in one place where 2) I can share to Facebook and 3) I can upload to Shutterfly. My next step is to hire a teenager, but I am hoping I don't have to. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 8:40 AM - 3 answers

Underrepresented or Up-and-Coming [Indie?] Games?

Where can I find underrepresented or up-and-coming games that I can post onto my YouTube channel that thousands of others aren't already playing? [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle at 8:27 AM - 6 answers

Will no one rid me of this vile video buffering?

My phone data plan has been mysteriously eaten for ~3 months, despite no change in browsing habits. I disabled image loading in Firefox and that helped some with data usage and also helped me ID a culprit: unwanted video buffering. How do I stop video, especially HTML5 video, from buffering? Note: I am not interested in youtube only hacks, or Facebook's stop autoplay. The buffering data use is the injury, the autoplay is the insult. [more inside]
posted by jointhedance at 8:01 AM - 6 answers

November 18

Seeking stylus-based note taking and synching app with a certain feature

I have a feeling I haven't seen this because it doesn't exist, and perhaps it CAN'T exist! But here it is: [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 4:36 PM - 2 answers

A very specific question about a very frustrating social network.

In a fit of alcohol-induced brazen networking, I sent a Facebook friend request to someone I've been wanting to connect with. Now, much more sober, we are not connected, and I see the default "Add Friend" button on their profile instead of the "Friendship Request Sent" icon that usually shows up when a request has been sent but neither accepted nor rejected. I know one possible explanation is that the request was already received and rejected -- but what if I actually never pressed the button? [more inside]
posted by telegraph at 4:23 PM - 5 answers

What's a good name for PDF rendering app with arXiv integration?

I made an app that renders PDFs more readable on your phone. It also lets you browse the latest articles on the arXiv, specific to your field. This app has a very unusually / non-discoverable name, and so basically no users (according to iTunes Connect, Google Play stores. Except me, I think it's great!). [more inside]
posted by tintexas at 10:21 AM - 11 answers

How to protect family/self/team during public controversy?

For a long time I've been mulling a campaign to rename a local street and (possibly) a state county. I'd start with the street. It also has a park associated with it which I'd like renamed but feel like the street needs to come first. My hesitation is the negative attention that seems to come with these endeavors and I'm wondering if there are ways to protect myself. [more inside]
posted by amanda at 9:29 AM - 6 answers

What do "multicore" and "multithreaded" mean?

I just got a new computer and its CPU is described as "four core, eight thread." Can you give me a simple layperson's explanation of what that means? I don't know anything about computer architecture, and all of the Google results seem to assume a base knowledge that I don't have.
posted by Frobenius Twist at 5:17 AM - 15 answers

November 17

Easy Peasy Responsive Design Question

How do I keep a responsive web page from sliding around horizontally on mobile devices? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 4:05 PM - 4 answers

November 16

How to setup a clubhouse wifi

I may or may not have been volunteered to help setup wifi for the neighborhood pool/clubhouse, halp me. [more inside]
posted by k5.user at 7:17 PM - 13 answers

What software is used to create video presentations like this?

What is the likely process and software for creating Google Developer videos like this one? It's basically a slideshow, but with lots of builds and transitions, and some subtle sound effects, perfectly synchronised to the audio. They also have a speaker overlaid on top. [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 4:41 AM - 6 answers

November 15

Name of old Winamp Visualization Plugin?

During my time using Windows XP I often used winamp to play music, along with a specific Visualization plugin. Please help me track it down. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 7:32 AM - 3 answers

November 14

Google Analytics stopped working. Code is on site.

Hi All, Our Google Analytics stopped working this Monday at exactly 00:00 -- completely flat. I ran a GA debugger and tag assistant and they both show that tracking code is placed correctly. Here's what we did 1. We first updated Google Analytics from http to https on View Settings (3 column) 2. Day later when we saw that GA stopped working, we also updated Property Settings (2nd column) from http to https Did this make it stop working? I thought https was best practice for setting up GA but perhaps it was done incorrectly. How do I remedy this so GA works again? Thanks for your help! [more inside]
posted by cheero at 11:14 AM - 5 answers

How to adjust scroll distance in browsers?

How can I use Chrome or Firefox's advanced about:config settings to tweak how many pixels/lines are shown for each time you do a full-screen scroll with the spacebar? I'd love to shorten the scroll by about 5% of the window height, but tried everything and can't seem to get it to work (or are there extensions to do this?) [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 11:14 AM - 2 answers

City Street & Slice of Life Tumblrs

Looking for websites (especially Tumblr sites) that focus on contemporary urban day-in-the-life and street photography. There are a ton of them for places like NYC, Tokyo, Paris, etc. and I follow some of those. But what I'm really looking for are Tumblrs of cities and places that may be difficult for a monolingual English speaker to find. Places like: Lagos, Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Beijing, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, Guangzhou... Please share your favorites!
posted by Chrischris at 10:49 AM - 2 answers

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