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December 20

Is there a service that will print & snail-mail PDFs?

I tried an online text form-to-postal-mail service, and it left me a bit disappointed. It charges by the page, and the text formatting controls are minimal. Even images aren't allowed. Is there a service that will let me upload a PDF and then mail it (in the U.S. via postal mail) to an address I specify?
posted by circular at 3:53 PM - 1 answers

Mac iTunes users: How do you deal with miscellaneous MP3s?

I recently switched to an iMac after a lifetime of being a PC user. It's been great, except for this one mystery: What's the best way to play single MP3 tracks that you don't much care about, without them mucking up your pristine iTunes database? [more inside]
posted by flod at 2:41 PM - 7 answers

Please help a tech dummy remove malware from her Mac!

My husband somehow got malware installed using safari. The malware is a popup that will not go away and looks like this. We have a mac running OS X. What do we do? Truly, we are tech dummies and need instructions a 6 year old could follow.
posted by waterisfinite at 12:01 PM - 6 answers

Pro tips for setting up iPad for elderly mom

This question - how to set up an iPad for an elderly relative - has been asked frequently before. I'll summarize what I learned from those threads and ask a few new questions related to new iOS 8 features and cases, keyboards, and styluses. [more inside]
posted by kovacs at 10:20 AM - 6 answers

December 19

Android phone being picky with video files

I'm trying to e-mail a couple of .mp4 videos to my girlfriend's LG G3 Android phone. The first one worked fine, but both of my attempts of the second video are apparently an "unsupported file type." I encoded the videos myself from QuickTime .mov source videos using Avidemux, and I'm at a loss as to why one works but the others don't. (technical info inside) [more inside]
posted by clorox at 11:12 PM - 4 answers

Paranoid of my internet footprint

I have a future plan which includes working in an ivory tower then sliding into the political scene after I rub elbows with those who hold the power and money. I wish to participate in online discussions, but am worried about future foes using my words out of context or my attempts at humour winding up being offensive. Do I just continue to watch conversations from the sideline or should I just try to be careful with my commentary? [more inside]
posted by This is the decision I made. at 7:22 PM - 14 answers

Best cross-platform free messaging option for 9-year-olds?

My 9-year-old daughter has an old wifi-only iPhone. Her 9-year-old friend has an old wifi-only android phone (i.e., neither is on a contract). They want to be able to message each other for free. What's the best option? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 3:26 PM - 12 answers

What's the best digital video option for a 16 frame per second movie?

Is there some standard set of frame rates for digital video files? I have some video from 8mm film scans, the source is 16 frames per second. How should I convert them with Handbrake to play on standard computer players? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 9:23 AM - 5 answers

December 18

Generating factual statements from data

Let's say I have a large set of time series. There are a large number of factual statements that could be made about it, including some that are trivially algorithmically generated (e.g. "Soy beans are appreciating in cost faster than corn"). Is there a term for generating statements like this?
posted by phrontist at 2:32 PM - 6 answers

I need a replacement for delicious

I have been using delicious as a bookmark manager and lately it is just not cutting it. Can you suggest a replacement and one that I can import my bookmarks and tags into reliably. I am looking for something easy to set up and use. Mac OSX/Mozilla/Firefox
posted by citybuddha at 11:20 AM - 21 answers

Retina MacBook Pro screen lag

I'm suddenly in the market for a new MacBook Pro. I'm trying to decide between the Retina and non-Retina options. I remember hearing a while back is that the Retina display would lag or stutter sometimes, especially when switching between Spaces. Is that still true? I use the heck out of spaces and usually have an external monitor as well. If you have a recent rMBP, any testimonials would be much appreciated. Thanks!
posted by dondiego87 at 11:20 AM - 14 answers

Replacements in RSS reader for Gawker media outlets

Looking for replacements for Lifehacker, io9, and Gizmodo (to distance myself from the exceptionally slimy practices of Gawker) for my RSS reader so I stay abreast of certain fields/venues [more inside]
posted by Hasteur at 11:02 AM - 11 answers

A new beginning

I got a new ASUS laptop with Windows 8.1. I've removed some of the obvious bloatware, but I'm still getting minor hiccups in games, so I want to wipe everything and reinstall (I don't have the CD). I'm considering using the "Remove everything and reinstall Windows" feature under the "Update and Recovery" settings. According to the official website, "Only apps that came with your PC will be reinstalled." Before I waste several hours, will this actually remove the bloatware?
posted by gorbweaver at 7:08 AM - 8 answers

December 17

iPhone MP3 weirdness...

I run a website that hosts almost 2,000 sermon MP3s (all content that we own or have permission to host). I have one iPhone user who says that when they listen to THIS SERMON (just the first 2.5 minutes) the audio skips and loops back to the beginning. I had 4 other iPhone users listen and cannot reproduce this issue. I have Googled until my fingers bled. Anyone know what could be causing this? It plays fine on Windows and Linux as well.
posted by brownrd at 7:58 PM - 6 answers

MigrationFilter: PC and Mac can't see each other over Ethernet cable

I finally broke down and got a Macbook Air today. In trying to use Mac Migration Assistant to move files from my PC to the Mac, I went with best practices and connected them with an Ethernet cable. They can't seem to see each other. They see each other fine on my wifi (estimated wifi transfer time: 89 hrs), and both the Ethernet cable and the Mac Ethernet converter are working. Hope me, hive mind!
posted by Atrahasis at 6:24 PM - 14 answers

Scraping real estate sites for private statistical use

I would like to grab as many "sold" listings as possible from a site like realestate.com.au as xml or some sort of structured list that I can reformat into a csv type file for running some statistical analyses. I know javascript and some python, and once I have the data in some sort of structured form, I'm comfortable reformatting and then using R for the stats. It's just the scraping stage I need help with. [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 6:06 PM - 13 answers

Why is DNS lookup failing for both my computer and my smartphone?

Why is DNS lookup failing for both my computer and my smartphone when connected to public (library) wifi, when it is working for everyone else? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman at 11:12 AM - 8 answers

Turning a single column of data into a four-replicate column

My data are outputted from the source as a single-value column, but I'd like the data formatted as a four-replicate column. Is there a function in Excel for this? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity at 4:56 AM - 16 answers

Crowdfunding a review blog

I have an idea to review and compare a category of product that is not currently widely reviewed. Reviews exist, but they are spotty and only cover a few items, not nearly all of them. I'd like to do a comprehensive review site. This would involve some sort of crowd funding, as I can't afford to simply go buy one of everything in this category. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 12:17 AM - 6 answers

December 16

i7-4790k or i7-5820k for FEA and Engineering Analysis?

I need some help trying to put together another computer system beyond my current machine for primarily performing finite element optimization type tasks and other engineering analysis. I haven’t built a system for long time. [more inside]
posted by cycleback at 7:06 PM - 7 answers

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