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August 16

Why can't I write a Google restaurant review?

I had an unpleasant experience with a restaurant and want to share that with others. I think the most effective place to share is on Google reviews, where it's associated with the address/store hours/etc and also not associated with scammy Yelp tactics. I have written Google reviews before without issue. This time, every time I try to click on various write-a-review links (I tried them from every spot) it doesn't do anything. [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla at 7:34 AM - 8 answers

Want to build website showing nearest location

Is there a template or site builder where you can enter a bunch of location points in a database, and the user can find out the closest point and distance to based on their zip code?
posted by spacefire at 5:25 AM - 3 answers

August 15

Relearning Math concepts again as an adult

I am looking for a good book and/or resources to revisit all major mathematical concepts. I am not looking for an all academic kind of in depth book but one that would be inspiring, cover breadth and let me dig further into a specific concept more. I have a technology background but to be honest i have forgotten mathematics.
posted by gadget_gal at 8:15 PM - 13 answers

iPhone app for tracking daily scores/ranks?

I am looking for an iPhone tracking app that lets me enter a score or rank for each day in a category. [more inside]
posted by markslack at 6:34 PM - 4 answers

Doesn't seem quite so whackadoodle anymore

Hopefully this should be an easy dunk. I'm looking for a series of forum posts that got some circulation about ten or so years back concerning civil war breaking out in the US around the 2010s. This seems sort of prescient now, as race battles were mentioned. The aftermath was a fractured group of republics. Some key ideas that might make this stick out were "shotgun brigades" in Florida and then the truck/mobile internet system that replaces the destroyed grid). [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan at 11:27 AM - 2 answers

How does an advanced MS Office user get more advanced?

I, like lots of people, use Microsoft Office almost every day. I like to think of myself as a power user, I can do some basic scripting in Excel, do some cool stuff with Styles in Word, etc. However, I realize that most of the skills I learned in Office I learned a decade ago, and, while they are still supported, there are probably lots of other cool features and shortcuts that have been added, as well as new, better approaches to using these packages. So, my question is twofold: 1) How do I, as an advanced user, learn more advanced things (as opposed to reading stuff written for beginners) and 2) Are there any amazing Office tips/approaches anyone can share?
posted by blahblahblah at 11:19 AM - 5 answers

Cobble together an ia Writer Pro share sheet in iOS 10/MacOS

I write in ia Writer Pro on macOS and iOS. (I'm not gonna change that: I like apps I actually own.) Its only drawback is no share sheet. Can you boffins tell me how to use existing automation tools to provide share-sheet functionality? [more inside]
posted by Jesse the K at 10:13 AM - 0 answers

August 14

Well designed blockquotes / pull quotes / external references?

I'm working on the design for a website. Can you point to any websites that have an excellent style for block quotes / extracts from external references, pullquotes, citations, and similar elements? I am hoping to find some inspiration. [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 1:31 PM - 3 answers

Is there any way to view / edit photo titles on iOS?

In Photos.app on the Mac (and on icloud.com) you can add a title to a photo, which appears under the photo in grid view if you have that option turned on. There doesn’t seem to be any way to display or edit that information in the Photos app on the iPhone, but the data is definitely synced across, because you can use it to search for photos. Is there some trick that I’ve missed? Or more likely, is there a third party app that can do it? [more inside]
posted by Bloxworth Snout at 6:30 AM - 2 answers

August 13

What do I do in 2017 with a working Macintosh SE?

I very recently got my 29-year-old Mac SE (20 MB HDD, 2.5 MB RAM) out of storage, and - wonder of wonders, it boots and runs OK! Now what? I'd like to be able to, at the very least, be able to download the contents of my hard drive. What hardware/software would I need for that, with a Windows machine on the other side?
posted by Guy Smiley at 10:23 PM - 6 answers

Turn grayscale scanned documents into clear B&W

How can I make scanned grayscale pdfs into crisp, clear white background black and white pdfs? (example inside). [more inside]
posted by rossination at 2:23 PM - 9 answers

Audio that isn't a traditional podcast or audiobook?

I'm a bit burnt out on podcasts (but you know what I'm not burnt out on? Blue Apron!) and I find it hard to concentrate on audiobooks which has me wondering, what other kinds of interesting audio are out there to consume? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 8:31 AM - 19 answers

August 12

What's the easiest and cheapest way to add subtitles to a video?

I have a video between 30 and 60 minutes long. I have the script. I have a translation of the script into another language. The video occasionally deviates from the script and I can edit the translated script. How how do I turn the translated script into subtitles? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 6:15 PM - 6 answers

how to print flashcards at home

I would like to bulk print some Spanish/English vocabulary flashcards onto cardstock. My thought is that I can print 30 or so cards onto a single piece of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock, front and back and then cut the cardstock into multiple cards (each one about 2.8" x 1.1" ) . The exact details are not important - just the basic idea. [more inside]
posted by metadave at 3:14 PM - 9 answers

I phone 4S doesn't like wifi away from home. Why?

I have an iPhone 4s that I use in conjunction with a Payd card reader at an outdoor market (they're connected with bluetooth). There's wi-fi available in the square, but my phone is very iffy about picking it up, and seems to have more trouble than other people's phones. I was in the public library yesterday and it wouldn't connect at all to the library wi-fi. It always connects at home with no problem. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
posted by crazylegs at 2:45 PM - 5 answers

What is the deal with Googlebooks and No Ebooks Available?

So I need one of set of books on google books dating from 1743 and what luck! Volume one it turns up. what I really need, however, is a later volume in the series, and it turns up as well, but unavailable for preview for unexplained reasons. It also lists a new copyright date of 2011 by Bibliobazaar. [more inside]
posted by BWA at 1:21 PM - 8 answers

Considering canceling wifi

I've been thinking on and off about cancelling my home internet service. Partly because of the money it would save me, but mostly because of my internet habit. I'm interested in hearing from other people who have either gone cold turkey (by removing internet service from their homes) or have found other ways to manage the internet habit. Bonus points if you do this with inattentive-type ADD. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 11:28 AM - 15 answers

What makes a CPU good for gaming in 2017?

I like to build my own computers, though I don't really know what I'm doing. I thought that processor speed, followed by number of cores, were the determinants of CPU quality, and I have bought the fastest I could afford. But now I find that some slower processors are more highly rated than much faster ones on Tom's Hardware and PC Gamer, and I'm confused. Could you explain CPU quality-- and gaming builds in general -- like I'm five? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 1:15 AM - 14 answers

August 11

External Harddrives Not Mounting

I have a couple external powered hard drives that won't mount to my Macbook when attached to a USB 3.0 powered hub. I just purchased a new Anker powered hub with more power but still no luck. [more inside]
posted by misterpatrick at 1:44 PM - 3 answers

Secure passwords, layman's edition

The recent news stories about Bill Burr regretting his earlier advice about strong passwords made me rethink certain of my own passwords, and I hoped to bounce a couple of layman's password questions off of the hive mind's security boffins. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 11:42 AM - 10 answers

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