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October 16

Places to go in London for a freelance app developer

Recently moved to the UK and wondering what places I should go to for meeting creative and nice developers. [more inside]
posted by johngoren at 3:55 AM - 4 answers

October 15

What is a reasonable speed to expect over Wifi in 2017?

My internet speeds over wifi kind of suck, but before I spend too much money and time trying to fix that, I'd like to figure out how close I am to a reasonable ceiling. Assuming a very fast (fiber) wired connection where wifi bandwidth is the limiting factor, what kinds of speeds should I be topping out at? [more inside]
posted by enn at 11:42 AM - 10 answers

October 14

Document ALL the merit badges!

What's a good online database platform, ideally free? The goal is to document and cross-reference hundreds of items, specifically merit badges, as a follow-up to divabat's "Earn ALL the merit badges" question. The idea is to document individual badges, categorize them by type, organization, country, and other details that would be helpful for sorting and finding the badge(s) of interest. Given the sheer number of badges that could be documented, a blog platform doesn't seem robust enough, but I'm not sure if a wiki platform would be a good fit. Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 3:03 PM - 12 answers

Metafilter, Wikipedia, Facebook, and...

I have a Kindle DX with free 3G. I never took to reading books on Kindle, but you'll pry the free 3G out of my cold, dead hands. What flat HTML websites do you recommend? Images are fine, but no Ajax or https:// or whatever else. I am aware of the options for converting a webpage to text-only, but I'm interested in native websites. In particular, I'd like to find a text-only, non-https:// email client. This is really hard to find these days. Thank you for any suggestions!
posted by 8603 at 12:40 PM - 4 answers

App for practicing a branching dialogue

For a piece of interactive theatre, I need to memorize a branching dialogue. (IE, I ask a series of questions, but each question depends on an audience member's answer to the previous one.) I would like an iOs or web-based app that can help me practice, by playing the part of the audience member and giving me random answers. Alas, while there many apps to help actors learned fixed scripts, I don't know any that can handle this kind of branching dialogue. Do you? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 8:24 AM - 4 answers

Your favourite VR demos please

So I got one of those cool VR cardboard thingies. Unfortunately my Huawei P9 Lite doesn't have gyro, so no support for the Google cardboard app, which most demo's seem to use.. So I'm hoping you can direct me to your favourite demo's (like these) which do seem to work. Thanks!
posted by mirthe at 4:59 AM - 3 answers

October 13

Whatsapp-Signal interoperability

I have Signal. Various friends have Whatsapp. Can a Signal user and a Whatsapp user talk to each other? [more inside]
posted by eviemath at 10:52 AM - 3 answers

Configuring Windows 10 for new keyboard

What language keyboard do I have and how do I configure Windows 10 to use its layout? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 4:30 AM - 2 answers

October 12

Reluctant Windows User Needs Apps

So six years ago I asked this question about Mac Apps. Well. Recently I fried my macbook when my cat knocked over a glass of wine. I can't afford the money to replace it right now, so I bought a windows 10 machine. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by aclevername at 6:57 PM - 7 answers

Advice/tools/theory for cluster scheduling?

We use a computing cluster (running SLURM). Recently the cluster has been hitting capacity, leaving people unable to run even small jobs. I am looking for guidance about how to set fair usage limits, both practically and in theory (optimal allocation of resources given the randomness in needs, etc.) I am not the administrator, just trying to learn about the topic.
posted by molla at 5:59 PM - 2 answers

Dueling SSD drives

I have a new computer, and transferred an m.2 SSD drive from my previous system to my new system, with the intention of using it for storing data. I can't seem to use the m.2 drive and the new computer's SSD boot drive at the same time...why not? [more inside]
posted by newfers at 1:53 PM - 11 answers

October 11

Best iPad golf game

"Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12" and I have had a great run together, but Apple has informed me it will come to an end with iOS11. If such a thing exists, I'd like a similar iPad game that features real courses played realistically, and allows an upfront purchase rather than a million micropayments. (Online/multiplayer capabilities are not of interest.) If that doesn't exist, feel free to let me know about any iPad golf games you've enjoyed.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 11:32 AM - 1 answers

Facebook

On my laptop, Facebook does not load. I have tried on IE and Firebox, as well as Chrome. It works on my phone. I have cleared the cache, restored settings, and cleared cookies. I have tried it in an incognito tab, and have restarted. I can get to the log in page, but it goes blank after that. Any ideas?
posted by PinkMoose at 10:07 AM - 5 answers

October 10

News Aggregators 2017

I'm a current user of feedly, and like the service. I don't like that you have to pay for a basic feature like search. I'm curious as to what you currently use for a news aggregator currently and what features you like most about it.
posted by Draccy at 4:44 PM - 13 answers

Free time clock software

I am in search of free time clock software to put on my computer [not web-based]. I need little more than CLOCK IN and CLOCK OUT buttons. The simpler the better. Do you have any recommendations?
posted by cokelessrome at 9:51 AM - 4 answers

October 9

Apply security to a PDF document when saving

I am looking for a solution to allow superusers to create PDFs with forms that could/would be encrypted when they are saved and only opened by the superuser once saved/submitted and delivered (via email/ftp/dropbox etc)? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 4:09 PM - 2 answers

How to make a newsletter as painless as possible

I am starting up a newsletter for my organization. This will include a calendar of events plus various other short announcements. Ideally, it would (i) pull in the events from an RSS feed, (ii) allow users to submit announcements for inclusion via some kind of online form, and (iii) allow me to review and edit everything before sending. What's the best way to accomplish this? I don't mind if the initial setup is a bit labor-intensive as long as it's relatively painless after that.
posted by karbonokapi at 1:26 PM - 2 answers

Strategies for analyzing/visualizing data points for anomalies

I have a bunch of devices (~100K) that routinely report back their status to a central location. Broadly, the state of the device can be further clarified as either BAD or GOOD. While it is trivial to determine if a device is always good or always bad it is hard to tell how serious a transient amount of bad reports are to be expected. What are some strategies, books, techniques, approaches, etc. I should be investigating to gain insight into this data set. [more inside]
posted by mmascolino at 12:17 PM - 10 answers

Windows 10 Update Issue

Having trouble installing Windows 10- Second Boot Phase. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum at 7:05 AM - 2 answers

October 8

How to auto-delete files in a folder hierarchy to keep total size <12Gb

I have several security cameras which trigger on motion-detect and connect via FTP to my PC where all the video files are deposited into a folder hierarchy. This folder is monitored by pCloud (where I have 12Gb of space available) so anytime video files appear in that folder they are automatically synced to the cloud. Deleting files from the folder of course delete them from the cloud as well. The problem is the cloudspace limit of 12Gb. My cameras will deposit that amount of files within about 7-10 days. Is there any freeware monitoring software (for Windows), or some sort of script I can use, that will constantly monitor this folder hierarchy and upon reaching or approaching 12Gb of total folder+subfolder size, will automatically delete the oldest file(s) in the hierarchy in order to keep the usage under that total limit so I don't eventually blow out my max space on cloud storage? Right now I'm just manually (completely) clearing them out by running a batch file.
posted by tra at 6:59 PM - 7 answers

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