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March 22

Endless ebay bidding and selling messages spam

Over last night and today I have received literally hundreds of emails from ebay to my seldom-used gmail address. It must be a scam of some sort, but it's odd and there's no info online as far as I can tell. [more inside]
posted by Pyrogenesis at 9:03 AM - 3 answers

Is this phone number a mobile or landline? What web sites/apps do this?

At work, my boss has asked me to verify a few thousand numbers, as to whether they are cell phone numbers or landlines. Preferably by uploading a spreadsheet that feeds back results, rather than one by one. Any advice? Thanks. (both free and paid solutions considered)
posted by caveatz at 6:44 AM - 6 answers

Normalise my cupcakes

I'm looking for ideas for database/statistics themed baked goods, possibly with a medical research angle. All the 'computer cake' pinterest boards are terrible. [more inside]
posted by Acheman at 4:48 AM - 10 answers

March 21

Looking for a good developer laptop

I may be in the market shortly for a laptop that would primarily be used for development work. Looking for recommendations from the MeFi crowd. [more inside]
posted by isauteikisa at 4:21 PM - 12 answers

March 20

Help me figure out tech stack for a social network + app

I will be developing a social network for an NGO during this year. I'm thinking of using Django (with Channels ) for the backend, standard HTML + jQuery for the web frontend and the same plus PhoneGap for the mobile apps (android and iOS). Please tell me why I'm wrong. [more inside]
posted by signal at 9:41 AM - 13 answers

(UK) How can I ditch my smartphone in the most convenient way possible?

So I'd dearly like my concentration back. Two things are stopping me from ditching my aging iPhone and getting a used dumbphone on eBay. [more inside]
posted by dance at 4:07 AM - 9 answers

March 19

Python/JavaScript clues please?

My elderly stepmother wants an app that will ask my elderly father any of several preset questions she chooses in his own voice. I want the app to be able to record new phrases and create new presets from them. I want to make this app myself -- no existing apps! Do you have any clues you can spare? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 8:27 PM - 6 answers

Kobo won't turn on!

I have a Kobo e-reader that is about 5 years old. I haven't used it in a couple of years. Now, no matter what I try (all kinds of suggestions from the Internet - various different chargers, pushing the button several times while plugged in, holding down for X seconds while plugged in, etc. ), I can't get it to turn on. The error message is "Please charge your EReader. Please connect to an AC outlet or your computer to recharge.". I realize this is my mistake. I should have topped up the charge occasionally. It's a micro USB if that helps. Do you know any hacks that I may not have happened upon? Am I wasting my time? Thanks!
posted by leslievictoria at 7:38 PM - 19 answers

Nook HDplus - how to transfer files?

Hello, all! I have a NookHDplus I bought about five years ago, and would like to transfer files to it, but am having a hard time figuring out how to do so from my Mac. [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog at 6:56 PM - 6 answers

March 18

PDF resolution problems on Kindle Fire HD?

I'm trying to read a black-and-white manga title on my newish Kindle Fire, and experiencing apparent resolution problems that make it hard to read- areas of grey show up as a kind of screentone moire pattern. Is there anything I can do to fix this? [more inside]
posted by Merzbau at 6:32 PM - 3 answers

Mixing NAT and DHCP with routable IPs

I want to have a VM with either a dedicated DHCP number or have it share the network interface of the Mac it's on with the Mac having the routable IP. How? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 9:23 AM - 10 answers

Photo management for the computer challenged

Mom is in her 70s and does okay with computers, but is struggling with Windows 10 and organizing her photos. Any suggestions for programs that may help? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade at 8:52 AM - 6 answers

March 17

Automagically link pasted URLs in Word

How can I force Word to automatically recognize URLs in blocks of pasted text and link them? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 2:36 PM - 1 answers

Personal web server on MacOS Sierra?

The MacOS used to offer one click personal websharing. But it seems that feature was taken out and moved to MacOS Server? Is there way to re-enable it in MacOS Sierra? Or does one simply download and install the server version along side the regular version? Sooooooo confused!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:07 PM - 6 answers

Best solution for group members to ask each other questions online?

My org would like to develop some kind of online platform for members around the world to ask each other specific legal questions. We're not sure what the best way to make this work would be. More details: [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:53 PM - 4 answers

Netflix: What movie is MOVIE

Can I get the title of a movie/show based on a no-longer-available Netflix show's ID? [more inside]
posted by Green With You at 12:21 PM - 3 answers

Who to inform about online business not requiring authorization?

I found rather accidentally an online business does not require authorization to view Order Information if you know the Order number. The information includes billing address, shipping address, phone number, email address, item's ordered, and price paid. I'm going to contact the business, but who else should I contact? Is there some governing body in charge of verifying things like this? The BBB? [more inside]
posted by czytm at 8:34 AM - 12 answers

Simple Drag+Drop file uploader that works like a regular file uploader

I'm looking for a simple drag+drop file uploader script that works like a regular file uploader instead of "instant upload" I was using jquery.filer and I swear it was working in the way that I want it to but at some point yesterday it stopped working for no apparent reason and the documentation says it doesn't work like that ( I'm 99.9% certain it did, I feel like I'm going mad!) [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 3:15 AM - 3 answers

March 16

Refreshing stagnant technical skills

I'm a web developer who's been stagnating in a very low-effort job for several years. As such, my technical skills are way out of date. I'm not happy at this job, but I need to get up to speed again before I can get a new job that will be more satisfying. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:10 PM - 17 answers

SEO and URL Forwarding

I'm a professor in a dance department. We're making a new gallery website. As a recruitment tool, we want to improve our Google search hits when people search for the phrase "dance departments." The URL for the site is a long bureaucratic monstrosity. But we've also bought the domain If we distributed and had it bounce to the long university URL, does that diminish our SEO—that people searching for "dance department" would find us any less than if we had distributed the long URL? Thanks so much for any guidance.
posted by Mitchla at 9:26 AM - 12 answers

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