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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 - 10 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

Theory re User Experience's Impact on Human Interactions

I'm curious how various social media platform's feature sets contribute to how users communicate. I want to learn how structural decisions create different cultural experiences. What search terms do I use to find the theory in this area? Is it in computer science? Is this what community managers talk about over drinks? [more inside]
posted by Jesse the K at 11:09 AM - 8 answers

August 10

Huffduffer and WFMU Playlists?

I want to add shows from the WFMU archives to Huffduffer, but I can't seem to get it working. For instance, how do I added this show to Huffduffer?
posted by thursdaystoo at 1:09 PM - 2 answers

Online resources for indy iOS developers

What online resources are available that cover the business and marketing sides of iOS development? I'm interested in discussion boards, blogs, articles, professional resources. [more inside]
posted by alms at 12:21 PM - 1 answers

What's the best approach to create this website

A company I work for is building a hi-rise condominium building, and hired a drone to take still images of the views from where each floor will be located. So potential buyers can see what views a specific apartment would have. I have received all these images and need to present them with some kind of user interface…I am picturing a website that would display these images. [more inside]
posted by brbmaroon at 8:30 AM - 5 answers

How to get Mac SCSI Disk Mode working?

I have a Power Macintosh 8500 (System 8.5.1) which I am trying to connect to a PowerBook G3 (System 9.2) via SCSI Disk Mode in order to transfer off old files and photos for nostalgic reasons. I recently purchased an HDI-30 SCSI cable for this purpose, yet I can't seem to get it operational. [more inside]
posted by fairmettle at 2:15 AM - 5 answers

August 9

A slight step up from Google Sheets?

What's the next step after using Google Sheets to track artist merchandise contracts at a folk festival? I'm looking for some kind of cloud software that lets me set up various database tables and then lets non-technical users add and update entries through a straightforward interface. [more inside]
posted by sagc at 8:34 PM - 3 answers

Laptop can't hold its liquor

My husband spilled whiskey on his Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro laptop and did not do the many things you're supposed to do in that situation. I'm trying to diagnose the result and give a prognosis (yes, possibly repairable by someone who knows what they are doing or no, your laptop is now a brick). [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen at 11:00 AM - 6 answers

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