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Power Outage Preparedness

I live in Atlantic Canada, and in the past year significant, long lasting power outages have become extremely common. We can't afford a generator. What other things would may family and I most benefit from, and what is the best/most reliable ways to power devices? I have a limited budget so we're talking bang for your buck. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Aug 15, 2014 - 21 answers

How much to ask for informal consulting?

A coworker of mine asked me to help his friend out with some excel problems she is having. I am good with excel, so I agreed. We've talked and are all set to go, but I have no idea how much to ask for. [more inside]
posted by Hactar on May 1, 2014 - 6 answers

How to phrase request for payment? Question for artists...

Someone wants to use a watermarked version of an illustration I drew. Got some newbie questions. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Jan 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Nexus 7 battery takes forever to charge

I have an 8-GB Nexus 7 that's about a year and a half old. Its battery life seems fine, but the actual charging takes an unreasonable amount of time. When it was new, it charged in about 2.5 hours; last night it took 7 hours to go from 30% to 60%. I'm using the adapter and cable that came with it. Is there anything I can do to make my device charge faster?
posted by zeptoweasel on Jan 8, 2014 - 11 answers

USB tentacle dismay

I have a lot of USB-connecting equipment to sync and charge. Not everything uses the same USB interface, and all the cables are the opposite of tidy. How can I make this work? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jan 7, 2014 - 9 answers

Best practice for charging iPods and iPads in the car?

Everyone seems to have a different opinion about best practice for charging iPads and iPods in the car. Two guys at best buy just told me exactly opposite things! Looking for people who either actually know what they're talking about or who have experience on the matter. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by crapples on Jul 13, 2013 - 18 answers

Absolutely cheapest merchant fees?

How can I arrange for the absolutely cheapest possible merchant fees when processing a credit card online? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jun 26, 2013 - 15 answers

MacBook Pro Battery Life Question

Greetings - I "inherited" a MacBook Pro last year. It was a Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz from Spring 2008. So it was 4 years old when I got it and I was told that the battery was dead and as long as I kept it plugged in, it worked fine, however, I would need a new one. So last year, I purchased a new battery and installed it. However, I am still noticing that the battery life is horrible. It seems like when I am using it to type a document or check emails and surf the web, etc, I literally can watch the battery drain. I would assume that it might hold a charge of about an hour and a half maybe? Is there any way I can "test" it to see what my actual battery life if? To ensure there isn't something else going on? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks,
posted by dbirchum on May 3, 2013 - 13 answers

What should I charge as an online marketing freelancer?

What should I charge as an online marketing freelancer? (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by phoenix_fire on Oct 31, 2012 - 2 answers

Has anyone heard of ezeringame.com?

My girlfriend recently got a charge from ezeringame.com. She has no memory of the charge, but it was only for $6 dollars, so its definitely in range of a quick purchase that she might not recall. [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Jan 17, 2012 - 9 answers

All micro usb cables are not created equal?

Why does the motorola branded micro usb cable that came with my droid phone both charge *AND* transfer data, but generic micro usb cables will only charge the phone? [more inside]
posted by de void on Sep 29, 2011 - 13 answers

How to get money back from WOW?

How should we handle our dispute with Wide Open West over a modem? [more inside]
posted by Kwine on May 26, 2011 - 5 answers

To refund or not to refund, that is the question

I just finished up a small project that I way overestimated. I sold the project for a fixed bid, nominally based on the hourly rate I charge for my services. The customer has already paid me - should I offer to refund the difference? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 - 27 answers

Hourly editing help?

Another "what do I charge" question, magazine editor edition. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2011 - 6 answers

How much should my fictional hacker charge to deactivate a government tracking device?

How much should my fictional hacker charge to deactivate a tracking device? [more inside]
posted by baronessa on Jan 7, 2011 - 31 answers

How much should I charge for trumpet lessons?

How much should I charge for trumpet lessons? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Nov 16, 2010 - 8 answers

Do they get away with it?

I'm curious what happens after I dispute a visa charge? [more inside]
posted by TLCplz on Oct 21, 2010 - 15 answers

What is the best way to keep a battery charged on a car that's not going anywhere?

How often, and for how long, should I turn over my car's engine in order to preserve the battery? [more inside]
posted by Biru on Sep 6, 2010 - 21 answers

****ing batteries, how do they work?

Questions about priming a new battery to maximize its efficiency. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Aug 18, 2010 - 5 answers

Quickest way out with no consequences?

If a company tries to charge me fraudulent charges and I've cancelled my credit card so they are unable to charge me, can they otherwise impact me or can I ignore them and consider the matter closed until they stop trying? [more inside]
posted by Ricket on May 11, 2010 - 7 answers

How much should I charge as a tutor?

What's a reasonable rate for me to charge as a college tutor? [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Apr 11, 2010 - 13 answers

How much to charge for freelance science work?

How much should I charge as a freelance (research) scientist? [more inside]
posted by bowmaniac on Feb 23, 2010 - 4 answers

Need a really big laptop battery!

How can I get a really really big rechargable "laptop battery"? Thinking 12-24 hours worth of charge on a laptop that can drain a high-cap battery in 1 - 1.5 hours. [more inside]
posted by weasel on Feb 12, 2010 - 14 answers

is there a "smart" way to get my computer to shut down after my ipod is charged?

is there software or a trick to shut down my computer after an ipod finishes charging? [more inside]
posted by pennstatephil on Dec 6, 2009 - 10 answers

How to avoid police charges?

After being apprehended but before being charged by the police, how do you maximize your chances of being let off with a warning? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2009 - 19 answers

Last thing I need is more car trouble...

Why did my Subaru outback lose power steering on this rainy night? [more inside]
posted by special-k on Oct 13, 2009 - 15 answers

I Ch-Ch-Charge you

Where would you go to get a cheap iPhone/iPod wall charger and/or USB cable? [more inside]
posted by gensubuser on Oct 2, 2009 - 8 answers

How much should I charge for consulting work?

I will be doing some consulting work. Basically I will be strategizing with a very small company on optimizing their presence on the web and helping them with social networking. Here's my problem-- I have no idea what to charge for my time. I will spend two hours driving to them and probably an hour or two consulting. What do you think I should charge? I don't want to be too low but I am also scared that I might be too high. What do you think would be a good rate? I am located in the Philadelphia area if that makes any difference.
posted by hellodonna on Sep 3, 2009 - 5 answers

Why won't my laptop charge?

My Aspire 3680 (crappy laptop PC) doesn't want to hold a charge anymore, with either battery. How do I determine if it's my laptop, my batteries, or my charger? (I have a VOM and know how to use it).
posted by Emera Gratia on Jul 12, 2009 - 3 answers

Charge a really dead battery, even if it damages the battery.

How can I recharge my nearly-completely-drained car battery so that it will work long enough to drive it to get crushed? I'm hoping to avoid buying a brand new battery just to have it crushed. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Jun 8, 2009 - 30 answers

How much should I get paid for hosting and producing videos?

Hired to host and produce video content for a PR firm. How much should I ask to be paid? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2009 - 1 answer

How much should I charge for video editing?

How much should I charge to create a promo video for a friend? [more inside]
posted by burhan on Nov 12, 2008 - 5 answers

Who did this musical rendition of the Charge of the Light Brigade?

Who did this musical rendition of the Charge of the Light Brigade? [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror on Oct 24, 2008 - 3 answers

What is my hard work really worth?

How much should I charge for a baby blanket I crocheted for an acquaintance? [more inside]
posted by purpletangerine on Oct 9, 2008 - 21 answers

How accurate is this dashboard light?

The "battery not charging" light on my dash went on; the mechanic told me I need a new alternator. Now the "battery not charging" light has turned itself off again. Does this mean my battery is, in fact, charging? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Sep 26, 2008 - 6 answers

Fix for Braun Shaver/Razor Syncro Clean & Charge System?

Fix for Braun Shaver/Razor Syncro Clean & Charge System? [more inside]
posted by criticman on Sep 4, 2008 - 6 answers

How to find the cheapest phone service for someone who seems to be paying too much...

What phone service would be best for me? All I use my Verizon Wireless account for is the phone itself: calling and messaging people. But I think I'm paying far too much. I live in NYC. Suggestions? (description of bill here) [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Aug 25, 2008 - 11 answers

Web Hosting With Generous Bandwidth Limits

I need web hosting, and my needs are pretty narrow. I don't need fancy tools or applications, everything I'm doing is pretty much text. I don't need hand-holding or customer service. But what I DO need is to not have to worry that if any of my domains (I've got five or six) go viral, I'll be socked with $$$$ bandwidth overage bills. That happened to me once a long time ago, and I still have trauma scars. I realize that no hosting service can offer, like, infinite bandwidth. At a certain point, service would either cut off or else overage charges will cut in. But are there any web hosting outfits out there known to have particularly generous bandwidth limits, and reasonably priced overage charges beyond those limits?
posted by jimmyjimjim on Aug 6, 2008 - 32 answers

Why is ther no bat-acitor (hybrid battery/capacitor)?

Why is there no bat-acitor? (hybrid battery/capacity w/best of both) Is there some limitation in physics, chemistry, materials, etc. that prevents it, or has it just not been invented yet? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Jun 10, 2008 - 24 answers

Using Ipod Line-Out

I'm an old stodgy audiophile finding myself forced to resort to iPod, but I want to make the most of it. First of all, I'm looking for a solution that will allow me to use line-out audio on my ipod (5th generation), and simultaneously charge via AC. Does such a thing exist? Also, what's the standard audiophile solution for on-the-go listening? Headphones into mini-preamp into dock, I'd suppose?
posted by jimmyjimjim on Apr 11, 2008 - 9 answers

Powerbook charging troubles

Help me diagnose my Powerbook’s power supply woes. [more inside]
posted by rtha on Jan 16, 2008 - 11 answers

Debt charged off and reported without asking me for payment

Is a company required to make a good faith effort to collect on a debt before reporting it as charged off? Do I have any recourse for my credit report? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF on Jan 7, 2008 - 4 answers

What are the Names of all the riders involved in the disastrous Charge of the Light Brigade led by Lord Cardigan during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War?

Names of all the riders involved in the disastrous Charge of the Light Brigade led by Lord Cardigan during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War? [more inside]
posted by complience on Jan 6, 2008 - 1 answer

One USB charger to replace lots of wall warts?

Like most mefites, I have far too many gadgets, and the wall warts to match. I suspect most of them could be replaced with a single USB charger - is this something that already exists? [more inside]
posted by spaceman_spiff on Dec 28, 2007 - 8 answers

Help me be a nice guy AND get paid.

Whats a better way to say "Just pay me whatever you can afford for fixing your computer" than calling it a free will donation? [more inside]
posted by Jonsnews on Dec 7, 2007 - 19 answers

Small screen. Big fingers. How much?

How much should I charge for a mobile website? [more inside]
posted by 913 on Dec 3, 2007 - 5 answers

Why aren't my Macbook and battery communicating with each other?

My Macbook has stopped recognizing/charging the battery. Help. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Sep 13, 2007 - 17 answers

Wanted: inverter that will drain a battery all the way?

My brother is looking for an inverter to use with a deep cycle battery while camping. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Aug 12, 2007 - 8 answers

What's the damage?

A friend and I were charging the battery of a 2001 Honda Odyssey. He attached the cables to the wrong terminals of the dead battery. How much damage might we have done? [more inside]
posted by torticat on Jun 10, 2007 - 8 answers

Recommend a mailorder book club with no extra to buy?

I greatly enjoy the Writers' Digest new-member offers I get every so often. Are there any other book-club (or CD, etc) memberships that don't have a processing charge? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on Jan 22, 2007 - 2 answers

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