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Looking to digitize my book library, but worried about corrupted PDFs

I have a rather extensive (read: physically burdensome) library of books I'd collected over the years that I'd like to digitize to take with me as I move on to my next adventure. I'm wondering what the best (most efficient, reliable, and economically efficient) way is to digitally preserve a large library of books as PDFs. I'm especially concerned to prevent files from becoming corrupted over time. [more inside]
posted by scriptible on Nov 14, 2015 - 13 answers

Major hardware upgrade with Windows 7

I'm considering doing a major computer upgrade - CPU, mainboard, and video card. Is Windows going to completely shit the bed after I do this? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Nov 13, 2015 - 16 answers

What's this unusual clicking noise from my PSU?

Recently there's been this clicking noise coming from the power supply unit of my desktop machine. It sounds like something is hitting the fan, but I've checked the fan and even stopped it from rotating momentarily but its not the source of the noise. Does anybody know what could be causing it? [more inside]
posted by destrius on Sep 7, 2015 - 10 answers

Catch that signal

iPhone reception (especially outdoors) in a very low-signal location: physical OR settings-level tricks to improve my chances? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Aug 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Interesting / Indie Games, And a PC on Which To Play Them

Inspired by this post, I'd like to dip back into gaming. Please recommend me some recent games outside the AAA mold, and advise what hardware I need to play them. [more inside]
posted by ominous_paws on Jul 4, 2015 - 10 answers

Advice on external monitor for macbook pro

I need advice on which monitors will work well for my older MacBook Pro. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jun 8, 2015 - 7 answers

How to find this specific type of hardware clamp

Hello all! I'm interested in making some DIY acrylic dividers nearly identical to these. I am having trouble finding the types of clamps shown in the last photo, but it seems like something that should be available in a hardware store. Anyone know if these types of clamps are available to purchase? I searched on McMaster but didn't find anything. Specific links or search suggestions welcome! Thank you!
posted by TessaGal on Jun 2, 2015 - 7 answers

Custom cut in Brooklyn

Where in Brooklyn can I get a few pieces of plywood cut to specific/odd dimensions? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on May 24, 2015 - 4 answers

Home Depots around the world

How do hardware stores differ from country to country? [more inside]
posted by dzkalman on May 12, 2015 - 24 answers

Screw it?

I realize this is a long shot, but does anyone know what kind of mounting hardware I need to attach the Pottery Barn Lewis headboard to a standard metal bedframe? Do I need screws or bolts or what? And what size? [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Apr 26, 2015 - 6 answers

Will some other type of caster wheels work?

I have a Metro shelving unit from the Container Store that needs wheels. The casters they sell are really expensive. Will another brand of caster work? Needless to say, I don't have a lot of experience with hardware. Thanks!
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Apr 25, 2015 - 7 answers

My computer stopped working!

I just got home from 6 weeks of holidays, moved house, reassembled my desktop and when I turn it on the monitor doesn't get a signal. Is the most likely cause a motherboard failure? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Apr 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Emergency VOIP Service with no monthly charge

I have been asked to set up an emergency VOIP "phone" at my house. What's the best hardware/service combo for this? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Mar 31, 2015 - 15 answers

What's this metal thing?

I came across this cute metal thing in a closet and have no idea what it's used for. It's like a three dimension capital I. A magnet doesn't stick to it. Dimensions are about .75"x.75"x1". It weighs 1.5oz, which seems heavy for its size and the fact that part of it is hollow. Photos inside! [more inside]
posted by oxisos on Jan 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Not OK computer

I have an Envy Dv7 laptop which I love. It is out of warranty, and a call to HP yielded no help as far as diagnosing the problem. I kept getting bounced from tech support to warranty to sales to someone else. The call lasted about an hour and eventually I had to give up as I had to leave for a flight. Crackling and smoking details within [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Jan 10, 2015 - 15 answers

Is a 6mm router bit shank the same size as 1/4"?

I'm looking to buy an unusual router bit to put in a CNC router which takes 1/4" shank bits, but the bit I've found is listed as having a 6mm shank. Can I expect that the vendor (or manufacturer) is just pretending at being metric and ignoring the 0.35mm difference in their listing, or are there incompatible metric router bits out there in the world?
posted by kiwano on Jan 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me find an SSD for old laptop?

Hi I want to find a SSD which is: -stable, long life, to be used as primary hard disk for my 5 years old Thinkpad X201 with i5 win7 -240G or above -no speed requirement as if it's better than my 3 years old Intel X25-M 120 GB -preferably no TLC -good price Thank you very much!
posted by pack2themoon on Dec 1, 2014 - 10 answers

Have I managed to brick my elderly new to me iMac by updating Avira?

My brother gave me his 2008 27" iMac. I tried to update Avira on it and now I can't turn it on. Help! I don't know from Macs - I have always had PCs. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on Nov 22, 2014 - 15 answers

New-fangled Scanner Technology

I'm looking for a document scanner setup with some fairly specific requirements... [more inside]
posted by grateful on Oct 24, 2014 - 3 answers

What could be causing these strange flickering pixels in some images?

Recently, I noticed some pixels flickering on one of my monitors. At first I assumed it was a problem with the monitor until I noticed the flickering pixels scrolled when the image scrolled (i.e., it's always the same pixel in the image regardless where the image is on the screen). So then I thought it was an animated image, but if I drag the window over to the other monitor, the flickering goes away. [more inside]
posted by justkevin on Oct 16, 2014 - 9 answers

My kids like to draw. So what's the next step for computer art?

My kids like drawing (5yrs up to 14yrs). They have played around with some animation software and computer art software as well as paper and pencils. I'd like to encourage them and give them tools to create awesome computer based drawings, but I don't know what those tools are. [more inside]
posted by bystander on Sep 18, 2014 - 7 answers

Replacement handle bolts for Black and Decker electric lawnmower?

My Black and Decker cordless electric lawnmower (model number CMM1000, Type 4) has an adjustable handle held together by four bolts with screw-on knobs. Two of the bolts and knobs have been lost. "Universal handle bolts" (the only thing I can find at the hardware store or on Amazon) do not fit, and I can't find replacement handle bolts on the Black and Decker website. Where can I find the right kind of handle bolts and knobs for this mower? Photos of bolts and knobs inside. [more inside]
posted by snowmentality on Sep 6, 2014 - 4 answers

Can you help me ID and replace this piece of my dresser drawer slide?

When moving this weekend, I broke my dresser (sad trombone). I tried to take the drawers out to make them easier to move, but they have these little brackets with ball bearings in them that are lubricated and make the drawer slide in the track. I tried poking around online but I can't figure out where to get new ones… or even what I'm looking for is called. [more inside]
posted by araisingirl on Aug 18, 2014 - 6 answers

Peep Out Of Our Peephole, People!

My partner and I just moved into a new apartment in Queens. There's one small issue, and it's our peephole. It's missing the cover on the inside. Where can I get a replacement? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Jul 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Allergic reaction to metal (esp titanium) surgically inserted plate?

I have a titanium plate that was used to fix a radial fracture about a year and a half ago. I've been experiencing symptoms that include episodes of extreme fatigue, as well as sore throat and general sick feeling for the past 6 months or so. Before that I would experience this sick feeling minimally starting shortly after the plate was surgically implanted in my arm. The plate is now useless and can be removed, I was wondering if anyone had ever experienced a similar reaction? All my other blood/urine test show that I should be in perfect health. Thanks for any help! Desperately trying to get to the bottom of this mystery!
posted by kvoorhees on May 28, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me size and place cabinet pulls on my IKEA Adel cabinets!

My most pressing question: Do I need 8-inch pulls for the larger, 36-inch drawers? 7 inch? 12 inch? What fits that size best? What about the 30 & 24-inch drawers? Can I just grab one size and buy 40 of them and they'll all look good? [more inside]
posted by mdiskin on Apr 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me find these clip clasp thingies online!

I'm looking for a piece of hardware but don't know what it's called, making it very hard to find it online. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Apr 18, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I power up for more After Effects?

Can I power up my macbook pro to better run After Effects? Or do I need something else? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Mar 27, 2014 - 3 answers

Mobile tool storage ideas

I often work on my family's cars, however I don't have a garage and have to work in the driveway or in a rented (by the hour) garage with lift. In my workshop I have the tools organized on pegboards and in drawers. That's all fine and dandy, but I've come to realize that 90% of the time I use my tools I have to chuck them in tool bags and boxes and either bring them outside or to the aforementioned garage. I want a mobile storage system where everything has its place and I can see at a glance if something's missing. Like the pegboards, I guess, only portable. [more inside]
posted by Harald74 on Mar 12, 2014 - 8 answers

Goodbye, XP...hello photo-optimized desktop?

So. I guess they're finally going to pry XP out of my hands after all. As long as I'm updating, I'm thinking of getting a new desktop which would be used primarily for photo editing and storage. Advice? Special snowflake stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Mar 10, 2014 - 11 answers

is there a hardware solution for improving the signal quality of my S3?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 on 3. I get extremely little reception at home and a signal booster doesn't help. Is there a hardware solution, like a special case, wire, foil, etc I could use at home to boost my signal? homemade ideas and commercial ones welcome.
posted by Mistress on Feb 20, 2014 - 6 answers

How to cut traces and wire jumpers on Arduino Shield PCB

I'm a total hardware engineering noob who's getting into Arduino development. I have an Electric Imp connected to the Arduino via a shield, which works great. However, I've added another shield that conflicts with the pins that are used by the Electric Imp for software serial IO. The Imp shield says that I can cut a trace and wire a jumper to use hardware serial on two open ports instead. I've never done this before – can someone give explicit steps as to what I need to do? [more inside]
posted by krunk on Feb 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Good, symmetrical multi-button wireless mouse (for left-hander)?

Hi everyone. I'm looking for a wireless replacement for my Logitech MX310 mouse, which has served me well for years. Many mice have extra buttons that can be assigned to various functions. The nice thing about the MX310, though, is that its extra buttons were symmetrical, so it was as easy to use left-handed as right-handed. Do you have a recommendation for a good, relatively inexpensive wireless replacement?
posted by Alaska Jack on Dec 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for MacBook keyboard outline template

I'm searching for a size-accurate outline image of a unibody MacBook keyboard (basically an accurate diagram/wireframe). For this outline file, any format will work, although Vector (.ai, .svg, etc.) would be ideal. I've tried googling but the results tend to be photorealistic images with broad outlines, shadows, etc. I'm looking for a technical drawing like a blueprint. The goal is to make custom keyboard covers with multiple languages by die-cutting and laminating paper; these would be one piece, hence the need for precision. I'm thinking there must be an diagram of MBP keyboards one on the web somewhere... Any advice on where to find one would be highly appreciated. (As far as I know, the keyboard layout is the same for all models except the 11 inch/Air.) Thanks in advance.
posted by landonmoon on Dec 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for a good pair of scissors

Looking for some suggestions/recommendations for a good pair of scissors. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Dec 23, 2013 - 18 answers

AV receivers which split audio and video output

Are there AV home theatre receivers which do the following with input and output: [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 29, 2013 - 6 answers

You know, other than spending my entire next paycheck at Ikea.....

Ok, so I recently purchased a pullup cage/station. You know, includes a side for dips, a pullup bar, etc. and is one large metal structure put together with nuts and bolts. Anyway, I think I enjoyed putting the darn thing together even more than I will using it. What other projects/hobbies can I work on/build/create using a tool box, wrench, other hardware type stuff etc. in my small to medium sized apartment that won't lose me my security deposit?
posted by sendai sleep master on Nov 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Best laptop to install minecraft on.

What is the best laptop to install minecraft pc on? [more inside]
posted by BillyAnne on Nov 27, 2013 - 8 answers

What are "beam clamps" called in Canada?

Searching HomeDepot.ca comes up empty, but this is the result from HomeDepot.com. [more inside]
posted by wutangclan on Nov 25, 2013 - 4 answers

Where can I find a replacement cabinet pull for these cabinets?

We are missing a pull/handle for one of the cabinets in our apartment. The landlord doesn't know anything about manufacturer or the source of the hardware. The inside of the drawers is labeled as "G* Grass" as a manufacturer but it looks like they make the inner mechanisms not the external hardware. Photo album here. Any ideas on how I can find a replacement? Thanks!
posted by brbmaroon on Oct 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Keeping the mousies out!

Where can I buy copper mesh/wool in NYC? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Oct 1, 2013 - 12 answers

What is this thing called, love?

What would you call this thing in this razor handle kit? It's decorative chrome, and it's got a threaded hole and a rod. I'd like to order around 10 of them, but I only need that one part, and I'm having trouble figuring out what to search for.
posted by Capn on Sep 27, 2013 - 5 answers

The perfect black leather messenger bag for a geek with sensitive skin

So I found this black leather messenger bag, and it meets my needs in just about every way...but I'm wondering whether I can find a better one in this vein for a similar price. [more inside]
posted by limeonaire on Sep 17, 2013 - 9 answers

What's happening to my USB ports and how do I make it stop?

My computer's rear panel USB ports periodically stop working -- even after replacing the motherboard. I'm at the limits of my diagnostic abilities here. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? [more inside]
posted by teraflop on Sep 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Do I need a new computer power supply, or can I fix this one?

I have a 650W power supply in my computer that I installed myself back when I asked this question (scroll through the answers on that for most system specs). This morning, the fan on the power supply started making noise. Do I need to replace the supply entirely, or is this something I can fix on my own? [more inside]
posted by LionIndex on Sep 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Does Google still use primarily cheap hard drives/infrastructure?

Since 2007, does Google still use the Buy Cheap method to grow infrastructure? Or have they moved on to more traditional hardware growth? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre on Aug 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Computer service/repair in Milwaukee?

I need recommendations for a person or service that can have a look at my mom's computer, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I would like for Geek Squad to be an absolute last resort. I live on the west coast, alas, and have already done what troubleshooting I can do remotely.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Aug 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Searching for a server rack/cabinet…

At my place of employment, I have been charged with physically securing our two servers. The decision has been made to bolt them to the concrete floor in a cage. I don't know how to shop for a server rack. We have an old one that they're on now, but it's an open rack, without sides or locks. I need one that's more of a cage, to keep people without the key out. It'll have to fit at least 8U worth of servers, and also accommodate a midsized tower somehow, and be 1000mm deep minimum. How do I shop for this? I can't find any information on whether any of the racks I'm looking at are bolt downable.
posted by TrueVox on Jul 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me keep the hose on my rain barrel from wandering into my roses

The rain barrel in my garden has a plastic flex clip on it to hold the hose that's attached to the barrel. Or rather it did. Half of it broke off months ago. I've checked Home Depot, Canadian Tire and Rona, and none of them carried a replacement clip. The rain barrel was installed about five years ago courtesy of the City of Toronto as part of their drainpipe disconnection program, so I don't have the option of going back to the supplier for it. Does anyone know where I can get a suitable replacement clip on the internet?
posted by orange swan on Jun 23, 2013 - 16 answers

Cheapest sensible laptop for photography

I'm beginning to take photographs again, and my apartment has no real easy space to set up my currently-decommissioned desktop PC. My present laptop is super low-end and it's a horrible drag trying to do anything with photos on it. Please recommend a minimum spec replacement - a few more details after the cut. [more inside]
posted by ominous_paws on Jun 6, 2013 - 5 answers

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