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Another Grandparent's coded ramblings

I read news coverage about metafilter members helping to solve the "Decoding Cancer-addled Ramblings" and thought I should give it a shot for coded messages we found in my Grandfather's posessions after his passing. Although my Grandfather did not have cancer and was of sound mind at the time these documents were sent (circa 1921), he and his brother sent some coded messages to one another for some reason. My family has tried to figure out the messages, but to no avail. Some think the coding was simply used to save money on the cablegrams/telegraphs, others think it was because the text was being sent to Germany during WWII time frame, and others think it was because there was some suspicion about co-workers who may try to access or read the cablegrams/telegraphs. [more inside]
posted by AffectionateBro on Jun 16, 2014 - 24 answers

How to make Thunderbird mark all new messages as read?

I recently started reading all my email on my smartphone. I still want to download every message in Thunderbird on my Mac (to archive it), but I don't want to manually mark everything as read after downloading it. Is there a way to either disable the "unread" flag, or auto-mark all new messages as read when they are received? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jan 5, 2014 - 4 answers

A message to brighten a day

My windows look out onto a train platform where thousands of tired, stressed, or lonely people stand and wait every day in New York. On other platforms I've seen people put signs up in their windows as messages for the folks waiting for a train. What message could I put up in my window to make people smile or make their days just a little bit better?
posted by gregoryg on Aug 16, 2013 - 36 answers

Notification of xbox live messages

Is there any way to get notification of xbox live messages via text message, email, instant message, or social network message? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Jul 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me save/extract text messages from an iPhone

What is the "best" consumer-accessible solution to extract a text message (SMS/MMS) (or series of text messages) from an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on May 14, 2013 - 3 answers

The Books of the Dead! muhuhuhahaha

Why do horror stories often feature mysterious relics that often have information encoded in them, such as accursed old books, runes, etc.? What kinds of anxieties is this trope meant to express? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Apr 4, 2013 - 34 answers

Linux Error

my computer froze, and when i tried to reboot it, it got to the green suse screen proceeded normally, and then when it went forward, i got an error message that said could not start "kdeinit4. check your installation" tried to fix it using the protocal i found here but sitll have the same problems with the error message. I hadn't plugged in my computer for about 5 months, because I had a laptop, but the laptop is on it's last legs, but it was working pretty well for the last couple of days.
posted by PinkMoose on Mar 8, 2013 - 3 answers

App to track how long it took your recipient to respond?

Are there any Google Apps or browser plugins/add-ons or scripts for Gmail that can track the length of time it took for a contact to reply to you? Something that would show you weekly/monthly/yearly stats which of your contacts replied the fastest and which replied the slowest. [more inside]
posted by querty on Nov 13, 2012 - 1 answer

Facebook showing private messages

Facebook showing private messages. Has anyone noticed that PMs are showing up in the timeline? I've personally seen some of my own PMs on a friend's wall. Facebook of course, denies it all.
posted by xmattxfx on Sep 26, 2012 - 21 answers

Tournament software?

Looking for a website that lets me do this: For a set group of people, each submits a message. You can see who's sent a message, but not what the contents of the message are. When everyone's submitted a message, all the messages are revealed. This is for an online Magic: the Gathering tournament - we're having everyone submit an entry before anyone sees what anyone else submitted.
posted by LSK on Sep 7, 2012 - 2 answers

Cruptic message to decipher...please

WTH? Message in a bottle, secret admirer, or random gibberish? A friend's mom took her car to the shop (SW US) and left a whiteboard (which she uses to communicate) inside. After she picked the car up she noticed the following written on it. Any ideas as to what language it is or what it says? Thanks in advance. Mysterious message here
posted by subajestad on Sep 5, 2012 - 11 answers

Apple problems

Applefilter: I ordered an iPod touch from the official german apple website with an engraved message. Two problems: They messed up the engraving and they left the package with a neighbour even though it explicitely says on the package that this is not allowed. I'm in Germany. What can I do now? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Jun 16, 2012 - 15 answers

help me solve a small mystery

unknown texter who knows my name? [more inside]
posted by happyjuice on Feb 1, 2012 - 12 answers

Media is the message?

Can someone help me understand what people mean when they say - "Media is the message" or "Media is not the message". I don't get it at all? And online searching has not helped a great deal in gaining clarity either. Thanks.
posted by gadget_gal on Jan 16, 2012 - 15 answers

Allshare Error Message Is Causing Weeping and Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth

Allshare Error Message filter: We have recently purchased a Samsung Smart Blu-Ray Player. The big attraction for us was that it would enable us to play shows downloaded from the Internet via the Allshare program. However, after I downloaded Allshare and tried to run it, I received the following error: "The Allshare shared server has shut down. It will restart." I would close the message, and it would come back again and again. [more inside]
posted by purplesludge on Jan 15, 2012 - 5 answers

High-quality daily Tweets (inspirational quotes, love/sex tips etc.)?

Which Twitter users post high-quality daily tweets? (one-liners, inspirational quotes, love/sex tips, that kind of thing) [more inside]
posted by harwons on Nov 23, 2011 - 17 answers

Adding a personal touch to digital photo frame gift

With a digital photo frame is it possible to specify the order photos are displayed? I'd like to have a random set, interspersed with occasional strings of ordered photos. [more inside]
posted by verisimilitude on Nov 16, 2011 - 3 answers

I'd like to call and leave myself a message. but apparently I'm unresponsive to myself.

GOOGLEVOICEFILTER: How do you call your number FROM your number and leave yourself a message? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Jul 25, 2011 - 4 answers

No Reply?

You all have met some of those non-responsive people in your life. You engage in a rather personal and/or meaningful cyber-conversation and ask open-ended, non-intrusive questions. After a few exchanges, bam, suddenly, no reply, no apology, no nothing. [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused on Apr 6, 2011 - 38 answers

text vs voice required signal strength

Is less signal strength required for sending/receiving texts versus voice calls? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark on Mar 27, 2011 - 11 answers

Humor, it does a body good

Please help me come up with short, funny things to write on a half-pint carton of milk. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2010 - 18 answers

I can't use any operating systems because of Grub. Can any computer experts help me?

I can't use any operating systems because of Grub. Can any computer experts help me? [more inside]
posted by EatingCereal on Sep 30, 2010 - 9 answers

Text message without a phone?

How do I send a text message from a computer? This is maybe easy, maybe tricky. [more inside]
posted by mai on Aug 6, 2010 - 21 answers

*you need to step back 3 steps to see this title*

How can I create hidden visual elements that can only be viewed under specific conditions? [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent on Jul 7, 2010 - 10 answers

What is this flier message?

What is this? What's the figure saying? (NSFW-ish image)
posted by maykasahara on Apr 18, 2010 - 6 answers

New! Improved! Mood-brightening and enlightening!

What are some good, fun, little Internet surprises? More like this, less like Goatse. Little things you can make and send to a stranger/acquaintance/friend/lover/imaginary Internet person. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Sep 22, 2009 - 11 answers

I hate the sound of your voice.

I don't want people to leave me messages. What's the best way to say this in my outgoing message? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist on Sep 16, 2009 - 43 answers

Reaching a traveler with no phone?

I'm in the UK, and would like to get a message to a passenger who's now on an Amtrak train scheduled to arrive into Boston's South Station in a couple of hours. She doesn't have a cell phone. It would be fine to get her the message at any point before she leaves South Station. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by muhonnin on Jul 4, 2009 - 6 answers

timestamp in ichat?

how can i get timestamps to show up next to messages in ichat 3.1 chat windows? [more inside]
posted by slograffiti on May 18, 2009 - 2 answers

German filter: Offering condolences in German

German filter: Help me write a bereavement/sympathy/condolence card for someone in Germany. [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan on May 2, 2009 - 6 answers

Here's a Cookie and an Introduction. Enjoy Your Stay!

Can you help me find some examples of sites with "Looks like it's your first time here" messages? [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob on Feb 9, 2009 - 10 answers

What is message queuing for?

What do I do with a message queue? (programmer geek) [more inside]
posted by SirStan on Jan 9, 2009 - 14 answers

OhDontForget to work on O2 in the UK...

A previous thread recommended OhDontForget.com as a way of scheduling text messages to be sent to one's phone. Though the site makes reference to UK cellphone carriers, tests to my O2 phone have not worked, and the site says it is "currently only working in the US and partly in Canada". Does anyone know of a similar service that functions in the UK?
posted by skylar on Jan 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Best message board for Cooking Questions?

Best message board for an aspiring cook? [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane on Nov 17, 2008 - 9 answers

Communicating with a group via text and email?

Communicating with a group via text and email? How can a group of 7 communicate via text and email. 3 are email only, 4 are text only, the idea is any member can send a single text or email which is delivered to all 7 as an email or text as appropriate. Does this exist? Alternate suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by zingzangzung on Nov 13, 2008 - 7 answers

The alarm can't wake you up if you can't perceive it

What is a good alarm clock program that will display a message when the alarm goes off? [more inside]
posted by theichibun on Oct 26, 2008 - 1 answer

Examples of double-meanings in movies, shows, cartoons?

Looking for scenes with dialogue in G-rated movies, shows or cartoons that have hidden references for adults. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Oct 19, 2008 - 43 answers

VB: Putting filenames in a message body.

VB Script Help: I would like to put the filenames of my attachments into the message body of my emails. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic on Oct 13, 2008 - 5 answers

Telephone Alert of an Email Message?

Does anyone know of a software package or service that will ring my telephone when an email is sent to it? [more inside]
posted by JeffMezick on Oct 6, 2008 - 5 answers

I need suggestions for a message to a one-year-old to be opened on his 10th birthday.

I need suggestions for a message to a one-year-old to be opened on his 10th birthday. [more inside]
posted by saucy on Sep 27, 2008 - 16 answers

Error Message Sending E-mails

I'm getting the following message attempting to send e-mails: "An error occurred while sending mail. The mail server responded. 4.3.0 problem running virus scanner. Please check message and try again." Is this a Thunderbird, Dell or Cedant issue?
posted by tangyraspberry on Sep 17, 2008 - 3 answers

Why does Outlook's clipboard clear when I create a new message?

Why does Outlook's clipboard clear when I create a new message? [more inside]
posted by AquaAmber on Sep 15, 2008 - 4 answers

Texting Trouble

There's only one person in the world that has trouble getting my text messages. [more inside]
posted by iconjack on Aug 22, 2008 - 9 answers

Scrolling LED message sign

Where to buy electronic scrolling LED message sign ... in person? [more inside]
posted by msacheson on Jul 22, 2008 - 4 answers

Wordpress comments/message board plugin

Looking for a Wordpress plug in that would combine posts and comments in with a message board. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Jul 8, 2008 - 3 answers

Joomla or WordPress Forum Integration

Integrating a forum into either Joomla 1.5 or WordPress 2.5.1 [more inside]
posted by eightball on May 16, 2008 - 8 answers

Postfix/Altermime vs. Google Apps

E-mail disclaimers: Postfix/Altermime setup works great except when used as an SMTP outbound gateway for Google Apps it strips the HTML version of the disclaimer. [more inside]
posted by doomtop on May 2, 2008 - 1 answer

What is the name of this book?

Because this question just doesn't get asked enough: please help me remember this book I enjoyed as a child in the early 1970s. In it, 3 boys are at the beach. They find at least one (maybe more) message in a bottle, and I think the message is in some sort of code. I thought the title was "Three By The Sea" but I checked Amazon.com and the book they have with that title is definitely NOT the book I'm thinking of. Anyone?
posted by bluekrauss on Apr 17, 2008 - 4 answers

How to setup canadian sms sending business?

How do I set up a business in Canada that charges monthly fees (or per use) to send text messages to people? [more inside]
posted by imaswinger on Apr 3, 2008 - 5 answers

Dull Windows XP Question

"Windows needs to close" - filter: The computer now seems to present that "windows needs to close" message when I try to close any window containing a web page that had video or audio on it. It didn't used to do this. I would like to fix this. [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Feb 23, 2008 - 8 answers

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