I maintain for my company a spreadsheet that contains a list of vendors and their associated information: address, contact(s), service area(s), service(s), website, and so on. It's becoming rather unwieldy as a vendor might have up to 5 different services, 2 addresses, 3 contacts each with their own email and phone number, etc. The information's all there, it's just very annoying to use.
I had the idea of creating an "intranet" type website that staff could use to filter vendors by name, service area, service type, and so on, with the results displaying in an easy-to-read format (easier than a mile-long Excel sheet, anyway). I am open to solutions like Wordpress and Joomla, just not sure how best to implement. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by erinsaurus
on Apr 22, 2014 -
I was surprised to discover that there is no way to sort an Amazon search or browse within a category by user review--more specifically from lowest to highest. Is there a workaround for this? Or perhaps an app or script I could use? Or even a third party site that sorts it for you? I'm mostly interested in being able to browse a category and see the lowest ranked items, but I'd settle for ranked search results also.
posted by sourwookie
on Apr 13, 2014 -
Which launcher app (Alfred, Butler, Quicksilver, etc) or menu bar app can quickly search a defined folder and its subfolders without having to choose the folder each time? [more inside]
posted by bluecore
on Apr 4, 2014 -
A few days ago I was searching for an email in my Gmail inbox and entered the email address of the person I knew it was from -- let's say firstname.lastname@example.org. I don't know what I did wrong during this very mundane occurrence, but ever since then "email@example.com" has been aggressively filling itself in on google-related search boxes in Chrome, preventing me from using Google effectively. How can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot
on Apr 3, 2014 -
Have you seen this picture before? My 4 year old daughter just drew this picture
(of a panda bear, if it wasn't immediately obvious). It is eerily familiar. I swear I have seen something just like it
before, somewhere on the internet. A google image search wasn't even close. Help! This is driving me crazy.
posted by googly
on Mar 27, 2014 -
I'm looking for a great utility that will let me search for text strings within MS Word and PDF documents. Specifics within ... [more inside]
posted by Crotalus
on Mar 23, 2014 -
Hi there! My fiance, stepdaughter and cat are finally ready to tangibly start looking for places to live on our own! Yay! I'm looking for websites/resources I can go to besides craigslist, the newspaper, and the regular websites that pop up on the first page when you google about renting. Does anyone know of any other places to find rental listings? Thanks in advance!
posted by assasinatdbeauty
on Mar 11, 2014 -
I've started writing more (blog posts), and several times this has happened: I use the Mac's search function to look up a word in the dictionary, for inspiration, and instead I notice a PDF search result from my folder full of (sadly illegal) PDF books, and end up on a totally wonderful track. Is there a more comprehensive, perhaps legal, way to do this? [more inside]
posted by mbrock
on Feb 26, 2014 -
Is there a way to search Amazon by price and actually get results within that range? I recently found a pretty sweet deal on a nice nail polish when I needed a filler item and was looking through the offers on Amazon Filler Finder
, but I'd like to search for more items within a tight range like that. Unfortunately, when you tell Amazon to return, say, items under $5 it still returns results up to $8, and when you're looking for really cheap stuff-- like under $2-- it's even worse, returning pretty much the same results you got for the $5 search. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed
on Feb 24, 2014 -
My sister lives in an apartment complex that has routine maintenance checks. She informed me that tomorrow they will be coming through everyones apartments to check filters etc etc. She also told me that they bring a police and their K-9 unit with them to check for bedbugs. I was shocked when she told me this and can't believe that this is even legal to do. How are they able to use the police and their dogs to search for bedbugs? How is this legal?
posted by Sweetmag
on Feb 3, 2014 -
I took the Hivemind's advice to go abroad, now I need some ideas on how to get back. How should a early 20-something find for a job back in the US while abroad? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24
on Feb 1, 2014 -
I'm trying to find examples of a specific kind of news story and it seems like the only one who covers it is local newspapers or Patch. I want to try to search Patch on a national level instead of, good grief, searching each one at a time. Is there any way to do that?
posted by rileyray3000
on Jan 30, 2014 -
After living the nomadic life for many years, I'm starting to think about settling down again. Search criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by grinagog
on Jan 29, 2014 -
My profession now requires a bit more public profile and as such people are Googling me. Instead of finding what I want them to find (linked in profile, who I am 'professionally', etc) they instead are presented with a version of me from 10 years ago. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 23, 2014 -
I remember listen to it played on the piano by Richard Clayderman but don't remember the song name.
Here's my whistling attempt.
Sorry if you have to download the file. I couldn't find anywhere that streams it.
posted by Thisispiggy
on Jan 21, 2014 -
Are you aware of a book or paper that has insights into how one might go about searching for information about things or artifacts? [more inside]
posted by PHINC
on Jan 19, 2014 -
Is there an app that will take a set of files in one folder (wildcarded) and find probably references to those files within the text of the files within the same, or another folder (recursively)?
Although I could probably write this app fairly quickly, I don't want to reinvent the wheel if I can help it.
posted by hanoixan
on Jan 17, 2014 -
Need simple housing for two people during 12 week summer internship. How would you go about securing housing if you only have a week after school finishes before the internship begins? Difficulty factor: Internship is 2,000 miles away in San Mateo, CA. Apartments all seem to require 1-year lease. Do we center on San Mateo for a short bike or walk commute or look for more affordable places along the train or bus lines a distance away? What search strategies would you use? Employer does not provide assistance.
posted by tronec
on Jan 10, 2014 -
I would like to include in my cover letter the sentiment that the years I took off from work (for reasons I touch on) make me hungry for any job I take on. I would really like a job that gave me things to think about, something to focus on and obsess over. How can I put this that doesn't use the word "hungry" and makes me sound more like a dedicated worker and less like a slightly crazed person? My thesaurus's suggestion of "could eat a horse" is not helping.
posted by FiveSecondRule
on Jan 3, 2014 -
I have a lot of PDFs and some of them contain my notes and annotations. How can I single out the annotated files without opening them all, one by one? [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov
on Dec 12, 2013 -
I found this
photo on a blog a few months ago.
I have been looking for a larger higher quality version and or the name of the photographer to find out if I can purchase a print.
This is what I know.
It is from West Side Story
It appears a number of times on the internet, all small pixel sizes
The photographer is NOT Ernest Hass or Phil Stern (the two photographers who were present taking photos at some stage on the production of Westside Story)
Thanks, this one baffles me. When I have time I will go to the Motion Picture Academy Library (I live in Los Angeles) and see if I can find out anything more, but until then I thought I would let Mefi rip on it!)
posted by silsurf
on Dec 11, 2013 -
I've been doing research involving the treatment of musicians under repressive regimes. A while back I found a graph that had a list of countries, and for each country listed the number of musicians killed, tortured, abducted, assaulted etc. in a certain period of time. But I've lost this graph!! Can you help me relocate it? [more inside]
posted by switcheroo
on Dec 2, 2013 -
Hi everyone. Sometimes I'm trying to find an obscure system or game file, and it is actually very difficult to get Windows 7 to understand that, yes, I want it to search through ALL files on a disk. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack
on Nov 30, 2013 -
I'm a fresh college graduated from a European academy for Graphic Design and want to move to NYC to gather more experience in the field, and live there for a while. Question about job search and accommodation. Considering doing a masters degree too. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93
on Nov 7, 2013 -
(Metafilter long shot special) My two MCMA twin girls were born at 32 weeks and were in the NICU for a while. They are big bouncing babies now and doing really well, but I would very much like to find the fabric used on the quilt that they were given while they were in intensive care. [more inside]
posted by Augenblick
on Oct 31, 2013 -
After years of being on the fence about leaving and gritting my teeth while putting up with a shitty work environment, I'm ready to start applying for jobs. It's taken me a long time to get brave enough to do this, so I'm pretty happy that I'm going to pull the plug! But I feel like I can't start applying for positions because of an upcoming vacation, and I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 15, 2013 -
I've inherited a list of approximately 5000 email addresses from people who subscribe to a quarterly newsletter. I only have their email addresses, nothing else. Most of the email addresses are from their work/company/school and the rest are generic ones (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc). I would like get more information from these addresses, such as first name, last name, job title, industry, country, etc.
Of course, from some emails, I can already figure out their name and company, but would like to have this done automatically and also add more data, such as industry.
Can the hive recommend a service that would allow me to do this quickly? I don't need to have all of the information, just as much as possible. I'm willing to pay to have it done.
posted by JiffyQ
on Oct 9, 2013 -
I wan to make a Google ngram showing the history of the term "spoiler" as it is used in popular culture to mean the reveal ahead of time of an important piece of plot information. Problem is, "spoiler" has at least two other meanings and I don't know how, or even if, I can craft a query to separate out those other meanings. [more inside]
posted by gauche
on Oct 7, 2013 -
What are the websites you use to find a new job? Is Monster still relevant? Do you use Boston.com? [more inside]
posted by jrc
on Oct 4, 2013 -
We want users to be able to search our website for content, but not for them to be able to view search results and content that their usergroup doesn't have access to.
We are changing our website around a bit, and there will be sections of the site that will be available to the general public and then there will be several password-protected sections for different groups (each usergroup has access to a different section). Each usergroup should only see the search results that are related to their access area.
What approaches are there for this kind of setup? I don't think Google Site Search is the solution for this, but I'm not sure. Any ideas?
posted by chirico
on Sep 12, 2013 -
I am trying to determine whether the SIMS program was ever mentioned on the web by Endure, Inc. before August 15, 2011. [more inside]
posted by ajr
on Sep 5, 2013 -
I'm looking for ways to find out if a specific book has been published in audiobook format, either on CD or as a digital audio file. [more inside]
posted by tckma
on Sep 5, 2013 -
I am looking for international news coverage (All forms welcome, but print media preferred) of anything negative about Times Square. Trying to find news articles which would discourage someone visiting the US from going to Times Square.
I have tried Google News and some basic internet searches, but of course it's hard to know what to even search for in other languages. I can get a budget for this, and I would love to hire someone to research it for me, but what kind of service do I search for? [more inside]
posted by brbmaroon
on Sep 4, 2013 -
I am looking for some career advice regarding search techniques and information about non-traditional legal jobs that I may be overlooking. I am interested in international law, environmental law, administrative law, and trade and investment law. I have work experience in international law and have also lived and studied abroad. Prior to law school I worked in finance for four years (my undergraduate degree is in international finance), I am located in the Northeast, and I am awaiting results from the bar exam which I took this past July. [more inside]
posted by allthingsconsidered
on Sep 2, 2013 -
I'm looking for a service that will allow a group of people to upload and tag images to a single album, and then enable anyone in that group to search *in that album only* for a given tag and see all of the images that match. Bonus points if I can browse by tag.
posted by sdis
on Aug 27, 2013 -
Android App Search Question: I'm looking for a specific type of Android app (a music player which has a large "time elapsed" display). I'm new to the world of apps, and am completely confused as to how to sort the apps in the Play Store and even begin to narrow down the options. It looks like the only search criteria are "Free" or "Paid" - either way, I get like a bajillion returns. Am I missing something? How do folks either (a) narrow down your searches, or (b) navigate the overwhelming choice?
posted by forallmankind
on Aug 25, 2013 -
I want to find a full-page ad in the New York Times from a few days after hurricane Sandy that thanked a bunch of corporations. (Maybe it was the WSJ?) Is this sort of information available still? Do libraries archive the ads in a searchable form? I haven't been to an actual library in years -- so I'm not looking forward to sifting through microfilm, but maybe I have to? Is there a digital record of newspapers I'm missing out on?
posted by mhh5
on Aug 2, 2013 -
Is there a privacy risk specifically associated with Google search autocomplete/typeahead? [more inside]
posted by kristi
on Jul 23, 2013 -
My employer is asking me to look into recruiting strategies for LAMP/PHP developers. We've been having bad luck finding appropriate candidates and actually getting them in for interviews (posting jobs on CareerBuilder & CL). I'm not really an HR person (nor am I a tech person), so I've never done this before. He's interested in possibly buying resume access on Monster, CareerBuilder, or Dice -- is one better than the others for this type of thing? Any suggestions for other strategies to use? [more inside]
posted by emumimic
on Jul 22, 2013 -
I need to find online directories that will let me do reverse lookup of businesses by address, and only by address, for various cities in the US, Europe and Asia. Essentially I want international versions of local.ch
, the online Swiss phone book. [more inside]
posted by daisyk
on Jul 19, 2013 -
I want to change careers. currently I am a librarian. I want to be a reporter, or communications/public relations work for a company. I currently began writing for pay for a small organization. It has been very exciting and a great way to network. I have other skill sets, and would like to explore those, too. They include non-profit event planning, fundraising, research. I think I would be an asset to another company. How do I go about getting out of my current job, and start a new career? I feel really stuck.
posted by Jewel98
on Jul 13, 2013 -
I'm always impressed lurking around here by the expertise of folks when it comes to finding sources/answers. Obviously, there are a lot of librarians and information specialists whose jobs involve research, but still it's clear many of you are much better than me when it comes to using google. So, how can I better? What google search strategies do you use? What resources would you all recommend? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7
on Jul 8, 2013 -
I'm writing a book, and I just got the following task from my editor: get a sizable (50+) list of high profile people who have written blurbs or reviews for similar books, and get their mailing addresses. Here's the kicker: I'm not supposed to contact them directly, unless I already know them personally. So! What's the best way to do this? I hear there are search engines that charge a monthly fee for this kind of information, but I'm having a hard time finding out which ones are good and which are scams. What do lawyers use when they need to track people down to serve them? [more inside]
posted by sdis
on Jun 26, 2013 -
I've just kicked off a job search, and am mostly looking for jobs outside of the city in which I currently reside. I'm considering changing my address on my resume so that it shows that I'm living in the cities in which I'm applying to jobs. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi
on Jun 25, 2013 -
A freelance writing client of mine wants me to do some articles basically chasing Yahoo search trend topics. Not debating the wisdom or efficacy of this. It pays; that's all I care about. What I do need to find out is a better way to track these trends than just going to Yahoo's front page and seeing what is listed as Trending there. There are only ten topics listed there, with no indication of rising or falling activity. Try as I may, I can find no page dedicated to this on Yahoo. To complicate matters, the phrase "Trending Now" appears to be a section they have in their News that has nothing to do directly with trending search topics. All my Google-Fu ends up pointing to that.
Am I missing something? Can someone toss me a link? BONUS: an iOS app that I can see all this from!
posted by skypieces
on Jun 25, 2013 -
For the classical search engines the market shares are well known.
during April 2013 it is 66% for Google and 17% for Bing.
What about the state of vertical searching sites? Such as google shopping, bing shopping, pricegrapper, shopzilla, etc.
I read an article which stated that vertical search is gaining momentum and it may we wise to seek out the shares in this department of search market.
Any insight on this topic is also appreciated.
posted by raphael19
on Jun 24, 2013 -
I want to set up a Google search that searches a set of 15 domains. Google's "Advanced Search" doesn't do the trick. Is there a workaround? [more inside]
posted by seventyfour
on Jun 20, 2013 -