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Air conditioning alternatives?

To prepare for summer I'd like to install air conditioning, but don't want the huge electricity bill. What are some alternatives? [more inside]
posted by gorcha on Feb 11, 2014 - 29 answers

Effective salt alternatives for sidewalks

Hello, fellow salt-deprived victims of this over-generous winter! I am fanatical about clearing my front walk, but my salt supplies are almost depleted and both salt and the usual alternatives are out of stock in my Toronto neighbourhood. In addition to dedicated shovelling and attacking residual ice with the appropriate metal tools, what can I do to fight problems like a thin slick of black ice that results from the occasional melt-friendly temperatures we get? [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Feb 8, 2014 - 16 answers

What good alternatives exist for WordPress for the semi-skilled?

After the probably eighth hacking attack (and success) on my site in less than a year, I'm sick to death of using a platform that has to be updated on an hourly basis or get totally nuked by Moldavians. What platforms are relatively user-friendly for people who want to blog? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Nov 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Is there a good, NON-JAVA, non-MS project management tool out there?

I will be starting to work on several small, overlapping projects soon and need a lightweight tool. WANT: Ability to manage 2-3 resources (mostly me, really), schedule tasks, create and output Gantt charts. DO NOT WANT: The security hole of suck known as Java, so Project Libre, OpenProj and the like are right out. MEH, WILL ACCEPT IF NEEDED: Cloud app. I really prefer desktop programs for various reasons, but if the best solution is on the cloud, so be it. A PLEA: I'm going to a presentation on Office 365 tonight with a devotee of MS Project. Please arm me in advance against the call of the dark side! [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Sep 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Google-free web experience?

Let's say I want to live a Google-free existence on the web. What are my best (preferably free, open source) alternatives to various Google products, including the search engine itself?
posted by deathpanels on Nov 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Not feeling very smug.

Desperately seeking alternatives to SmugMug. Emphasis on password-protected galleries, the ability to proof photos and seamless customization (so as to integrate with a pre-existing Wordpress-backed portfolio). [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Oct 9, 2012 - 5 answers

Relational database on the cheap

I'm looking for a free/cheap alternative to Access or Filemaker for simple relational database work. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Sep 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Ideas for music in my car?

I think my 1993 Toyota Celica will only last another few years, so I don't want to install a new stereo system in it, but the existing speakers are blown and I gotta have some decent way to play music. Can you suggest other alternatives? Mostly interested in playing music from my smartphone, not really concerned with FM radio or CDs. Thanks!
posted by thrasher on Sep 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Non-explosive explosions

What are some fun alternatives to fireworks for the 4th of July? [more inside]
posted by waterlily on Jun 30, 2012 - 14 answers

Suggest alternatives to some bands I like

I love the music of [specific artists inside], but I don't like the lyrics. Please suggest alternate artists for me to listen to. [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit on Jun 15, 2012 - 33 answers

Help save my thumbs! I need a texting alternative

How can I text without typing on an iPhone? Is there a way to get voice translations right into a text without cutting and pasting on a 3Gs? [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty on May 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Apple TV-like device to stream internet?

What like apple TV but without the limitations? I want to stream the internet from my ipad / laptop without having to use the cord. [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Jan 31, 2012 - 18 answers

Get me out of Google's grip! Paid mail/cal alternatives?

Help me switch from Google services (Mail/Cal...) to a paid alternatives. [more inside]
posted by tkbarbarian on Jan 28, 2012 - 7 answers

This is not who I am!

My HBC is screwing me up. Help! [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on May 10, 2011 - 19 answers

Tues 10:00 - Don't be evil

Do you use a web calendar that isn't Google ? Can you recommend it ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Apr 12, 2011 - 12 answers

If not a PhD, then what?

If not a PhD, then what? Am I an idiot for wanting to pursue a PhD? If I don't do that, then what would a good alternative be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2010 - 13 answers

Are there any good alternatives to AirMagnet Survey PRO for outdoor site surveying with GPS integration?

Are there any good alternatives to AirMagnet Survey PRO for outdoor site surveying with GPS integration? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Jul 12, 2010 - 2 answers

What are some good cheap alternatives to the Mach 3 razor

I've used the Mach 3 razor on my face for the longest time and I have been very happy with its performance. But Gillette's recent price increases are just not something I can absorb in my current economic situation. What are some good cheap alternatives that would be available in NYC-area stores? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Apr 18, 2010 - 31 answers

Going from 12 Years on the Mac to a Windows XP Notebook

Beginning this week, I will start using a Windows XP notebook as my home computer; to date my personal computers have been Macs. I've done some preliminary research as to Windows alternatives to programs, but I'd appreciate three areas of people's suggestions: (i) general tips for owning a Windows machine as your home machine; (ii) specific tips for people migrating from a Mac to a Windows machine; and (iii) critiques and/or alternate suggestions for Windows alternatives to the Mac programs I've used. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Mar 21, 2010 - 23 answers

Need Instant Good Money, Who Doesn't?

Is there anything similar to Mechanical Turk on the Internet? [more inside]
posted by VC Drake on Aug 25, 2009 - 5 answers

Alternatives to the program Synergy (keyboard and mouse over network)?

Alternatives to the program Synergy (keyboard and mouse over network)? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Jul 1, 2009 - 8 answers

Banjo in China

A bid of a wild side multi-layered question. Learning the banjo. And doing so in Shanghai. Most people who travel (younger free-spirited types, work with me here) sling a guitar over their shoulder. [more inside]
posted by dawson on May 25, 2009 - 15 answers

CAPTCHA this.

Swearing in church perhaps, but alternatives to Gmail? [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Apr 21, 2009 - 12 answers

What famous inventions have non-famous alternatives or competitors?

What famous inventions have non-famous alternatives or competitors? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape on Mar 15, 2009 - 35 answers

Alternative to MotionBased and Garmin Connect?

Alternatives to MotionBased and Garmin Connect for tracking running workouts with a Garmin Forerunner 305? [more inside]
posted by letitrain on Aug 22, 2008 - 7 answers

Water water everywhere but way too boring to drink (all the time)

As summer approaches, how about some nice suggestions for alternatives for cola/sodas? I want to save money, bottles, and empty calories. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Apr 2, 2008 - 40 answers

ffffound.com alternatives?

I really like ffffound, but the invites are really hard to get. Are there any similar alternatives? [more inside]
posted by clearlydemon on Nov 15, 2007 - 2 answers

What's a good alternative to Tylenol, aspirin, Aleve, etc., that won't tear up my stomach?

What's a good alternative to Tylenol, aspirin, Aleve, etc., that won't tear up my stomach? [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast on Nov 13, 2007 - 14 answers

What are your healthy alternatives for your guilty pleasures?

What healthy -- or at healthier -- alternatives do you eat to fulfill cravings for emphatically unhealthy food? Clarification and examples inside. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jan 23, 2007 - 72 answers

Where can I find an comfortable alternative to New Balance sneakers?

Where can I find wide-width casual shoes in New York? I'm looking for alternatives to New Balance. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Jul 15, 2006 - 12 answers

Denver Public Transport Strike & A Lost Foreigner

Denver's public transport is on strike. I'm coming over from overseas this weekend and will need to rely on public transport to get around. Ack! What should I do? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 6, 2006 - 15 answers

Pay all you can pay, father of two

If you owe a bunch of back child-support (14 years for the older child, three years for the second, two different women), are married to a woman you could take or leave (not the mother of either), have no custody of the children, have never met the second child, have had no contact with the first for the past ten years, would like to begin to become current with past due payments, would like a closer relationship with your children, don't want to go to jail, don't consider yourself to be someone having a strong job skill-set, are currently unemployed {leisurely, if not pleasantly, subject to the arbitrary whims of said spouse [of which include no requirements for earning an income (lots of time to play video games, watch movies, and think)]}, don't believe you can support yourself alone with the work that you believe you can find, are afraid to find a job, move out, lose the maximum in state-mandated garnishments from each check, fail again and end up living with/under someone else, would like to learn and travel, wouldn't mind medical, dental, vision and life insurance, could use a retirement fund; would enlisting in the US Army be a strategically effective next action? [more inside]
posted by airguitar on Mar 15, 2006 - 45 answers

Resource-friendly popular software alternatives?

Any recommendations on software alternatives that are more resources friendly than their mainstream competitors? Examples: Firefox vs. IE, Winamp vs. ITunes, alternate anti-virus programs, etc.
posted by sian on Dec 18, 2005 - 18 answers

Free alternatives to Backpack

I like Backpack but I've reached the limitations of the free version. It's just a fancy wiki, right? Are there any open source alternatives that I can install on a server and which look and feel as user-friendly? [more inside]
posted by blag on Nov 1, 2005 - 19 answers

HURF DURF CANDY EATER

What are some good ideas for inexpensive alternatives to candy for Halloween? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker on Oct 30, 2005 - 43 answers

Where do you go from here?

I'm 33. I'm attractive. I earn a good salary. I live in a beautiful apartment. I drive a convertible. I'm intelligent. I've read tons of books. I've travelled a great deal. Women like me. I'm good in bed. I've driven fast cars. I've been an alcoholic. I've abused drugs. I've smoked 20 a day. I've seen shrinks at various points in my life. But still... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2005 - 45 answers

Alternative to Benzodiazipines

I am under a tremendous amount of stress lately due to factors with my health, job, and homelife. I have tried all sorts of natural ways to control this but with no luck. My doctor has prescribed Ativan, which works, but gives me an endless headache. A past experience with Xanax proved similar. Buspar did nothing. I am already on an anti-depressant. Is anyone aware of any other prescription drug that I could suggest to my doctor as an alternative to the benzos?
posted by jswanson19 on Apr 20, 2005 - 13 answers

Partner referral tracking application?

Name that application: a client is looking to move their partner referral tracking online and I would like to avoid hand-coding a solution for various reasons. But I'm having trouble finding suitable "boxed" solutions as most Google results are for "referral tracking" of the spamish kind. Detailed description inside. [more inside]
posted by yerfatma on Feb 10, 2005 - 4 answers

Looking for examples of interesting non jewel case or digipack packaging ideas for CDs.

Looking for examples of interesting non jewel case or digipack packaging ideas for CDs. If you've seen something special, please share.

Links to photos will be much appreciated.
posted by davebush on Nov 23, 2004 - 19 answers

Are Ecco boots worth their price?

I am considering buying a new pair of boots just to wear around town, the ones I am looking at are Ecco brand, "Track High" is the name of the boot. First pair of Ecco brand that I have tried on and they felt unbelievable on my feet, but - are they worth $200.00? Other suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by bargle on Nov 13, 2004 - 12 answers

Outlook Express

Outlook Express must DIE ! [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity on Apr 18, 2004 - 37 answers

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