My most indulgent purchase to date has been a Delonghi Magnifica superautomatic espresso maker. I push a button, it grinds beans, makes me an americano with beautiful crema, and chucks a little puck of used grounds into the receptacle. Magical! Sadly, it's on its last legs. [more inside]
my main coon cat Bear laughs at our anti cat devices and pounds on the door for breakfast. He started pounding at 5:00 a.m. this morning, 90 minutes before my alarm goes off, and kept it up long enough to ruin my sleep. It's time for a new strategy: automatic feeding devices. Please recommend the best device. [more inside]
I'm looking for an app that allows me to copy any file to a DropBox folder and have that file posted as a blog post. [more inside]
I want to measure and test things in my life (home, car, etc.) for maximum efficiency, thrift, and measuration, which is a word I just made up to combine measurements and data wankery. What measurements can I make and what fun tools do I need to buy? [more inside]
I receive timetabling data in Excel spreadsheets and want to map it out automatically, rather than working out the timetable/grid by hand every time because the data changes, and I'd also like to filter it to show certain groups - teacher for example. [more inside]
It's fund drive time, and I have been a contributor and a host promoting fund drives for public and community radio. But a common complaint I hear from people is public radio encourages them to do their part, meaning contribute. The promise is the sooner you do, the sooner the drive will end. [more inside]
I have a 2yr old and lots of video I take almost daily: I love how the iOS apps Qwiki and FrameBlast automatically/randomly cut and assemble videos on my iPhone to make a video montage - sometimes it lands on a really nice selection and I feel wonderful sense of serendipity. With little or no effort, I have a great video to share with friends and family. What are some PC desktop equivalent software programs that will make a very busy guy's family video montage creation easier?
I need to scan a bunch of documents that are mostly simple black/white or grayscale text, lines, etc. I'm probably going to just buy a sheet-fed scanner, and I'd like recommendations for that. I'm hoping for a solution that will automatically generate PDFs with the included scanned images encoded as GIFs or PNGs or similar, since they will mostly be black/white or grayscale, which compresses much more cleanly with these formats. [more inside]
Do you use mint.com? Do you manually categorize your new transactions? How do find the new transactions that need to be categorized? [more inside]
I was recently gifted a knockoff Patek Philippe Celestial 5102 watch and am curios as to how properly set the watch's many functions. With all the face time & celestial functions I'm a bit overwhelmed. Does anyone have the instructions or know how to properly setting this watch?
Is the CatMate C50 really the only game in town for feeding wet food in a way that doesn't fill me with dread about bacteria? [more inside]
Trying to figure out how much we really need to feed our cats. Hoping someone here can help because I've read everything and it sounds slightly as if I would be preparing my cats for careers as foie gras geese. [more inside]
I have 200 scanned images of matchboxes. The matchboxes have different dimensions. I want to arrange the images automatically, with as few gaps as possible, into a large image to be printed as a poster. I think what I need is a "packing algorithm" but I don't know how to proceed. Is there a way I can do this automagically in Photoshop or with an existing freeware program? I don't need any special effects, just to simply arrange the images with the most efficient use of space.
My dad's computer was (mildly) compromised a few months ago - he visited "one of those sites" and ended up clicking "ok" to the dialog boxes and installing an unwanted (and very hard to get rid of) toolbar, which also changed his search engine and home page. This happened TWICE, just a few weeks apart. I've since installed a browser add-on that will prevent that particular type of mischief from happening again. But... [more inside]
How much will my transmission cost to fix? Left to its own devices, how much longer will it last? Any advice for a mechanical laywoman? [more inside]
For a household that includes an autistic person, we are looking for an automatic deadbolt lock that will lock the front door both inside and outside, and with a manual button release on the inside of the door that will release the lock? [more inside]
I need a recommendation for a good transmission shop on the northside of Chicago. Bonus points for Evanston, Rogers Park, and the surrounding areas. [more inside]
Are there any online banks that allow recurring automatic transfers to another bank? [more inside]
How to automatically mute (or pause) one audio source if any other audio source is playing. [more inside]
The automatic transmission on my 2001 VR2 Volkswagen Jetta has failed twice. The first time was at 40,000 miles, it was covered under the 10 year/100k powertrain warranty (but barely) and now I am 6 months out of the time period but the car only has 64,000 miles on it and has been impeccably maintained and gently used. How can I get the dealer to cover this under warranty? [more inside]
How can I best record over-the-air FM radio broadcasts to listen to later? [more inside]
What's the best automatic espresso machine under $500? [more inside]
What is the best method to force my remote users to backup their data. They all use MacBook Airs currently, and I'm looking for a good solution. I need something that they dont have to think about and they will be protected. [more inside]
Does anyone know how to disable automatic software updating on the AT&T Pantech Pursuit II? I already disabled data services to save money, but as a result the updater can't connect to the internet. Every 4-8 hours it reminds me and it's really annoying.
Looking for a way to automate youtube video uploads as unlisted. [more inside]
Since retraining ourselves to shut the garage door isn't working, we are looking for an automated solution. Do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
Automatic sprinklers -- My sprinklers spray too far. I know that the adjustment screw should lower the spray radius. I seem to have trouble making this work. Is there a technique that I'm missing? Is there another sprinkler model that has more adjustment? Clarification - I'm not talking about fulls, halves and quarters.
What are the best solutions for residential use for automatic window shades that can be controlled via ipad app? Do these exist yet? Any general experiences or recommendations for button/switch (non-app controlled) automatic window shades would also be welcomed.
What do you do after an automatic sprinkler in your home gets activated? [more inside]
our 2006 honda civic EX sedan (automatic) is having occasional problems shifting into reverse. we're taking it in to be fixed, but i want to try and read up on this beforehand. fascinating details inside. [more inside]
Some websites I use log me in automatically (Facebook) with full access to the site. Some automatically log me on, but require PW confirmation if I want to do something that may potentially compromise my security (LinkedIn, Amazon). Some websites demand a login each time I access the page (banking/trading sites; some of which save my login ID, none of which save my PW).I know precious little about this stuff. Cookies, is it? [more inside]
Can I force my Windows XP PC to restart whenever my internet traffic ceases? [more inside]
I thought a 5-speed manual always trumped an automatic for mpg, all else being equal? [more inside]
My car was totaled, (totally not my fault) and I'm in the market for a newer car (yipee!). I was in a 2003 Mercury Sable and found it was too much car for me, now I'm leaning towards a coupe or smaller hatchback. Help me decide! [more inside]
Is there a program for OS X 10.4 that will automatically create a chaptered playlist/m3u file for a large mp3?
Is there a program for OS X 10.4 that will automatically create a chaptered playlist/m3u file for a large mp3, or slice the mp3 into chunks? [more inside]
I have a Tumblr blog and a collection of photos. I'd like a photo from the collection to automatically be posted on the Tumblr blog once per day. Is this (or something like it) possible? [more inside]
How can I get a program to access the classroom sharing site Sakai (I am a student) and get the new materials posted there to be print automatically? [more inside]
Help me make the most of spam! No, I don't want to send it. I want to receive it - and have some fun with it. And I need your help, especially if you know how to export bits of email. [more inside]
I need to be notified on my blackberry of RSS events on a secure authenticated RSS feed. These notifications can be sms texts or preferably plain text emails. They could and should filter for keywords as the site doesn't as far as I can tell. I was thinking of using yahoo pipes but I have no idea how to start but I've heard its a good way to start. [more inside]
I am looking for an Automatic Air Freshener Dispenser that uses regular cans of Lysol instead of the little cans that most dispensers are made for.
I was playing around with a keyboard at a Guitar Center that had an auto-harmonize feature. Below a certain note pressing a key would play a chord instead of a single tone. What was interesting was that playing chromatically (white and black keys) it played chords that retained a firm sense of key (C major) - if you jumped around randomly or did chromatic runs it didn't sound like there were a bunch of modulations taking place. What formula do you think it used to do this?
Is there a service that will email me once a day, and if I don't respond, contact local EMS? [more inside]
I work in a small office with a small budget where the only full-time employees are my assistant and I, and we have separate offices. Our office has two phone lines. When one is busy, the other rings. Line one is our published office number. We each have our own voice mailbox. The problem is that you only get the "Press 1 to speak to [her], press 2 to speak to [me]" when both lines are busy or no one answers. I want to set up things so that people can select who they would like to speak to before the phone rings on our end. [more inside]
A few years ago I used to use a handy Mac utility that would automatically click the blue default button after x number of seconds of inactivity. I have not been able to find it in recent attempts and, for that matter, do not know if it would work with OS X. Anyone have any familiarity with this or something equivalent?
Gmail, can you please stop automatically adding to my contacts list!? [more inside]
Is there a way to automatically connect to a vpn upon connecting to a specific wireless network (preferably in Windows 7)? [more inside]
Is there a way that I can get Twitter to automatically send a private message to new followers, to thank them for following me? [more inside]
Anyone have suggestions for a good timed feeder for cats? [more inside]
Is there a program/script that will automatically create a beatmatched mix a from a folder filled with techno mp3s? [more inside]
Looking to buy a new watch, something nice for daily wear but that won't break the bank. Suggest some great watch-makers. Looking for reputable and quality watch company suggestions. Criteria and background expanded on in full q! [more inside]
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