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What's a basic toolkit to keep in an apartment?

I have more tools than I can store in my apartment. I have a storage unit in the basement (1 floor down) where I will keep most everything, but I'd like to keep a basic set of tools in my apartment so that I can fix minor things that pop up. What should I keep in my tool drawer? [more inside]
posted by bendy on Nov 23, 2016 - 11 answers

Accessible, no bells & whistles spreadsheet program for financial info

I used to be a maven at Lotus 123 -- that is not compatible anymore; and, I've forgotten what I was great at. Never really used Excel -- for real medical reasons not up to learning it now. For financial planning and estate planning I need to produce budget, asset and assorted other spreadsheets detailing my personal info. [more inside]
posted by alwayson_slightlyoff on Oct 21, 2016 - 11 answers

speccing out a website for Dummies

I need to put together some kind of document outlining how my smallish company would like our new website to be laid out. [more inside]
posted by stevedawg on Jun 15, 2016 - 8 answers

Where to Pay Someone for a Outlook 2013 Macro?

Where might I hire someone to write a short Outlook 2013 macro, beyond my own "Google it, paste, and splice together" capabilities? (Metafilter Jobs yielded no takers.) What price should I be willing to pay for the described job?
posted by WCityMike on Jun 11, 2015 - 2 answers

What book about BASIC programming did I read as a child?

I'm trying to remember a book I read about BASIC game programming when I was a child. I don't know the exact publication date, but it would have been in the late 1980s or early 1990s that I borrowed it from the library. It was about how to write a text adventure game set under the ocean. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on May 4, 2015 - 6 answers

Online science resources for a liberal arts major?

I want to learn science. [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on Jul 25, 2013 - 13 answers

Basic Linux distro for text-only system?

What is a suitable Linux distribution for a text-only system? [more inside]
posted by Grinder on Mar 4, 2013 - 15 answers

What combination of these materials will create a cool reaction?

Chemistry-buffs, please help! I'm trying to figure out how to create as destructive a chemical reaction as possible (something along the lines of an acid eating through a base) using only limited materials. For story purposes, this reaction has to be created by using some combination of the following materials only: [more inside]
posted by np312 on Feb 23, 2013 - 7 answers

Basic DVD/Blu-ray player?

Looking for a basic DVD + Blu-Ray player with HDMI. Doesn't need any kind of network streaming (TV and other devices handle that already). Ideally under $100. Am okay with buying used off craigslist or something if the model is known to be pretty reliable. Suggestions?
posted by curious nu on Jan 1, 2013 - 6 answers

The youngest video game designer.

My eleven year old daughter is showing interest in designing video games. What tools are out there for her to get her feet wet in placing elements on screen and creating interactions? Paid is fine as long as it's not exorbitant. [more inside]
posted by erebora on Jun 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Accessing visual basic thesaurus

Is there a way of accessing the MS Thesaurus through independent Visual Basic applications built in Visual Basic Studio? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Neale on Jan 4, 2012 - 2 answers

Microsoft Access and VBA

I want to learn Visual Basic and Microsoft Access. Where do I start, what resources and special tricks can you recommend and how do i learn it quickly and efficiently?
posted by freddymetz on Oct 2, 2011 - 8 answers


I am looking for an old BASIC(?)-programmed DOS game. It is about defending North America from an invasion of killer bees. I believe the file was SWARM.EXE, and I'm pretty sure it was freeware. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Sep 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Air Force Tech School Phases - When can I see my boyfriend?

Air Force Tech School Phases - When can I see my boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by audio on Sep 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Basic dresses!

Looking for dresses that are basic, comfortable, and versatile. [more inside]
posted by little_c on Jul 19, 2011 - 12 answers

How to garden cheaply on my balcony?

So my Utah apartment I'm staying at over the summer has a decent-sized balcony, and I want to grow things on it. How can I do it, what should I grow, and what do I need? [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow on May 4, 2011 - 12 answers

The Power of Excel Compels You!

Help me pass a test using Excel (special snowflake banking industry questions inside). [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Mar 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Learn me!

I want to fill my brain with useful and common knowledge. What can I put in there? [more inside]
posted by sucre on Jan 25, 2011 - 36 answers

teenage RPG suggestions

I'd like to introduce some kids to the RPG realm, as part of an ESL class. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Nov 28, 2010 - 12 answers

Help a clueless couple compile a mega list of kitchen essentials!

What do we absolutely need? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Aug 9, 2010 - 21 answers

I know what I know but I don't know how I know it.

I've been asked to give private English tuition to a twenty-something Brazilian acquaintance who currently has nothing more than a most basic grasp of the language. Essentially, we would be starting at zero. I'm a native English speaker but, although I have had brief stints teaching English as a second language to groups, I have no idea where to begin when it comes to teaching privately. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno on Jun 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Flavours of the Indian Subcontinent

Help me understand the differences between Pakistani, North Indian and Hyderabadi (Indian) curry flavours. [more inside]
posted by xm on May 3, 2010 - 7 answers

BASIC... for kids!

When I was home last weekend, my 9 year old nephew was on the computer when he turned to me and said, "Do you know how to write BASIC? All I can do so far is print 'Hi,' but it's really cool!" [more inside]
posted by little_c on Apr 21, 2010 - 42 answers

Looking for old BASIC programming book

Do you remember this old BASIC programming book from the mid-80s? [more inside]
posted by sherlockt on Feb 25, 2010 - 8 answers

10 PRINT "What book was this?" .. 20 INPUT a$

FindABookFilter: What set of books did I get from my elementary school library in the late 1980s that taught BASIC programming, and contained pages upon pages of BASIC code to be keyed in by the reader? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Jan 27, 2010 - 4 answers

Your script is my command!

[Software Development filter] I am working on a project that uses a PC (Windows) and a dedicated microprocessor to perform a specific task. I want to create a scripting language that will allow the user to write their own sequences for the tool. [more inside]
posted by Drasher on Dec 22, 2009 - 27 answers

Help me learn PHP!

I'm looking for basic scripts/example projects so I can hone my developing PHP skills... [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude on Jun 30, 2009 - 5 answers

What do I teach my kids instead of line number BASIC?

What's the modern day equivalent of old school "line number" BASIC as a tool for young children to play and learn with? [more inside]
posted by majick on Feb 21, 2009 - 42 answers

Web design guides for the novice.

Looking for the best useful basic guides for web design, aimed at novice volunteers. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Jan 11, 2009 - 10 answers

Sci-fi kids book with BASIC code

Childhood BookFilter: A sci-fi choose-your-own adventure book with snippets of BASIC code that would be a complete game in the end. [more inside]
posted by pravit on Dec 12, 2008 - 7 answers

Stumped by VBA-ising an array formula in Excel

How to do a VBA version of the following array formula in Excel? The following array formula (entered with ctrl,shift,enter) will produce the string 'Bank statement'!H842, which is the name of a cell I would like to be able to manipulate via VBA: {="'Bank statement'!H"&MATCH(C1&D$39,'Bank statement'!A:A&'Bank statement'!C:C,0)} [more inside]
posted by Mokusatsu on Oct 17, 2008 - 3 answers

Simple French-language booklets for Kenyan French teacher of elementary students?

On a recent trip to Kenya, we visited a school who is in need of simple French language instruction booklets for elementary-age children. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on May 23, 2008 - 3 answers

Basic web development?

Basic web development for a non-technical user? [more inside]
posted by LordSludge on Jan 13, 2008 - 11 answers

Help teach me to sew a button. *really* *slowly*

Sewing and Internet Tutorials: Find me a *really good* *idiot-proof* internet tutorial on how to sew a button onto a suit jacket such that it will: A) Not fall off for a long long time, B) Look professional and all that, and C) Have some (small) length of somehow robust thread between the jacket and the button, like the other buttons. [more inside]
posted by sdis on Oct 19, 2007 - 9 answers

CRASH couse in .NET, C++ basics

I need a crash course that would help me understand (not a technical, but a "familiar" or "conversational" understanding) the framework and constraints of C++ and/or .NET. I know this is a very difficult/impossible task, but I'm in a bind. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jun 7, 2007 - 17 answers

What are some Basic (higher-pH) beverages?

Digestive chemistry: I have a mild case of Crohn's disease, and one of the things that seems to exacerbate my condition is eating or drinking things that are highly acidic. Other than milk, what are some higher-pH drinks that I can use to replace corrosive beverages like soda, coffee, and cranberry juice? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Mar 17, 2007 - 20 answers

Keep your fruity aromas. I want the basics!

Please help me suss out this whole "wine" business and figure out what I actually like. [more inside]
posted by theantikitty on Oct 2, 2006 - 25 answers

Is it nostalgia time already?

Middle-ageNostalgiaFilter: Help me find a book I had as a young teen. I can't tell you very much about it but there's [more inside]
posted by jdfan on Sep 9, 2006 - 2 answers

Dumb calculus question...

Stupid calculus question inside. [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Jul 19, 2006 - 15 answers

Should I play with my TS1000?

So, I just received a Timex Sinclair 1000 (WITH the 16k memory upgrade! and flight simulator!) as a gift. Should I open the box and play to my hearts content? Or will this monolith of computing power be worth enough in the future, to justify it staying trapped and suffocated in its yellowed shinkwrap? [more inside]
posted by Mach5 on May 19, 2006 - 16 answers

How do I programtically access and modify music metadata entries through iTunes?

Has anyone ever managed to use iTunes and COM to access the iTunes database and modify MP3 meta-data tags? I need to change the genre for every track by a certain artist and since I have a list of over 800 artists, it is not something I can do by hand. [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Apr 7, 2006 - 13 answers

Help me find a lightweight laptop for basic lab work

I'm looking for a light laptop (< 4lbs) to do basic work when at labs. cd/dvd a bonus (not required), hd > 10 Gb, RAM ideally >= 256 Mb, wireless inbuilt or pcmia slot. Budget ~$500. Extendable battery availability would be nice. Does anyone have any recommendations on good 2nd/3rd gen models?
posted by Mossy on Dec 7, 2004 - 15 answers

What can I do to prepare for an entry-level programming job?

I'll be graduating next August with a Computer Science degree and will be looking for an entry-level programming job. I am very comfortable with Java and reasonably comfortable with C++ and Visual Basic. I do not have any work experience in programming and won't have the chance to gain any before graduation(the unconventional schedule of my current job is what is allowing me to finish my degree in the first place). What can I do over the course of the next year to boost my employability? What other skills should I try to pick up over the next year?
posted by ttrendel on Jun 16, 2004 - 11 answers

(who) do you ((think you)) are?

When I was in high school (91-95), I learned three computer languages -- BASIC, LOGO, and a third that I don't remember the name of.

It involved putting everything in nested parentheses, so you'd end up with some code that looked like this: (((object a)go to)object b)

I looked on google, and found something about LISP and SCHEME, but I couldn't find anything that would narrow it down a bit further. I know that we used a piece of software that would make certain we had the right amount of parentheses (by highlighting each closed parenthesis when we included it), and that the software ran on Macintoshes. We learned how to form graphics with the software -- circles within circles, that sort of thing.

Anyone know what it was? Because it's bugging me, and I kinda think learning that helped me later on in life with keeping track of nested tables and HTML in general.
posted by Katemonkey on Jan 27, 2004 - 19 answers

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