First of all, if there are better places on the internet where I should ask these types of questions about project and company management, please let me know. You guys are awesome, but I have plenty of other types of questions I'd like to ask in here, and, plus, I need to find the best source for answers to specific questions like this and fast.
I need the proper technological solution for managing the flow of tasks and information of an entire company. The company is about 20 people in the office (half of them engineers) and about the same in the fab shop, so it's small. I am not the owner, but the oft-ignored second-in-command. See my other questions (here
) for more details about my specific working situation. Right now, the company can only be described as chaotic. We have taken probably on probably too much work, people (especially me) aren't aware of what others are doing, collaboration takes place in inefficient bursts in the conference room, and the massive amount of information we generate per job and in the rest of the business is never easily found when needed. The owner causes a lot of these problems with his capricious style of running the business and tends to only add to the entropy, but I think that centralization of information and communication may save it before it's too late. I need the proper tool or tools to do this. I'll discuss where I am thus far, and we can go from there. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes
on Sep 29, 2013 -
Please help me (a hefty male) find shoes sneakers that are comfortable! Requirements: US size 10.5-11, wide width (3E), wide toe box for bunion comfort and vegan. Preferably shoes that don't look like Herman Munster's. Actually, that's totally OK. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts
on Sep 18, 2013 -
Looking for a balcony railing planter box like this one
(which is out of stock). It's a metal basket that you place planters into, and it has adjustable brackets that clamp on to your railing. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell
on Aug 19, 2013 -
I am a novice at html, but I have found code that I've used to create placeholders for images on the right side of my page that don't move when I scroll down. I want to hyperlink each of five images in that scroll follow box to a different audio file. Each audio file corresponds to one of five explanations grouped together on the left side of the page. There are dozens of five explanation groupings and the follow box helps users remember what the terms mean by clicking a close by box when they need to.
posted by CollectiveMind
on Aug 6, 2013 -
CopFilter: Years ago I read in a book that cops have a box that they keep in their lockers. The idea is that if they are ever killed in the line of duty, that their partner would get the box and destroy it. I can't, for the life of me remember what the name for this sort of box is called, and what was traditionally kept in it. Can anyone who would be in a position to know help me out?
posted by Sully
on Jul 23, 2013 -
During the Canada vs USA friendly women's soccer match, many of the Canadian players had a single rectangular shaped protrusion located high between the shoulder blades and under the jersey. What might this be?
posted by Feisty
on Jun 3, 2013 -
I need to build a durable lightweight rectangular box. Interior dimensions of about 36"x12"x6".
What materials should I consider? [more inside]
posted by TheKM
on May 14, 2013 -
Should I buy an "all in one" DJ controller or should I buy component-by-component (i.e., two turntables, a mixer and a serato box)? Details follow... [more inside]
posted by Jason Solo
on May 1, 2013 -
I'm looking for a type font that was used for the numbering on early-to-mid twentieth century post office boxes. The font is brass or gold in color, with slight shadowing or some other contrivance that gives it some dimensionality or relief or shadowing. It's sort of the same font that you see from the 1950's on lawyer's office windows or doors in cities, although that's a fleeting impression I have. [more inside]
posted by eaglehound
on Feb 26, 2013 -
When did American banks first offer safety deposit boxes? If they were used in Civil War times, how secure were they? Got a great source on the topic? (Don't nobody worry, I ain't plannin nothin.)
posted by LonnieK
on Feb 13, 2013 -
Help me find or make a cloud in a box. By a cloud I mean a "A visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere, typically high above the ground." By a box I mean something that can fit on a desktop. The inspiration came from this art installation
. [more inside]
posted by rdurbin
on Dec 31, 2012 -
What percentage (either of a movie's production budget or of the final receipts) of a movie's box office receipts are expected to be produced in the opening weekend?
posted by goethean
on Oct 30, 2012 -
I need an alternative to Google Drive that's going to work well with all my little snowflake snowflakes. And there are a bunch. [more inside]
posted by kbanas
on Sep 24, 2012 -
I switched to a wheat-based litter and now it is tracking everywhere despite my best efforts. Any suggestions for combating this? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey
on Sep 3, 2012 -
What's a good storage key combination lockbox (the kind realtors/landlords sometimes attached to the front door of properties) that can accommodate a big rental car key fob? [more inside]
posted by treepour
on Aug 20, 2012 -
Could anyone recommend a website where I can order a (very) small run of (relatively) inexpensive custom printed storage or portfolio boxes? Or, alternatively, could you help me concoct a long lasting, elegant, DIY alternative to custom printed boxes? [more inside]
posted by cimton
on Jul 3, 2012 -
Where can I find empty cigar boxes for FREE (or nearly free) in the Minneapolis, MN area? [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle
on Jun 14, 2012 -
I gave my mother-in-law my Mainecoon kitten. Since then, she has stopped using the litter box. Help! [more inside]
posted by melangell
on Jun 2, 2012 -
Do you see this 3-layer bento lunch box
for sale online? One box in the stack is white with the yellow design, one is white with the orange design, and the 3rd box is white with the green design.
posted by cashman
on May 19, 2012 -
One of out cats has decided that she will only poop in front of her litter box. This is a new and unpleasant habit. What can be done to fix this behavior? [more inside]
posted by item
on Mar 14, 2012 -
Are stylists telling the truth when they say that professional haircolor after drugstore haircolor will literally destroy your hair? [more inside]
posted by nataliedanger
on Jan 18, 2012 -
Where can I purchase a 48-count box of individually-wrapped full-size Snickers in the DC/Maryland area before Hallowe'en? I know Costco and probably Sams Club carry them, but I don't currently have a membership and don't want to pay a $50 membership just for the privilege of buying a $40 box of candy. [more inside]
posted by mboszko
on Oct 27, 2011 -
GuitarFilter: Multi FX vs. Pedals. In particular, I'm trying to figure out whether I should buy a $100 floor controller for my Line 6 Pod XT, or stump for a couple of pedals instead. Lots of snowflakiness inside. [more inside]
posted by unSane
on May 30, 2011 -
Brainstorming thread - Enhancing the plain wooden box. Beyond decoration, what can I add to increase the utility of a common wooden box, i.d. roughly 2" x 3" x 4"? For example, a bright LED with a magnet switch for opening at night. Some boxes will include a secret compartment. Dividers, containers, nanotech; don't limit your imaginations. Thanks!
posted by Ardiril
on Mar 11, 2011 -
What is the best "wired" home-network solution? A NAS drive connected to my router or a powerline ethernet adapter that allows me to connect an ethernet cable to the computer in my bedroom? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly
on Dec 26, 2010 -
Is there a mod for my Samsung BluRay player that will let me steam everything, not just the Pandora/Blockbuster/Netflix/YouTube that it streams? It's connected wirelessly to the web, can it be changed to point to another URL?
posted by fixedgear
on Dec 10, 2010 -
I need some shipping boxes for larger items. Unfortunately I only need one or two, so it doesn't make sense to buy from Uline. And the freebies from the grocery/liquor store aren't appropriate. Is there a more affordable vendor than an office supply or specialty shipping store for this stuff? Thanks!
posted by herrtodd
on Dec 4, 2010 -
I need to receive business shipments. How can I keep my postal mailbox costs low? [more inside]
posted by mintchip
on Nov 3, 2010 -
I sort of have a box addiction. I collect cardboard boxes for shipping boardgames, or that's what I tell myself, but sometimes I just collect them. I am not a meth user, but probably have a hoarding gene.
So I want to make some simple wooden boxes using simple tools to rebox a few favorite games. I have a jig saw, hand saw, drill, circular saw and a few other cheap tools, like a plastic mitre box. The boxes don't have to be examples of fine wordworking, just functional and not too crude. I'm looking for resources on how to do this without dropping hundreds of dollars on antique planes or tools.
posted by mecran01
on Jul 24, 2010 -
Downtown NYC: Are there any inexpensive package receiving services around? I'm in a doorman-less building and have an Amazon Prime subscription that I'd like to take advantage of. [more inside]
posted by theDrizzle
on May 22, 2010 -
Best practices for setting up an accessible litter box cabinet that's easy to maintain for an elderly or disabled person? [more inside]
posted by amtho
on May 12, 2010 -
Is there a way to attach window boxes to a third story condo without creating a vector for water to get under the siding? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants
on Apr 22, 2010 -
I have an old Line6 GuitarPort with Gearbox 3.5 on a Windows laptop. Does anyone know if there is a Line6 plugin or other software available (from Line6 or elsewhere) that I can download to my laptop that will simulate a looper pedal (or a phrase looper as defined by wikipedia
I'm trying to record the rhythm for a song I like, have it loop and then freestyle the solo on my guitar, all through my computer.
posted by WhereAmI
on Mar 25, 2010 -
Where can I buy an outdoor steel or plastic collection box? The purpose would be to collect returns or book donations to the library. [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk
on Jan 14, 2010 -