Please help me understand electricity and electronics. I have read the water analogy numerous times but I still can't quite grok it. Like "Ummm, Where does the water go and does it evaporate?" I have started tinkering with a Raspberry Pi and would love to build more complicated circuits with capacitors and transistors. [more inside]
I get and give little electric shocks all the time. This means I often get zapped i.e. when touching a computer or door. That's annoying but okay but it gets worse when I zap coworkers, friends or even clients. I'm not so much interested in how to cope with this but more in what causes this issue. Do you know why I fry them?
I used to own only a Fitbit Charge wristband. Now I own the Fitbit and an Apple Watch. But as the Apple Watch doesn't have an official sleep tracking function, currently I have to wear the Fitbit to bed to track sleep, and then use the Sync Solver apps to synchronise sleep data and fitness data between Fitbit and Apple. It's all a bit of a kludge. Is there a way to hack the Apple Watch into tracking my sleep patterns? [more inside]
I have been offered the chance to do some freelance work on the side while I'm on the hunt for permanent employment. But I don't know what to charge. Can you help? [more inside]
I'm trying to set up several micro USB charging stations in my house and car, and I'm realizing that I retain very little from 9th-grade Intro To Electronics. Set me straight on how current works? [more inside]
I live in Atlantic Canada, and in the past year significant, long lasting power outages have become extremely common. We can't afford a generator. What other things would may family and I most benefit from, and what is the best/most reliable ways to power devices? I have a limited budget so we're talking bang for your buck. [more inside]
A coworker of mine asked me to help his friend out with some excel problems she is having. I am good with excel, so I agreed. We've talked and are all set to go, but I have no idea how much to ask for. [more inside]
Someone wants to use a watermarked version of an illustration I drew. Got some newbie questions. [more inside]
I have an 8-GB Nexus 7 that's about a year and a half old. Its battery life seems fine, but the actual charging takes an unreasonable amount of time. When it was new, it charged in about 2.5 hours; last night it took 7 hours to go from 30% to 60%. I'm using the adapter and cable that came with it. Is there anything I can do to make my device charge faster?
I have a lot of USB-connecting equipment to sync and charge. Not everything uses the same USB interface, and all the cables are the opposite of tidy. How can I make this work? [more inside]
Everyone seems to have a different opinion about best practice for charging iPads and iPods in the car. Two guys at best buy just told me exactly opposite things! Looking for people who either actually know what they're talking about or who have experience on the matter. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
How can I arrange for the absolutely cheapest possible merchant fees when processing a credit card online? [more inside]
Greetings - I "inherited" a MacBook Pro last year. It was a Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz from Spring 2008. So it was 4 years old when I got it and I was told that the battery was dead and as long as I kept it plugged in, it worked fine, however, I would need a new one. So last year, I purchased a new battery and installed it. However, I am still noticing that the battery life is horrible. It seems like when I am using it to type a document or check emails and surf the web, etc, I literally can watch the battery drain. I would assume that it might hold a charge of about an hour and a half maybe? Is there any way I can "test" it to see what my actual battery life if? To ensure there isn't something else going on? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks,
What should I charge as an online marketing freelancer? (Details inside) [more inside]
My girlfriend recently got a charge from ezeringame.com. She has no memory of the charge, but it was only for $6 dollars, so its definitely in range of a quick purchase that she might not recall. [more inside]
Why does the motorola branded micro usb cable that came with my droid phone both charge *AND* transfer data, but generic micro usb cables will only charge the phone? [more inside]
How should we handle our dispute with Wide Open West over a modem? [more inside]
I just finished up a small project that I way overestimated. I sold the project for a fixed bid, nominally based on the hourly rate I charge for my services. The customer has already paid me - should I offer to refund the difference? [more inside]
Another "what do I charge" question, magazine editor edition. [more inside]
How much should my fictional hacker charge to deactivate a tracking device? [more inside]
How much should I charge for trumpet lessons? [more inside]
I'm curious what happens after I dispute a visa charge? [more inside]
How often, and for how long, should I turn over my car's engine in order to preserve the battery? [more inside]
Questions about priming a new battery to maximize its efficiency. [more inside]
If a company tries to charge me fraudulent charges and I've cancelled my credit card so they are unable to charge me, can they otherwise impact me or can I ignore them and consider the matter closed until they stop trying? [more inside]
What's a reasonable rate for me to charge as a college tutor? [more inside]
How much should I charge as a freelance (research) scientist? [more inside]
How can I get a really really big rechargable "laptop battery"? Thinking 12-24 hours worth of charge on a laptop that can drain a high-cap battery in 1 - 1.5 hours. [more inside]
is there software or a trick to shut down my computer after an ipod finishes charging? [more inside]
After being apprehended but before being charged by the police, how do you maximize your chances of being let off with a warning? [more inside]
Why did my Subaru outback lose power steering on this rainy night? [more inside]
Where would you go to get a cheap iPhone/iPod wall charger and/or USB cable? [more inside]
I will be doing some consulting work. Basically I will be strategizing with a very small company on optimizing their presence on the web and helping them with social networking. Here's my problem-- I have no idea what to charge for my time. I will spend two hours driving to them and probably an hour or two consulting. What do you think I should charge? I don't want to be too low but I am also scared that I might be too high. What do you think would be a good rate? I am located in the Philadelphia area if that makes any difference.
My Aspire 3680 (crappy laptop PC) doesn't want to hold a charge anymore, with either battery. How do I determine if it's my laptop, my batteries, or my charger? (I have a VOM and know how to use it).
How can I recharge my nearly-completely-drained car battery so that it will work long enough to drive it to get crushed? I'm hoping to avoid buying a brand new battery just to have it crushed. [more inside]
Hired to host and produce video content for a PR firm. How much should I ask to be paid? [more inside]
How much should I charge to create a promo video for a friend? [more inside]
Who did this musical rendition of the Charge of the Light Brigade? [more inside]
How much should I charge for a baby blanket I crocheted for an acquaintance? [more inside]
The "battery not charging" light on my dash went on; the mechanic told me I need a new alternator. Now the "battery not charging" light has turned itself off again. Does this mean my battery is, in fact, charging? [more inside]
Fix for Braun Shaver/Razor Syncro Clean & Charge System? [more inside]
What phone service would be best for me? All I use my Verizon Wireless account for is the phone itself: calling and messaging people. But I think I'm paying far too much. I live in NYC. Suggestions? (description of bill here) [more inside]
I need web hosting, and my needs are pretty narrow. I don't need fancy tools or applications, everything I'm doing is pretty much text. I don't need hand-holding or customer service. But what I DO need is to not have to worry that if any of my domains (I've got five or six) go viral, I'll be socked with $$$$ bandwidth overage bills. That happened to me once a long time ago, and I still have trauma scars. I realize that no hosting service can offer, like, infinite bandwidth. At a certain point, service would either cut off or else overage charges will cut in. But are there any web hosting outfits out there known to have particularly generous bandwidth limits, and reasonably priced overage charges beyond those limits?
Why is there no bat-acitor? (hybrid battery/capacity w/best of both) Is there some limitation in physics, chemistry, materials, etc. that prevents it, or has it just not been invented yet? [more inside]
I'm an old stodgy audiophile finding myself forced to resort to iPod, but I want to make the most of it. First of all, I'm looking for a solution that will allow me to use line-out audio on my ipod (5th generation), and simultaneously charge via AC. Does such a thing exist? Also, what's the standard audiophile solution for on-the-go listening? Headphones into mini-preamp into dock, I'd suppose?
Help me diagnose my Powerbook’s power supply woes. [more inside]
Is a company required to make a good faith effort to collect on a debt before reporting it as charged off? Do I have any recourse for my credit report? [more inside]
What are the Names of all the riders involved in the disastrous Charge of the Light Brigade led by Lord Cardigan during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War?
Names of all the riders involved in the disastrous Charge of the Light Brigade led by Lord Cardigan during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War? [more inside]
Like most mefites, I have far too many gadgets, and the wall warts to match. I suspect most of them could be replaced with a single USB charger - is this something that already exists? [more inside]
Whats a better way to say "Just pay me whatever you can afford for fixing your computer" than calling it a free will donation? [more inside]
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