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As an hourly contractor, what tasks should I charge for?

I'm an independent developer. I work from home, and I charge most of my clients by the hour. Often, a project will require the computer to do something while I twiddle my thumbs; for instance, downloading, uploading, running, or compiling a lot of code. I'm divided as to whether to charge for this. [more inside]
posted by user c on Jun 4, 2014 - 14 answers

Will there ever be a standard for waterproof USB

More and more cell phones opting for waterproof construction (yay!), and each of them seem to be doing their own thing as far as waterproof connections. Is there any movement afoot to standardize these things as they become more widespread? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Apr 28, 2014 - 5 answers

Correct way to charge rechargeable devices (iPhone, laptop, toothbrush)?

I've just been told at the Apple store that it's a bad idea to keep the iPhone plugged into the power for long periods when fully charged, and that if possible I should really only charge it when it tells me to (ie. when the battery is almost dead). [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Dec 30, 2013 - 7 answers

wireless charging or other fix for galaxy s3 with bad usb connection?

my galaxy s3's usb charging port is loose with every cord I have, and only works in certain positions, (and charges slowly even then) so I'm looking into alternatives, including Qi charging or repairing the port. Advice needed. [more inside]
posted by gryftir on Dec 4, 2013 - 4 answers

From One Battery to Another

How long can I use the battery in my vehicle to charge my smartphone without the vehicle running before I drain the battery too much to subsequently start my vehicle? [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle on Jul 15, 2013 - 16 answers

What should I bid to implement a fairly simple Python scheduling system?

Tomorrow morning I'm meeting with someone to talk about implementing a local scheduling/database application. Most everything I know about the project suggests it's something I could do in my sleep. Thing is, I desperately need the money, I don't know how much to "bid," and I have a long history of undervaluing my work. How much should I ask for? [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jun 10, 2013 - 21 answers

What is wrong with my iPhone?

I got my iPhone 4 in October 2011. The past few months, it has had a couple of really annoying issues: [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on May 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Why is my laptop now choosy about sockets and what do I do about it?

My Acer 5742 has become choosy about which plug sockets it will charge from. Why? Do I need a new battery? [more inside]
posted by mister_kaupungister on Apr 27, 2013 - 3 answers

Why can't I charge my GoPro with a portable charger?

I have an imaxpower IMP880 portable charger. I would like to use it to power my GoPro Hero 2, but it doesn't work. The output on the device claims 5V/0.6A. Does the charge not output enough power? Should I simply look for a device that outputs 1A?
posted by PlayWithFire on Feb 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Put me in charge!

Explain to me the technology of charging devices. Is it mainly about voltage? About current? How close to the "required" values must you be? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Nov 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Charging and loading a Kindle abroad

US Kindle usable in UK/Europe? How to charge and how to load books? [more inside]
posted by jvilter on Aug 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Why does my ipad say it's not charging?

Why does my iPad say it's not charging when it is, in fact, charging? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Feb 26, 2011 - 13 answers

Solar panel sucks power??

I have a mini solar-panel (it's about 2sf) and claims to good for about 75w. In full sunlight it outputs about 19v. Of course when the light fades, the output voltage drops. There doesn't seem to be any 'electronics' built in - it just the silicon panels and output wires (with a female car charger socket soldered on actually). I want to use it to charge a mobile phone and laptop. But ... what seems to happen (with the laptop) is that is actually drains the battery somehow. [more inside]
posted by Xhris on Jul 26, 2010 - 10 answers

Commercial strength cell phone charging center?

Commercial sized multi-cellphone charging station? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM on Mar 16, 2010 - 2 answers

seeking bargain priced ipod clock radio

seeking a bargain priced ipod clock radio + charging station [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Aug 4, 2009 - 6 answers

Great big doorstop. FAIL.

Backing up an HP laptop for the ignorant. Halp? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp on Dec 6, 2008 - 7 answers

Charging a RAZR phone via USB

Is there any way to get a RAZR phone to reliably charge via USB on a Windows machine? I have a v3m and everything seems hit or miss, regardless of the cords or drivers I use. Since there's gazillions of these handsets still in use, I wonder if someone has discovered a solution.
posted by Yakuman on Dec 2, 2008 - 6 answers

Charge my Ipod in the Wall?

I have a USB A/C adaptor for my LG Dare (usb cable goes into phone, usb side goes into adaptor, adaptor goes into wall). I have a 5G Ipod Video. Can I use the adaptor to charge my IPOD without killing the battery/IPOD? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Oct 14, 2008 - 6 answers

Too flat too soon, too bad?

How long does your iphone (3G) battery last? [more inside]
posted by gergtreble on Sep 9, 2008 - 24 answers

What are appropriate rates for computer surveillance work?

I'm currently running a business where I monitor computers for people. I use custom made software that gets by all the anti-malware scanners and through the firewalls. I have been charging $40/hr for the first hour, and $45 for each hour after that. Since most of work may only take 1-4 hours per client I've been told that I'm charging too little. Figures have been thrown at me by friends, family and even clients that I should charge $60, $75 or even $100. What is a fair amount in this business. Yes this involves spying on people at the workplace, churches and spouses. My first question. I've searched mefi for similar stuff and came up empty.
posted by Jack Feschuk on Mar 10, 2008 - 15 answers

Stubborn powerbook battery won't charge

The battery in my G4 Powerbook won't charge, and I am a long way from any technical help! [more inside]
posted by Rumple on Jul 30, 2007 - 5 answers

iPhone Battery Charging

We've all been reading about the iPhone and its battery that's supposed to last 300-400 charges. How do they define "charge"? I usually charge mine every night, when the battery is at about 50%. Is that a "charge"? If I top my iPhone off when it's at 80%, is that a charge? What's the best way to preserve the life of my iPhone battery?
posted by yizzle on Jul 8, 2007 - 10 answers

Why does my electricity go the wrong way?

Why does my electricity go the wrong way? [more inside]
posted by talitha_kumi on Feb 28, 2007 - 12 answers

Proper Invoicing for Sold Photograph?

I recently sold a photograph (of dragonflies copulating, no less) to an Italian publishing house. They asked me to send an invoice and appropriate tax information. This is the first time I've ever sold something like this; can anyone tell me what forms, et cetera I ought to use or make? Thank you!
posted by Coherence Panda on Jun 13, 2006 - 7 answers

Help me find the mobile device of my dreams

Small, WIFI, USB, Externally rechargeable batteries, Tablet PC Does such a beast exist? [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten on Mar 10, 2006 - 9 answers

Solar panel

I have an old portable solar panel setup rattling around, and I'd like to put it to use. [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Mar 2, 2006 - 4 answers

Charging electronic devices overseas

I'm traveling outside of the U.S. (to Israel) and want to know about charging my electronics. I'm only taking a few (I agree with comments in a summer 2005 posting that taking too much stuff can distract from the actual visit) namely my HP handheld (for contact numbers) and my digital camera. I may need to recharge both. I have the original charging cords, appropriate adapters and I have access to a transformer. Do I use the transformer, and is it safe to charge these devices overseas?
posted by schoenbc on Feb 13, 2006 - 8 answers

iPod Shuffle Won't Charge

My iPod Shuffle just doesn't charge off my PC. [more inside]
posted by eurasian on Jul 28, 2005 - 13 answers

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