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Converting math to code

Wanting to code. Can't read calculus. Kinda stuck. Help? [more inside]
posted by ericc on Jul 3, 2014 - 11 answers

Variations on a code?

This is a code, poorly printed, on the inside of a snack package. It is the last one I need to get a very small "reward." [more inside]
posted by 41swans on Jun 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Recommendations for an easy, customizable Python Parser for NLP?

There are loads of options (too many!), but I can't figure out if there is a basic parser that I could use and tweak a bit, or which might be the most straight-forward to create a new parser for a language variety without one. Any ideas for someone with limited skill would be awesome at this point. [more inside]
posted by petiteviolette on Jun 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Another Grandparent's coded ramblings

I read news coverage about metafilter members helping to solve the "Decoding Cancer-addled Ramblings" and thought I should give it a shot for coded messages we found in my Grandfather's posessions after his passing. Although my Grandfather did not have cancer and was of sound mind at the time these documents were sent (circa 1921), he and his brother sent some coded messages to one another for some reason. My family has tried to figure out the messages, but to no avail. Some think the coding was simply used to save money on the cablegrams/telegraphs, others think it was because the text was being sent to Germany during WWII time frame, and others think it was because there was some suspicion about co-workers who may try to access or read the cablegrams/telegraphs. [more inside]
posted by AffectionateBro on Jun 16, 2014 - 24 answers

Easy Peasy iPhone and Android App Creation. For Dummies.

I'm not looking to create the next Flappy Bird and make $50k a month, I'm just looking to create apps that go with my published books, and man, is there a lot of choices out there. Help me suss them out! [more inside]
posted by John Kennedy Toole Box on Jun 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Script or hack to show PDF from /YYYY/MM/DD/*.pdf URL?

I just noticed that the NYT offers a PDF version of its print front page, which I'd like to be able to access without going through the extra clicks on the website. The file always has the same name as is located in a simple nested date format — but I have no idea how to script something to replace that every day in a new tab or add it to Rainmeter or the like. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on May 15, 2014 - 8 answers

What is the You Tube Number Station?

Spy messages? Or just another public challenge? [more inside]
posted by TangerineGurl on May 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Warsaw For Hackers

Next week (23-28 March) I will be in Warsaw, Poland. Help me understand the Technology Scene in Warsaw! [more inside]
posted by gregglind on Mar 19, 2014 - 1 answer

Trying to help a complete beginner get their bearings in web development

A relative is already a technical person (masters in electrical engineering) who is trying to switch careers and get into web development. I'm looking for good resources to get her up to speed on the building blocks of web dev. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Mar 18, 2014 - 7 answers

· · · – – – · · · Need help de-coding American morse code

I need help translating this morse code message into English! [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Mar 10, 2014 - 12 answers

Website for Population by Zip Code, But Specifically...

Hello Mefites! I'm looking for a reliable online service to pull population numbers by zip code, and while I know there are tons out there, I need one that isn't just plugging in one zip code at a time. Ideally, I'd like to be able to just download a database list of zip codes and their corresponding populations for the country, or state by state, to a CSV or XML file. Does this exist? The "reliable, up to date (as much as possible) source" part is important, as this data will be used as part of a franchise sale package. Thank you in advance!
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Feb 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Decoding cancer-addled ramblings

In my grandmother's final days battling brain cancer, she became unable to speak and she filled dozens of index cards with random letters of the alphabet. I'm beginning to think that they are the first letters in the words of song lyrics, and would love to know what song this was. This is a crazy long shot, but I've seen Mefites pull off some pretty impressive code-breaking before! [more inside]
posted by JannaK on Jan 20, 2014 - 151 answers

What is this UK radio broadcast called?

A long string of obscure messages. Almost like code. Said in a low voice, a hypnotic monotone. I though it might be the Shipping Forecast, but that has some sense to it, in that it uses recognizable area/place names. What I'm thinking of seemed more mysterious, harder to parse. Does this ring a bell? Thanks.
posted by the sobsister on Dec 22, 2013 - 6 answers

145:110... 132:114... 114:101... what does this page of numbers mean?

At the local dog park, someone apparently found two Post-it notes, covered in strange number pairs, and pinned them to the lost&found board because, well, they look like they might be important! Since then, there's been much speculation about what these numbers might be for, what they might mean. Rather then type it all out, I have an image of the notes themselves, here. [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Nov 3, 2013 - 86 answers

Endless Loop

Can code quality be brought in to a fast and loose web shop? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Oct 16, 2013 - 9 answers

How does DailyLit split up books into bits?

How do sites like DailyLit split up large text files into smaller files and then email them? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Google analytics? I have the tracking code. What now?

This is for work. It's a wordpress site. According to a wordpress plugin that's already been installed, I have a google analytics tracking number that has been on the homepage for several months already. How do I see analytics about the site's visitors. When I go to Google analytics, it makes me enter an email address, my site URL and generates a NEW tracking number. I don't want a new tracking number. I want to use my existing number that has been on the homepage for months already. so how do I use google analytics if all I have is a tracking number and a URL. I don't have the email associated with this tracking URL, if there ever was one. That was before I was hire. Thanks.
posted by caveatz on Aug 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Does anyone know how to make a PDF act like Excel does?

How do I make a PDF fillable form do a few of the things that Excel does for me easy, like turn the Trademark notation into superscript TM, like this? ™ [more inside]
posted by Jim On Light on Aug 20, 2013 - 1 answer

Image Map Help

I needed an image map. I'm no coder, so I went looking for a map and code that I could run, change and run it again to see what changed and if I had to change it back. I built a map that seems to be working, except for an small black square icon in the upper left corner. Before I removed the "img scr" line, there was a red "X" in the box. Now, it's just the box itself. I thought that whenever you saw a box like that, it meant the image couldn't be found. But, my entire image is there. When I preview the page in IE and Firefox, the map works and all of my links are where they're supposed to be, but the box won't go away. What is it? Should it go away or will something happen when I publish the site that will make the image nonfunctional? Will it be there when the site goes live? Here is the code - http://pastebin.com/jcFJ433u
posted by CollectiveMind on Aug 13, 2013 - 2 answers

Help me find a website: mash your keyboard and lines of code appear

That's about it - it was a one-trick website with a programming version of Guitar Hero, where you would mash your keyboard and lines of code would appear in that rhythm. Help?
posted by sixswitch on Jun 22, 2013 - 3 answers

New Tumblr music player code?

Tumblr recently switched out their flash-based music player with a new, more mobile-friendly one. That's good, except the new one is devastatingly ugly and has totally different proportions. I'm not even sure it's displaying correctly - the arrow is off-center, the text looks wonky. I have been trying in vain to find ways of fiddling with its attributes, but the ones exposed are very limited. Has anyone else noticed this problem with the look, and has anyone had any success in customizing it? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Apr 11, 2013 - 3 answers

Third trimester shoe recommendations?

I have finally hit the point where I'm unable to wear the shoes that have carried me through the first two thirds of this pregnancy. I'm looking for shoe suggestions that meet the following criteria: [more inside]
posted by House of Leaves of Grass on Mar 23, 2013 - 18 answers

Decode This German Shorthand Mystery Letter From 1939!

This envelope with a letter inside was found inside a large decaying bound edition of Shakespeare auf Deutsch in a junk shop in Bushwick that was only apparently open for a few months before disappearing. The letter, postmarked 15 March, 1939 - was sent to Paris by a Mr. Henri Wolf. The contents of the letter appear to be German shorthand. Included was small piece of what looks like code, there's nothing else on the back.The letter, envelope, postcard, etc in question are at this imgur album. Hivemind: What the hell is this?
posted by The Whelk on Mar 14, 2013 - 28 answers

Best practices for software development documentation

I do some developery-type stuff at work and the more complicated it gets, the less organized I am. I often find myself wondering why I did this or that or what I was trying to accomplish with it. I reuse a lot of the same functions and bits of code but I don't have a good system of keeping track of them. I know about commenting within code, and I do that, but I'm looking for a larger system of general best practices more than a specific solution. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Mar 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Summer (Winter?) of Code

I'm hoping to find short (2 month-ish to 6 month-ish) full-time, in-person programs that teach practical computer programming skills (Ruby, Python, iOS, PHP, R, Matlab, etc.) [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera on Mar 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Immediate PHP programming interview prep.

I have a programming job interview TOMORROW. Can you help a fellow out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2013 - 3 answers

Excel spreadsheet to pretty clips report?

I have an Excel spreadsheet with couple hundred rows: URLs, a few fields of identifying information (outlet, etc.), for media hits on the organization I work for. I need to make this into a pretty (or at least semi-legible to the computer illiterate) document that I can give to board members, senior staff, etc. What I would like is to use some form of scripting to automate this. Bonus points if the script can somehow open the URL and take a screenshot of the story so that I don't have to. I have a Mac, and both the Adobe and Microsoft suites. How do I not spend tedious hours manually doing this? Especially since I have to do it each month and quarter.
posted by klangklangston on Jan 31, 2013 - 8 answers

How Far Can Terms of Service Go for Restricting Data Access?

Law portals & content portals use their Terms of Service to restrict access to data beyond what they can restrict by means of copyright. What are the limits to this practice, and the history of enforcement? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jan 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Need to Move and Store Vast Trove of Art in Organized Fashion

What's the easiest, cheapest way to barcode thousands upon thousands of world-heritage-level works of art before they go into storage? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Dec 3, 2012 - 19 answers

How does this GPL licensing issue play out?

Are WordPress and Drupal themes, plugins, extensions, etc. legally obligated to be released under the GPL? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Oct 8, 2012 - 7 answers

Help us find the right open-source license

I am a software engineer, and my company has decided to open-source my project. Yaaay! Please help us find the right open source license. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Oct 8, 2012 - 17 answers

#wrapper { smart-level= 0% }

Please help me overcome this weird language hump I have with CSS. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Oct 1, 2012 - 26 answers

New to the freelancing world (programming)

What is the quickest way I can obtain programming gigs from odesk/elance/etc? [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX on Sep 23, 2012 - 3 answers

What is this mystery code token?

Mystery token! What is it's use? What is it made of? When was it made? What do the numbers mean? What do the letters mean? What does the grid mean? What does the dial mean? What is the significance of AM? What does W. & H. CO. mean? [more inside]
posted by clorox on Sep 16, 2012 - 22 answers

application migration to work in the cloud

I am looking for guidance on migrating an application to the cloud, from both a practical perspective as well as a theoretical perspective for a project. [more inside]
posted by conrad101 on Sep 5, 2012 - 2 answers

I don't even know where to begin.

I have a really good idea for an online...website thing. Involving user submission. I don't know anything about programming or what-all. Help me figure out what tools I need to create this! [more inside]
posted by threeants on Sep 3, 2012 - 15 answers

What PHP frameworks and libraries make you more productive?

New PHP project in the works that I'm going to us as an excuse to learn a new-to-me framework. Kohana and Laravel are at the top of my list, but is there anything else I should consider? The project will be relatively simple, so a microframework might also be appropriate. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 31, 2012 - 5 answers

44 USC and Federal Photocopiers: Illegal?

How much in-house print and/or photocopy production can federal offices perform without violating 44 USC § 501? [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian on Aug 14, 2012 - 3 answers

Shifting tumblr pieces.

How do I edit the tumblr Effector Theme to make these small changes? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Aug 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Microsoft Office Professional Plus 10 authentication code help, please?

I bought a Thinkpad through Gumtree (UK) last year and now Microsoft Office Professional Plus 10 is asking me for an authentication code. When I got the computer, windows had just been installed but I don't know if I got a trial version or a corporate version that was imaged onto the machine. Do I need to pay for an authentication code or is there a way to otherwise disable the authentication request message?
posted by parmanparman on Aug 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Codes and signals

I'm interested in learning about types of codes and signals that people use to translate language in various circumstances. [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Aug 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me allow students to read each other's code anonymously.

Help me find a system I can use to post student programs such that other students can easily read through different programs and provide feedback. [more inside]
posted by procrastination on Jul 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Can't Login??

I can not log in to this website from any computer in our house. Why? [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Jul 16, 2012 - 6 answers

beginner book on python

I have done some java but I am still a novice programmer and would need to start from a beginner's level. Could anyone please give recommendations for suitable good books. I will also try the official python tutorial as well, but I don't find online resources on their own to be as good as having a book to supplement helpful online materials.
posted by conrad101 on Jun 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Free MySQL hosting for a college course?

I'll be teaching a class on "dynamic websites" to some designers. What's the best (and free) way to get them playing around with MySQL? [more inside]
posted by jragon on Jun 10, 2012 - 7 answers

I'm hiring a freelance programmer for the first time...what pitfalls should I watch out for?

I'm hiring a freelance programmer for the first time...what pitfalls should I watch out for? [more inside]
posted by internet_explorer on Jun 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Sloppy MicroChips: Can a fair comparison be made between biological and silicon entropy?

Was reading about microchips that are designed to allow a few mistakes (known as 'Sloppy Chips'), and pondering equivalent kinds of 'coding' errors and entropy in biological systems. Can a fair comparison be made between the two? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Do the clothes make the library man?

How should a mid-30s, male public library director dress? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Plaintext New York and New York City Codes

I'm looking for plaintext or PDF searchable versions of the New York State and New York City Codes. I'm specifically looking for something within the Building Code, but I would also like to have basically every state and local law, rule, ordinance, regulation, recommendation, and suggestion in an actual searchable format. [more inside]
posted by a_girl_irl on Apr 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Does changing the swing on my bathroom door actually buy me any space?

What is considered good practice (but not ADA) for interior door clearance in a small residential bathroom with an outswing or pocket door? [more inside]
posted by pizzazz on Mar 29, 2012 - 5 answers

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