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Help Me Create an Automatic Search to Return Results for our Database

I'm working to check a list of duplicates in our database and I'd like to be able to automate parts of this process. Please help me figure out what tools I should use and how to get started on this so I can learn something and be a more effective database manager. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Nov 21, 2016 - 14 answers

What's the code for "Late Bloomer"?

I'm 43 and want to learn to code for the fun of it...would love to hear from any non-coders out there who have successfully managed to do this. Can you give me an idea of what I can realistically expect out of this experience? Special snowflake details after the jump... [more inside]
posted by richmondparker on Nov 7, 2016 - 15 answers

sudo apt-get clue

Help me learn Linux the right way circa 2016. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Oct 12, 2016 - 14 answers

Will driving my car with this error message damage my car?

Car is a 2009 Toyota Matrix with 67,000 miles. Check Engine light came on two days ago, went off after oil change, came on again. Diagnostic at auto store today said P0354 Ignition Coil D Primary / Secondary Circuit. Light went off again after restarting after diagnostic, but I've only drive 5 miles since. It will difficult to get car to shop this week; might put another 50 miles on the car in the meantime. Is this just a performance issue, or might I damage the engine by driving with this issue? Thanks.
posted by Jackson on Aug 28, 2016 - 7 answers

What are these weird symbols?

A friend of mine snapped this picture and was wondering what these symbols were. I have fruitlessly searched Google and TinEye to no avail. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by mrzer0 on Aug 10, 2016 - 24 answers

Best Language or Platform for organic SEO?

tl;dr - Which platform or language will provide organic SEO and allow me to create modern and beautiful websites? By "organic" I mean, I don't want to do SEO work after the site is built. I want to follow best practices while creating the URLs, tags, product description content, layout, etc. [more inside]
posted by tellUwut on Aug 7, 2016 - 4 answers

Mentioning a public domain algorithm in a provisional patent application

I'm preparing a provisional patent application specification for a computer software containing multiple classes. One function includes a maze solver. There are many maze solving algorithms available online, and in fact the one I used in the software was also taken from the Internet. [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Jul 16, 2016 - 4 answers

Service to clean up Google Alert URLs using Regex

I want to clean up the URLS of a Google Alerts RSS Feed. I used to use a Yahoo Pipes REGEX to to do this, but that service is now dead. What are my (simple + free + preferably online) alternatives? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 12, 2016 - 8 answers

Looking for good regex tutorial

I would like to learn regex and am looking for a good tutorial. Brief details inside. [more inside]
posted by marienbad on Feb 4, 2016 - 13 answers

Optimal Order Management for magento, with barcode scanner?

We run a little store with lots of SKUs. Looking for the best configuration to manage inventory, accept orders, and generate shipping labels from bar codes. [more inside]
posted by obeacon on Jan 7, 2016 - 0 answers

What is the best way for kids to learn to code in 2016?

When I learned to program computers years ago the only real option was a book and a compiler. Now it seems that a number of websites improve on that with better interactive feedback and assistance when one is stuck. Is that true? Which sources are best for teenagers and pre-teens who have little experience? I'm thinking that Java, Objective-C or a similar language might be best. Is getting an app on an Iphone possible for novices? Thanks.
posted by Space Dog on Dec 29, 2015 - 10 answers

What is the process of "creating a SAP code"?

Our division recently placed an order to a new vendor for some supplies needed for a project. The vendor received the purchase order a week ago. Today we asked about the status of the order (and for a shipment tracking number); the vendor responded that they are "in the process of creating a SAP code", and that they hope to give us a delivery date next week. What is a 101-level explanation of what the vendor is doing when creating this code? [more inside]
posted by mean square error on Dec 17, 2015 - 7 answers

I want to work closer to home; how to locate within a certain zip code?

Is there a way to use say google maps to hone [first time using that word in a sentence feels good] in on a specific location for business or even job opportunities?
posted by usermac on Nov 16, 2015 - 3 answers

Flying Damaged US Flags

The US military follows a time honored tradition of retiring and destroying damaged US flags. That protocol is outlined in US Code, Title 4, Chapter 1 which (link) outlines the disposing of such flags in a manner that shows respect for the flag and the service it has provided. Yet, I frequently see people flying very damaged flags in very prominent locations. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Nov 10, 2015 - 27 answers

Learning web browser internals in detail

I'd like to dig into how web browsers operate under the hood. What are some good resources? [more inside]
posted by underflow on Oct 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Stable marriage problem... IN JAVASCRIPT

Trying to build an app (using JavaScript) that automatically generates a schedule for an "interview event." [more inside]
posted by panoptican on Oct 9, 2015 - 7 answers

data:application?

What are these data:application... items ABP is reporting? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Oct 1, 2015 - 6 answers

What's the secret writing code used by Dorothy Sayers' Peter Wimsey?

I remember reading, in one of Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey detective stories, of a simple but clever secret writing code he devised. Might anyone either know which novel in which the code was described, the code itself, or some place where it's listed? I've googled it, to no avail. Short of tracking down and poring through each of the novels, I thought I'd ask here. Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl on Sep 18, 2015 - 8 answers

Learn angular offline

Looking for resources to learn Angular.js offline? [more inside]
posted by echo target on Sep 15, 2015 - 5 answers

SPAKE MAG B.M. 507.885

What does B.M. 507.885 with a little metal cap next to it embossed SPAKE MAG mean? I saw this very carefully (and kind of beautifully) added to some concrete edging near the Southwestern Bell Telephone Building in my neighborhood and I'm wondering what it might mean. Construction symbols? Telecom stuff? A secret code or artwork of some sort?
posted by limeonaire on Aug 25, 2015 - 8 answers

Getting back into my original major

I always wanted to be an engineer so I chose computer science because I was in love with it and wanted to know more about data structures; After being accepted into the programs at a school close to home I worked really hard but during my second semester I had a really bad family emergency that put a dent in my education and got me to perform really poorly and soon I was dismissed for 1 full semester upon returning I went to talk to the director of engineering since my advisor recommended I go see them but she wouldn't let me continue in engineering and told me I needed to find a major outside of engineering but I don't like other majors I like engineering upon hearing this it made me loose hope about education but I went to the dean she told me to complete my summer education and upon completing them and getting to the GPA required by the computer science department she's see the next step for. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by dolilmao on Aug 22, 2015 - 6 answers

DC motor control with Arduino and relay shield- coding question

Trying to run a DC motor with an Arduino UNO and a relay shield - need help with the code! [more inside]
posted by AutoPilot83 on Jul 29, 2015 - 11 answers

How do I run a series of commands in terminal on a mac?

I have a command in terminal (included below) that contains the same number in two different locations. I need to run that command 500 times counting down from 500 to 0. Is there an easy way to automate/batch process this? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Jul 5, 2015 - 5 answers

Looking for code snippets in all my source places

How do I compile a compelling code portfolio? What kind of selection criteria do I use, or can you recommend resources for developing it? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Jun 8, 2015 - 5 answers

more than playing around with coding, for $150 a month?

I am playing around with small ways to make a file database accessible to a group without using Box or Dropbox. I have been looking at various ways to learn coding html, css, and JavaScript at home for a couple hours each night and would like to hear about study plans self-learners have stuck with to develop apps and websites in three to four months. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Apr 19, 2015 - 7 answers

I need automatic grouping with my flocking algorithm.

I'm very familiar with boids and flocking; I implement the algorithm for Space Whales in my game, Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator. But I'm frustrated by my arbitrary code for sorting boids/whales into groups. Right now, I simply generate 10 whales assigned to group 1, and 10 whales assigned to group 2, and the whales move together in their groups. I'd rather... [more inside]
posted by Techbear on Apr 5, 2015 - 11 answers

Are UK Postal Codes Analogous to US Zip Codes

I don't just mean in a taxonomic way, but in terms of sorting and ease for the handlers -- is the postal code the most vital part? What's that last line for? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Mar 19, 2015 - 13 answers

Learn to code or stop wasting my time?

I am currently learning to code via Codecademy. So far I've only completed one project (in web design), including one page where I couldn't figure out where I went wrong and almost quit, but eventually I got thru it and was glad I didn't. [more inside]
posted by serena15221 on Mar 16, 2015 - 16 answers

How to switch fields to web development/coding?

I'm thinking about switching fields into web development in the near to mid future, but have a few questions about skills and code portfolios. I'd also like any general advice you all have on how to do this as someone with basic programming skills, but no specific knowledge of web development. [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Mar 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Spelling bee prep - software to sort by spelling difficulty?

My son is going to a regional spelling bee and we've got about 1000 words to learn. Is there a way to (roughly) sort the words by spelling difficulty? Right now I've sorted by word length but that doesn't really help. [more inside]
posted by jragon on Mar 7, 2015 - 7 answers

Help Me Resurrect a Dormant Website

I hired a developer to build a retail website for me in 2011. He did it, but I moved and the MyPhP account he established for me expired. At the time, knowing how life situations can change, I asked him for a copy of the code, which he gave me although he protested because he though I would allow him to host it on his site. We also had a falling out about quality which later, made me glad I had asked for a copy of the code. I know nothing about coding. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Mar 3, 2015 - 15 answers

I don't undertand the WWII Enigma code

Can someone explain in a clear way what German Enigma machines were exactly and why this code was so hard to break? [more inside]
posted by dgaicun on Mar 2, 2015 - 29 answers

Looking for a blogging platform that handles equations and code

My friend and I are starting an academic blog. We will be posting equations and code snippets (mostly MATLAB), and are looking for a blogging platform that will allow us to enter them easily and display them nicely. Do you have any suggestions on what we should use?
posted by tickingclock on Feb 27, 2015 - 5 answers

Barcodes: Do's and Don'ts - Can's & Cannot's

So, my little food business grew significantly in the last year and the future is making the idea of my products finding shelf space in retail outlets a very strong reality. With that, I will be putting barcodes on my labels. [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Jan 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Tux Police

My brother-in-law is turning 50 and is planning a shindig. [more inside]
posted by terrier319 on Jan 28, 2015 - 35 answers

Is a Kano Kit what we are looking for?

On the basis of an answer to this AskMe, we are considering ordering a Kano but need some opinions. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Jan 1, 2015 - 6 answers

How to print an envelope or two on the Mac?

How can I simply print an envelope or two from my Mac to any printer that can handle envelopes? I'm printing directly on the envelope, but it's a standard #10 envelope--no labels, no odd sizes. I'd like USPS barcodes. I've got a copy of EasyEnvelopes and I've been trying to print from it, but nothing happens on my printer and I can't update it because they charge for it now. Printing other docs works fine. [more inside]
posted by tellumo on Dec 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Game design competition, for children?

Do you know of a program like First Lego League, but for game design? This is for some 12-year-olds who are into programming, and could benefit from more structure. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Is learning to code really a good job option?

It seems that "computer programmer" is often listed as one of the best jobs in America. There are cram schools popping up promising six figure salaries in 12 weeks. And even a former celebrity has chosen it as a second act. All this because there's apparently a tech talent crunch. But is learning to code the best strategy for a viable career? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Dec 8, 2014 - 18 answers

Frankencoding for the 20teens

I want to build a site but don't want to code my own password reset scripts. Looking for recommendations for frameworks (are they called that?) or respositories for frankencoding a website. Also planning/prototyping tools that would let me describe what I want in plain language/mindmap style. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Nov 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Fun coding projects for (re)learning programming?

I'm looking for interesting coding-project suggestions, preferably, but not necessarily, for execution in Python, ObjectiveC, or Unity. [more inside]
posted by vaguelyweird on Oct 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Find past unlock codes for iPhone?

I've forgotten the PIN for my credit card. It was the same as the 'swipe to unlock' code for my iPhone 5 (running iOS 7), three codes ago (ie, I've changed it twice since then). I thought I remembered the PIN, and tried to make this my new unlock code, hoping it would say 'nope, too recent' and I'd say 'a ha, that's it', but no luck (and now I have a new number to remember). Is there a way I can view past unlock codes for my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Oct 8, 2014 - 1 answer

-Fine Quality- Bacmsfots Rgo Quassrmkg (Inquire Within)

At Deetjen's Inn in Big Sur, on the backside of one of the cabins, hangs this sign. Some sort of word game cipher thing. I tried rotational substitution in 1-step increments, but it's gibberish all the way. Any ideas?
posted by anazgnos on Sep 22, 2014 - 22 answers

But I wrote it!

Help me take my work with me after I leave my job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2014 - 38 answers

Is there a plugin that creates this gallery effect?

I'm working on making a magazine blog. I started with a template that is pretty awesome, but I liked the effect another theme used to manage the photo and video gallery. Is there a plugin I can install to achieve this effect or is this hard coded into the template. [more inside]
posted by FireStyle on Aug 20, 2014 - 4 answers

How do I replace the first line of every php file on my website?

I have some potentially malicious code stuck onto the first line of every php file on my website. How do I get rid of it without going into each file and cutting it out?
posted by sdis on Aug 12, 2014 - 19 answers

Excel Filter: IF Statements and Concatenate

I'm trying to test if a a series of cells exist, and then concatenate the values that do exist with a paragraph I have. [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Aug 7, 2014 - 10 answers

screaming kids on the street too noisy, any code in NYC?

Recently there is this family brings their super noisy kids(about 5-6) to run and scream on the street infront of my apartment everyday from 6pm-10pm. The street is in a quite neighborhood, there are families, but I never hear or saw a single kids making such noise outside of there home on the street. One day I went down and talked to the parent and kids, that they shouldn't make noise like this, but they didn't listen and was quite rude, both the parent and the unruling kids. I really can't take this, it's extremly noisy, the screaming can't be stopped by closing my windows and putting on earplugs, not to mention it's hot summer that I need a little bit of breeze and peace in the evening at home. What Can I do? this is in NYC, is there any code for noisy street kids? thanks!
posted by pack2themoon on Jul 23, 2014 - 23 answers

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

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