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MBP with or without super drive?

Is it worth it to buy a MBP without a super drive? [more inside]
posted by simulacra on Feb 4, 2014 - 14 answers

Replacement for carsort.com?

Is carsort.com dead? And assuming it is, is there a not-dead alternative for finding cars by features? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Jan 28, 2014 - 4 answers

Grad school self-comparison is the worst. Help me stop.

I'm in my second semester of a professional master's program at a top-10 program. I can keep up with the classwork, but I get really caught up in comparing myself to other people. It not only makes me feel horrible, it significantly takes away from me doing my work. I'm prone to depression and lots of social anxiety anyway (I do have a therapist, we haven't talked about the self-comparison as much), but am well-liked in my program. I'd say I'm about on par with other folks in my program in terms of accomplishments (some have much more, some do less), so my intense feelings of inadequacy are mostly unwarranted. However, when I hear people talking about doing things I'm not (eg working with professors more than me, getting fellowships), I feel absolutely terrible. What should I be doing or trying to do to knock it off? Mental hacks, philosophical approaches, practical tips all welcome, though I should say I understand intellectually that there will always be someone doing more than me and that's life.
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Medium-sized tablet. You know, for the kid(s).

After spending about two weeks using a relative's Kindle Fire HD 8.9 as a video playing device to distract our young son, my wife and I are interested in getting a mid-sized tablet of our own, to double as a video player and portable computer. The Nook HD+ is comparable, and right now, much cheaper. Is there something I'm missing about the Kindle Fire, or are most mid-sized tablets fairly similar? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Scaling issue calculating similarity between paired numbers

I have a list of paired numbers that span multiple orders of magnitude, and I need to find a method to a) compare within each pair in a way that does not disproportionately bias the comparison at the high or low end of the list, and b) define which pairs are dissimilar enough to be excluded from further analysis. The dataset itself follows a rough sigmoid curve, with a few pairs in the 1000s, more in the 100s, a lot in the upper 10's, some in the low 10's, and a few in the single digits. I have tried a few different comparison methods so far, including percent difference and relative percent difference of both the raw and log-transformed data. [more inside]
posted by nekton on May 24, 2013 - 5 answers

A website to compare two objects of different height?

I sometimes have trouble understanding the visual differences in height of two different objects. [more inside]
posted by lstanley on Jan 18, 2013 - 4 answers

Ipads

Choosing between Ipads, how? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Sep 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Which piano should I keep?

Which piano should I keep? [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi on Jun 24, 2012 - 9 answers

They've got a lot going on...

How to stop being distracted with what other people are doing [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Jul 14, 2011 - 5 answers

Software for finding picture duplicates

Are there any Windows programs that can compare two image files and tell me if they're duplicates or not, ignoring different metadata and file formats? [more inside]
posted by Bangaioh on Jun 25, 2011 - 14 answers

Language mistakes compared

Are grammatical errors more frequent in English than in other languages? What about spelling? Do foreign language have as many substitution errors as English? Do ewe speak a pear of foreign languages or more and what are you're experiences of these kinds of errors? Watt do there grammar Nazis do? [more inside]
posted by sien on Mar 28, 2011 - 24 answers

Bike comparison

Bike Comparison: Need help choosing between two bikes in the $550-$600 range. And how do you learn what components are better than others? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Mar 21, 2011 - 19 answers

Redlining Word Docs

Redlining microsoft word documents? [more inside]
posted by slateyness on Mar 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Finding common text between bills

Is there common text between the various bills that outlaw collective bargaining in some contexts, or limit the domains on which it applies? Do you know of a good way to find this automatically? [more inside]
posted by yomimono on Mar 1, 2011 - 2 answers

What makes lemon bars tart?

What makes lemon bars tart? [more inside]
posted by scazza on Feb 25, 2011 - 26 answers

How can I find common words in two lists?

How can I find common words in two (or more) lists? [more inside]
posted by pantufla on Dec 13, 2010 - 9 answers

How can I compare the text in two excel cells for common terms?

How can I compare the text in two excel cells for common terms? [more inside]
posted by pantufla on Dec 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Comparison of different green energy solutions

Comparison of carbon reduction/energy efficiency/ cost-benefit of rain water tanks V solar heating V waste water reclamation? [more inside]
posted by parryb on Oct 17, 2010 - 4 answers

Kindle Q's

Two Kindle Questions: Should I get the Kindle with or without 3G? Have people had problems uploading pdfs onto the new Kindles? [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist on Oct 3, 2010 - 16 answers

Biggest Bang™ for Buck

I'm going to travel a bit and might try to combine that with shopping. (a very novel notion, I know) Price-comparisons wanted. [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Sep 22, 2010 - 3 answers

All the world's a site, And all the men and women merely vloggers.

If one were to collect scenes from Shakespeare films to compare how different productions approached them differently, what scenes should be selected? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Aug 13, 2010 - 23 answers

What website will you compare the map of two cities side by side?

Website that will compare the size of two cities by show the map side by side. [more inside]
posted by Carius on Aug 10, 2010 - 4 answers

iPad for iProse: diss-iPointing?

iPad + wireless keyboard as a semi-serious writing tool? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jul 16, 2010 - 22 answers

Aluminum Verses Vinyl Siding Cost

My house siding was damaged in a recent hail storm. Currently I have aluminum siding, but I understand to replace aluminum siding cost more money than vinyl siding. Would anyone know approximately how much more a sheet of aluminum siding would cost verses a sheet of vinyl siding? Thanks in advance!
posted by Mckoan1 on Jul 14, 2010 - 6 answers

Comparison shopping on craisgslist

What should I be buying on craigslist? [more inside]
posted by ardent on Apr 10, 2010 - 24 answers

Post-High School Woes

I can't help but feel that everyone I know has been doing better than me since high school. Are these feelings grounded in reality, or is it simply insecurity? [more inside]
posted by Despondent_Monkey on Feb 2, 2010 - 42 answers

How much memorization does art dance performance require?

How much memorization does art dance performance require? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Nov 24, 2009 - 6 answers

Quitting the competition, while still running the race

Help me get my focus back on my own life and happiness and stop comparing/competing with my ex in my own mind... and stop having how I compare with others as a condition to my happiness/self esteem in general... [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis on Jun 16, 2009 - 13 answers

Fat man flying to Japan

If given the choice to fly coach from Boston to Tokyo (Narita), which of the following airlines would you choose and why: Continental, Delta, American, JAL or ANA. FYI, i'm 300 pounds and 6'1. Legroom is a primary concern, but any tips appreciated. [more inside]
posted by quibx on Feb 24, 2009 - 22 answers

When is two inches worth $150?

I am trying to compare the Toshiba 40RV525U and the 42RV535U. I don't see much difference except for two inches and almost $150. How much of Toshiba's spec sheet is marketing mumbo-jumbo and how much of it is real? (alternatively, recommend me a different HDTV in the $750-900 price range) [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Dec 21, 2008 - 5 answers

Comparison of computer hardware technologies?

Is there a good website for generic computer hardware information and comparisons? By that I mean a website that compares, for example, different RAM technologies and their pros and cons -- as opposed to comparing brands. It needs to be updated frequently. [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Nov 19, 2008 - 8 answers

Need more info to pick an on-demand photobook publisher

Trying to pick an online photobook publisher to make family Christmas gifts, and am overwhelmed. Who has had recent experience with blurb, lulu, iPhoto, MyPublisher, Picaboo, Smile Books, etc.? [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Nov 8, 2008 - 10 answers

Is there a good folders comparison tool for Mac?

I need a good and fast tool to compare two folders side by side, with the ability of exclude .SVN and other useless files. I've found some ones like Compare Folders and DeltaWalker but I haven't tried these yet. Do you recommend them?
posted by Leech on Oct 22, 2008 - 11 answers

A great problem to have

What factors do you look at when considering multiple, simultaneous job offers? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Sep 1, 2008 - 23 answers

McCain vs Obama website

Website that compares McCain and Obama's policies in a non-biased way with references/sources?
posted by paulinsanjuan on Aug 22, 2008 - 8 answers

What's a good traffic-enabled GPS navigator?

Lazyweb, I need help choosing an automotive GPS navigation unit for a directionally-challenged relative. It must receive traffic updates, have an ability to remember programmed routes, and be reasonably easy to install and use. [more inside]
posted by Tacos Are Pretty Great on Nov 29, 2007 - 11 answers

Girly Product Comparisons

Are there any magazines or websites which provide comparisons/recommendations for girly grooming products? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam on Nov 26, 2007 - 6 answers

Help me find a webtool to compare my income to the world's average income

I saw a website last year that allowed me to type in my annual income. The result was that it showed my modest income to be in the 97-percentile of the average income across the globe. It was helpful to put things in perspective. Now I want to share that webtool with a friend, but can't find it. Anybody know the site?
posted by rdauphin on Sep 27, 2007 - 5 answers

Where can I find statistics about open source software?

Where can I find comparisons of the time it takes for an application to become relatively mature (in feature set, and bugs) in comparison to its status as open or closed source?
posted by jackofsaxons on Sep 3, 2007 - 4 answers

food price comparison

Anyone know of a website that provides comprehensive food price data throughout the U.S.? For instance, lists the current price of top round beef, a gallon of milk, etc. I want to compare prices per region/city.
posted by sluglicker on Jul 30, 2007 - 9 answers

Comcast v. Verizon

What internet service to use in Cambridge, Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by jk252b on Jun 25, 2007 - 11 answers

The Drive to Nowhere

This may be an easy one (at least I hope so - and no, it hasn't been easy for me). Is there a site, or more than one site, that is somewhat devoted to compatibilities in hardware? I'm looking at notebook cdrw/dvd-rom (slim) drives and it would be nice to know which models will - ostensibly, anyway - work with which laptops. Help if you can. Thanks.
posted by zephyrbill on Mar 29, 2007 - 5 answers

The missing de meets the Big O

Given two unsorted lists, size N and M (N < M), how long [ O (???) ] and how much storage [ O (???) ] would be required to find elements in common between N and M (the number of common elements could range from 0 to N)? How would you go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by langeNU on Mar 27, 2007 - 29 answers

Joomla! or Wordpress Mu?

I've started cobbling a blogging site out in WordpressMu. Today, i ran across Joomla. I think I want to switch - any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Davaal on Feb 27, 2007 - 7 answers

Version control

How does a wiki store revisions? [more inside]
posted by deadfather on Dec 15, 2006 - 7 answers

Help me decide on new laptop, i'm down to the final 2 contenders.

Hp Pavillion dv9000t vs Dell Inspiron 1705 Help me make a final choice for a new laptop. These last two contenders are almost too similar and I wonder if I am overlooking anything significant that might set one apart. [more inside]
posted by stavx on Nov 29, 2006 - 5 answers

I'm an oil virgin. Please help!

Home Heating Oil question. I've never lived in a house heated by oil, so I have no idea how the whole thing works. [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty on Aug 4, 2006 - 16 answers

What are the BEST deal sites?

What are the best sites on the Internet that guide you to finding the best prices on a wide range of consumer items? I want to do comparison shopping, by locating the biggest selection from reputable stores (sites), compare product features, prices, possibly read reviews, but that's not a must, to get the best deals, period. In the past, I’ve used: BizRate, PriceGrabber, Shopping.com, and Froogle (Google). I know there must be more, or better sites out there, so what are they and let me know your experiences – pro & con.
posted by thebarron on Jun 10, 2006 - 8 answers

How can I look at my internets in the internets?

There used to be a website (of course there was) that examined a URL of one's choosing and then showed pretty pictures of how it was rendered in a few dozen different browsers and platforms. [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds on Mar 19, 2006 - 5 answers

WebsiteFilter: help me find a good interactive product comparison site/tool.

I'm looking for your favorite web site(s) that let you compare 2 products - actually, any 2 anything... [more inside]
posted by rmm on Feb 9, 2006 - 5 answers

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