Where in Manhattan should I go to look at and possibly buy gadgets, electronics, and computery type stuff that would be hard to buy (excluding online) anywhere else?
posted by Mwongozi
on Oct 11, 2010 -
I've had a computer architecture bouncing around in my head since I mis-understood what a bit slice meant in 1981. It turns out it might be just the ticket for doing really fast computing, but I need to be sure the idea really has merit. I've blogged about it. Is it a great idea, or stupid? [more inside]
posted by MikeWarot
on Jul 7, 2010 -
What key personal data should I remove from my employer's Mac? And how? [more inside]
posted by puffl
on Jul 7, 2010 -
What is the easiest way to setup 120 children with their own individual blog? They're all 10 and 11 year olds and they'll be used solely for a 2 week unit of work at school.
posted by mooreeasyvibe
on May 25, 2010 -
I've just got a new netbook running Windows 7. I've not maintained a windows machine since 2001 (my home machines have been mac then Ubuntu, at work I use Debian). I figure I should give Windows another chance. Specific questions I have follow, but I'm really after any good tips and tricks for becoming a power user of Windows 7. What should I know? What are your top tips? [more inside]
posted by handee
on Feb 25, 2010 -
What is the terminal-type thing I used in a New York State elementary school in the mid- to late-70s and early 80s? [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater
on Feb 9, 2010 -
How likely is it that in the next 2-3 years cloud computing (using for example google chrome OS with web apps running off thin clients) will be the norm and how should a non-profit organization with high tech needs (healthcare) but limited tech resources begin to position itself for the changes this might entail?
posted by dougiedd
on Nov 19, 2009 -
In the first half of the 20th century groups of scientists in United States created the first electronic computers, fitting big halls, they needed permanent assistance because of overheating and continuous repair. The price of the construction and the maintenance was probably huge. Having such a thing was expensive, it seemed to be probably a luxury what only very very few countries could afford at that time. BUT, there was a scientist who prognosed that at the end of the 20th century every country in the world will be able to afford such a machine. He was obviously true. Now every country has at least one computer.
My question(s): Who was this person? Where and when did he told what he told? And the exact citation would be appreciated.
I am very sure it was he, the club of computers was filled by gentlemen at this time I think. I don't know whether it was Neumann or someone else. Please help, I am very curious about this. I did not find the answer by myself, for sure you all now more. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by fifigyuri
on Sep 9, 2009 -
Help us get things electronic.
My Dad has lot of forms (an example of one here
) to fill out for his little electrician business. Lots of forms for each job. How can he fill them out on the computer, save it to a database and be able to print them out? [more inside]
posted by mooreeasyvibe
on Jul 22, 2009 -
How would you network your home if you had a blank slate? Wired or wireless?
Our house is about to be almost entirely demolished and we have the opportunity to 'future-proof' our home. Given that the walls are down, should we take the chance to fill them full of wires? If so, what sort? [more inside]
posted by hydrophobic
on Jul 21, 2009 -
How many (available, i.e., plugged in) spare GHz are there in the world? [more inside]
posted by mpls2
on Jun 21, 2009 -
My computer science department is debating replacing its in-house services with internet-based services (e.g. no mail server, but use Gmail instead; no local home pages but use gmail pages instead). Is this a good idea? Any hidden traps/cost with the approach? Does anyone have success or horror stories with this approach that I can share with my committee?
posted by media_itoku
on Feb 24, 2009 -
What are the libraries/techniques that are available for event synchronization in C++? More specifically, how would I go about learning the best strategies for synchronizing events (say, a graphical event with an sound, or one sound with another)?
I'm looking to learn about the techniques that are used by complex games as well as audio software, like Ableton Live or Logic. [more inside]
posted by dubitable
on Feb 7, 2009 -
My wife has recently expressed an interest in moving from Australia to America to work for a year (possibly longer). Can anyone provide some advice on how to make this possible (visas, employment etc)? [more inside]
posted by ranglin
on Jan 5, 2009 -
YAEQ: How would I generate a chart in Excel 2007 that tracks, not towards a goal per se, but progress of a value over a length of time? [more inside]
posted by booticon
on Dec 5, 2008 -
Help me a choose a widescreen monitor. The more I look, the more confused I get. Tell me what to do. Please. [more inside]
posted by rhymer
on Oct 9, 2008 -
I'm helping out an elderly lady who is using a laptop with XP which is showing signs of unreliability. It is now permanently sat on a table so it doesn't get moved around. She is especially concerned about a failure leading to a loss of outlook express e-mails.
This person is easily confused by all things computer related so it has to work with minimum intervention and be as simple as possible.
I was thinking of using an external drive and Acronis true image 11 home. I would set up True image to mirror on to the external drive.
I was also thinking of automatically forwarding all outlook express mails to a web mail account - yahoo mail - as she has a yahoo account already. Being able to read from a webmail account would allow uninteruped service should anything go wrong.
Is there anything wrong with this?
posted by conrad101
on Aug 18, 2008 -
Tell me about Network Attached Storage ( NAS )? In particular what current manufactuers should I avoid for a typical 1 terabyte (or greater) RAID array? I'm also interested in general information and pitfalls for NAS devices and implementations. [more inside]
posted by loquacious
on Aug 10, 2008 -
Adobe Acrobat Professional (8.0): Is there any way to distribute stamps from one machine to another? How about simply sorting them? [more inside]
posted by wheat
on Jun 30, 2008 -
Can I extend the life of my aging Dell XPS desktop by means of a processor swap? Details within. [more inside]
posted by killdevil
on Jun 5, 2008 -
What kind of jobs can I get with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing from ASU? [more inside]
posted by stlboi
on Mar 31, 2008 -
Is there a simple program out there that you can drag a file onto that will automagically upload to a pre-configured FTP server and copy the URL to the clipboard? [more inside]
posted by booticon
on Mar 27, 2008 -
Trying to make a video in Ulead VideoStudio, but am stymied on a few things. Help? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Feb 19, 2008 -
Can you help me decide between PDA's, Smartphones, Pocket PCs and the year 2008? I am looking most specifically for info on the Sony Clie PEG NX70V ... IPAQ 4350 ... and IPAQ 2215. But advice on any of this would be immensely helpful! I did search AskMeFi, but found only info for new equipment or old posts. I'm talking used equipment instead, older but able to keep up with current software stuff. (More inside) [more inside]
posted by thewhynotgirl
on Jan 24, 2008 -
How can I generate a "visual average" from a group of digital images?
A few years ago, I saw a BoingBoing post
in which a guy had taken the pixel means of Playboy centerfolds for several decades. I'd like to use the same technique and am wondering if there's any off-the-shelf (preferably free) stuff that can do that.
posted by k7lim
on Jan 22, 2008 -
In a modern CPU, how many individual electrons, approximately, are "let through" in each clock-cycle of, say, an individual transistor or logic gate? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob
on Jan 8, 2008 -
Since I transferred all my data to a new mother board, when I switch from writing emails to writing in Word the 'insert' function changes, that is, if I have been writing an email and something getrs overwritten and I press 'insert' to overcome that, all is good until I switch to Word and the stuff gets overwritten until I press 'insert' and so on, ad infinitum. Is it possible to set the same default for both?
I use Windows XP, and am in South Australia.
posted by Nayano
on Nov 10, 2007 -
I need recommendations for a scanner that will scan documents into black-and-white PDF files in a quick, clear and crisp fashion. I am also interested in hearing of any brands to avoid. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink
on Oct 19, 2007 -
Where's my mobile phone brush? Cell phone, yo -- how 'come there don't seem to be any such apps, even on the so-called smartphones. I know the Palm One units have available apps and I would imagine so would the Windows Mobile ones, but what about java-based phones? Am I missing some huge repository of apps or something? [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless
on Sep 27, 2007 -
MYSQL question: I want to develop simple input form for our internal office MYSQL. We need to attach files to our product information. I'm using OO, but it doesn't deal with BLOBs what other software could I use to create forms to our database? [more inside]
posted by Yavsy
on Aug 20, 2007 -
Soundblaster problem: WinXP. The device, even after reinstall, does not appear [more inside]
posted by Goofyy
on Jun 27, 2007 -
CareerFilter: Should I become a magazine / new media journalist? [UK based] - LONG POST WARNING! [more inside]
posted by dcbarker
on Feb 7, 2007 -