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Help me convert 20-year-old word processing files into a current format

I have a bunch of old word processing files created in the early to mid 1990s. I can no longer open them without turning them into a jumble of unformatted text and symbols, and I'm hoping there's some kind of amazing program that can both identify old file types and then convert them to a current program. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by bassomatic on Sep 13, 2014 - 24 answers

Old car repairs

The catalytic converter needs to be replaced. The car is old and I don't have much spare money. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Aug 17, 2013 - 25 answers

How does one upload audio clips to YouTube?

For a while now I've been wanting to upload to YouTube audio clips of myself speaking . . . but I've no clue how to do this. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Aug 5, 2013 - 5 answers

What's the lifespan of TV converter boxes?

My converter box just all-of-a-sudden didn't work last night for my analog TV. [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd on Apr 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Can my smartphone simultaneously (i) accept input from my mouse and (ii) send output to my monitor?

Can my smartphone simultaneously (i) accept input from my mouse and (ii) send output to my monitor? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Aug 11, 2012 - 5 answers

What is the best way to extract audio from a youtube video?

I am trying to find the best, easiest and free way to extract audio from youtube. [more inside]
posted by firemonkey on Jul 25, 2012 - 17 answers

Save my video project, please!

Newbie video person here, having loads of trouble. I have some video files in .mts that I would like to edit in Windows Movie Maker (or, if I must, in iMovie) and then publish on YouTube or Vimeo. I need to convert them first, since they won't import correctly into either program. What free program do I use to do that, and what should I convert them into to make the editing and then uploading as pain-free as possible? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla on May 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Video noob seeks advice

Very specific video cable question (computer to LCD TV) [more inside]
posted by benito.strauss on Mar 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Hope my turn my cassettes into something less archaic.

Anyone have any experience of the HY-2010-TP gizmo for converting audio cassettes to mp3s? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Dec 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Vietnamese laptop in the US??

I need a laptop from Vietnam to work on US outlets....I'm talking long term use. Is it possible to change the power cord, or is it strictly a power converter, and if so what? [more inside]
posted by texas_blissful on Aug 18, 2011 - 9 answers

Batch COnvert Video Files

I need a program that will BATCH convert .wmv files to mpg or mp4 with the exact same quality as the original .wmv . Free or Paid. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Aug 17, 2011 - 13 answers

oh brother

Need a step-down converter for plugging a printer sold in the US (110V power) into a 3rd-world socket (240V power). I get the voltage part but watts and amps and such are a bit beyond my electronoobicity. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jul 27, 2011 - 18 answers

What happened to Word?

Suddenly and out of the blue, when I try to open Microsoft Word documents, even ones that I opened a few days ago, I can't. Help! Please! [more inside]
posted by tacoma1 on May 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Free Mac OCR/E-book software/toolchain

How can I get from paper to e-books for free on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by tellumo on May 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Cheap external TV tuner for broken TV?

TV tuner issues, part II: I need to find a workaround for a TV with a flaky tuner. [more inside]
posted by aaronbeekay on Jan 11, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me with the nuance of this software....

PDF Software Filter: Using Nuance PDF Converter Enterprise and finding very little online support for the software. I've authored several nifty forms, but any time a user opens them in a software external to Nuance two things happen. Details and snowflakes inside: [more inside]
posted by Draccy on Dec 27, 2010 - 1 answer

Simple VHS digitization that still satisfies a video nerd's lust for quality

This year for Christmas, I'd like to get my parents the gift of converting all their VHS tapes to digital format. I'm a sometime video editor and effects artist, so I need a solution that's a) cheap, b) not too involved, workflow-wise, and c) meets my video nerd half's demand for quality. What's the best solution that fits all three? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit on Dec 14, 2010 - 12 answers

What software would best utilize my computers resources for dvd authoring.

I just bought two sapphire 6850's and want to do some dvd authoring plus I have a 6 core amd 2.8Ghz. What can I use that would utilize this the best way possible. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks on Dec 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Can you recommend a good video converter for iPod?

What is the best and easiest app for converting video files on my PC (.avi) to something iPod compatible? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Nov 3, 2010 - 13 answers

How to convert .mov to .avi?

Please recommend a Mac program that I can use to convert .mov files to .avi. I've found a lot of possibilities online but they all look kind of sketchy and I can't find any reviews that seem trustworthy. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Sep 12, 2010 - 19 answers

Which universal adapter isn't a piece of crap?

I've got a trip coming up, and I need to find a good universal power adapter/converter. Reviews are hit or miss for pretty much every product online. Looking for some recommendations on products you've actually used and can vouch for. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Jun 21, 2010 - 8 answers

What are the best devices to buy so I can shoot and store pictures in Vietnam?

I'm overwhelmed by the wealth of conflicting opinions I've found by google-searching. Anyone have strong feelings about what brand/type of camera and power devices I should buy before traveling to Vietnam? [more inside]
posted by pieliza on Jan 4, 2010 - 8 answers

Catalytic converter unnecessary?

Do I need to replace the catalytic converter and oxygen sensor in a 2000 Honda Civic (125k miles)? Engine suddenly idling low. [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Nov 4, 2009 - 17 answers

Sound of Science

Sound junkies, I need your help: it's a two-parter. [more inside]
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing on Apr 23, 2009 - 2 answers

Converter box blurring picture?

Is a new TV converter box blurring my digital picture? [more inside]
posted by bbranden1 on Mar 26, 2009 - 4 answers

Power adapters needed for US-to-Mexican travel?

Help! My SO is leaving for Mexico (work-related) in the AM and needs to know what the deal is with electronics (i.e., laptops, digital camera, cell phone, etc.) w/r/t converters or adapters for power cables and so forth. [more inside]
posted by joe lisboa on Feb 28, 2009 - 6 answers

TIFF to PDF

What is the best way to convert large batches of multi-page TIFFs to PDF? [more inside]
posted by [expletive deleted] on Feb 11, 2009 - 10 answers

Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer bought in USA? How to use in U.K?

Just returned from fabulous 2 week holiday in New York. I Brought back Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer from Staples costing $230. Unfortunately, I cannot use it in U.K., unless I plug voltage converter/transformer products. Has anyone else bought this set over there with more success? Any advice \ information appreciated. Please specify me What exact voltage converter product to buy & where to buy it from USA online store. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi on Jan 28, 2009 - 4 answers

What are the best programs that can convert almost ALL kinds of video files and vice-versa?

What are the best programs (paid/shareware/freeware/open source) that can convert almost ALL kinds of video files and vice-versa? [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi on Jan 21, 2009 - 10 answers

Cheap DTV

Where can I get the cheapest possible DTV converter box? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Jan 5, 2009 - 16 answers

WMA and MP3 to CDA - Freeware

Leaving on a trip in 12 hours. Wife wants a mix of wma and mp3 converter so she can play it in the car. Looking for freeware. [more inside]
posted by bleucube on Oct 13, 2008 - 3 answers

I hope they choke on the fumes...

Should I get a new catalytic converter for my truck? [more inside]
posted by ZaneJ. on Aug 26, 2008 - 5 answers

How to connect an old external HD drive?

I lost the data cable for an old IOMEGA HDD 120 USB drive. IOMEGA no longer carries the cables. How can I get the data off it? [more inside]
posted by catsclaw on May 22, 2008 - 4 answers

.mov file converter + format advice please

I have a .mov file that I want to edit with Windows Movie Maker (which came with Vista Ultimate). I need a free (and hassle-free) converter....and advice about which format is best to convert to. Eventual destination will be YouTube. Thanks.
posted by JtJ on May 11, 2008 - 8 answers

Sort, OCR, export text from PDFs

I am in need of a server-side Linux or Unix-based software solution that will sort uploaded PDF files that can be PDF-native (that is, created in such a way that the text in the PDF is freely copyable), PDFs with embedded text over images (usually the result of a previous OCR job), and PDF-scanned, which are PDFs containing no text, only scanned images. The PDF-native files and PDFs with embedded text it will extract text from, the PDF-scanned files it will then OCR and export that text. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Mar 17, 2008 - 4 answers

How can I use this UK appliance in the US?

British appliance, US power: can they find happiness together? [more inside]
posted by bac on Dec 9, 2007 - 15 answers

Convert my co-ax to ethernet

I need to convert my inbound Verizon FiOS connection, which terminates on the router via co-axial cable, to ethernet. I've found adapters out there for a couple bucks, but will they actually work? [more inside]
posted by TeamBilly on Sep 17, 2007 - 3 answers

AVI to DVD for the blinking 12:00 set?

My sister gave me a DVD with some AVI files of video that she took on a recent vacation to Paris. I want to burn this to a normal DVD so that my technophobe grandparents can watch it on their DVD player. Insert blinking 12:00 joke here. How do I do this, preferably for free, using my iMac and it's DVD burner?
posted by SpecialK on Aug 29, 2007 - 5 answers

PAL->NTSC->NYC

Can anyone direct me to a storefront in NYC where I can find a simple hardware PAL -> NTSC video converter (RF inputs)? [more inside]
posted by lovejones on Aug 10, 2007 - 13 answers

What kind of a converter do I need to backup my laptop hard drive?

What kind of a converter do I need to backup my laptop hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate on Jun 3, 2007 - 6 answers

International voltage converters/transformers..

Advice on voltage transformers for using US kitchen appliances in Europe? [more inside]
posted by sdis on May 30, 2007 - 10 answers

Help me find a 110V to 230V voltage converter

I have a Electric shaver, Electric kettle and a Sandwich maker that uses 230V. They have round type pins in the plug. I would like to use them in USA. So I need to find a 110V to 230V voltage converter that also supports round pin plugs. I found this worldwide adapter plug in Amazon, and it seems like the idel thing I'm looking for except for the fact that it doesn't convert voltages. So if I can find something similar to this which converts from 110V to 230 v and vise versa it would be great. If it's not possible at least a one that converts from 110v to 230v. Please recommand me any converter that you are satsfied with and show me a place to buy. Thanks in advance.
posted by WizKid on Mar 3, 2007 - 11 answers

Is it safe to keep a step-down converter turned on at all times?

I just picked up a 1000W step-down converter (220V-110V) to power a receiver after a 750W exploded in a blaze of glory when I turned it on one morning. I'd very much like to avoid this kind of thing again. So my question is, is it relatively safe to keep step-down converters turned on at all times? If so, will it constantly be using 1000W of power even when the receiver is turned off? I've heard differing opinions but found no definitive answer on the interwebs. Related, is it true that you should always have something plugged into the converter when it is turned on?
posted by DefendBrooklyn on Feb 17, 2007 - 7 answers

A complicated gift

Voltage converter / inflating an air mattress to be used in Italy: My friend, a sculpture instructor in Florence, Italy, is putting us up and guiding us around the city. Very cool. He has asked that we bring an air mattress with an electric pump, which he will later use for camping, also in Italy. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jan 5, 2007 - 9 answers

Help me convert my iPod video, please!

What is the best way to convert my videos for iPod viewing? [more inside]
posted by antifuse on Nov 21, 2006 - 7 answers

SCART input to PC

I have a Freeview box with SCART output that I want to watch on my PC. It doesnt have any kind of video input yet, but thats where you lovely people come in. [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Nov 6, 2006 - 7 answers

ISA to PCI or Serial Converter?

Converting an ISA card to something usable in a modern system? [more inside]
posted by voidcontext on Sep 21, 2006 - 8 answers

Must connect the male bit to the female bit! IDEs and SATAs!

Is there such a thing as an IDE to SATA converter? [more inside]
posted by bkudria on Aug 10, 2006 - 9 answers

Help my iPod know (in the Biblical sense) some other equipment

I'm having trouble connecting my iPod to my PC and to an external speaker system. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Aug 6, 2006 - 10 answers

simple images-to-video converter for mac/unix?

can anyone recommend a simple piece of Mac (or unix) software that will take a bunch of image files named abc001, abc002, etc and string them together into a video file that i can view with a lowest-common-denominator video player? [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich on Mar 4, 2006 - 6 answers

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