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Out in the Twitter sphere..

Are there any tools available for non-technical people that would enable to scrape owned Twitter content (all the tweets that are attributed to a handle)? I know there are ways for more tech savvy folks to tap into Twitter API, however, is there a service (free or paid) that would enable non tech people to load in a bunch of Twitter URLs and get a spreadsheet of tweets? Your input is very much appreciated!
posted by mooselini on Nov 11, 2016 - 6 answers

Understanding why Trump won.

Looking for good analysis, preferably quantitative, of how Trump won. Where are people looking at the available data and sharing ideas? What parts of Trump's message brought people out for him? How can other politicians address the legitimate concerns of his voters without all the negative stuff that goes along with him? [more inside]
posted by molla on Nov 9, 2016 - 28 answers

Phone for next 6 months CONUS then 3yrs OCONUS?

I don't have a cell phone but I'm six months pregnant and probably need one. Difficulty, moving to Japan in the spring. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Oct 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Lost notes

I lost a lot of documents from the Notes app on my mid-2012 Macbook Air. Is there ANY way they are recoverable? [more inside]
posted by colorblock sock on Oct 11, 2016 - 5 answers

How to save info about photos on a mac

I'm a graduate student and the research project I am working on requires me to analyze articles and pictures from old newspapers. I took photos of what I needed, and then saved the info about each one (date, author, title, page number, etc) in iPhoto. Sadly, when iPhoto "updated" to the newer version, this data was lost. I am looking for a more reliable way to store this data alongside the photos. Right now I just have it written in notebooks the old fashioned way - there has to be a better option. I want to attach the info directly to the photo so that if I switch computers or applications, it will still be in the file for good. I hope this makes sense, I am not great with technology.
posted by CancerSucks on Oct 3, 2016 - 6 answers

How do I get all my health/medical records from hospitals and doctors

I'll try to keep this brief. I will likely be moving to Southern-Europe and will need to form new relationships with new doctors. Now, what from what I've been advised - they told me they want everything since I have multiple issues (PTSD from war, Anxiety over loud bangs/sounds, fireworks, Phobia of small places..) had a couple of MRIs after my car being rear-ended as well. So is it as simple (I like in Mass) as emailing/calling them and asking me to send me all my records? I don't even know what records holds. Is it what things they diagnosed me with, blood results, my medication, my MRI results. Stuff like that? Does it cost anything? Any help is extremely appreciated. Thank you all!
posted by bostonhill on Aug 27, 2016 - 6 answers

What should I do with a presumably fraudulent thumb drive?

I found a thumb drive online claiming to hold 2 terabytes for $16. For no good reason, I bought it. It must be a fraud, and now I'm afraid to even plug it in. [more inside]
posted by Sleeper on Aug 22, 2016 - 14 answers

Can I save myself hours of linguistic data analysis??

I have roughly 100 narrative language transcripts that I need to code and analyse. So far I've spent a good few weeks getting through all the coding that definitely needs to be done by a human, but now I'm left with all the measures that I know somewhere there must be some software/online analyser to help me figure out other than 100% manually. [more inside]
posted by rose selavy on Aug 16, 2016 - 4 answers

Discreet Data Collecting Wearable

I want to collect as much body data as I can as comfortably and discreetly as possible, what are your recommendations? [more inside]
posted by 10ch on Aug 5, 2016 - 1 answer

Cell service in Cuba, 2016 edition

(previously, 2005). Looks like a trip to Cuba will in fact go down in September. Cursory research indicates that the cell network there is GSM and that there is no US roaming in place (not a shock). Any pointers, tips, useful links? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Aug 1, 2016 - 12 answers

Can you help the graphically challenged?

I need to create an easy visualization of some data and then overlay it on top of a map. Without resorting to coloring on tracing paper, can you help me with a digital solution? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Jul 28, 2016 - 4 answers

How to present and evaluate data relative to weight

I could use some help walking through this: I have Excel data that means more or less depending on where it comes from. When I'm working with it, presenting it, or thinking about it, I want to treat it differently depending on origin. Example within. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jul 19, 2016 - 11 answers

Help me backup my SSD / operating system drive!

I'm trying to make sure that I'm covered if my SSD drive goes kaput. [more inside]
posted by brianvan on Jul 18, 2016 - 1 answer

iPhone headache

Issues with iPhone 6 with Sprint, Eastern USA, major metro area. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jul 10, 2016 - 4 answers

Is there a better solution than Excel?

I have over a hundred vintage sewing patterns (and about half again as many modern ones) and a fabric stash sufficient to make at least 2/3 of the patterns. I am looking for some sort of cataloging option. I'm using Excel, but it does not handle pictures well (right now, each pattern has a link to its page--assuming it has one--at vintagepatterns.wikia.com, but fabric swatches are not really archived online) and I'd like a system that's both visual and descriptive. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Jun 30, 2016 - 13 answers

Entertaining Data Sets

I'm looking for a whimsical large data set. Something bizarrely specific, or just an area you'd never guess there was that much to measure. For example, the amount of materials used by the Teddy Bear industry or the shifting volume of animal feces at major zoos. I've been searching through the many big data set sites to no avail. The ideal set would contain around a million nodes and, if relational, a few hundred thousand connections. A factor of ten either way would be reasonable though.
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Jun 12, 2016 - 6 answers

International Sim

I'm off to Germany in a few weeks and would like to ensure that I have available data there. What's the best way for a UK person to have a gigabyte or so mobile data for a week in Germany? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Jun 10, 2016 - 3 answers

How to track data when it changes rapidly and unpredictably?

When you are receiving updates to data or a project in rapid and unpredictable fashion, how do you keep track of these changes? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 7, 2016 - 8 answers

Which pre-paid SIM card to buy for cross-Europe travel?

Please give me some suggestions on a prepaid sim card (unlocked iPhone 5s) for a three month trip to Europe, based out of Germany. I need 1-2 gigs of LTE data per month and hope not to be gouged while roaming in a few other countries. Specific company suggestions would be much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jun 6, 2016 - 6 answers

My castle in the clouds... New Rules for data architecture.

I need a cloud storage service and I know just enough to be overwhelmed. Halp? [more inside]
posted by fritillary on Jun 3, 2016 - 2 answers

Job titles and opportunities for data-wrangling and analysis

I've been doing a little bit of data-wrangling at work and I've found that I enjoy it and I'm pretty good at it. What sort of jobs and training should I be researching to get out of jobs with 'admin' in the title and into more focused, longer-term work in data analysis and possibly GIS? [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Jun 2, 2016 - 9 answers

Help us strategize our phone situation in Europe!

Two American couples, in Europe for about a month, wondering how to optimize our cell phone coverage for the trip. What should we do in general, calling and datawise? And what is the best way for at least one person from each couple to have the best wikipedia/yelp/etc. access while we're out and about during the trip? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on May 30, 2016 - 6 answers

Best way to protect the contents of an external hard drive?

I have one hard drive with some important documents on it and I'm looking to protect these contents in the event of theft. What's the best (not too difficult) way to do this? I'm on Apple OS.
posted by malhouse on May 29, 2016 - 5 answers

Best cheap or free resources for learning R?

I'm looking for some help cutting through the mix of crap that Google throws up and finding some quality free (or very inexpensive) resources for learning the statistical programming language R. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on May 27, 2016 - 8 answers

Flickr, Dropbox or $OTHER for a family?

What is the current best way to have a cloud backup of family pictures & videos, shared among a family? Bonus points for files besides pictures. [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on May 12, 2016 - 14 answers

Summarizing daily reports in Excel

I get a daily report of activity from a set of items and I want to make a automatically-updating summary sheet (I'm fine doing this in Excel, Google Sheets, or Apple Numbers). [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Apr 30, 2016 - 4 answers

Graphical relationship visualisation

What tools would you recommend for creating a dynamic relationship visualisation? Thinking along the lines of They Rule. [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Apr 29, 2016 - 7 answers

Excel Question

Is it possible in excel to create a formula that says "if a value in this column is in this range of numbers, put label x in a different column." [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Apr 28, 2016 - 4 answers

Best way to parse this data

I have a massive data set, 45 to 60 years of 5 different sets with each one needs several different sorting. Good automation of this would be great. [more inside]
posted by bigbadbehr on Apr 11, 2016 - 10 answers

Why is my new iPhone 6 using so much data?

Up until two weeks ago I had an iPhone4 and a 1GB data plan, which was just fine for what I do, namely browsing Metafilter and the New York Times. Suddenly upon acquiring a new iPhone 6, I somehow began using large amounts of data. I've already had to upgrade to a 4GB plan in order to avoid extra charges. What happened? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Apr 8, 2016 - 8 answers

Fraud from personal data?

Let's say someone has gotten access to your full name, date of birth, city of birth, and signature. Can someone commit fraud with these pieces of information, and if so, how? If not, I'm wondering what else they might try to get. I'm concerned I might be at risk for fraud because someone has snooped around and gotten the above data about me and I just got a bad feeling about them.
posted by mintchip on Apr 8, 2016 - 7 answers

Magnetic card data recovery -- is it possible, and if so, how?

I received a box of Scotch Brand MC/ST 530 Magnetic Cards. There is probably data on them. How, if possible, do I retrieve it? [more inside]
posted by pepper bird on Apr 7, 2016 - 9 answers

Prepping a McBook Pro for sale.

I've got a 2011 MBP that I'd like to prep for sale. It's still running Snow Leopard (and I don't have the boot disks.) What's the easiest, most idiot-proof way to wipe it clean so I can sell it? Is it worth going to the Apple Store for this sort of thing?
posted by Tamanna on Apr 4, 2016 - 12 answers

How might I randomise some spreadsheet rows once I populate it?

I'm developing a training resource for a client and the brief requires me to provide some spreadsheets that summarise employment data for a small fictitious company. The spreadsheets must have one row per employee. I want to populate the rows as if the spreadsheet has already been sorted, for example by grouping employees by age, and then randomise the rows so students are given spreadsheets where there is no row by row pattern to the data, for example as if employees had been entered in alphabetical order. [more inside]
posted by dowcrag on Apr 1, 2016 - 2 answers

Open Source Employer Data?

What's the best source to automatically pull data specific to companies, including industry, size, location, public/private, etc.? [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot on Mar 17, 2016 - 2 answers

Sim card or whatever for iPhone while travelling in US

This seems like an obvious question but the internet is being surprisingly non-informative and what information I can find seems to be several years old. I will be travelling for about 1 month. I have a totally unlocked iPhone 6s purchased in the UK. Can I walk into a store in the US when I arrive, buy a pre-paid nano sim with a data allowance, and stick it in my phone and use it? [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Mar 16, 2016 - 8 answers

Best cell phone carrier?

know it's been asked before, but these things change constantly. I'm on a 3G plan with ATT but end up going over every month so I pay ~108 a month for nothing special. I want an iPhone 6s (not negotiable for the purpose of this post, so no Google network or whatever), solid coverage, and good international data for various travels. Does anyone have a suggestion? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on Mar 5, 2016 - 10 answers

Automated data collection for playtesting games-- does it exist?

I'm a programmer with interests in game dev, data analysis and data science. It seems to me that A/B testing would be a cool thing to implement for playtesting games, along with data on in-game choices, playtime and satisfaction rankings. Is there an application/library/suite/engine that already does this? Is it free and/or open source? Or could this be a fun, albeit super-long, project for me to work on?
posted by dee lee on Feb 26, 2016 - 2 answers

Good Excel/CSV data visualisation tools for Windows desktops?

How can I make Excel datasets look nice without too much mucking about? [more inside]
posted by turbid dahlia on Feb 15, 2016 - 6 answers

verizon to MVNO

I'm on a grandfathered unlimited data plan on Verizon. I use <1GB of data a month, and I'm paying $90/mo for it. I should go to an MVNO, right? Help me wade through the details. [more inside]
posted by Dashy on Jan 25, 2016 - 5 answers

Nonprofit nirvana ... or not

Phone screen with a social justice-oriented nonprofit next week... yay! I have never actually worked for a nonprofit full-time and it's been years since I've interned for one. I would welcome ideas on aspects to run toward/away from. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Jan 22, 2016 - 11 answers

How to recover files from old CD/DVD-R?

I have a decent number of 10+ year old CD-Rs and DVD-Rs, and a few of them have started to go south. I'd like to pull off as much of the data as possible, even if it means an audio glitch or a corrupted bit of an image here and there. (Where at the moment, the OS X Finder just gives up and I don't get any part of the damaged file at all.) Is there an app or technique you would suggest for this purpose? [more inside]
posted by mboszko on Jan 4, 2016 - 10 answers

Brake Specific Fuel Consumption

Dear MeFi mechanical engineers: In the back of my car's owners manual are the engine's HP/torque/BSFC curves (god bless those data-loving Germans). Will the overall fuel economy always be optimized at the lowest point on the BSFC curve? With the gearing and wheel diameter, this point works out to be 84mph. That can't be right, right?
posted by hwyengr on Dec 22, 2015 - 9 answers

Learning as much as possible about data analytics in a month?

I have an opportunity to assist on a research project, but my background isn't very data-y. [more inside]
posted by easter queen on Dec 18, 2015 - 12 answers

Graphic design for scientific figures

I'm looking for examples of well-designed scientific figures. As a materials scientist I've encountered many horrendous figures that are difficult to understand and read. I've read about collaborations between graphic design and physical science departments, which yield much more attractive and informative figures, but these examples are few and far between. I'm hoping to apply principles from good graphic design and data visualization to my own work. Are there any resources or websites where I can learn more about this?
posted by Aanidaani on Dec 18, 2015 - 10 answers

List of all U.S. Bridges

Working on a project and I need a list of all (or a lot) of the bridges in the United States. [more inside]
posted by jschu on Dec 17, 2015 - 9 answers

Quantified self

I collect a lot of data about myself. I want to aggregate all this stuff in one place for personal use. [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Dec 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Excel 2013 - I have no explanation for this chart behavior. Do you?

Excel 2013 - I have no explanation for this chart behavior. Do you? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Dec 15, 2015 - 6 answers

Pulling pictures from old phones & laptops, oh my!

Is there a service that pulls pictures and videos from a bunch of old phones, laptops & Macbooks? [more inside]
posted by crayon on Dec 14, 2015 - 4 answers

Need to make a table of information on a web page sortable

I've got a web page of static content that I need to make sortable by multiple columns. Essentially, it's a calendar that has these columns: date, location, event. I need to put this information onto a simple, fast-loading web page in such a fashion that I can have a primary method of sorting and then also sort things in a secondary and/or tertiary way within those results. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 9, 2015 - 3 answers

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