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Best SIM card for EU roaming data?

I will be traveling for 10 days in Germany (2 days), Denmark (2 days), and Sweden (6 days) at the end of this month. Voice and texting is relatively unimportant, but I do need data for maps, keeping in touch with my traveling companions, etc. What's the best way to do this, given that I'm in Greece at the moment and need the SIM card by Friday? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars on Jul 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Traveling to Vancouver. Pre-paid mobile data plans?

I'll be in Vancouver and the surrounding area next week. What's the best way for me to get data on my cellphone? Something like a prepaid mobile SIM card tied to a data plan. Just relying on wifi isn't an option as half of the time I won't be in the city. [more inside]
posted by destrius on Jul 15, 2014 - 10 answers

Long-term offsite data storage (not minute-to-minute backup)?

Can anyone suggest a good service to store data offsite, for long-term secure storage? This is as opposed to, say, minute-to-minute backups of your hard drive. [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Jul 8, 2014 - 8 answers

Best Multi-Country Cell SIM?

My son is going on a three-week school trip to several countries in Europe about a month. I'd like to either buy a SIM for his (out of contract, unlocked) iPhone 4s, or direct him to buy one in London, at the airport, when he lands. I'm specifically looking for decent voice rates to the US, some international texting, and data to include an available network of WiFi. [more inside]
posted by tomierna on May 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Hard drive recovery near baltimore

Can anyone recommend a hard drive / data recovery service near Baltimore? Or failing that, a non-local one / a non-spammy explanation of how to find such a service that is reputable and not too expensive? Perhaps a sign of the times, but google is really being unhelpful, and mostly giving me fake local ones that seem to be aiming to SEO-trick people who are doing the obvious searches into thinking they're actually local. [more inside]
posted by advil on May 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Thinking about a career change, but what exactly to?

I'm currently a records manager for the Feds, but what I really love is the data. I've been thinking that I would like to change over into a more research/policy analyst type of job, but I'm unsure of exactly how to get from here to there. [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible on Apr 22, 2014 - 2 answers

Is there an app for that?

I have an urgent need for a way to share a daily journal + notes among multiple people, that is searchable by date and term. Bonus difficulty: it needs to have a very low learning curve. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 10, 2014 - 9 answers

I just have my suspicions, is all

I'm looking for a relatively fine-grained source of health and environmental data for Contra Costa County, CA. County-by-county is no good, and even city-by-city isn't that great. I'd like to see it by block if possible (zip code would be useful). Anything that fine-grained would be fine: cancer rates, mortality rates, air quality, etc. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Apr 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Concrete steps from academic economics into data science/management

I would like a job that allows me to write programs or scripts for data processing/analysis. I am trying to understand what a move from academic economics to data-science/management would involve for me in terms of specific steps and goals. What would I need to learn, and what should I prioritise learning? Should I study at home or take a course? When (i.e. after how much or what sort of study/self-study etc) should one think about actually applying for those sorts of jobs? [more inside]
posted by mister_kaupungister on Apr 4, 2014 - 7 answers

is it possible to recover data from a locked phone?

Some weeks ago, I changed my phone's password while half asleep and haven't been able to remember it since. I've since gotten a new phone, but I really want to get the pictures and videos that were on there. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Mar 16, 2014 - 9 answers

How to display geographic data in an easy way?

Hi all, I have a side project in which I want to see the places I frequent on a yearly basis. I have gotten my hands on a beautiful data sheet that logs all my movements in the past year travel wise, and now I want to display that data on a map. [more inside]
posted by pando11 on Mar 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Visualizing events over time, geographically

I have a database that contains many thousands of time-stamped events each of which has a geographic location. What visualization projects could I use to explore this data? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Feb 12, 2014 - 8 answers

Topological Data Analysis, I think it's called?

Using a dataset I would like to perform the type of analysis shown here: How would I go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Feb 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Best International SIM card for data in France, Belguim and Netherlands

I am going to be in Paris, Belgium and The Netherlands for about six days each. I will have an unlocked iPhone 4S (from AT&T) and will want to use data while there. Which international SIM card should I get? [more inside]
posted by soelo on Jan 28, 2014 - 7 answers

It's basically a haystack made of needles.

I have a ton of old, ad hoc backups from a variety of old computers going back years. I've been very good about keeping the data around and alive, safe from bitrot, but not at organizing it or keeping it useful. How do I sort through this heap of disorganized data and make it useful? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Jan 17, 2014 - 4 answers

ISO: 21st Century - information wants out of 3 ring binders

We have a number of (internal) groups providing information about (external) clients. Help me figure out the best way to track this information for easy report generation. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Jan 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Should I join the UK genome project?

I'm interested in joining the UK personal genome project (PGP), as I like big science and think that the project looks interesting and has some admirable aims. However, I'm not so sure about having my genetic information freely available on the internet, and I don't fully understand what the risks of this could be. I found this article on the gurdian, but any more information, resources or advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
posted by Ned G on Nov 13, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I best replace my dead PS3 without losing all my stuff?

My beloved 60GB "Fat" PS3 has kicked, after many years of faithful service. I'm trying to figure out how to replace it with minimal hassle and without losing anything from the hard drive. Google search turns up conflicting advice. Long-ish explanation follows. [more inside]
posted by churl on Oct 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Where to get a russian SIM card

Where to get a prepaid SIM in Moscow with a good data plan? [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Sep 25, 2013 - 6 answers

What's the best short term/least hassle cell phone data plan?

A friend is visiting from Brazil and is bringing his iphone 4s with him. He wants to use it while he's here. What's the least painful way to make that happen? [more inside]
posted by msali on Sep 10, 2013 - 12 answers

EXIF data

Will editing a photo in a program like Photoshop destroy the original EXIF data from that photo? If I cut and pasted part of a photo and saved it as "NEW" what would the EXIF data of that "NEW" photo show? [more inside]
posted by BillyAnne on Aug 14, 2013 - 11 answers

MS Word / Excel 2011 for Mac catalog merge mystery

I have a batch of mixed-format data including long-form text fields, hyperlinks, number and plain text in an Excel doc. I have assembled a Word catalog merge file intended to allow me to proof the data manually. There are 42 records. On merge, the output document results in what appears to be the correct number of pages and records. However, records 28-42 do not appear to place any data in the destination document. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Apr 15, 2013 - 1 answer

Are AT&T data plans for iPad still month to month, or is it a contract?

The original promise of the data plans for an iPad was that they were not a long term contract, but rather something you could use for a month or two, disable / cancel for a few months and then activate again as you needed it. You also would not have overage charges as running into the limit would just disable your account until you upped the plan. Is that still the case? [more inside]
posted by ridogi on Apr 4, 2013 - 12 answers

simple excel 2007 question

I need a solution to a pretty simple problem with counting instances of different text phrases in Excel. [more inside]
posted by clockzero on Mar 26, 2013 - 8 answers

What are the cutting edge data visualization tools out there right now?

I am handy with HTML, CSS and a little Javascript. I also have a lot of experience with Wordpress theme development. What is the best path for me to become an ace data visualizer on the web? [more inside]
posted by Rodrigo Lamaitre on Feb 16, 2013 - 10 answers

iPhone data service w/o paying for the phone part? (Seattle)

My ideal situation would be basically an iPod Touch with unlimited 4G connectivity for $50-60/month. I'd love to figure out a way to still have all of the features I love with my iPhone, while simultaneously ditching the cost of making calls. Seriously. I have so many anytime minutes banked it's nuts. I'm grandfathered on unlimited data with AT&T (which means nothing really), except that I have a AT&T iPhone 4S to use once my contract is up next year. (Thought it might be pertinent for scenarios.) Not interested in carrying around a second device (e.g. mobile wifi). Thoughts?
posted by letstrythis on Feb 6, 2013 - 16 answers

Data-getting programming for noobs

Can you help me get an idea of what this personal programming project of designing a "data-getting" program (details inside) would involve, given I would be starting from noob level? Alternatives? [more inside]
posted by mister_kaupungister on Feb 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Correlating names between two spreadsheets

I need to correlate two spreadsheets which relate to the same group of people. The name data is messy, however, and I'm having a hard time matching the names. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Jan 18, 2013 - 8 answers

How to transfer pics

How do I copy photos efficiently to my computer? [more inside]
posted by jtexman1 on Dec 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Can deleted image data be recovered?

Is it possible to recover portions of an image that have been cropped or cut away? And if so, how to prevent that? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Dec 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Are detailed logs made during surgery?

Are there any kind of notes taken during a medical procedure, or is it all after-action report-type stuff? If I wanted to know just how much of each drug I was given during anesthesia (for instance) for a procedure months or years ago, would it be somewhere in my record that I could request? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Dec 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Can you help me (a designer) learn to wrangle data?

Data sets, Aggs and Smushes, oh my! Can you help me (a designer) learn to wrangle data? [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Nov 9, 2012 - 5 answers

Former Account Exec with MBA pariah for data jobs?

Looking for how to get skills that would make me qualified for a data analyst position. [more inside]
posted by hrj on Oct 17, 2012 - 11 answers

I'll be the most powerful man in Hill Valley, and I'm gonna clean up this data.

Help me find this data analysis tool, so I can process lots of cool data. [more inside]
posted by Homeboy Trouble on Sep 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Recover hacked VPS logs

Is there any way to recover data from a VPS that suffered a rm -rf? [more inside]
posted by kithrater on Aug 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Data sort help

Is there an off-the-shelf MSExcel function or 2.0 tool that will allow me to "return" a US City/State based on 5-digit US postal codes. I have 160 postal code queries to perform. The postal code data is in MSExcel. Something like this. I do not have MSAccess and I am a Mac user.
posted by jeffmac on Jul 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me pivot the pivot table back!

How to reformat pivot table data so that it works like any other spreadsheet? Simple instructions needed. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jun 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for cancer survival statistics by individual hospitals in England.

Looking for cancer survival statistics by individual hospitals in England. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy on May 2, 2012 - 9 answers

Can I force iOS apps to WiFi-only mode?

How do I prevent iOS apps from using 3G on my Bell-account iPhone? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Apr 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Why don't they teach us how to prep the numbers as well as how to crunch them?

ExcelFilter: How to combine the data from three spreadsheets into one spreadsheet? (But wait, there's more!) [more inside]
posted by smirkette on Mar 26, 2012 - 10 answers

How to make a tree graph

Help me find software to make tree graphs. [more inside]
posted by SueDenim on Mar 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Pre-paid SIM in Japan

How can I best get cell data while in Japan? I've got a GSM Galaxy Nexus that I'd like to use while I'm in Japan. Is it possible to purchase a pre-paid SIM? If so, where would these be sold? I'll be in Nagoya, if that helps.
posted by VoteBrian on Feb 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Because lemons are for drinks, not for data.

I'd like your thoughts on the Wolverine PicPac II or alternatives, please. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Dec 5, 2011 - 2 answers

How to automatically backup remote users data (OS X)

What is the best method to force my remote users to backup their data. They all use MacBook Airs currently, and I'm looking for a good solution. I need something that they dont have to think about and they will be protected. [more inside]
posted by Slackjaw37 on Nov 22, 2011 - 10 answers

Compelling or interesting uses of municipal open data

What are the most compelling or interesting uses of municipal open data? [more inside]
posted by parudox on Nov 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Are there any good integrated, autosyncing sleep/running distance and route tracking solutions out there?

Looking for recent developments in exercise/sleep data capture ecosystems. Inspired slightly by this question, I am thinking abut what I am looking for in an exercise/lifestyle data capture solution, and none of the systems seems exactly to cover all the bases I am looking for. Have people successfully created a hybrid system that puts all the data in one place? [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest on Nov 9, 2011 - 5 answers

What percentage of the population is asleep right now?

Can you help me find estimates of how many people are awake or asleep at any given time in the United States? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Nov 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Need InDesign data merge help

I am doing a Data Merge and I need to drop out blank lines. I want to split some of the lines to the right and left, but how can I do this without embedding some whitespace? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Nov 2, 2011 - 8 answers

All micro usb cables are not created equal?

Why does the motorola branded micro usb cable that came with my droid phone both charge *AND* transfer data, but generic micro usb cables will only charge the phone? [more inside]
posted by de void on Sep 29, 2011 - 13 answers

external usb drive suddenly slow. recovery approaches?

my external hard drive is suddenly really slow. I'm pretty anxious. What now? [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! on Sep 29, 2011 - 9 answers

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