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Creating an architectural digital archive

I'm looking for a solution to create a digital archive, primarily for an architectural practice with an extensive project history. [more inside]
posted by panboi on Jul 16, 2014 - 1 answer

Meetup Community Help

Earlier this year, I started a Meetup group for people across companies who work in my field (Interactive production at creative agencies). I've had 100 people join the Meetup group, but very low turnout (8-10 people) at the actual events. This is a third of the people who RSVP. More frustrating, the same people never come to more than one meetup, except for people I know already/work who are supportive of what I'm trying to build. Even the people who requested the next Meetup's topic don't attend. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Jun 24, 2014 - 15 answers

Charter digital conversion, the end of cable?

We just received notice (so far just an automated phone message) that Charter is switching to 100% digital signal on their cable TV system, and as a result we would be required to get a cable box. Now, part of Charter's signal is on analog channels, and part is on digital, and the tuner in our TV can locate them all. Does tis mean that post-conversion all the channels will be beyond the range of the tuner in our recent-vintage LG TV? We have the 3-way bundle with Charter for phone, broadband internet, and cable TV all at their lowest level of service, the TV is called "Basic cable." I understand they are phasing this in, so I'm wondering if someone who already has experienced this could comment on what was the result. [more inside]
posted by ackptui on Apr 28, 2014 - 9 answers

using liquid rhythm to create midi patterns for addictive drums

Help me search for the way to fix it so that the pattern I hear in Liquid Rhythm gets played on roughly the 'right' drums when I export midi into Addictive Drums. At the moment importing Midi into AD from LR results in stuff played at the right time on unexpected drums. What is fixing this problem called so I can search for a solution? [more inside]
posted by aesop on Apr 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Making homemade videos. Er, digios?

So how are all the cool people making home movies these days, if they're not recording off their phone? And how are they storing and sharing such movies? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 19, 2014 - 3 answers

sharing passwords with significant others?

My SO recently gave me his password. What does this mean? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2014 - 37 answers

Tips and techniques for organizing my digital life

My desktop PC (running Windows 7) contains four hard drives, with information dating back to 1984. How can I organize that information, de-duplicate it, and archive it in some kind of logical manner? [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Apr 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Waterproof Offset Printing?

How can I get waterproof offset printing for sheets of labels (not rolls, unless there's a good setup for running those rolls through a b&w laser printer)? My local printer doesn't seem to think they can do it. I can't imagine it being completely unavailable, but don't know where to start looking. [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Apr 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Touch-screen app for sound file playback

Is there an Android app out there that would allow you to touch the screen (either a big icon or the entire screen) that would play back a selected sound file when tapped? The quicker the response time the better. And if it has options for multiple zones (like making a custom-made Simon), even better.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Feb 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Cheap digital camera for listing things on eBay?

I foolishly lent my digital camera for what was meant to be a short time and is turning into an indefinite period. I need to list some stuff on eBay and Etsy. I would like the cheapest reliable digital camera for this purpose. (I don't have and won't be getting a smartphone (at least not in the immediate "would like to sell things on eBay soon" level of future), so need a stand-alone camera.) [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Feb 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Bringing our US electrical devices to the UK / also NTSC-PAL question

It's generally advised to leave as much behind as possible when moving abroad, but my wife's employer is paying to have a decent amount of our household stuff transported from the US to the UK. And why would we want to waste money buying duplicate items if it isn't necessary and we probably won't be staying more than a couple years? So I'm trying to figure out which of our electronics and appliances might be made to work overseas. I am aware of the voltage difference and the line/mains frequency difference between the US and the UK and I'm considering buying one or two good-quality step-down voltage converters for things that aren't universal voltage compatible. But I have some questions that my Google research has not cleared up. [more inside]
posted by theory on Feb 18, 2014 - 20 answers

Digital cornicopia looking for next move in advancing skills/career

What am I and where should I go? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Feb 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Not orbs, just ugly on my photos!

Can anybody help me diagnose the digital photography trouble I'm having? Link to blurry whitish spots all over my pix inside...TIA! [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin on Feb 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Analogue listening

As a child, I used to love what I later found out to be called MW DXing - tuning a medium-wave radio carefully to find unusual and far away broadcasts. Has digital radio, and the ability to hear broadcasts from anywhere - both 'official' stations and amateur-run - killed this off? Is there such a thing as digital DXing? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jan 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me save the books . . .

I am involved in fighting a local school library that would like to go "all digital," meaning they'd like to stop purchasing physical books and magazines and rely instead entirely on Google and various databases for student research. Not just that, but the plan is eventually to get rid of the remaining books (!), so in the end there'll be nothing but computer workstations remaining. Can you help supply me with arguments why this would be a bad idea? The proponents of the measure claim that digital books offer everything that physical books do . . . only they're better! I can't help being skeptical. [more inside]
posted by Opengreen on Jan 15, 2014 - 31 answers

How should I go about publishing some music for digital distribution

What's the best approach to digital music publishing? The only approach I have used thus far is CDBaby, but that requires physical product and UPS codes, right? [more inside]
posted by joecacti on Jan 11, 2014 - 7 answers

When I was a kid, I wanted to run my own magazine when I grew up. :)

Hi guys! Okay, so I have a background is advanced art direction & design and I am looking into how to make superawesome interactive digital magazines and booklets that will kick ass and people will love. Do you have experience with this kinda platform stuff? Awesome. I don't. And most people I talk to don't, so I need your feedback and advice pretty please. And if you don't know anything about that, can you give me names of interactive books/magazines you think kick ass (and tell me why you like them) so I can check them out and be dazzled and inspired? Thanks oh, so much. :) [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Jan 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Fictional bitcoin novel?

Can you help me identify this novel, set in a London of the future and centring on the investigation of an organisation producing a digital currency? [more inside]
posted by melisande on Dec 1, 2013 - 5 answers

To sign or not to sign

I'm doing a series of digitally printed images on canvas for a show. I've only done this screen printed before, so this time with the digital prints, I'm not sure what to do about signing and numbering them. Is this something I should do? Not? [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! on Nov 22, 2013 - 5 answers

I donĀ“t always shoot digital, but when I do...

In my personal view of photography and life in general, the "convenience" that, for me, is the only advantage that digital cameras have over film (specially if we talk about medium format film), was never something I cared about. However I may have to start caring about it, at least part of the time. The thing is, I have no idea of what camera to get, so I would like some advice. [more inside]
posted by Fermin on Nov 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me find a desktop PC on a budget

My 4-year-old laptop is dying and I want to replace it with a desktop. What is the least computer I could buy now that would still be upgradeable enough that I could keep it and upgrade it for several years? [more inside]
posted by matcha action on Sep 13, 2013 - 19 answers

I want to be a curator, not a collector

I have a lot of duplicate music and photos on my hard drive - and this is making sorting them out difficult. Is there a good programme out there that will help me out with this? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Sep 11, 2013 - 7 answers

I need a camera halfway between a smartphone and a DSLR.

I am looking for a digital camera that is easier to carry around than my DSLR, but a more capable camera than my smartphone. I am looking to spend at most $500. I have a couple ideas, but it's been a long time since I shopped for cameras, and I wanted some more recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Aug 7, 2013 - 22 answers

Returning to POTS from digital phone

Last phone service I had was Comcast voice. I discontinued it and returned the black box that was mounted in the rafters in the basement. Now I want to add an analog POTS line. I ordered it from Verizon, and they say it was activated, but when I plug an old trimline phone into one of my jacks, I get no dial tone. Was there something else I need to do to restore analog phone capability besides just unplug the black box?
posted by skidoom on Aug 1, 2013 - 10 answers

Animal lover and digital marketing job

An animal lover with deep experience in digital marketing needs help turning passion into proffession. [more inside]
posted by ladoo on Jul 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Calendar "hacks" for incompatible digital/analog people?

I'm a software engineer who loves having the latest gadgets and spends much of my time online; she's a stay-at-home mom who avoids the Internet like the plague. This causes problems when it comes to our calendar. [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Jul 29, 2013 - 19 answers

Articles about digital photo manipulation and ethics

Hi, I am curious about how photographers view the ethics of digital manipulation. Do you know any articles or discussions where I could learn more? I'm interested in a variety of views from photographers in different fields. Thanks!
posted by dfc5656 on Jul 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Best point and shoot camera with wireless photo upload

I just broke my point and shoot camera and want to replace it with something more modern. I have a 4GB eye-if SD card that I configured to auto-upload to my online photo storage for me, but I'd like to find a camera that has this feature built in. A quick google (an 4 hours later), it doesn't seem like I can find such a camera -- is my google searching rusty, or is the camera market missing "automatic, easy picture upload" as a built in feature? I don't want to use my eye-if anymore. Any suggestions for a camera that does it all?
posted by thankyoumuchly on Jun 27, 2013 - 5 answers

No PC sync on Canon 6D? No problem!

What are your best workarounds for the lack of a PC sync port on the Canon 6D? And, additionally, I'd love to hear your experiences with the 6D vs the 5D MK III.
posted by nevercalm on Jun 24, 2013 - 13 answers

Best practice photo tagging

I've sent off my family's entire photo collection for scanning and now have 13,000 photos that I would like to tag with names, themes (sports, birthdays, travel), and maybe locations. What is best practice in photo tagging these days? What software (mac) should I use? What's the best way to tag photos in bulk so that I save time? [more inside]
posted by Nickel on May 29, 2013 - 3 answers

How to edit text and select underlined text in Acrobat?

I have to edit several PDFs. Not big edits, just some text changes. I'm using Acrobat X on a Mac, while the PDFs seem to have been created on a PC using Ghost Script, though I don't know what exact piece of software was used. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on May 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Is it possible to convert my Hi8's this way?

So, I have a bunch of old Hi8 tapes that I want to get on my MacBook pro. I have a camcorder that plays Hi8's (but is only analog) and a DVD recorder. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 on May 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Cheapest place to print digital to canvas in Denver area?

Technically I live in Parker, CO. Friends and others have started buying my digital art doodles that I print locally on glossy cardstock. I've seen some artists have digital canvas prints but not sure where to go for a reasonable rate as I want quality but don't have a lot of money. I'm not even sure how it is done but have the CMYK files at a good resolution and am ready to go. I would like to try a few and see if I can sell them. Thanks for your time. It is nice for people to like what I draw but I want to give the best quality as it is not yet a living but a hobby.
posted by snap_dragon on May 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Archival Digital Texts

I have inherited my grandmother's writings. I'm scanning them, doing OCR and in some cases retyping them so that I can have them digitized. I'd like to know, is there a format for text that is best for archival purposes? I was thinking of .rtf, since so many applications can open it. Is it considered "archival quality"?
posted by dylan_k on May 6, 2013 - 15 answers

Finding a job in marketing (digital) in CA (SF/Bay Area, San Jose etc)

What are the best resources/avenues/contract agencies to get hooked up with regarding getting a marketing job (digital/online) within the Bay Area (California). [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Feb 28, 2013 - 3 answers

NO CARRIER

Let's say you have a global disaster where the traditional web is no longer available (all ISPs are down, or a virus/cyber-attack incapacitates the web for entire regions of the world). What are the data communication alternatives in this sort of context? Is anyone still running a BBS? Does anyone even have a dialup modem anymore? Is there something better than this? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Feb 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Full-size digital piano or compact (inexpensive) keyboard for kid?

My young daughter (kindergarten) will be starting piano lessons soon, and the teacher wants us to buy an 88 key digital piano with weighted keys - that seems to be about $500 minimum. However we're not sure the lessons will stick, and as a bonus we are space-challenged in our small house. For about $160 we could get something that is still big but not 88 key big, touch-sensitive keys instead of weighted keys (i.e. Yamaha NP11, open to other recommendations). We are piano ignorant, so don't know how to judge the trade-off. Should we suck it up and buy the big boy, or will it not matter at this stage of learning?
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Feb 23, 2013 - 16 answers

App/Filters that made my digital signature look hand written and pretty

I just filled out a tax form with a signature app where I "drew" my signature in the field (with a mouse) and it applied filter "smoothing" and other things to make it look like a real ink signature... It actually looked BETTER than my real hand written signature. Where can I get something like that to make my own ink looking images? [more inside]
posted by DaftMythic on Feb 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Helpful Books/Links for Drawing with Wacom?

I am a decent artist but very rusty, have intermediate Photoshop skills but draw quite well on my cheapie SB Pro app on my Kindle. (I even sold prints using just that.) Now, I have a new Wacom and besides the usual adjustment to using a wacom stylus, am finding that all three applications on my Mac have pros and cons (as a beginner with this wacom tablet), with the biggest con being the user myself. Can you recommend any books or links on doing drawings and paintings using the Wacom Bamboo (Splash) besides the applications' websites? Any brushes you favor or have downloaded and so forth? As an aside I note that pics I do in Art Rage at 300 dpi saved as psd don't open on my SB Pro application but this may be a future question.)
posted by snap_dragon on Feb 17, 2013 - 3 answers

will it sound warm or cold?

I think it's possible to put digital music onto vinyl albums at home with some device I saw advertised somewhere. But will doing this produce an anologue sound or a digital sound? Will it sound as rich as if the album had originally been on vinyl or will it sound emptier the way digital music does? I guess I'm basically asking if it's worth doing. I don't know technical stuff about stuff, so I hope my question makes sense!
posted by windykites on Feb 16, 2013 - 15 answers

Vodavi Starplus STS phone system and Cox digital phone service help.

My uncle has a Vodavi Starplus STS / system and KSU with 6 CO lines / which is 6 different phone #s can be used on the system. He recently changed 2 of his three lines to cox digital service. He still has one line with CenturyLink/Qwest. His phone system will not connect with the new digital lines. Cox says it's a Vodavi problem. The Vodavi guy says that there isn't enough voltage on the Cox lines. So, who's right? Will my uncle's Vodavi system work with the older CentruyLink line as well as the newer Cox digital lines?
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on Feb 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Pen cursor jumping in Intuos5

Wondering if anyone else who uses the Wacom Intuos5 drawing tablet knows how to deal with this problem. My Intuos3, which I loved, had a big dead space in the middle of the drawing pad because I used a cleaner on it that messed it up. Two new versions had been released since I bought it, so I figured it was time to get the latest and greatest. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Feb 2, 2013 - 4 answers

Digital edition of a small arts magazine - the best way to do this?

I work for a small literary magazine. The incoming managing editor wants us to have a magazine app for tablets that appears on those virtual magazine racks. Is this a good idea, and if so what's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Feb 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Best way to make publication-quality, digital images of my artwork?

I need to convert 16 pages of 14" x 17" artwork into digital images to submit to a book publisher. What is the best way to make high-quality digital copies of my artwork? [more inside]
posted by Nematoda on Jan 29, 2013 - 6 answers

from whence the look of music videos from the late nineties?

Many music videos from the late nineties, six underground by the sneaker pimps being the most salient example to me, have a distinctive cinematographic feel and style to them, with very high contrast (super dark blacks and popping-out, almost oversaturated whites); a lot of murky brown/green and pops of red/blue. Does this style have a name? Is it a film effect or some kind of post-processing, or both? digital? Why was it so prevalent in the late-nineties, and, correct me if I am mistaken, mostly just for music videos? [more inside]
posted by zingiberene on Jan 8, 2013 - 22 answers

Digital watch with an alarm that will wake me up?

I'm looking for a pretty cheap digital watch that has an alarm that will actually wake me up. [more inside]
posted by makethemost on Jan 2, 2013 - 8 answers

Art on All My Screens

What's the best app or website for learning about and seeing lots of museum art? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Dec 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Should I upgrade my digital camera?

My point and shoot is 4 years old. Aside from improved video, is there a significant difference in today's newer models? [more inside]
posted by szg8 on Nov 26, 2012 - 12 answers

The most watched digital content is... what?

Is Gangnam Style the most watched "piece of digital content" in human history? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Nov 24, 2012 - 15 answers

What should I look for in a telephoto lens that wouldn't cost more than $250?

What should I look for in a telephoto lens that wouldn't cost more than $250? [more inside]
posted by sacrifix on Nov 23, 2012 - 6 answers

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