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I really do know how to spell, I promise.

What should I do about typos on my resume? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2014 - 11 answers

Strategy to proofread document from OCR

I have a document in English of about 1500 pages that was originally derived from OCR scans of varying quality. I've proofread manually and by spell-check. What is the best strategy to eliminate the remaining errors? [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on Aug 12, 2014 - 11 answers

Can you help me decipher and rectify my InDesign CS5 pre-flight errors?

I've spent the last several months studying Creative Suite 5, print production, and pre-press and now I'm trying to put it all to work to get a dozen digital art pieces (mostly made in Illustrator > InDesign, but a few also using Photoshop) print-ready for art proofs and eventually web offset printing. The images are either 6x9 or 11x17 if that matters. The list of errors I keep getting, and as much context as I can provide, are within. [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue on Jul 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Error in letter of recommendation

I just received a very nice and thoughtful letter of recommendation from one of the doctor's I've been working with for the past 2 years. The problem is he said we've worked together for 3. [more inside]
posted by AtoBtoA on Jun 26, 2014 - 7 answers

Because, not why

What's the word for when a website's malfunctioning makes you feel trapped and panic-achey in your hands and arms? For example, right now any Google Spreadsheet is stuck "Working..." and I can't get cells to update even though I can type in them. I'm using e-claustrophobia as a working word, but is there another name for this?
posted by michaelh on Jun 23, 2014 - 6 answers

I make mistakes. Does that mean I’m not cut out to be a proofreader?

I am very dissatisfied with my career trajectory (it may be laughable to even call it that) and I’m wondering if it is because I am doing something that I really have no aptitude for. Is there really such a thing as an "error-free" proofreader? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2013 - 24 answers

Doh

How frequently do you screw up at work? I'm wondering if it's "normal" to screw up at work with the frequency that I am, and I should cut myself some slack. Alternately, I'm considering the possibility that it's a big problem. [more inside]
posted by silly me on Mar 26, 2013 - 18 answers

Fallacies and Errors in Inferential Statistics

I have recently been introduced to the concept of pseudoreplication as a mistake that people often make when using inferential statistics to evaluate treatment outcomes. My field (evolutionary and conservation biology) makes heavy use of inferential statistics, including techniques that are vulnerable to pseudoreplication, yet nowhere in my formal education have I been taught about how poor experimental design and lack of statistical rigor can lead to fallacies like this. My personal statistical proficiency is poor, but I am working to remedy that. To that end, could folks help me by identifying and ideally explaining whatever other potential pitfalls you can think of, and explaining how they can be avoided through careful experimental design and data-analysis?
posted by Scientist on Jan 26, 2013 - 5 answers

I'm sorry, Dave. I cannot show you these images.

Is there some sort of free-as-in-beer program to tell you what if anything is wrong with an image? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me to stop making simple errors

I am making stupid mistakes at work and I need a strategy to help myself overcome them. Sorry for the length. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 - 11 answers

How do I not suck at life?

You procrastinate. You're disorganized. You make multiple careless mistakes weekly. How did you go from being a Bad Employee to a good one who actually contributes positively to your organization? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 - 34 answers

".cPr" instead of ".com" - what gives?

The user's actual email address ends with ".com", but it is POST'ed to the application as ".cPr". This has happened with multiple users. Any ideas on what would cause that? [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now on Oct 26, 2011 - 14 answers

Yes, I know they're actually worth slightly more at the moment, but bear with me.

What technologies, procedures, or incentives exist to ensure proper rolling of coins? [more inside]
posted by Nothlit on Sep 20, 2011 - 3 answers

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Why, oh why, does Chrome do thisÉ [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on May 27, 2011 - 15 answers

But I wanna listen to This American Life

Why can't I download itunes? How do I fix error 1317 if I already fixed it? [more inside]
posted by jenlovesponies on May 17, 2011 - 15 answers

Language mistakes compared

Are grammatical errors more frequent in English than in other languages? What about spelling? Do foreign language have as many substitution errors as English? Do ewe speak a pear of foreign languages or more and what are you're experiences of these kinds of errors? Watt do there grammar Nazis do? [more inside]
posted by sien on Mar 28, 2011 - 24 answers

I just want some answers!

How do I actually get the documentation that I have been asking for at work? [more inside]
posted by soelo on Dec 20, 2009 - 6 answers

Your business is very important to us, just not important for us to do it right.

Is the company I work for unusual or is most corporate data this messed up? Every month I see hundred and sometimes thousands of the same errors. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2009 - 16 answers

Predicting Catastrophes

When is an individual most likely to make a serious mistake (say, on the job or at some task involving risk)? I recall research that suggesting a "seven year rule" that after seven years of doing something, one has acquired enough mastery over the job or task or skill that complacence begins to creep in -- and with it, vigilance drops and disaster ensues. Any leads much appreciated.
posted by adamrobinson on Sep 16, 2009 - 13 answers

How do I find what I am not looking for?

How do you increase serendipity? [more inside]
posted by parudox on Apr 9, 2009 - 22 answers

Why does ITunes still play my video files but not sync them to my iPod?

Why does ITunes still play my video files but not sync them to my iPod? [more inside]
posted by notchristopher on Apr 5, 2009 - 6 answers

Please help me research human "parity errors".

Can anyone point me to literature about conceptual "sign flipping" or "parity errors" and confusion of opposites in humans? [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Apr 4, 2009 - 30 answers

Logrotate cronjob fails but running at command-line works.

Why does my logrotate.conf file work correctly when logged in as root, but fail when executed as part of cron.daily? [more inside]
posted by your mildly obsessive average geek on Mar 21, 2009 - 17 answers

Does my webhost not like Google?

How can I figure out if my webhost is blocking Google indexing? A site I manage is listed on Google but any references to it are at least several weeks old. More info inside. [more inside]
posted by tropikal on Feb 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Validity of speeding ticket filled with errors?

YASTAM (yet another speeding ticket) I received a citation for speeding the other day. All of the "driver" information is correct. (Just about) all of the vehicle information is wrong. Are there any outs? [more inside]
posted by those are my balloons on Feb 3, 2009 - 29 answers

What are innovative ideas for healthcare to save money, increase efficiency and improve outcomes?

What are innovative ideas for healthcare to save money, increase efficiency and improve outcomes? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Oct 18, 2008 - 14 answers

Begging the question, for all intensive purposes: misused colloquialisms in modern English

Commonly misused phrases or expressions? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Apr 2, 2008 - 165 answers

Render, damnit, render!!!

I can't believe I'm asking this, but oh well.... Okay, I write and troubleshoot a lot of code in classic ASP and have IIS running on my local machine... [more inside]
posted by SoulOnIce on Mar 19, 2008 - 5 answers

HD DVD errors...

HD DVD errors: normal or just us? [more inside]
posted by starman on Feb 10, 2008 - 8 answers

Gremlins In My TV Broadcast Signal

DIRECTV/Fox Broadcasting Error [more inside]
posted by jonson on Nov 5, 2007 - 8 answers

Any research leads on human error??

Specifically I'm looking for the tendency, I believe this is correct, for practitioners in a domain (e.g., surgeons, race car drivers, whatever) to become prone to errors after seven (7) years, owing to perceived expertise, complacence, and that this becomes a particularly dangerous time. Any leads GREATLY appreciated!
posted by adamrobinson on Mar 14, 2006 - 2 answers

Doesn't let me delete!

I run Abyss Webserver, and of late.. sometimes when I try to rename/move/delete any folder within htdocs folder, it doesn't let me to. It says access denied. I try removing the read-only attrib, and it comes back. [more inside]
posted by Devileyezz on Mar 10, 2006 - 1 answer

Help me recover text from BBEdit midcrash!

I'm using BBEdit to type a long weblog entry. I'm deep in the process of writing, so I don't save for a long time (so no lectures). Finally, when I'm nearly done, I save. I get the spinning beachball of death. I sense trouble, so I try to close other open applications via the dock. No go. The first app I try to close hangs the rest of the system. It's been five minutes now and the spinning beachball of death keeps spinning, but nothing else is happening. I can move the cursor, but mouseclicks do nothing. I have a feeling that the computer will stay like this until I power down or until you, my dear fellow mefites, help me to recover my precious writing. [more inside]
posted by jdroth on Sep 11, 2005 - 19 answers

Should I replace my harddrive, or do I have options?

I popped in a Win2000 disk into my Toshiba laptop (600 Mhz Celeron Satellite). Proceeded to reformat into FAT32 and it claimed that the disk has errors and refuses to format. No information lost but I've been looking at harddrives and they're priced at $65 and higher. Specs for the replacement harddrive are [2.5 inch - ATA-100 - 44 pin IDC - 4200 rpm - buffer: 8 MB]. I don't want to pay that kind of money for a relatively worthless computer. What can I do? Thanks in advance.
posted by SeizeTheDay on Aug 8, 2005 - 3 answers

My friend can't send .mac emails to my gmail address.

My friend cannot send emails from his .mac address to my .gmail address. We can send emails back and forth routing to/from different addresses, so it's not our accounts individually. Anybody else have this problem?
posted by billysumday on Jan 12, 2005 - 8 answers

Split infinitives: still a menace?

Does anyone still get upset about split infinitives? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by reklaw on Oct 10, 2004 - 28 answers

Copyright law and mistakes in text.

I'm proofreading an OCR file of a 25-year-old book, and after I fixed it up the company (whose history it is) said I had to put back in all the original (non-OCR) mistakes (words spelled wrong, incorrect tenses, text inconsistencies, semicolons used miserably) for copyright reasons. I told them it's their copyright, and they can do whatever they want with it. No, they say, it's a historical record. It's also their money, so I'll do whatever they want . . . but are they right? Are misspelled words and poor punctuation a copyright issue? [more inside]
posted by LeLiLo on Apr 28, 2004 - 19 answers

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