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Websites that Mimic a Smart Phone Screen?

I encountered this website today: a news aggregator that wants you to put it on your smartphone, but if you want to read it on a normal computer you have to read it inside a pretend smartphone. [more inside]
posted by mississippi on Jun 20, 2014 - 3 answers

PHPBB Auto User Pruning - how do I undo it?

I run a forum where we discuss open source book scanning technology. Many users visit only occasionally. In a recent update, PHPBB enabled a feature called "Auto User Pruning", and it deleted users who had not logged in for 24 months. Two Thousand Users were deleted. It did not delete their posts, and their account names are still attached to their posts. Please help me restore these users from my database backups or via some other method.
posted by fake on Mar 3, 2014 - 5 answers

I'm an idiot episode 672: how to handle a cover letter mistake

I applied for a job in my field recently at company B and just noticed that I left in a sentence from a previous application in my cover letter that mentions the name of the company I'd previously applied to (company A). Whoops. I'm in a fairly small field and company A is one that people have mixed feelings about mainly because they have lots and lots of money and publicity. Should I drop the company I'm currently applying to an email acknowledging my error or not? If I do, any suggestions on how to phrase it other than "I'm an idiot, please forgive me.) [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Feb 19, 2013 - 22 answers

iMac Hard Drive Failure - Help!

My iMac hard drive is failing - please help! [more inside]
posted by jammy on Nov 10, 2012 - 9 answers

for the love of god, make VLC 2.0.2 work on my finicky mac minis

Help me make the finicky mac minis play well with VLC [more inside]
posted by bhance on Jul 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Can you help me debug the unreliable internet connectivity on my Android Samsung Galaxy S1?

Can you help me debug the unreliable internet connectivity on my Android Samsung Galaxy S1? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Apr 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Recovering from crippling anxiety?

What sort of resources can I use to stabilize myself from my own anxiety-linked self-sabotage, and how can I utilize them while dodging my own anxiety triggers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2012 - 15 answers

Lemon Squares: CSI

I just tried this recipe with my new KitchenAid mixer...and it came out terrible. Can you help me figure out why? [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Jan 30, 2012 - 18 answers

Help me find this video of the ultimate newscast fail

I need help finding a particular TV newscast fail video (that, IIRC, was posted on that blue). Specifics within. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Dec 23, 2011 - 3 answers

Should I drop out of engineering?

Should I drop out of Engineering and change my major? I have Really bad transcript. [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 on Oct 19, 2011 - 18 answers

They drank my MLKSHK!

Help me get MLKSHK back! [more inside]
posted by pjern on Oct 15, 2011 - 2 answers

I've been to school, now I'd like an education!

After years of mulling about, I've come to realize that I want to to go to university and gain a proper liberal arts education. For the first time in what feels like eons, I feel enthusiastic and motivated. Trouble is, my first attempt at doing so was three years ago and under much different and more trying circumstances. It seems that the consequences of my halfhearted younger self have severely damaged my future possibilities. What can this 21-year-old do to demonstrate his new-found ardor for all pursuits academic? [more inside]
posted by shoebox on Oct 5, 2011 - 13 answers

how to present this?

Should, or how should, I represent this cataclysmic but plum past job in my employment history? Way, way more within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2011 - 11 answers

CatFilter: Help me figure out what this cat toy is so I can buy another.

Mom bought me a totally awesome cat toy that my cat loves. Of course, I am a doofus who stepped on it while I was moving and now it's broken, and I can't figure out where to buy another. It's manufactured by Hartz, but my usual Google-Fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by loudguitars on Aug 26, 2011 - 19 answers

What are the best "fail" photos you have seen?

What are the best "fail" photos you have seen? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Aug 18, 2011 - 15 answers

How do I stop ruining things that are wired?

Every power cord I own breaks/frays/dies within one year of use. What am I doing wrong?!? [more inside]
posted by vivid postcard on May 11, 2011 - 19 answers

Are Segate Barricudas a good choice for external drives?

I am looking for 2T hard drives for external enclosures for my iMac. I'm interested in the Seagate Barracudas http://bit.ly/fhRdh4

We use them at work but there are some pretty bad reviews on newegg which concern me.

Has anyone used these that could comment? And if you have better suggestions please let me know. Thanks.
posted by captainscared on Mar 5, 2011 - 25 answers

Not cut out for it?

I've always wanted to be a professor. However, it turns out that I suck at it! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 27, 2011 - 46 answers

Wool/Eyes?

What would actually have happened if the Irish Government had not taken on the banks' debt? [more inside]
posted by micklaw on Dec 12, 2010 - 10 answers

Will one F on my transcript murder my chances at getting into a top MPA program?

Will one F on my transcript murder my chances at getting into a top MPA program? [more inside]
posted by jordanian2 on Dec 4, 2010 - 4 answers

ugh.

Is my job in peril? Should I be searching for another one? Why do I suck so much? These questions and so many more, answered after the jump! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2010 - 16 answers

Is there a windows copy program that can resume after a crash?

My Windows XP Pro laptop blue screens every 10-15 minutes and runs really slowly, but I can slowly copy stuff off it to an external USB drive. What software can I use to do this copy that survive the blue screen and pick back up when I get it rebooted again? [more inside]
posted by cmm on Sep 23, 2010 - 12 answers

MSFT & AAPL sitting in a tree...

Asking for a friend...she has an Apple laptop with Microsoft Office 2004. She can't view/edit .XLSX, .DOCX documents, etc. Is there a Mac version of the compatibility viewer that is available for the Windows version of Office? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Sep 14, 2010 - 4 answers

Windows 7 login required. WTF?

My Windows 7 (64bit) PC crashed and now wants me to login. However, I have never set up a user account. What the heck do I do now? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Jul 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Hotmail Password Recovery.

Please help my wife! She is locked out of Hotmail but is mysteriously still able send and receive from the account on her Blackberry. [more inside]
posted by gergtreble on Jun 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Still hoping against hope...

How is the metadata stored for image files, and what is involved in recovering it after drive failure? [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Jun 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Mount Fail, help me climb it.

I installed a program on my Recently Upgraded Ubuntu OS to help me manage mounting/unmounting various drives plugged into the computer. Big mistake; I've royally messed things up. Now my computer won't mount anything, and so cannot reboot properly. Please help! [more inside]
posted by carsonb on May 25, 2010 - 6 answers

So, my kitchen is collapsing...

UK (Scotland) tenancy issues. How long should I expect major kitchen repairs to take, and what are my rights as a tenant while the work's being done? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on May 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Failed smog, what to fix?

Hello AskMe Mechanics! My 1999 Chevy S-10 just failed its emissions test and I need some reliable information as to why and towards what I can do to make sure it passes next time. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 26, 2010 - 8 answers

Swimming in a sea of bland jpeg files

Please help me regain access to the data on my external hard drive after laptop crash caused files to "disappear". [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Apr 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Seeds aren't sprouting.

I-suck-at-gardening-filter: none of my seeds have sprouted. It's been two weeks. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Mar 24, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me find this internet joke about the discovery of fire.

Looking for a briefly popular internet joke from a year or two ago. Setup was if the discovery of fire had been posted to slashdot (Digg? other?). Response is something like: "Too hot, smoke gets in your eyes, goes out too fast. Fail." Ringing any bells? Google is failing me.
posted by hihowareyou on Dec 31, 2009 - 4 answers

Everyone has said it, but who started it?

Can you help me find the original source for the quote: "Fail fail cheap, fail fast, and fail often" ? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Dec 30, 2009 - 9 answers

NTLDR is missing?

Tried to fix external drive, now laptop gives a "NTLDR is missing" error on boot and will not go any further. [more inside]
posted by SamuelBowman on Dec 9, 2009 - 16 answers

It's like a star trek script before they fill in the [tech]s

I am out of my depth at work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2009 - 13 answers

Professional FAIL x 2

I have had two major professional failures in a single week. I would like insight into a couple of aspects. Sordid details inside. [more inside]
posted by sidd.darko on Oct 10, 2009 - 21 answers

MBP driven to tears?

I bought a MacBook Pro in June 2007. Since then, its needed a new hard disk drive, right cooling fan, and DVD read/write drive. Is this normal wear and tear? [more inside]
posted by uaudio on Aug 31, 2009 - 38 answers

If supermarkets did not exist, I would have starved myself by now.

I am a failure as a gardener and a human being. What the hell did I do wrong with the vegetable patch? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Aug 17, 2009 - 30 answers

Hard Drive Recoverable?

I just pulled an older computer out of the closet to donate, and yesterday it booted up fine. Today, I get an error stating "A disk read error occured, press CTL ALT DEL to reboot." I used UBCD for Windows and I cannot see the hard drive when I boot from there either. What other avenues should I explore to try and fix the disk, or is it toast and the files unrecoverable? I am willing to open it up. Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by jules1651 on Jun 26, 2009 - 7 answers

Can we please just stop using this technology and go to scanning???????

FaxFilter: Our fax line won't receive all the faxes all the time, only some of the faxes some of the time - and even then not with any consistency. Google-fu (and even bing-fu) are failing me. Of course, there's [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Jun 17, 2009 - 8 answers

The worst of the human condition, delivered right to your inbox!

Looking for some RSS feeds with heavy doses of schadenfreude. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Jun 11, 2009 - 20 answers

Simple solutions include parking in a garage, having a doorman hold it.

Please teach me how to get into a car, in the rain, with an umbrella, without soaking myself. [more inside]
posted by subbes on Apr 3, 2009 - 14 answers

CU: A flange.

How To Write Technical Training Films? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia on Mar 9, 2009 - 0 answers

Epic Interview FAIL. Now what?

I massively screwed up a finalist interview today. I got really nervous and just ... well ... babbled. In the interview before this one, the hiring manager (we'll call her Liz) had basically told me that I was the leading candidate for the job (which I really wanted) but that she needed me to meet with the area heads before she could make an offer. She even offered some advice on the best approach to take with this group. When I got in the room I just became tongue tied and talked all around the first question without ever really answering it, and things went downhill from there. Now I need to write Liz a Thank You note, and every draft I write is taking on a sort of apologetic tone. ("I'm sure everyone could tell how nervous I was....") In such a situation, what's the right thing to say or do now?
posted by anastasiav on Sep 25, 2008 - 14 answers

What do accountants do after failing the CPA exam?

What do accountants who fail the CPA exam/fail to get CPA designation do for a living? How much do they get paid? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger on Aug 18, 2008 - 10 answers

Xbox 360 won't connect, thus limiting my 'rocking out' time.

I've been using my Xbox 360 for almost a year without any networking problems. As of two days ago, it will not log into Xbox Live and the problem has gotten worse. [more inside]
posted by cgomez on Jul 19, 2008 - 4 answers

Help updating Ruby (on Rails)

How do I update Ruby/get RoR working? (OS X 10.4). [more inside]
posted by theRussian on Jun 23, 2008 - 5 answers

Kitchen repair dominoes.

Why is my 6-10 yr old Kenmore Dishwasher not draining? [more inside]
posted by iamabot on May 19, 2008 - 3 answers

Is my Ikea desk killing my MacBook Pro hard drive?

Bizarre Hard Drive Failure Filter: Is it possible that my desk from Ikea is helping to send my hard drive to an early grave? [more inside]
posted by fenriq on Apr 5, 2008 - 20 answers

"We are (not) the champions my friend!"

What happens to the losing side's swag in a big sporting event? (Obviously, it's disposed of. But how? And by whom?) [more inside]
posted by bardic on Feb 8, 2008 - 7 answers

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