I have a brand new Macbook which has been for the most part pretty great. But it's been doing a few odd things lately... [more inside]
For a while now, whenever I (or any program) tries to use cmd.exe, it will cause my computer to slow down to a crawl and partially freeze (the mouse still works). What could be causing this and how can I fix it? [more inside]
In my mid-2012 MacBook Pro, I recently removed my optical drive and replaced it with a second hard drive (SATA HDD, not SSD), following these instructions. Everything seems to be running fine, except now my trackpad and keyboard (both built-in, not USB-connected) will occasionally freeze for about 5 seconds, seemingly at random. [more inside]
I have an orange tree, a kitchen (and supplies to waterbath can but not pressure can), and a freezer (but not a huge freezer). I would like interesting suggestions for what to do with these things. Level of difficulty: lower-carb household. [more inside]
I recently bought a new Alcatel One Touch 7 Tab, running Jelly Bean. It has a lot of problems, often it takes several seconds to respond, apps freeze, it has graphical issues with some games that aren't necessarily new, some apps don't even run, and it hangs when going from one app to another. [more inside]
I've been seeing ice on the tops of puddles when the low temperature for the day is forecast to be low (2 or 3 degrees) but not freezing. Why is that? [more inside]
The passenger side doors on my Honda Odyssey keep freezing shut in cold weather, and last night the windshield iced over on the inside. Do I need to have it checked out, or is that normal? [more inside]
When I’m dealing with a lot of emotional stress, my two main coping mechanisms are cooking and gorging myself on all the food I can get my hands on. I’d like to find a way to indulge the former and not the latter. [more inside]
I hate grocery shopping so I like to buy a lot of food at one go. I went all doomsday prepper this week and may have overdone it this time on the perishable stuff. I need your help in using these things before they go bad: Gala apples, onions (white, red, yellow), carrots, red potatoes. Stuff I can freeze for later is the best. [more inside]
We have leftover roast beef and roast vegetables. I would like to make a stew with this but we have no plans to eat it right away in the next week or so. Should I make the stew and then freeze it and then thaw the stew? Or should I freeze the ingredients and thaw them when we are ready to make and eat the stew?
Please give me your tips and tricks for insuring any fresh foods you are freezing (meat, bread, etc) remain in the best condition and taste the best when thawed. [more inside]
Our bumper crop of veggies is coming on and our neighbor's chickens are producing eggs at an amazing rate. I don't have time right now to complete assembly on raviolis, but could make large batches of frozen pasta and filling. What is the best way to store the pasta? [more inside]
The way modern medical therapies are going, it seems that decades from now it would be advantageous to have a source of your more youthful cells or tissue stored long ago and available if needed. So I should investigate storing some now, but know little about this. How do I find out which kind(s) of tissue would be the best choice to store, and how do I select a cryo-storage service with an excellent medical reputation for harvesting, storing and successfully delivering tissue in a medically-useful state? [more inside]
Since the first Nintendo game console came out in the 80's, I can recall everyone I know (myself included) blowing into the game cartridge and/or the Nintendo itself when something went wrong (freezing, etc.). What is the premise for doing this (I saw other people do it, and sometimes it seemed to work, so that's why I did, thinking maybe dustiness/debris was the issue...), and is there any legit evidence that this really fixes things?
My wife and I really like cooking elaborate multi-course meals for guests. We are advanced home cooks, and greatly enjoy being in the kitchen. However, our kitchen is not lavish, and of course time is limited. What are your go-to recipes that can be prepared in advance (ideally, the weekend before and frozen) and then finished or reheated for a really excellent dinner party? Examples inside. [more inside]
I'd like to ship glass containers carrying liquids to a friend in a Northern state (opening them up and placing them in another container is not an option, as they are carbonated.) It is currently winter and frequently well below freezing outside. Is this possible to do without the contents freezing solid and exploding? FedEx recommends placing thawed gel coolants in a package to prevent freezing as a "heat sink". How does this even work?
Make, freeze, bake? Make, bake, freeze? Make, bake, refrigerate? [more inside]
Hi! Quick question. My dear mother gave me more marinated chicken fillets than I can possibly eat at once. They've been marinating for a day, have not been frozen yet. Can I freeze some of them?
Salmon was on sale at the store, so I bought 3 lbs, cut it up into approx 0.5lb pieces, and froze each piece in a ziploc bag for later use. A week later, the same thing happened with cod. And then, at some point (days - 1 week), my freezer began to smell of fish. Then my fridge too. And finally my kitchen. Where did I go wrong? [more inside]
Sometimes (often?) my external hard drive seems to stall while spinning up. But it's not broken. So what is it doing, and is there a way to fix it? [more inside]
So after years of using roommates' machines, and having finished a well-paying highly stressful recent job, I rewarded myself by buying an XBox Slim off of eBay. Which I guess was foolish of me. The thing arrived with only the 4GB hard drive, so I had to buy a decent-sized one in order for it to do anything, and even then it started freezing nearly constantly. If left off overnight it will start up and work for maybe an hour before freezing at first, and then quickly degrade to the point where it can't even start up properly. [more inside]
I make a big batch of green juice each weekend and freeze it to enjoy throughout the week. The taste is fine, but I miss the velvety texture of fresh juice. Mine freezes into layers and, when defrosted, is more "water with a lot of pulp" than juice. [more inside]
One of my favorite no-brainer meals is grilled chicken marinated in fat-free Italian dressing. Yum! I usually marinate and grill a whole pack of breasts and then grill them and save leftovers through the week. But I got to thinking about how I could get the freezer to help me out. Can it? [more inside]
How do I make the softest, cloudiest, most chewable ice at home? [more inside]
So I left my lysine supplements in the car overnight, and the temperature dropped below freezing. Did I screw them up? Can I still take them? Sigh. [more inside]
What can I cook my very old fashioned, CHF widowed dad? [more inside]
Can moldy books saved from flood be put in my freezer? [more inside]
I like to keep a case of bottled water in my car, for emergencies and inconveniences. During the winter months, the bottles tend to freeze (and thaw). What is the most burst-proof brand of bottled water, or what sort of shape/style of bottle should I be looking for? [more inside]
BakingFilter: I'm trying to clean out the fridge and use up some things - and one thing I want to do is make up a whole bunch of turnovers using jam and puff pastry, and then freeze them. The question is: WHEN should I freeze them, before or after baking? (Bonus question - if after baking, how would I reheat them?)
CSI-filter: I'm writing a short story about the Mob and about a body that's been in a basement freezer for 20 years. I have some questions for anyone who might be in a position to know about these things. [more inside]
A couple of weeks ago my Macbook pro started crashing, and I can't use it without it freezing every fifteen minutes. Any suggestions before I go to the Apple Store? [more inside]
Perhaps because of his childhood memories of selling fruit for his own highschool band, my boyfriend made an over enthusiastic grapefruit purchase. How are 2 people going to eat 10 lbs of grapefruit? [more inside]
Help diagnose my ailing Macbook Pro! (VERY long—trying to provide as many details as possible.) [more inside]
FIIIIIGS! We're moving to a house that has a fig tree! Looking for fig recipes, but also any information about preserving/canning/pickling/drying/freezing them. Also, how do I know if they are green figs or black figs (ours appears to have both) and what's the difference? [more inside]
My computer freezes. I'd like it to stop doing that. More details inside. [more inside]
What else to do with pulled pork after tonight's bbq pulled pork sandwiches? [more inside]
Downloaded videos on Computer Don't Play Steadily. They start and stop but the sound is fine. What is causing this?
Whenever I download videos onto my hard drive, they play at a halting pace. The sound will work well, continuing uninterrupted, but the video images start and stop catching up with the words of the characters in the shows. [more inside]
It's 90 degrees outside yet I am shivering in my cube. Can you give me some ideas about what to wear that will allow me to transition between these two climates? [more inside]
As the subject states, my computer freezes while playing games, and only while playing games. Am I right in thinking it's the graphics card? [more inside]
How do I buy liquid nitrogen in New York City, or otherwize perform food-grade flash-freezing on a budget? [more inside]
An iPod Touch won't restart and appears frozen. [more inside]
Will Chrome or Firefox play nicer with my Win-7 64 bit computer than IE 8 is? [more inside]
Help me generate ideas for delicious meals that are designed to be frozen. Specifics inside. [more inside]
How worried should I be about leaving a laptop in a car for a couple of hours at 35 below (F)? [more inside]
Is it possible to set up a lightly-used house so that it's still usable in wintertime without keeping the heat on all the time? [more inside]
Pesto, caramelized onions.... What other foodstuff additives can I make in advance that will freeze well and provide meal interest for months in advance? I'm a vegetarian (not vegan) but if you want to answer for the benefit of omnivores, that's okay, too.
Packing lunch with two restrictions: weekly bringing, and an office fridge that freezes things regularly. [more inside]
why does refrigerated cooked chicken taste different than freshly-cooked chicken? i dislike the strong gamey taste that it acquires. is there anything I can do about it, except covering it up with spices or condiments?
Freezing and burning nerves to help with back pain? What kind of surgery is this, exactly? [more inside]
Paypal won't give me my money. How do I tell them to hand it over? [more inside]
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