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I still want all of my music in my pocket

My nearly-full 120GB iPod classic just bit the dust. What are my best options for replacing it, given that an equal or greater storage capacity is required? [more inside]
posted by polymath on Aug 11, 2014 - 20 answers

Help me sell my computer!

I'd like to sell my desktop computer. I built it in 2011, with intermittent upgrades. It was fairly powerful at the time, as I used it as an engineering student. Specs are below. I have a few questions, never having done this before. I need help setting a price, setting up the OS for sale, and safely deleting my data [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Mar 22, 2014 - 15 answers

Is there a multitasking kitchen appliance that actually works?

I have extremely limited kitchen space but consider both a food processor and a blender to be essential pieces of equipment, especially around holiday food prep time. I currently have a Cuisinart food processor I'm not unhappy with and a crappy compact blender that can barely handle making salad dressing, let alone crushing ice. I'd like to replace both with an all-in-one device, ideally a powerful base that I can put either a blender jar or food processing bowl on. But I'm wary of all-in-one devices because they tend to be not very good at any of the things they do. Are there any blender/food processor combos that are actually good at both? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Nov 5, 2013 - 16 answers

I want to measure things! For science, and thrift!

I want to measure and test things in my life (home, car, etc.) for maximum efficiency, thrift, and measuration, which is a word I just made up to combine measurements and data wankery. What measurements can I make and what fun tools do I need to buy? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Oct 23, 2013 - 20 answers

What amazing item did you buy at Brookstone?

I have a $50 gift card to spend at Brookstone. The choices are overwhelming! Help me decide based on criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Oct 4, 2013 - 16 answers

Cool stuff for an "Innovation Starter Kit"

I'm looking for interesting things to add to what will amount to an Innovation Starter Kit for a small group of faculty who I'm trying to encourage to think a little differently about education. So far I'm thinking about things like Sugru, Chromecast, a Leap Motion Controller, maybe some light-sensitive paper... What else can I add? [more inside]
posted by madred on Sep 25, 2013 - 14 answers

A running app that does (almost) all the work for me

Can you help me find a running app that does all of these things? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Sep 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Talk me through water filtration and purification

As I'm spending more and more time on bike trips where there are many long stretches without access to reliable tap water, I'm starting to investigate water filters and purifiers as a supplement/backup solution in case the extra water I carry runs out or spills or whatever. But there are so many kinds, and some of them seem really sketchy, and I'm getting overwhelmed! Can you point me to a good, comprehensive resource on how to choose and use water purifiers and filters? Or can you talk me through a typical real-world use? Take for granted that I'll be using them within the US and am unlikely to be traveling in areas where the natural water supply is seriously contaminated.
posted by rhiannonstone on Jul 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Back-to-school kit for 51-year old single mom

My mom, who hasn't been in "school" since 1980, is going back for an associate's degree. I'm super proud of her, and I think she needs some extra support. What can I put in an awesome "back to school" package for her? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Jun 21, 2013 - 33 answers

How much do Android updates matter?

People keep emphasizing that a major advantage of Nexus mobile phones is that Google will update them to the latest version of Android. But does it really make a huge difference going from a .x to .x+1 Android release when you have so many apps that can modify every aspect of your phone, not to mention what you can do with alternative firmware like CyanogenMod?
posted by Foci for Analysis on Mar 1, 2013 - 11 answers

Microplane, yay or nay? And (warning: pun ahead) grate uses?

Should I buy a Microplane? I'm hesitating because $$ (looking at this one), and a small kitchen means I try to keep gadgets strictly to a minimum. Is it worth it, and what are the things you use your Microplane for? [more inside]
posted by taz on Jan 20, 2013 - 46 answers

Where to find tech-friendly fashion

Where can I find tech-friendly fashion that looks good? E.g. sweaters or hoodies that help you with headphone cables, storage for gadgets etc. Shouldn't be too exclusive or pricey. [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Dec 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Cool disaster gadgets

Building the best emergency kit -- gadget time! [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Nov 24, 2012 - 25 answers

Gadgets, and gizmos, and gear, oh my!

I spend a lot of time cruising the web during my slow days at work. One of the things I love are websites with cool "gear" for guys. Help me find more! [more inside]
posted by Stan Grossman on Oct 22, 2012 - 8 answers

gettin our kicks on route 66...

Ideas for gifts for a road-tripping couple? [more inside]
posted by animalrainbow on Sep 21, 2012 - 15 answers

Need a list of essential gear for frequent business flyers

Need a list of essential gear for frequent business flyers [more inside]
posted by deeman on Aug 30, 2012 - 32 answers

What tech is out there for babies and their geek parents?

I'm a gadget geek about to have my first baby. What tech do I now have an excuse to get that might help make things easier or even more fun? [more inside]
posted by davebug on Aug 27, 2012 - 16 answers

Techie Birthday Present

My wife's birthday is coming up in early September and I need help finding a birthday present Fast as I'm going to be tied up the next couple weeks. She likes "toys" like remote control cars, helicopters, preferably that she can build herself. I got her a helicopter last year and a remote controlled car kit already so those ideas are out. She has a basic arduino kit and is always looking for a new project. She also likes cool gadgets for cooking, grilling. And she's into all kinds of music. She has an iPod, iPad, a Mac, a PC (several, actually). I'd like to keep it under $150 if possible. Your ideas would be most appreciated!
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2012 - 20 answers

Need some travel accessory recommendations...

Looking for practical travel accessories [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Mar 22, 2012 - 32 answers

Tallyho! To the Geekery!

What are some computer "accessory" items I haven't thought of? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Dec 16, 2011 - 15 answers

A very geeky Christmas...

My husband is into geeky electronic things. I am not. Help me figure out some gift ideas for him. More inside. [more inside]
posted by corn_bread on Dec 14, 2011 - 25 answers

Working backwards from the tools...

What should I cook with all these kitchen tools? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Nov 22, 2011 - 15 answers

What are the most useful tools in an Asian kitchen?

What kitchen tools are necessary for a home cook in a western country looking to try their hand at creating dishes traditionally found in east and southeast Asia? [more inside]
posted by nathaole on Sep 29, 2011 - 16 answers

Design-hack my cube

What small things can I add to my work space (or change) to make my day more cheerful/more efficient/better all-around? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Sep 21, 2011 - 28 answers

GPS traffic updates: Fact or Fiction?

Do the fancy higher-end features (traffic, eco route, etc.) of auto GPS units actually work? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl on Aug 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Falafel shaping tool

Where can I buy an aleb falafel in London [more inside]
posted by fray on Jun 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Used iPad or New iPad2 - and why?

eBay (UK) is currently offering the original iPads starting at around £270 (for 16Gb wifi only). The new iPad2 will be £399 for the same 16Gb wifi model. The question is, given that it's not for a gadget-freak, is paying an extra 50% worth it? [more inside]
posted by monster max on Mar 24, 2011 - 10 answers

Looking to license spec data about various gadgets

Websites like CNET have a database of gadget/device specifications (like the Xoom is 0.5" by 9.8", etc) -- is there a company or service, like the NBA might license their game data, that lets people license that gadget spec data to use on my website via an API?
posted by c:\awesome on Mar 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Ergonomic herb-snipping and food-shredding tools?

I'm looking for more ergonomic solutions to snipping herbs and shredding food in the kitchen. These are the two most painful kitchen tasks for me due to existing repetitive strain injuries. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Oct 31, 2010 - 18 answers

Gadgets in Manhattan?

Where in Manhattan should I go to look at and possibly buy gadgets, electronics, and computery type stuff that would be hard to buy (excluding online) anywhere else?
posted by Mwongozi on Oct 11, 2010 - 9 answers

What are some cool snacks the kids and I can make at preschool?

What are some good snacks for preschoolers that we can make together at preschool? Involving gadgets is a plus. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Sep 8, 2010 - 15 answers

A good glue can stave of entropy and fill you with a warm glow.

I want to take Casio watches (or the equivalent) and/or old cell phones and glue stuff to them--beads, bits of circuit board, Lego minifig heads, etc. What would be the best glue for this purpose? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Aug 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Cheap! Cheap! Cheap!

I work in China providing consulting for companies wishing to export from here. One of my customers, a Brazilian battery company, wishes to purchase an order for a cheap electronic product to be given as a free gift to its customers in order to promote the batteries. Price range: 50 - 70 cents. Order quantity: approx. 50,000. So, what's the COOLEST and MOST UNUSUAL thing the hivemind can think of? [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno on Jul 7, 2010 - 23 answers

Recommended news websites for gadgets and games?

Any recommended brief, straight-to-the-point websites for news on gadgets and games? [more inside]
posted by NeoLeo on Jun 9, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me pick a phone that isn't an iPhone...but is kinda like an iPhone.

My boyfriend wants a smartphone for his birthday, but he doesn't know which one. Can you recommend one, based on the criteria inside the fold? [more inside]
posted by lwb on May 5, 2010 - 24 answers

Orange ya glad I asked this in time for summer?

What is the best way for someone to peel an orange, if they have short fingernails? Assume growing longer nails, or eating the orange cut into slices are not favorable options. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Apr 27, 2010 - 52 answers

Hollar when the train is coming :)

What easy technology solution can save me from waiting forever for an untimely train? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Mar 12, 2010 - 10 answers

gadgets on blogs

Blogspot/blogger filter: my google gadget wont save its data! help! [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Mar 6, 2010 - 1 answer

Hold on a sec, let me get some paper so I can write this down! Open Microsoft Word...

How can I help those less-technically inclined to think more abstractly about using a computer? Also, what's the best way to introduce smarter behaviors to avoid problems down the road and encourage them to learn and explore on their own? [more inside]
posted by cgomez on Feb 24, 2010 - 28 answers

You walked 875 steps, typed 31,221 characters, and found 0 girlfriends today.

I'm interested in self-tracking/home automation. What products (or DIY projects) are out there in the same vein of "Withings" and "FitBit" that will semi-passively track data about myself? [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed on Feb 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Coem on Kindle, light my fire.

How can I "test drive" a Kindle? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Jan 8, 2010 - 25 answers

Cheap. Hackable. Useful?

What neato-burrito (but most of all cheapo) electronic gadget can satisfy my tinkering lust? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Jan 4, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me force my mom into 2003!

Giftfilter: My contrarian technophobe mother has indicated that she "might like to experiment with an iPod." Which one should we get her, and how can we make this as easy as possible? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Dec 17, 2009 - 17 answers

Heads Up for both Mac and Windows?

Is there a way to make one universal desktop/dashboard for both Mac and Windows? [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Nov 3, 2009 - 7 answers

First Pandora, now what?

What technology (websites, webservices, or handheld devices) would you recommend to a non-techy person? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Sep 2, 2009 - 7 answers

What should I import to New Zealand for resale?

What should I import to New Zealand for resale? I'm looking for ideas of products that I could buy in bulk, ship to NZ, and resell for a modest profit. [more inside]
posted by redzarf on Aug 8, 2009 - 7 answers

RFIND

I'm looking for recommendations for some sort of gadget that'll help prevent my boyfriend from losing stuff. Every system or mindhack we've devised for helping my boyfriend keep track of his stuff has failed. Now I want microchips to help. Here's my vision... [more inside]
posted by mthomps00 on Jul 2, 2009 - 21 answers

Neat I-phone Apps?

I've ordered my first I-phone. What are the must have apps? [more inside]
posted by Ponderance on Jun 9, 2009 - 31 answers

Mitigating gadget theft at work.

I already bring my kindle and iphone to work. I'm considering bringing an iliad as well, and I'm worried about theft... What can I do? [more inside]
posted by tehgeekmeister on Apr 6, 2009 - 5 answers

Tactile reminder device

What sorts of vibrating reminder devices are out there? [more inside]
posted by jinatrix on Apr 1, 2009 - 3 answers

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