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Mark CF, I love you, but go away :P

What are some good (preferably experience-based) birthday gifts for a 21-year-old Australian programming geek who thinks he's Danish? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 29, 2007 - 12 answers

Belt for GPS tracking and my tiny laptop

I'm currently waiting for my Eee PC and Mologogo phone (a motorola i415) to arrive. These are items I'd like to carry with me very frequently (essentially always), and I call upon the hivemind to help me figure out the best way to do so. [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Nov 19, 2007 - 9 answers

Please help with this simple MS Excel problem!!

MS Excel Problem: CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP? I am a very average PC user having unable to open spreadsheets. I borrowed a copy of MS Office Professional from a friend, but it did not install Excel properly. I no longer have access to those installation CDs. Whenever I try to open a spreadsheet, it prompts me for the CD's. So I bought Excel 97, installed it fine, but still when I try o open a spreadsheet it automatically tries to open it with the XP Professional version... How so I get around this to just use the Excel 97 version now on my computer??
posted by writingjulie on Oct 29, 2007 - 9 answers

Best weapon for cube warfare?

GiftFilter: Best toys for cube warfare? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2007 - 16 answers

Do Asperger's syndrome parents have autistic children?

My girlfriend has Asperger's syndrome, and while I have no official diagnosis, I am a bit of a geek. We would like to have children at some point in the future. Will our children be at risk of more-serious autistic spectrum disorders because of our own less-serious "conditions"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2007 - 24 answers

Repairing the A/C on my laptop?

How difficult is it to replace a laptop's cooling fans? [more inside]
posted by kraigory on Sep 16, 2007 - 9 answers

Killer D&D campaign

How can I, as a first-time D&D 3.5 DM, make my campaign completely kick ass? [more inside]
posted by baphomet on Sep 3, 2007 - 19 answers

Cool stuff to do with bunch of unused computers?

I've got a bunch of HP DC7100 SFF Pentium 4 computers sitting on a table at work, left over from people who have migrated to using laptops as their primary workstations. Any ideas for cool stuff I could do with them? [more inside]
posted by lifeless on Mar 19, 2007 - 12 answers

Mark CF, if you're reading this, shoo!

How do I wish my programming-geek boyfriend "Happy Birthday" and tell him "I love you" using computing code? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 23, 2007 - 25 answers

Is AppleCare worth it if you have a pet geek?

I'm buying my wife a MacBook. Should I also buy AppleCare? [more inside]
posted by C.Batt on Nov 26, 2006 - 32 answers

Make my Gnome OSX'y

How do I configure Gnome (on Fedora Core 5, if it matters) and X11 to act like OSX with respect to keyboard input? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR on Oct 21, 2006 - 4 answers

Help me become an X-men comic book geek!

Any X-Men experts hereabouts? What would you recommend as a starting point for someone who enjoyed the movies and the animated series from the early 90s and now would like to go back and actually read the original comic books? Are there any omnibus-type volumes that would help bring a new reader up to speed?
posted by John Smallberries on Oct 19, 2006 - 20 answers

What's a grognard to do?

Help me find collaborative hex-mapping software. [more inside]
posted by jammer on Sep 29, 2006 - 1 answer

Help me find an obscure R.A. Lafferty quote.

Help me find an obscure R.A. Lafferty quote. [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Aug 28, 2006 - 0 answers

Help me geek out in Cambridge, MA

I'm scheduled to be in Cambridge, MA from August 1-4 for a training class, and I'm looking for geek/tech-oriented ways to pass my downtime. [more inside]
posted by sysinfo on Jul 16, 2006 - 13 answers

From a t-shirt idea to a geek badge of pride

I've come up with the one geek/holiday-related T-shirt idea to rule them all. Its will just be plain text on a black t-shirt, not unlike the thinkgeek.com shirts. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Jul 14, 2006 - 10 answers

Best Fry's Electronics in Bay Area

What is the largest/best Fry's Electronics in the Bay area? [more inside]
posted by bitmage on Jul 5, 2006 - 16 answers

Anyone remember this toy from the 80s?

Help a geek find a long-lost favorite childhood storybook/gadget. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on May 27, 2006 - 4 answers

Building a cheap computer for Civ IV.

Building a cheap computer for Civ IV. [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer on Feb 15, 2006 - 17 answers

great gadget gift?

Best. gadget. ever? Valentines Day help. [more inside]
posted by beccaj on Feb 7, 2006 - 15 answers

Forever and now in ink on skin

Tattoo planning: I'm looking for related symbols (by meaning, not appearance) of the lemniscate, enso, ouroboros, and apparently whatever the symbol between the buddha's eyes is called. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 on Jan 11, 2006 - 9 answers

How to find a power supply for a US laptop for use in UK, France?

US/UK/Europe Laptop Power: Help me use my Compaq laptop in the UK and France. [more inside]
posted by enrevanche on Jan 2, 2006 - 8 answers

Geek Gifts

Gifts For Geeks? Geeks of Metafilter: what gift would you want? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Dec 16, 2005 - 26 answers

For only 29 cents a day, you can help a geek get a life.

Looking for Chicago geek group activities/social events that’ll get me out of the house. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Nov 29, 2005 - 10 answers

Has anyone seen my pants?

Help me find the world's best men's pants. Something for all occasions, with style and functionality. [more inside]
posted by tiamat on Nov 26, 2005 - 18 answers

Ultimate Geek Tool

Holidays are approaching...what would be the essential geek multi-tool for working around computers and other office related repairing? Is it a specific type of Leatherman? The Swiss Army Cybertool? Or something completely different?
posted by boost ventilator on Nov 13, 2005 - 10 answers

How to describe the nature of being trendy?

Is there a single word to describe a fascination with things that are new for the sake of being new? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Nov 6, 2005 - 27 answers

These near and far wars

What span of time elapses in episodes 4, 5 and 6 of Star Wars? [more inside]
posted by Scoo on Jul 18, 2005 - 9 answers

GPS and Cryptonomicon

In the book _Cryptonomicon_, the author's generated emails from Randy Waterhouse, a main character of the book, contain GPS information which refers to a "Nearest Geographical Feature". This mythical NGF seems to work worldwide. How would you practically implement such a feature using today's technology - are there any free datasets that would do the job? Having just purchased a GPS receiver I am very interested in locating data sets that can accomplish a similar set of functionality.
posted by arimathea on Apr 28, 2005 - 5 answers

San Francisco Akihabara?

I'm going to be in San Francisco for a conference from 3/14-->3/18, but sadly not the emerging technology conference. Anyway, I was wondering if there is anything like Japan's Akihabara--some sort of dense flea market with strange gadgets and such, that I might visit. Any sort of robot-themed "performance" involving flammable materials would be cool too, but I've heard that Survival Research Labs isn't allowed to play in the city any longer. In short, what would be some cool geeky/techy things to do while there that might not be available elsewhere and won't land me in jail? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Mar 10, 2005 - 9 answers

How do I create a book index?

How do they create book indexes? I have a friend who's a grad student, and she needs to create an index for her hundred page scientific thesis. Is there any easy way to do it in MS Word, or another software product -- something that a non-geek could churn and burn with in a couple of hours?
posted by SpecialK on Jan 22, 2004 - 17 answers

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