What are some good (preferably experience-based) birthday gifts for a 21-year-old Australian programming geek who thinks he's Danish? [more inside]
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]
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??
GiftFilter: Best toys for cube warfare? [more inside]
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]
How difficult is it to replace a laptop's cooling fans? [more inside]
How can I, as a first-time D&D 3.5 DM, make my campaign completely kick ass? [more inside]
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]
How do I wish my programming-geek boyfriend "Happy Birthday" and tell him "I love you" using computing code? [more inside]
I'm buying my wife a MacBook. Should I also buy AppleCare? [more inside]
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]
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?
Help me find collaborative hex-mapping software. [more inside]
Help me find an obscure R.A. Lafferty quote. [more inside]
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]
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]
What is the largest/best Fry's Electronics in the Bay area? [more inside]
Help a geek find a long-lost favorite childhood storybook/gadget. [more inside]
Building a cheap computer for Civ IV. [more inside]
Best. gadget. ever? Valentines Day help. [more inside]
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]
US/UK/Europe Laptop Power: Help me use my Compaq laptop in the UK and France. [more inside]
Gifts For Geeks? Geeks of Metafilter: what gift would you want? [more inside]
Looking for Chicago geek group activities/social events that’ll get me out of the house. [more inside]
Help me find the world's best men's pants. Something for all occasions, with style and functionality. [more inside]
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?
Is there a single word to describe a fascination with things that are new for the sake of being new? [more inside]
What span of time elapses in episodes 4, 5 and 6 of Star Wars? [more inside]
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.
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]
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?