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Name this Band

Starting up a new project, and we can't agree on a name. Hope that Mefi will have a good suggestion! [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Sep 19, 2016 - 63 answers

What kind of generator do I want?

I'm looking for a generator that will power a landline phone and medical alert system during a power outage. [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear on May 31, 2016 - 12 answers

Home Backup Power Options

I live in Toronto and my neighbourhood has above-ground powerlines and lots of trees. We get blackouts every year, usually from something happening at a transformer station, but during the ice storm it was because of trees taking out power lines. If I want to protect my family and house against power outages it seems like my options are either getting an installed generator, a portable generator or some kind of backup battery. How do these compare, and is anything going to change much in the next couple of years? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Oct 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Home Power Generator Question

Every summer and winter, random weather related power failures (as well as those caused by people knocking down power poles - it's rural with lots of winding roads) leave the house without power for hours to days. So I'm thinking about getting a Generac 8kw gas-powered portable with a manual transfer switch. A Generac 10kw propane powered installed with an automatic transfer switch is at least 6 six times more expensive and I don't see much of an extra benefit. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jul 18, 2015 - 7 answers

Which solar panel should I buy?

I want to get into solar by putting ONE solar panel on my roof, then plugging it into a generator. Which solar panel should I buy? [more inside]
posted by cda on Mar 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Help Me Narrow Down A Big List

I plan to interview Oregon non-profit organizations this year. Not counting Guidestar, I have compiled a list of about 1800 NPs in the state from six other lists (Charity Navigator, nonprofitlist.org, Oregon Department of Justice, Combined Federal Campaign Oregon, Non Profit Association of Oregon and GiveGuide2014). I want to explore the work of some of those little known who never get publicity or don't have a lot of money but have missions worthy of attention. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Need a high-quality, but fast and easy, way to generate animated GIFs.

Are there any free high-quality GIF generator sites or programs that allow you to make animated GIFs from videos that don't add watermarks to your GIFs? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Sep 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Coding a random generator

I'd like to create an online idea generator but have no coding knowledge. Is there an easy way to do this or do I need to learn a bit of programming? If so which language would be best? [more inside]
posted by KateViolet on Jul 26, 2014 - 3 answers

Online Color Scheme (but not that kind)

I have a colourway for a website consisting of 9 colour slots. One colour is repeated (slot #2 and slot #8) and I need to not repeat colours. Are there any online color schemers that will let me put in the 8 colors and make a suggestion for a 9th? My only criteria is that it provide good contrast for white text. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Apr 29, 2014 - 4 answers

You remind me of the babe.

Or what do I have to look for on a portable generator to recharge my camera and tablet. [more inside]
posted by Fermin on Feb 11, 2014 - 11 answers

Are there any commercial wood-powered generators for emergency home use?

We are planning to build a new home and would like to have a small generator around, just in case something goes wrong and we need to keep the essentials running for a while. The area has very good power supply, but since it's mostly hydroelectric, the increasing winter bitterness makes think that there might be some problems in the future (i.e. freezing), so we just want to have a few hours/days of independent capacity. Of course a small gas-powered generator will do the trick, but since we are in a wood rich area and everybody has always an abundance of wood around, we were looking at how to exploit this situation. We found several blueprints to build wood-powered generators and read a few articles, but it seems weirdo territory and usually there is a good reason why the mass market hasn't adopted a technology. But maybe our research skills are terrible and instead there exists a generator manufactured ans sold by a reputable company. Do you know of any?
posted by caudingo on Jan 19, 2014 - 11 answers

Buy a whole house generator?

Whole house generator: Good planning, or overkill? [more inside]
posted by Marky on Dec 11, 2012 - 30 answers

What size generator does it take to run a gas station?

What size generator does it take to run a gas station? [more inside]
posted by Caviar on Nov 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Ze batteries, zey do nussing!

Why are my UPSs not pulling power from the generator? [more inside]
posted by dozo on Jul 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Text Widget Generator?

Is there a tool that would let me embed a semi-random text generator? [more inside]
posted by jtajta on May 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Automatic PowerPoint Formatting Approaches?

I need to automate the format of outline-based information into slide presentations, given some simple rules. I can code. I have some ideas. What options am I missing? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Dec 31, 2011 - 4 answers

I need a small generator to run my fridge; which one?

I think I need a small generator, but don't know how to size it, or what a good model is. I need something to power the refrigerator, a couple of lights, and maybe a laptop. [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar on Oct 31, 2011 - 14 answers

Pro-Tips for hand-washing clothes?

What are the your ProTips for hand-washing clothes? [more inside]
posted by facetious on Aug 20, 2011 - 16 answers

Smokin' amp on generator - what's up?

TubeAmpFilter: my 1970 Fender Twin Reverb started smoking when hooked up to a generator. Still works. Opened it up and can't find the culprit. What's the mostly likely diagnosis? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Jul 4, 2011 - 18 answers

Why, oh betrayer generator, won't you start?!

Help me get my Generac GP3250 generator started. [more inside]
posted by quin on May 2, 2011 - 11 answers

I would like to learn some stuff about building generators.

I'm looking to make a few generators Ideally I want to make a contactless generator for a bicycle to be able to add a usb charger port to the bike. Can anyone provide any information on winding the coils and magnet configurations for a generator. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks on Mar 12, 2011 - 14 answers


what is a 15 kw generac diesel generator worth? 5 years old hardly used I have one to sell, I don't know what to ask
posted by MansRiot on Jan 26, 2011 - 3 answers

What problems should one be aware of before buying a relatively expensive Kipor generator?

I am looking into buying a Kipor 6700 generator for my grandparents' house where there are frequent power cuts. Based on the data sheet this is exactly what we need, but since it's quite the investment, I would like to ask if any of you have had any problems (or words of praise) in connection to this or a similar (i.e. Kipor) generator.
posted by vlsd on Dec 25, 2010 - 6 answers

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn of a CSS Text Generator.

Trying to find a text generator I saw a while back. It was called a Cthulhu text generator, but it really had nothing to do with him. It would accept key words/phrases, then arrange them in an overlapping criss-cross pattern using only CSS. [more inside]
posted by AltReality on Oct 4, 2010 - 3 answers

Color/Gradient Generator from hex codes

Looking for a color/gradient generator where you put in your hex code (#6699CC) and it generates shades of that color from white, to the color, to black. It's a very plain page with just the shades from light to dark and their hex codes.
posted by jesirose on Aug 27, 2010 - 12 answers

I feel like phoning it in.

Looking for a downloadable poster generator that was on the net around six or seven years ago. You selected a style and provided text and it used an algorithm to create a poster in the style that was "hip" at the time. Background images featured urbanscapes and the like which would have looked right at home on a WILCO album cover. I may have actually seen it here first. Does it still exist? Is there a Mac version of it? If not, anything else like it today?
posted by sourwookie on Jun 3, 2010 - 11 answers

How do I buy a generator for my house?

Help me buy a generator! Degree of difficulty: 5-ton AC. [more inside]
posted by neilkod on May 27, 2010 - 9 answers

Human powered heater?

Is there such a thing as a self powered/manual heater? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Nov 1, 2009 - 15 answers

How much power can an HP9000E provide?

[ElectricalGeneratorFilter] Does anyone have a spec sheet for an HP9000E generator? [more inside]
posted by trokair on May 20, 2009 - 2 answers

I need a free and robust math worksheet generator

I need a free and robust math worksheet generator, and don't care whether or not it's a script, web-based, or software. [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Apr 28, 2009 - 3 answers

Propane, and propane acessories for backup power.

After the recent issues with running a gas generator for emergency power backup, I was going to make the plunge and purchase a propane generator. The question is, should I plan on having a couple propane appliances installed as well? [more inside]
posted by inthe80s on Dec 23, 2008 - 10 answers

Where to buy a low friction wheel with external hub and a tiny electric generator?

Where can I find a super low-friction wheel with a ring around it and also a little generator? I am making one of those silly home-brew perpetual motion machines with magnets. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Dec 7, 2008 - 3 answers

Phrased-based audio or video generators for the lulz?

Are there any other phrase-based message or video generators along the lines of the late Sprint valentine greeting from the late Isaac Hayes or a more general purpose video generator like the one that inserts a name for president? [more inside]
posted by turbodog on Oct 22, 2008 - 4 answers

Lowering the tone

I'm looking for a software DTMF generator (no, not that kind of DTMF) with certain capabilities... [more inside]
posted by Chairboy on Oct 18, 2008 - 9 answers

Who else makes high quality 220-240V voltage regulators?

Electrical engineering / voltage regulatorfilter: I'm searching for manufacturer or vendor sources on high quality, 220V to 240V automatic voltage regulators. This is for use with telecommunications/GSM/ISP equipment in the third world. Any other advice related to the subject will also be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Oct 10, 2008 - 1 answer

Where can you buy a mini generator?

Where can I get a small generator for a cabin? [more inside]
posted by Nish ton on Sep 21, 2008 - 16 answers

iTunes cover art for 45s?

A while back, I came across a site that would generate artwork suitable for use in iTunes for those odd old singles you have on MP3. The artwork resembled an old 45 RPM record and I think could be customized with the track and artist name. Ring any bells? I can't find it in my bookmarks.
posted by entropicamericana on Sep 11, 2008 - 1 answer

PDFs to thumbnails

I have an ordering centre for books and other written materials. I have PDFs of the books, but I don't have images of the covers. I want to make thumbnails of the covers to help people recognise the item they are looking for. How can I generate thumbnails from the first page of the PDFs? [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Sep 11, 2008 - 6 answers

Freezers looking for space in San Diego?

Secure warehouse space, with generator, in San Diego? [more inside]
posted by strangelove on Sep 9, 2008 - 2 answers

Medieval Sign Generator link?

medieval sign generator link? [more inside]
posted by nikko on Aug 6, 2008 - 6 answers

Watts a volt, anyway?

Can anyone help me figure out what kind of power source I need for my outdoor art project? [more inside]
posted by xo on Jun 5, 2008 - 10 answers

how much fuel does a diesel generator consume?

Diesel generator question: What is the typical fuel consumption rate of a 5kW, 10kW or 20kW unit at various load factors? How much does this vary (in litres per hour, or per day) between the same sizes of unit from different manufacturers? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Apr 28, 2008 - 2 answers

Budget truck towing a 1.5 ton generator?

So tomorrow I'm renting a 35 KW generator and I need to rent a truck to tow it. Hearing bad things about Uhaul, should I put in the reservation with Budget tonight? [more inside]
posted by MPnonot3 on Mar 6, 2008 - 11 answers

How can I generate 1,000 one-time-use codes for my website?

So I'm releasing a full-length CD on my brand new record label. And with it, I want to offer a bonus, download-only live EP available to those who purchase the full-length. How the hell am I going to pull that off? [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Mar 3, 2007 - 19 answers

Running a computer with a generator

I need to install a branch line from my emergency generator circuit that will feed my wifes work computer at home. I always assume that voltage from my Honda generator/welder is going to be quite dirty. Do I need more than a surge protector and line conditioner to prevent her system from being damaged?
posted by Raybun on Feb 7, 2007 - 8 answers

PHP script generator

I need a PHP script "generator" to do Change/add/delete/edit on a MySQL database. Is there a auto generator of such a script? (I use 1&1 - with ssh and a shell, and a XP machine at home) Thanks!
posted by bright77blue on Oct 22, 2006 - 8 answers

Wind power: does it blow, or no?

We're hammering out an ordinance to allow small wind turbine power generators in our town. We'd like to cover all the bases, and are looking for good and bad from other towns. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Oct 10, 2006 - 19 answers

Magic Card Generator?

Are there any simple ways to create fake Magic cards, like the "summon bevets" or "summon languagehat" cards I've seen making the rounds? Preferably, one of those web-2.0-ey generator sites. At the least, a photoshop template. I just don't want to have to deal with getting everything right from scratch, especially since my photoshop skills are rusty. Thanks!
posted by nervestaple on Oct 8, 2006 - 5 answers

simultaneous homebrew batteries charging/use?

Electronics question - can I recharge batteries while using them? [more inside]
posted by psychobum on Feb 21, 2006 - 7 answers

One solution for exercise and powering the home?

I'd like to help power the house and exercise, both solved with one solution, and need some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on Nov 21, 2005 - 21 answers

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