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sadly way too excited about actual-size PDF documents

Work just gave me a 19-inch widescreen monitor (1440x900 resolution), which I promptly tilted into portrait mode. What are some software/settings hacks that will allow me to make the most of my setup? I'm running Windows 2000 (yeah, I know) in "Classic" view, Firefox, Outlook, Acrobat Professional v8. If I do get a second companion monitor, it will probably be an older 15-inch model that doesn't tilt.
posted by Saucy Intruder on Apr 9, 2009 - 3 answers

Help me hack my Leap Frog

Can you hack toddler toys to lower the speaker volume? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Jan 2, 2009 - 20 answers

What can I do with my new DS/ what games should I get

OK, so me and MrsShawnString bought a DS finally. What cool stuff can I do with it (besides playing games) and what are the MUST HAVE games to have? Pretty much any genre game is ok [more inside]
posted by ShawnString on Sep 30, 2008 - 30 answers

Print A3 Google Maps?

How can I quickly and easily print an A3 sized Google map? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Sep 11, 2008 - 3 answers

How to make life on crutches easier?

Tips or hacks for getting by on crutches for a few weeks (non-weight bearing, post-knee surgery)? [more inside]
posted by nevers on Aug 5, 2008 - 7 answers

How can improve my sinister lifestyle?

Any tricks for enhancing a left-handed life? [more inside]
posted by suki on Jul 27, 2008 - 20 answers


I am looking for experiments, useful tricks, and fun things to try out, using my biological cycles, chemistry and anatomy. [more inside]
posted by bobobox on Jun 16, 2008 - 11 answers

Has my gmail been hacked?

Has my gmail been hacked? [more inside]
posted by whoaali on May 24, 2008 - 8 answers

Pass Quiz In Order To Use the Fora

Can anyone point me to a vbulletin script that forces you to pass a quiz in order to use the forum? [more inside]
posted by theichibun on May 22, 2008 - 3 answers

Hack My Baby

Give me your baby hacks! My wife and I are expecting our first child in November. What tips and tricks can you offer us to make our lives a lot easier? For example, a friend of mine swears that putting a crying baby in front of a mirror will cause it to stop. Another uses noise cancelling headphones to temper the noise from his shrieking child. I am looking for hacks on everything from diaper changing to stroller modifications. Make our lives easier as we enter into parenthood.
posted by jasondigitized on May 20, 2008 - 46 answers

Is brainfog from age or something else?

Is it the fog from getting older, or is it something else? As I've gone through the years (late 30s), I can clearly feel myself getting less brainy... by that, I mean that I'm not putting together things as quickly as I once did. I'm also less creative, and overall, I feel less verbose and articulate. I've had some really stressful years, both workwise and otherwise. I don't *think* I'm depressed or overly anxious (in our 30s, we all have a bit of the anxiety, right?). So, is this normal? Do others have the same "brain fog?" If you do, shout it out. If you did, and you fixed it, I'd love to hear your secrets.
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2008 - 36 answers

What are the world's most useful dead-tree catalogs?

What is the iconic (or just "your favorite") dead-tree product catalog (listing of merchandise for mail-order sale) for your hobby, industry, or trade? [more inside]
posted by cadastral on Apr 1, 2008 - 74 answers

How can I turn my Sony Clie into a simple word processor/ebook reader?

How can I turn my Sony Clie into a simple word processor/ebook reader? [more inside]
posted by sallyann on Dec 24, 2007 - 7 answers

Move quicksilver's bezel interface

Does anyone know how to change the screen position of the Bezel interface in Quicksilver. I have a dual-monitor setup and I'd rather move it to one screen or the other (which is available with Cube or Primer.) If its in the center of the screen and there are three panes displayed, the center one is difficult to see.
posted by ehamilt0n on Dec 4, 2007 - 3 answers

Fax machine hack to test your line quality

I heard that there is a way to call a fax machine with a normal telephone, press some keys and the fax machine will speak back your line quality as a number. I can't find any information about this online, does anyone know how to do this? Is this manufacturer dependent?
posted by bumper314 on Nov 9, 2007 - 3 answers

DIY for the Non-Hardware-Elite

DIY blogs that don't require you to be a goddamn logic board-soldering wizard? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Oct 16, 2007 - 7 answers

How to copy mp3s to an iPod without a computer?

iPod dreams and hacks. I'm in a band and we'd love to give out "demos" via an iPod at shows. We're envisioning a Device that may exist, may need to be hacked together, or may be fundamentally impossible to create. [more inside]
posted by pants on Aug 24, 2007 - 18 answers

Can I email an item to Google Notebook?

Is there a way to "email an item" to Google Notebook? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jul 9, 2007 - 1 answer

What cool stuff can I do with a satellite TV dish?

I have a Dish Network satellite dish + satellite receiver that I never returned after I cancelled my contract with them. What cool things can I do with it? [more inside]
posted by kdar on Jun 28, 2007 - 5 answers

I think my Wi-fi is being leeched, Please help!

I think my Wi-fi is being leeched, Please help! [more inside]
posted by spinko on Jun 11, 2007 - 39 answers

Six-pack abs

If you have kept yourself lean, with a flat stomach and possibly visible abs, for some time - what is it that you eat every day? [more inside]
posted by objdoc on May 27, 2007 - 27 answers

Help me make use of my old PDA

Help me make use of my old PDA. [more inside]
posted by zacharyseibert on Mar 30, 2007 - 11 answers

How do I downgrade PSP firmware 2.71?

Does anyone have clear instructions on how to downgrade PSP firmware from 2.71? [more inside]
posted by milovoo on Mar 14, 2007 - 5 answers

pimp my Razr!

RazrFilter: My Verizon service just provided me with a free upgrade to a Razr V3. Now what? naturally there's lots [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Nov 5, 2006 - 6 answers

TomTom 300 Hacks?

I just picked up a TomTom Go 300. Are there any hacks or ways to manipulate the device to enhance its capabilities? Can I update the map SD card with updates from non-TomTom websites?
posted by honorguy7 on Aug 17, 2006 - 3 answers

Can I Safely Exceed the Speed Limit?

Should I install Google Web Accelerator? What are its benefits and risks? I'm using a Dell Inspiron 5000 w/a 448 MHz Celeron processor and am looking to speed things up in any safe way that I can. I noticed yesterday that Google is discreetly promoting the Accelerator at the bottom of its search results.
posted by NYCinephile on Aug 5, 2006 - 22 answers

AirTunes, anyone?

Suggestions for AirTunes Fun / Hacks, please! [more inside]
posted by dance on Jul 7, 2006 - 5 answers

cheap one off homemade bbq.

any ideas on how to make a simple one off bbq out of things fond in the house [more inside]
posted by thegeezer3 on Jun 14, 2006 - 15 answers

Improved Playback of Youtube Videos?

How can I configure my PC to play Youtube Videos better? [more inside]
posted by sswiller on May 24, 2006 - 6 answers

MediaWiki MarkUp Modification....

I've got a MediaWiki front-end question... [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus on Apr 11, 2006 - 5 answers

Three column view in Apple Mail - is it possible?

I love most of Apple Mail. I love the three-column wide view of Thunderbird. (Vertical view) Is there any way to keep the features of Mail, but hack it to display lists and previews more like Thunderbird? I've found interface hacks and add-ons for almost every other possible option.
posted by clango on Mar 8, 2006 - 5 answers

Display a countdown of the number of Words in a MS Word/Mac document.

Here's my idea: I am working on a project that requires me to write 1,000 words a day. As a motivator, I want to have a BIG display that counts down the number of words I have left to go. My first idea was to have an LED display, clock radio style, attached via USB that would somehow retrieve the native count from MS Word and display it (in reverse, since word counts up - but a countup clock might also be OK.) Ideas on that would be great, but it also seems quite hard - so I thought maybe an Applescript that would simulate the display on my monitor would work. How to do this, I have no clue. :)
posted by soulbarn on Mar 5, 2006 - 8 answers

Crazy Pulsating Color Filter

This idea for a visual effect has occured to me, and I want to implement it, just to see what it's like. I know Perl and C/C++, but I am heavily biased towards a *nix environment. Description of video transformation inside... [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Feb 23, 2006 - 7 answers

What's on your refrigerator?

What sort of useful stuff do you have on your refrigerator? I'm looking for cool things like notepads, calendars, utility magnets, etc. We're trying to spruce ours up and are looking for ideas.
posted by frenetic on Jan 18, 2006 - 34 answers

Maybe teach them to bark and glue fur on the sides?

Have any interesting ideas about what to do with some extra PCs? [more inside]
posted by muddylemon on Jan 6, 2006 - 16 answers

Hack the Man

Can one hack a settings file or something to overcome the five (or ten) user limit on networking under WinXP Home (or Professional?) Am I violating the DMCA by asking?
posted by mwhybark on Dec 13, 2005 - 7 answers

How do you live a computer-independent computing lifestyle?

As a computer geek, I've wasted a lot of time contemplating how to build a system that would let me access, preserve, and share my information without being dependent on any particular computer. What are your thoughts? [more inside]
posted by shivohum on Dec 10, 2005 - 21 answers

Is there a way to pull the specific information from a consistently formatted email into something like Delicious Library?

Is there a way to pull specific information (like title/author) from a consistently formatted email into something like Delicious Library? [more inside]
posted by nramsey on Nov 13, 2005 - 8 answers

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I'm looking for interesting uses of, how do you use it? what are some cool hacks? how do you organize your links? interesting tags? other uses?
posted by mhaw on Nov 3, 2005 - 14 answers

Is there a database of government contracts/spending?

The FEC is extremely useful in figuring out who is giving money to politicians. Is there a similar database of which corporations are being awarded contracts from the government?
posted by phrontist on Sep 25, 2005 - 1 answer

Imitate a voice with a vocoder

Could a vocoder be used to imitate some elses voice? If you had a recording of someone speaking, could you make a sample of their "carrier" sound and modulate it with your own voice? You would have to vary the pitch of the carrier to sound like normal speech, but assuming you could do that (a big if, I know), it would be fairly convicing no?
posted by phrontist on Aug 9, 2005 - 5 answers

Anyone ever heard of a digital music receiver for DirecTV?

I've finally noticed and started enjoying the digital music channels that came with my DirecTV setup. But it's kind of silly to use my home theater system and DirecTV receiver just to hear some music. Does anyone know how I could hack this kind of satellite music playback into a separate stereo system? Anyone ever heard of a digital music receiver for DirecTV?
posted by mathowie on Jul 25, 2005 - 8 answers

Must have programs for a USB card

I'm looking for programs that are able to be stored on a USB memory stick that will allow me to run them off the stick and stay on top of things wherever I am. Anyone point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by nosophoros on Jun 21, 2005 - 19 answers

Taking screenshots of video?

Anyone know of the best way to take screenshots of video on a PC? I notice that DVDs and mpegs and avis all seem to do a weird matte screen thing where video is projected "above" the video player on your screen, so all screengrabs are blank. There must be a hack to get a simple grab every now and then off this sort of video. Anyone ever figure this out?
posted by mathowie on Mar 21, 2005 - 8 answers

How do I get a stronger flush from a low-flow toilet?

Any good hacks for getting a low flow toilet to deliver a stronger flush? Commode replacement is not, unfortunately, an option.
posted by nakedcodemonkey on Feb 2, 2005 - 15 answers

TiVo additional hard drive setup using a PowerBook?

DVRFilter: I just picked up a TiVo TCD540040 and am [predictably] madly in love with it. I also have a 250GB EIDE drive laying around, and can figure no better use than upgrading this baby. I have read this great tutorial, but I have a problem -- my PC/Linux box died a great death a number of months ago, and now I have only my PowerBook (as well as a FireWire disk enclosure I could put the drive into). Have I any options for getting the TiVo to recognize the extra 250GB drive, without hunting down a friend with a PC and a spare drive bay?
posted by symphonik on Jan 9, 2005 - 5 answers

Clip and encode a track from a DVD

I have a legit movie produced by my employer on DVD that I need to convert to mpeg (mpeg2 I'm guessing) to upload to the Internet Archive. All the l33t warez converters seem to do divx or vcd or vob. I can't seem to find anything on mac or windows that will do this simple task for me. I just want the 10 minute long movie at track 4 on the disc as a mpeg file. Sounds simple but after using half a dozen apps, I can't seem to get the job done.
posted by mathowie on Oct 22, 2004 - 13 answers

Linking to Amazon Wishlists

Amazon question. I once read the Amazon Hacks book but I don't remember if it covers this one, or how to do it. I'd like to be able to link to specific items in my wishlist. I've found one trick but it relies on the item number. Since this number changes each time the wishlist is updated, any link made this way won't last long. SMI
posted by Grod on Aug 8, 2004 - 3 answers

My fiance and I have iChat AV cameras on Powerbooks. Can we work around blocked 16384-16403 ports to chat anyway?

OK, so my fiance just started med school 2000+ miles away from where I live. To stay in touch and keep our phone bills reasonable, we both got iChat AV cameras for our powerbooks. However, the neccesary ports (16384 to 16403) are not open on her school network. We contacted her IT department and a week later, the guy told her that he couldn't open those ports for security/bandwidth issues, leaving us high and dry. So, what would folks suggest we do in this situation? Is it really a security issue or just bandwidth? Are there any workarounds?
posted by garethspor on Aug 6, 2004 - 8 answers

Any Use for a Hollywood Plus DVD-Player Card Using EM8300 MPEG2 Decoder?

I have a Hollywood Plus DVD-player card, PCI. It uses the EM8300 Mpeg 2 decoder. Are there any hacks or mods for this card to do cool things, or should I throw it away? [more inside]
posted by Keyser Soze on Jun 4, 2004 - 3 answers

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