I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 on 3. I get extremely little reception at home and a signal booster doesn't help. Is there a hardware solution, like a special case, wire, foil, etc I could use at home to boost my signal? homemade ideas and commercial ones welcome.
posted by Mistress
on Feb 20, 2014 -
I'm a total hardware engineering noob who's getting into Arduino development. I have an Electric Imp connected to the Arduino via a shield
, which works great. However, I've added another shield that conflicts with the pins that are used by the Electric Imp for software serial IO. The Imp shield says that I can cut a trace and wire a jumper to use hardware serial on two open ports instead. I've never done this before – can someone give explicit steps as to what I need to do? [more inside]
posted by krunk
on Feb 11, 2014 -
Hi everyone. I'm looking for a wireless replacement for my Logitech MX310
mouse, which has served me well for years.
Many mice have extra buttons that can be assigned to various functions. The nice thing about the MX310, though, is that its extra buttons were symmetrical, so it was as easy to use left-handed as right-handed.
Do you have a recommendation for a good, relatively inexpensive wireless replacement?
posted by Alaska Jack
on Dec 26, 2013 -
I'm searching for a size-accurate outline image of a unibody MacBook keyboard (basically an accurate diagram/wireframe). For this outline file, any format will work, although Vector (.ai, .svg, etc.) would be ideal. I've tried googling but the results tend to be photorealistic images with broad outlines, shadows, etc. I'm looking for a technical drawing like a blueprint. The goal is to make custom keyboard covers with multiple languages by die-cutting and laminating paper; these would be one piece, hence the need for precision. I'm thinking there must be an diagram of MBP keyboards one on the web somewhere... Any advice on where to find one would be highly appreciated. (As far as I know, the keyboard layout is the same for all models except the 11 inch/Air.) Thanks in advance.
posted by landonmoon
on Dec 24, 2013 -
Ok, so I recently purchased a pullup cage/station. You know, includes a side for dips, a pullup bar, etc. and is one large metal structure put together with nuts and bolts. Anyway, I think I enjoyed putting the darn thing together even more than I will using it. What other projects/hobbies can I work on/build/create using a tool box, wrench, other hardware type stuff etc. in my small to medium sized apartment that won't lose me my security deposit?
posted by sendai sleep master
on Nov 27, 2013 -
We are missing a pull/handle for one of the cabinets in our apartment. The landlord doesn't know anything about manufacturer or the source of the hardware. The inside of the drawers is labeled as "G* Grass" as a manufacturer but it looks like they make the inner mechanisms not the external hardware.
Photo album here.
Any ideas on how I can find a replacement? Thanks!
posted by brbmaroon
on Oct 6, 2013 -
What would you call this
thing in this
razor handle kit? It's decorative chrome, and it's got a threaded hole and a rod. I'd like to order around 10 of them, but I only need that one part, and I'm having trouble figuring out what to search for.
posted by Capn
on Sep 27, 2013 -
My computer's rear panel USB ports periodically stop working -- even after replacing the motherboard. I'm at the limits of my diagnostic abilities here. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? [more inside]
posted by teraflop
on Sep 9, 2013 -
I need recommendations for a person or service that can have a look at my mom's computer, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I would like for Geek Squad to be an absolute last resort. I live on the west coast, alas, and have already done what troubleshooting I can do remotely.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic
on Aug 1, 2013 -
At my place of employment, I have been charged with physically securing our two servers. The decision has been made to bolt them to the concrete floor in a cage. I don't know how to shop for a server rack. We have an old one that they're on now, but it's an open rack, without sides or locks. I need one that's more of a cage, to keep people without the key out. It'll have to fit at least 8U worth of servers, and also accommodate a midsized tower somehow, and be 1000mm deep minimum.
How do I shop for this? I can't find any information on whether any of the racks I'm looking at are bolt downable.
posted by TrueVox
on Jul 19, 2013 -
The rain barrel in my garden has a plastic flex clip
on it to hold the hose
that's attached to the barrel. Or rather it did. Half of it broke off months ago. I've checked Home Depot, Canadian Tire and Rona, and none of them carried a replacement clip. The rain barrel was installed about five years ago courtesy of the City of Toronto as part of their drainpipe disconnection program, so I don't have the option of going back to the supplier for it. Does anyone know where I can get a suitable replacement clip on the internet?
posted by orange swan
on Jun 23, 2013 -
I'm beginning to take photographs again, and my apartment has no real easy space to set up my currently-decommissioned desktop PC. My present laptop is super low-end and it's a horrible drag trying to do anything with photos on it. Please recommend a minimum spec replacement - a few more details after the cut. [more inside]
posted by ominous_paws
on Jun 6, 2013 -
Can I simply physically replace the 1366*768 LCD in my HP EliteBook 8440p with the 1600*900 part
and have the laptop autodetect the new screen and show the proper resolution? Or is there extra logic or connectors or dongles or whatever in the main body that must also be modified in order for the display to work, (or maybe it Just Won't Work)? Put simply, is HP 594090-001 plug-and-play? [more inside]
posted by laconic skeuomorph
on May 19, 2013 -
Is there a market for custom built computers sold through an independent person, versus Dell or HP? [more inside]
posted by trogdole
on May 18, 2013 -
I think the time has come for me to jump the iPhone ship. The announcement of the Google version of the Galaxy S4
at I/O was the clincher. But I am not 100% sold on the idea, mainly because the S4 is an ugly brute, but also because I fear for the apps and innovation I will miss. Help me out, specifically in finding a worthy replacement for my beloved Mailbox
app. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on May 18, 2013 -
We get the keys to our new house on Wednesday. Hooray! We're trying to come up with a list of things that we, as long-time renters, might need to get for the house. I'm not talking about furniture or anything like that, but rather stuff like a lawn mower, a ladder--that kind of thing. Some of the stuff will become obvious when we need it, of course, but is there a list of things that no homeowner should be without?
posted by synecdoche
on Apr 28, 2013 -
I am doing a qualitative dissertation, where I'll be conducting and transcribing about 80 interviews that are each an hour long or so. What tools do I need to make transcription easy? [more inside]
posted by k8lin
on Mar 15, 2013 -
Is there any interesting work around the idea of hardware outpacing software or our devices becoming kind of "perfected" to almost everybody?
Basically, the end of the "spec sheet race".... [more inside]
posted by lattiboy
on Mar 14, 2013 -
I'm trying to fix my phone. How do I deal with a very tiny, hard to get at screw with a stripped head? [more inside]
posted by delezzo
on Feb 27, 2013 -
So, I've made the fatal mistake of performing several upgrades at once, and I could do with some advice on where to go now... is my problem with charging time and battery life my new SSDs, my new OS, or something else entirely? Generic snowflake details to follow: [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest
on Feb 24, 2013 -
My Mac's 10-year-old bluetooth keyboard
is acting up, and I'm pretty sure that it's death is imminent. I'd like to find a replacement, but Apple long ago stopped making full-sized wireless keyboards -- what are some good alternatives that exist in 2013? [more inside]
posted by schmod
on Feb 13, 2013 -
iPhone 4S users: have you updated to the latest iOS6.whatever in the last couple of weeks? Did it go without a hitch? Or have you experienced problems that would make you advise me not to update? [more inside]
posted by tel3path
on Dec 18, 2012 -
How can I get Windows 7 64bit to recognize my 3 TB SATA hard drive? BIOS sees it, it works fine under Ubuntu, but it doesn't show up in Win 7's disk manager / storage tool. [more inside]
posted by lord_yo
on Nov 27, 2012 -
Researchers, Writers, Grad Students, and Professors: Tell me about your technical setup (hardware and software). What do you use, and what couldn't you live without? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow
on Nov 2, 2012 -
I have a early 2008 Macbook Pro that has just now come down with the dying logic board problem
. I bought it outside the 4-year period (so no free replacement) and have a new MBP anyways, so how can I get rid of it such that maximize my return value? [more inside]
posted by RyanAdams
on Oct 27, 2012 -
Hello Austin, Where are my people?
I recently moved to Austin, TX from Fargo, ND (of all places).
I've quickly discovered that this place is flooded with awesomeness, to a point of being mildly overwhelming.
Thus, I am asking for help with finding things and people with similar tastes.
I am, a maker crafts person type, I mostly sew and knit but I have a background in sculpture and some interest in learning electronics.
I am also a cyclist, who loves chill coffee houses and a sense of community.
I'm looking for:
1. a place to consign/wholesale goods I make, mainly plush toy monsters, before the holiday season. also craft fairs
2. a couch, or a place to find a couch (secondhand); thrift stores dont seem to have much in the way of furniture.
3. a good, non-chain, hardware/surplus store.
4. a good fabric store
5. a job
6. fellow makers
posted by misformiche
on Oct 21, 2012 -
A little over a year ago, I posted this question
about upgrading my home computer to be able to run Revit. I successfully monkeyed with my box to be able to run Revit 2012, but now my firm has upgraded me to Revit 2013, for which my video card no longer works properly. The major complication now is that I got the only video card I could find that worked with Revit and fit my motherboard, so this time it won't be as simple as just switching out the card. What's my best course of action to remedy the current situation? Technical stuff, specs and further questions after the jump. [more inside]
posted by LionIndex
on Oct 19, 2012 -
What's the best way to go about installing a solid state drive in a new laptop? (And is this even a good idea?) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Jul 30, 2012 -
How do I make one of those "Little Girl Laughing...SLOWED DOWN" videos with some footage of my grandson? [more inside]
posted by newfers
on Jul 26, 2012 -
What would be the best hardware upgrade in my desktop PC to improve multitasking performance? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen
on Jul 26, 2012 -
Is there a way to connect an MP3 player directly into the connectors inside the dashboard of my 2002 Hyundai Accent without having to install a radio? [more inside]
posted by jmf2525
on Apr 22, 2012 -
The red and blue channels of *some* videos I watch with the Firefox Flash plugin on sites like youtube are swapped. Halp? [more inside]
posted by CautionToTheWind
on Apr 15, 2012 -
I'm giving a small wooden box a makeover and have run into a catch when it comes to finding a catch for it. Where can I find steel or silver-tone 15mm hinges and a decorative 25mm catch, lock or hasp?
posted by orange swan
on Apr 12, 2012 -
What are some good, reliable, up-to-date websites that discuss buying and building a budget gaming PC? [more inside]
posted by nurgle
on Mar 26, 2012 -
I am the proud new owner of a soldering iron. What are some good first projects? Must be cheap and at least marginally useful. Blinky lights are a plus! [more inside]
posted by Scientist
on Mar 15, 2012 -