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How do you get embedded .wmv files to play in Firefox?

I just started using firefox, and for a while all was good, but recently firefox has stopped playing WMV files that are embedded in web pages. I'm not exactly tech-savvy, so anyone know how to get them to play? It was in this link that the problem first popped up.
posted by dazed_one on Dec 21, 2004 - 6 answers

How to get a video screenshot

I know I've done it successfully in the past, but I just can't seem to take a screenshot that includes a Windows Media or Quicktime video that's playing.
posted by davebush on Dec 13, 2004 - 6 answers

How to set clock on JVC stereo?

I have a JVC FS-6000 micro stereo system that I plug into my reciever to play cds. I'd like to know how to set the clock on it. I lost the manual years ago, but I can turn the clock off, but everytime I play a cd, the clock comes back on, and I have to turn the display off again. I've tried every sort of combination of buttons pressed on both the unit and the remote, but can't seem to get it to work. Anyone know how?
posted by corpse on Dec 11, 2004 - 2 answers

Image centering with CSS?

Following some googling, I've found a few sites that claim you can't use CSS to centre an image vertically within a div. Does this mean that I can't get the images on this page to float in the centre of their respective grey box? At the moment, they only seem to be postioned in the middle at the top of the box and even the middle bit is only because there is a text-align:center in there. (I don't mind If I have to lose the title of the image to get this to work)
posted by ralawrence on Dec 8, 2004 - 13 answers

CSS: vertical align within divs that won't break IE and is scalable.

CSS: vertical align within divs that won't break IE and is scalable. [mi] [more inside]
posted by cmyr on Dec 2, 2004 - 12 answers

Crash course in putting togther full color printed book

I have 2 days to put together a full color printed book, consisting of up to 20 double-sided pages that has to look as sweet looking as possible, but I know nothing about printing technology or what can be done. [MI] [more inside]
posted by banished on Nov 23, 2004 - 12 answers

Building paper hot air balloons

Loi Krathong” (Festival of Light) is taking place right now across Thailand, during which balloon-like ‘Khom Loi’ lanterns including the ‘Khom Fai’ – a fire lantern are released into the night sky. They're "air bags of various shapes" made of "Tracing paper or Sa paper."

Has anyone ever successfully built one of these? Are there any sites on the net that give some direction on how to go about doing so?
posted by fourstar on Nov 22, 2004 - 7 answers

Examples of decent web forms?

I need to design a web-based complaints form for a government agency, and want it as user-friendly as possible. I'm considering a series of questions, with yes/ no buttons, which will lead the user easily through what is actually a massively complex flow-chart of options. Anyone got any links to web sites that achieve this type of thing well?
posted by Pericles on Nov 18, 2004 - 5 answers

Securing Tall Bookshelves

How do I keep my tall bookshelves from falling over during an earthquake? [More inside] [more inside]
posted by amery on Nov 15, 2004 - 12 answers

Prefab Workspaces

I'm researching architecturally designed garden workspaces which don't usually require planning permission along similar lines to this. I know I've seen some really nicely designed examples on the web in the past but I can't seem track them down. Preferably based in the UK, but international examples would be useful for reference as well. Do you know of any good examples, or had experience of putting one up?
posted by gravelshoes on Nov 4, 2004 - 1 answer

Questions about gameplay in Grand Theft Auto (GTA) San Andreas

In GTA San Andreas, every time I attempt a home invasion there's someone sitting in the living room. Is there a way to ensure that people will be upstairs more often?

And if I'm quicker with a baseball bat, can I prevent the majority of the population that sleeps sitting upright in the living room from calling the cops?
posted by Mayor Curley on Oct 31, 2004 - 18 answers

How do I prepare a large yet healthy breakfast?

BreakfastFilter: How do I go about preparing and consuming a big, satisfying, yet also healthy breakfast? [more inside]
posted by josh on Oct 30, 2004 - 28 answers

Easiest way to get started using IRC

What is the absolute easiest way to get started using IRC?
posted by JoanArkham on Oct 23, 2004 - 10 answers

Creating an HTML Page with Inline Scrollbars

Is there anyway to create an HTML page with inline scrollbars other than an iframe? ie, can I add scrollbars to a div somehow?
posted by sauril on Oct 15, 2004 - 8 answers

What's a good basic book on s-e-x?

Good lovin--what's a good basic book on s-e-x? I would like to improve, but don't really want to break out the whipped cream and riding crop, or get all kama sutra. I am a monogamous hetero male who has only had one partner, and I don't think she would be into accessories.
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2004 - 18 answers

What are some other ways to accomplish the equivalent of the ASP "include" command?

What are some other ways to accomplish the equivalent of the ASP "include" command? (And if so, which is the easiest?) Is there any way to achieve the same effect with regular HTML?
posted by Jaybo on Oct 11, 2004 - 14 answers

Book Binding

Book binding: I want to make some one-off children's books for my daughter and her friends, and I'm trying to determine the most cost-effective way to make something extra-durable. These kids are all about 2 years old; my own daughter has been known to rip pages out of favorite books as a sign of enthusiasm. My current thought is laminating two-sided color pages and spiral binding it, but to me that's only about a 6 out of 10 on cheapness and durability. Other thoughts?
posted by blueshammer on Oct 8, 2004 - 7 answers

how do I build web pages people can annotate

I want to create a website which visitors can "annotate" with something more than a simple commenting system. Basically, I'm looking for Flickr's photo annotation capabilities, but for html documents instead of jpegs. My instincts say this could be accomplished with some fancy CSS and javascript, but I would prefer not to start from scratch if something already exists. Any ideas?
posted by sanitycheck on Oct 6, 2004 - 8 answers

Simple Site Design

Help needed for a complete programming novice. I'm trying to design a simple web page to help out a colleague.. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by ascullion on Oct 2, 2004 - 5 answers


Once upon a time, there was a young(ish) girl who had a cable box, a tivo box, a VCR, and a televison that played together quite nicely. She could record one channel on the Tivo, and watch a different channel, AT THE SAME TIME. Then one day the evil cable company convinced this girl to upgrade to digital service, and now, alas, she cannot figure out how to recreate this lost paradise. Why (oh why!) is this scenario no longer so? Can anyone answer her call of distress? [For we have to get ourselves back to the garrr-r-den!]

Seriously, any ideas? 'Cause this really BLOWS.
posted by lilboo on Sep 25, 2004 - 12 answers

Is there a way to use a server-side script to get the height and width of a flash movie's stage?

Does anyone know if there's a way to pull the height and width of a flash movie's stage out of an SWF using PHP/Perl or some other server side script? Is that information even stored in the swf files, or do "the vectors" make it irrelevant?

I want to get information about an existing SWF, not create new ones, so things like freemovie don't help. (Unless they do)
posted by alan on Sep 22, 2004 - 10 answers

Dealing with Dementia

Dealing with dementia (especially Old Timers)
More, erm... thing. Oh, you know... Aren't those flowers a pretty colour? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Sep 2, 2004 - 11 answers

Looking for a simultaneous multi-user word processor program

I want a word processor that lets two users simultaneously edit the same document. Every word processor I've used since, like, 1982, only lets one person edit a document at a time, for fear of people saving over each others' changes. In this modern age, I'm sure that someone has figured out a way to have changes be instantly transmitted to the other user over the network. Any leads?
posted by profwhat on Aug 31, 2004 - 11 answers

Teach Me to Cook

Cooking for the lazy and overworked. I eat a lot of overpriced crap lately - think boxed/frozen/microwaveable, or even just takeout - and for a number of obvious reasons I'd like to stop doing that. I think most of America is in the same boat with me, but can those of you who aren't give me some tips on learning to cook for myself? [more inside]
posted by tirade on Aug 22, 2004 - 33 answers

Starting a very small business.

I am thinking of starting a very small business, but I have a few questions for those of you who have done so before I really make up my mind wheter to go forward or not. [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by shotsy on Jul 29, 2004 - 10 answers

How do I notify google of GMail errors when not logged in?

Broken GMail account. Have been unable to log in, with various server errors occuring. But there is no way to alert Google, it seems, and the only form I found won't let you do anything unless you are logged in. Any suggestions?
posted by benjh on Jul 16, 2004 - 7 answers

Smelly shoes

Unwanted scent removal: I stepped in dog crap this morning on the way out to the car. I scraped off what I could, and hosed off the rest, but of course the scent is lingering, and driving me crazy in my cube. Does anyone know any easy, work-friendly ways to get rid of doggie-doo odor, or at least something I can do when I get home so it doesn't bug me again tomorrow?
posted by jammer on Jul 13, 2004 - 8 answers

Tips for a first-time golfer

What are some tips for first-time golfers? I only care about two things: not causing injury and not wasting everyone's time by fruitlessly hacking the ball around. Not looking like an idiot is important, but merely secondary.
posted by PrinceValium on Jul 6, 2004 - 10 answers

Blogger Tracker

HTML Help:
I want to post a link - then after the link has been visited by the reader and the reader returns back to my site - a message appears in the post. Is this possible? Using Blogger.
posted by thomcatspike on Jun 23, 2004 - 10 answers

Remotely coding PHP without FTP

I like to code my PHP scripts on my Windows machine in TextPad, then upload them to the server to test/debug them. But constantly FTPing files while debugging is the pits. What's the answer? Install PHP locally? Break down and learn to use vi? What's a programmer to do? What would you do?
posted by vraxoin on Jun 22, 2004 - 31 answers

Tough Pedals

Tough pedals- A bike-mechanical question in two parts. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Jun 10, 2004 - 13 answers

Are there any good primers out there about starting a small business on eBay?

My sister has come into some bulk items that she thinks she can sell at a profit on eBay. Are there any good primers out there about starting a quasi-small business like this on eBay? She has basically no eBay experience.
posted by blueshammer on Jun 9, 2004 - 1 answer

How can I convert this to XHTML 1.1 Strict?

I have this HTML:

posted by reklaw on Jun 6, 2004 - 11 answers

Searching in Excel

ExcelFilter: I want to determine if a given value is in a range of cells. A simple true/false evaluation would be sufficient, though returning a reference to the cell might be nice.
posted by namespan on Jun 3, 2004 - 4 answers

Looking for simple video format conversion

Why is it so damn complicated to convert between video formats? This afternoon I went on vcdhelp.com to find out how to convert AVI to SVCD and the simplest tutorial involved six different tools and unbelievably many settings. How come nobody has written something to do it in one step? Can it really not be automated?
posted by Aaorn on May 29, 2004 - 13 answers

Excel Hotlinking

Yo, skryche! How do I keep Excel from hotlinking URLs as I paste them into cells? I use spreadsheets to store, sort, and transform lots of URLs. But Excel seems to think that anything beginning with "http://" is something I want blue and underlined and hotlinked for easy clicking. It doesn't happen right away, only once I leave the cell does it become a hot link. I'd like Excel to just leave my text strings alone. I don't want to launch a browser window every time I click in a cell that contains a URL. And I'm tired of doing the right-click-remove-hyperlink thing every single time. Formatting the column as plain text before dropping in the URL *doesn't* work. As soon as you paste a URL into a cell, Excel wakes up, decides to "preserve the formatting" of your pasted text, and voila! A nice blue hot link. Is there a preference I can un-check for this?

Sorry if this is a stupid one. I can't find anything in the help documentation or via Google that solves my stupid problem.
posted by scarabic on May 28, 2004 - 8 answers

Winamp album order question

Winamp question. How do I make Winamp play albums in track order rather than alphabetical order (MI) [more inside]
posted by monkeyman on May 27, 2004 - 8 answers

Online Photo Albums

What software do you guys use for online photo albums? I've just gotten a new digital camera and I'd like something that, ideally, can take all the photos I have in a given directory and throw them up on the web in an album. It would be even better if I can add captions and allow comments. We are running Linux at home, and I'm looking for something easy -- I'm no programming goddess. Thanks!
posted by sugarfish on May 3, 2004 - 14 answers

Making a gameplay video

I've got to take some short sequences of gameplay off of the outputs of a gamecube, an old nintendo, and a SuperNES, and produce a CD with the video on it. Since all of the machines have RCA out, it seems pretty straight forward, right? What equipment will I need, and are there any pitfalls I should be aware of?
posted by crunchland on Apr 26, 2004 - 3 answers

Resources for learning how to draw?

i've always wanted to learn how to draw. i picked up drawing on the right side of the brain for reasons i don't remember (it was on my amazon wishlist for a long time), but are there any other books/methods anyone can suggest for someone who wants to learn to draw?
posted by callicles on Mar 29, 2004 - 20 answers

Getting mildew out of an antique sofa

How do you get mildew out of furniture? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by jaded on Mar 29, 2004 - 4 answers

How do I get a hypothetical product in front of an actual audience of pro and amateur video editors?

If I wanted to get a hypothetical product, created by a hypothetical design studio, in front of a non-hypothetical audience of professional and amateur video editors, how would you suggest I reach them? I have found a short-list of forums and how-to sites but feel I must be missing some other resources and/or online communities. Thnx.
posted by coudal on Mar 23, 2004 - 5 answers

How can I get Flash to write data to an external file?

How can I get Flash to write data to an external file? Is really the only decent method to create a server-side solution which does the actual work? Either way, pointers to examples would be much appreciated.
posted by warhol on Mar 11, 2004 - 11 answers

Looking for web surfing tips

The answers in a thread earlier today got me thinking, can anyone recommend any neat tricks (or sites which list neat tricks) that can make one's surfing more pleasurable. Either by enabling simple features or otherwise, such as adding simple and trustable downloads. (Obviously I'm not an IT bod.) [more inside]
posted by biffa on Mar 10, 2004 - 13 answers

Coffemaker odor - options?

I have a fairly new, but well used, coffeemaker that uses a thermal carafe and cone-shaped plastic filter holder. The carafe also has a plastic valve/lid, and the most relevant parts of the machine, where the coffee is poured through, are all plastic. This plastic, unlike stainless steel, absorbs the odor and color of coffee and I can't seem to get rid of it. The reason it's a problem is that the coffee that now pours through has a hint of this odor with every cup, and I have a sensitive palette. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by SeizeTheDay on Mar 4, 2004 - 17 answers

What's the best free software to extract Albumwrap mp3 files in OSX?

What's the best free software to extract Albumwrap mp3 files in OSX? thanks [more inside]
posted by matteo on Mar 3, 2004 - 2 answers

Please recommend good, reliable, cheap Mac OS X data recovery software.

Oh dear. Mac data recovery question. One of my coursemates accidentally deleted her final year degree coursework when trying to free up some disk space on her G4. [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by armoured-ant on Mar 3, 2004 - 6 answers

Learning to surf; book and video suggestions?

anyone have any suggestions for books or vids/dvds on learning to surf? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Feb 29, 2004 - 2 answers

Best free utility to use (XP) to create and burn a Mix CD?

Suggestions for the best free utility to use (Windows, sorry) to create and burn a compellation CD? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Feb 28, 2004 - 9 answers

Fastest way to list keywords for a book index?

I need help create a word list for a book index. You can mark words in MS Word, and it will then create an index for you, but my publisher wants to create the index. From me, she just needs a list of the words that are going to be in the index. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Feb 20, 2004 - 12 answers

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