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Net-enabled sprinkler controller that supports 2 groups of valves?

Our house has 2 separate antique sprinkler controllers: one in the back yard shed, one in the garage (as far apart as you can get!). I'd like to replace them with a web-enabled controller. Is there any distributed controller that will work with two sets of valves whose cables do not come together to a single point? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Oct 3, 2015 - 2 answers

Good Online Career Counseling

Since graduating college, I've wandered from job to job. I taught kindergarteners English in China, then I got an EMT certification and worked on and led Americrops chainsaw crews, and now I'm in the Peace Corps, at a health center in Rwanda. When I'm done, I think I'll be ready to go back to school (if necessary) and move towards something that could be a more permanent career, but I don't know what that would be. I'd like to talk over that decision with someone qualified, online. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Oct 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Looking for vintage throwback style web page with lots of animation

It was recent, strange, tons of small animated GIF art? [more inside]
posted by sol on Sep 30, 2015 - 5 answers

The Elders of the Internet do not know who we are

The overlords who control the internet in my parents' rural town will not provide service to their house. How do we fix this? [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins on Sep 29, 2015 - 17 answers

My phone takes me.....

You are wasting five minutes on your phone....where do you go? Assume metafilter has already been surfed. As have PhD comics. Please let me know where you're going. Bonus points for suggestions about what's for dinner, women's fashion, science new, and grad students (ifls and PhD comic like finds). I'm betting you're surfing some great sites metafilter.
posted by Kalmya on Sep 26, 2015 - 31 answers

Comcast just offered a (good) package that includes security. Should I?

Comcast is offering me a deal that includes security. I can get out of my existing home security for it. It's a very basic ADT - and they're pretty scummy too to deal with. I wanted to hear (hopefully) from the people who have used them or chose not to use them. I'm looking for deal breakers; things they don't do or that they should be doing. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Sep 25, 2015 - 3 answers

Spotify vs. iTunes vs. Rdio vs. Google Play vs. Tidal vs....

I’m willing to spend $10 / month on ad-free streaming music. My casual searching has yielded few really thorough comparisons of the different services. Have you done an in-depth comparison, are you aware of tools for doing an in-depth comparison (say, by checking specific catalog entries via APIs), or can you connect me to an in-depth comparison of the different platforms, their content, and their pros and cons? Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine on Sep 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Internet Only @ Comcast - Strategies to lower price?

I have internet for emailing and streaming Netflix or casting via Chromecast. I don't have a huge TV so picture quality isn't super high on my list. [more inside]
posted by chicaboom on Sep 20, 2015 - 17 answers

Hiding a cheesy plot device in plain sight

[FictionFilter] In the era of doxxing and all that, is it possible for a tech person with a high-profile position to keep his personal info -- and real name and identity -- under wraps? [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins on Sep 15, 2015 - 15 answers

How can I make the internet go faster at my house?

Here's the deal: right now we have DSL via Earthlink for which I pay $25/month. We have a...is it a modem? A router? Whatever it is they gave us years ago when we signed up. And we have an Apple Airport Extreme to make it wi-fi. So we have DSL and it's basically fine, but my kid is into gaming and would like things to move faster (like that latest game update that took 4 days to download). What are our options? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 12, 2015 - 15 answers

Why is my new (old) laptop not connecting to the internet?

I've just recently received a secondhand Compaq C700 laptop running Windows Vista. Wireless is disabled but I've got an ethernet cord attached and it's showing that it's connected to my LAN, but I can't access any web pages using Firefox, Chrome or Windows Explorer. [more inside]
posted by h00py on Sep 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Tell me about landlines these days

When we moved into our home in 2012, we got bundled internet and telephone service, but we didn't realize that meant the telephone came through cable modem, instead of being routed through the hardwired phone lines in the house. No biggie - get wireless phones with a "master" base. Now that those phones have all died, we're re-evaluating our phone service. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 5, 2015 - 18 answers

What should I get to replace CLEAR internet?

CLEAR is dying. What can I get instead for my home internet? [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein on Aug 30, 2015 - 6 answers

Should I give him another chance?

I met this guy on OKcupid who seemed really, really perfect for me on paper. We talked for a couple weeks before he suggested meeting in person. I was nervous - I didn't want to mess it up since we seemed SO compatible. But the date was... awkward. Very awkward. He was clearly nervous and we just couldn't hold out a conversation. Should I give him another chance? [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Aug 23, 2015 - 61 answers

Internet access icon for iPhone

I'm looking for an iPhone app that displays whether or not an Internet connexion is on, as can be found on a PC. I use wifi at home & work and my carrier's 3G on the road but sometimes, although the phone connects to the router and the wifi signal is there, there is no internet. Short of looking at the router itself, is there any app that can give you the actual Internet access icon directly on the phone?
posted by Kwadeng on Aug 20, 2015 - 6 answers

Why are websites all of a sudden asking permission to set cookies?

Recently I am noticing websites that I have visited for years just now throwing up a pop-up asking for my acceptance of their cookie. Is there some change in the law or something else going on? Why now and why so many websites? These are not new sites and I have not recently cleaned out my cookies etc. It makes me curious.
posted by caddis on Aug 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Wireless Gateway vs Cable Modem / Router

Is there a good reason to use my own cable modem / router setup instead of the free, Comcast provided wireless gateway? [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Aug 10, 2015 - 10 answers

So I'm not as tech-savvy as I thought I was...

Using a new modem/router setup brought on unbearably slow speeds, but which is to blame?? [more inside]
posted by exutima on Aug 10, 2015 - 7 answers

iMac won't internet good

I've got continual internet dropouts, and because it's such a common problem, there's not a lot of help I can get from google. Because it's such a common problem, what's your advice on working out how to fix it? [more inside]
posted by The River Ivel on Aug 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Ghost of an old website. WHY! HOW!

A domain that I once owned expired, years ago. When it did, I deleted the folder, and all the files within it, on my hosting plan that said domain pointed to. Someone else has bought the site, and instead of a new site, my old site is on it! [more inside]
posted by millipede on Aug 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Help me know what I don't know...career advice edition

What do I need to ask/know before accepting a job at an online company? See inside for more details. [more inside]
posted by fyrebelley on Jul 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Will I see increased performance if I buy a new cable modem?

My internet service is the "Internet Premier" tier from Cox which is a 100Mbps plan. I currently have an (Motorola) ARRIS SurfBoard SB6121. Would I see increased performance in my current plan if I upgraded to an ARRIS SurfBoard SB6141? [more inside]
posted by czytm on Jul 29, 2015 - 2 answers

Why doesn't my computer reliably connect to the internet?

My wireless network seems to work for every device we have except our actual computer. Please help. [more inside]
posted by meggan on Jul 28, 2015 - 11 answers

Wireless options for a 200' Internet connection?

Is there a reliable and low latency wireless option for a point to point network connection? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Jul 28, 2015 - 11 answers

Getting and using full MS Office with zero internet access

How can I buy a physical copy of full Microsoft Office with all the features enabled, that works without ever needing internet access for setup or use? I can purchase a physical copy, but the end user will have no internet access whatsoever.
posted by cashman on Jul 27, 2015 - 3 answers

Why won't Google show me a URL for an image search?

When I do a search in Google (in every browser on my Mountain Lion Mac), in the URL field there is the URL for the google search. Of course. If I click on "images," instead of a URL showing, I now just get the search response (ie, searching for "what the hell", instead of showing 'https://google.com/search+whateverblahblahblah' it just shows "what the hell" in the URL field. This is new since yesterday! Any ideas to reset it? Thanks.
posted by betsbillabong on Jul 23, 2015 - 8 answers

unhack the planet!

An old password of mine has been compromised, and someone has been using that information in the past 30 minutes or so. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes on Jul 22, 2015 - 17 answers

Slow internet (ADSL) since new router - is it my line attenuation?

Nothing's changed with my connection apart from I swapped out the router. So in theory microfilters etc shouldn't come into it as I simply swapped the ADSL cable that went into the back of the old router and put it into the new one. [more inside]
posted by dance on Jul 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Provider to install wi-fi from Ethernet for an event in San Francisco

Seeking recommendations on a provider who can set up wifi for a small event in a large room in San Francisco that has Ethernet but no wifi. [more inside]
posted by skylar on Jul 18, 2015 - 9 answers

How Do I start/design/implement a website for myself?

For a novice. Who doesn't have a lot of money to spend and wants to learn how to do this himself (asking for a friend). [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Jul 17, 2015 - 16 answers

Can you Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind someone virtually?

Yeah, that question is a weird one, so I will try to sum it up; boy meets girl, girls sleeps with boy, boy is a stunning wild Ukrainian flower that does not take life seriously and sleeps around on a daily basis, girl gets deeply attached, boy does not. However, I have become addicted to masochistically googling his name so I can view his social networks' pages (mostly Instagram, but also his VKontakte page). It became a daily ritual that deeply interferes with the fact that I absolutely know I should forget all about him and move on, cause as some of you know, this is a cul-de-sac and it hurts. So, I was wondering (perhaps very naively) if there is some way, or even some kind of a paid service, that will make it practically impossible for me to do this. It will make it impossible to google him, OR will block his social status pages from me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2015 - 16 answers

Examples of internet detective squads

I'm looking for examples of internet amateur detecting and/or exposing crimes, frauds, etc., ideally through fora, but also blogs or mailing lists. For example, MeFi's Kaycee Nicole work, or (as a negative example) Reddit's misplaced accusation in the Boston Bombing. The more direct links you can provide, the better.
posted by klangklangston on Jul 3, 2015 - 20 answers

How to get a URL shortened with Google's URL Shortener Reactivated?

A few months a ago I shortened a URL wit the Google URL Shortener (https://goo.gl/[etc] and distributed it to a small handful of people. As recently as two weeks ago, it continued to work just fine. [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying on Jul 1, 2015 - 2 answers

Where can I talk to friendly, interesting strangers on the internet?

Remember back when the internet started, and it was all about connecting with people you'd never met before? We're not talking Chatroulette, message boards, or anyone asking 'A/S/L?', but just having interesting, non-creepy, real-time conversations with strangers? I miss that. Is there a corner of the internet where that still exists?
posted by torietorie on Jun 28, 2015 - 7 answers

Best prepaid data SIM plan for Australia/NZ visit

What are my SIM options for a two week visit to Australia (Sydney) followed by a 1 week visit to NZ (Wellington then drive down west coast of south island to Queenstown)? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jun 25, 2015 - 6 answers

How much did it cost to set up an 8 modem BBS in the mid 80's?

Trying to get an idea of the cost in both money and time to set up an 8 modem BBS in 1987. Anecdotal evidence would be useful. Thank you!
posted by Alex Goldman on Jun 19, 2015 - 13 answers

Why can't I connect to Facebook? Got a gremlim in my system

For some reason my U-verse modem will not let me connect to facebook. When I use a VPN I am able to connect but it just times without it. Every other site I have tried has not been a problem. I have had others try to sign on to their accounts both hard wired and wirelessly and the same results ATT tech support has hit a wall in being able to help me with this and that includes having a tech out to swap the modem. Seems to be a head scratcher for everyone. Is there an answer in the Hive?
posted by citybuddha on Jun 18, 2015 - 3 answers

How can I promote my eCommerce website?

I have a site that I have started a few months ago. It is a site where I am selling random stuff right now and seeing what works. I have had some conversion from Reddit posts that got a few thousand hits so that seems to be helping but it is not always reliable since you never know what is going to go viral. Also, I'd like to open up more channels for selling. The problem is that acquiring visitors can be expensive. Does anyone know of any reasonably priced ways to generate good targeted traffic in 2015? I am not looking for SEO as an answer. I am interested in promoting the products on this site and getting conversions. I am still working on improving the site but I already know that it can convert at a reasonably good rate so my problem now is just acquiring visitors at a reasonable price.
posted by locussst on Jun 14, 2015 - 3 answers

text-only browsing in Firefox

Is there an extension or some setting in Firefox (e.g. in about:config) I can activate so that only text loads by default as I browse? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jun 5, 2015 - 11 answers

What's this software tool directory website called?

The website is styled like Bento.io's grid page, and has descriptions of bento.io's resource listings (and more), except it's a single static page with just the listing or directory of programming languages, frameworks and libraries for the web. [more inside]
posted by jermspeaks on Jun 4, 2015 - 4 answers

What was this cool website effect?

A few months ago, I was reading some long-form news article (that I probably found here) and I really liked the mechanics of how the site was displayed as you read it. Unfortunately, I have no idea where the site was or even what the story was about. Hopefully, y'all can help. Description and specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel on Jun 4, 2015 - 6 answers

A Catalogue of Novelties

What's your favorite online store (or other source) that puts out well-chosen lists of new stuff (books, music, or anything else) on a weekly or monthly basis? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on May 29, 2015 - 4 answers

Frontier FIOS problems. Service, router, or...?

We recently moved and chose Frontier (formerly Verizon) FIOS for our Internet service since the other option was Comcast. The service is the lowest tier (50/50) but we were coming from DSL with lower speeds and it was fine so we were expecting it to be OK. And it is. Sometimes. Other times it is really slow to unusable. Like, the airport on my Mac won't even connect to the router sometimes. Sometimes it will connect but I have to wait 2-4 minutes for an URL I typed in to load. Sometimes it goes up and down, disconnectng and reconnecting our wifi devices every few minutes. And other times, like right now, it's absolutely fine. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on May 28, 2015 - 5 answers

Stop popping up when I'm about to switch the tab!

A growing number of websites these days will detect when the cursor moves off of the website up to the tab bar, and pop up a message trying to get the user to stay/sign up for their newsletter/etc. How do I block this from happening? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on May 20, 2015 - 15 answers

Monkeybrains vs. Comcast/Wave in (Mission) San Francisco

Will be moving to the Mission, trying to decide between my internet options. Monkeybrains is cheap, local, awesome, but not as fast as Comcast, who suck, are expensive, but very fast. Do you have experience with either? [more inside]
posted by danny the boy on May 13, 2015 - 12 answers

Internet safety for the elementary school set?

How do I protect my small from teh pr0n? [more inside]
posted by pleasant_confusion on May 12, 2015 - 10 answers

I am looking for a bookmarking solution for yosemite, firefox

I am looking to upgrade my mac osx to yosemite on my main home computer. One of the things that gives me pause is the bookmarking sidebar I enjoy that delicious offers as a plug in on the earlier system. Can anyone offer something of similar convienience that might work with firefox on yosemite. I am also willing to consider a new browser
posted by citybuddha on May 12, 2015 - 3 answers

Weaning Myself Off of Checking Messages, Email and Websites

How do I wean myself off this urge to constantly check the internet? Sometimes I use an app blocker or turn of the internet when I need to do a focused session of work, but I find myself feeling this strong, psychological itch to use the internet anyway. The urge is so strong it's distracting, even if the internet is inaccessible. [more inside]
posted by neeta on May 1, 2015 - 11 answers

Help! My browser is going popup mad.

I just got back from a lengthy trip to Asia and I think my computer may have picked something up. I have a new Macbook Air and I use Firefox for browsing. I am getting many many redirecting of pages clicked. Very annoying. Is there an easy fix or diagnosis? I am not really savy in configuring but I will say that my popups are disabled in the preferences. Thank you hive
posted by citybuddha on Apr 16, 2015 - 10 answers

What Should I Do When I Give My Elderly Parents an iPad?

My sister and I are planning on giving our parents a combined Mother's and Father's Day gift of an iPad. What can I/we do to help ease their transition from Luddites into users of tablet computers and the Internet? [more inside]
posted by skitchen on Apr 14, 2015 - 19 answers

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