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Are there any bike locks that don't use bulky/fragile plastic keys?

A few weeks ago, my bike lock left me stranded after the stupid plastic key handle broke off, leaving the rest of the key trapped inside the lock (and leaving me trapped four miles from home, in the rain). Similarly, the weird plastic key handles add a lot of unnecessary heft to my keychain. Are there any decent bike locks that use "normal" keys? Bonus points if I can get multiple locks that use the same key.
posted by schmod on Aug 12, 2014 - 13 answers

What to do about a building key, and obstinate landlord?

So i've read the previous Asks like this and this but i'm in a bit of a bind moreso than those with regards to an obstinate landlord who wants to charge me a TON for a new key, snowflakes inside... [more inside]
posted by emptythought on May 30, 2014 - 24 answers

Can you get a key copied at 6:am in NYC?

I know there are 24 hour lock smiths that will open a door at any time of night if you're locked out. But is there a place that is actually open where I can walk in and copy some keys? I'm getting the keys in a week apparently and I don't have to return them until noon, but unfortunatly I have to be at work at 7am. This means I need to copy them before I get to work that day. Any possibility of doing this?
posted by manderin on May 14, 2014 - 8 answers

How do I change the lock on the front door?

I want to change our apartment's doorknob and lock to a "night latch" (I believe is the term). I'm fairly confident I have the lock I'd like. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by XtinaS on Apr 30, 2014 - 6 answers

What to do first? I bought a townhouse... now what?

I did it -- I bit the bullet and bought a townhouse! I'm so excited! The sale completes today, and by Wednesday by the latest I'll have the keys. Movers are scheduled for Saturday, and I'm already mostly packed. What should I do with the place between those two dates? It's a local move, only 20 min away, and I will have a least a day and a half to do stuff -- what should I be doing? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Apr 14, 2014 - 25 answers

Keyping it all together.

After waiting at the bus stop for 30 minutes in the cold only to realize that I forgot my pass, I realized today that I need a way to carry my various keys (car, apartment, parent's house, work, PO box, garage) and cards (bus pass, student ID, work ID, gym card) with me in an organized way. [more inside]
posted by gumtree on Feb 24, 2014 - 16 answers

Key chain for multiple car remotes?

We have two cars, each with a fat remote, plus I carry maybe five other ordinary keys. What can I use to hold these things? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Feb 24, 2014 - 24 answers

A keyboard that will teach me to play songs I actually want to play?

I'm looking for a keyboard that a) lets me play along to lit-up keys and b) allows me to either add my own music for it to decipher or tell it which keys I want to light up when I play a song. [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Jan 12, 2014 - 3 answers

What did the Sampler use to make music?

A character in a recent movie records sounds with a mic into a single device made of a small keyboard with drum pads, then turns the sounds into music using this keys/pad instrument and some kind of mixing board, both lap sized. I can't seem to find any pictures online. Do these instruments exist? [more inside]
posted by George Malloy on Apr 23, 2013 - 9 answers

I've been reading about locksmith scams

I bought a new 2012 Toyota Corolla LE. I received 2 Master keys (Smart keys with buttons) and a valet key (starts the car, but doesn't open the trunk). The dealership wants crazy $ to make more keys. They're equipped with an immobilizer, so only those keys can be used to start the car. I want a spare that will open the doors in case I lock myself out, either for a Hide-A-Key under the car or my wallet. Will a $3 duplicate from a hardware store accomplish this? If not, is there a cheap way to go about it?
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2012 - 13 answers

How to get my laptop's keyboard to work after a beer spillage?

I spilled beer on my laptop. I got a missing or corrupt BIOS error on startup and a number of keys didn't do anything when pressed. I disassembled the laptop and cleaned the inside with alcohol wipes and replaced the keyboard. The BIOS error is gone and the keys register as input but in pairs. Is there a software solution to this problem? [more inside]
posted by Lubo on May 31, 2012 - 8 answers

A gift for someone special

Help me pick a gift for a friend! She collects old locks, old keys, old cameras, and just moved to a new city. [more inside]
posted by zain on Apr 26, 2012 - 4 answers

Lost key drama

I recently volunteered at a place, sent the key by mail, and now it's lost. The place is threatening to file a police report. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2012 - 29 answers

Florida Keys Biking

Advice on bike riding on Florida Keys [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Dec 18, 2011 - 10 answers

I have some old electronic car keys. What can I do with them?

I have some old electronic car keys. What can I do with them? [more inside]
posted by morninj on Nov 12, 2011 - 1 answer

How do I make a massive set of keys more manageable?

I'm sure there are many guys who would love to have this problem, but I assure you it's more of a curse than a blessing. Yes, I have an extraordinarily large… keychain. Seriously, though, do you guys have any miraculous tips for making a big set of keys less of a burden? [more inside]
posted by sharding on May 7, 2011 - 25 answers

My hinkPadhas aproblem with i's keyboard.

I just bought a used Thinkpad T61 and the e,t, and space bar keys work intermittently. The keyboard is reasonably clean and nothing is obstructing the keycaps underneath. I have taken out the keyboard and reseated the keyboard connector. Is this just a bad keyboard or should i be worried about something else? (os is linux/ubuntu)
posted by ennui.bz on Mar 1, 2011 - 11 answers

How to stop a dying woman from driving (legally, safely)

How to safely and legally stop my elderly mom from driving. Complication: She's in hospice (yes, really). Special snowflake WTF details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2010 - 56 answers

Help me not get locked out!

Where in Seattle can I get a "Do Not Duplicate" key, well, duplicated? [more inside]
posted by fracas on Oct 30, 2010 - 30 answers

Please help with toddler-induced keyboard repair need

Please help me repair my laptop after my 2yo attacked the keys. [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Sep 18, 2010 - 11 answers

What should we do now to ensure the seller is moved out of the house we are buying on closing day?

What should we do now to ensure the seller is moved out of the house we are buying on closing day? [more inside]
posted by AllieTessKipp on Sep 10, 2010 - 33 answers

Origin of Car Keys

What's the origin and history (first make/model, etc.) of auto ignition keys?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Aug 21, 2010 - 4 answers

How do I safely remove my netbook's chiclet keys?

I own an Asus netbook with a chiclet keyboard. I've had it for about a year and a half now and I would really like to properly clean the keyboard. But I can't seem to find instructions for how to take the keys off and clearly I don't want to break them! Has anyone out there done this before? Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved on Aug 13, 2010 - 10 answers

Becausethisisgettingridiculous.

The spacebar on my laptop is messed up. My question is similar to this question. Only different. [more inside]
posted by DestinationUnknown on Jul 27, 2010 - 4 answers

I rather like this person, let's not accidentally curse her..

Help me not bungle up some esoteric part of this dreamcatcher crafting project! [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on May 26, 2010 - 3 answers

What's a good way to label keys?

What's a good way to label keys? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on May 26, 2010 - 21 answers

Can/should I use a different ssh keypair for each remote host?

How can I use a different ssh keypair for different remote hosts? (Or, alternatively: is this overkill?) [more inside]
posted by weston on May 6, 2010 - 8 answers

Twinsies!

[lock filter] Tonight I found out that the key that works in all of my house locks also works in my friend's front door. Is this common? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2010 - 23 answers

Trying to reach high note without straining

What is the best way I can reach that brief high note Alicia Keys sings in "Empire State of Mind"? "Concrete jungle where dreams are MADE of..." I'm just a singer who hears the notes, can't read music but is trying not to sound like I'm screaming on the hook like she does. And I need to learn this by tonight! Please help.
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Jan 18, 2010 - 6 answers

Typing: from 60wpm to 90wpm

From a reasonably good [60wpm] looking-at-the-keys typist to a reasonably good [90wpm] touch typist. [more inside]
posted by ekpyrotic on Dec 13, 2009 - 21 answers

To key or not to key

What is the probability that the worst will happen? My girlfriend lost her keys. What are the odds that someone will find all the right places to use these keys? [more inside]
posted by AlliKat75 on Oct 20, 2009 - 16 answers

Türkçe....!

How do you program foreign (namely the Turkish ones - ı, ş, and ğ) characters into a laptop keyboard....? [more inside]
posted by ryanbryan on Oct 12, 2009 - 16 answers

Recommendations for wireless locator kit? (i.e. 'RFID-beepers I can stick on things)

Can you recommend a good wireless locator kit that will let me tag various remotes, keys, etc. so I can find them by activating the locator and listening for a beep? [more inside]
posted by jcruelty on Aug 30, 2009 - 2 answers

Does my laptop need botox?

A patch of keys on my old Apple laptop stopped working. No recent spills. What next? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Aug 28, 2009 - 4 answers

Is it safe to glue keys to a laptop keyboard?

The left CTRL key popped off of my ThinkPad T43, the casualty of a RAM upgrade. The blue nipple seems to have come unglued from both the keyboard and the key. Is it safe to glue onto the keyboard? Googling reveals warnings of not using superglue and using superglue. Would a silicon adhesive be safer? Better?
posted by puckupdate on Aug 18, 2009 - 6 answers

I need to Shift into a higher plane of typing!

I am looking for a typing program that will force me to use the right shift key for left hand letters, and the left shift key for right hand letters. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Jul 23, 2009 - 18 answers

How do you unstick an organ key?

My roommate and I recently picked up a Kimball console organ for the price of carrying it down three flights of stairs. Unfortunately, we banged one of the keys on the lower row on the way down, and now it's stuck. While B is a solid note as far as notes go, does anybody have any tips on how to unstick it? [more inside]
posted by HotPants on Jul 8, 2009 - 3 answers

What's the best way to carry all my stuff outside when I work out?

What's the best way to carry keys, water, mp3 player, and wallet when you're working out outside? Do you have a favorite fanny pack (how...not chic) or have you come up with some alternative arrangement? Would you please share? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Jul 6, 2009 - 32 answers

Click. Click.

What is the use of double locks? Not two separate lock, just the kind of lock that you can turn once (which locks the door) and then another time, in the same direction (which locks the door... more?). [more inside]
posted by Skyanth on May 27, 2009 - 13 answers

How to fix laptop keyboard keys that fell off?

How to fix laptop keyboard keys that fell off? [more inside]
posted by macsigler on May 20, 2009 - 7 answers

A spot of friendly breaking and entering.

How do I retrieve a key/set of keys from a mail slot? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha on May 15, 2009 - 18 answers

How to learn music with DIY lighted keys

Is there a way to output midi data from MAC or PC so that I can have one in a series of LED lights light up when the corresponding note is played? I would like to learn playing keyboard by example, have seen the casio lighted keyboards, but I heard these keyboards cannot play midi's that I download online.
posted by mikesmeta on May 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me stop forgetting my apartment keys

What is a sure-fire way to stop forgetting my keys when I leave the apartment? I've locked myself out three times this week already. Do you have any memory tricks or something similar that you employ to stop this from happening?
posted by schroedinger on Apr 18, 2009 - 51 answers

Keys to the city

Help me fix a keyboard/key problem with my Vista laptop. [more inside]
posted by micklaw on Feb 12, 2009 - 9 answers

The "m" key is minimizing no matter what!

My cat got on my roommate's MacBook and now it's minimizing windows whenever she presses the "m" key. Then it's bringing up the preferences of whatever application she's in. It happened as she was trying to search Google in Firefox, and then just type "m" in Word! I checked the sticky keys, no dice. Tried restarting, still happening. It means she can't really do anything because there are lots of m's out there! Help!!!!
posted by iliketolaughalot on Jan 17, 2009 - 11 answers

Name-That-Retro-Game: top-down, moving travellator floors, color coded keys

Name-That-Retro-Game: top-down view, moving travellator floors, possibly color coded keys. Possibly on C64, Amiga A500/600/1200 or Atari ST/E. [more inside]
posted by dcbarker on Dec 4, 2008 - 12 answers

grab keys

I dropped my keys down the elevator in my apartment building. Is there any way I can retrieve them? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Aug 10, 2008 - 17 answers

Disable Sticky Keys

How do I permanently disable sticky keys? [more inside]
posted by my_thai on Jul 3, 2008 - 7 answers

MS Outlook 07 switched my @ and quote keys - how can I stop this from happening?

Outlook occasionally switches my "@" key with my " " " key [quotes key]. Does anyone know why this happens and how I can fix it? [more inside]
posted by alrightokay on Jun 12, 2008 - 5 answers

A Cure for Shiny Key Syndrome

How can I avoid shiny keys syndrome on my computer keyboards? This relates to the patches of smoothness that seem to appear on often-used keys after a few months of consistent use. [more inside]
posted by WalterMitty on May 26, 2008 - 16 answers

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