XBOX 360 as Media Center hackery: what's the minimum hardware I can get away with to serve as the Media Center PC "server" to the 360's "client"? [more inside]
posted by bartleby
on Oct 1, 2009 -
Is there a free or cheap shared PIM that imports and exports vCards with pictures?
Preferably something suitable for film production? [more inside]
posted by Josh Coe
on Sep 18, 2009 -
I am keenly interested in the social aspects and pervasive expansion of sites like Facebook. [more inside]
posted by toastchee
on Sep 16, 2009 -
There are gay icons and lesbian icons - are there people who are bisexual/pansexual icons? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Sep 15, 2009 -
Browsing today's newspapers here in Scotland it would seem that there is an anti-Scottish feeling pervading the whole of the USA after the compassionate release of the Pan-Am bomber last week.
Question1: Am I right in thinking that this is the case, or is it just right wing neo-con nonsense eminating from the Fox News stable?
Question2: If this anti-Scottish feeling does exist, how best can I explain that we the UK/US public have been sold a lie by our Governments and that this guy was merely a patsy? [more inside]
posted by cameronfromedinburgh
on Aug 26, 2009 -
What is a good name for a law firm focusing on consumer debt relief, both bankruptcy and collection abuse? [more inside]
posted by delosic
on Aug 26, 2009 -
Do Nielsen Ratings account for TV viewership in public venues, such as bars, restaurants, waiting rooms, etc., and if so, how are these viewership counts tallied and weighted? [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman
on Aug 21, 2009 -
I'm trying to figure out my options for setting up a small digital media lab for a new non-profit, but I have no idea how to set a minimum level of server specs! How much CPU and RAM do I really need? What determines this?
The server will be used to administer local user accounts, and store files (including large media files). We may also end up using it to host our website and mail, if it makes sense (unlikely). All the main client computers will be macs, so I assume I should make life easier and just get an XServe. But I'm open to other suggestions.
See below for some prices and models for various XServe's I'm trying to choose between. How low can I go? How much CPU/RAM do I need?
Let me know if you need more information... [more inside]
posted by yuletide
on Aug 20, 2009 -
Which quality newspapers and other news services provide full-text RSS feeds? I'm looking for a world, national, and also sources specific to California news and politics. Alternatively, what are some MacGyver-style ways to make a full-text RSS feed for my current favorites? [more inside]
posted by cgomez
on Aug 18, 2009 -
Suggest a model for a money-making, or at least self-sufficient, website dedicated to a region or small city something like "Mayberry Online." Probably advertising driven, dedicated to news, events, listings, but with active forums for 'consumer gripes,' local politics, advice columns, restaurant reviews, arts, sports, health, pets & wildlife. Think 'city paper' or alternative press but online, with an active Craigslist component. Any thing like that out there? Suggestions on website design/creation/start-up consultants would be an added bonus. Links please to worthy existing sites that fit the bill. And, TIA
posted by NorthCoastCafe
on Aug 17, 2009 -
I've dug through the archives, googled my fingers off, and I'm tired of all the searching. All I want to know if there is a fairly cheap, easy to set up, decently functional media center PC out there to be bought off the shelf. I don't want to do any hacking or tweaking, just want it to work.
posted by ducktape
on Aug 14, 2009 -
PhotoshopFilter: I'm looking for two things - recent photoshopped hoax pictures sent in by someone in the audience that the mainstream media has mistakenly printed or put on TV. Also any tips on detecting photoshopped photos would be appreciated. Even better if someone on the 'net outed them before MSM caught it. [more inside]
posted by mad_little_monkey
on Aug 11, 2009 -
Going crazy trying to figure out my HTPC/media server options from scratch. Yes, I've been reading other threads but I'm a unique snowflake so there's [more inside]
posted by itesser
on Aug 10, 2009 -
[PoliticsFilter] Is there any validity to the assertion that the US media is, in fact, biased toward the liberal viewpoint? [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon
on Aug 9, 2009 -
I just put a new stereo head unit in my car and it has a USB port for connections to most media players. I'm looking for suggestions for one. [more inside]
posted by poppo
on Jun 19, 2009 -
Who can tell me lots about Arvo Pärt and/or Für Alina?
I'm a big fan of Part and Fur Alina in particular. I've read what I can find online but need more. I'm writing a short story where Fur Alina plays a major part, and I need to know as much as I can about it, specifically, or Part, more broadly.
You can talk about it from a more technical standpoint or biographical or whatever--anything will help. Thanks!
posted by mermaidcafe
on Jun 17, 2009 -
Looking for ideas for backing up photos while traveling in the middle of nowhere, with no guaranteed access to a computer. [more inside]
posted by bassjump
on Jun 16, 2009 -
Our non-profit arts organization has just earned the support (in the form of a very big grant
) from an internationally renowned foundation. We've got a good system of press releases that we send out to local and regional contacts, but we're idealistically looking to see some national artistic attention as the result of getting this grant. Where/who should we attempt contact to really get noticed? [more inside]
posted by lifeofthunder
on Jun 15, 2009 -
Help me bring my employing organization into the new millenium. I want to become our organization's 'new media' guru. Seeking examples, tools, approaches (more) [more inside]
posted by iiniisfree
on Jun 2, 2009 -
Advice for a server newb who needs help getting started with a simple media/backup/torrent server? [more inside]
posted by wastelands
on May 29, 2009 -
I bought my mac laptop just before digital media became the thing. That said, my internal hard drive just can't hold it all. There are a lot of variations on this question on the hive and other places, but I am having trouble finding an answer to a basic question. How fast does a external hard drive need to be to play music and video off of without hiccups or interruption? Want to spend <$100 if I can.
posted by shimmer
on May 24, 2009 -
Please recommend music that is similar in style (as close as possible and working outward from there) to the song Diva Dance from the movie The Fifth Element. I would particularly enjoy similar opera, if that exists. Be sure to recommend groups/bands/singers and, if possible, specific songs as examples.
Here is the Diva Dance video for comparison:
Thank you very much!
posted by Nox
on May 18, 2009 -
What starting salary can a recent graduate PhD in Mass Communication expect to make in the industry focusing on research (i.e., not teaching at a university)? [more inside]
posted by philrj
on May 17, 2009 -
What kind of grad program should I go to if I'm interested in the preservation of digital media archives? Museum studies? Information science? Something else entirely? [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork
on May 14, 2009 -
Where might I find evidence that there was a surge of wiki startups circa 2005, which has since tapered off? [more inside]
posted by teracloth
on May 13, 2009 -
My music is all over my computer. I'd like to consolidate and organize. I just downloaded Media Monkey and it tells me I have over a 1000 more songs than iTunes tells me I have, my usual player. Why? I have no idea. I don't know what steps to take. I'd like it kept as simple as possible. [more inside]
posted by mizrachi
on May 2, 2009 -
What are the best places in the Chicago area to sell used books, CDs, DVDs, and tabletop gaming materials? [more inside]
posted by korpios
on Apr 24, 2009 -
I have a friend who just discovered new social media and he has no boundaries. How can I tell him to back off without hurting his feelings? [more inside]
posted by micawber
on Apr 20, 2009 -
The company I work for has just installed a shared media solution for Final Cut Pro. It's basically a RAID array that two to three work stations access via Fiber Channel. We now have to move 10+ terabytes of material to the media server... and organize it. [more inside]
posted by shmegegge
on Apr 14, 2009 -
I've noticed that often the current U.S. President is often referred to as "Mr. Obama
" in the news, whether online, radio, or TV (and, it seems to me, moreso in foreign media) -- but I don't seem to remember this for "Mr. Bush" or "Mr. Clinton", who were always "President Bush" and "President Clinton" in my recollection. Did I miss this all along, or is it a new convention of the media?
posted by AzraelBrown
on Apr 13, 2009 -
I'm looking for animated visualizations of the internet and other digital or cybernetic technologies [more inside]
posted by heylight
on Mar 19, 2009 -
I'm consolidating and trying to save some money in the coming years.
To that end I've acquired an older Mac Mini and pulled out an old monitor. I've set it as a working media center, but I think I could do more and do it more efficiently. [more inside]
posted by Gideon
on Mar 16, 2009 -
Recommendations for free private digital accommodations for a retired band's media? [more inside]
posted by bodega
on Mar 14, 2009 -
What are your favorite places to find archived news footage and imagery online for free? Looking to put together a list of sites for communications studies students to help them approximate the functionality of the Vanderbilt Television News Archive
without spending hours hunting on YouTube for media to critique. [more inside]
posted by activitystory
on Mar 13, 2009 -
I need new business cards! In addition to my day job, I also am affiliated with several organizations and I am one of those hyper connected social media jerks who twitter, facebook, flickr and all that crap. I have my own domain name which is my full name .com
My question is, how can I make one business card that can fill in for ALL of my organizations AND connect people to my social media profiles, perhaps integrating with info on a website, yet still be professional looking enough to hand out at conferences and the like without being self conscious? [more inside]
posted by jlowen
on Mar 11, 2009 -
I've been presented with the possibility of moving to Vancouver. I'm aware of the general pros and cons of moving there (weed, rain, etc). I'm specifically curious about career options in the film industry as compared to here in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by SassHat
on Mar 10, 2009 -