Why do some novices disregard advice and/or best practices? What can be done to persuade them to heed general guidelines? I'm an aquarist, and repeatedly I see a significant number of people doing things that will result in the harm or death of their fish, and it's due to well known problems. Yet many novices attempt those things anyway, with predicable results. I'm trying to understand to explore what advice could be given that would change the outcome. [more inside]
I am learning to tap dance as an adult. I am in the Boston area. I need advice. [more inside]
Best <$200 digital camera for a total novice? [more inside]
Help me set-up my first personal site in under 24 hours. [more inside]
Novice sewer here and I've got a tension headache. I'm working on piping for some cushions I'm sewing, and just finished ~16 ft worth of it without changing my thread. All my stitches were just fine. When I switched to a different color, I had to increase the needle thread tension to the point of puckering the fabric just to pull up the bobbin thread enough to balance my stitches. Please help. [more inside]
I'd like foundation and makeup strong enough to look good in photos from an outdoor wedding, but easy enough for a novice to apply. Do you have suggestions? [more inside]
Please help two novice gardeners keep our backyard as gorgeous as it seems like it's going to be. [more inside]
I've never ice skated in my life. In a week, I'm starting lessons, in the eventual hope of learning how to play hockey and joining a club league down the line. I am 39, 6'3" and around 250 pounds. My exercise regimen is walking/running 4-5 times a week, 3-5 miles at a time. I have questions, as a total novice to on-ice sports of any kind:
- What is going to frustrate me the most?
- What is going to hurt the most (and how do I treat it?)
- What's the most important thing to remember, so I don't get frustrated?
I'm looking to start a small vegetable garden this year. I'm in Westminster, CO. I have no experience with gardening. Where do I start? and when do I start?
Which bicycle (for a novice) would you recommend? Comparison between four bicycles [more inside]
As a novice buying a bike for an urban commute, what should I keep in mind? [more inside]
Please help a new Ph.D. know what to expect from a corporate recruiting interview in the sciences. [more inside]
Mrs. Draccy would like to take an intro to photography class near Worcester, MA, but I am unable to find something relevant to a novice (read: near no experience) photog. She doesn't enjoy using the internet to learn and would prefer classroom or workshop environments. Any suggestions?
Please recommend a book or DVD for my Dad wants to learn to use computer basics. My dad recently started using computer (windows XP) for the first time ever in his life. He is 60 yrs old and retired. He can open firefox, type in web address (of the few websites that he knows) and click on links in order to surf news website. Beyond that he pretty much doesn't know anything about computers. [more inside]
What are the best resources for computer novices? I often find myself in the position of helping friends and family figure out how to operate their computers (typically Windows XP or Vista, but OS X tips are welcome too.) While I realize there's no substitute for face-to-face instruction, my time is not infinite and I'd like to be able to set them up with some bookmarks or documents that will give them guidance when I'm not around. [more inside]
Explain windows Live Messenger to a luddite. [more inside]
How much should I budget to both equip myself and my wife for snowboarding and get us enough instruction so that we enjoy it? I mean, we own nothing with the possible exception of some gloves we could use, and we want to get ourselves outfitted and capable of boarding happily all day at places like Heavenly or Whistler. What will this cost, or, barring that, what do we need to budget for?
Which lenses/accessories should I have for my Nikon D60 for my trip to Africa? (no there will not be safaris!) [more inside]
My company recently switched from a standard POP mail server to having GMail as our MX server and hosting all our business accounts. Overall the benefits are quite positive, but I'm having some usage issues that bug me. Can you help me use gmail better? Specific questions inside. [more inside]
I have DSL but am continually prompted to dial-up for a connection. Plus, how do I learn to manage my wireless home network myself? [more inside]
Image Management: 21 year old female wants to be able to ease into the girly arts without killing her bank account, with near zero starting knowledge. (May be long, this is several questions around one theme) [more inside]
I'm creating a very simple web page and inserting images into the cells of a table. However, I can still see faint lines around the borders of the images. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
I got a bike. Now what do I do? [more inside]
As a recreational baker, am I crazy to make my best friend's wedding cake?? [more inside]
I've been inspired by t-shirt surgery and am thinking of getting into sewing. However, I've never sewed something in my life. Where do I begin? [more inside]
Help this ignoramus understand his netgear admin log. [more inside]
Dumb question about curl and setting up Ruby on Rails from an extreme novice. [more inside]
eBay newbie help. What pointers do you have for selling on eBay? Favorite websites and tutorials? How to list effectively? How to get started and build up a positive rep? Negative experiences? Positive experiences? [more inside]
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]
I'm planning a ski trip (North American) for myself and 3 friends for the week before Christmas. Problem: we know nothing about skiing. Help! [MI] [more inside]
Question from a very beginner guitar player about chords and strumming. [more inside]