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Hedonic Engineering, or Life as Optimization Problem

As a recent graduate, how can I engineer my life to maximize happiness, financial security, and independence (in that order)? What choices did you make that led to suboptimal outcomes in these areas, and what would you do differently given another chance? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Jul 2, 2012 - 58 answers

Help! I'm going to be hit with an enormous number of visitors and my iWeb website makes dumb .png decisions!

Is there any way to make iWeb name my image files something other than shapeimage_1.png, shapeimage_2.png, etc? Alternately, is there any way to make iWeb reuse images instead of reloading a copy of each image for every page it's on? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Apr 19, 2012 - 4 answers

I need to temporarily become a workaholic

I need to work my butt off, burn the candle at both ends, turn on the afterburners, etc etc. I can work just fine, but I don't know how to be that guy who puts in 16 hour days and sleeps on a cot in his office. How do I become that guy? [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Aug 21, 2011 - 35 answers

Plugging Up the Holes

What are some tips and techniques to take advantage of 15-30 minutes of free time here and there to get things done? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Aug 2, 2011 - 11 answers

kisumu blues.

Air fare is silly high right now. I'm planning to go abroad in August for about six months; help me strategize on ticket costs... [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu on May 2, 2011 - 9 answers

can't find a blog post about stupidity and cleverness

there's a blog post somewhere out there about the good that can come of, instead of trying to do clever things, simply avoiding doing stupid things. anyone know who posted it?
posted by tehgeekmeister on Apr 28, 2011 - 2 answers

SSD Tips

Hoping for reliable info on appropriate care and management of modern SSD drives. [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Apr 19, 2011 - 6 answers

SAP and NP Problems

What king of optimization problems exits in SAP? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on Oct 11, 2010 - 2 answers

This should not be slow.

MySQL issue: Even though my desktop should blow my server away hardware wise, it's struggling for some unknown reason on a set of similar queries suddenly, where it didn't before. Details inside: [more inside]
posted by nerhael on May 6, 2010 - 10 answers

Do Follow Blog List thats Accurate?

How do I find an accurate list of do follow blogs? These are blogs which do not have the rel=no follow tag on their comment posts links. [more inside]
posted by Twinedog on Jan 6, 2010 - 10 answers

What is the optimal and proper format for naming e-commerce product images for the purposes of SEO?

What is the optimal and proper format for naming e-commerce product images for the purposes of SEO? [more inside]
posted by orehek on Aug 22, 2009 - 7 answers

SEO Filter: My boss has asked me for a blue sky list of SEO tools. What are your favorites?

SEO Filter: My boss has asked me for a blue sky list of SEO tools. What are your favorites? (more details inside) [more inside]
posted by DrDreidel on May 6, 2009 - 2 answers

Is SEO worth paying for?

Is SEO worth paying for? [more inside]
posted by man down under on Apr 20, 2009 - 13 answers

Building a website/web Optimization

I want to learn how to build and modify websites. I eventually want to look into selling things or writing books for some of the websites i build. Also would like to learn how web optimization works on a website, and learn how to optimize and link websites. I am computer savvy, but don't know any programing language. Any idea how I would get started?
posted by sharp2403 on Dec 13, 2008 - 12 answers

Do red ones go faster?

What is the best way to split up my Wordpress installation to make it lightning fast? [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Dec 11, 2008 - 11 answers

Maximizing a function over orthogonal matrices

Maximizing a function over orthogonal matrices, or: solving polynomial order 2 systems. Help me out or point me to a better forum / listhost. [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat on Oct 26, 2008 - 15 answers

Should I forward relevant domain names for SEO purposes?

SEO filter: What's this about getting descriptive domain names for forwarding? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Oct 21, 2008 - 12 answers

How can I best visualize the results of my combinatorial optimization problem?

DataVisualizationFilter: How can I best visualize the results of my combinatorial optimization problem? I'm trying to solve an n-dimensional discrete optimization problem using some metaheuristic algorithms. More details behind the cut. [more inside]
posted by miasma on Oct 16, 2008 - 9 answers

How can I optimize my study given a time constraint of 'x' in a quasilinear scenario? (or: Help!)

Looking for resources to help me understand material from an intermediate microeconomics course. Notes, practice problems, simplified explanations, anything would help. [more inside]
posted by cgomez on May 11, 2008 - 7 answers

Disagreement with co-web developer about speed difference of height and width specified in image tags as opposed to in the css

I am having a disagreement with a co-web developer I'm working with. He's insisting that having image width and height specified for images in the image tags is going to make an enormous difference in how fast this database driven site will render, while I feel that having the height and width called in the css for these images is enough. The site is very fast. [more inside]
posted by semidivine on May 7, 2008 - 21 answers

Firefox Plug-in similar to Apple's Spaces?

Are there any plug-ins for Firefox similar to the concept of "spaces" on Apple Leopard? For those not familiar with Spaces, I'm looking for a plug-in that will optimize my Firefox browser for different tasks, in other words, show certain bookmarks, plug-ins, etc.. while hiding others, depending on what task I'm doing at the time. Perhaps I have one set of plug-ins and bookmarks just for business tasks and another for entertainment, etc... This would be of GREAT benefit to me. I'm sure you all know how cluttered a browser can get when you do a lot of internet activities.
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb on Jan 7, 2008 - 14 answers

Algorithm Challenge!

Algorithmfilter: I have a set of tasks and a set of workers. Tasks vary in size. Each task can be done by only some of the workers. How can I find a mapping from tasks to workers that minimizes the load on the the heaviest-loaded worker, and assigns all the work? [more inside]
posted by jewzilla on Dec 16, 2007 - 9 answers

Getting from point A to B (the right way)

I've got the skills and knowledge, mostly, but I'd like to get a better workflow with PHP/MySQL development. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Oct 11, 2007 - 15 answers

Cashy My Apache

I am attempting to configure caching on an Apache server. I have it right for the most part, but.....I would like to prevent browsers from even checking the server once files like images are in the browser cache until an expiry date is exceeded. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on Jul 18, 2007 - 2 answers

Can you recommend a forum for Search Engine Optimization?

Can you recommend a forum on Search Engine Optimization? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Apr 19, 2007 - 9 answers

How to optimize desk assignments?

In the office we’ll be moving to soon, we’ll have about 50 desks, and almost that many workers to be assigned to them. How can we optimize who’s assigned to each desk so that as many workers as possible are as pleased as possible with their desk assignment? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Feb 21, 2007 - 19 answers

Help me optimize a list in Excel.

Help me optimize a list in Excel. (Excel gurus welcome!) [more inside]
posted by pealco on Sep 28, 2006 - 3 answers

can you formally identify this geometry optimization problem?

given a set of points from an n dimensional metric space, construct a surface of minimal volume which contains these points. [more inside]
posted by paradroid on Jun 2, 2006 - 13 answers

How do I rearrange my data to make the best use of a new hard drive?

So, I got a new 320GB internal ATA hard drive, hooked it up as a slave to my 80GB hard drive, and put all my video, music, and photos on the new 320GB drive. Then, problems arise: when I'm downloading things onto the new drive (via BitTorrent), the computer stutters and is generally slow. Also, when opening and saving photos (~300MB TIFFs) in Photoshop, it takes an eternity. Is there a better way to configure my system on the hard drives? [more inside]
posted by monsterhero on May 2, 2006 - 17 answers

Help me optimize this naughty function!

OptimizationFilter: I need to maximize a function of about ten variables. I can only approximate the value of this function at any point, by running a simulation which takes about a minute of computation time. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by lenny70 on Apr 8, 2006 - 19 answers

Yahoo! Search engine optimization

I've a site that ranks very well on Google, but is nowhere to be found in Yahoo! It seems to be doing a lot of correct things to get a strong Google listing, but with Yahoo - what can I do?
posted by arrowhead on Jan 16, 2006 - 6 answers

Setting up a huge database

I'm about to set up a database (pet science project) that has about 200 million records consisting of about 50 mostly-numeric fields. Is mysql up to this task? If not, what is? And since many fields are null, how can it be optimized to consume the least possible disk space? I'm worried about bloat eating up my 100 GB drive.
posted by shannymara on Dec 6, 2005 - 9 answers

What is this mathematical/set notation?

Two mathematical syntax questions--one easy, one astoundingly maybe not so complex [more inside]
posted by hototogisu on May 11, 2005 - 8 answers

What do I need to know about search engine optimization?

Search engine optimization... I'm happy to buy a book, but are they worth it? Do I really need to know more than the basic best-practices for Google? [more inside]
posted by o2b on May 24, 2004 - 2 answers

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