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Chair: Comfortable, Under $100, Supports 260/330, and Can Be Put Away?

I'm looking for recommendations for a chair, but it needs to fufill four requirements. I need it to be very comfortable. I would like to be able to put it away out of sight easily, so bonus if it's foldable or compactable (but of the two, comfort is more important than put-away-ibility). I would like it to be under $100 if that's possible, but could go a bit above if needed. And finally, in a perfect world it could hold a 330-lb. man (me), but it at least needs to hold someone in their 260s. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on May 26, 2014 - 11 answers

Take your libtk8.6.dylib and stuff it.

The headache of distributing python GUI-based applications has finally driven me to consider switching to another language. Is Java a good alternative for ulcer-free distribution of GUI-based applications? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Apr 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Need to create a wireless hotspot.

How do I create a wireless hotspot for a 24-hour Amtrak train ride? [more inside]
posted by anthropoid on Mar 9, 2014 - 10 answers

Alternatives to thumb drives

Hard drives always fail on me. I need usb/flash/thumb drive alternatives that are not online-based. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Mar 5, 2014 - 17 answers

Portable document scanner, for long documents

I am looking for a portable document scanner that will scan longer than legal size pages. [more inside]
posted by zaxour on Feb 12, 2014 - 3 answers

I need help hacking a travel-friendly rod for hanging quilts

I'm documenting quilts and have a decent set-up in place for photographing them (seen here), but now I've got to take it on the road. My 1"x3"x9' wooden crossbar isn't going to cut it as checked baggage and it's a tight fit in my compact SUV, let alone an affordable rental car when I get to my destination. However--a deal breaker--the crossbar can't be a dowel or have a round profile. With dowel-type crossbars the quilts hang and sag at the top and don't present a flat place to photograph. More details and reqs after the jump. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Jan 30, 2014 - 4 answers

Thin, light, and 1080p laptop

I'd like a thin and light 1080p laptop. It does not need to be powerful, but it does need to be cheap. I'd like to spend about $300, but it must be under $500. The perfect machine would be something like a chromebook, but with a higher res screen than the ones I'm aware of. The resolution requirement trumps the thin and light requirements. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jan 7, 2014 - 15 answers

Where to donate / sell specific items in Atlanta?

I have inherited multiple generations of household items that I would like to donate to the best possible recipients in Atlanta or sell if there is a market for these items. [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes on Nov 17, 2013 - 8 answers

My eight year old is dying! (Laptop that is..)

My eight year old laptop is about ready to bite the dust. For the last year and a half it has had permanent residence on my desk as it cannot function if it is not plugged in. The screen must be at the correct angle or it completely cuts out. It struggles to download documents and music. She has been good to me, but it is time to begin thinking about purchasing a new computer. Problem is, I’m fairly out of touch with the market now. Here are my needs with regards to a laptop. You tell me what I should be looking for. [more inside]
posted by Driven on Oct 28, 2013 - 15 answers

What do you wish you'd known when buying a portable air conditioner?

I'm buying a portable air conditioner for our second-floor apartment. All our windows have openings at the bottom that are of the 2 panel slider variety, and no window unit will fit. Since I've never bought such a thing and I'm not very handy, I could use a few tips, especially concerning the feasibility of moving it from room to room every day. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jun 2, 2013 - 18 answers

Which 32GB flash drive?

I need a recommendation for a 32GB USB 3.0 flash drive, please. [more inside]
posted by bluecore on May 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Android Document Scanner

What are your opinions on Portable Document Scanners for my Samsung Galaxy III phone? I am new to the Smartphone crowd and find the descriptions of the scanners available in Google Play lacking. I need to be able to scan old newspapers and other print media of similar quality. I am hoping for sufficient resolution to convert PDF scans to Word in ReadIris Pro 12.
posted by Raybun on May 2, 2013 - 6 answers

Does this thing play WMA-Lossless *as* lossless?

Hi, I have a new Cowon iAUDIO 9 portable. The lossless files I rip from Windows Media Player end up the same size on the device after synced. However, the device doesn't have a way to check the bitrate of any song. But it's acknowledged (not yet directly to me by the slow-to-reply makers in South Korea) that the device does NOT support WMA-Lossless, only everybody's precious FLAC. It will PLAY WMA, but usually on players like this the bitrate is 320. [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd on Apr 26, 2013 - 17 answers

Every 5 years, it happens. Help me buy a laptop.

Help me find the perfect laptop. Video/Windows 7/Video+photo editing/Reasonably speedy/SSD+Hard Drive/Bulletproof [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Mar 28, 2013 - 5 answers

These thumbs weren't made for typing

Suggest a portable keyboard to use with my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Feb 13, 2013 - 11 answers

How long does my aircon unit need to be upright before use?

Do I really need to let my portable aircon stand upright for 24 hours?? :( [more inside]
posted by Salamander on Dec 30, 2012 - 10 answers

traveling and making things

Please help me find creative outlets that don't require living in one place or computer screen time, that aren't repetitive, and that pack small. [more inside]
posted by aniola on Dec 16, 2012 - 22 answers

Gluten free, lactose free and portable

Can you suggest easy to make and carry gluten and lactose free recipes for my two day trip? [more inside]
posted by roolya_boolya on Oct 15, 2012 - 9 answers

Pleasurable pens?

What are your favorite affordable drawing supplies - especially pens? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Oct 2, 2012 - 23 answers

Oh look, more lembas bread.

Going to DragonCon. Help me feed myself with minimal fuss. Snowcones inside. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Aug 28, 2012 - 21 answers

Revising our dream: how to find work that can be done from anywhere in the US

Work to live. How to find jobs we can do from anywhere in the US (or ideally anywhere in the world). Bonus for attorney jobs. [more inside]
posted by semacd on Jul 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Portable beginner telescope

Recommendations for a portable beginner telescope? [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Jun 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Lightweight portable image annotation software sought.

I am looking for software (preferrably a portable app) which will allow me to embed an image or images into a file and allow me to add text to that file both above and below the image. I am not looking to edit the image. Word does the job perfectly well, but I don't have it on all of the computers which I switch between - annoyingly I switch machines a lot, but they are all windows machines. I would prefer not to use Open Office either and would prefer the software to be as light as possible. I would like to keep these files on my usb drive and keep the software application on there too if possible. This would allow me to plug in whenever I have a few spare minutes and acess to a computer. [more inside]
posted by therubettes on Jun 21, 2012 - 17 answers

GF and DF Delayed Serving Breakfast Items?

Gluten-free and dairy-free breakfast option I can bring for breakfast potluck? Needs to be quick prep and either good cold or microwave-reheatable. Sweet or savory ideas welcome. [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on May 11, 2012 - 20 answers

Lock/Unlock switch on a hard drive?

Lock/Unlock switch on a hard drive? [more inside]
posted by sanskrtam on May 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Building a modular/portable stage

Plans/suggestions for constuction a low portable (modular, sectioned) stage? [more inside]
posted by unSane on May 1, 2012 - 11 answers

Groovy battery operated boombox?

Best battery operated boombox [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Apr 18, 2012 - 4 answers

Recommend a portable emulation device?

What is the best reasonably priced handheld device I can buy for playing emulated games, particularly SNES and GBA? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Mar 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Because lemons are for drinks, not for data.

I'd like your thoughts on the Wolverine PicPac II or alternatives, please. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Dec 5, 2011 - 2 answers

Is my laptop's battery life normal for it's age?

Is my laptop's battery life normal for it's age? It's used and I know next to nothing to laptops. More inside. [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Oct 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Me, Myself, and my Roadtrippin Computer

I love my screen real-estate. How do I get it on the road? [more inside]
posted by Folk on Sep 2, 2011 - 16 answers

Looking for a portable ergonomic folding chair for sitting on the front and back porches with my laptop.

Looking for a portable ergonomic folding chair for sitting on the front and back porches with my laptop. [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Jun 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Gastro-pod

What's a good, reliable portable speaker I can hook my ipod up to and use at the beach or a campsite? I don't need a massive system. Just something reliable, inexpensive, and producing enough sound to ambiate any occasion.
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Jun 20, 2011 - 6 answers

I'd like to see my friends again sometime this year...

Is there any substitute for an air mattress for mobile, comfortable sleeping on floors? [more inside]
posted by threeturtles on May 7, 2011 - 16 answers

I want a portable, non-folding, legs-that-screw-in, table

I want a portable, legs-that-screw-in wood table. Does anybody know what kind of hardware I need to make this happen or of a table for sale that has legs made to screw on and off frequently OR a folding leg table of wood that is truly a cut above a regular card table? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Apr 20, 2011 - 15 answers

No wireless? No problem. Less space than a Nomad? Fine. Lame is out of the question though.

I'm looking for the MP3-player equivalent of the boom-box, a player that has built-in amp and speakers. Can you recommend one? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Mar 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Can I have advice on buying a portable media player?

Can I please have advice/recommendations on buying a portable media player? (preferably non- name brand). My main usages will be watching poker training videos (available in mp4 and WMV formats), and reviewing poker hand histories which are in a txt format. Presumably I want a player with a long battery life (is 8 hours too much to ask?) So I'm looking for something that does these things, but I don't need it for anything else, (no wi-fi, 3G etc). Something that will suit my needs but won't cost a whole lot.
posted by crawltopslow on Mar 10, 2011 - 10 answers

I'm thinking about buying a portable gaming system for business trips.

My job requires me to travel a few times a year, for weeks at a time. I'm debating the purchase of a PSP or DS, specifically for travel-entertainment purposes. We've been over this before, but not for a couple of years, so I'm wondering about the State of Portable Consoles. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful on Jan 22, 2011 - 16 answers

Best portable music player for a finnicky music collector?

I can't really be looking for the Holy Grail of MP3 players, can I? Big drive, SSD, straightforward file management and control over my music collection - too much to ask? Which one do I pick, or how do I make a current one in to what I want? [more inside]
posted by regicide is good for you on Jan 2, 2011 - 13 answers

Portable External Hard Drive

Can someone recommend a good, fast, robust 1TB Portable External Hard Drive. [more inside]
posted by freud on Dec 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Portable outlet to power Christmas lights?

I'm trying to figure out if there's an inexpensive way for me to decorate a golf cart with Christmas lights. [more inside]
posted by Sabine3283 on Dec 11, 2010 - 5 answers

What is this thing called Zune?

Unexpected Holiday Gift: Someone got me a Zune HD! Problem. I already own an ipod Nano and know next to nothing about Zune. What can the Zune do that my nano can't? How do you use yours? What does the Zune do well? Any tips or trips or strange things/ 3rd party applications I can use?
posted by The Whelk on Dec 9, 2010 - 3 answers

Help me find a portable game like my wife's favorite Flash game

I'm looking for an iPhone/iPad/DS/PSP game like the flash game "Drench". [more inside]
posted by Robson on Dec 7, 2010 - 4 answers

X-Mini-level light

Is there a portable light that is as useful as the x-mini speaker? [more inside]
posted by Baldons on Oct 26, 2010 - 4 answers

Monitor or projector?

My wife lectures in a dusty and sometimes harshly sunny environment (barns) to groups of 15 to 20 people, and needs a way to show videos. [more inside]
posted by MisterMo on Oct 12, 2010 - 3 answers

Apps for Airports?

iPad as Hitchiker's Guide: I've got a couple weeks of travel coming up and I want to carry as little as possible. To wit, I want to bring my iPad as my portable Internet Device and I was wondering what apps would make it the perfect travel companion. Which apps have saved your life enroute? What do you wish you had? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 7, 2010 - 15 answers

will a portable dishwasher work with low water pressure?

My roommate found a portable dishwasher for sale by one of our neighbours. It's a Beaumark Hotpoint whisper wash and we have 2 concerns: water pressure and expected performance of the unit/brand. [more inside]
posted by adamemanon on Sep 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Recommendation for a tiny portable electric piano sought.

I'm looking for a tiny, tiny portable keyboard with a decent onboard piano or organ sound. Ideally 25 keys, more would be fine if it uses mini keys. Use scenario is something I can pull out of my bike bag to have for random moments where I'm trying to work out a musical idea. [more inside]
posted by quarterframer on Sep 9, 2010 - 4 answers

Portable drumset with a cymbal attached to kit?

Has anyone seen this drum set but NOT made by first act? [more inside]
posted by tunestunes on Jun 22, 2010 - 4 answers

What's the best portable office supply case that will fit in a backpack?

I need help finding a good portable office supply case. [more inside]
posted by AmitinLA on Jun 14, 2010 - 5 answers

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