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When MSNBC was Good

I'm trying to remember a show that was on during the very early days of MSNBC. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jul 13, 2014 - 2 answers

Coolest interactive platforms in cinema?

Ever come across a scene in a movie and thought that the website or program or interactive "platform" was really cool? First thing that comes to mind of course is that really cool Minority Report scene or this Mission: Impossible software... It doesn't have to be too far into the future, it could be modern.. Could be the graphics that caught your eye, could be the simplicity, could be anything at all..
posted by omar.a on Jul 8, 2014 - 9 answers

How can one make an DVD MP3 disc?

My brother's only means of listening to MP3s is with a DVD player. I've many spare DVD-Rs and would like to put them to use by making him DVD MP3 discs to listen to when we get together. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Help Me Keep My New PC Happy, Healthy and Safe From Harm

I've very recently (ie yesterday) got myself a brand new desktop PC! I would really like your advice on the best ways to keep it running at its best, protected from the nasty things that lurk on the internet (virii, malware, spyware etc) and set up to get the most out of our blossoming relationship... The machine runs on Windows 8. [more inside]
posted by Philby on Jun 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Finding Computer Chess Analysis

When I was little I had a version of Chessmaster on a Windows computer, and the feature I found the most fascinating was that you could have the program analyze an entire game and the moves in it. [more inside]
posted by KChasm on Jun 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Being the yesman for privately funded project, how can I make this work?

I work at a non profit and have been running an internship program for two years. It is funded annually, but on no set schedule. I am prevented from insisting on a schedule or requiring a reasonable gap between funding date and start date. I am expected to just pull the program together within weeks of the donation being received. With a vague start date and no selection schedule, how do I advertise and maintain a pool of candidates? Please help me come up with a creative solution! [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Apr 9, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me get through a TV taping

I wrote a story for an online women's magazine, and it was picked up for a Canadian television network. They'll tape me as I'm telling my story, and then they'll re-enact it with actors. If you've ever seen Investigation Discovery episodes, it'll be like that, but funny. How do I get through this? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Apr 1, 2014 - 14 answers

Dynamic web forms: find a builder or make from scratch?

I have a couple web forms I'd like to make: one for a professional purpose, another for personal use (though that could exist as a program or an app that I don't know about). Is it better to find a service that will allow you to build conditional forms, or can they be made from scratch with some ease? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 16, 2014 - 8 answers

Gears and Levers and Cams: Like I'm Five

Does this exist? I want a 3D simulation program where I can experiment with gears (including bevel gears), slots and slides, eccentric cranks, levers, maybe even chain drives and belts and pulleys. Ideally I'd be able to change sizes, numbers/shapes of teeth, location of the drive shaft, etc. to see how those changes affect the motion of the gadget. [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Jan 15, 2014 - 7 answers

MFT application: letter of reference & personal statement samples? Help!

Hi Mefi Community, I would like to apply for an MFT grad program but feel a huge block when it comes to the personal statement, as well as the letter of reference(s). One of my recommenders has asked that I draft the letter of reference and he will approve it after review, but I've never actually even seen one of these before, so do not know where to begin! [more inside]
posted by Danah_78 on Jan 1, 2014 - 2 answers

How does DailyLit split up books into bits?

How do sites like DailyLit split up large text files into smaller files and then email them? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 30, 2013 - 4 answers

What was this contact reminder program?

A while ago, I came across a handy little program/script, which I think worked roughly like this: you give it a table of various friends' names and how often you want to stay in touch with them, and at appropriate intervals it will give you a "hey, you haven't emailed Jeff in 3 months" type reminder. [more inside]
posted by pont on Aug 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Is there something else out there? Help me dream up an alternative plan

Mefites please provide all the wonderful or interesting or a life changing alternative if my current plans of obtaining regular employment fail. Are their programs that allow a couple to go as a unit and also match our skill set? [more inside]
posted by mariecheri on Jul 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Can you help me find a public radio story?

A few weeks ago, public radio aired a report about a relocation program for families from unsafe neighborhoods. The reporter focused on difficulties participants had adjusting to their new neighborhoods, like unspoken conventions about street parking. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Mar 31, 2013 - 2 answers

Best use of time before starting a Doctoral program?

So I got accepted to my doctoral program (vet med - yay!). Before it begins in August, how can I best use my time between now and then? Looking mainly for non-obvious stuff (work, save money, sleep, etc). Any other general tips for surviving the program would be gladly accepted.
posted by Ufez Jones on Mar 1, 2013 - 8 answers

How Can I Remotely Restart a Program on a Windows 7 Computer?

Any ideas on how I could have one PC listen for a specially formatted packet/etc., and when it detects that packet/etc. shut down a program? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Feb 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Best tools for setting up online store for CSA-type produce business?

You have an online store where customers pay in, say, monthly subscriptions. The customers are able to manage their account online. You also sell a few other items as one-offs via a webstore. None of this requires shipping as your customers pick up in person. What sorts of programs are you using? How do you deal with credit cards? What should this all cost? Any opinions about programs such as Member Assembler, CSAware, Farmigo or DeliveryBizPro? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Ancient boiler/modern thermostat: help me end the freeze/roast cycle

I need some thermostat programming tips. I moved over the summer and now I have a thermostat after many, many years of living with landlord-controlled heating systems and other curious and quirky forms of heating. Problem: the boiler takes FOREVER to heat up the radiators and then overshoots the target temperature dramatically. Details within. [more inside]
posted by mskyle on Oct 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Who gave us powered eggs in 1974?

I'd like to find out more information on a 1970's US food program. [more inside]
posted by Marky on Oct 1, 2012 - 13 answers

Help with teaching a baby to self-soothe (Sleep Sense program?)

Help with teaching a baby to self-soothe (Sleep Sense program?) [more inside]
posted by branparsons on Sep 21, 2012 - 12 answers

iPad shutdown app

I watch movies when I go to bed at night. When I wake up in the morning my iPad is exhausted. I would like to have a reminder happen (that if I don't respond to) shuts down my iPad and preserves its battery. Is there a commercial or free app that does this or can I create one easily in this suggestion?
posted by unliteral on Sep 18, 2012 - 14 answers

What's a good self-study program?

What's a program that will help me stop memorizing the answers to practice exam questions and actually test me on the material? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on Sep 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Suggestions for web-based client management software at reasonable price?

I'm in need of client and accounts management software that is suited to newspaper (or at least publications) operations. It needs to be free or very inexpensive, web-based, and user friendly. [more inside]
posted by LillyBird on Aug 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Dork needs database

I'm looking to make a simple, personal, research database in OSX. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by Clotilde on Jul 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Video killed the... yeah.

I've just discovered the BBC 4 radio series Cabin Pressure, which I'm enjoying a lot, and now I'm looking for some other good, contemporary, fictional radio shows. Do those exist nowadays? How do I find the good ones? [more inside]
posted by mekily on Jun 21, 2012 - 16 answers

How to get paid to work in disaster relief with a BA in English (or programs teaching abroad)

I would like to find would in disaster relief so I may travel and begin to pay off my student loans for my new BA in English. I'm also interested in teaching English abroad and have been trying to find programs in both of these fields, so if anyone has information on anything where one can travel, doesn't matter how terrible the pay just as long as there is one, again, I'm in debt. [more inside]
posted by Nighthawk3729 on Jun 5, 2012 - 27 answers

Recommendations for software to track article submissions

What's a good (Mac OS) application to track journal submissions and manuscript reviews? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Jun 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Looking for some feeding program best practices/policies for our inner city feeding program. We have no documented rules and needless to say it is resulting in chaos.

Looking for some feeding program best practices/policies for our inner city feeding program. We have no documented rules and needless to say it is resulting in chaos. [more inside]
posted by hrhcc on May 20, 2012 - 2 answers

Take out your trash

What are this year's (or last year's) campest, trashiest reality shows from the US? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Apr 24, 2012 - 31 answers

tv program predicted rise of electronic books in 1980s

Trying to remember the name of a TV series program that I watched in the late 1980s that in one episode on digital information predicted the rise of the electronic book. There was a male host who led the show, which was an examination of new technologies. In the particular episode I am looking for, he recounted an idea that books in the future would be distributed from something like an ATM machine where you would insert a card onto which the book would be downloaded. If it helps, I remember he stood at some kind of podium during the broadcasts that had like an acrylic/lucite egg-shaped glowing top--random detail, but these are often what jog people's memory.
posted by cmp4Meta on Mar 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Lose-lose becomes win-win.

What makes a great internship program? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Feb 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Simple data extraction program from TXT to CSV?

I have several hundred machine-generated, human-readable TXT files; one text file per serialized device tested. Each file has test values in predictable places, although in a very irregularly-shaped "table" if you could even call it that. I want a simple Windows program where I say: "Okay, program, here's the row and columns where field #1 starts and ends, ... here's the row and columns where field #n starts and ends ... Give me a CSV file with those values I need and nothing more." [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Jan 14, 2012 - 18 answers

Tracking our wellness

Program, app or software to keep track of our company's health and wellness, incentive and benefits program? [more inside]
posted by paulinsanjuan on Jan 6, 2012 - 4 answers

In my 3rd year of an engineering degree, hate it, failing and loaded with debt. What should I do?

I'm in my 3rd year of my mechanical engineering program and I hate it. I've dropped 30% in grades since my second year and now I'm tip-toeing failing/passing every class. I've gotten stomach ulcers and anxiety attacks as a result of the stress and I've started to just give up. I want to switch but I'm already sacked with 40k of loans. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by CreativeUsername on Dec 18, 2011 - 30 answers

Get me hooked on a TV show in one episode

Recommend the one episode that will get me hooked on a good TV show. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Dec 6, 2011 - 98 answers

No BS

How do I find a masters degree program in the environmental/biological sciences that doesn't require a BS and will match my interests? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Oct 25, 2011 - 6 answers

I want my own skull... on the computer.

I want my own skull... on the computer. [more inside]
posted by darkgroove on Aug 10, 2011 - 12 answers

What's the easiest way to program an application?

What is the easiest way to make a simple Windows application? Visual Basic? [more inside]
posted by dkleinst on Aug 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Windows program that allows see but not touch

Is there any windows program that allows to see the desktop or allow programs to be seen and password protect if any modification is needed.
posted by radsqd on Aug 4, 2011 - 5 answers

What do you wish you knew before joining the iOS Developer Program?

What do you wish you knew before joining the iOS Developer Program? [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar on Jul 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Need a batch image-resizing program

What's the best (Windows) batch image resizing program for this specific task? [more inside]
posted by querty on Jun 30, 2011 - 4 answers

How do you track your reading progress?

How do you track your reading progress (not just "Books Read" progress)? [more inside]
posted by coldblackice on Jun 15, 2011 - 11 answers

How do I important the data from hundreds of documents into spreadsheets?

How do I use OCR to scan a standard document into an excel spreadsheet? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on May 3, 2011 - 3 answers

Searching for radio program

Billionaire/Millionaire avoid paying taxes - NPR Bloomberg. Please help me find the article about how the rich avoid paying taxes - it was on WNYC AM - I think it was on Friday the 8th and I think Fresh Air. I have searched all I could but to no avail. The interviewer was talking to a writer for the Bloomberg magazine. Any pointers. (I have searched) Thanks!
posted by bright77blue on Apr 11, 2011 - 9 answers

custom keypad mapping to common words?

Is there an easy way to map numbers to words on a CUSTOM keypad- SORT OF like - but not exactly like - the way you map letters on phone keys to words... i.e. my phone number 638-9675 spells "network." [more inside]
posted by dyerfr on Mar 30, 2011 - 9 answers

How does one create a paper form/survey that can be scanned and mapped to separate data sets?

How does one create a paper form/survey that can be scanned and have the info mapped to separate data sets? [more inside]
posted by lukeklein on Mar 23, 2011 - 4 answers

What is the best tool for webinars

Best software/site for webcam seminar with students who pay to attend? [more inside]
posted by kenzi23 on Mar 22, 2011 - 3 answers

It must annoy me when I don't expect it.

I need a program that will randomly pick a time to sound an alarm without my knowing in advance. It needs to be available for Mac or iPhone -- or failing that, a physical device that I can keep around would work too. [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Mar 1, 2011 - 16 answers

How to design an after-school program for teens?

I have a chance to start an after-school program for teens in my rural community. I have no experience designing this sort of program. Help! [more inside]
posted by luckynerd on Feb 23, 2011 - 6 answers

similarsites.com but no similararticles.com

Can anyone point me to a URL that performs a "find similar articles" function? [more inside]
posted by jpeek345 on Feb 19, 2011 - 4 answers

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