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Doc Martens - quality gone downhill? Also, sizing question.

I'm thinking about getting a pair of Doc Martens: questions about sizing and quality issues. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 20, 2014 - 29 answers

Software Development / QA: Tools and Knowledge Base?

Does your development/software qa department have a knowledge base? What tools/software do you use for knowledge sharing and collaboration? I heard it's good to have a QA Wiki page to document information? Any interesting free software out there for software testers? like to generate test cases? Is your department efficient? Thanks
posted by Mountain28 on Aug 27, 2014 - 8 answers

one small women's undershirt to rule them all!

Can you help me find the form-fitting, top-supporting undershirt of my dreams? I'm looking for something I can buy 15-20 of because I hate shopping and just want to get it over with. I've been wearing "long and lean" tank tops, and they're completely amazing fresh off the rack, but they get loose and stretchy after only a few washes and wears. Specifics below the fold! [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Aug 7, 2014 - 23 answers

Best. Paint. Ever. This is the paint we are looking for.

Hi all! We found a color we like and, I'm assuming, we can get a paint color match (right? at least pretty close?) in any paint brand. So... what's the best satin, low-lustre or eggshell paint brand? [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Jul 28, 2014 - 20 answers

Recommend me stores known for quality goods

Partner & I have decided to vote with our dollar by only purchasing quality long-lasting goods, or going without. We will pay more if the quality is clearly there. Rather than waste time driving from store to store, only to find junk, I'm looking for stores known for quality items. Difficulty Level: Sisyphean... [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg on Feb 24, 2014 - 29 answers

Clothes shopping filter: How do I separate the wheat from the chaff?

I'll admit it, I buy a lot of clothes off the sale rack or at outlet stores. Too often, though, I bring home what I think is a great value only to discover, after wearing and/or washing said item, quality problems I didn't see in the store. Things like knits that are twisted and don't lie flat, shirt hems that are hopelessly contorted once they've been laundered, or buttonholes that quickly ravel beyond repair. I know these sorts of problems are inevitable given the state of clothing manufacture, but that doesn't mean I have to buy these "troubled" items. So, savvy shoppers of MeFi, what should I be looking for? What tells you to steer clear of a garment no matter how much you like it? Is there a secret code on the hang tag that everyone but me knows about? C'mon, please share your secrets.
posted by DrGail on Feb 23, 2014 - 16 answers

Headphone amp for Sennheiser 555s and mp3s--worthwhile?

I've been thinking about building this little Altoid tin headphone amp kit for listening with my Sennheiser 555s. Granted, the point of building the kit is, well, building the kit--but given the limitations of a (cheap) kit-built design and the fact that I listen exclusively to mp3s on my iPhone or Mac, will there be a perceptible improvement in sound from the cans? Is there more to the sound of my mp3s that I might not be hearing just driving the Sennheisers with the juice from the iPhone's or Mac's headphone jack that would merit stepping up the signal with the little amp?
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 28, 2014 - 8 answers

Second-hand office laser printer with good quality prints.

I am looking for a laser printer for our studio / office. A second hand one seems sensible and I understand the page count is important, but it's hard to find decent information on the internet about which companies are reliable and which machine produce good copies and have cheaper spares and toner. A3 is important and so is a high quality print. I was looking at a Ricoh Aficio CL7000, but I don't really have any idea! Any help would be fantastic as would suggestions of where I should be buying this thing.
posted by debord on Jan 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Recommend me some high quality hair clippers?

After watching this scene from Full Metal Jacket, my SO wanted to get a pair of similar quality clippers.  He has shaved his head by himself for more than 10 years but often complains of clippers that clog, or have a slow motor or "miss spots".  He was blown away by the clippers in that Full Metal Jacket scene.  After searching online Wahl seems to make good ones. Can anyone recommend me some good high quality clippers? He shaves his head with no guard on the blade down to 1/8".  
posted by denimchair on Dec 18, 2013 - 17 answers

I need a review or overview of nursing quality indicator systems.

I am on the hunt for a review, overview, listing of, or any other compilation of sorts that you may find explaining all the different American quality indicator systems in health care, specifically nursing if you're that good. AHRQ, ANA, NDNQI, .... but a more inclusive list and description of all their individual quality outcome management recommendations. I've been searching for days and haven't really found exactly what I need or want. Thanks!
posted by acertainseason on Dec 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Don't test me

I am looking for current industry thinking around software quality management. Specifically, the differences and boundaries between testing and quality management and how quality management plays in to all phases of the SDLC, not just testing (ex: code reviews, requirement inspection). I'm specifically interested in content from established leaders around IT management, such as PMI, ieee, IBM, incose, etc. Thank you!
posted by seesom on Nov 26, 2013 - 1 answer

How can I print high-quality screen caps?

I'm trying to create a book of tweets.

I've screencapped images of tweets as both jpegs and pngs, and uploaded them to four different "make a book" sites (Picaboo, Mixbook, Snapfish, and Shutterfly) and each time, the site warns me that the image is too low-quality to print well. The image preview does not look good. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Oct 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Endless Loop

Can code quality be brought in to a fast and loose web shop? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Oct 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Optimal OGG to MP3 encoding for quality vs. file size?

I'm preparing to revamp my digital music library, including re-encoding a lot of high-bitrate OGG tracks as MP3 to increase portability and cut down on file size. What are the best LAME encoder settings to maximize appreciable quality for the future without taking up too much space? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Oct 14, 2013 - 15 answers

What TV has good sound?

I finally upgraded my Direct TV service, the old Tivo bit the dust. So naturally I'm looking to upgrade the television... [more inside]
posted by Marky on Oct 6, 2013 - 12 answers

Can I buy an iPhone and use it only as a camera?

Can I buy an iPhone and use it only as a camera without having to sign up for a service plan? I don't really need nor want a smartphone, however, I'm now wondering, with Instagram, etc, if I should start shooting some stuff on a smartphone? The only downside is that I like having big, canvas prints up around the house am under the impression that the phone's image quality is still pretty crappy.
posted by tangyraspberry on Oct 6, 2013 - 17 answers

Quit smoking, can't sing

Why did my singing voice get worse when I quit smoking? How can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Oct 2, 2013 - 9 answers

What's wrong with my water?

City water suddenly tastes AWFUL. Water filter doesn't change this. The water quality at local businesses and a friend's house, under a mile away, seem unaffected. How do I find the problem and solve it? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Sep 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Water quality testing

I have previously posted that my water appliances like hot water pot and coffee machine quickly descaled when i moved into my home. I never could figure out why. If one were to get home water tested, is it necessary to know what I am testing for? Anyone know of any reliable testing outfits?
posted by dougiedd on Aug 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Looking for well known, traditional, quality brands

I'm looking for traditional brands that are associated with quality products, like Pendleton wool blankets. [more inside]
posted by Curiosity Delay on Jun 17, 2013 - 49 answers

What makes it tick? What makes it NOT tick?

I'm looking for examples of analysis of why a particular passage of prose is excellent, or why it fails. [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl on Jun 11, 2013 - 13 answers

Patent Pedant?

I can't decide if I'm being unrealistic about my expectations for these shoes. Help me decide, should I try and return them or live with them? Pics of damage from one day of wear included. [more inside]
posted by Ness on Jun 3, 2013 - 18 answers

All the shiny products, or just a simple bar of soap?

How do you deal with competing desires to track and have things, histories, libraries (bookmarks, favorites, notes, saved emails, filled-up calendars, etc) and yet also be unattached and minimalist (get rid of things, be unhindered, untraceable, simple and de-cluttered)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2013 - 16 answers

What is your ultimate 'never let you down' object?

What is the item you own that is completely 'fit and forget'? What is the thing in your life which needs the least minuscule amount of attention, upgrades, tweaking, watering, oiling, sharpening, and so on? It performs 100% and you can utterly rely on its metronomic efficiency. Consulting the hive mind for recommended products you use which do their job and do it well all the time. Your go to thing that, y'know, just works... Every Single Time. [more inside]
posted by 0 answers on May 27, 2013 - 70 answers

Thriving as a small brick and mortar/e-commerce B2C retailer?

How can a small (3-5 employees) brick and mortar/e-commerce B2C retailer survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive market (outdoors/sports products) when it cannot compete on price? Any good examples of small companies doing just that? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Apr 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me transcode video for my PS3

I've got home video in a number of formats that I'm trying to convert to play on my PS3. I have a Very Large NAS with integrated UPnP server (a version of Twonky), so I'm not looking for a new way to stream the data. I've got Handbrake 0.9.8 for OS X, which doesn't (appear to) have a preset for the PS3. I've dug around a little bit, but every set of settings I've found either results in data the PS3 won't read, or video that's more artifacted than I expected (common symptom - horizontal striping when things move). Anyone have a good set of parameters to transcode to something the PS3 can use?
posted by hanov3r on Apr 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Quality Temporary Tattoos

Is it possible to buy affordable temporary tattoos online? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 26, 2013 - 10 answers

Giant picture, terrible quality

Why does this happen: huge sized pictures with terrible image quality. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Nov 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Which PC laptop to buy for engineering college that'll last me at least 3-4 years?

Which PC laptop to buy for engineering college that'll last me at least 3-4 years? Coming from Apple Macbook. [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 on Sep 15, 2012 - 36 answers

Fixable or Forgettable?

Can my LCD be saved cheaply or is it time to move on? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on Jul 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Want durable, well fitting custom T-shirts

I need custom T-shirts that are durable and don't fit funny. [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker on Jun 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me write an anti-bucket-list

How do people learn to want more for themselves? My baseline standards for 'not failing at life' are way off. [more inside]
posted by pickingupsticks on Jun 8, 2012 - 14 answers

What can I do to move into product development software?

I'd like to move to a company that makes software as it's primary product... what kind of skills will I need to add to my resume to get in the door? [more inside]
posted by underflow on May 30, 2012 - 3 answers

What's the best mobile/iPhone headset mic out there?

All iPhone / mobile headphone reviews go into (sometimes) excruciating detail about the sound qualities and quality of the headset, but I've found very few that actually talk about the mic quality. So I ask: are there candidates for "best mic"?
posted by theNonsuch on May 15, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me pick a decent medium-size HDTV.

Help me pick a decent medium-size HDTV. [more inside]
posted by philipy on Apr 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Is there such a thing as a quality USB hub?

Is there such a thing as a quality USB hub? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Apr 10, 2012 - 18 answers

Recommend cheap (or cheapish), high-quality colognes from around the world.

Recommend cheap (or cheapish), high-quality colognes from around the world. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Mar 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Whats a bad olive like?

What attributes does a good-quality olive have? [more inside]
posted by Hither on Mar 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Where can I buy bulk quantities of high-quality body soap online?

Where can I buy bulk quantities of high-quality body soap online? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Mar 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for bulletproof women's sandals

Looking for bulletproof women's sandals, preferably made in Europe. I want something that will last me years and be comfortable for daily wear and occasional long walks. The ones that were my go-to are no longer made in Europe, and lasted about 1/4 the time as the last (identical) pair. [more inside]
posted by marble on Feb 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Does Ben Sherman make quality shoes?

I'm thinking about buying a pair of Ben Sherman Manchester boots on super sale from JackThreads, but I'm concerned they'll just be another pair of cheap Chinese-made shoes and a waste of a hundred bucks. Anybody have experience with recently made Ben Sherman shoes in general or this model specifically? Alternatively, if you have good experiences with black, mid-calf (10-12 eyelet) boots, I'd like to hear those, too.
posted by maniactown on Jan 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Give me your flats, your heels, your wide-calfed boots. And jeans. Jeans, please.

I am a lady on a quest to never shop for clothes or shoes again. Help me! [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Jan 16, 2012 - 35 answers

How consistent is Wal-Mart quality from store to store?

In terms of merchandise quality, do Wal-Mart stores vary much from place to place? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Dec 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Where to find good value on jeans?

I'm looking for a great value on everyday jeans. I don't mind spending decent money if that's what it takes, but I'd want that money to go towards quality materials and construction - I truly don't care about labels or fleeting fashions. I live in LA but I'd be cool with shopping online if that's where the value can be found. Anybody have pointers on places/brands that could help me out with this, or is it back to the Gap again? [more inside]
posted by captainawesome on Nov 20, 2011 - 28 answers

How to print long-lasting photos?

What's the best way make sure my pictures stay around a long, long time? [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot on Sep 28, 2011 - 21 answers

Sure, Dogtown is great, but this ain't Southern California.

A more durable substitute for Vans? [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull on Sep 21, 2011 - 15 answers

kitchen nightmares - UK and US version. why is there such a huge difference in quality?

kitchen nightmares - UK and US version. why is there such a huge difference in quality? [more inside]
posted by canned polar bear on Aug 18, 2011 - 26 answers

Does audio improve video?

Any studies showing improved audio quality affecting perceived video quality? [more inside]
posted by zeikka on Aug 10, 2011 - 2 answers

How can I be less sensitive to my surrounding environment?

How can I be less sensitive to my surrounding environment? [more inside]
posted by seesom on Jul 11, 2011 - 12 answers

Why do some videos look so dang good?

Why does some video quality appear warm and soft while others looks harsh and grainy? [more inside]
posted by swrittenb on May 13, 2011 - 16 answers

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