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How can I get an XBox One at launch?

I'm not a gamer but I sort of want to geek out and play with an Xbox One at launch. Besides going to auction do I have any options? It seems like buying a console at launch is meant to be for people who follow the industry or are really into gaming. Do I have any options at this point or will I have to wait? If I did have to pay a premium, what kind of premium over retail should I expect?
posted by geoff. on Oct 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Has anyone "traded down" and not regretted it?

I live in a pretty nice, large modern loft. It has all sorts of furnishings: new appliances, garbage disposal, in-unit washer and dryer, new bathroom, dish washer, underground parking. I'm thinking of moving into an older building that has charm, but none of these things. Will the lack of these luxuries make me go crazy? Has anyone done this, and not regretted it? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jul 14, 2013 - 39 answers

Will this RAID survive an Ubuntu installation?

I have an Ubuntu installation with a software RAID. The Ubuntu installation is on a separate disk than the RAID. If I reinstall Ubuntu, will it find and mount the RAID successfully? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Sep 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Which motorcycle is in this music video?

Can anyone identify the motorcycle at the very beginning of Lana Del Ray's "Video Games?" It appears from approximately 0:05-0:10. Also, are there mainstream models that resemble that particular make and model??
posted by geoff. on May 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Can I reshrink this sweater?

I had a have a sweater that was very fitted in the sleeves. Without thinking, I spent the day with the sleeves rolled up (I had a dress shirt underneath it). Now the sleeves are all stretched out. Is the sweater permanently this way, or will running it through the dryer shrink it? It is 60% cotton / 30% viscose / 10% wool.
posted by geoff. on Dec 23, 2011 - 6 answers

What's the name of the F1 victory song?

What's the name of the Formula 1 victory song that played during the late 80s/early 90s. My recollection is that it was also used in a popular arcade racing game at the time. It features heavy 80s synth. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Nov 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me find a replica Eames desk?

Any ideas where I can get a replica Eames Desk Unit for less than $1399? I've had good luck with finding replica mid-century modern furniture, as it just begs to be reproduced (molded plastics, simple materials). For some reason desks are several times harder to come by.
posted by geoff. on Oct 22, 2011 - 10 answers

Ruby vs Java, which wins?

How does Ruby compare to C#/Java in terms of speed of development, quality of code and long-term maintainability? A broad question, I know, but my focus is on enterprise applications that might pull in from several large data sources and might be rather large. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jul 30, 2011 - 15 answers

Social networking without social networking

How can I completely lock down my Facebook account? I thought I did, but I'm getting friend requests somehow. I simply signed up for Facebook to get to Turntable.fm [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jul 5, 2011 - 13 answers

What Daily Show bit am I remembering?

When Colbert was still on The Daily Show he did a bit pretending to be, I believe Hunter S Thompson when covering the beginnings of the war in Iraq or Afghanistan. He wore a safari type hat that was pinned to one side, along with a cravat or cravat-like scarf. Can anyone find this? I'm sure I saw it on thedailyshow.com, but it might have come from youtube. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jun 12, 2011 - 5 answers

How should I upgrade my gaming machine?

I think it is time to upgrade my PC, can I get by with just upgrading the graphics card or am I seeing bottlenecks elsewhere? Also, what's the card to get? Specs inside. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on May 29, 2011 - 14 answers

What does an online law degree do, exactly?

What does someone do with a law degree from one of the online unaccredited law schools? Can you pass the bar and practice law? If you represent yourself as a "lawyer" or "counsel" is that illegal? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Apr 24, 2011 - 19 answers

What are pgp signatures for?

When people attach a "pgp signature key" to their e-mails, what does that do exactly? What is to keep me from copying their pgp key and forging e-mail headers? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Mar 10, 2011 - 11 answers

My office smells like a casino.

The group that works right outside my office are chain smokers. After the first smoke break of the day, my office reeks of menthol cigarettes. Any ideas on how to solve this? I'm willing to try anything at this point. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Feb 28, 2011 - 23 answers

Help me find this photo blog

Help me find this photo blog I used to follow: I don't remember the name, but it always presented a single photograph that was updated infrequently (maybe once a month?) ... the guy who took the photos had an Asian name, but to my knowledge never appeared any photos. His girlfriend was also a frequent subject of the photos and she was white. He also listed the lens, camera and other information at the bottom of the photo. Most of the photos were shot digitally, but a few were vintage cameras. The domain was also short and catchy. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Feb 4, 2011 - 6 answers

My Mac Mini flashes a screen on boot, then goes to no signal?

I have a Mac Mini (2007, Intel GMA 950 graphics card, 10.5.8), with DVI out. Out of nowhere, when I boot up I'll see nothing with the monitor reporting no signal. After it boots up, I'll see a blue screen, followed by my wallpaper ... then no signal again. I can VNC into it and everything looks fine. Changing resolutions doesn't do anything. If I unplug the DVI cable and plug it back in, it'll work for a few seconds and then back to the no signal. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Dec 21, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me put this NAS together?

I currently have 6 SATA drives that I'm trying to put together in a nas box. Will this motherboard and this power supply be able to deal with it? Are there cheaper ways of going about this? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Aug 25, 2010 - 12 answers

Box.net or DropBox open source alternatives?

Is there an open source / free version of something like Box.net or DropBox? My needs are simple: the ability to password protect folders, and a web interface to download it. Is this something that "comes with" OpenFiler or similar product? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Aug 13, 2010 - 18 answers

Where can I find OEM Dodge parts online?

I have an older truck (Dodge Dakota 2000) I just use for truck things, the rear bumper is completely crushed. I called around and locally the cheapest I can find is $1200 just for the bumper and brackets, without labor. I found this on Amazon.com which is not OEM but Westin PerfectMatch. How close do these match the OEM, alternatively, where can I find OEM parts online?
posted by geoff. on Jun 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Should I stick with Javascript or move to another way of doing things?

Any resources for quickly developing data-entry heavy applications in JQuery/Javascript? Alternatively, how much quicker is it to get applications running in Flash/Silverlight than Javascript? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jun 17, 2010 - 12 answers

How to solder electronic components?

I'm trying to pick up this Arduino project, but I do not know how to solder. I bought this temperature controlled Weller unit, and leaded solder (63% Sn / 37% Pb). What temperature do I need set the unit to? How exactly does "tinning" work? How do I prevent the board from burning when the tip gets close? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on May 31, 2010 - 17 answers

What do I need to watch 3D movies?

Do I need a GeForce graphics card to utilize the Nvidia 3D Vision Kit? I know I'll need a 120hz screen, but wasn't sure if I really needed the graphics card to just view the tech demos and The Masters in 3D.
posted by geoff. on Apr 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me fix my record player?

I picked up my first record player (Rega P1) and the sound seems off, like it is being played in a large hall. Every album I play has them same, full bass feel, even when I turn off the subwoofer. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Mar 9, 2010 - 6 answers

PDF page to an image, why is this so hard?

How would I go about recreating the document display functionality of Google Books / Safari Books online? I was expecting to be able to take a PDF source and serve each page as a PNG to the browser. This appears not easy to do? It seems like a simple thing to do, but I'm running into a bunch of brick walls. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Feb 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Connecting to local devices when on a VPN?

When I connect to my office via VPN, I cannot access my local network, which uses the same IP addressing scheme as the remote network. I'm tired of disconnecting and reconnecting to control my music player. Would setting up a DNS server locally solve this? Do I still have to change the IP addresses of my local devices? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Feb 6, 2010 - 18 answers

Web-based Microsoft Office alternatives?

Does anyone use Zimbra as a complete replacement for Office/Exchange? How did it go? Are there any builds of Zimbra that attempt to declutter the interface? Alternatively, are there any open source projects that provide Google Docs functionality, that I don't know about? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Dec 30, 2009 - 8 answers

How do I get my graphics to look like this?

How do I make pretty lines like Style.org's The Strouhal Number in Cruising Flight. The lines themselves, like the oscillating flight path and the angled lines in "Amplitude perpendicular to the angle of attack" seem just perfect. Is there a good workflow or template to recreate this in Illustrator or Photoshop? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Dec 5, 2009 - 7 answers

What do I need for an electronic signature to be valid?

What constitutes acceptance for a digital contract? Currently we are e-mailing out contracts, vendor prints out contract, signs it and scans it back. This is leading to large 50-60MB documents for longer (~200pg) contracts. What are some solutions? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Sep 14, 2009 - 11 answers

Boxster in the Winter?

How well does the Porsche Boxster fare in the winter? A real, "wake up and everything is ice" Midwestern winter? Engine over the RWD and stability control should make it drivable? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Aug 31, 2009 - 16 answers

How do I setup this server?

I have a Dell 2900 with with space for 8 drives (Perc 5/i). Is there any kind of expandable RAID configuration I can use so I don't have to buy 8, 2TB immediately? Any ideas on what way to do this? I would like something with the equivalent of a RAID5 level protection. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Aug 22, 2009 - 4 answers

Why did WinFS fail?

Why did WinFS fail? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Aug 9, 2009 - 16 answers

How were SATs scored before the 80s?

I'm having trouble finding the score range for the SATs in the 60s and 70s. Did the SAT always add up to 1600 pre-2005?
posted by geoff. on Jul 22, 2009 - 12 answers

Why do I keep getting jock itch on tanning beds?

Why do I keep getting a jock itch like rash every time I go to a tanning bed? Is this jock itch or an allergic reaction? What's going on? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jun 26, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me find this song and the compilation album it was part of!

Help me identify this song and the compilation album it came from! The lyrics went something like, "You're just 19" and talked about how young it is to have a boyfriend or was about a breakup with a boyfriend and the recurring theme was the young age. It was very indie, song by two women with minimal accompaniment. I'm 90% sure it was on the same compilation as Magic Number's There Is A Light That Never Goes Out cover. I also have a feeling it was an XFM compilation from sometime in or around 2007. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jun 13, 2009 - 8 answers

How do I sum all the combinations of a potential set of numbers?

I have a group of numbers (4,5,10,53,1.5) and I want to display a graph showing the distribution of outcomes if I pick an arbitrary percent out of the the group and sum them. This has to be incredibly simple, what is the name for what I am trying to do? Or how can I do this in Excel? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on May 9, 2009 - 4 answers

How do I get my contact list into a Sharepoint form?

I have an Infopath form in Sharepoint. In one of the fields I want the user to pick a person from a "contact list" stored in the site. I want it to behave like the contact selector control, but this apparently only queries AD and Sharepoint users, not a contact list. Any ideas on how to achieve this? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Apr 21, 2009 - 7 answers

Help me build a trainer for Empire: Total War!

I love Empire: Total War, but I'm completely disheartened by the lack of cheats! I've used Cheat-o-Matic to give myself unlimited money, but I'd really like instant unit creation and a way to unlock technologies. Is there a trial-and-error way of doing this? How would I go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Mar 13, 2009 - 3 answers

How does Google do its thing?

How does Google run their data centers? I remember watching a Q&A with someone at Google trying to recruit kids at a college. One of them asked what kind of hardware they run on, he responded that they buy commodity rack servers off rackservers.com (I forget the exact generic domain he gave). Does this mean they use cheap rack servers with direct-attached storage? How does this work? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jan 27, 2009 - 21 answers

How do I become a DJ?

How do I mix live music like Justice (or Diplo, or Ronson)? What equipment do I need to get started? How does one get into this? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jan 1, 2009 - 5 answers

How well does ThinApp work?

Does anyone have experience in using ThinApp in a corporate environment? Does it end up being trouble or does it just work? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Dec 8, 2008 - 1 answer

Help with Exchange 2007 Autodiscover

Exchange 2007 Autodiscover woes! I can't run Remove-AutodiscoverVirtualDirectory to reset the autodiscover virtual directory. Agh, pulling hair out. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Nov 5, 2008 - 1 answer

How do I get that Cobra Snake look in my photos?

I want to start taking party pictures with the Cobra Snake aesthetic. I don't own a dSLR so I will be buying into the body/lens system. It looks like Cobra Snake uses a Canon with a speed light with some sort of fisheye lens? Anything else unique about his setup or is it as simple as it looks? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Oct 10, 2008 - 21 answers

Should I get a Robomower?

Does anyone have experience with RoboMower or other robotic mowers on the market? Is my dream a reality or do these things not really work as advertised? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Oct 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me setup my home theater network?

How do I make an easy to use media server? I'd like a nice, pretty interface that'll allow me to play any files on the back-end without having to do work on the front-end. Can Windows Media Center be run over a VPN? Is there one that more properly showcases new movies or television shows? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Mar 2, 2008 - 7 answers

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