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Scam, Quick Ripoff, or Just Kids at the Mall?

So I was sitting in a common area at our local mall while my wife was shopping. I was checking mail on my phone, and a couple of young men, somewhere between 18 and 22, I would say, came up to me. One of them had an old-looking iPhone in his hand. He asked if he could use my phone to "call his mom," since his phone had no SIM card in it. He offered to let me hold this phone as "security" while he made the call. I just waved them off with a shake of my head and they sorta stomped/wandered off. I have been debriefing this with myself for the last hour or so. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Mar 28, 2014 - 34 answers

Southeastern British Columbia: Reveal Your Roadtrip Gems!

We are tentatively planning a road trip this summer which would take us north to Vancouver Island, then we are thinking of working our way over to Nelson. (Then down, hopefully, to see some of the Channeled Scablands on the way back to Oregon. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Mar 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Seeking a Good, Rugged Sport Jacket for Travel

I am looking to buy this travel sport jacket from Eddie Bauer. Are there other alternatives? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Jan 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Fry Me Twice

Daughter has again introduced liquids to the innards of a laptop computer. This time a 1.5 y/o Macbook Pro. She wiped it off, assumed it was fine, but then it slowly and inevitably died. She is showing up at my house in a few days with the still-viable hard drive, which the Apple Store removed for her. I have a 3 terabite external hard drive and a Macbook Pro. Can someone tell, or link me to how to get her files off her hard drive and onto this external drive? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Aug 30, 2013 - 7 answers

Timing Belt Replacement on 2002 Honda Civic

My daughter is embarking on a longish road trip in September. She as an '02 Civic that has a bit over 92K miles on it. I want to cover doing whatever is necessary to make this car not break down. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Aug 16, 2013 - 13 answers

London to Brittany in a Day?

Due to some ill-advised scheduling, we (Americans) are travelling from London to rural Brittany, then back to our reserved room in Paris three days later. Rennes is the closest major city to Plumieux, the village where our friends live. All of the stuff I see online says to take the Eurostar from London to Gare du Nord in Paris, then transfer to Montparnasse to take the TVG to Rennes. From there we would catch a bus to get us near Plumieux, close enough for our friends to pick us up. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Aug 5, 2013 - 19 answers

Are These Stones All That?

Are the Stones of Carnac worth asking my hosts to spend a bit over an hour driving us there? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Jul 29, 2013 - 7 answers

What Nikon DSLR Body is most Appropriate for Old Lenses?

I had a Nikon FE, back in the day. This camera died, perhaps of a broken heart, around the time that film started to fade in popularity. Along the way I acquired a Nikkor 50mm, a Nikkor 28mm, and an off brand zoom. [more inside]
posted by Danf on May 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Take this tune, I want to lose it. Take this song, I'll never use it.

I was changing my iTunes email address, which is my iTunes I. D. My old email address is going away, necessitating the change. I got to looking in my purchases, and all of them were there, under the new I. D. but there were a handful of songs (6 or 7?) listed as purchased by me that I DID NOT purchase. A bunch of show tunes (not that there is anything wrong with that). [more inside]
posted by Danf on Apr 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Biopsy Now?

The situation: My work-related insurance coverage for my daughter ends May 1. She has found a lump, which the docs want to watch for 6 months and then decide about a biopsy. She is 22 and our first thought, before this news, was to allow her to be uninsured through the Summer. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Feb 26, 2013 - 21 answers

Car Rental -- My Own Insurance or Hertz's?

I am going to Kona (yay!) and renting a car for just under two weeks. When I get to the counter, I want to avoid my usual confusion, and random behavior, when dealing with insurance coverage. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Feb 3, 2013 - 16 answers

Portland Guitar Techs?

Seeking recommendations for a guitar tech in Portland, OR. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Dec 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Can't Stay in a World Without (bike) Gloves.

Winter 2012 -- Help me arrive at work, via bike, with functional hands. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Nov 27, 2012 - 16 answers

HELP! (Theft of our info)

Burglary - 2 computers, and ALL of our documents. What steps to take? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Aug 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Can This Sauce Be Saved?

Is this mexican-type enchilada sauce redeemable? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Aug 15, 2012 - 17 answers

If My Arteries Were Like This, I'd be Dead.

How can I get what is apparently a lot of gunk out of my kitchen drain pipe? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Jul 13, 2012 - 19 answers

Help Me Out-Stupid Them

What are the most pointless, puerile, time-wasting iPhone apps that you know about? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Jul 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Venus, 1.5 Centuries Ago

In which Aubrey-Maturin Novel did the Transit of Venus appear? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Jun 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Cooties in the Cuisinart?

How can I get all the black gunk out of the handle of my Cuisinart? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Apr 9, 2012 - 16 answers

I'm Looking Through You

I have been asked to respond to an alleged poltergeist in a school. I have been directed to not be dismissive of it. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Mar 4, 2012 - 43 answers

Don't Shine Unless I Need You To!

I need a bedside clock which emits zero light in that dark, but can be read at a touch, or push of a button. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Feb 25, 2012 - 37 answers

Theater Techs, Please Read and Comment

For Theater Tech Pros : Are these Christmas lights hanging behind a shim in a theater OK or not? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Jan 10, 2012 - 15 answers

Help Me Give the Gift of Food!

I wish to buy a gift certificate of good food in the South Bay, LA Area. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Dec 20, 2011 - 1 answer

Hope Me To Not Show Up Wineless!

Need to pick up some wine between Oakland Airport and Inner Richmond in SF. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Nov 29, 2011 - 7 answers

New Television Questions!

Please Hope me select a new TV. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Sep 30, 2011 - 22 answers

Commuter Bike. . .Start from Scratch or ???

Want A Great Commuter (70%) Road (30%) Bike. How to get there? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Apr 4, 2011 - 33 answers

Diggging Wi-Fi Password out of a laptop?

Is the Qwest Wi-Fi password retrievable on Daughter's MacBook? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Dec 18, 2010 - 7 answers

Getting Glandular with Lacey

Does anyone have experience with slightly low thyroid levels in their dog? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Oct 18, 2010 - 6 answers

Kauai to Pearl Harbor?

My co-worker is on Kauai for a week. However, he wants to see Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona memorial, etc. What is the easiest way for this to happen? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Oct 4, 2010 - 7 answers

Bike Racks - Double Fare?

Washington State Ferries. . .We are going to the San Juans and taking our bikes. Height rules indicate a 100% surcharge for over-height vehicles (which having our bikes upright will cause). Can we lay our bikes flat on the racks, once we get to the ferry line? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Aug 10, 2010 - 7 answers

Is Neil Worth It This Time Around?

Has anyone seen Neil Young on his current solo tour? If so, what did you think? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Jun 6, 2010 - 9 answers

MacBook to VGA Projector

How to get an aluminum MacBook (2.4 GHz) to recognize a VGA Projector? [more inside]
posted by Danf on May 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Just Say YES

Can I *Gift* a friend in Portland, OR with several months of the YES (Yankees Entertainment and Sports) Network? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Apr 27, 2010 - 9 answers

Want Martin to Arrive in One Piece!

Flying With a Guitar? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Mar 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Yellowjacket Protective Suit?

Does anyone have experience with bee-wasp suits? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Aug 10, 2009 - 9 answers

Seeking NYC Insider Entertainment Info

Touristing in NYC this October. Among other stuff I want to do, I would love to see something at the four venues listed below. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Jul 17, 2009 - 12 answers

Cellphone Version of a Hummer?

Does anyone have experience with mil-spec cellphones? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Jul 1, 2009 - 7 answers

PDX Bikers, a Twofer!

Portland OR Bike Questions herein: [more inside]
posted by Danf on Jun 10, 2009 - 15 answers

Get Off My Lawn!

Does anyone have experience with repelling geese from public property? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Apr 3, 2009 - 21 answers

Did my speakers fry my receiver?

Is it possible for a bad speaker to damage a stereo receiver hooked up to it? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Mar 7, 2009 - 12 answers

College Tax Credit. . .which year to declare?

I paid for my daughter's second semester in Dec. 08. The entire second semester takes place in 09. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Feb 27, 2009 - 4 answers

Channel dropping out on iPod

Are the connections in the earbud socket of an iPod (5G 30gig Video) able to be "tightened?" [more inside]
posted by Danf on Jan 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Manatee v Alligator?

Why don't alligators eat manatees? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Mar 8, 2007 - 25 answers

Do Cats Murder?

One of my cats has had a loud and contentious history with a neighbor cat. I have not seen then fight but they hissed and screamed and generally did not like one another. Well the neighbor cat showed up dead under one of our bushes (it had been like that for awhile but when the weather warmed up a tad, whew. .that is when we found it). I am wondering if it is possible that my dear kitty did this other cat in. I have not heard of such a thing but it creeps me out to think that I might be harboring a murderer among our menagerie of pets. Has anyone had any experience with this?
posted by Danf on Feb 17, 2005 - 16 answers

ATM Windfall

I just went to my corner credit union ATM and made a $15 withdrawal. The machine gave me $80. Reflexively, I went into the branch, and reported it. They were appreciative. Two people virtually raced over to the back of the machine to shut it down.

At the time, it was a no brainer. But I am wondering if, since the receipt I got indicated a $15 withdrawal, and the cameras usually focus and faces, what would the traceability of it have been? I wonder if Diebold might have been stuck with the mistake. . .Maybe my honesty could have been turned into a political act, if Diebold would have lost out on the money. . .
posted by Danf on Jan 13, 2005 - 15 answers

Removing Logos

#1 daughter is trying to get silkscreened logos off some of her t shirts. Cool kid. . .doesn't like anything commercial.

She is trying duct tape and that is *sorta* working but I was wondering if there is a magic bullet when it comes to removing various silk screen inks.
posted by Danf on Mar 6, 2004 - 14 answers

Web-Based Chat

Web-Based Chat

I have a friend who used to chat with me from IRC at work. The employer removed that program, saying that for security and virus reasons, the only browser, or anything internet would be MIE.

Since this makes Chatzilla a moot issue, are there any sites reachable from an ordinary browser that have some sort of reasonable-working chat that resembles IRC?
posted by Danf on Feb 26, 2004 - 13 answers

Could neighborhood electrical interference, or other exterior factors, be slowing my dialup connection?

Line Speed. . . .I am on a dialup. There are periods of days when my connection speed can be anywhere from 4 to 20 kps.

My local ISP reports no problems during this time, and they are a freenet who are usually very forthcoming about stuff that is going on.

My phone line passes over a couple other houses on the way to the pole. Is it possible that stuff going on in those houses, electronically, could cause some interference? Are there any other physical or electronic factors that would slow my connection down (usually it stays between 50 and 52 kps) between my computer and the ISP?
posted by Danf on Feb 25, 2004 - 8 answers

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