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Is this a known scam, and what are my next steps?

I believe I've just thwarted a scam being attempted in my name with my credit card. I have several questions about this: 1. Have I understood the scam correctly? 2. Does the scam have a name or is it something new? 3. Who should I report this to? 4. What steps should I take to protect my identity? [more inside]
posted by alms on Sep 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Aereo is no more. Help me create my own Mac-based replacement.

I do not own a TV and I don't have a cable subscription. I don't want to get either one of those things. I do, though, occasionally like to watch broadcast TV (or recordings of broadcast TV) on my MacBook Pro or iPad. Aereo was a great solution. Now that Aereo is gone how can I create an approximate replacement for use in my home? [more inside]
posted by alms on Jul 15, 2014 - 6 answers

How can my wife and I keep our iOS and MacOS contacts synchronized

Mrs. Alms and I like to maintain a single contact list for both of us across our iPhones and Macintoshes. How can we do this without abusing my Apple ID and iCloud? [more inside]
posted by alms on May 12, 2014 - 8 answers

Quality paid mail hosting service for three (3!) IMAP inboxes

I'm looking for a new home for three IMAP inboxes. Each one should be able to handle up to 10-15 GB of stored mail. I want a reliable long-term service that is supported by fees rather than ads. [more inside]
posted by alms on Mar 12, 2014 - 8 answers

What does the evidence say about the impact of K-12 class size?

What does current research say about the impact of class-size in K-12 education? My town is debating how to address a 35% increase in the school-age population. How much do we raise taxes and do we let class sizes increase? Lots of people are throwing around anecdotes about their own experiences. I'd like to know what the people who study this have to say. [more inside]
posted by alms on Mar 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Seeking great cherry pie delivered in midtown NYC

A relative is recuperating from surgery in midtown Manhattan. I would like to get an awesome cherry pie and have it delivered to him in the next couple of days. [more inside]
posted by alms on Jan 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Should I get discrete graphics option on a new MacBook Pro?

I'm in the market for a new 15-inch MacBook Pro. I'll be maxing out the RAM and flash storage. Should I spend an additional $100 to get the model with discrete graphics? Would there be any benefit at all from doing that? Or will the integrated Intel Iris Pro Graphics be sufficient? The discrete graphics option is an NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. [more inside]
posted by alms on Oct 23, 2013 - 11 answers

Is Authenticator part of the Google Panopticon?

Does third-party use of Google Authenticator go through the Google panopticon? If I use Google Authenticator on a third-party site, will that interaction send information back to Google, thereby informing Google of what I'm doing? [more inside]
posted by alms on Sep 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Will progressive lenses narrow my world view

I know it takes time to get used to progressive lenses, but after a day with my first pair I don't know if I want to get used them. Please help me understand what will change as I adjust and what is a permanent part of living with progressive lenses. I'd like some perspective before going back to the optometrist. [more inside]
posted by alms on Jun 4, 2013 - 18 answers

Easter has passed, but I'm still dreaming of a singing plush rabbit

I would like to purchase the singing plush bunny shown in this video. I can't find it anywhere. Can you help me find it?
posted by alms on Apr 1, 2013 - 2 answers

Looking for portable Firewire drives that daisy chain correctly

I'm looking for bus-powered portable Firewire drives that daisy chain correctly. Desired size is 1 terabyte. [more inside]
posted by alms on Jan 28, 2013 - 6 answers

I want to buy your stuff, not join your club

What is the deal with e-commerce websites that force you to "become a member" before you can even see the items that they are selling? I'm thinking about Fab, Everlane, etc. [more inside]
posted by alms on Jul 29, 2012 - 22 answers

We know how the pieces move. What's next?

We know how the pieces move. What's the next step for a dad and six-year old learning chess together? [more inside]
posted by alms on May 29, 2012 - 14 answers

Seeking two-device iOS turn-based games.

I'm in the front passenger seat with my iPhone. My six year old son is in the back seat with an iPad. What turn-based games can we play, each using our own device. The iPad does not have an Internet connection. [more inside]
posted by alms on Apr 19, 2012 - 14 answers

At what altitude does the Earth look like a big blue marble?

How far up do you have to go to see the Blue Marble? [more inside]
posted by alms on Apr 9, 2012 - 10 answers

Kids Movies with Great Ensemble Dancing

My almost six-year-old son has fallen in love with the Step In Time (youtube) ensemble dance scene from Mary Poppins. What other movies should we get for him? Remember, he's not quite six years old. [more inside]
posted by alms on Feb 25, 2012 - 25 answers

Looking for animation technique from old Disney nature movies

Please help me find an example of a paint-in-the-opening-scene animation effect. [more inside]
posted by alms on Jan 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for readings on middle childhood

I'm looking for good readings on Middle Childhood, inspired by this New York Times article and my 5.5 year old son. [more inside]
posted by alms on Dec 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Easy image decompositing with Adobe CS

What is the best way to use Adobe CS to chop an illustration into multiple graphic files that can later be recombined by software to recreate the original illustration? [more inside]
posted by alms on Oct 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Looking for PR Contact Management System

Is there an off-the-shelf tool my small company can use to manage our PR contact list, our outreach efforts, and the results we've gotten (i.e. product reviews and articles)? [more inside]
posted by alms on Sep 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Should a financial institution be using a version of Apache built in 2006 on their secure server?

Does this website error message indicate that my financial institution is using a version of Apache built in 2006 on their secure server? Should I be concerned about that? If so, what should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by alms on Sep 15, 2011 - 9 answers

What should I use when I have to stop using Quicken on my Mac

What Macintosh software or online service should I use when I'm forced to stop using Quicken 2005 this summer? [more inside]
posted by alms on Jun 8, 2011 - 16 answers

How can I register a unicode domain?

I would like to register some .com or .org domains with non-ascii unicode characters in the domain names. Can I do this as a US citizen? What registrar should I use? [more inside]
posted by alms on May 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Game recommendations for a Monopoly-obsessed 5 year-old

What games, puzzles, and activities would you recommend for my almost 5 year-old son who is currently obsessed with Monopoly (real life version) and Plants vs Zombies (iOS)? [more inside]
posted by alms on Feb 2, 2011 - 21 answers

AC-Powered Temp-Controlled Exhaust Fan?

I'm looking for a thermostatically-controlled ac-powered exhaust fan for a box that will be housing a wireless router, a couple of hard disks, and an old laptop. [more inside]
posted by alms on Dec 8, 2010 - 10 answers

What should I do with a contaminated bottle of a product I like?

What should I do with an unopened bottle of sports drink that has bits of rubber and other contaminants floating in it? [more inside]
posted by alms on Jun 1, 2010 - 15 answers

Wireless Switched Outlets?

Is there any easy, non-invasive, relatively inexpensive way to turn a wall outlet into a switched outlet? [more inside]
posted by alms on May 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Seeking English words with meanings hidden in plain sight

Help me find English words that have meanings hidden in plain sight. For example, it only recently occurred to me that a "quart" is a quarter of a gallon. [more inside]
posted by alms on May 4, 2010 - 142 answers

Seeking way cool ipad apps

What cool iPad apps should I buy for my brother? [more inside]
posted by alms on Apr 22, 2010 - 32 answers

Gift for a Bossa Nova Guitarist

My Secret Santee is a Bossa Nova Guitarist. Help me find a couple of CDs that will surprise and delight him. [more inside]
posted by alms on Dec 11, 2009 - 5 answers

What Neal Stephenson work should I read next?

I read and very much enjoyed The Diamond Age. What work(s) by Neal Stephenson should I read next? [more inside]
posted by alms on May 5, 2009 - 38 answers

Are these termites?

Are these termites? If so, what should I do about them? [more inside]
posted by alms on Apr 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Seeking glass/metal food processor

Where can I find a food processor with a glass or metal bowl? Is every food processor bowl in the world made from polycarbonate? I would like to find an alternative because of concerns with bpa. [more inside]
posted by alms on Mar 20, 2009 - 15 answers

What were the social impacts of the lost decade?

What were the social impacts of the lost decade in Japan? Yes, I know economists are all about growth-growth-growth and if you don't have it you're a failure. But what were the actual impacts on levels of personal happiness and satisfaction? [more inside]
posted by alms on Feb 26, 2009 - 18 answers

A Place to Meet Near the Javits Center in NYC

Where can I have a relatively quiet meeting this Monday at 3:30, near the Javits Center, at 11th Avenue and 35th Street in New York City. [more inside]
posted by alms on Feb 13, 2009 - 3 answers

Why do I have to create an account?

Why do an increasing number of e-commerce sites force me to set up an account, including an e-mail address and a password, as part of the checkout process. [more inside]
posted by alms on Dec 27, 2008 - 20 answers

How to model tagged data in Excel

What's the best way to represent tagged data in Excel? I want to be able to give an item multiple tags. I would like to use these tags to generate pivot tables. But I'd rather not have to create a new column for each tag (at least, I'd rather not have to create them manually). [more inside]
posted by alms on Nov 7, 2008 - 6 answers

foo.biz versus foosoftware.com

Which is better: mypreferrednamesoftware.com or mypreferredname.biz? Or do I have to keep trying to find anothergoodname.com that isn't already taken? [more inside]
posted by alms on Aug 27, 2008 - 17 answers

First Rate and Second Rate in the Raj

I'm looking for two Indian (Hindi?) words that mean "high quality" and "low quality" and were used, for example, during the Brittish Raj to describe building construction as first rate or second rate. [more inside]
posted by alms on Nov 12, 2006 - 7 answers

How Best to Sort Paper Files

When filing papers in a hanging folder, is it better / more common to add new items at the front of the folder or the back of the folder? [more inside]
posted by alms on Aug 28, 2006 - 10 answers

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