I have two user manuals, for two version of a product, which are 75% identical. They're currently Word documents. It's a pain to keep the parts in sync that I need to keep in sync. How can I do this the best way? [more inside]
What is the origin of the title trope "X 2: THE X-ening"?
Why are there two different methods (positive and negative) for recording astigmatism? [more inside]
I need to recruit 500+ people in NYC to come in to do a study in a hotel conference room. They'll be in groups of 10, in 1-hour sessions. What can I use to let them (a) schedule themselves and (b) change their own signups? [more inside]
How many smartphone users are there in New York City? [more inside]
Does anyone make a super-lightweight LCD monitor? [more inside]
French diabetics, what units do you use for your BG? [more inside]
A ton of lyrics sites seem to think there is a song "For Everyone" by Dar Williams. Does this song actually exist, or is this some weird misattribution? [more inside]
What are some examples of tiny user interface changes that had a huge effect on usability? [more inside]
I have a PDF (hundreds of pages) that was scanned from a book. All the odd pages are tilted about 6 degrees left, all the even pages, 6 degrees right. How can I fix this, preferably with free software? A command line solution would be ideal.
Excel: How can I find the column that a value appears in? [more inside]
What is the original version of this quote? [more inside]
Where can I find a super-simple standalone MIDI sequencer? [more inside]
How can I get Quicksilver-style completion in the bash shell? [more inside]
My aunt's family has been listening to the same Christmas tape (as in, the same physical tape) repeatedly for about 25 years. The tape was originally made by dubbing from vinyl. I'd like, as a gift, to remaster the whole thing, but I need help identifying all the song versions. [more inside]
When I connect to my VPN in OS X (using the built-in client), all DNS requests are sent through the VPN. How can I prevent this? [more inside]
Customizing MATLAB axes: Transform unixtime into date labels? [more inside]
Where can I purchase a color-nicely bound reproduction of the Voynich Manuscript? [more inside]
How can I efficiently and elegantly calculate a rolling sum of count-of-events in a time period from a list of event times? [more inside]
How can I allow remote connections to the remote side of my ssh tunnel? -g doesn't work. Neither does GatewayPorts. [more inside]
What do all capital letters in legal documents signify? Many legal documents contain stretches of normal text alternating with stretches that are in all-caps. Is there a legal meaning to it? What would be the ramifications of printing the all-caps portion in normal capitalization - i.e., could that render the document ineffective?
How can I store files on an untrusted linux server such that only I can read them - and such that only I know what they are? I'd like the files to be encrypted and the filenames not to reflect the contents. [more inside]
Every car is advertised as "all new" each year. What exactly does this mean, if anything? Is it a completely empty phrase, or does "all new" have some technical meaning in the context of car advertising?
Why do all movie advertisements and trailers state that the movie will be shown "Only In Theaters"? [more inside]
What are some songs that were shocking or sensational when they first came out - even got banned from radio play - which are now considered so humdrum that they're played on "easy listening" or "soft rock" or perhaps even "family safe" stations?
I want a true vector-based (i.e., not merely a series of thousands of line segments) Postscript or Illustrator file of an epicycloid where a=5, b=2. [more inside]
I'm looking for a book that teaches electricity well. The Mims book definitely doesn't cut it - I want something more along the lines of "The Way Things Work" in clarity and accessibility, but I still want it to actually teach the underlying math; i.e., I want it to show me the material in pictures and equations. [more inside]
We're getting married in October. We've always avoided drinking and dancing at other people's parties, and we'd like to avoid having our own wedding consist primarily of drinking and dancing. What are some entertainment alternatives for a fun party? [more inside]