Suggestions, please, for a smallish hybrid vehicle to replace a worn-out Civic. We're in Ontario, Canada, so choices are limited (and dealers entirely apathetic). Likely to keep the car for 10 years or so, and looking for low total cost of ownership. [more inside]
Mother-in-law is an accomplished mixed-media artist. She likes to use a camera to document her work. The camera she's using is about to give out. House is computer-free, network-free and definitely free of cell phones. What's an easily-used camera of 2014 that she might actually use? [more inside]
I have a good mix of AAA, AA, C, D & 9V rechargeable batteries. Are the mindblowingly-expensive Powerex chargers the only game in town for getting a decent charge, or are there other options? [more inside]
We're going to a gig tonight that is massively sold out … and we're on the guest list. Are guest lists completely at the whim of the venue, or are there general guidelines that apply to most venues? We want to enjoy the show, but don't want to be “that guy” who ruins it for those nearby. [more inside]
We found ms scruss' clarinet in a recent house clearout, and we'd like to get it playable again. It's probably not worth too much, and we're on a budget anyway. Suggestions for what to do with it are welcomed. [more inside]
I have a mess of ad-hoc backup systems, none of which “just work”. I would like to have a NAS that quietly backs up the cross-platform content I have, and also mirrors it online securely. I should probably budget for about 1-2 TB. I have no problem doing geeky setup stuff, but the less routine stuff I have to remember, the better. System details follow. [more inside]
I haven't ridden offroad for more than 20 years. Please help this large, slow, stately cyclist get his mountain bike on. [more inside]
I have a very nice Dutch roadster bike. Help me (in Canada) find replacement pedals fit for this king of the road. [more inside]
Our car – a 2003 Honda Civic DX stick-shift – has started to make a rattling/ticking/whirring noise when it accelerates. Can we still safely drive it? [more inside]
One of my Soundbridges died. What's a decent network audio player to replace it with? [more inside]
- a PC (a HP Compaq 6200 Pro Small Form Factor PC with VGA and dual-mode DisplayPort outputs)
- a TV (a Toshiba 55G310U - 55" class 1080p 120Hz LCD TV)
- a DVD of a company presentation that we need to play on this PC
- a room that seats 9
- … and a CEO who is coming very soon who needs the audio from the presentation to be clearly audible.
More than a week's vacation has disappeared from my pay statement, yet I've taken no vacation. HR claim a clerical error, but the pay statement hasn't been amended and is still available from our online system. How — if at all — do I get these vacation days back? [more inside]
Song. Early to mid 1990s. On the UK radio all the time, especially Atlantic 252. Vaguely grunge sounding, with a "dun dun da dunna dun da dunna da da" guitar riff, followed by a pause, then a quiet/bored sounding "yeah". What was it?
What is there to do in St Louis over the holidays? [more inside]
Heard a catchy as-all-get-out song on CJBC-FM Espace musique early this afternoon. All I remember:
- In French
- Female singer
- Had kalimba/mbira featured pretty heavily
- Had "mercurochrome" and perhaps "petit pansement" in the lyrics.
How would I dry/sterilize/preserve/lacquer wheat berries for an art installation? [more inside]
I've offered to help fund the pressing of a local musician's new album. Help me not to be an arse about it. [more inside]
Looking for for reliable building repair (brickwork/repointing/possible minor damp remediation) and siding contractors in eastern Toronto. The jobs aren't huge, but do need done. [more inside]
I think I can sometimes see the wakes behind cars. Am I deluding myself, or can one occasionally see the turbulence behind a vehicle? [more inside]
Where would I get Vietnamese drip coffee filters (cà phê phin) in Toronto?
I have a nice Telecaster. Trouble is, I like making surf sounds. Would I ruin it by fitting a Bigsby or some other tremolo?
What kind of truck/bus/car is this? I'm guessing it was pretty old when the picture was taken in 1952.
Writing business reports is a lot more stressful for me than it should be. Please help me get the words out the door. [more inside]
Are there any services (preferably in Canada) that will attempt to get data from a damaged SD card? A friend has baby pictures on an SD card, which said baby later found and used as an inappropriate teething aid. [more inside]
Our office is losing hours of productivity a week due to networking decisions from head office. We'd like to price out a server to replace the dodgy technology that's been foisted on us. Not surprisingly, HQ gets kind of defensive if we use that language. Please help me cost out a server, and make it seem like it was their idea all along. [more inside]
Television recommendation just for running a Wii? [more inside]
Trying to track down a piece of mid-20th century music. It's got a whimsical "Auntie Beeb" feel to it, a meandering woodwind (clarinet) theme and unexpected woodblock or claves usage. Last time I heard it, the piece was being used ironically. Whether the piece was actually used in 1950s BBC broadcasts, I don't know, but I'd love to get its name.
How do I really - no, really - put my home server in my Linksys WRT350N router's DMZ? The router says it is, but it clearly isn't. [more inside]
Nocturnal nose-picking: how to stop something I'm not even aware of doing? [slightly gross details follow] [more inside]
Looking for hardware recommendations for a very modest home Linux server. [more inside]
Several mp3s in my large collection are silent, or almost entirely so. Please help me find ways of detecting them automatically. [more inside]
Beyond loud, pleasing (and above all) shimmering folk chord strumming, what can I do with a 12-string acoustic guitar? [more inside]
I need to pass a legal exam. Trouble is, I'm no legal genius and I haven't sat an exam in decades. How would you get down to cramming the facts? [more inside]