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Grounding plug for laptop charger came out, how to charge my laptop?

I was using a replacement adapter with my laptop, but the grounding plug came out of the adapter and was stuck in a wall socket tonight. Is it safe to use this adapter for a few days while I wait for a new replacement adapter, or should wait to charge my laptop util the adapter comes? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 5, 2013 - 8 answers

 

Can you read and translate the Greek (?) text on these caps?

What does the text say on these pink bottle caps (image 1, image 2)? As I'm told, these were sold as inexpensive caps at a brew-your-own beer supply store in Texas. I'm guessing the text is Greek, but I'm just guessing. Thanks!
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 30, 2013 - 9 answers

Looking for PDF signature and watermark programs

What are some good programs that can add a digital signature and/or a watermark to existing PDFs? We're all using Windows 7 computers at work. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Medium-sized tablet. You know, for the kid(s).

After spending about two weeks using a relative's Kindle Fire HD 8.9 as a video playing device to distract our young son, my wife and I are interested in getting a mid-sized tablet of our own, to double as a video player and portable computer. The Nook HD+ is comparable, and right now, much cheaper. Is there something I'm missing about the Kindle Fire, or are most mid-sized tablets fairly similar? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Can I still get Windows 8 consumer preview to run on my tablet PC?

Can I still use a consumer preview version of Windows 8 on my new-old tablet PC? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Reliable blu-ray playback: stand-alone player or commercial software

How can I easily and reliably play Blu-Ray discs now and in the future? I have a HTPC, but the software bundled with the blu-ray drive is old, and a new version is around the sales price ofr a decent-looking stand-alone blu-ray player. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 16, 2012 - 8 answers

Looking for a new 4+ button scroll mouse for Win 7

I'm looking for computer mouse suggestions: at least 4 button (right, left, forward and backward for internet browsing) plus a scroll wheel, for Windows 7, your best buys for the money. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 20, 2012 - 10 answers

Verizon Smartphone Upgrade: Drioid 3 vs Samsung Stratosphere vs Droid 4

Upgrading smart phones with Verizon, January 2012 edition: moving from an original Motorola Droid and a Droid Eris, and unsure how critical 4G LTE and Super AMOLED are for phones we'll have for another 2+ years. More thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 13, 2012 - 12 answers

I have a top hat, now what?

So I have a top hat. 1) What can I pair it with for Halloween that isn't some outlandish character*, and 2) how can I wear it on days that are not Halloween and not look like I'm (trying to) dress way up? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 27, 2011 - 30 answers

Strength training for a sleepy new dad

I'm a first-time parent, and I worry that I'm getting into some bad habits, or at least a lack of good habits. Specifically, I snack at the late night feedings, and I don't exercise, usually because I'm worn out. Suggestions? More thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 28, 2011 - 18 answers

Looking for a little stereo system for baby's room

I'm looking for a music playing device for the baby's room. I'd like a small (semi) portable unit with built-in speakers that can play radio and a CD, and sounds decent. Bonus criteria: remote control; a noise making feature (sounds of the ocean or whatnot); iPod or auxiliary line in playback; SD card playback. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 9, 2011 - 8 answers

Knock Knock. Who's there? Wonder Woman's body! Is that it?

I'm looking for a kids joke that some how involves Wonder Woman's body, possibly as the punch line. All that is remembered is the following: "Knock Knock? Who's there? Wonder Woman's Body!" and laughter ensues. It was told by my sister-in-law in the 1980s when she was a wee one, so it might just be little kid humor, but I'm hoping there might be more to this joke.
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 13, 2011 - 9 answers

Looking for a traveling case for two small headphones and an iPod

I'm looking to make or buy a traveling case for my iPod (classic v6) and two sets of headphones (image, including new headphone case). Thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 6, 2011 - 3 answers

How can I more easily edit CSV tables in Access or Excel?

I make mailing labels by pulling information about specific real-world locations into small database files. I used to get MS Access-ready DBase files, but now I have to work with CSV files, which don't seem to play well with Access. Please help me get more use out of Access, find out how to convert CSV to DBase or similar file types, or figure out better ways to use Excel. Long version inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 16, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I monitor net usage in terms of GB/month?

I need to monitor the bandwidth use at home, in terms of GB per month. The trick: I have a TV that has built-in wireless Netflix capabilities, and I think streaming HD shows are eating GB/month more than I realize. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 21, 2011 - 10 answers

Can I have a moderately lively, none-too-crowed Las Vegas New Year celebration?

I'm thinking of going to Las Vegas for New Years Eve with Mrs. filthy light thief, to visit a friend of hers who lives out there and ring in the new year. EXCEPT: we're looking to avoid crowds. And traffic. Is this actually possible? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Looking for good (small?) cameras for dark concert photos

DSLR vs Pro-Sumer camera quandary, live performance variation. I'm looking at upgrading to a better camera (specifically because my Point-n-Shoot does poorly capturing live shows in dark venues), but I'm not sure if I am ready for a DSLR. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 8, 2010 - 24 answers

Looking for an inexpensive way to print a small quantitiy of letterhead

I'm looking to have some paper with custom letterhead printed up. I have design ideas, and I'd like to submit the designs for a bulk printing of 50-200 sheets. Should I just use a local copy shop, or are there decently priced online options? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Las Vegas show tickets - where to get the best discounts?

What's the best way to save money on tickets to Las Vegas shows? Discount ticket websites, physical shops that sell tickets to many venues, going early to the venue in question, or something else? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 27, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me lure an iPad (and general computer newbie) to the iPad with great apps

I'm looking for iPad app suggestions for and older lady who is new to computers in general and has never used an iPad. What kind of apps are key for everyday iPad use, and what would make someone hesitant to use an iPad pick it up and say "Wow, this is fun (and easy)"? More thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 16, 2010 - 14 answers

So, you're a musician, how is that going for you?

I have an ongoing opportunity to interview musicians, but I've been fearful of being the most boring interviewer ever, or at least failing to pull the musician out of Dull Interview Mode and into Chatting Naturally About Interesting Things Mode. With that, I'm looking for tips and ideas for interviewing people, and/or examples of really good interviews. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 8, 2010 - 23 answers

Do people still get paid for research, and if so, how?

Could I get paid for my (new-found) interest in researching topics? If so, how? More thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 30, 2010 - 17 answers

An iPad for my mother, the computer newbie?

My mom wants a simple computer for internet use, email and word processing, and she's interested in an iPad. The question: would this work? The problem: she's computer illiterate. (Related question: any good systems for teaching an older newbie about computers?) More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 21, 2010 - 33 answers

DVD sets on eBay: too good to be true?

I'm looking to pick up a TV series on DVD. I'm fine with buying used DVDs, but some eBay sellers worry me. I see folks who offer the same collected sets, using the same pictures, and the whole set is selling for significantly less if I bought the seasons individually. Are they trustworthy? Or am I unaware of large discount sales where these people might get their stock? More queries inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 27, 2010 - 8 answers

Laptop power jack repairs - are they that bad?

Does anyone have experience repairing the power jack on a laptop? My wife's old (circa 2006) Dell laptop won't charge, due to what seems like a loose power jack connection. I've repair found tutorials, and it doesn't seem that bad, does it? (More details inside) [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 12, 2010 - 11 answers

Looking for college paraphernalia for a high school classroom.

College Inspiration Filter: what's the best way to guide students to get college/university paraphernalia (posters, pennants, pins, shirts, brochures, etc) to decorate a classroom? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 14, 2010 - 10 answers

The weather outside is frightful, but my drinks are so delightful

Recipefilter - It's winter(ish) time in my town, and I love seasonal flavored drinks, but I want to make my own (from scratch would be fun). Please recommend hot cocoa / chocolate recipes, coffee flavorings and the like.
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 17, 2009 - 25 answers

Environmental impacts of sheepskin vs fakefur slippers?

I'd like to get some slippers for my wife (and possibly some new ones for myself), and am debating between sheepskin and synthetic. I'm debating about real wooly sheepskin versus synthetic alternatives, but I don't know how to go about being a conscientious shopper in terms of environmental impacts. Please help! More thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 6, 2009 - 8 answers

Is Albuquerque like I am imagining it?

I'm looking to move out of California with my wife, with the goal of buying a home for the future filthy light thief family. Mrs. flt's parents have been looking at Albuquerque, New Mexico based on statistics (housing prices, employment, etc) and their brief visit to the city. How is Albuquerque for young families and adults in search of a lively city? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 22, 2009 - 16 answers

I like sugar and spice, but which ones are nice?

I like cooking, and I have a variety of spices, but I have never learned how to really use them. How should I learn to use them? What are some tips for trying things out? Do you have any any good recipes that highlight particular spice blends in traditional or unusual ways? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 29, 2009 - 16 answers

What does it take to author and illustrate kids books?

My wife and I are interested in writing and illustrating kids books and getting them published. I realize there are plenty of neat books great illustrations, so what's the best way to find out what we'd be getting into if we were to pursue this as a hobby, or even as a main source of income?
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 15, 2009 - 17 answers

Turning 30 in California, after Christmas: what to do?

I'm turning 30 this year, and my birthday is between Christmas and New Years. I live in central California, and may not have a lot of time for vacation. I want to do something interesting. What would you recommend to do in (central-ish) California, or possibly the greater West Coast, in the end of December? Sights to see, food to eat, events to attend? Lots of thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 30, 2009 - 10 answers

Does anything else play well with Lotus Domino Server?

Are there any viable alternatives to the Lotus Notes client for Windows XP? It's the work-provided client for email, calendars and schedules, and whatever else it does. Version 8 is crawling, where the previous version (6?) was at least responsive. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 21, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me find interesting churches

I'm looking for significant, interesting, or unusual churches (for architectural, cultural and/or religious reasons) from around the world. More thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 6, 2009 - 48 answers

In search of gothic, darkwave, industrial, and related music.

I host a gothic/industrial radio show, but I've taken a break as I ran out of ideas. Please suggest any suitable bands, labels, blogs, or other sources of inspiration. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 24, 2009 - 35 answers

The first session was free, but are the next ones worth it?

FitnessFilter: how should I evaluate options for a personal trainer at a local gym? Lots more discussion inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 18, 2009 - 9 answers

Where to find updated info on (graphic design) hardware?

How should I keep up-to-date on hardware for graphic design? I'm not a graphic designer by trade, but I would like my personal (WinXP) computer to be suitable for hobby-work graphics. More details and criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 5, 2009 - 10 answers

No one likes hearing loss, but loud music is the norm

How should I go about forming a group / coalition / movement for venues to lower the volume to levels that won't leave your ears ringing? More thoughts, ideas, and concepts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 20, 2009 - 26 answers

Why do people get pinched on St. Paddy's Day?

What is the history behind pinching those who don't wear green on St. Patrick's Day? This WikiAnswer page says it was thought that "if you wore green, it made you invisible to the Leprechauns, which was good because they would pinch anyone they could see." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 17, 2009 - 17 answers

Is difference in voltage and pins an issue with replacement batteries andd chargers?

Are third party chargers and batteries OK for Canon digital cameras? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Any handy way to warm up my idle feet?

My feet often get cold at work, and I like the idea of under-the-desk pedals, but I think my desk is too low most of them. Any other ideas? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 28, 2009 - 12 answers

Know any good digital line-in recorders?

I'm looking for a digital audio recorder with good line-in recording capabilities and easy file transfer options - do you know any? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 22, 2008 - 20 answers

What is an acceptable fail rate for HDDs?

I am thinking about buying a new hard drive, but all the "amazing deals" I see have a sizable number of reviewers stating that the drive was DOA, or died within weeks / months. How much failure is acceptable? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 12, 2008 - 17 answers

High School math teacher "let go" - what should she do?

My wife was "let go" from her position as a high school math teacher in California, due to budget cutbacks. What should she do? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 2, 2008 - 17 answers

Are there any cheap, reliable electronics shops in Washington DC?

Travel with Electronics to Washington DC filter: are there any reliable, inexpensive electronics shops in D.C. to find an AC-to-USB converter? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 20, 2008 - 8 answers

Where can I find Mother's Animal Cookies?

I'm looking for Mother's Animal Cookies, with the notion of making my own and finding the best recipe. But it seems there are none in any local stores. Should I give in and buy some off eBay (yup, already checked), or does anyone know other online sources? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 28, 2008 - 12 answers

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