Got a new computer and it only has USB hookups, no ps2 hookups for a keyboard or mouse. No problem, I already had a USB mouse and it came with a USB keyboard (whatever generic one Dell ships). But I really liked my old keyboard which had a ps2 connector. So, I got a couple of ps2/usb adaptors figuring that would solve my problem. It didn't. The computer didn't recognize the keyboard when it was plugged in. Why? [more inside]
I'm on vacation, and my cat/house-sitter is reporting that one of my cats is flipping out. I won't be home for another four days. How can I help them remotely? [more inside]
Google-Fu fail. I had a toy in the mid 70's that I can best describe as a hydraulic-watermill-waterpump-erector-set. It allowed you to connect a series of clear tubes, mills, and various other pieces to create a crazy pump station that ran water up, down and across the tubes, mills. etc. It could grow to several feet high. If I remember correctly, there may have been an electric pump that drove it all. I may be mistaken. The toy may have been a lot older as I used it at my grandparents house. It was basically like one of those electronic kits where you could perform experiments but this used water, and it was awesome. Help me find this toy!
A friend of a friend wants to get custody of his kids but has no money to hire an attorney. [more inside]
Will my developer laptop be able to handle the current crop of RPG games? Specs after the jump [more inside]
My husband and I want to be someplace warm for New Year's Eve where we can see the full moon over the water. [more inside]
Help me recover a corrupt .wav file by modifying the header! [more inside]
It's that time again.. What are some good online stores to buy cool, unique Christmas gifts? [more inside]
Is there a specific word for those rolling, pull-down gates that cover up storefronts in old-school cities (Brooklyn, Barcelona) at night? Here's a picture of the kind of gates I mean. [more inside]
Could a plausible theory be extrapolated for Angels/Paranormal Activity being an aspect of Quantum Physics? [more inside]
Make London work. Help a beleaguered New Yorker figure out how to acclimate. Griping follows. [more inside]
Where can I find .gp4, .gp5, or .ptb tab files (preferably free) ... because they work with this awesome guitar iphone app thing I just impulse-bought! Although, if there is an amazing outlet, I'd pay a membership. Don't want to buy them piecemeal though. [more inside]
What's your fvorite aperitif? How do you mix it if at all? [more inside]
Do you have good fundraising ideas for a high school junior? [more inside]
I need some advice on teaching art skills to adults. [more inside]
Not really worried, more just curious about my cat and how she's been drinking water...she dips her paw and then licks the water from it, repeatedly. [more inside]
What is the most painless route to developing and selling an iPhone app? [more inside]
I thought this would be simple, but it isn't. I want to purchase a song as the new ringtone of my At&t Blackberry Pearl, and I have hit all sorts of roadblocks. [more inside]
My friend is buying an old brownstone in Brooklyn that needs to be gut renovated. The question is how accurate the contractor estimate is and should he account for cost overruns, if so, by how much? [more inside]
Do I 'need' a gaming laptop to play MMOs? [more inside]
Where would I purchase dice in bulk? Not just six-sided dice you'd find in Risk or Monopoly, but tetraherdral (4-sided, pyramid) or dodecahedral (12-sided, cries itself to sleep)? [more inside]
Help me identify a song I heard briefly on the radio. I'm pretty sure it was Van Halen, and I think it might have been "Got me goin" but with a long Joe Satriani-like intro solo. However, all the renditions I've found online have no such intro, so I'm second-guessing myself. [more inside]
WalletChainFilter:Im looking for a very heavy duty thick worn in looking chain for my wallet. The one that came with it is just like every other cheap rinky dink chain. Anyone know where i can find one? Ive looked everywhere! Just to be clear this is what i have now and is NOT what im looking for. Thanks!!
I'm an occasional freelance writer with a background in print magazines considering taking an online gig. What kind of pay should I ask for? [more inside]
I'm thinking of putting cream cheese on bagels, wrapping them in plastic wrap and selling them. I expect to be sold out in 2-3 hours. Should I be concerned about the cream cheese going bad? Any other food safety issues?
New neighbour, new dog. Dog was home alone today(indoors), barking and howling, for the first time. Doesn't bother me one bit but I caught another neighbour outside, on the phone to the RSPCA (which seems an insane overreaction), to report this situation. What to do? How to help both neighbours and the dog be happy? [more inside]
(Asking for a friend.) Where could one find cheap replica Mercedes/AMG alloy wheels in Toronto? [more inside]
What is the music that Technoviking is dancing to?
I'm planning on upgrading my HP laptop to Windows 7 and want to know if the internal Vista restore image will still be available after I do that. [more inside]
What food goes with a "Detectives, Spys, Villians and Henchmen" themed party?
Can anyone suggest any good secondhand record (i.e. vinyl) stores in Hong Kong? [more inside]
Please help me to repair a roll up matchstick shade or refer me to a web site with directions in plain English. [more inside]
Did the Apple salesperson do me wrong? I bought an AirPort Express to go wireless with my Mac Mini but now I think I got screwed. [more inside]
I'm looking for a World War 2 essay that may be titled "Missing the War", which is about the difference in perception between how the Second World War was portrayed in the media and how it was for the soldiers involved. [more inside]
Please help me find an mp3 (mp4?) of Badly Drawn Boy's cover of Thunder Road. [more inside]
What is the name of this obscure Mac text editor that draws ASCII art boxes and lines by dragging them out? [more inside]
CostOfLivingFilter in Sydney: I am 35 year old, professional in Sydney with a salary around AU$100K. I have no dependents, leading a normal modest life with no extravagant expenses. Why do I still feel the life is out of my reach? [more inside]
Taylor Swift Filter: Did anyone catch Taylor Swift on last nights SNL? [more inside]
Why can I PING with my new DSL modem on an inactive account, but nothing else? [more inside]
I'm working on a video project about the backlash to Obama mentioning the price of arugula at Whole Foods. Can you think of any other examples, real of fictional, of food being framed as elitist or snobby? [more inside]
I'm trying to find this outdoor game I played back in the 70's. Basically, the game consisted of 2 ropes with handles and a swimming pool float. The float would zip back and forth when a player spread his arms quickly to "shoot" the float back to the other player. Can't remember the name of the game or where to buy it today.
I just fell in love with NPR's Planet Money podcast but can't figure out how to access back episodes. [more inside]
i purchased a specktone retro ii a couple years back, basically this thing. unfortunately, i got it at a bargain bin reduced price from an ebay mass seller, with a very short warranty. [more inside]
Romantic brunch ideas in Houston? On a Sunday? [more inside]
Where are the best places to buy tape cassettes in Philadelphia? [more inside]
Suggestions for acoustic music venues in New Orleans? I'll be visiting NOLA in a couple of weeks and would appreciate some advice about likely spots to hear live music. My tastes run to acoustic Americana, a touch of twang okay, bluesy too, and I already have a basic notion of the more touristy Dixieland scene from previous visits (all of them pre-Katrina). As examples of my interests I would mention the Nawlins-based musicians Mary Gauthier and Anders Osborne (or at least his folkier side). Thanks!
There is this insect/arachnid I remember from my childhood in Las Vegas. It had a body about the size of a raisin, only it was quite flat. They were red with black spots (larger than ladybugs, but flatter), and the kids in the neighborhood called them "bloodsuckers" for some reason. (I have no idea if they bit or not.) I don't remember them flying, but I could be wrong about that. What insects were they? Scientific name or common name is fine, anything I can use to find out more info.
Excel question: I need a row number to automatically increment as I copy a formula horizontally across columns. Sample spreadsheet downloadable here, or viewable as a Google Doc here. Further details inside. [more inside]
What should my son's first computer be? [more inside]