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Tent for the liftgate of my minivan

I want to make a tent that goes over the opened lift gate (hatchback?) of my minivan. The ones I've seen are expensive, and I have an old tent, plus a couple of old tent flies and some mesh screen. The tent acts as an extension of the van and allows in air. Could also be used as privacy space for the camping potty. So, ideas and suggestions for making it as good as possible? Have you ever made your own tent? [more inside]
posted by theora55 on Aug 20, 2014 - 2 answers

What's the best way to clean a MacBook Pro's screen? (and case too)

It seems I've tried a bunch of different products to clean the screen of my MacBook Pro and I've not found anything that doesn't leave a streaky mess. Any products/tips/tricks you've found to get a streak free screen? [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged on Jul 10, 2014 - 15 answers

Projecting an image onto the ceiling?

I'm interested in projecting a device's output (HDMI, Thunderbolt, whatever) onto the ceiling for truly lazy reading or movie watching while in bed. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Jul 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Good quality and cheap elevator touch-screens?

I want to purchase a few elevator advertising touch screens. You know, those interactive touch-screens that display all kinds of adverts and slideshows. Problem is, I don't know where to get them. [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Jun 20, 2014 - 5 answers

How can I make a screen stay in place in a new bong?

I recently bought a new bong so I can smoke salvia (which is legal in my state.) However when I put the screen in, the screen slides around. So whenever I pack the bong, the screen tips and salvia falls out. What can I do to keep the screen in place? Is there a substance I can use to make it stick that won't be harmful when it is lit and inhaled? Is there something else I can (legally) smoke that will leave a residue that will keep it in place? Thanks for your help!
posted by anonymous on May 2, 2014 - 5 answers

Monitor options for this laptop with these ports?

What are the monitor expansion options for a laptop with these ports? images. I think I see mini-HDMI on the right hand side? And is that DisplayPort on the left?
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Apr 19, 2014 - 8 answers

E-ink tablet wirelessly mirrors laptop?

My computer is inside my apartment; my e-ink tablet is in the backyard; both are on the same wireless network. The tablet both (1) mirrors everything on the computer and (2) serves as a wireless keyboard and mouse, sending my touch commands to the computer. How close to this setup am I able to come right now? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Apr 8, 2014 - 5 answers

App for adding highlights/notes to articles on my iPad/smartphone

I am looking for an app that allows me to add highlights and notes to articles I have saved to 'read later' on my iPad and/or smartphone. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 16, 2014 - 2 answers

How can I stop my computer screen from fogging my brain?

I have to stare at this thing an awful lot for work, and of course I stare at it recreationally too. But after a few hours a horrible dazed feeling creeps up on me. It's not eye strain, I don't get a headache. I just stop being able to think straight. This is not viable. What do I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Because on Feb 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Why are airline computer reservation systems so slow?

The computer reservation system that airline personnel at airports use to rebook flights for customers, change seats, and so on seem markedly slower than when the customer uses the internet to pick a seat, or book or change a flight. Why is that? [more inside]
posted by lassie on Feb 19, 2014 - 24 answers

Dead Screen, touch works on Droid. Creative repurposement?

So walking the dogs the other day, Lady zigged while I was trying to text, and my leash hand punched my texting hand, and the phone broke the screen (but not touch sensing). I got a replacement phone (I was due for an upgrade) but it seems ridiculous to have this hardware lying dormant due to one component being borked. [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Feb 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Does split-screen software like this exist?

I am looking for some sort of software that will split my single monitor into four separate desktops that will allow me to have full-screen video on each quadrant. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Feb 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Screen printing office setup

We want to build a screen printing setup at work. I had a studio back in the day where some friends and I made an exposure table, a printing rig and place to store the screens. That part, I've got down. What I don't know how to get around here is a spray booth. There is no water source in the actual studio. We do, however, have a kitchen area and there are bathrooms so I have access to water, I just need to figure out a good way to put this together. Does anyone have experience with printing in less than ideal places? Thanks!
posted by monkey!knife!fight! on Jan 24, 2014 - 1 answer

iPhone Replacement Screen Quality?

I dropped my iPhone 4S a couple weeks ago and broke the screen. Insert humorous anecdote here. Can anyone describe their experience with 3rd-party replacement glass versus "official" replacement screen glass? Bonus points for specific locations in suburban Boston where I could get this fixed on a while-you-wait basis, since I'll be in Boston-ish over the next few days. Thanks.
posted by baseballpajamas on Dec 24, 2013 - 9 answers

High-DPI Linux?

I have a Yoga 2 Pro, freshly purchased, with an insanely high resolution screen (3800 x 1800). I generally run Xubuntu in a VM alongside windows, but I'm struggling to make it truly workable. What is the state of the art in resolution independence when it comes to Linux? What window manager should I be looking at, are there guides and tweaks etc.? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 2, 2013 - 3 answers

13 or 15 inch macbook for Ableton Live?

I want to buy a new Retina Macbook Pro for live performances with Ableton Live. For all other purposes I'd go with the 13-inch model because it is more portable, but I'm worried that 1) the screen will be too small to see all the tracks, or 2) the dual-core processor won't be fast enough compared to the quad-core in 15-inch models. Can anyone speak from experience? Was a 13" good enough?
posted by scose on Oct 28, 2013 - 12 answers

I would still like to be able to escape from a fire

I need to attach a window screen to my fire escape window. Obviously I'd like it to break away when necessary (and also so I can water my herbs strapped to the bars on the upper half of the window). How can I do this most effectively and with materials I already have? It needs to cover both the top and bottom half of the window, and there's no existing screen frame. [more inside]
posted by mgar on Oct 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Can I get some resolution?

Help me figure out how to prepare art for a public screen slideshow. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Aug 12, 2013 - 3 answers

What is causing these horizontal yellow lines on my laptop screen?

When I open my laptop I almost always see these horizontal yellow lines on the screen. What are they? Is this a serious problem? Can I remove them or is the screen reaching its end? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars on Aug 3, 2013 - 6 answers

LCD on 2009 Macbook has gone, worth repairing or give up on it?

Had my Macbook since mid 2009, it's one of the white ones. [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown on Jul 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Windows 8 Dual Monitors Question

Dual Monitors - One Touch Screen and One Nontouch...has anyone used this setup? [more inside]
posted by cccp47 on Jul 22, 2013 - 1 answer

Batch job screen capture from database help?

Let's say there is a database that I can only access from a front end tool, and that database cannot provide any extract of any sort. I also have no access to run reports off that database. And let's say that the only way to preserve that data is to print to pdf or do screen shots. btw- all legit and you are not helping me do something malicious. [more inside]
posted by BrodieShadeTree on May 21, 2013 - 14 answers

Are laptop screen parts autodetected by the system?

Can I simply physically replace the 1366*768 LCD in my HP EliteBook 8440p with the 1600*900 part and have the laptop autodetect the new screen and show the proper resolution? Or is there extra logic or connectors or dongles or whatever in the main body that must also be modified in order for the display to work, (or maybe it Just Won't Work)? Put simply, is HP 594090-001 plug-and-play? [more inside]
posted by laconic skeuomorph on May 19, 2013 - 5 answers

The DVI Port on my Gigabyte Motherboard no longer seems to work.

The DVI Port on my Gigabyte Motherboard no longer seems to work. I need the DVI port as I am running a Hackintosh and Apples are not compatible with VGA. What are some of my options and what is your diagnosis? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on May 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Dating (and friendship): Screening for reliability

How do you screen for reliability and filter out self-centered/selfish nature in dating in real life and online dating? And, how do you find out whether a person (for dating or friendship) is a 'giver' or a 'taker'? By reliability and being a giver, I don't mean something as trivial as calling when they say they will. I mean more like being there for you when you are going through one or more major challenging life events, putting the relationship and "us" before individual interests especially when the going gets rough for you and not for them individually. Does this kind of reliability even exist among partners and can one really, truly, deeply trust another human being or do you feel you always have to watch your back even with a partner of months or years or decades?
posted by xm on May 7, 2013 - 20 answers

Remote Desktop Connection woes

My work computer is a laptop running Windows 7. I am working far from my office this week (as I often do) and I connect to my work server through Remote Desktop Connection. Typically this is pretty much problem-free, but for the last two or three days, when I log in to the server, I am seeing the server's desktop not as a full screen, but in a window about 10" wide on my 17.3" laptop screen. As well, while the laptop's screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio, the window looks to be 4:3. Attempting to resize the window through the Maximize/Restore Down icon avails me naught: I can mouse over the edges of the window and drag it to a new size, but it maxes out at the size that I mention, which covers maybe 60% of the screen's real estate. Numerous reboots and resets have not rectified it and I am at a loss as to how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Apr 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Is it legal for my apartment complex to disallow screens on patio doors?

I just got this notice from the leasing office: http://imgur.com/6GUeUeg There is no A/C, no screen door, and no magic they'll provide us to keep mosquitos/flies/bugs from entering through the patio door when it is open. Besides reasoning with them (it's just their policy), what recourse do I have so that I can keep the screen installed on my door? I'm in San Diego, CA. Also FWIW, the screen is far from unsightly. Search for "bug off instant screen" on Amazon.
posted by wuMeFi on Mar 8, 2013 - 19 answers

Slightly bumpy iDevice screen protector?

A friend's iPad has a screen protector that is slightly micro-bumpy and rubbery. I call it "nurbly." It breaks up reflections but doesn't dull the display the way matte screen protectors do, since it is shiny, but bumpy. Another friend has the same thing on his iPhone. Neither of them can remember where they got it. Does anyone have this and know the name of it? I want to put one on my iPad mini.
posted by MonsieurBon on Mar 4, 2013 - 3 answers

Cell phone repair trouble

I'm trying to fix my phone. How do I deal with a very tiny, hard to get at screw with a stripped head? [more inside]
posted by delezzo on Feb 27, 2013 - 4 answers

I'm making videos from screen captures and I'm lost!

I've been tasked with creating YouTube-quality videos using clips generated by the screen capture software applications (Camtasia and Snapz Pro X. I have to bring these clips into Adobe Premiere for editing and to add titles and audio. I can't get my head around the various resolutions at play here and how best to match them up, so rather than more rambling narrative let me ask a few direct questions; [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian on Feb 25, 2013 - 4 answers

How to go from zero to TV?

We haven't had a proper TV in over a decade. I would like to have something other than my laptop to watch streaming media, DVDs, Netflix, etc. Can you explain how this works in 2013? I imagine we'd buy something like this Samsung LED HDTV and some kind of speakers. Then what? Do we plug it into a laptop? What exactly is Apple TV and how does it stack up against Roku? This seems like it should be a simple question, but I feel like a caveman emerging from the dark, and am fairly bewildered at all of the options and variations out there. [more inside]
posted by barnone on Feb 11, 2013 - 27 answers

How to get the Galaxy Nte 2's Screen to stay on.

Samsung Galaxy Note II - How can I get the screen to always stay on while charging? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Jan 20, 2013 - 15 answers

human fishtank on a budget

For an art project I'm looking to build a transluscent human-sized fishtank-like container. How can I accomplish this without spending thousands of dollars? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 17, 2013 - 10 answers

How to stop program from changing window state uncontrollably

On a Windows 7 system open windows will sometimes rapidly cycle through windowed, maximized, and full screen states. I've run out of ideas and am looking for suggestions that might fix it. [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Jan 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Is it the stylus or the screen?

I got myself a Lenovo tablet on super sale for Christmas. I'm interested in using it to read and annotate pdf files (mainly journal articles). The pdf reader app I'm using has the ability for freehand writing, and I'd like to try that out for margin notes (some of the papers are technical with lots of symbols, so writing is easier than typing). I bought a stylus that had pretty good reviews on Amazon, but I have to push down to make it work which is ok for highlighting, but tiring for writing. Is this a limitation of this tablet's screen? Or is there a stylus that is easier to use? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jan 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Sony PSP screen replacement in London?

The screen on my Sony PSP (2000 edition, not Vita) has stopped working and needs replacing. Can anyone recommend a reputable repair shop somewhere in London that will do this? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Jan 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Two screenfulls of a web page, one monitor?

Is there any way to make a web browser use two windows to show the first and second window-fulls of a single web page? This would be the equivalent of the "two up" view found in some PDF viewers. On the left, your normal view of a web page. On the right, the next part of that same page -- the thing you would see if you hit "page down" in the first window. [more inside]
posted by dgrobinson on Dec 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Silk screening an army blanket.

What kind of ink do I need to silk-screen onto a wool army blanket? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Dec 9, 2012 - 2 answers

iPhone 4S replacement screen?

Where to get a replacement screen assembly for iPhone 4S? [more inside]
posted by brokeaspoke on Dec 2, 2012 - 6 answers

[android app filter] Lock current active screen

Is there a lockscreen app which will use the current active screen as the background? [more inside]
posted by lucia_engel on Sep 29, 2012 - 1 answer

not the brightest bulb in the monitor

My iMac is doing something weird with brightness. It's not showing up at full brightness except every once in a while for a second after the display has slept. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Sep 22, 2012 - 16 answers

Hide and seek.

Laptop techs of MeFi, I present you a challenge...This laptop refuses to turn on its backlight! [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Sep 17, 2012 - 10 answers

How to clean a TV screen?

I need a cleaning towel for my large screen DLP TV. The manual says to use a cotton towel, but I find that solution to be less than perfect, a lot less than perfect. I've considered a microfiber cloth, but I don't have any experience with them, and the ones that get good reviews (from Amazon) are too small for the task I need them for. A cleaning solution is something I've considered, and plenty of them are labeled "safe for TV screen", but words are cheap and my TV isn't. Basically, I'm hopelessly lost, and would appreciate some suggestions on a TV screen cleaning kit with a proven history of reliability and customer satisfaction. Thank you.
posted by Beholder on Sep 12, 2012 - 13 answers

Bad Pixel

Intermittent bright spot on one-month-old new Dell Inspiron 15R laptop. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by murtagh on Sep 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Screen capture software options for application documentation

What are good tools for making app documentation videos, which focus on the specific region of interest? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Aug 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Screen protector for new ipad?

I heard the glass on the new ipad is Gorilla Glass and does not need a screen protector. Is that true? I will be using a stylus, so I want to get a screen protector if I need one right away. If you are using a screen protector, which one are you using? Thanks!
posted by mikedelic on Aug 20, 2012 - 23 answers

Vertical stripes in PSP-2000 display. Prognosis?

The screen of my PSP-2000 has faint vertical stripes running through it; the effect is more translucent than opaque (image 1, image 2). What, if anything, can I do to fix this? [more inside]
posted by Mothra Pisces on Jul 31, 2012 - 1 answer

Stream laptop screen to TV?

Wondering if I can stream the screen image from my laptop to my TV... [more inside]
posted by Exchequer on Jun 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Where can I get screen printed posters made?

I've got some designs I want printed. Small run, around 25 pieces. I've been trying to get something set up with Holy Mountain, Shout Out Loud, etc. but it's been quite difficult getting a response. Any other suggestions I should check out? Both companies I listed use French paper, which is what I'd like to use.
posted by nessinonett on Jun 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Oh such tiny letters.

Just got my laptop back from being repaired and now the recommended screen resolution is making it difficult to see anything written in it. How do I change this? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on Apr 25, 2012 - 4 answers

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