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HTPC Software Advice

Looking for some advice on HTPC software. I really have just two requirements: Netflix compatibility and good video library management. [more inside]
posted by mayonnaises on Oct 1, 2015 - 12 answers

Project management software for visual people with lots of deadlines?

I need help finding a great project management tool for visual people with too many deadlines. Overly-demanding list of criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by mjm101 on Sep 30, 2015 - 11 answers

Software to generate a report of my computer usage?

I'd like to see a weekly breakdown of my personal computer usage. Showing total time spent using different applications, and total time spent visiting different websites. Just to monitor my productivity and see where I'm spending/wasting the most time. Can anyone recommend a (preferably free) mac application?
posted by pablocake on Sep 27, 2015 - 4 answers

Quickbooks Online or Xero?

Help me decide which kind of small business, cloud-based accounting software is best for a free-lancer. [more inside]
posted by zagyzebra on Sep 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Ipad video recovery

6 year old deleted an important video from an ipad that had not been backed up. The video is not on icloud and the ipad doesn't have a "recently deleted" album. Free software options couldn't find it. I would pay a lot of money to get this video back. Is there software that's considered better than the rest?
posted by Nickel on Sep 21, 2015 - 3 answers

Settings GPS Data Logger

I would like to use my Old Wintec WBT-201 GPS Data logger to keep track where we are taking pictures. Given the limited storage space on the device I want to minimize the amount of data points that are collected. No need to record speed, direction etc. Its just when we are hiking to log every minute or so our location. I can charge the battery but cant' download the data for 12 day's. Using the "Time Machine" software to access the settings page but am confused about the settings. Any advice?
posted by Mac-Expert on Sep 12, 2015 - 1 answer

Moving GPX Waypoints

I'm currently working with a charity in the Caucasus. Yesterday I spent ten hours surveying and hiking in the mountains, recording waypoints using Viewranger on my phone. Today, I see I didn't change a setting (? I think?) and all of my waypoints are about 80km out. Is there an easy, free way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by sarahdal on Sep 12, 2015 - 7 answers

Greenhouse.io as recruitment software; how does it go for you?

I'm looking for Mefi users opinions on Greenhouse.io as Recruitment software. The good, the bad, the meh. If you have used it as either employer, 'employment broker' or employee, please tell me what you think. (The .io is this) [more inside]
posted by esto-again on Aug 29, 2015 - 11 answers

How did your tech career survive the dot-com bubble?

Did your software career survive the first dot-com bubble? What did you learn, what would you do today, and how did you weather the collapse? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Aug 23, 2015 - 18 answers

How to evaluate multiple software platforms for consolidation

"Help me do my job" filter. I work for a tech company, as a software developer/manager. Our group (a dozen people or so, including the managers/senior developers) has recently merged with another, and between us we now have a lot of "core platform" technology that is duplicated across all the varied products (think - user authorization/authentication, user preference storing, file validation, core business tasks like matching names to identifying numbers). And now we want to consolidate these so there is only 1 piece of software doing the core platform work. How do we do this? [more inside]
posted by ish__ on Aug 20, 2015 - 6 answers

Starting fresh

Recently I performed a clean installation of Windows 10 (which, by the way, I very much like despite not-so-subtle bugs creeping up a tad more than I'd like) and would like app and Chrome add-on recommendations. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Aug 14, 2015 - 10 answers

Getting started on YouTube - how do I make intros like Marzia's?

Hi everyone! Not looking to copy or plagiarize - but I am just getting ready to launch a YouTube channel and I don't know what software I'm going to use to edit videos or much about how to get going. I really like the type of introductions used by YouTuber Marzia. Do you know what tools she uses to make them? More in post. [more inside]
posted by valmonster on Aug 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Windows PC - Software and Settings for Young Child

I'm looking for suggestions for re-purposing a Windows laptop into a child-friendly PC (for a 6-year-old), for entertainment and development of computer skills. Suggestions for Windows settings and/or child-friendly shells, parental controls, age-appropriate software, and any other ideas for getting the most out of a young child's first computer. [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Aug 9, 2015 - 1 answer

Changing to a new iTunes-like program?

I am in despair. iTunes is the worst software in the world, and I want out. Help me shed its evil from my life! [more inside]
posted by agregoli on Aug 5, 2015 - 14 answers

What, in 2015, are the best app options when it comes to video editing?

When watching YouTube I often can't help but feel that I'm the only person in the world who doesn't use video editing software. I often rip and encode videos but I've yet to delve into the world of video editing. Mostly I want to remove 'mistakes' and extraneous stuff from videos of myself speaking. My requirement are that the apps are Windows-compatible. Freeware and payware apps are welcome. It's preferable that the apps are light on resources and noob-friendly, but these aren't requirements.
posted by GlassHeart on Aug 3, 2015 - 11 answers

pondering job offer in Austria

I am contemplating a move to Vienna, Austria from the US. I have a job offer in Vienna and I am considering a move there from the West Coast of the US. Please advise me! [more inside]
posted by movicont on Jul 31, 2015 - 9 answers

How do you stack?

Where can someone learn about modern technology stacks / enterprise computing? Is there an equivalent to How Computers Work but for corporate computing? If I wanted to see how CRM, ERP, PaaS, ETL, ESP, DMZ, NoSQL, and GitHub might be used together at Walmart / Acme Co., where would I go? Is What is Code the closest I will get?
posted by jasondigitized on Jul 28, 2015 - 4 answers

Software Dev Career in SF Bay without a Bachelors in CS, I'm Floundering

What can I do better to get a paid internship or an Entry level Position with limited work experience, a Psych Degree and an Associates in Systems Programming? [more inside]
posted by gryftir on Jul 15, 2015 - 6 answers

Dear Sir, Gis-a-job.

I intend to apply for a software position at a company. Before applying, I'm going to send an email enquiry. What should I ask? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Jul 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Time and Expenses Platform that won't make me want to hide every month?

I utterly loathe doing monthly timesheets, so the CEO has tasked me to come up with a better platform. Are there better alternatives since this question was asked? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Jul 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Looking for a back-up program or script to be run by a non-admin

I'm looking for a back-up program or script that can be run without needing admin rights (to install, even). I have taken the unofficial duty of backing up work files for my workgroup, and I'm looking for something smarter than copying everything once a month. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 2, 2015 - 5 answers

ISO software to organize vendor registration for street festivals

The organization I work for puts on a couple of large-scale events every year that involve a lot of moving parts. I’m looking for some kind of software/web-based solution to help us manage some of those moving parts, particularly the registration process for vendors (merchandise & food) and possibly also volunteers. Specifics within! [more inside]
posted by hansbrough on Jun 30, 2015 - 3 answers

Navigating a software development agreement?

How do I mitigate risk to myself in the future as a result of damage/losses/etc incurred by purchasers of the product in the event that something like this should occur? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2015 - 3 answers

Tech jobs and cubicles go together like peanut butter and antifreeze.

Am I being unreasonable if I state having my own office as a requirement during my job search, and if so, has anyone successfully made the transition from having an office to working in an open area with interruptions and noise? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Jun 23, 2015 - 18 answers

The quick green creeper jumps over the lazy pig

What is your favorite game/program/tool to teach an elementary age child to type? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Jun 23, 2015 - 10 answers

Good books or tips on managing agile enterprise software teams?

I'm about to start a new job managing multiple software teams working on a high-profile commercial web app. What can I read to get into the right head space to succeed? [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard on Jun 12, 2015 - 8 answers

Recruiting Software

Adding a CAREERS page on a website. [more inside]
posted by pmaxwell on Jun 12, 2015 - 4 answers

Tech job; bay area vs Chicago?

What feels different between applying for tech jobs in San Francisco/Bay Area versus applying for tech jobs in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jun 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Looking for code snippets in all my source places

How do I compile a compelling code portfolio? What kind of selection criteria do I use, or can you recommend resources for developing it? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Jun 8, 2015 - 5 answers

App for sorting lots of furniture into different rooms?

I'm looking for an app or other software (hopefully available online) that will help me to plan how to put large numbers of chairs, desks and tables and sort/divide them into different rooms. Do you know of any?
posted by pick_the_flowers on Jun 5, 2015 - 3 answers

Are there frameworks for determining which organizations will litigate?

Is there an existing framework or process for determining the kinds of organizations that are most likely to litigate against a third-party vendor, or be targeted by litigation naming that vendor as e.g. a defendant or party to a lawsuit? [more inside]
posted by circular on Jun 4, 2015 - 2 answers

Best approach in random noise generation

So my go to encryption product used to be truecrypt but Drama! So what is the go to, cross platform agnostic, encryption program that can mount encrypted containers as a drive letter? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on May 24, 2015 - 4 answers

What open source project should I contribute to?

I want to contribute to a large, existing open source project. Which one? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on May 15, 2015 - 9 answers

What HTML editor would meet these criteria?

What HTML editing software would meet the following criteria? It should be usable for a modestly sized web design project.
  • is free for personal or non-commercial use
  • has functionality for creating reasonably modern HTML
  • can show both (possibly stylized) page layouts and actual markup code
  • works on both Linux and Windows systems
[more inside]
posted by primal on May 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Recommendation for A Good Dock Program for Windows 7

I'm very spoiled by the dock on my Mac, and am hoping for a program that provides the same functionality on my Windows 7 machine. [more inside]
posted by neeta on May 9, 2015 - 4 answers

Automatic document creation

At my company we regularly compile credentials documents. These typically have a picture representing a client we've worked for, and a bit of text explaining the work. Sometimes it's just a big picture if it's being presented. The trouble is, there are loads of them and we have version control issues and problems with masses of conflicting PowerPoint templates due to copy/pasting. [more inside]
posted by KateViolet on May 8, 2015 - 4 answers

How is the software sausage made?

If you work at a forwarding thinking company that builds software, what does your process and tooling look like? I realize this is a big question, but I am very interested in how teams are working these days. Starting from an idea, how do you go about discovering, analyzing / estimating, planning / tracking, building, testing, deploying, and documenting your software? [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on Apr 29, 2015 - 2 answers

The IT Integration and Proprioception Engine. Does it Really Exist?

This is a weird one and I apologize in advance, but I'm short of time and gobsmacked. Can anyone doing advanced networking stuff confirm or deny the existence of a software tool for network architecture modeling called the IT Integration and Proprioception Engine (IT-PIE)? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Apr 28, 2015 - 14 answers

What are you best ideas for finding a good company

I've been in software for about two decades. It's been a depressing ride. How can I find a better place? [more inside]
posted by porkpop on Apr 26, 2015 - 12 answers

How can I put a voice changer on my computer audio output?

Is there any software that can change the voice/filter the audio playback of your computer in real time? [more inside]
posted by dargerpartridge on Apr 24, 2015 - 5 answers

Best hypertext/wiki browser software/freeware 2015?

Creating a collaborative website, and one of my favorite tools in the original version of pbwiki is that you can simply type a word, click a button, and that word instantly became a link to a page of the same name. The updated pbworks doesn't do that, so I'm looking for a new tool. Example inside. [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Apr 23, 2015 - 1 answer

Which software should I use to create an interactive map?

I've been working on an urban renewal history project with some high school students. I've got a bunch of content (Photos, video, documents, etc.) that I'd like to link to a map. [more inside]
posted by PHINC on Apr 23, 2015 - 3 answers

How do I handle this interview, for a position that would be a stretch?

The company in question is a small, successful tech startup in a college town in a rural region. In an unusual fit of courage, I wrote and sent in a verbose letter of application for a development internship. I'm already regretting this bout of self-esteem, because I'm not that qualified, and though I made that clear in my letter, they've asked me in for a "short talk". I have no idea what to expect. Difficulty level: social phobia. [more inside]
posted by dee lee on Apr 21, 2015 - 17 answers

Freeware document scanning program for Canon Pixma MG7520?

I'm looking for a good, free, feature-rich, third-party document scanning program that's compatible with the Canon Pixma MG7520 and Windows 8.1. Do you have a recommendation? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Apr 18, 2015 - 2 answers

Adaptable Peripatetic Inquisitor

What is the origin of the term API (Application Programming Interface)? Who coined it? What terms did it compete with?
posted by michaelh on Apr 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Best Bubble Diagram/Chart/Map Software or Website

Google "bubble diagram" and check Google Images to see the sort of chart I'm trying to make. I'm interested in the sort of chart where I can put different topics in separate bubbles and then draw interconnections freely between any of them. I'm not talking about a "mind map" where everything radiates level-by-level from a central point, although what I'm looking for may be a variation of that or included in the same software or website package. I'd prefer something free since I don't do a ton of graphs, but I'm open to paying for something if it's really good. I like the idea of something online (maybe even with an associated app), but I'm not wedded to it. There's a million mindmapping options out there, but I find very few solutions for the decentralized bubble-mapping I'd like to do, so I'm interested in the best option. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Apr 13, 2015 - 16 answers

Better ebook sync for my Mac and iPhone

I'm using iBooks to read ebooks on my Mac and iPhone. But I generally don't buy my ebooks from Apple, and iBooks will only wirelessly sync books that one bought from the iBooks store. If I want to copy a new ebook from my Mac to my phone, I have to connect the two over USB and use iTunes to sync. Ugh. There has to be a better way. What apps should I be using to get better wireless sync? [more inside]
posted by Banknote of the year on Apr 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Looking for free sign-in/attendance software

Hey there, Basically I run an afterschool program where students are free to drop in and out whenever they want, on the condition that they use a computer to sign-in and sign-out. The easiest way is to have them write their names in a Microsoft Word document, however I want something more sophisticated that will allow me to collect statistics over the course of the year about how often they attended, how long they stayed, as well as being able to look at gender and age categories (e.g. I would be able to see that 60% of my students in January were male, while 40% were female, and so on) Any ideas would be great. Free is preferable but if it's really cheap and does everything I need then I could probably afford a $50 one-off fee. Thanks in advance
posted by heylight on Apr 11, 2015 - 2 answers

Digital solutions for planning out complicated logistics?

I work as a project coordinator for a research study. Managing the movement of staff and equipment has turned into a logic puzzle that is increasingly hurting my brain. I am looking to find software that could help me manage who and what goes where. [more inside]
posted by bowbeacon on Apr 10, 2015 - 4 answers

Does this software exist

Is there an existing software, perhaps for scientists, that facilitates making a list of observations to make, and then facilitating the user recording those observations and analyzing them? [more inside]
posted by bleep on Apr 7, 2015 - 8 answers

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