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Software skills for aspiring technical writer

How do I know I’ve taught myself enough technical writing software (number of programs and my abilities therein) for potential employers to take me seriously? [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Jul 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Does this software/web service exist?

I'm starting a blog, and I have this hunch that perhaps a service or program exists out there that allows you to: 1) Write, format, and save blog posts, as well as mark them as "ready" to publish, and 2) Automate publishing those ready posts chronologically onto your blog at a fixed rate or alternatively by selecting a publishing date and time for every post marked as ready. The theory being, I could write as many posts as I want on a given day, but schedule and automate their publishing. Does this sort of thing exist? [more inside]
posted by Taft on Jun 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Modify/hack a Google Hangout "feature": Press to Talk

I want to use a Google Hangout "On Air" for a project, but a tiny limitation is getting in the way. I would like to bypass the 'Press to Talk' functionality with a tiny browser script/hack/modification. My programming knowledge is tiny, but I am sure this could be done super super simply with a script loaded in the browser. Perhaps there's better solution. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Advice on converting a python program to a web app?

Hi I have programmed on eclipse, a reasonably straightforward program in Python 2.7 that applies image filters to user selected images e.g. by turning them to sepia, black & white, negative, etc. It uses Tkinter for the graphics user interface and the program functions ok. However, I was thinking about how to turn this into a web app. So to transfer this to an Amazon cloud server, I understand that for the client side user interface I would need to convert the program by adding html and javascript to the client side while python handles the server side? Does anyone know of any tutorials or other resources that are particularly good at covering web apps like this using python, html and javascript?
posted by conrad101 on Sep 19, 2012 - 3 answers

Suggestions wanted for internet blocking software.

Suggestions for internet-blocking software for OS X 10.8 wanted; alternatives to Freedom and Anti Social. [more inside]
posted by FrereKhan on Aug 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Real-time captioning software for webinars?

Asking on behalf of a friend: she runs a weekly GoToMeeting webinar that now needs to be captioned in real time. Is there a good software solution? [more inside]
posted by theatro on Jul 3, 2012 - 4 answers

I want to write-up, but Academic Research has re-wired my brain!

The way I research (academic or otherwise) is increasingly incompatible with the tools I have. Reams of handwritten notebooks, and hundreds of word docs vs a highly tagged website only add to my self-created confusion. I'm drawn to Tinderbox software as a possible solution, but as an adamant PC user I'm locked out. How do you order your research? / How to write-up my PhD now my brain is fried? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 16, 2012 - 10 answers

I'm in charge of software development practices and need some help.

My role at work is growing from being a plain programmer to being in charge of our development process. Sounds great, but we don't have a process so I need to come up with one. I need techniques and tools to improve our end product. [more inside]
posted by borkencode on Feb 14, 2012 - 12 answers

If I want to be a cypherpunk, or at least effectively use their software, how important is it that I learn to program?

If I want to be a cypherpunk, or at least effectively use their software, how important is it that I learn to program?
posted by vash on Feb 10, 2012 - 14 answers

Hacking a way through Google+ and Skype audio cancellation

Hacking around sound cancellation on Google+ and Skype: Two tier question here about a related problem. Firstly, a way to sidetrack the software audio limits of a Google+ Hangout. Secondly, a way to stop Skype from cancelling out audio from one half of a conversation. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 21, 2011 - 2 answers

£50 a month to host two small (Plone) websites?

I think my friend's small company might be getting ripped off. I need advice as to what is acceptable pricing for building and running a couple of websites. [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Sep 23, 2011 - 14 answers

Innovative websites as template/model for MFA research community

I'm looking for examples of websites that have successfully enhanced a research community (academic or artistic) with a dynamic online/social/mutual-portfolio presence. Blog and social media based hubs, perhaps, that showcase the possibilities of web portfolio/research integration for academic and creative purposes. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 16, 2011 - 3 answers

Does anyone know of any computer software that can be used to turn on and off an electronic motor or switch?

Does anyone know of any computer software that can be used to turn on and off an electronic motor or switch?
posted by *lostatsea* on Aug 4, 2011 - 13 answers

How can I make a map of someone else's website?

How can I make a 'map' or 'tree' of all the pages on a particular website and how they link together? [more inside]
posted by henryaj on Jul 2, 2011 - 3 answers

How does one create a paper form/survey that can be scanned and mapped to separate data sets?

How does one create a paper form/survey that can be scanned and have the info mapped to separate data sets? [more inside]
posted by lukeklein on Mar 23, 2011 - 4 answers

How do I launch my webapp?

How to launch a webapp that derives its value from a community when it has no community? [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Feb 9, 2011 - 9 answers

How to record youtube videos

Is there any way to record or download youtube videos for free using some software? Thanks.
posted by da_wump on Feb 1, 2011 - 17 answers

How do I get SelfControl to only block Google Reader?

How can I get SelfControl to recognize Google Reader but not Google on the blacklist? [more inside]
posted by AmitinLA on Nov 15, 2010 - 7 answers

Search, cross-link references in PDF articles?

Perhaps this is just a fantasy, but is there any application or online tool that could search through the references of an article I have saved as a PDF, in order to check whether I have those cited articles in my larger PDF library? It would be perfect if it would highlight, link, or somehow display cross-referenced relationships between all my articles. I am already familiar with many referencing/PDF organization software such as Papers (Mekentosj), Sente, and Devonthink. I suppose what I have in mind is a similar tool, but with the additional power of something like ISI Indexes. I have a fairly large library (about 300 references that I'm actively using, and more than 2000 total) and I'm just trying to get some "big-picture" grasp of how all these sources relate to one another.
posted by samac on Jun 20, 2010 - 5 answers

I can access the internet, but my mac software cannot. Help!

Please Hope Me! My internet connection is fine as is my internet access - but none my mac software is connected to the internet it seems. [more inside]
posted by JaiMahodara on Jun 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Can anyone recommend a good vendor for secure internet voting?

I am the secretary of a minor political party in Oregon. We need to do secure remote internet voting of about 55,000 members for elections by district. I have a voter file which is basically a flat file with voter information plus information about the legislative districts plus a unique ID. Our idea is to send each member a card with the unique ID that, once a person logs in, will enable them to vote in all races associated with the districts they live in. Can anyone recommend a good system?
posted by salp on May 29, 2010 - 5 answers

deliver us from evil

Long winded question about new computer, internet, and anti virus programs [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on May 14, 2010 - 10 answers

How do I expose invisible characters in web forms?

How do I expose invisible characters in web forms? [more inside]
posted by ao4047 on Apr 20, 2010 - 2 answers

How can I use Forums more easily?

Is there an easier way to participate in online Forums? Is there such a thing as BBS/Forum reader software? I'm looking for a kind of universal front-end for online Forums that will give me a unified interface for all the different web forums I participate in.
posted by oneous on Feb 15, 2010 - 6 answers

Pros & Cons of bringing web development in-house?

Pros & Cons of bringing web development in-house? [more inside]
posted by MeatLightning on Oct 9, 2009 - 9 answers

Turn up the radio

What is the best software for recording streaming AM radio stations? There are late night shows on, some that have podcasts but some that don't. I want to 'set it and forget it' and have the results in an mp3 format.
posted by CodeMonkey on Oct 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Alternate blogging set ups?

Are all blogs linear scrolls or is there someone out there who presents entries differently (allow for shuffling of posts or presents it like iTunes presents your selection)? [more inside]
posted by Alexandra Kitty on Aug 18, 2009 - 7 answers

What do I need to look at when buying a new laptop?

I'm in the market for a new laptop. Should I get a PC or Mac? What specs are important for me to look at when making a decision? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 2, 2009 - 31 answers

Event Planning software for DJ

What is a decent event planning website/software solution for a mobile DJ company? [more inside]
posted by lifeofthunder on May 22, 2009 - 1 answer

The software, it does nothing! Or does it?

cFosSpeed internet accelerator: worth the fuss/money? [more inside]
posted by Iosephus on Mar 28, 2009 - 6 answers

How safe is P2P?

How worried should I be about the recent rash of stories in the mainstream media about P2P software being used to commit identity theft? [more inside]
posted by The Ardship of Cambry on Mar 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Learning Ruby on Rails 2.0?

Foreword: No ruby background aside from basic tutorials. Here's the deal. I've tired the Agile Web Dev (2nd edition) book for rails, very out of date. I need to learn something. I want to learn ruby on Rails. I've gone through the Rails guide on creating a rails blog (http://guides.rubyonrails.org/getting_started_with_rails.html). So, rather then buy it now (3rd edition of book as beta) or just wait, I want to get on the fast track to learn rails 2.2 (soon to be release 2.3) . Basically I'm looking for a online resource super cheap or free that provides quality information relating to rails and ruby. Help and suggestions welcome
posted by BoldStepDesign on Feb 3, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me block some software and some internet at some times.

I would like to find software that will restrict both software use and access to particular internet sites (by whitelist or blacklist) based on the time of day. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Feb 3, 2009 - 6 answers

Need a Beefy Site-Map Generator

Attention Web Folk: I'm looking for a visual site-map generator, preferably cheap or free, that can handle an absolutely labyrinthine site. Details follow! [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Nov 11, 2008 - 2 answers

Limiting internet time for teenagers

My teenage cousin is staying up too late on the internet and my aunt has asked me to help her limit how much time she is spending on it. It is very similar to this question which has come before. But I'm looking for a software solution. [more inside]
posted by roshy on Nov 3, 2008 - 21 answers

Help me understand how the internet is changing software architecture.

Where can I find information on how the internet is changing the way software is delivered? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Oct 31, 2008 - 1 answer

Looking for a CMS/web-based software to manage regional event listings.

Looking for a CMS/web-based software to manage regional event listings. [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome on Sep 6, 2008 - 4 answers

How to stop torrents at work?

I'm sure this question will not make me the most popular student at the dance, but is there a way to identify (via IP) machines running BitTorrent clients within an internal network (ie. work)? My company has around 50 employees, and the old, "Please don't torrent at work" doesn't seem to be doing much good anymore. It brings our email and web browsing to a near standstill, and dropping by the "usual suspects" is not only tiresome, but doesn't seem to find all the sources of traffic any longer. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
posted by numlok on Aug 11, 2008 - 27 answers

Diavlogs for the masses!

What's the best way to record split-screen video dialogues to post on my blog? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Aug 8, 2008 - 1 answer

A few questions related to Trance Music.

A few questions related to Trance Music. [more inside]
posted by wildrain2008 on Jun 7, 2008 - 6 answers

How can I create a social networking site?

How can I create a social networking site? I am in Southern California (Inland Empire/Orange County) and interested in building a social networking/message board/blog site along the lines of Sermo or Metafilter that isn't really about customizable media and meeting friends, as much as it is for people within a certain specialty, let's say the veterinary community, to share their ideas about their expertise with peers, receive newsletters relevant to their work, and ask for their peers' opinions or advice. [more inside]
posted by lukeklein on Apr 12, 2008 - 10 answers

Collaborating On Music Live Over The Internet?

I want to collaborate in real time (or not far off) on some music with someone who lives far away from me. [more inside]
posted by sparkletone on Apr 11, 2008 - 5 answers

Don't you be talkin to him

What is the PC equivalent to Mac's Little Snitch, preferably freeware, and not an all-out firewall? [more inside]
posted by dnthomps on Nov 4, 2007 - 3 answers

Is there a blog platform that allows more than one entry to be "on top"?

Is there a blog platform that allows more than one entry to be "on top"? [more inside]
posted by duncantuna on Jun 10, 2007 - 10 answers

Tonight I'm gonna blog like it's 1993

What blog/CMS software would you recommend that doesn't rely on MySQL or another database backend? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on May 30, 2007 - 18 answers

Are there any essays or studies naming and analyzing the concept of 'freedom' as developed on the internet?

Are there any essays or studies naming and analyzing the concept of 'freedom' as developed on the internet? [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Apr 3, 2007 - 14 answers

How can I run my one-man software business from abroad?

How can I continue to operate my one-man software business while out of the country for 3 months? [more inside]
posted by csugden on Mar 12, 2007 - 7 answers

Wanted: Reliable porn blocking software for Mac OS 10.3.9

Looking for reliable porn-blocking software for Mac OS 10.3. Help! [more inside]
posted by zombiebunny on Mar 4, 2007 - 16 answers

who watches the watchees?

Can anyone recommend easy to install, cross platform monitoring software for Mac OS X - that is, something that would allow a parent, employer or teacher to, from their PC, monitor the screen of a Macintosh? Will remote desktop do this? Is it relatively easy to install?
posted by luriete on Dec 28, 2006 - 13 answers

Calling all web-based solutions!

My company needs a miracle...and by miracle I mean a web application that can juggle 801 different things and still look nifty. As always, there is... [more inside]
posted by Smarson on Dec 21, 2006 - 14 answers

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