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An Embarassment of Riches

Should I Decline a Job I Already Accepted? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Mar 20, 2015 - 25 answers

Article about unmaintainable software on bank mainframes

Please help me locate an article I read online a couple of years ago. Essentially it went like this: the core software that banks use to run transactions is very old and hard to maintain, and they're terrified of breaking something by trying to integrate new features. Therefore, "instant" transactions via online banking aren't really instant: what actually happens is that there's an elaborate front-end emulating the functionality of the core system. Every night the front-end system delivers all the queued-up "faked" transactions to the core system, which actually processes them. [more inside]
posted by pont on Mar 19, 2015 - 4 answers

non iTunes music player that allows me to do three specific things ...

After years of avoiding iTunes 11, a new laptop (Windows 8) has recently forced my hand. Needless, to say I'm unimpressed. More to the point, as a semi-pro-DJ who works from rather large playlists and loves working with shuffled playlists, I have some rather particular needs ... [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Mar 14, 2015 - 6 answers

open source voter management software

Is there any open source voter management software out there? I had heard of something called Advokit, but its website seems to be down. Stuff that small campaigns can use to keep track of voter management between campaigns and during them, and generate door knock up sheets and leaflet runs. I am in the UK and asking for a friend.
posted by Mistress on Mar 11, 2015 - 1 answer

Jumping ship from academia to industry

I'm have a PhD in computer science, and after an unsuccessful location-constrained academic job search, have decided to finally try industry. If you made a similar shift, I'd love to hear your experiences. What was the career transition like? What sorts of jobs should I be applying for? [more inside]
posted by redlines on Mar 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Tech friendly cities?

What are some cities / metro areas in the U.S. with a fair amount of software and tech companies besides the Bay Area, Seattle, and NYC? I'm looking more for lesser known hubs or places where there is a growing presence, cities that I may have not considered. Where are the jobs in 2015 and where will they be in ten years? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Feb 27, 2015 - 34 answers

What should I name my company?

So I'm slowly building a company (audio and music software), and I'm starting to look at company name and branding. Naming is really hard. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Feb 19, 2015 - 18 answers

Free software to split or convert an AIFF file?

I have a long AIFF file I need to split into a couple of smaller ones. I found a couple of online programs to convert the file to an mp3, but either the file is too big or they're a free trial that only converts part of the file and you have to purchase it to be able to convert the whole file. I haven't found one that can just split AIFF files. Is there a 100% free program that will either split the file or convert it to an mp3 format (since I do have a program that can split mp3s)?
posted by atinna on Feb 15, 2015 - 9 answers

SPSS in Windows 7

I have an old version of SPSS from 1995 on floppy disc. I love it because it's so much better than the free stuff like SalStat and others. How to I make it run in Windows 7 Professional? I keep getting a message that b/c Win7 is 64 bit, it won't. But I have compatibility mode for Win XP where it did run before I upgraded to a new PC. Is there anything I can do?
posted by CollectiveMind on Feb 13, 2015 - 7 answers

Old Mozilla/Tech Blog Post About Software Persistence?

I read a personal blog post maybe five years ago arguing from a philosophical point that no software should "die" but should persist, i.e. restarts should be seamless or unnecessary. It was written with particular regard to Firefox extensions although it also mentioned Apache. It was most likely by someone in the Mozilla-sphere (read: syndicated on Planet Mozilla), but they may have linked to a piece by a general high-profile tech blogger. Searching for obvious keywords is drawing blanks, can anyone identify or locate the blog post in question for me?
posted by comealongpole on Feb 13, 2015 - 3 answers

Please point me at a Mac picture/sketch editor that does what I want.

I have a very basic (I think) requirement infrequently where I need to slightly modify a picture (usually a line drawing or a jpg of an event layout or similar) so that I can extract the track map from it. I keep bouncing between software that doesn't do enough to overwhelmingly complicated and too involved to do quickly. Please translate what is available in my own perspective please. I am open to the possibility that I am outside the realms of simple software, but am ever hopeful. [more inside]
posted by Brockles on Feb 13, 2015 - 11 answers

High Performing Software Teams

Awesome software engineering managers, what has made you successful? I am working with a Dev manager and my gut tells me our process is broken and teams are not working to their potential. The current manager is spouting the benefits of Kanban and has removed any of the normal Agile stuff ( storypoints, retros, sprints ). Last quarter they completely missed on the Roadmap and the team seems disengaged. Leadership is scared to lose talent and is coddling our engineering team. Help me instill a lightweight process and culture than gets results and keeps people happy. What is working for you?
posted by jasondigitized on Feb 11, 2015 - 13 answers

Good software for laying out a wedding?

We have booked a big room for our wedding, and I would like to produce a professional looking room plan. Any suggestions for good software? What do event planners use? I have experience with drafting software but only expensive programs like AutoCAD that I don't currently have access to. Mac or PC is fine.
posted by smackfu on Feb 10, 2015 - 10 answers

Movie-making for the hard-of-thinking

We have over 4,000 photos and videos from a recent trip to India and Bhutan. Can you suggest the least complicated, best program to use to make a movie, NOT using all 4,000 photos. My technical abilities are minimal but I'm up for a project. I have several PCs. Some of the photos were taken on an iPhone but mostly on a Canon. I'd like to add commentary and/or captions. Your ideas, great green hive mind?
posted by lois1950 on Feb 9, 2015 - 2 answers

Software to develop a sewing pattern archive?

I'm looking for appropriate software to start documenting and cataloging a sewing pattern archive. What would be the most appropriate? I've seen this and this, but they are a little dated and not quite what I think I need. [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Feb 5, 2015 - 6 answers

I need some advice for working with tech recruiters in NYC

I am a senior engineer looking for software development work in NYC. I'm attracting a lot of attention from recruiters, and I need some advice for how to work with them. I'm concerned that I've already made a huge mistake. [more inside]
posted by evil otto on Feb 4, 2015 - 15 answers

Removing Viruses, Malware, and other software in a simulation

I'm teaching people how to perform computer maintenance which includes cleaning up malicious software. I need to figure out how to do this without damaging equipment. [more inside]
posted by bleucube on Feb 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Software for creating TF2 items?

My 12yo is interested in designing/creating items (weapons, accessories, etc.) for use in TF2. What is the cheapest (preferably free-est) software with the least steep learning curve for this sort of thing? Basically something powerful enough to accomplish what he wants to do without being overwhelming in terms of difficulty (or price). Thanks!
posted by mothershock on Feb 1, 2015 - 5 answers

Free, flexible, easy-to-use concept-mapping software?

I'm looking for a concept-mapping tool that offers (1) considerable flexibility in terms of spatial positioning of nodes, nature of links (not just strictly hierarchical trees in a single direction) (2) somewhat customizable colors and fonts (and ideally, shapes as well), and (3) export/save to PDF or JPG capabilities. You'd be surprised how hard it is to find this program. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jan 30, 2015 - 9 answers

All our lockers are belong to someone?

We have a couple of hundred storage spaces in our collective workshop, and they're managed on paper, in a folder, on a shelf, at the office. I'd like to digitalise it and add a working waiting list. O hive, bestow your wisdom and deliver us from Excel! [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Jan 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Best platform/solution for a lecture series website?

I'm looking for the best way to present information online about a lecture series. [more inside]
posted by tractorfeed on Jan 25, 2015 - 1 answer

Mac to-do app in Calendar form

I cannot seem to find a good app that will let me: 1) have recurring tasks 2) allow me to check them off as done (like disappear or strike or some other indicator) 3) presented in calendar form (not a "reminders" list). I don't ask for much. I have checked out many many free apps, none of which accomplish what I want. I'm sure this gem is a paid app and I will gladly fork over based on a suggestion, knowing my criteria. I have yet to find one that has all three of these requirements spelled out. Thanks!
posted by Snackpants on Jan 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Miyazaki wanna-be teen

Easy animation software for the mac for a teen with an ambitious history project. [more inside]
posted by LittleMy on Jan 22, 2015 - 4 answers

Intermediate/Advanced Java Programming Books?

I'm a software developer with several years of experience under my belt. Lately, I've been working with lots of Java code, but have very little formal Java training. Unfortunately, most of the resources that I've found seem to target people with little/no programming experience OR lots of basic Java experience. Can anybody recommend books or other resources that teach Java, from the perspective of a developer who is already experienced with OOP and other C-style languages? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Jan 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Where should I host our team's software for free download?

We have a website. It is a simple WordPress install. We have software for Mac, PC, Android, and iOS. The last two game clients are handled by Large Companies With A Cloud. The first two are just on our webserver and this is not a good long-term plan. Where is the best place to post these game clients? [more inside]
posted by andreaazure on Jan 19, 2015 - 5 answers

How to support digitising family memories for easy retrieval?

I have come into possession of 15 boxes of family history. These include dozens of journals, letters, pictures and other memorabilia. I have started transcribing the journals, but I realize that just word files is not the best way to capture the content and I'm looking for suggestions (software, cloud service, etc.) for how to best get this content into a usable digital format. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb on Jan 19, 2015 - 6 answers

Killer Linux Apps: 2015 Edition

I just got a new linux laptop to replace my old one. I've set up everything I normally use on it, and have discovered a few pieces of software I hadn't known about before. I'd like more! Recommend to me your best-kept-secret linux apps. [more inside]
posted by axiom on Jan 15, 2015 - 19 answers

When I grow up I want to be: an Instructional Designer

I'm currently in pursuit of a Master's in Instructional Design, but what software should I learn to use alongside the theory? [more inside]
posted by thefang on Jan 15, 2015 - 13 answers

How do I build database to organize my learning goals and lesson plans?

I need to organize my lesson plans and learning goals. I have a list of learning goals. I have a list of "activities," each of which addresses one or more learning goals. I want to be able to switch easily between listing activities chronologically and grouping the activities by learning goals. What miracle software should I be using? [more inside]
posted by BrashTech on Jan 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Easy open-source database building software?

I'm looking for an easy-to-use, robust, free, cross-platform open source database building tool. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jan 13, 2015 - 11 answers

Consumer and Industry PC Diagnostic Software

I'm looking to gather a current list (2012-2015) of consumer and Industry PC Diagnostic software. Example: PC Doctor This would be mainly for Windows systems but I wouldn't mind having resources available for MAC and Linux. Thanks!
posted by bleucube on Jan 10, 2015 - 3 answers

copyright of software and changes to code

I registered a copyright with the eCO (copyright.gov) for some code as literary work in August. In the meanwhile there have been some changes. I cannot reupload the files. Claim is still pending. The changes are not major but new features have been added and some of the functions have changed. Should I make a new claim or will the previous claim cover the updated software, e.g., a court would recognize the new code stems from the old code?
posted by spacefire on Jan 9, 2015 - 1 answer

Printing polygonal puzzle pieces

I'd like to have polygonal pieces made for an (essentially) flat dissection puzzle similar to this nice-looking tangram set at Shapeways. The pieces are simple, but I could use some guidance / tips on the whole process of bringing them into existence. [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog on Jan 9, 2015 - 3 answers

What Are Some Android Apps Worth Paying for?

I've been using android phones for the past three years. I haven't bought a single app from Google Play store. I'm interested in knowing if there are any paid android apps that would make my life easier.
posted by Carius on Jan 3, 2015 - 20 answers

Setting up the software side

Guided by the wisdom of AskMeFi, I recently purchased a tricked-out desktop computer. It's a whitebox build, and rather than have the builders install the operating system(s) for me, I asked that they just format the drive. I want the learning experience of installing my own. I know how to find tutorials-- what I'd like are your tips and tricks, both about the OSs and the software running on them, that I might not find in a tutorial. [more inside]
posted by dee lee on Dec 25, 2014 - 11 answers

Mac app that shows image overlaid over another app?

I'm looking for an app on Mac OS X (Mavericks preferred. Can't use Yosemite). The app would simply display an image with adjustable transparency such that a second app could be positioned behind this image-displaying app, and I could see the image overlaid. [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Dec 24, 2014 - 4 answers

How to print an envelope or two on the Mac?

How can I simply print an envelope or two from my Mac to any printer that can handle envelopes? I'm printing directly on the envelope, but it's a standard #10 envelope--no labels, no odd sizes. I'd like USPS barcodes. I've got a copy of EasyEnvelopes and I've been trying to print from it, but nothing happens on my printer and I can't update it because they charge for it now. Printing other docs works fine. [more inside]
posted by tellumo on Dec 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Grant Management from the Granting Agency side?

Looking for software recommendations for managing grants from the perspective of the granting agency, ideally on a limited budget. [more inside]
posted by aramaic on Dec 18, 2014 - 0 answers

Is learning to code really a good job option?

It seems that "computer programmer" is often listed as one of the best jobs in America. There are cram schools popping up promising six figure salaries in 12 weeks. And even a former celebrity has chosen it as a second act. All this because there's apparently a tech talent crunch. But is learning to code the best strategy for a viable career? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Dec 8, 2014 - 18 answers

Easiest way to rip and/or burn DVDs on my new Windows 8.1 laptop

I just received my first Win8.1 computer, and I am having some trouble adapting to the new interface. The computer I got has a DVD read-write drive, but I bought the "Signature Edition" of this laptop (Acer E5) from the Microsoft store and that means it doesn't come with the usual pile of bloatware. This is apparently both a good and a bad thing... [more inside]
posted by FormerMermaid on Dec 7, 2014 - 2 answers

How to make a time-lapse movie from lots of very boring video?

I'd like to make a time-lapse video from a bunch of very boring normal-speed video files produced by a cheap dash cam. What's the easiest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Nov 18, 2014 - 9 answers

Too many chefs, how to manage them, software edition.

What success (or failure) have you had with any kind of a software architecture vetting process? [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Nov 17, 2014 - 5 answers

What's the job market like for software engineers in NYC?

What's the job market like for software engineers in NYC? [more inside]
posted by evil otto on Nov 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Does this desktop fretboard mapping software exist?

I love Guitar Toolkit on my iPhone. Specifically, the scale and chord features. I want the same functionality on my desktop monitor so I can see more than 5 frets at a time. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Nov 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Live Music Visual Projection Software

I would like to find a software program that allows me to trigger photos/short video both live and preplanned. More explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by hiddenknives on Nov 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Internal professional development programs you liked or heard about?

I manage a team of software technical support staff. Lately I've been considering a departmental professional development program. Do you know of any good examples? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Professional on Nov 4, 2014 - 1 answer

How to promote my software to investors

I created a software library that should be useful to developers , even relative beginners, writing software for a variety of fields, but mainly for Engineering (Mechanical,Architecture). Big data and business intelligence might be other fields where my software could be used. I'm in the closed beta stage right now, my software might take a while to catch on, and I need some cash. [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Oct 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Free "petition"-type web software?

I would like to create a web page where people can sign a sort of petition. It needs to be on my own web host, so third-party websites are not an option. [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Oct 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Is Never Good for You?

I recently moved to Copenhagen, while Mr. Nat is in Phoenix. Help us find software so we can more easily schedule skype calls. Must be multi-platform (Mac, Iphone, Android tablet, Windows, and Linux are all involved) and sync easily. [more inside]
posted by nat on Oct 16, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for a free time-tracking, invoice-creating, web-based tool.

I do some freelancing work and I'm looking for a free time-tracking online system that lets me print invoices to .pdf twice a month. [more inside]
posted by lea724 on Oct 14, 2014 - 9 answers

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