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SOFTWARE UPDATE FAIL

I grew frustrated of my adventures in installing CyanogenMod, turned off my Samsung Galaxy S when it was in "Downloading, do not turn off target!" mode, and now all my phone says is "Software update fail." What do I do? Can I do something? [more inside]
posted by facehugger on Jun 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Alternatives to PagerDuty

Are there any alternatives to PagerDuty (other than building something from scratch on my own)? [more inside]
posted by wrok on Jun 10, 2013 - 4 answers

What best practices do the pros use to maintain frameworks of software

My company has built a "framework" of software which is a complex combination of relationships between various technologies, code in various programming languages and front and back end systems. I need to come up with a system for maintaining versions and subversions of different pieces and i'm not sure if I have the right idea. More inside... [more inside]
posted by postergeist on Jun 9, 2013 - 9 answers

A robot that will help me make decisions.

Looking for an app or desktop program that will help me clarify my thoughts and make decisions. Requirements within. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Jun 5, 2013 - 8 answers

What Adobe Product Should I Use To Make A Glossy Report?

I am making a 20 page glossy (i.e. lots of graphics and photos) report. Previously, I have been using Illustrator to make individual pages, but that is clearly not the correct tool. What product (preferable Adobe) should I get to create this kind of document?
posted by chrisalbon on Jun 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Design software for the homeowner?

I have a few household projects for which I'd like to mock-up some designs. Mostly pressingly a bathroom, and after that garage storage, landscape design, and other things. What is the best (free, or individual consumer-priced) software to get the job done? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Jun 3, 2013 - 4 answers

How to build a community website that does almost everything?

Can anyone recommend a feature-rich web app for online communities. Must be able to manage documents, permissions, events etc. Hosted or self-hosted will do. Full details inside. [more inside]
posted by Magnakai on May 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Seeking Message Board/Forum Software or hosting site

I'm looking for forum/message board software with certain features related to subscribing via email/RSS and guest-posting capabilities. These are for separate projects so the software does not need to contain all of these features, necessarily. [more inside]
posted by shoyu on May 26, 2013 - 1 answer

Does anyone even buy desktops?

Is there a market for custom built computers sold through an independent person, versus Dell or HP? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on May 18, 2013 - 32 answers

What would you use to "build your own" wire service for a company?

I'm developing a proposal to overhaul the way my company thinks about communication. One of the major components that would allow this to work is the creation of what is essentially a "wire service". What software already exists to do this? (lots of details inside) [more inside]
posted by dadici on May 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Seeking Specialized Software

What's the best way to have a document turned into a fill-in-the-blanks quiz? In other words, I'm looking for a program that will remove key words from a document for the purpose of memorization. Ideally, it would avoid filler words like "and," "of," or "for," etc.
posted by matkline on May 5, 2013 - 3 answers

What is a good DJ software that uses tags?

Is there any free (or swedish free) DJ software for Windows or Linux that lets you add tags to tracks in your library and then search using those tags? [more inside]
posted by Fermin on May 5, 2013 - 4 answers

RapGenius clone?

I am trying to build a blended learning web-app for a professor to replace his Blackboard-based discussion forum. I think a great model is RapGenius's annotation system. Do open-source clones exist for this? Any out-of-the-box tools I can quickly hack together to mimic RapGenius's annotation system? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on May 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Pixar's Pitch Docter (sic)

I recently read about a piece of software that Pixar uses in house to iterate story ideas called "Pitch Docter" (named after Peter Docter). I'm curious to see if anything non-proprietary exists out there. [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Apr 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Is this master's in software worth pursuing?

I have the opportunity to pursue this master's in software program for free. I jumped on the opportunity, but now as my first semester winds to a close, I'm beginning to wonder just how valuable this actually is. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Apr 26, 2013 - 11 answers

Replacement for Echofon (Twitter client) on Windows desktop?

For a while I've been using Echofon as my Twitter client. It's got some things I don't like, but I always assumed they'd eventually get fixed. However, Echofon has discontinued support for the desktop client, opting instead to focus on mobile platforms. I'm looking for a replacement, since some features in Echofon have inexplicably stopped working and obviously won't be fixed. Anyone got suggestions on a replacement? [more inside]
posted by Legomancer on Apr 25, 2013 - 3 answers

What are the prerequisites to learn HTML5?

I am a beginner in information technology, and I need to learn HTML5. For me to start learning HTML5, I need to know what languages/codes that I should know to start working in HTML5. I know HTML5 are used for webpages, mobile, games, and others. For example, I knew that I should be familiar with CSS3 So what are other basic information and skills needed to learn before starting with HTML5? Thanks
posted by omaralarifi on Apr 25, 2013 - 9 answers

What's the tool of choice for building a web-comic site?

I've built many a web site over the years, for corporate use and private individuals and small business, etc -- but never one for a web comic. How do I get started? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on Apr 23, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I get my music off my iPod and onto my PC again?

I recently messed up a backup and as a result the only easily-accessible digital copy of my entire music collection is the one on my iPod. What's the best way to copy the files from my iPod back onto my laptop? [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night on Apr 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Can I have this bought for me?

Can a company make software available *for sale* also non-transferrable? [more inside]
posted by oddman on Apr 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Need a cloud based invoicing / accounting program that is not Quickbooks

Before I begin, I know the most popular and reasonable answer will be to learn and use Quickbooks. There is some sort of 'block' in my brain that will not allow me to learn quickbooks and I am content in using a different software to do the simple things I am needing to do... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Apr 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Simple, intuitive map software/service for a business

My (small) company provides services in people's homes. We'd like to use electronic maps to plan technician routes and better understand where our clients are geographically. What (Mac-compatible) software or web service might help with this? [more inside]
posted by Clandestine Outlawry on Apr 16, 2013 - 2 answers

Mac Clipboard Manager with "Paste and Remove from History"

I'm looking for a standalone clipboard manager for OSX that has LaunchBar's "Paste and Remove from History" functionality. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar on Apr 12, 2013 - 1 answer

Talk to me programmers!

Is it worth changing careers, getting a masters in CS? [more inside]
posted by nel on Apr 12, 2013 - 17 answers

Where Can I Learn About Mobile Software Development?

I'm back in the web software development world after about 7 years selling already developed software. Mobile software development barely existed the last time I talked to a client about development projects. I understand the web side of things just fine still. Mobile I'm clueless on. Is there a good book or maybe website(s) that will help get me up to speed, and stay there? I'm running sales, so I'm not going to be writing any code. [more inside]
posted by COD on Apr 9, 2013 - 1 answer

How to make a DIY guidebook

I'd like to create a DIY guidebook for my next trip, that will be available on my iPhone. [more inside]
posted by bchaplin on Apr 6, 2013 - 13 answers

How can I make a living as a freelance software developer/musician?

I'm currently doing the 9-5 for a company as a software developer during the week and am a church organist on Sundays (as well as a few other freelance music gigs), but I would like to leave the office behind and become a freelance developer so I can spend more time on music. I've thought about this a lot, but now I want to actually DO it. What steps do I need to take to make this happen? Does anyone have experience being in this type of situation? [more inside]
posted by mrbob14 on Apr 3, 2013 - 12 answers

Crash course on election-related software and volunteers' use of it

I'm creating a database and corresponding web-app to assist a progressive "hyper-local" political action committee. The system will cover get-out-the-vote efforts and volunteer tracking. I'm looking for real-world (non-technical) advice on GOTV and fundraising systems. Have you used one? What did you like/hate about it? [more inside]
posted by joe vrrr on Apr 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Something like Evernote?

Is there a program along the lines of Evernote that can deal with .pdf and .doc files? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Apr 3, 2013 - 12 answers

Invoicing & accounting software / methods for freelance & small biz

I'm currently looking at adopting Freshbooks or Kashoo, and would be interested in experiences with either, or other recommendations. Context: I'm a few years into freelancing (across a few different industries) and I'm working on improving my accounting, with the goals of easier tax time, smoother day-to-day operations, and better information about cashflow and budgeting. Right now I use Toggl for time tracking, and Mint for expense tracking and budgeting; I like Toggl but I'm not married to it, and Mint is starting to drive me absolutely nuts. I do invoicing and bookkeeping manually. Also welcome would be general tips on bookkeeping and accounting for small businesses / freelancers. I'm on a Mac, in Canada.
posted by sixswitch on Apr 1, 2013 - 2 answers

What iOS software do we need for a small resale business?

Starting a small business of one-of-a-kind items and looking for an iOS software package for inventory and sales. [more inside]
posted by LarryC on Mar 31, 2013 - 2 answers

What type of software do I need to accomplish this?

I have a server running at home. I would like to connect to that server via web browser, and upon login, I would like Quicken (or some other single, predetermined application) to appear and be usable. I don’t want to be able to access any other parts of the computer via the browser. What software do I need to accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by Arbitrage1 on Mar 28, 2013 - 8 answers

Adjusting for my elongated torso...

Tell me everything you know about sewing patterning software, especially the kind for dummies... [more inside]
posted by Melismata on Mar 27, 2013 - 14 answers

Tool for building a reference guide website or document generator?

Is there a word for these types of web-based tools, and a widely-used way to make them? One: a way make a web-based reference guide / glossary / help centre. Two: a tool that will generate a custom 20-page PDF based on complex user inputs, complete with table of contents. Are there open-source, well-supported solutions for building these things? Maybe a way to combine some plugins for Drupal or Wordpress? I really have no idea how to tackle this. [more inside]
posted by 100kb on Mar 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Mac Desktop Twitter client that hides/clears read tweets

I'm looking for a Mac desktop Twitter client that will let me hide or clear tweets once I've read them--NOT a filter, but a way to clear up my screen by making tweets I'm done reading invisible. [more inside]
posted by pavane on Mar 23, 2013 - 8 answers

You put the what in the where now?

Have had and have used Lightroom 3. Now have and will soon use Lightroom 4. Not exactly clear on the pixie magic involved in converting a LR3 catalog to LR4, though. What can you tell me? [more inside]
posted by mcbeth on Mar 22, 2013 - 3 answers

CRM/To-Do List/Task Manager Software

A friend has an old edition of Maximizer software and is looking at current Task Manager software. She needs it to integrate with MS Outlook, and be very versatile in terms of To-Do list funtionality. That's her primary need now out of whatever software she ends up purchasing. She's looked at Salesforce and Prophet, and feels they're too much. So, to recap- a strong task manager/to-do list software that integrates with Outlook. What says the Hive?
posted by ecollie on Mar 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Scrum: How to split a large user story

As part of the backlog items for a website, our team has been asked produce a web movie with an outside agency. The user story behind it it is huge - how can we split it? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Mar 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Karaoke-like software to speak Norwegian like a native

Is there any software out there which can give me feedback on rhythm, timing and flow for language learning? Karaoke for Norwegian speech patterns? [more inside]
posted by Eltulipan on Mar 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Best practices for software development documentation

I do some developery-type stuff at work and the more complicated it gets, the less organized I am. I often find myself wondering why I did this or that or what I was trying to accomplish with it. I reuse a lot of the same functions and bits of code but I don't have a good system of keeping track of them. I know about commenting within code, and I do that, but I'm looking for a larger system of general best practices more than a specific solution. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Mar 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Why does OSX Text to Speech occasionally garble/skip words on me?

In order to reduce eyestrain when on the computer, I use the basic OSX (10.6.8) Text to Speech (System Prefs -> Speech -> Text to Speech) software for the computer to read out long-form articles found online. This works great! Except....sometimes when I ask "Alex" to read out to me it will skip or garble words from the highlighted article, usually one word per sentence or after x number of words. Why? [more inside]
posted by carabiner on Mar 11, 2013 - 1 answer

(Visibly) Secure, online directory solution?

Please recommend easy online solutions to transition our "Student Directory" from a printed booklet to an online applications that parents can log-in to. Bonus points for parents being able to update their information (but with moderation/approval), or add notes (such as "lives with Dad on weekends") This seems like something that would exist as an out-of-box application. Additional details inside. [more inside]
posted by dadici on Mar 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Is there affordable layout/design software for home use?

I'm looking for PC-based layout/design software that runs less than $500 that works better than MS Publisher. [more inside]
posted by PuppyCat on Mar 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Simple free banking reconciliation software for a small partnership?

Can anyone recommend simple-to-use, free, web-based software that can easily reconcile accounts for a small partnership? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Mar 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Best-ever software reviews

What are the best software reviews you've ever read? [more inside]
posted by John Raskolnikov Gilson on Mar 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Need a tool for walking users through my website

The idea here is that I have a product for a specific niche (construction management), that is well designed and (I think) very intuitive. But the target users are not very savvy in terms of WHAT they should be doing. I need to walk them through various processes step by step. [more inside]
posted by Kellster on Feb 28, 2013 - 4 answers

How can we trust open source software?

Open source software is considered trustworthy because anyone can validate the source code and hold the developer accountable. Usually developers will also make compiled binaries available for convenience. How can we know that these binaries are compiled from the same source code the developer published, and not a malicious variant of it? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Feb 26, 2013 - 17 answers

How to record audio from a sound card?

Hi, How to record audio as it passes through a sound card? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Feb 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Backup software copying entire contents of laptop *twice*!

I backed up the contents of my ASUS UL50VT laptop in 2011 to my Seagate external hard drive using their Memeo software. In 2012, I connected the Seagate again and ran a second backup, and it created a separate folder where it stored all the new files I'd gained since the previous time. So far, so good. Now when I try to back it up again, it has started from scratch--duplicating the entire contents of my 450 GB laptop to a third folder. I'm gonna use up all my hard drive space this way, stat. Any way to make it back up only the new files again, like it did before?
posted by manzanita on Feb 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Advice for someone transitiong to freelance consulting and software dev

I would like to do some consulting in the area of software development for Engineering firms. I would also like to develop my own software products and sell them. How do I go about this from a legal standpoint? I plan to alert all my potential customers that I am also working on my own products and that any software I build for them can either remain proprietary for their company (assuming of course it is not the exact same thing as what I plan to create and sell on my own) , or that we can enter an agreement where if I sell the software developed on their dime we would split the profits - assuming they don't want to keep it proprietary which will be the most likely scenario. YANAL, but is there a way to draft this in legal terms? S uch that if obvious small classes or libraries appear both in my product and the product I develop for them - and any programmer knows there are only that many ways to skin a code and overlap is inevitable - I won't get sued.
posted by spacefire on Feb 23, 2013 - 2 answers

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