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Help me find a decent PDA/GPS combo

PDA recommendations:
Needs: Must have CF slot, 802.11b.
Wants: External GPS unit which will work with both my laptop & the PDA
Budget: 399$ or less, not including GPS/additional memory. Must come with standard accessories - cradle, cable, charger, etc.
Etc: Add-on software for viewing PDFs, Word/Excel files, map software.
posted by skwm on Oct 21, 2004 - 2 answers

What is a good Mail application for Mac OS X (10.3.5)?

What is a good Mail application for Mac OS X (10.3.5)? Requirements: can send html email, generally produces "windows friendly" formatting. [slightly more inside] [more inside]
posted by rorycberger on Oct 20, 2004 - 13 answers

Windows XP search improvement: suggestions for how to use the built-in search more efficiently, or for search programs to replace it

I need a search tool replacement for the built-in windows XP search, or suggestions for it. I have a lot of files on different drives in different directories (C:\AA F:\BB ...) and I when I want to find a specific file that I know is in one of those directories, I have to select and search each directory one at a time. (searching all folders on all drives would take too long.) Anyway to make this quicker?
posted by Iax on Oct 18, 2004 - 7 answers

Mac Defaults to QuickTime

Potentially-really-obvious-mac-question-filter. Why does Safari want to open MP3 streams in QuickTime no matter what I do - and how can I stop it?
posted by ascullion on Oct 15, 2004 - 8 answers

Are there any text editors for the Mac that will let me write in full-screen mode?

Are there any text editors for the Mac that will let me write in full-screen mode--i.e., with, say, yellow text on a black background, and no menu bar, dock, desktop, and so on? [more inside]
posted by josh on Oct 14, 2004 - 12 answers

Recommend software for tracking wine.

Does anyone have any advice on software for tracking wine? I am looking for a personal database kind of thing for my own tasting (the more wines that already exist in it the better) and/or a point of sale inventory tracking system.
posted by Irontom on Oct 14, 2004 - 1 answer

Why is my OS X menu bar making a "click" noise?

OS X: All of a sudden clicking things on the menu bar of any program makes a SF-like "click" noise. (I checked under sounds in the system preferences and noises from the interface is unchecked.) It happens when I click on the Apple in the top right or the program name and sometimes File. I have not installed any news software. My question is: WTF? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Oct 14, 2004 - 6 answers

Buffer Problems

Why is it impossible for me to watch/listen to streaming video without the program stopping every few seconds to buffer? I tried to watch this video on both RealPlayer & Windows Media the same thing happened with both.
posted by Juicylicious on Oct 14, 2004 - 5 answers

Websites with lists/reviews of educational books, videos, software for children ages 5-18?

Librarianfilter: My girlfriend is "wondering if anyone could recommend good websites containing lists/reviews for educational books/videos/software for children (ages 5 up through high school)? I recently acquired the responsibility of selecting materials (I'm a librarian) for our University's Educational Resource Center and don't have an education background so I'm new to this. I know about the Parent's Choice Foundation. I was wondering if there is something similar for librarians/educators? I get tons of catalogs but want lists/reviews, preferably online. Thanks!"
posted by adamkempa on Oct 13, 2004 - 3 answers

Recording Software for OSX

My brother would like to do some recording (acoustic guitar mainly, maybe other things) at home and is looking for recording software for OS X. The ideal price would be $500 or under, but it should be something decent rather than just cheap. He "doesn't need pre-recorded loops, etc, so [he] figure[s] GarageBand isn't what [he's] looking for." Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Utilitaritron on Oct 13, 2004 - 11 answers

I'm looking for a recommendation for small-business contact management software program.

I'm looking for a recommendation for small-business contact management software program. (more inside). [more inside]
posted by monkeyman on Oct 11, 2004 - 9 answers

Licensing Code

Which license should I choose? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by deaddodo on Oct 7, 2004 - 10 answers

What's the best OS X tool to watch the movie with subtitles?

You have an .ogm file of a non-subtitled movie and a .srt subtitle file -- what's the best OS X tool to watch the movie with subtitles? For educational purposes only, etc, (more inside) [more inside]
posted by matteo on Oct 7, 2004 - 5 answers

Software to Manipulate Outgoing Caller ID, and to Whitelist/Blacklist Based on Incoming?

I recently read there was software out there for manipulating outgoing caller id information. Can anyone tell me what it is? Also, is there any software out there that will manipulate incoming calls based on caller id -- ie, can I whitelist calls? Integrated with answering machines? [more inside]
posted by namespan on Oct 6, 2004 - 7 answers

Simple Pop Email client recommendation.

Simple Pop Email client recommendation. [MI] [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Oct 4, 2004 - 14 answers

Does anyone know of some blinding pro-level software to remove vinyl rumble? What about vocals?

Digital Music: Anyone know of some blinding pro-level software to remove vinyl rumble. (We're remastering old band music from vinyl for re-issue on CD; master tapes lost. Waves Renaissance software suite via Cubase takes too much of wanted bottom end out). Also: I can find software to remove vocals from a track; anyone know how I can isolate *only* vox from a wav?
posted by Pericles on Oct 4, 2004 - 8 answers

I'm getting error messages when trying to create or clear semaphores in perl on linux.

Perl, semaphores, linux, problems [mi] [more inside]
posted by pissfactory on Oct 4, 2004 - 5 answers

Opossums

Hey, check out all these crazy digital pics I took at my sister's wedding last night! Wait... wtf? Where'd they go? [mi] [more inside]
posted by Witty on Oct 3, 2004 - 6 answers

nagging quicksilver question

QuickSilverFilter: After purusing this thread on cool Mac OS apps, I decided to try out Quicksilver. I think it's pretty darn spiff, but there's one thing I can't figure out. (MI) [more inside]
posted by hughbot on Oct 3, 2004 - 5 answers

Automotive engineering software

Automotive engineering software - chassis setup, shock graphing, etc. - any good resources? Recommendations? We're building a system to be used in a small racing shop. We'd like to outfit them with some tools that come in handy for race car setup and design (late models, modifieds, etc). Any nudges in the right direction are very much appreciated.
posted by annathea on Oct 2, 2004 - 1 answer

Win XP individual program volume control?

Is there something I can get for Win XP that can control the volume of each program individually? I'd like Windows Media Player to be loud (for those videos that have unexplained quiet sound) and Trillian and system beeps and the like to be barely audible. Is this possible?
posted by Orange Goblin on Sep 30, 2004 - 6 answers

OS X or Web-Based Invoicing Software with Multiple Currencies and Billing Units?

I'm looking for software to help me with invoicing--OS X or web-based. I have some picky requirements [more inside] [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Sep 28, 2004 - 1 answer

Cooler than the coolest cool?

What are the best free cool programs for a mac running OSX?
posted by adrober on Sep 27, 2004 - 21 answers

Codemonkeys, help me work up software that uses a haptics device.

I have a 7 month long software design project to do (with 5 other geeks) that will be using a haptics device in this lab. The project seems to be pretty wide open, however, we bring limited skills to to table (i.e. we need to learn OpenGL or some other graphics API on the fly) and have a very narrow window for coding after doing all the design documentation. Does anybody have a any good ideas that would involve 3D represention and tactile feedback using a gimbled stylus?
posted by srboisvert on Sep 27, 2004 - 5 answers

Recommend simple and cheap Mac database software.

Any recommendations for simple and cheap Mac database software?
posted by ajr on Sep 27, 2004 - 8 answers

How to represent a website project in Visio 2002?

Take the story Rumplestiltskin and the despair of the Millers Daughter in that room with the spinning wheel and the straw and the looming demand for gold, for the Millers Daughters take me for the Spinning Wheel take Visio 2002, for the straw take a bundle of very rough sketches of a website and the possible routes through it with with information gathering, registration, logins, detailed reporting etc as well as a technical spec, /straw, for gold read a beautiful Visio 2002 presentation pulling into focus all the disparate strands for showing to client, for Rumplestiltskin read ask.metafilter. You can have my first born if you can point me to good vision samples (actual files). I just installed this morning and have not used it before and really need a boost. I will put my email on my profile for a whileen if anyone has any goodies for me.
posted by kenaman on Sep 24, 2004 - 8 answers

How Do I Keep Instiki Running After I Log Out (of Windows 2000)?

Instiki on Windows 2000 -- how do I keep the Instiki application (or any app) running after I've logged out?
posted by joaquim on Sep 23, 2004 - 8 answers

Great apps for Nokia / Symbian phone?

So I've got a new Symbian phone (a Nokia 6600) and I'm wondering what to play with. What are the killer apps? (Bonus points if you know of a Windows CE-style "Today" view to replace the launcher...
posted by bonaldi on Sep 21, 2004 - 7 answers

I need recommendations for useful word processing and note taking software for OS X.

The Poor Man's Laptop: As I've parted ways with my previous employer, I've had to relinquish my beautiful, 15 inch aluminum PowerBook. I can't afford a new machine, but have a need for some basic word processing and note taking capabilities. So I've picked up a Palm Tungsten E and a wireless keyboard. It works great, but I could use some recommendations for useful software. My main computer is a desktop G4 running OS X 10.3.5. [MI]
posted by aladfar on Sep 20, 2004 - 6 answers

Real media streams: Saving, splitting, converting to mp3?

My own blue thread makes me want to know how I can record these concerts (Real media streams) to my hard drive and then convert to MP3 and then break them up into individual tracks. I'm on OS X Panther and prefer iTunes but will download whatever.
posted by dobbs on Sep 19, 2004 - 9 answers

Cheap good camcorder, or else!

Digital Camcorder / Digital Video Camera: Looking for a quality review/comparison site. Also, any recommendations? Below $1000, primarily automatic over manual, recording family indoor (some children's sports). Thoughts on simple video editing software to DVD, method of transfer, anything else I should keep in mind?
posted by Feisty on Sep 19, 2004 - 11 answers

What are good Mac software packages for two year-old?

AskMacFilter: Ok, so now I’ve got a viable Imac and a 2.63 year old. What sites/software are going to suit her? [more inside]
posted by daver on Sep 18, 2004 - 6 answers

Mail Duplicates

Tidying my email: Over the years I've developed hundreds of different folders for messages. They're currently all in Mail.app's MBOX format. I want to sort them into one big gmail-style archive folder, and get rid of the many, many duplicates.

Is there any way to automate searching for the duplicates?
posted by bonaldi on Sep 17, 2004 - 2 answers

What do you call the updating process for a CDRom encyclopaedia that updates itself from the web?

CDRom encyclopaedia that updates itself from web. What do you call it's updating process? [more inside]
posted by Pericles on Sep 17, 2004 - 3 answers

What are the benefits and drawbacks of hosting blogging software on a domain separate from a blog's domain?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of hosting blogging software on a domain separate from a blog's domain? The only advantage I see is that it keeps my blog's log files clear of my MovableType 3.11 installation, resulting in cleaner traffic reports. I see no disadvantages. Is it better to just make subdomain for the software installation?
posted by bitpart on Sep 15, 2004 - 4 answers

Duplicate key checking over the Internet as an anti-piracy tactic

Why don't the software companies use the internet to see if two people are on the internet and using the same software license on two separate machines (as defined by IP address, or serial number, or whatever)? This seems like such a basic anti-piracy strategy, and even if it's easily flauted by the technorati, that still means that 95% of users, and maybe 80% of pirates, will be foiled by it. But no one seems to do this. Why? (I've often wondered the same thing about speeding tickets; there have to be more cost-effective ways of catching speeders than paying highway patrolmen to sit there -- is lax enforcement synonymous with tacit endorsement, while still allowing the enforcers to profit by penalizing the occasional transgressor?)
posted by blueshammer on Sep 15, 2004 - 17 answers

Freeware or shareware to read .fp5 files?

Does anyone know of a freeware or shareware database program that can read and edit .fp5 files? I know they're proprietary to filemaker. [more inside]
posted by Metametadata on Sep 15, 2004 - 4 answers

I want a free flashcard program that runs on XP, has a character map, and lets me change titles.

Any recommendations for flashcard program? I'm looking for something free that runs on XP. The kicker: I need to be able to change the font on the cards and have access to a character map so I can use it for classical Greek. Everything I've found so far is crap or for OS X.
posted by stopgap on Sep 15, 2004 - 2 answers

Quark 6 in InDesign

Anyone know of a way to open Quark 6 files in InDesign? [more inside]
posted by papercake on Sep 15, 2004 - 4 answers

Is speech recognition software worthwhile?

Is speech recognition software worthwhile for a slow typist? I've heard that even the best programs have annoyingly high rates of error.
posted by LimePi on Sep 14, 2004 - 11 answers

Tag-based indexing for local files?

Tag-based indexing for local files? [more inside]
posted by monju_bosatsu on Sep 14, 2004 - 11 answers

Looking for Cross-Platform Software to Draw Upon or Merge PDFs

Hi, I'm looking for some PDF software that lets you draw ontop of an existing PDF (like lines, text), and some other software that lets you merge multiple PDF files (there was a similar question a few days ago but that was for OSX). If I get to be choosy, I'd prefer cross platform libraries. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by holloway on Sep 14, 2004 - 6 answers

I need a script to compare files in a directory to files referenced in web pages.

Can anyone recommend a program (in say perl or java or something) that will execute on my linux web server and a) slurp the file references in the pages (html, php) and b) compare them to the actual files in my web root tree giving me a list of all of the unreferenced files (not referenced on public web pages)? I want to clean up this junky file system, but I don't want to break any links and I inherited the mess. Thanks.
posted by pissfactory on Sep 13, 2004 - 5 answers

Timesheets

I run a 2 person design office. Can anyone recommend an easy to use web based timesheet program? Cheap is good.
posted by alball on Sep 13, 2004 - 9 answers

In iTunes, why do songs I uncheck not play during shuffled playback?

In iTunes, why do songs I uncheck not play during shuffled playback? I just want to uncheck songs I don't want on the iPod and let 'em play normally in the library. It's easier than making a playlist for the iPod each time I add new albums. Alternatively, how do you manage your library when it exceeds the size of your iPod?
posted by riffola on Sep 12, 2004 - 12 answers

Good Windows clock applet for multiple timezones?

Looking for a simple Winders clock applet. I want to be able to check at a glance the time in 4 or 5 different places -- maybe with UT tossed in for good measure.
posted by RavinDave on Sep 10, 2004 - 2 answers

Recommendations for Book Database Applications (Windows XP)?

Good book database programs. [mi] [more inside]
posted by stoneegg21 on Sep 10, 2004 - 3 answers

Swamp, cannon, log computer game with a prize

A friend is trying to remember an old computer game... [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Sep 9, 2004 - 4 answers

Software patch that allows you to trick video card into thinking it's a higher end?

I have and Nvidia GeForce2 MX/Mx 400 64Mb video card and work a lot in AutoCAD and 3DSMax 6 in 3d.
I understand there is a software patch that allows you to trick the card into thinking it's a higher end card (Optima, I believe) and taking advantage of the 3ds-specific drivers made by Nvidia, without cracking the case, soldering anything, etc.
Does anybody have any experience doing this kind of thing? I am using XP Pro, 0.5 Gb, 1.5 Ghz.
posted by signal on Sep 8, 2004 - 3 answers

Reading a visio file on OS X: Can it be done?

Reading a visio file on OS X: Can it be done? [mi] [more inside]
posted by b1tr0t on Sep 6, 2004 - 7 answers

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