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Finding A Job In Chicago Without A Clue

I would like to get a new job in Chicago. What are some things I can do over the summer to maximize my odds at finding employment in the windy city? My field is software engineering. [more inside]
posted by Green With You on Apr 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me find the correct software package!

What is a good free (or free trial) animation software I can download for a project at work? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 on Apr 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Easy music software?

I'm looking for music software with an easy programming interface for amateurs. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Apr 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me make pretty family trees

What program or software was used to make this family tree diagram? [more inside]
posted by Nickel on Apr 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Program for detecting whether a song is instrumental?

Is there a programmatic way to detect whether a given song is exclusively instrumental? [more inside]
posted by xulu on Apr 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Does this seem like a virus threat?

I purchased some software recently from a company txf.express designed to help create an 8949 form for stock trades. It seemed that it was improperly calculating a few numbers, and upon my questioning the software creator asked for my trading history to review the data and look for errors. He then sent me a .piz file and asked that I rename it to a .zip file and open it for a properly functioning program. My limited understanding is that " if you receive a piz file in an email and you are not familiar with the person who is sending it or are unsure of why they are sending it, do not change it to a zip file and try opening it. This could result in infecting your system with a computer virus." Are their legitimate reasons why he should be sending a piz file and asking me to rename it?
posted by dougiedd on Apr 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Having trouble restoring Mac OS X system software

Please help me restore Mac OS on my wife's MacBook! I am pulling my hair out. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Apr 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Software/ online app for sports league scheduling?

I'm looking for software that will help me schedule play and practice sessions for teams in a sports league. Ideally, the software would be free and be flexible enough to take into account: the number of teams, how many times each team should play each other, & the number of available fields. [more inside]
posted by woodman on Mar 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Confusion over eBay selling

Help me not get scammed on Ebay, please? I did some Spring cleaning and put a bunch of things on eBay. Everything was sold and delivered without a problem, except for one item that someone's claiming was already opened and probably used. [more inside]
posted by plaintiff6r on Mar 30, 2012 - 15 answers

Breaking Bad News

How can I not bum people out when I tell them their software idea will be more costly and/or may not work as well as they think it will? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Mar 29, 2012 - 12 answers

Alternatives to iTunes

What's the best non-intrusive MP3 playing software on OSX? [more inside]
posted by wrok on Mar 29, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I create an amortization table where my payments change every period?

Is it possible to create an amortization schedule in Excel when the payment amount, the principal amount, and the interest amount each year is unique? [more inside]
posted by lea724 on Mar 29, 2012 - 16 answers

What are some examples of small web apps that earn their creators a side-income? What are the stories behind them?

What are some examples of small web apps that earn their creators a side-income? What are the stories behind them? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Mar 22, 2012 - 12 answers

How important is QA testing in software development?

I'm looking at a software company of about 30 developers. Everything looks great except there's no QA department. Is this a big warning sign? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2012 - 17 answers

Product Management/Development Books

Good Product Management/ Product Development Books [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Mar 18, 2012 - 1 answer

FruityLoops->Abelton?

I need to get audio files from Fruity Loops to Ableton. Is there any way to make this process easier? [more inside]
posted by googly on Mar 16, 2012 - 6 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

English grammar checker

Do you know any English grammar checker? [more inside]
posted by - on Mar 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Idea/innovation management

What is the best "idea management" or "innovation management" software? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Mar 14, 2012 - 3 answers

iOS Heart Rate Monitor..

I have a question about my Scosche myTREK heart rate monitor for my iPhone. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Mar 12, 2012 - 0 answers

Months-at-a-time work for software guys?

Is there such a thing as seasonal tech (programming, project management, ...) work? [more inside]
posted by rr on Mar 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Sales tracking for a small business?

I am looking for an online or software-based solution to track monthly/quarterly/yearly sales numbers across multiple markets. As a small company, we are not opposed to paying for the service, but cannot afford anything too expensive. Any suggestions on programs you have used?
posted by Equiprimordial on Mar 6, 2012 - 8 answers

I need a pantry app to help me inventory my food!

I need a pantry/food-inventorying app, and I'm willing to pay for one. We have lots of food stored up, but we don't have a pantry per se. By necessity, the food is dispersed in the basement, kitchen cabinets, closets, etc. Most of it is stuff we would use up pretty quickly if it were convenient -- instead, we can't find it when we need it, or don't know we have it, and end up buying more. There must be an app for this, right? [more inside]
posted by ROTFL on Mar 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Software job: good, bad, mediocre?

First job in the software industry. Is it good, awful, or just mediocre? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 - 27 answers

90% of bugs are waht?

What's the source of this Computer Science quote? [more inside]
posted by rhizome on Mar 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Is there any good and free CD cataloging software?

Is there any good and free CD cataloging software? [more inside]
posted by Gygesringtone on Mar 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Quick and easy task management software.

Task management: help me find just the right iPhone/web app, please. To get you started, I love Taskpaper, but... [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Mar 1, 2012 - 11 answers

I need to be reminded that my current apartment situation is finite.

Renter's Remorse Filter. I moved into a new place and I cannot stand it (upstairs neighbor sounds like an elephant, asinine condo regulations, horrible parking, etc.) Is there a countdown timer utility (Mac OS 10.6) or email service that I can use to count down the weeks I have left to live here? Ideally, I would like to receive an email at the end of every week, saying I have X number of weeks left.
posted by invisible ink on Feb 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Online Book Publishing Workflow?

Online Book publishing: ebook, kindle, epub, ibook - can this be done without a million different programs and converters? [more inside]
posted by artlung on Feb 23, 2012 - 13 answers

network throughput and latency monitoring on cloud server

I would like some advice. I would like to send test data at intervals from a client to a cloud server and measure the time taken for it to arrive at the server. At the same time, pinging the cloud server at intervals and measuring the roundtrip latency. [more inside]
posted by conrad101 on Feb 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Is there such a thing as project aggregation software?

I'm not looking for project management, nor time tracking, nor (necessarily) to do lists, but more of a way of assembling all the different project components and work in progress in one interface. Is there such a thing? [more inside]
posted by outlier on Feb 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Recommendations for an email guide dog.

Someone close to me is going blind. What kind of screen reader and other software should I set them up on so they can continue to read and send email? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Feb 22, 2012 - 4 answers

I need a broader view than what slashdot is giving me now

I realized recently, that I've lost somewhat of my network that kept me up to date on technology trends, software development methodologies and up and coming frameworks. I'm specifically in the enterprise JEE world. What are some software related blogs that you use as a Senior/Lead/Architect? [more inside]
posted by kookywon on Feb 15, 2012 - 3 answers

Where is this online post about a software architecture model?

For the sake of my dwindling sanity, can anyone point me towards the blog post I read about a "concentric" model for data-driven software architecture? I've googled like mad but haven't come anywhere close to it because the only search terms I can come up with are either vague or have additional meanings that pollute the results. [more inside]
posted by ElDiabloConQueso on Feb 15, 2012 - 4 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

Set My Price

How much should I charge for this mobile app? [more inside]
posted by plinth on Feb 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Making a rap beat in Reaper

Walk me through making a simple rap instrumental in Reaper using free VSTis. [more inside]
posted by LSK on Feb 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Teen Edutainment?

We are sending a nifty notebook computer to a 13 year-old girl in the Philippines, and wish to load it with interesting software to entertain and educate her. What programs do you recommend? You may also suggest bookmarks to awesome websites.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Feb 11, 2012 - 15 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

Computer! Make me a better person!

What apps do you use to help you stay focused on work? I'm looking for Mac and web apps. I don't have clinically diagnosable ADHD, but I'm curious about what's out there and can certainly use the help sometimes.
posted by ignignokt on Feb 9, 2012 - 18 answers

Need to find the timestamp of an audio clip inside the audio file from which it originated

Does software exist that can search for an audio clip inside the larger audio file and return the timestamp? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Feb 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Anti-Virus softare and Firewall

Firewall and Anti-Virus Software [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Feb 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Robotic Accountant Options?

I'm tired of doing my own taxes, and afraid of hiring another accountant. What is the best/cheapest tax software for a Canadian living in Quebec? I just can't deal with another accountant. I'm tired of being told something will cost 150$ and then get charged 500$ as if they didn't know what they needed to do. I want a tax software that is going to do the weird stuff for me. I don't depend or trust what the box says either! I have some rental income, some contract income, and some salary income. I also have a second (gf) who has simple income.
posted by Napierzaza on Feb 3, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I get past the Boston 140k salary barrier in software?

How do I get past the Boston 140k salary barrier in software? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2012 - 14 answers

Legality of building a software application to access and write to a database which is created and distributed by a third party?

Let me explain. Let's says company A sells to company B a system that includes an Microsoft Access database in order to run. Is it legal for company C to make a system that connects and writes to to company A's database without asking for company A's permission? I assume that since it's just a regular Access database, that anyone can read, it shouldn't be a problem right?
posted by exolstice on Jan 31, 2012 - 12 answers

Do public status updates work for an engineering team?

Apparently many successful software companies have processes where engineers write daily status updates that are publicly visible. Google has a system called 'Snippets' and Facebook has 'Colbert'. Any insiders want to share their experience with such reporting tools? Does anyone know of any resources that describe the pros and cons, nut and bolts of these processes? [more inside]
posted by unmodern on Jan 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Are fictional concepts fair game?

If I make a software implementation of a fictional religion described in a book published in the '70s, can I be subject to valid intellectual property lawsuits? YANML - understood. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Jan 30, 2012 - 16 answers

I can name that software in 5 bytes

Which Facebook business software was I looking at? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on Jan 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Cursor in Photoshop Elements 8 driving me nuts. Help?!

Why is my cursor spinning (i.e. "thinking") so frequently in Photoshop Elements 8 (PSE 8)? [more inside]
posted by aelish on Jan 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Educational discounts for creative software if you're not in school

Is there some legitimate way to get discounts for software like Ableton Live or Photoshop? I was thinking I could take some online courses and get an educational discount this way. Any suggestions for such courses? Or other suggestions?
posted by Busoni on Jan 27, 2012 - 12 answers

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