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A Human Sorting Algorithm

My mom has inherited my dad's 2,000 record albums, most of which are movie soundtracks. She is trying to decide whether to sell them or donate them, and step one is sorting and cataloging. They're not in any order. Is there some good way of alphabetizing them where they live, in a small room without lots of floor space to make piles? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jan 19, 2015 - 29 answers

Best way to sort PDFs

I have about 14 PDF Files with about 400 pages. Each page is an invoice with a number from 1 to 400. Unfortunately, they aren't all in the right sequence. What is the best way to sort them? Is there a way to do this automatically? If not, what other options do I have. The thumbnail view in MAC OS to small to see the invoice number.
posted by jfricke on Nov 21, 2014 - 4 answers

Looking for the worst of the worst.

I was surprised to discover that there is no way to sort an Amazon search or browse within a category by user review--more specifically from lowest to highest. Is there a workaround for this? Or perhaps an app or script I could use? Or even a third party site that sorts it for you? I'm mostly interested in being able to browse a category and see the lowest ranked items, but I'd settle for ranked search results also.
posted by sourwookie on Apr 13, 2014 - 8 answers

I need a different kind of spreadsheet app for OSX

Is there a spreadsheet app that's geared more toward creating sortable lists of stuff? I know I can do this with Apple's Numbers app, but it feels so clunky. I don't want column "A" "B" "C" and so forth. I want to name the columns, just as the columns in iTunes are named (song, album, rating, etc). I don't want to right click a column and choose from a list of options to choose "Sort Ascending/Descending". I want to click the column title and have it sort based on that column, just as iTunes does when in song view, or in a playlist. Click song, the list is sorted by song. Click album the list is sorted by album. I'm not working with any calculations. I want to create easily sortable lists of my stuff... like wine! [more inside]
posted by Mr Ected on Jun 15, 2013 - 12 answers

PHPFilter: Need to sort array in a weird way - help

I have an array which has listing information for products on a website. The products fit into two categories (call them 'bits' and 'bobs') I need to sort the array so that it goes from a completely mixed up and randomized list to: bit, bit, bit, bit, bit, bit, bob, bob, bob, bob, bob, bob, bit, bit, bit, bit, bit, bit And so on, basically reorganize the array so that the list is in alternating groups of six Array structure is basically a numbered array of keyed arrays, like so: Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 39549 [title] => Product Name [author] => Author Name [price] => 7.66 [type] => bit ) [1] => Array ( [id] => 39549 [title] => Product Name [author] => Author Name [price] => 9.66 [type] => bob ) )
posted by signsofrain on Jan 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Need to reign in recycling chaos!

Recycling overload - looking for sorting bin suggestions [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Apr 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Can a sortable spreadsheet exist in a PDF?

I have a PDF document and a spreadsheet in XLS format. We want to be able to put the spreadsheet into the PDF and allow users to click on the sheet's column headings to sort the data alphabetically depending on need. Is this possible? If so, what is the best way to do it? [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 on Feb 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me organize my Gmail account

In gmail, is there a way to search for emails that don't have a specific label or don't have any label? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam on Feb 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Database from Word.doc

How to make a database from word doc? [more inside]
posted by Ideefixe on Sep 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Sort Gmail Inbox by Sender

How Do I Sort My Gmail Inbox by Sender? [more inside]
posted by KRS on Aug 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Does excel have a WHERE clause?

I have an excel file with a list of expenses that are continually updated, sorted by date. There is a column for specifying the category that each expense belongs to. Is it possible to create a formula that adds up the expenses that belong to a specific category? [more inside]
posted by Phire on Jun 21, 2011 - 4 answers

How to tell a client they're wrong?

How to explain and persuade a client that their brilliant idea isn't? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Jun 7, 2011 - 60 answers

How to sort data WITHIN a cell in Microsoft Excel 2007 on Windows?

How to sort data WITHIN a cell in Microsoft Excel 2007 on Windows? [more inside]
posted by bottlebrushtree on Mar 5, 2011 - 7 answers

Welcome to Flingers!

What is kitty trying to tell me with this litter flinging? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Oct 14, 2010 - 22 answers

Folder, i hardly even...

How can I change the view of EVERY FOLDER on my computer (vista 64) to the same view, sort by and group? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on May 27, 2010 - 5 answers


Facebook has been telling me "Your account is temporarily unavailable due to site maintenance. It should be available again within a few hours. We apologize for the inconvenience" for 5 days. I'm getting no response from them. [more inside]
posted by nax on Oct 6, 2009 - 11 answers

Make Windows XP sort by Modified Date automatically... every time?

Easy Windows XP question, yet hard to google: Is there anyway to set the 'select file' dialog boxes used by virtually every program to sort by Modified Date instead of Name? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM on Jun 25, 2009 - 1 answer


Has anyone ever found a source for life-like rubber slugs? I've been trying to find some for an art project and every source I've been able to think of has turned out to not to have any such thing. And by slugs I mean the slimy, slow-moving animal, not the type you try to cheat a soda machine out of it's inventory with. Any suggestions will be much appreciated.
posted by motown missile on May 5, 2009 - 6 answers

Where does "Cashew, Carrot and Cardamom Cupcakes with Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting go?

Help an application Luddite find a good system for organising recipes. [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco on Mar 3, 2009 - 13 answers

Puzzles Weren't My Major: How Do I Re-Order An Mixed Up List?

Help me sort out this problem of ranking bracket winners... Thx in advance, hivemind. [more inside]
posted by mhh5 on Jan 22, 2009 - 7 answers

Server-side script for combining RSS feeds?

Do you know of a server-side script for combining RSS feeds, removing duplicates, filtering out items that match keywords, and then generating a new RSS feed as a result? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Jan 2, 2009 - 13 answers

Clothing mess - how to solve?

Help me organize my 7 year olds clothing! [more inside]
posted by burhan on Dec 10, 2008 - 11 answers

How can I load (and sort) a really huge text file in Perl?

How do I load and then sort a really huge (94 MB) text file list of words? Perl runs out of memory trying to load all the lines-- before I have a chance to try to sort it. [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut on Oct 8, 2008 - 25 answers

I'd rather be obsessive/compulsive than confused.

Organization, self and environmental control and time management: How do I holistically reduce chaos from my life so that I can function well? I don't just need a plan, I need follow through. [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Oct 1, 2008 - 11 answers

Case-sensitive, but not sensitive enough

Can Excel 2003 sort (or filter) primarily on case? [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom on Jul 30, 2008 - 8 answers

Please help me sort this out

Sorting algorithm - how would you do this? [more inside]
posted by Lokheed on Jun 7, 2008 - 16 answers

What program lets you rate many things by comparing two at a time?

Help me find a program/web app that sorts lists by asking you to compare two items at a time. [more inside]
posted by hjo3 on May 2, 2008 - 8 answers

Show me how Excel can sort numbers and text in the order I want

Any Excel gurus in the room? I have an Excel spreadsheet with over 800 rows of data. Each row begins with a number (like 0001), and some have letters after the numbers (like 0001a). The Sort function doesn’t sort the way I’d like it to. [more inside]
posted by Milkman Dan on Apr 17, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me make sticky emails in Thunderbird!

Thunderbird: How can I make messages 'sticky'? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Apr 8, 2008 - 2 answers

Trouble sorting files by filename in Outlook.

I'm having trouble sorting (or rather, unsorting) files in Outlook. [more inside]
posted by naju on Mar 14, 2008 - 5 answers

How to alphabetize a list while ignoring articles?

Can I alphabetize data in Excel (or elsewhere) while ignoring the articles "the", "a" and "an"? [more inside]
posted by Burns Ave. on Feb 20, 2008 - 10 answers

Help me sort my rows please!

Is there a way to sort by "highlighted field" in Excel? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaBelly on Sep 11, 2007 - 5 answers

Sorting by Year

How do I add custom details to folders in Windows Explorer? [more inside]
posted by petsounds on Aug 8, 2007 - 7 answers

Software filter: looking for a free program to rename lots of image files...

Software filter: looking for a free program to rename lots of image files... [more inside]
posted by itheearl on Jul 9, 2007 - 16 answers

Too many coins, not enough time...

I have lots of coins. And no young relatives. I need the coins sorting. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on May 23, 2007 - 18 answers

Hysterical ordering of data

I am currently dealing with an Oracle-based application that on many of the screens returns data in what I call "hysterical order" (seemingly random to the casual observer). In fact, the application applies no ORDER BY logic to the underlying data, which ORACLE returns in an undefined order (actually the order the data was entered). This is useless in practice. I don't have the ability to change the application in any way, but I do have access to the database. I am aware that it is non-standard in relational database theory to be able to specify a default ordering for tables, but in Oracle, are there in practice, any modifications I could make to the underlying tables that will not cause the app to break, but will allow me to specify the default order of the data when there is no ORDER BY used? I can identify a column in each table which should be the default order. It is a long time since I was a DBA, so I am a little rusty on current Oracle practice and capabilities.
posted by blue_wardrobe on May 11, 2007 - 28 answers

How do I sort this array?

How do I sort this array in PHP? [more inside]
posted by samstarling on Feb 25, 2007 - 3 answers

Can I get folders included in Arrange functions, in Windows?

Can I get folders included in Arrange functions, in Windows? [more inside]
posted by kafziel on Dec 1, 2006 - 2 answers

Spreadsheet sort by last letter?

Is it possible to sort a spreadsheet alphabetically by last letter or by retrograde spelling? Excel, StatView, etc.? [more inside]
posted by imposster on Nov 21, 2006 - 6 answers

Finding longest sequence in a set of numbers

I have a question about finding the longest sequence in a set of numbers. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Sep 2, 2006 - 13 answers

My music is in ruins!

Having read this thread, I downloaded several *awesome* box sets... but then I download Itunes which resulted in this annoying problem. What can I do?! [more inside]
posted by rosswald on Jul 31, 2006 - 9 answers

How to identifying blank images?

How can I quickly identify blank JPG images from a set of thousands? [more inside]
posted by danblaker on Apr 27, 2006 - 12 answers

What labels do you use in Gmail?

What labels do you use in Gmail? I feel like I have too many labels for my Gmail account and there is too much overlap between them. What are the best sets of labels? [more inside]
posted by pithy comment on Mar 1, 2006 - 13 answers

How can I organise my mass of digital photos?

I've got a directory filled with the digital photos I and friends have taken over some eight years. It's a disorganised mess with no coherent, standardised naming format. I'd like to: -remove duplicates -sort, rename or place in folders images based on EXIF data or content I'm on Mac OS X but could possibly gain access to a Windows box if necessary. Any ideas?
posted by dance on Feb 20, 2006 - 14 answers

one thing a webmaster should NOT do:

In Windows XP, is there any way to load multiple files with the same name (such as index.html, for example), but have an ending letter or number added to differentiate? [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel on Jan 7, 2006 - 4 answers

Sorting the My Music folder

Is there a way to have the "My Music" folder in XP ignore the "the" in band names like iTunes does? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Aug 30, 2005 - 5 answers

Please don't make me type this list out by hand...

Is there an easy way to create a text file of all of the folders I have in a directory? [more inside]
posted by graventy on Aug 20, 2005 - 12 answers

Seeking (free?) applications that can sort XML data by a node of your choice?

XML: I'm writing a Flash/Actionscript program that reads in an XML data file. The info needs to be sorted alphabetically, but people will be continually adding new data to the end of the file, so it will have to be resorted often. There's no easy way to sort XML data in Actionscript (and doing so would slow down the program too much, anway), so the data-entry folks will need to sort the data externally to the Flash app. Are there any (free?) applications that can sort XML data by a node of your choice? I need a solution that can run on a Mac or a PC -- or it could be web based.
posted by grumblebee on Aug 18, 2004 - 16 answers

Does anyone know of an online collection site like DVD Aficionado or Guzzlefish for books?

Does anyone know of an online collection site like DVD Aficionado or Guzzlefish for books?
posted by Robot Johnny on Mar 9, 2004 - 4 answers

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