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Static Shocks

I was wondering if the static shocks that a person normally gets in the winter are caused by an excess of electrons, a deficiency of electrons, or if it happens both ways but just depends on the circumstance.
posted by 517 on Aug 14, 2014 - 8 answers

How should I transport my unenclosed hard drive?

My old laptop finally failed, and I want to take the hard drive home with me. The laptop is gigantic, and I don't want to lug it home on the train. I am leaving tomorrow morning. I don't have a static-resistant bag, and won't have time to get one before I leave. What's the best way to transport my unenclosed hard drive in my luggage? Assume I don't have any tin foil, paper bags, or cardboard boxes. I do have paper towels, regular towels, packing tape, plastic bags, and bubble wrap.
posted by topoisomerase on Aug 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Apparent static coming from microphone

People I talk to on Skype claim to hear static coming from my end. I ran a test in Audacity and I could hear the static as well. The microphone I'm using is an MXL 990 and I'm using and Icicle Preamp (This thing) to connect the mic to my laptop through USB. I'm copying over any and all specs that would help. Here is the link. I've tried disabling my internal mic and that didn't work. Before I got this laptop, I was using a laptop that had XP on it and it worked fine. I did spray febreeze in the room and on the mic so that everything would smell nice (I was trying to clean up the room). I tried using both my internal mic and another USB one and they worked fine. I also tried using a different USB cord to hook up my mic to my laptop and I was told there was static. What should I do? I've been having this problem for a while now and it's starting to get on my nerves. Thanks in advanced.
posted by Flamzeron on Feb 21, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me not get painful static shocks to my hands at Costco please.

I get painful static shocks to my hands where they touch the cart as I'm pushing it around at Costco. As far as I can tell this happens while wearing various kinds of shoes, although I haven't experimented rigorously. Help me devise a method to prevent this that I can realistically implement during impromptu trips to the store. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Dec 19, 2012 - 20 answers

White noise on one speaker

One of the rear surround outputs on my receiver causes any speaker that's plugged into it to constantly produce a quiet but noticeable sound of static or white noise. What could be causing this? [more inside]
posted by strangely stunted trees on Mar 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Need a static IP from my motorola ngv510 to run Smoke on Mac

I need to setup a internal static IP for my computer at home where I'm running Autodesk Smoke on Mac. We currently have terrible wireless by AT&T running from a motorola ngv510 DSL modem/router. Please help? I tried "just figuring it out" and managed to kill the house's internet for over an hour tonight. Anyone have any experience with this?
posted by matt_od on Jan 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Snap, Crackle, Pop, Ouch.

Why do my headphones give my ears little electric shocks in the winter, and how can I avoid it? [more inside]
posted by custard heart on Jan 23, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I stop having static discharge problems with my computer?

How do I stop having static discharge problems with my computer? [more inside]
posted by jiawen on Jan 1, 2012 - 15 answers

I broke my mp3 collection =(

I accidentally booted my two mismatched WD SATA AHCI drives in a RAID0 array and now the audio output from the media stored on those drives is static-filled and echoing (when it plays at all). Have I hosed my mp3 collection completely? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Dec 31, 2011 - 17 answers

No more staticky coffee grounds

What can I do to reduce static cling on my glass coffee grinder hopper so less coffee sticks to the sides and makes a big mess? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Nov 11, 2011 - 20 answers

Help stop static bars on my tv

What is causing these static bars with my television? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on Aug 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Why blue?

Why is the color of no signal to a TV now blue and why that color of blue? [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Jul 12, 2011 - 21 answers

looking for tiny earthing car accessory

I am looking for a tiny car earthing accessory I had years back. You touched the car with it before touching it with your bare hand, which would "defuse" (?) the static electricity and keep you from getting shocked by the car. [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Jan 25, 2011 - 16 answers

Help me choose a Wordpress theme, please!

I need a theme for a new Wordpress site I'm making about hot springs in Japan. I have a large Bento database of over 200 location with reviews, pictures, addresses, types of baths, and so on... I've found a way to automatically turn the CSV file that Bento makes into the pages I want... I just need a template to put those pages into. Something simple and more geared to hosting static pages rather than a blog. I've spent hours searching through all of these theme websites only to get confused in the 1,000s of choices. So I'm asking you, the MiFi community, to choose for me. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by sleepytako on Nov 21, 2010 - 4 answers

Why does my TV's picture drop out intermittently?

Why does my TV signal disappear into static for minutes or hours at a time? [more inside]
posted by aaronbeekay on Nov 2, 2010 - 2 answers

Tired of getting static shocks

It's one of those either-or situations: either you help me stop getting/giving static electricity shocks or my wife will divorce me. [more inside]
posted by dcrocha on Jul 2, 2010 - 29 answers

Gremlins in my speakers

Why do my powered computer speakers pick up interference from my cellphone, and can I make them stop? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Apr 6, 2010 - 12 answers

wordpress insanity: link the domain URL to a static front page

How can I link my domain URL (www.domain.com) to a static homepage on Wordpress. Please don't say "change the reading setting", because that totally doesn't work. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Mar 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Looking for static IP host.

Looking for web hosting that offers a dedicated IP for, in this case, SSL. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Jan 30, 2010 - 4 answers

I'm so shocking!

How can I avoid getting static shocked 40 times a day this winter? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions on Jan 8, 2010 - 13 answers

I can hear the ocean

You are not my amp tech, but maybe you can help me diagnose the source of a strange noise on a brand new guitar amp. [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy on Nov 5, 2009 - 6 answers

Speaker noise when metal USB plug touches my computer case and other electrical problems.

Speaker noise when metal USB plug touches my computer case and other electrical problems. [more inside]
posted by archagon on Nov 1, 2009 - 9 answers

WTF was that?!

My fiancee and I were just now woken up by the sound of a large explosion right in our bedroom. Almost like a gunshot but not quite that loud. And I think I saw a flash of light. Both seemed to come from near the ceiling by the door. I turned on one of the lights but there's no residue I can see from anything. Nothing seems to be broken in terms of lights or circuits. Was it some kind of giant static discharge? [more inside]
posted by kmz on Oct 16, 2009 - 30 answers

static electricty problem

Would a faraday cage protect sensetive electronic equipment from ambiant static electricty during a lightning storm?
posted by 1joseywales on Sep 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Are we being punked?

In order to fix a malfunctioning printer we have been told to unplug it and hold down the power button for one minute to release static. Are we being punked? [more inside]
posted by Tallguy on Aug 18, 2009 - 7 answers

I need to keep my hard drive safe from the elements.

Will I completely ruin my hard drive if I don't store it in an anti-static bag? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins on Jul 14, 2009 - 22 answers

What causes electronics to stop working when exposed to static electricity or water? (with misc electronics questions)

What causes electronics to stop working when exposed to static electricity or water? (with misc electronics questions) [more inside]
posted by laptolain on Apr 3, 2009 - 17 answers

How to fix C++ static linking problems?

I need some help diagnosing a problem static linking a C++ program using g++. It compiles and runs just fine without "-static", but I get all sorts of "undefined references" errors when I use "-static". I'm a C++ novice and am at a loss. Can anyone throw me a bone? [more inside]
posted by duoshao on Mar 26, 2009 - 9 answers

Video killed my audio stars

Plugging in an external monitor to my Macbook Pro kills the audio. What's up with that? And is there a solution that does not involve an expensive USB audio product? [more inside]
posted by larsks on Feb 16, 2009 - 9 answers

How do I easily convert an ASP.Net 2.0 website to plain html?

Is it possible to use Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition to create a simple website and to then easily convert the site to plain html? [more inside]
posted by therubettes on Jan 14, 2009 - 3 answers

How to prevent plastic roll static shocks?

How can I ground a large roll of plastic wrap to prevent static electric shocks when unrolling it? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Sep 25, 2008 - 7 answers

cell phone static and home stereos

Why does my cellular phone cause my home stereo speakers to make strange noises? Sometimes it happens when a call is about to come in, but mostly it just happens periodically for seemingly no reason. It sounds like strange beepy static and it happpens much more frequently now that I switched to an iPhone. Is there a way to stop this besides throwing my iPhone across the room?
posted by minicloud on Mar 29, 2008 - 11 answers

How do you -really- ground yourself?

Help me clear up my understanding of how to ground myself when working on my computer. [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Feb 28, 2008 - 14 answers

Can I really wash my hair less?

Can I really wash my hair less? [more inside]
posted by sian on Feb 22, 2008 - 30 answers

How do I stop the noise from my motherboard coming through my speakers?

I have an old bose acoustic wave radio serving as my PC speakers. Powered but not connected to the computer the speakers produce a gentle hissing. When plugged in (via a 3.5mm to RCA cable) I hear noisy static -- not pure white noise, far more annoying -- and an intermittent whine that changes pitch depending on what's going on in the computer. For example, if the processor is under greater than 30% load all the noises go away. This does not happen with headphones so I think it is some combination of noise in the computer circuits and the amp built into the radio. My question is how do I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by Grod on Feb 16, 2008 - 11 answers

I thought this was supposed to be static-free

What factors affect my XM radio's reception? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Saint on Oct 4, 2007 - 11 answers

Craft question: Make your own Colorforms, or equivalent?

Can you make your own Colorforms? I need to assess some different ways of affixing small things onto large things and then easily removing them. [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Jul 12, 2007 - 10 answers

My ears! Make it stop!

My PC's speakers have learned a new trick: they randomly start outputting loud, constant static for long periods of time. Why are they doing this, and more importantly, how can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by phaded on Apr 21, 2007 - 12 answers

How to prevent static around the PC

Static electricity fried my PC. How do I prevent it from happening again? [more inside]
posted by mkn on Apr 12, 2007 - 2 answers

Why is my TV picture flickering when I don't use a VCR?

Electronics filter: When I connect Dishnetwork straight to my television, the picture is flickery and unwatchable. When I run it through my old VCR first, it's fine. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Feb 12, 2007 - 7 answers

how do i eliminate static charge caused by new office chair?

static electricity problem: Comfy new office chair (on carpet) gives me strong static charge. My metal computer desk does not like this. Help me stop getting shocked.
posted by donmayo on Feb 4, 2007 - 9 answers

Is my friend an X-man?

What's the name of the condition for people who for some reason are highly susceptible to passing on electrical current to things like computers and other electronics, leading to strange problems with said devices? [more inside]
posted by wubbie on Jan 19, 2007 - 41 answers

How did a slice of bread give me a shock?

I recently received a static or electric shock from a slice of bread and I am curious how this happened. [more inside]
posted by crystaleden on Jan 10, 2007 - 6 answers

Dryer sheet conundrum

How can I prevent/elminate static cling without dryer sheets? [more inside]
posted by gregoryc on Dec 27, 2006 - 13 answers

Zap

OK this might seem really silly but I'm having a static electricity problem and it's driving me insane. I don't seem to be able to go shopping anymore without getting loud painful zaps when I touch the shelving or even tins of food or anything with a foil cover, not to mention the shopping trolley. I'm sure this would be funny if it weren't so painful. It hapens when I'm driving too as soon as I step out of the car ZAP. It doesn't seem to matter what I'm wearing, if my hair is dry or wet....the weather..nothing. It's really making life a bit miserable...Any solutions?
posted by Civa on Nov 27, 2006 - 28 answers

Static electricity...in my pants

How can I prevent static build up on (lined) wool pants? [more inside]
posted by dilettante on Nov 27, 2006 - 7 answers

how do I best get static off old tapes that I can't let out of my sight?

How do I best convert borrowed valuable audiotapes into a hiss and static reduced output? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister on Sep 26, 2006 - 7 answers

Phones and DSL. Huh? Speak up!

My phones have issues. Should I pay more for a cordless and a regular phone since I have DSL in my home? [more inside]
posted by miltoncat on Sep 1, 2006 - 12 answers

On the curiosity of brain static.

Occasionally, when standing up too quickly, or just for the helluvit my senses get overwhelmed with what I can only call brain static. What the hell, neurology? [more inside]
posted by TwelveTwo on Aug 12, 2006 - 29 answers

Databasing static data

How can I harvest data from static HTML pages? [more inside]
posted by mezzanayne on Jul 24, 2006 - 13 answers

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