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Problems with storage on an older Android phone

I have a Samsung I200. I like it well enough, but it doesn't have much on-board storage (4 gigs). I recently put a 16GB card into it to increase storage. However, I'm still running into problems with having enough space. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Sep 4, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I do custom cabinets/wardrobes?

Where to look, what's a good price, what price is too much of a bargain to get a nice product, are there any tricks to the process? (And if we can get what we want ordering stock items that's great too) [more inside]
posted by Anwan on Aug 28, 2014 - 4 answers

What alternatives are there to the GORUCK GR1 Field Pocket?

The GORUCK GR1 Field Pocket seems a great way to store a mirrorless camera and additional lens in an existing bag in a compact and secure way (as demonstrated in this blog post by Ben Brooks) – but I need to find an alternative. [more inside]
posted by Richard Holden on Aug 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Raised flooring in a residence?

Has anyone used/encountered raised flooring in a residential situation? I'm referring to the "access floor" style, where the space underneath the floor is substantial and is used for cable layout and the like (ie., I'm not referring to "floating" wood floors). [more inside]
posted by aramaic on Aug 26, 2014 - 10 answers

Freezing fresh pasta for future raviolis

Our bumper crop of veggies is coming on and our neighbor's chickens are producing eggs at an amazing rate. I don't have time right now to complete assembly on raviolis, but could make large batches of frozen pasta and filling. What is the best way to store the pasta? [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Aug 23, 2014 - 6 answers

What furniture is good for storing laptops?

What's a not-hideous way to store three or four laptops in a dining room? Plus the occasional iPad, headphones, etc. Has anyone found a decent piece of furniture for laptop storage? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Aug 18, 2014 - 19 answers

Rolling shelves for boxes of vinyl records?

So, I have boxes of vinyl records sitting in the bottom shelf of a built-in without much headroom. This means that every time i want to find a record, I have to pull the (heavy) boxes out onto the floor, select the record and then pull it back up onto the shelf. I would like to figure out a better way, ideally by installing a roll-out shelf (or set of shelves) for the boxes to sit on. [more inside]
posted by softlord on Aug 8, 2014 - 12 answers

Managing photo and home movie collection

My partner and I share cameras and devices and would like to have a shared photo archive and management system. Because he has a PC and I have a macbook and movie clips and editing are making our library huge, ideally I'd like to manage all our photos and home movies from an external hard drive. What software would be best for this? [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda on Aug 6, 2014 - 2 answers

Linen and toy storage for a rustic cabin

We need linen and toy storage for our rustic cabin - must be mouse and spider proof! Also, easy for infrequent cabin users to understand. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by jillithd on Aug 3, 2014 - 23 answers

Am I within my "rights" to return moldy strawberries?

Yesterday I bought a huge (4-lb) clamshell box of strawberries from Trader Joe's. I used about a pound of them yesterday and then mistakenly did not store them in the fridge. The ambient temperature in the kitchen has been around 80F. This evening I found that most of them have mold growing on them. Would it be fair for me to return them to Trader Joe's? [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird on Aug 2, 2014 - 18 answers

Creating an architectural digital archive

I'm looking for a solution to create a digital archive, primarily for an architectural practice with an extensive project history. [more inside]
posted by panboi on Jul 16, 2014 - 1 answer

Aero-de-pressed that this doesn't already exist

Or does it? I got an Aeropress yesterday and am already won over. Brought it to work today, and after my first cup, realized I needed some sort of combination caddy/drying rack, thinking, Surely this must exist. Maybe even with a carrying handle. Since I'm here, you can guess what the result of my Googling was. [more inside]
posted by supercres on Jul 1, 2014 - 13 answers

Storing mid-sized art prints?

We love art prints, but we signed up for some subscription series and have managed to buy more than we can afford to frame. What's the best way to store them to make sure they stay flat and pristine? Typical size is between 11x14 and 24x36.
posted by smackfu on Jun 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me decide what to do with a new-to-me piece of furniture

I have had my eye on a piece of furniture from Ikea. A friend is moving out of town and getting rid of that piece of furniture so I said I would buy it from him, but I'd like to have a plan for what to do with it before I bring it home. [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Jun 23, 2014 - 11 answers

Easy way to manage iPhone photos and iCloud photo backups?

I'm getting frequent alerts on my iPhone that my free 5gb of iCloud storage is full. Most of this is from years of photos on my phone--in fact, that's pretty much the only thing on my phone I would care about having backed up. I also think most/all of the images on my phone are already backed up to my computer in Lightroom. Is there a convenient/automatic way to handle what photos stay on my phone and what photos are backed up to iCloud? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 10, 2014 - 4 answers

How best to store and preserve old magazines?

I have a dozen old Omni magazines that I'd like to take better care of. They're over thirty years old now and the covers are starting to come off, the page edges are slightly worn, etc. Right now they're just standing on my bookshelf. I'd like to keep them in good condition but also be able to read them, without worrying too much that they'll be damaged in the process. Can they be rebound somehow? Should I just keep them in plastic sleeves, or is there another idea I haven't thought of?
posted by daisyk on Jun 9, 2014 - 8 answers

Where and how do you store and organize cosmetics?

I have, at conservative estimate, a TON of makeup. Not a lot of big, oversized palettes (2? maybe?), mostly individual eyeshadows, lipsticks, blushes, pencils, mascaras, glosses. I cull through often for expired stuff, old stuff, stuff I don't use, but it still kind of takes over bathroom counter space. I have a couple sets of plastic drawers on the bathroom counter, and a segmented acrylic cup thing (for pencils and brushes), but it's still just a hot mess and I can't find things. I need advice and inspiration - how do *you* do it?
posted by ersatzkat on Jun 6, 2014 - 28 answers

Teach Me About Art Storage.

My favorite part of museums these days are the visible storage units. My favorite part of natural history museums are old-fashioned drawers filled with air-tight cases. I want to know more about the history and practice of storing/preserving art objects, paintings, sculpture, textiles, etc. What books/websites should I be reading to find out more? The more weirdly medium specific and detailed the better. Strange anecdotes very much welcome.
posted by The Whelk on May 22, 2014 - 14 answers

How to find a medically-reputable service/advice for cryo-storing tissue

The way modern medical therapies are going, it seems that decades from now it would be advantageous to have a source of your more youthful cells or tissue stored long ago and available if needed. So I should investigate storing some now, but know little about this. How do I find out which kind(s) of tissue would be the best choice to store, and how do I select a cryo-storage service with an excellent medical reputation for harvesting, storing and successfully delivering tissue in a medically-useful state? [more inside]
posted by anonymisc on May 12, 2014 - 1 answer

Best backup solution 2014

I've always backed my files on CDs and DVDs, but a few years back I decided to go for external hard disks because they seemed more practical. I would love to get SSD external hard disks, but they are very expensive. I'm currently looking at cloud-based backup solutions but I don't really know where to find something of quality that is private and relatively cheap. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on May 6, 2014 - 17 answers

Looking for some food/water storage containers (Cheaper than a Nalgene)

I'm looking for containers to store food in the bilge (under the floor) part of my boat. Something like a Nalgene. But they are too expensive. [more inside]
posted by sully75 on May 6, 2014 - 23 answers

Fancy wool-blend formalwear: dry-clean after every wearing?

I recently acquired a beautiful, brand new designer dress that's much nicer than anything I've had in my wardrobe before. I've worn it once and have been hanging it up to air out. Is it better to get it dry cleaned before storing it, or will it be easier on the fabric to put it away in its worn-once state? I don't want to put unnecessary stress on the fabric from the dry cleaning process, but I really, really don't want to find moth holes in the dress several months from now, either. [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Apr 26, 2014 - 6 answers

What storage solution am I looking for?

This is for my lab. Setup: two computers, both Mac Pros. Each runs the same psychology experiment software. (Python-based, FWIW.) Our subjects have multiple sessions, and may use one computer or the other on subsequent days. We have multiple experiments running at once. We use Unison to keep their data directories synchronized (it's better than running two rsync cron jobs) but it's starting to get temperamental. I know there must be a better solution, and I feel like it's hardware based. [more inside]
posted by supercres on Apr 9, 2014 - 10 answers

One move, three states

Moving from the midwest back to California via a three month stay in Massachusetts... [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on Apr 5, 2014 - 2 answers

Tips for storing meals of perishable food portably and safely

I need a way to give my girlfriend lots of good food that she can eat on the go as she travels to another state for an athletic competition. [more inside]
posted by Ephemeral10 on Mar 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Resources for executives learning about IT industry?

My boss has asked me to help him find some introduction-level resources to understand modern IT industry fundamentals (cloud computing, modern storage technologies, security, system architecture, etc.) from a management standpoint. I have a good handle on the technical side, but I'm not sure where to look for the basics. What resources would be a good introduction? Web sites are most helpful, free or paywalled okay.
posted by pocams on Mar 19, 2014 - 3 answers

Personal file backup advice should I use a cloud sevice

I want to find out what is the best cloud services for backing up laptops and pc's. Should I go with the cloud, and in addition should I save my files to external hard-drives as well.I have a lot of photos primarily that I do not want to loose, I am using windows . Thanks for the help.
posted by Upon Further Review on Mar 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Managing and backing up files across several home computers

What are your tools and best practices for managing your digital stuff across several computers at home? [more inside]
posted by parudox on Mar 3, 2014 - 12 answers

2161 Pram Message for inaccessible storage device -- fixable?

My Data Traveller has become inaccessible showing up only in my devices and printers window as 2261 Pram, a new term for me. Placing the memory stick in other USB ports not helping and location G:\ seems impenetrable and unchain able as does everything on my storage device. Is there any chance the data is recoverable or has it died on me for good? I usually can fix and recover my own files -- until now...
posted by Alexandra Kitty on Feb 19, 2014 - 2 answers

Best practice for living with less computer storage

I'm contemplating a new computer purchase, and one of the options I'm kicking around is a Macbook Pro Retina. Getting one of those with a big SSD is stupidly expensive. So I'm wondering what the best approach is for dealing with less storage on a laptop, and any particular tips or tricks. [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Jan 31, 2014 - 15 answers

Will my vinyl LPs warp in storage?

I'm planning to store my belongings, including about a thousand vinyl LPs and 45s. Should I invest in a more expensive climate controlled unit to keep them from warping? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Jan 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Time Capsule as a Service

Is there somewhere I can send the 'stuff of nostalgia' and retrieve it some time in the future? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jan 19, 2014 - 4 answers

WVa water crisis - who came first?

Which facility was constructed first, the WVa American Water treatment plant, or the Freedom Industries chemical storage place? In other words, did WVAW "come to the nuisance," or did Freedom choose to build upstream from the water plant? what dates was each facility constructed? (and if Freedom came subsequently to WVAW, did the latter protest at the time?)
posted by mmiddle on Jan 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Seeking space saving techniques for RV living

My husband and I moved into an RV last summer and sold or gave away 80% of our belongings. I am looking for ways to make the most of our space for the 20% we kept. It's not that we're out of room, but I feel like I am not doing this in an optimal fashion. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jan 15, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me find a rolling storage/cart to store all my crap

I'd like to find a reasonably sturdy rolling storage/cart that I can use in my studio to store paint, supplies etc., and I would like to be able to put it underneath my work tables. Lots of mind-boggling options on the interwebs, I would love some recommendations.
posted by nanook on Jan 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Quarter-page sheet protectors

What can I use to organize quarter-page-size cards in a binder? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Dec 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Big storage on a budget

Can I use my old PC as external storage for my Mac? What do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Dec 7, 2013 - 5 answers

First time pc build : SATA-2 versus SATA-3 connection conundrum

What drives can/can't be connected (and in what order) to SATA-2 and SATA-3 motherboard ports? [more inside]
posted by peacay on Dec 6, 2013 - 5 answers

CD/DVD Jewel Cases? Why is this so hard.

I have some jewel cases that look like this. I need more. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Dec 2, 2013 - 6 answers

How should I store my grandmother's fancy table?

I have a very old, fancy-seeming wooden dining table with lots of scrollwork around the edge, etc, that I need to store. The legs are detachable, giving me a 6ft by 4ft by 1ft (or so) oval tabletop with real pretty wood surfaces. I have no idea how she kept it in such good shape for longer than my whole life. [more inside]
posted by doteatop on Nov 16, 2013 - 5 answers

What is the best way to back up photos and videos?

What is a good place to back up photos and videos from several different devices into one shared place? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 on Nov 15, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me make my own wall-mounted zine boxes

I have several boxes of zines that I'd like to get off my floor and display more publicly. I love the idea of modular boxes like these, but of course I have some particular snowflake storage needs and limitations. Help me modify this system! [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Oct 29, 2013 - 4 answers

What can I do to use this heating vent under my 7" record collection?

We live in a house with central heating. There are floor vents all around the place. It sounds awesome, but we haven't been willing to turn the heat on just yet because one of the vents is right under one of my record shelves. How can we have a hot room but not melt my hot tunes? [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Oct 27, 2013 - 15 answers

How to track business inventory location? Cloud based, no POS, iOS.

Trying to help a friend find a solution. They need a simplistic solution to tracking some office items. They have several demo kits (15) that their team uses. They need a way to see where each kit is at, without having to contact each employee that's out in the field to see who has what. [more inside]
posted by peripatew on Oct 21, 2013 - 4 answers

How do I shop for enterprise-grade servers and storage?

I need to buy several servers with 24+ cores and 100+ GB of RAM, as well as storage for slightly over 100TB of data. Where (and how) should I be looking? [more inside]
posted by antonymous on Oct 14, 2013 - 10 answers

please help: might I have lost everything I own?

I dropped off all my possessions (pretty much everything I own) in boxes at a local storage facility in the UK (in awful circumstances - details below) and failed to get a receipt, only a verbal agreement that they would do my paperwork by email, and deliver my boxes in a month's time. I then had to leave the country. Four weeks later, I've yet to receive any invoice or confirmation. I've called and emailed several times and have been told in a genial but rather brusque way that they will get in touch, but so far no email. I'm heading back to the UK soon and want to get my boxes delivered this weekend. Still no invoice or receipt. I am FREAKING OUT that they are being so flaky. I am having panicky visions of them losing or selling all my things, and me showing up in the UK with basically the clothes on my back and nothing else. Have I made a terrible mistake? Is there anything I can do? Apologies in advance for long freaking-out-ness below the jump. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Sep 16, 2013 - 10 answers

two damn tablespoons of olive oil...

I'm going car camping next week, and I'd like to bring a small amount of oil to cook with. I currently have a giant jug of oil and no desire to spend $6 on a tiny glass bottle of the same stuff. is there a container I can decant the oil into that WILL NOT spill in my car? I'm also looking to avoid a leaky container in an oily nasty ziploc. Clearly a cheap or recycled option would be best, but I'd be willing to buy something if it could be washed and reused and would never, ever leak.
posted by genmonster on Sep 9, 2013 - 31 answers

hops me

Homebrewingfilter: How should I store my ingredients for the next couple weeks? [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Sep 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Tape backups - yes / no? What's my options?

Are tapes still the best bet for backups or are they considered antiquated now? I want to replace our organization's existing tape backup system. [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Aug 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Cost effective way to enclose the rear or an open garage

My partner and I have just moved into a new rental in South Australia. It has a double garage with electric roller doors on the front. We want to use this space for storage and the landlord has agreed to let us enclose the rear and the open side (between the side fence and the roof). Originally I was thinking cafe blinds, but now I'm wondering if that will be too costly. We are getting a quote next week. If it turns out to be over our budget, which is not really set but probably around the $1,000 mark, what else could work to enclose the garage? Thanks.
posted by Youremyworld on Aug 1, 2013 - 2 answers

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