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I know what I want, but not what I need

ElectronicsFilter: I would like to construct a box with 4 lights that work on a timer. I know lots about software, and little about hardware, please help steer me in the right direction. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Aug 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Want to Switch from Agency to Client

Hey all, this is a tough one. The long and short of it is, my work at the ad agency has grown stale and my biggest client is revving up its own internal digital strategy team. I want to be on that team and there are several positions that would be a good fit for me. Among other things, I would have a better commute and more money; plus the invigorating effect of a change of scenery, work, etc. BUT I have to clear it with my bosses at the agency. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Jun 11, 2014 - 14 answers

Battlestation: Multiple desktops and monitors but 1 keyboard and 1 mouse

Hi, I have 1 keyboard, 1 mouse, and two desktop computers to use with a 3-monitor setup. I would like to know the best way to use a triple monitor setup where I can click a button and switch back and forth between desktop A and desktop B for the single keyboard/mouse and the monitors. Consolidating files onto one machine is not an option. Are there devices or hubs I could plug the keyboard/mouse/monitors and desktops into that can do this? Amazon links would be great.
posted by furious on Feb 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Can I add an on/off switch to use instead of unplugging dryer?

Dryers use electricity when plugged in, even when they're turned off. In our old house, I could reach the plug; in this house, I can't. Is there a money-saving solution that doesn't involve re-wiring or the electrical box? In the U.S., so dryer has a 220 plug. (Dryer isn't broken - asking about a switch between wall and dryer.) [more inside]
posted by stormyteal on Jan 24, 2014 - 19 answers

How to get three different routers into one cohesive network?

I have three different wireless routers on my home network, and they are not inter-operating well... [more inside]
posted by Fidel Cashflow on Oct 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Past abuse and trying pegging, BDSM with the new boyfriend

The new boyfriend would like me to be more switch-y (and peg him, too) and I'd like to be able to provide that to him but past abuse makes me very adverse to causing people pain even if I know they'd enjoy it and also puts me off being the penetrative partner. How do I enjoy being the dominant/penetrative partner? I love it when the BF dominates me and causes me pain (a not-insane amount and he's always very respectful of my boundaries and comfort) so how can I become more comfortable reciprocating pain to him and how can I become comfortable with being the penetrative partner? [more inside]
posted by code_n_cakes on Oct 20, 2013 - 9 answers

Ford Fusion Cigarette Lighter: Re-wire to Turn On and Off with Ignition?

I have a 2010 Ford Fusion and a lot of electrical gadgets which plug into the cigarette lighter. The car I previously drove (for over ten years) had a cigarette lighter which turned itself on and off with the ignition. The Fusion, however, leaves the lighter socket on all the time. Because of this, I sometimes forget to unplug things from the cigarette lighter and end up with a dead battery after a day or two with the car parked. Is there some relatively-easy way for me (or a mechanic) to re-wire the cigarette lighter so that it powers itself on and off with the ignition? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Sep 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Google: the evil hour cometh. Looking for a new webmail provider.

So how evil is gmx.com? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Aug 26, 2013 - 16 answers

Calling them would be too easy

Making the switch from Verizon to AT&T and I have a few basic questions. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Jun 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Help a longtime Mac user switch to Windows.

I haven't used Windows since the year 2000, but a new job means this longtime Mac user needs to learn how to. A couple specifics related to image editing and task management software plus general words of wisdom/ encouragement requested within. [more inside]
posted by hwickline on May 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Recover password on a D-link DGS-3450

We lost our network analyst recently, and he left us with almost no documentation. The network is having some issues, and we are troubleshooting, but we cannot get access to one of our switches - it's a Dlink DGS-3450. No problem, right? Well every manual with instructions I can find via Google online is coming up with a 404. We found reference to an addendum with instructions - no luck. Has anyone done this successfully? Any ideas how to do it without losing configs? The configs are crucial - we can't lose them. Tech support for D-link is closed. Thanks in advance!
posted by routergirl on May 11, 2013 - 8 answers

How to move a computer onto a switch and keep the IP address?

I have a Mac Pro set to DHCP manual assign and a certain IP address that cannot change. I also have a printer plugged into a certain network jack; IP address less important. I am moving the physical location of the Mac Pro near this printer and the printer's network jack is the only one available. I'll have to plug both of these machines into the same network jack via switch/router. What switch/router is the right one to buy in 2013 (bonus if I can find it at Best Buy) and what the right way to set this up so the Mac Pro is still reachable at the same IP address on the network?
posted by michaelh on Apr 27, 2013 - 12 answers

Keeping files if switching to a Mac

Thinking of switching from PC to Mac: how best to handle old files/drives etc? [more inside]
posted by Hartster on Jan 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Network switch can't access internet behind router

Why can't devices on my new 8-port switch get internet access on my network? I’ve got a new wired network set up in my house and am fine tuning it, getting everything to connect to the internet… Main computer and xbox are working (connected directly to D-Link DGL4300 Wireless router), but the Tivo and anything plugged into the new switch-based jacks aren’t getting to the internet, though they see the network. [more inside]
posted by Pantengliopoli on Jan 2, 2013 - 28 answers

What is causing my car's brake switch to break?

What could be causing my car's brake switch to break down? [more inside]
posted by Gosha_Dog on Dec 1, 2012 - 5 answers

How to manage the logistics of a cellphone provider switch? Added Difficulty: Christmas Gift

We are switching from AT&T cell phone to service to Verizon, and I'd like to perform the switch smoothly while also using one of the new phones as a Christmas gift. Your advice on the proper procedure would be welcome. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Nov 20, 2012 - 14 answers

To switch or not to switch?

Thinking of leaving one of the larger banks for either a community bank or credit union. The problem? My only two credit cards are also through the bank I'm considering leaving. What to do? [more inside]
posted by po822000 on Aug 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Sourcing giant 40's electrical throw switch..

Where can I get a giant electrical throw switch? I've been tasked with finding & buying a gigantic ( ideally 1-2 foot long ) lever. It will go up on the wall of our web development office and it will be labeled "Interwebs: on/off". Where can I find some kind of switch that is worthy of turning the internet on or off? That's the immediate problem, but let me give you the background - I'd love other ideas too: [more inside]
posted by doub1ejack on Aug 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Wire a GFI switch receptacle combo

WiringFilter: How do I safely wire up this switch/receptacle GFI combo? [more inside]
posted by denriguez on Jul 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Switch doesn't switch correctly.

Please help me understand this bizarre home electrical-wiring problem, and how to fix it. I've got a mid-50s house. I wanted to put an outlet into the second bathroom, which has none, and it looked like the easiest way to do that would be to replace a wall switch with a combination switch/outlet (specifically, this one). [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Jul 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Strange ping response..?

I have a home networking question! About my home network! Read more about it, after the break. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jun 7, 2012 - 17 answers

Should I, Can I change grad schools?

The school I wanted to go to seemed like they weren't going to accept me so I took them off the list a few months ago. I was accepted to another program which starts tomorrow. Whoops, on Saturday I got an acceptance letter from the first school. Now what?? [more inside]
posted by Danila on May 28, 2012 - 18 answers

Play radio; but only to fill in silences

How to automatically mute (or pause) one audio source if any other audio source is playing. [more inside]
posted by Akeem on Mar 15, 2012 - 6 answers

Time is running out!

Plug-in appliance timer filter: Does a one-minute timer exist? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Mar 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Switching laptop's hard drive

Idiot's guide to replacing my Windows Vista (don't judge me!) laptop hardrive?. Preferably by "cloning" the old drive onto the new one (I suspect via another external hard drive / backup).
posted by ewan on Feb 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Get me out of Google's grip! Paid mail/cal alternatives?

Help me switch from Google services (Mail/Cal...) to a paid alternatives. [more inside]
posted by tkbarbarian on Jan 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Bum switch? Or worse?

Did I get a bad box of light switches, or is something else amiss? [more inside]
posted by SquidLips on Jan 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Do you switch back and forth between audiobook and ebook? If so - how do you keep your place?

Do you switch back and forth between audiobook and ebook? If so - how do you keep your place? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Dec 26, 2011 - 15 answers

Hardly Using My Smartphone. Should I downgrade? Did you?

Anyone have experience switching from a smartphone to a feature phone? My current phone is a Blackberry. (Its Blackberry-ness isn't the issue.) I pay AT&T $90 month. I bought an iPad 6 months ago and my use of the phone has dropped precipitously. I initiate one or two voice calls per week and just a few texts. I never user it to browse the web. I do use it to check mail but I never respond to or initiate email on it. I travel with the iPad, so that relegates the phone to the bench on those occasions, too. In other words, I have much more phone than I need and I'm paying ATT $90 each month for services I barely use. So, I'm thinking about terminating the contract and going pay-as-you-go with a cheaper phone. Has anyone done the same thing for the same reasons? How did it work out? Did you regret it?
posted by justcorbly on Dec 17, 2011 - 22 answers

You know what? The App for That sucks.

Help me not hate my iPhone. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Dec 3, 2011 - 25 answers

How can I control floodlights via a foot-switch whilst on stage?

How can I control floodlights via a foot-switch whilst on stage? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Nov 17, 2011 - 4 answers

HDMI to multiple screens

HDMI source(s) to multiple televisions? Plus, with switch. [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Jun 30, 2011 - 5 answers

You Gotta Keep 'em Separated

How do I create a public wifi network that is separate from our corporate network while using the same internet connection? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on May 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me do the old USB switcheroo

I can't quite get to the bottom of a USB peripheral auto-switching circuit diagram. [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur on May 17, 2011 - 13 answers

You shall not... forget the light on.

I want to convert a wall switch into a door switch (for a wardrobe light). Is this easily feasible? [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd on Feb 16, 2011 - 5 answers

Hello IT, have you tried turning off and on again?

Hello IT, have you tried turning off and on again? I'm in need of a short extension cord, with a separate, big button toggle switch. Extra difficulty: It needs a short time delay before it powers back on. Any ideas? [specifics inside] [more inside]
posted by chambers on Feb 8, 2011 - 18 answers

Switching from Lactose Free to Regular Milk

I used to be lactose intolerant, but I outgrew it years ago. Unfortunately, I developed a taste for lactose free milk and can't drink the regular stuff. Can you help me transition? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Jan 20, 2011 - 10 answers

How to get wireless to a distant room?

We need help extending a wired network via wireless to a distant office room. Which devices should we use to get this done? [more inside]
posted by kartguy on Jan 6, 2011 - 9 answers

Trouble Turning On

I've got a lamp plugged into a wall switch controlled outlet. I'd like to be able to turn off the light at the switch and next to the lamp while somehow maintaining the ability to turn the light on from either spot regardless of how I turned the lamp off. (Degree of difficulty: I don't want a Clapper). [more inside]
posted by JakeLL on Dec 23, 2010 - 8 answers

PS Elements to iPhoto migration

How can I migrate my wife's digital pictures from Photoshop Elements 5 on WinXP to iPhoto 8 and preserve the albums? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Dec 17, 2010 - 2 answers

Limiting Bandwidth, cisco switch?

How can i limit bandwidth in both directions to 1mb on a single port on a cisco 2950 switch? From what ive found...srr-queue bandwidth limit should do the trick however that command is not found on my switch. Other options??
posted by flipmiester99 on Nov 9, 2010 - 5 answers

ugh.

Is my job in peril? Should I be searching for another one? Why do I suck so much? These questions and so many more, answered after the jump! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2010 - 16 answers

Long before the clapper, push-buttons ruled the hallway.

Why did push-button light switches go out of fashion? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Aug 8, 2010 - 22 answers

Ceiling fan replacement switch hang up

Replacing the switch in my 3-speed Hunter ceiling fan. The power is turned off. I've taken it apart and there are four wires going to the old switch, but the replacement only has poles for three wires. What do I do? Thanks.
posted by wsg on Jul 15, 2010 - 16 answers

Help me diagnose my problematic dimmer switches

YANME – You are not my electrician – Help me diagnose a problem with my new dimmer switches. [more inside]
posted by cecic on Jun 2, 2010 - 11 answers

Am I a crazy person to want to become a teacher?

I've taken a one year leave from a grad school program in physics. I was very unhappy in grad school, and I'm now leaning towards not going back. My next best idea is to become a high-school teacher in physics and/or math in the Boston area. Am I crazy? How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me help them to stop drinking the Microsoft Kool Aid!

Help me convince my team of the superior-awesomeness of Macs! [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Dog on May 17, 2010 - 27 answers

iPhone 3gs ringer/silent switch to start an app for me?

How can I get the ringer/vibrate/silent switch on the side of my iPhone 3GS to start an app within the iPhone when I flick the switch instead of silencing the ringer? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Apr 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Miswired receptacle.

This switch/receptacle has been miswired for years. For starters, neither device had the grounding wires attached. I want to put things the way they should be. [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Mar 23, 2010 - 14 answers

Seeking the mother of all A/V switches

I'm looking for a comprehensive A/V switch that receives pretty much anything and converts it all to digital signals for HDTVs and modern home theaters. Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Mar 8, 2010 - 10 answers

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