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What is the absolute simplest, least expensive way to fix my sister-in-law's home network?

What is the absolute simplest, least expensive way to fix my sister-in-law's home network? [more inside]
posted by ook on Dec 3, 2009 - 7 answers

Show me your naming convention

After approximately 10 years of using the same equipment naming convention at work we're thinking about changing, I'm curious what other people have used. [more inside]
posted by togdon on Nov 17, 2009 - 8 answers

I'd like to give my year notice, please.

My employer is impressed enough with my work that they want to promote me into a position which would ordinarily make for a great career move. I, however, am planning on leaving in a little over a year to earn a degree in a completely different field, and thus have no interest in the job (for reasons explained after the jump.) How do I diplomatically tell them no without jeopardizing my current position, and how much, if any, of my future plans do I mention to them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2009 - 16 answers

Switching BACK from a Mac to a PC: I know, I'm not cool. Help me anyway?

About 5 years ago, I switched from PC to Mac. Now I'm most likely switching back. I have a couple of specific questions (about iTunes and viruses) and a few general questions. [more inside]
posted by scody on Oct 20, 2009 - 35 answers

Two bulbs, one switch

Can I wire two light switches into one switch? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Sep 7, 2009 - 6 answers

Light switch making popping noise.

Calling all MeFi electricians: why does my light switch make a popping noise, and will it kill me? [more inside]
posted by feathermeat on Jul 1, 2009 - 12 answers

Seeking simple off/on switch for phone line

I need a simple off/on switch for my phone line. [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Jun 14, 2009 - 12 answers

Can't believe I'm wasting my 1 weekly question on this, but...

Where can I buy THIS offensive Jesus light switch? [more inside]
posted by newfers on Jun 12, 2009 - 6 answers

Software override for iPhone stuck on SILENT?

My iPhone silent switch is stuck on SILENT (silly idiot me) - is there a software override? HELLLPPP! [more inside]
posted by kairab on May 19, 2009 - 10 answers

Email Switcheroo

What do I need to be aware of when switching a client from ISp-provided email to Google-provided email? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Apr 29, 2009 - 6 answers

VGA Splitter or KVM for my Xbox 360 on my monitor AND TV?

Xbox360Filter: I have an Xbox 360 with a VGA output which I use on my Samsung computer monitor. I want to be able to have it hooked up to my TV (which has a VGA input as well) at the same time. [more inside]
posted by xdeliriumx on Mar 29, 2009 - 12 answers

Foreign Firefox

Whenever I try to type ä's, ö's and å's (or any character that requires Alt + x), my tabs in Firefox go crazy, and no character results. I presume this is because Alt + x is a preprogrammed shortcut in Firefox to switch tabs. Any idea how I can turn this off?
posted by ryanbryan on Jan 2, 2009 - 6 answers

Anyone have a component video switch (with audio) they can recommend?

Lots of video devices with component video outputs, but TV only has one component input. Bought an automatic component video switch from a local big-box store, turned out to be junk. Anyone have recommendations for a quality unit? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Dec 17, 2008 - 7 answers

How to wire up light switch?

How do I wire up this infra-red mains light switch. [more inside]
posted by matholio on Dec 6, 2008 - 1 answer

Apple Keyboard + KVM switch

Mating an Apple Keyboard to the right KVM switch? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 30, 2008 - 5 answers

What is my strange home network setup missing?

Home networking question: What piece of hardware do I need to share a ... actually I don't know how to phrase it correctly so I've included links to 2 simple schematic drawings. I need help connecting a file server and an Xbox 360 to my home network. [more inside]
posted by penduluum on Nov 30, 2008 - 12 answers

How should I terminate this cable?

In need of some networking advice, how to terminate a cable on the switch side. As always more information after the jump. [more inside]
posted by hxc on Oct 17, 2008 - 15 answers

TV or no TV...that is the question.

Will my old black and white battery operated television be defunct after the analog to digital switch? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on Oct 11, 2008 - 3 answers

Picture a Venn diagram with 3 circles: LaTeX, Emacs, Mac. I'd like to live in the intersection.

Mac users who write LaTeX documents in Emacs (with or without AucTeX), please tell me about your workflow. [more inside]
posted by gleuschk on Oct 4, 2008 - 10 answers

What Mac should I buy if I want to play games on it for the next 3 years?

It's time to get a new computer. I'd like some kind of Mac. What's the smart thing to buy? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on Sep 30, 2008 - 15 answers

Help me show him the truth

Help me convince my friend of a basic networking truth. He sent me an e-mail saying he was assigning static IPs to all the devices on his home network so the signal would be stronger. More details inside: [more inside]
posted by arniec on Aug 21, 2008 - 21 answers

Macbook for school- buy now or wait for a revision?

Getting ready to go back to school and make The Switch at the same time- when to buy my Mac? [more inside]
posted by baphomet on Aug 19, 2008 - 23 answers

A + B = a trip to Radio Shack?

How can I build my own A/B/A+B speaker selector box? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks on Jun 17, 2008 - 10 answers

My friend Moke and I are experiencing a cosmic cell phone link. What could cause this to happen?

My friend Moke and I are experiencing a cosmic cell phone link. What could cause this to happen? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Jun 7, 2008 - 10 answers

Help me connect up this network?

I have been charged with the task of adding a switch to a network. There are ethernet jack points at each workstation and each of these go back to a network cabinet. Apparently to make the connections live I need to add a switch. Where can I find a tutorial that will quickly get me up to speed with this sort of networking?
posted by chairish on May 21, 2008 - 3 answers

What Linux Distro Should i Use/Everything else you need to know about linux? Question from a Linux noob but a Pretty knowledgeable computer dood.

What Linux Should I Use?-Also need advice/help setting up drivers/random linux stuff? for my computerI'm a pretty knowledgeable guy about computers. I also want to be able to have vista on my computer, and hopefully keep my laptops extra functionalities such as fingerprint reader. [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed on May 1, 2008 - 27 answers

Decorating around decorative light switches?

I need some creative ideas for decorating the thin border of unpainted wall space surrounding some new decorative light switch covers. [more inside]
posted by Nematoda on Apr 14, 2008 - 5 answers

restore SMC switch to default

Does anyone know how to reset a SMC 8624T switch to factory settings? [more inside]
posted by brent_h on Mar 13, 2008 - 5 answers

Replace oil pressure switch in motorcycle?

Where to find a replacement oil pressure switch for 1980 Kawasaki KZ440 LTD? [more inside]
posted by shaarog on Mar 9, 2008 - 6 answers

How to share loads of peripherals between two or more computers.

I'm trying to simplify my computer wiring situation, and could use some strategic advice. I have a bunch of devices, and 3 machines. How can 2 (or preferably all 3) machines share all the peripherals? My little KVM doesn't quite cut it. [more inside]
posted by swift on Feb 8, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me extend my LAN, please!

I'm extending an wired ethernet LAN to a nearby house. I'm planning to connect a 50m patch cable to the existing bridge router, run it through an existing underground pipe to the other house where it would meet a switch and serve internet via two shorter patch cables (25m?) to two laptops in that house. Can anyone see a problem with this setup? [more inside]
posted by dance on Feb 1, 2008 - 14 answers

Sysadmin Seeks Officemate, Must Speak Fast Ethernet, Take Orders.

Are there any managed Fast Ethernet switches that are quiet enough to share an office with? [more inside]
posted by Skorgu on Jan 28, 2008 - 3 answers

I just want to plug things in

I have a light switch on the wall that controls both an overhead light and an outleft. I'd like it to only control the overhead light, while still sending power on to the outlet. [more inside]
posted by donnagirl on Jan 3, 2008 - 16 answers

Application windows disappear when switching or opening applications

OSX troubles - whenever I open or switch applications, all other open application windows disappear. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Dec 25, 2007 - 9 answers

DHCP and VLAN configuration help needed.

DHCP and switch VLAN configuration help needed. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Nov 30, 2007 - 9 answers

Small business networking hardware

Supporting about 35 computers and have had two switches (Netgear, Linksys) die in the last year. Looking for suggestions of brands we can stick with that are cheaper than Cisco. [more inside]
posted by prggr on Nov 26, 2007 - 16 answers

Quick little ethernet splitter?

Seeking recommendations for small ethernet switch - a "splitter for travellers", maybe? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Aug 24, 2007 - 9 answers

Too lazy to flip a switch

automatic audio switch: Does it exist? (Two computers, One pair of speakers). (an automatic switch, not a manual one) [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Aug 12, 2007 - 17 answers

switch from pc to mac

Switch from PC to MAC? After over 10 years on the PC... I am thinking about switching back to mac? anyone made the switch and regretted it?
posted by specialk420 on Jul 24, 2007 - 46 answers

Windows clueless: Your PC tips and tricks please!?

Easy question: I've been forced to move to a PC with Windows XP from a Mac. Your PC tips and tricks please!? [more inside]
posted by dearest on Jun 5, 2007 - 34 answers

Why can't I have Fan - Low?

In-window air conditioner switch issue...I can't figure out how to google this, so I'm hoping someone here can understand my question! [more inside]
posted by Richat on Jun 4, 2007 - 5 answers

How to get my old copy of XP to work on a new Mac?

When I buy my new 24" imac, should I keep my PC and use it as a server, buy a hard drive enclosure, or just scrap my old PC? [more inside]
posted by smithmac_99 on Mar 13, 2007 - 12 answers

Refurbished Mac - stupid or smart?

Refurbished Mac: Good idea? Bad idea? [more inside]
posted by contessa on Feb 2, 2007 - 42 answers

Power Switch for Electronics

I have been assembling some simple test equipment that involves mating an Omron digital readout to an Omron 0-5VDC pressure transducer. I have been seeing erratic zero fluctuation that appears to coincide with switching the power on and off. My background is electrical, not electronic. I suspect that there could be a voltage spike occurring when the on/off switch is used. The switch is a good quality industrial double pole rocker switch with internal illumination. I want to eliminate possible switch caused spikes as a variable in trying to figure out if anything external is causing this wandering zero. I am familiar with switches that will control spiking in an electrical circuit but not with more sensitive electronics. What type of switch do I look for in my (Digikey) catalog?
posted by Raybun on Jan 4, 2007 - 6 answers

On/Off Switch?

Electronics for dummies? I need something very simple. There is one switch and two wires. When the switch is open, I want wire A to be grounded and wire B floating, when the switch is closed, Wire B should be grounded and wire A floating. Simple as that. What's the very very easiest way to achieve this (preferably using household equipment)? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell on Dec 26, 2006 - 6 answers

Power strip remote switch?

I'm looking for a desktop switch that will turn a device on and off, similar to that of a lamp dimmer. But a hard switch. [more inside]
posted by donguanella on Dec 11, 2006 - 7 answers

How to make my SME skillset portable to a larger firm?

I want to move into a marketing job in the financial services industry, where my strong analysis and writing skills and software competence will help me perform well. My problem - My background is all in marketing small firms with shoestring budgets and consequently few major impacts to brag about. How can I convince potential employers that my small-time experience can help their larger business/ how can I get into financial services marketing - temping? free work trials? or sticking to seeking a full time permanent position. [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky on Nov 2, 2006 - 2 answers

mini jack output selector

AudioFilter... A switcher that allows me to split 1 stereo mini jack output from my sound card to 4 or more female stereo mini jack outputs. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by fondle on Oct 7, 2006 - 7 answers

Fixing an intermittent network fault

This intermittent fault on our small company network makes me bang my head on the wall. Metafilter: help me troubleshoot this annoyance. Roughly once a day at no particular time I get the classic windows 'A network cable is unplugged' balloon appear on my desktop. About 50% of the time, this affects the rest of the 20-odd staff in the office and at least one person will lose some work due to application failure or somesuch. [more inside]
posted by whoojemaflip on Sep 26, 2006 - 18 answers

USB switchbox with switching on a per-device basis?

I have a handful of USB devices that I'd like to share between the 2-4 workstations/laptops at my desk. I don't need simultaneous access to a given device from multiple PC's, just the ability to switch which PC each device is assigned to. Here's the catch, though: I want to do the switching on a per-device basis, so standard USB switchboxes (that switch all USB devices at once) won't do the trick. Does such a device exist? [more inside]
posted by arathorn on Sep 21, 2006 - 6 answers

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