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Software to help do guided outlines with automatically populated fields from previous answers?

I'm trying to construct a digital worksheet that will walk someone through an outlining and drafting process for creating a report. Basically, the user should be able to answer the questions I put forward (either in a textfield, list, or textarea) and what would come out is an outline for a technical paper, grant proposal, etc. Is there software or features of software to support this? Microsoft Office or exportable formats are preferable. [more inside]
posted by miasma on Jun 28, 2009 - 2 answers

WAH!

My HP Pavillion dv6000 laptop works fine...except for one little battery related thing. [more inside]
posted by Neonshock on Apr 11, 2009 - 4 answers

I'm having a financial existentialist crisis

Have I been wrong on my financial core beliefs? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan on Feb 11, 2009 - 22 answers

What are external links, and what value do they provide to my site ranking?

What are external links, and what value do they provide to my site ranking? Are they important? [more inside]
posted by Nixie Pixel on Jan 21, 2009 - 3 answers

Where to buy blood splatter posters?

Where can I find blood splatter posters, or other technical diagrams/posters, to decorate my office? [more inside]
posted by Joakim Ziegler on Dec 10, 2008 - 8 answers

Intermediate Technical Sketching

Other than the practicing I'm already doing, how can I learn more about technical sketching? [more inside]
posted by DU on Dec 2, 2008 - 15 answers

technical gibberish parody video

I am trying to find a specific internet video from a few years ago. The video is a parody of a highly technical product promotional/sales company. There is one man in a suit explaining the company's production innovation, design, etc., as he stands in front of equipment racks. About half-way through, you begin to realize that it's all just technical gibberish. My google-fu is failing me.
posted by mdpc98 on Sep 29, 2008 - 7 answers

Is business training any good?

Is business training and certification as well recognized and rewarded as technical training? [more inside]
posted by dcrocha on Jul 30, 2008 - 3 answers

How do I prepare for graduate technical interviews in software?

In about six weeks I expect to have a technical interview for a graduate position with MS. What can I do between now and then to be as well prepared as possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2008 - 7 answers

How to make the best of a technical interview without any directly related experience?

Upcoming interview for a technical Dream Job. Problem is, I've been working in a similar-ish industry, but don't have any professional experience directly related. How can I better emphasize my broad technical background, autodidact tendencies and passion for the industry to help assuage concerns the interviewer may have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 3, 2008 - 3 answers

decoding 10bit video

Decoding a 10bit video file ain't easy... [more inside]
posted by shino-boy on Jun 30, 2008 - 12 answers

Gmail not working

When I start Gmail, it hangs, without fully loading. I input my name and password, and it attempts to load, but hangs before fully loading and showing my mailbox. My only alternative is then to load the HTML view. This is a very limited and unworkable mode. I've tried Google's standard fixes with no avail. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by lometogo on May 18, 2008 - 14 answers

Tech Degree/Career as Lib. Art Major? How do I get in the Door and What Door do I get in?

I'm a liberal arts major. I'm considering Law School or a Masters but according to US News & WR Even college grads might want to consider blue-collar careers . I live Near Wake Tech (a well respected Technical/Community College) and like the idea of a steady, secure 9-5ish type job. Salary is not critical, as long as I can live reasonably comfortably. So what are my best options? (See More Below) [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Apr 15, 2008 - 9 answers

Can I show some of my etchings?

Interviewing with a technical writing / communication portfolio. What resources and tips for those who have gone through it or hired from it. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Feb 27, 2008 - 4 answers

Assesssing employee value

How can I assess the economic value of an employee (namely me)? [more inside]
posted by Palaverist on Jan 5, 2008 - 8 answers

What does copywriting pay?

What does copywriting pay? A computer consulting firm wants to hire me to write founder bios, customer service email templates, redo the copy on their website, etc. Also maybe some light technical writing. As far as experience, I've done all that (unpaid) for a startup of my own, which was very successful. I'm also a very experienced popular writer (articles and books). But never did this sort of copywriting for pay. What's typical renumeration?
posted by jimmyjimjim on Dec 10, 2007 - 22 answers

BSODude, This Fucking Sucks

BSOD Filter: Help me pinpoint the cause. Dump file contents included. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES on Dec 7, 2007 - 6 answers

calling up the internet

Has anyone had any success doing radio-quality interviews with Skype or Vonage? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Nov 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Can I permanently apply an Effect in IllustratorCS3?

Illustrator CS3. Is there a way to "apply" the effects (from the Effects dropdown menu) I've done to vector illustrations in the same manner as I can Expand a complex shape I've created with Pathfinder (deleting the extra shape)? [more inside]
posted by Wink Ricketts on Nov 1, 2007 - 3 answers

Fixing strange web browser display problems.

Why does my dad's computer display web browsers incorrectly? Is it possessed? How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Jul 9, 2007 - 3 answers

HP PAvillion ISSUES***LOCKED OUT

My HP Pavillion dv4000 is not allowing me to log into the computer. It did this once before saying i lost my password and i had to have my ex do some trickery and it was fine. Now it is doing it all over again. This time I did not have a password..it has just locked me out completely. [more inside]
posted by eve28 on Jun 17, 2007 - 9 answers

What further education do I need to be taken seriously as I re-enter the workforce?

I've been out of work for a number of years, by choice, staying at home to raise my kids. I have a Bachelor's in Education with a minor in English from back in 19mumblemumbleyear, and even if it were up-to-date, my life has taken a different turn, and I don't feel that teaching is for me any more. With this kind of background, if I don't teach, I am pretty much, as one of my English teachers once put it, an "educated un-employable." What further education do I need to be taken seriously as I re-enter the workforce? [more inside]
posted by misha on May 19, 2007 - 7 answers

How do I find reputable web developers in Poland?

How do I find reputable web developers in Poland? [more inside]
posted by runkelfinker on Mar 31, 2007 - 7 answers

Name a technical term with Latin or Greek

Latin and/or Greek experts, I need help naming a technical term. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Mar 20, 2007 - 30 answers

How to Write Interesting Computer Science

I need help in learning how to write. Specifically, technical writing in the area of computer science. Most specifically, paper writing. [more inside]
posted by gadha on Jan 25, 2007 - 15 answers

Display web content from a secured device on an Intranet site?

Display web content from a secured device on an Intranet site? [more inside]
posted by bda1972 on Oct 20, 2006 - 6 answers

Is there a place for a technical comparison of outdoor gear?

I'm looking for a website that has an excellent technical understanding of the technology in outdoor gear and technical fabrics. Like a dpreview.com or dansdata.com but for mountaineering etc. [more inside]
posted by dantodd on Oct 14, 2006 - 6 answers

Best ICT literacy workshops and tech support models.

Where can I find the best, proven basic ICT/Internet literacy workshops? Where can I find the best, proven models for providing limited technical support over the phone and via email? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Oct 5, 2006 - 1 answer

A newer, better book out there?

I was going to get a few copies of John A. Brogan's 'Clear Technical Writing' (out of print) for teaching a class at work, but want to ask you all whether there's a better, more recent tech writing primer you can recommend...thanks. [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius on Aug 9, 2006 - 2 answers

Ordering dietary supplements for Autists

International ordering via a US website, technical problems ordering supplements for an Autistic child. Should I give up? Can you recommend alternatives? [more inside]
posted by Wilder on Mar 21, 2006 - 3 answers

Why use single-camera mode when shooting television?

What, from the standpoint of the audience, is the difference/advantage between shooting, say, a sitcom, in single-camera mode (SCM) and multiple-camera mode (MCM)? If all you're doing in SCM is shooting dialogue, for example, out-of-order to construct an effect that is effortlessly achieved by switching from one camera to the next in MCM, it would seem that, if anything, you would gain from the immediacy of the actors' reaction in a scene shot in MCM.
posted by the sobsister on Mar 10, 2006 - 12 answers

A raw-IP/HTTP source for real-time option quotes?

I'm looking for a free or paid service that will allow me to connect to a TCP/IP port and request real-time option and stock quotes. [more inside]
posted by tkolar on Feb 10, 2006 - 11 answers

Webcam Frustration

Webcam frustration: I have a Logitech QuickCam Pro 3000, and it's driving me up the wall. When it's not in use, the 'active' light is always on, but when I try to use it with any application, it goes off and the camera does nothing. I've done all the logical stuff I can think of - checked the Logitech site, Googled for this error, uninstalled and reinstalled software and hardware, changed USB ports and toyed with finding a major religion to cling to, but so far nothing makes any difference... so please help me, MetaFilter friends, or Mr WebCam will become surprisingly intimate with Mr Hammer... thanks!
posted by timpollard on Oct 15, 2005 - 2 answers

Are you learning piano?

Is anyone learning piano (or planning to)? If so, can I ask you some questions? [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer on Sep 26, 2005 - 25 answers

Edit a help file?

Back in the day (about 7 years ago, anyway), Windows came with a utility that allowed the savvy user to edit compiled help files. [more inside]
posted by dbmcd on Jun 15, 2005 - 5 answers

Good web support interface.

I have a complex shareware program and would like to provide online help -- less complicated than a "knowledgebase" but better organized than a rambling FAQ. Have you all seen any ubercool online support pages? Where? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman on Jun 4, 2005 - 4 answers

restarting MT entry numbering

Help me reset the entry numbering on my MT blog. [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Apr 8, 2005 - 6 answers

iTunes woes

Who can help me with a sudden iTunes for Windows problem? [more inside]
posted by amarynth on Mar 8, 2005 - 6 answers

Any technical writers out there have difficulty getting portfolio copies?

I just quit my job at BC Hansard, where part of my job duties included writing technical documentation. One of my major projects was a word processing manual for our editors (most of whom are not technically savvy), explaining the various in-house Word macros, general computer use and so forth. But Hansard refuses to give me a portfolio copy of my work; not because of any hard feelings, but because they just don't do this. [more inside]
posted by solid-one-love on Feb 24, 2005 - 8 answers

Commercial insertion in nationally broadcast television

I am curious as to how an hour-long nationally televised program in the U.S., like say E.R., is actually broadcast. Does one person in New York or L.A. push a play button to start the show and all the commercials, or is there coordination between NBC and local affiliate technicians? For that matter, how is the entire programming day coordinated? What goes wrong to create “technical difficulties”? (Ignore the feed into satellite and/or cable TV for my purposes).
posted by punkfloyd on Dec 28, 2004 - 10 answers

Music playback optimization help desired

Music playback optimization help desired. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Gyan on Jun 21, 2004 - 9 answers

Translating Technical Certifications into an MCP

Translating technical certifications (Network+ and A+) in to an MCP. Is this possible? I've scoured forums and newsgroups related
to technical certification, and found items that alluded to this possibility, but with no specifics as to the process. Where could I research this more? Has anyone experienced this process? How would one go about doing this?
posted by mnology on Jun 17, 2004 - 4 answers

How do I customize my newsfeed XML data for others?

Web coding quesiton:
I want to be able to offer my XML feed to others to implement on their webpages. I'm using Movable type (and have refrained from posting my site or it's feed (you can click on my name to get there).

I know they can get the feed via the link.

But, these other sites want just the headlines of the feed; and for it to be updated on their pages - I don't have the knowledge (which is why I came to Ask) - and my google searches haven't been helpful.

I'd love to get a nudge in the right direction.
posted by filmgeek on Mar 27, 2004 - 5 answers

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