How can I better organize my schedule through better use of my work and personal calendars across platforms? My primary calendar at work is through Outlook/Exchange, but for personal correspondence I use gmail/google calendar, mostly accessed through my iphone or a browser on my mac. Right now I am just inviting Work Email Address Me and Personal Email Address Me to events (like meeting invitees) but perhaps there is a better way. Suggestions of articles/resources to help me figure this out also welcome! [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita
on Mar 3, 2014 -
As an over 50 being, I am feeling daunted by the pace of change. In this weeks encounters with the future were my android which is smarter than I am, the cloning of the wooly mammoth, three parent birth families, and a friend said "that very soon the entire world will be eating gluten free, to which I replied "only when you pry the pasta out of my cold dead hands." I don't want to become a Luddite but the rapidity of change feels like too much. I need suggestions for coping and adjusting to change as I age.
posted by Xurando
on Mar 2, 2014 -
Due to some personal motivations, I've been reading a lot about paranoia lately and most of the delusions I hear about involve modern technology, ie. wire taps, hidden cameras, etc. What are some examples of paranoid delusions before that technology existed?
posted by shesdeadimalive
on Mar 1, 2014 -
I'm in a position where I manage a local non-profit's website. As I take an opportunity to transition out of the role, I am sad to see my track record. Can I become a better webmaster, undertake a fantastic transition AND learn something all in the next few months? [more inside]
posted by nondescript
on Feb 20, 2014 -
Thanks MeFites for your assistance; now for a Mac Mini question! The Flashdrake is needs a new computer to take to Italy for around 5 months a year; he currently uses an all-in-one desktop PC in Australia running Windows 7 and a 23" screen. Has been using a 17" 2010 laptop now running Windows 8 when travelling to Italy, although doesn't like using it, finds the screen hard to see, and never got a handle on Win8. I could buy a new laptop, or a new desktop to keep overseas, but it seems that getting a Mac Mini and hitching it up to a monitor at either end. While we would still backup, it seems like an elegant solution. He is not familiar with the iOS, but loves his iPad, which he uses when he needs portability when out and about.
Is there something that I'm missing here? I imagine that as long as we avoid an expensive Apple monitor (that's possible, right?) it would work well, with be relatively cost effective.
Thoughts? What am I missing here?
posted by Flashduck
on Feb 20, 2014 -
I'm working on a project at work about "unique or unexpected obsessions" related to technology, competition, health and fitness, animals, hunting, gaming or anything that is non-sexual or substance-related. I'm especially interested in how these so-called obsessions/addictions have impacted the subjects' relationships, careers, finances, etc. Where do I find people with weird yet intense obsessions that affect their everyday lives? I feel like I could use some inspiration, so any feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
posted by Lillitatiana
on Feb 19, 2014 -
I've only worked in a small business (15-20 employees) since I got out of school, and I've handled the technological necessities since I started because nobody else could. I've handled things on an as-needed basis: troubleshooting problems, setting up new computers, maintaining an iron grip on software installations, setting up the network and administering simple network devices, etc. However, I'm completely self-taught, and I have no idea if my hacked-together system looks anything like a properly-implemented corporate IT system. So I want to know what one looks like. Specifically, I'd like to know if there are any resources I can check out on my own that paint the picture of what I should be trying to achieve. NOTE: I'm NOT averse to hiring an outside IT firm or consultant to help with specification and implementation. However, I don't want to be at the mercy of a firm's "knowledge" and my own ignorance; you can waste a lot of money that way, regardless of scenario. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes
on Feb 11, 2014 -
Through work I am co-leading an effort to do STEM outreach at a local high school. There are several different groups as part of the effort. One group is focusing on mentoring and another is running an app building contest, etc. I am working with the group whose job it is to encourage women and girls to get involved in STEM course tracks, specifically IT. [more inside]
posted by seesom
on Feb 6, 2014 -
I'm working on a load of small projects for the education arm of a small charity. In order to make the training more interesting, I have been tasked with finding out what can be done in the realm of screencasts. As we don't have any kind of budget, I thought we might be able use something like Camtasia, which our web developer has on his machine. Problem is, I'm pretty sure we only have one licence and I'm even surer that it's going to be a struggle to get anyone to agree to pay for any new software right now. Looking at the tutorials, I was thinking of starting (relatively) simple and maybe using a mix of Powerpoint and animations to enhance an audio lecture. I therefore have multiple parts to this question:
1) Is there a free or really cheap alternative to Camtasia that I should be looking at? or
2) Is Camtasia worth fighting for? If it is, I am willing to learn how to do awesome things with it.
3) Am I even looking at the right kind of software to do this?
Thanks very much!
posted by joboe
on Jan 31, 2014 -
I am in the market for a new laptop but am so far out of the loop that I'd like your tips on what's even possible these days, please! [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night
on Jan 31, 2014 -
What resources are there in the US that enable kids to take, say, a 3-6 month training course in programming, and then help with entry-level job placement after successful completion of the program?
I used to live in Argentina and became familiar with http://program.ar/ which does this (very well) there, and want to find some similar programs in the United States.
posted by carlodio
on Jan 30, 2014 -
Okay, we just bought a new wireless router. Our two smartphones are wifi connected. So are two different computers plus two Nooks.
The only thing that refuses to connect is our Roku box. The ONLY thing we use to watch TV. This is Not Good.
Roku support was worse than useless.
Hive mind, we turn to you. GO! [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies
on Jan 25, 2014 -
We just got an Ipod Nano (the latest one) for Christmas and when we first got it out of the box we were able to download music from our computer to the I-Pod. We did it with I-tunes and I remember seeing something that indicated that the I-Pod was being recognized by the I-tunes website. No problems downloading to the I-Pod.
But now I'm trying to add some music and the I-Pod is not being recognized. The new songs are in my library (under I-tunes) and they are already paid for. I have Windows Vista.
The little white USB cord is not having a problem with charging the I-Pod, but nothing on the computer indicates that the I-Pod is recognized.
When I am in the library, I click on DEVICES, and I can see a word that says sync, but sync is not in bold, another words I can't click on it.
Any advice? I already turned my computer off and on again, and also took out the USB and put it back in as well.
I went to the website and read the manual but there is so much there and I don't see how to do any of the instructions if the I-pod is not recognized.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh
on Jan 22, 2014 -
I'm applying for a new tech support/programming job, and I'm unsure which of two older positions to put on my resume. There can only be one. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 20, 2014 -
Does anyone have any recommendations on what scanner to purchase to scan some photos and negatives? Some of the pictures that I want to scan are older than I am and I was hoping that I could scan these pictures and negatives and then use the program called Aperture to fix some of the imperfections on the pictures.
The other thing is that the amount of pictures I have to scan are immense. The number of pictures and negatives will be in the thousands.
While this seems like an overwhelming task, I want to be able to show my future children all of their relatives that are no longer with us.
I don't want to spend a fortune, but if there are scanners that can facilitate doing this quickly I am willing to save up money to make a good investment that can get this huge project done more quickly.
If anyone has any suggestions, please post.
posted by nidora
on Jan 18, 2014 -
I have an aging stereo with decent speakers that I'd like to somehow convert so that I can stream music from my phone or computer. Is this possible? Details and pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by rensar
on Jan 8, 2014 -
Why don't we have HD video of Earth rotating in space? You know, relatively close-up, as if the Enterprise had just dropped out of warp and the planet was being majestically introduced to the cinema audience. An extended, multiple pass/rotation exposure, so that it could be watched by appreciative viewers wanting to get a bit of perspective/peace. I imagine I would sit and gaze at this for extended periods. What are the technical limitations which have prevented this?
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Jan 1, 2014 -
I have a no-contract plan at Virgin Mobile USA, which I like because it is so cheap ($35/month for unlimited data and enough calling). The downside of cheap and no-contract is expensive phones. However, I just lost my Android phone and would like to switch back to iPhone. My options at Virgin are iPhone 4, for $200, iPhone 4s, for $314, or iPhone 5, for more than I want to pay really. How to decide? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine
on Dec 27, 2013 -
As a programmer, I try to keep up to date with the tech world - including startups. Unfortunately, sometimes a site or app grows to huge proportions (ie. PInterest or Snapchat) and I have no idea that it exists. I know that there are a ton of blogs such as Techcrunch, Mashable, The Next Web and ReadWriteWeb, but these blogs are far too noisy for me as they all seem to run several posts per day.
So I'd really love to find a site that focuses on those startups that are gaining significant traction. Or, I'd love to find a site where you can view what startups are getting hot, based on some metric such as people's votes. I know there's http://www.reddit.com/r/startups, but most of the posts are about the process of creating a startup.
So what's a good site for keeping updated on startups that isn't too noisy?
posted by casebash
on Dec 10, 2013 -
I’m an undergraduate chemical engineering student about graduate next semester, trying to figure out what to do next. I’ve always been interested in global development issues, and I wanted to get ideas on how I could get involved in this area, possibly using my background in science/technology in a useful way. [more inside]
posted by strekker
on Dec 9, 2013 -
From a previous
AskMefi post dated 2006, I've re-discovered Newegg, Slick Deals, Hot Deals, Woot, Tech Bargains, and Spendfish. It's been almost 8 years since the post, though, so I'm sure I'm out of the loop. Google is great for aggregating these sites, but I'm not sure about their quality (i.e. deal-awesomeness) from a simple search. Can you tell me what I'm missing? Thanks in advance!!
posted by onecircleaday
on Dec 8, 2013 -
Some friends and I would like to create (and work through) a reading list of current, thoughtful, thought provoking, but non-alarmist articles and/or books on helping kids create a healthy relationship with technology. The immediate focus is on elementary and middle school kids, but we'd expand it for general thought-provoking material on topic. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl
on Dec 7, 2013 -
A fellow aspiring entrepreneur and friend of mine is in desperate need of help. Time is of the essence!
Here's the story:
Two years ago he created his own business that sells custom hand-made clothes and products. He owns a website and is on all of the normal social media. One of his most effective tools to connect with customers is through instagram. He's worked hard over the years to develop a fan base of over 27K followers. Mysteriously, last night this account was hacked. They changed the password, hacked the business email, and have taken control of the brand. This account is the business' main source of revenue and advertisement.
Although he's trademarked the company and taken all the normal preventative measures, the admin. at instagram claims there's nothing they can do to help. Assuming this is true, what are his available options?
Essentially, my friend's ship just got hijacked by some evil bastards and he's going to need a seal team to get it back. [more inside]
posted by intelligentfool
on Dec 3, 2013 -
I have a Panasonic Blu-ray player. It is probably 5-6 years old.
Lately I notice the picture quality on some older standard DVDs (Six feet under season 1 for example) don't look good. They either look grainy/pixelated/not crisp.
The other problem that I have is that Blu-rays take foreeeeeeever to load. The new season of Mad Men must take 5 minutes at least. It does look great once it gets started.
I am not an overly tech savvy person. I don't know if I need to update firmware (or how to do it for that matter). I would rather have something that either doesn't require it or does it automatically. I do have a brand new Samsung smart hd tv. I am using HDMI cables.
Is there a way/is it worth updating or trying to "fix" It seems that players are so inexpensive that perhaps I should just purchase a new one. Would this solve the problem? Do todays units update themselves like I believe that my tv does? I see that some come with wi-fi included. Some are smart. I don't know what the advantage to those features are. I don't care about 3D. Is HDMI still the standard?
Would it be advantageous to stick with Samsung?
Thank you in advance
posted by kbbbo
on Dec 3, 2013 -
posted by anonymous
on Nov 23, 2013 -
I have a sound recording that ideally I would like to remove the background sound from. My recording has unfortunately captured the unwanted sound of an episode of Doctor Who being played from a TV in the background. Is there a way to filter that out? [more inside]
posted by polymodus
on Nov 19, 2013 -
I need recommendations for a all in one desktop or study laptop that can run the Adobe Suite (not the newest in the creative cloud) for a new proposed Digital Arts course.
These would purely need to run Photoshop, Illustrator - some sort of video editing program, and potentially a light game design program. (Doesn't need to be Flash)
I know about different specs needed but am lost how to find what would work best and for 32+ students in one classroom.
This would be a huge investment for the High School so if I can quote under 30,000 for all the new technology it would be more likely considered. [more inside]
posted by mariecheri
on Nov 16, 2013 -
How common is it to outsource almost an entire Information Technology department in a corporation? Can anyone provide some examples? [more inside]
posted by smalls
on Nov 13, 2013 -
I recently heard about Jack Andraka and his project involving carbon nanotubes and how it's so seemingly simple but also so revolutionary and something that older and wiser scientists weren't able to figure out. I also saw this high school student on Conan who had come up with a way to greatly prolong battery life in cell phones. So, along those lines, where could I learn more about these kinds of innovations (besides talk shows...)? I'm not too plugged into the science/tech world, and I'm more interested in tech. If there are any particularly exciting topics, please feel free to share, as well. Thanks!
posted by shipsthatburn
on Nov 10, 2013 -
I am about to buy some bluetooth speakers to be used in conjunction with a Windows computer and Itunes. I have heard vague rumblings to the effect that bluetooth has security issues that regular wifi devices do not. Ordinarily, I would buy wifi speakers but the few I can find are awfully damned pricey. Would I be putting myself at risk of compromising my computer's security if I set up a pair or two of bluetooth speakers in my apartment? In general, are there any bluetooth security issues I should be aware of, as a new user of this technology?
Many thanks for your time.
posted by jason's_planet
on Oct 24, 2013 -
I enjoy thoughtful but not overly academic discussions of users' experiences with technology and/or design, particularly analyses like this
. What blogs or other stuff should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l
on Oct 24, 2013 -
What is the difference between a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology vs. a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering? In job description, duties, salary, etc? [more inside]
posted by PrettyKnitty
on Oct 21, 2013 -
I've noticed that a number of people have been upgrading their iPhones (less so with other models) every year without paying anything out of pocket. How does this work? [more inside]
posted by touareg
on Oct 15, 2013 -
I want to give paper surveys to a number of people and then use a computer to compile the responses. My thought is to use a camera or scanner to enter the evaluations into the computer, and then run some sort of OCR (which i know nothing about) or other program to highlight which boxes have X's in them or which items are circled, and then throw all that into an excel spreadsheet for further analysis. From a technology standpoint, (a) is this possible? (b) is this possible to set up in a week? (C) is this possible in such a way that tech-illiterate people can do it swiftly once it's been set up?
posted by rebent
on Oct 11, 2013 -
I am a medical writer working on a large project. Part of this project will involve posting videos of physicians along with a transcript of whatever the speaker is saying. The topic tends to be fairly technical - the physicians will be using Technical Medical Terms that could confuse the average layperson. Length of the videos varies from three to twenty minutes. [more inside]
posted by Schadenfreudian
on Oct 9, 2013 -
For example knitting can be duplicated by machine, but crocheted items can only be made by hand. I'm curious, are there other things that cannot be duplicated by machine?
posted by patheral
on Oct 8, 2013 -
I need a new job, and I have no idea what job I might be good at and enjoy. Please give me ideas for some jobs that I haven't thought of. I'm in my late 20s and working as a research analyst for a large firm, and I can't take the feeling that I'm not doing anything worthwhile (or even enjoyable) with my life. I'm not sure what to do. Do you know of any unconventional careers that might be a good fit? Please give me an idea of where to get started. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 25, 2013 -
I'm looking for interesting things to add to what will amount to an Innovation Starter Kit for a small group of faculty who I'm trying to encourage to think a little differently about education. So far I'm thinking about things like Sugru
, a Leap Motion Controller
, maybe some light-sensitive paper... What else can I add? [more inside]
posted by madred
on Sep 25, 2013 -
A family member with ongoing back and neck issues finds monthly massages from a masseuse quite effective at maintaining their functionality. Recently, they tried a demo of one of the high-end "robotic"
massage chairs (Panasonic MA-70
) at a trade fair and were quite impressed with it.
Has anyone had experience with owning and using one of these chairs over a longer period of time? If so, what are your recommendations? [more inside]
posted by fairmettle
on Sep 18, 2013 -
I like to hypothesize solutions to big problems. This one has me stumped. Is there a way to prevent total societal collapse as technology replaces workers? I've read several futuristic stories set after this shift where robots basically do all the work, but never anything during the process. [more inside]
posted by domo
on Sep 17, 2013 -
Hmm. You know how barcode scanners are sort of like a keyboard when connected via USB - if you scan a barcode it will just "type" that string of text into whatever you're doing just as if you'd used the keyboard? [more inside]
posted by dance
on Sep 4, 2013 -
I want to read about Augmented Reality
. Tech developments IRL; techno-utopian / transhuman dreams, and hard-fought aspirations; and any sci-fictional dystopian nightmares you know of. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Sep 4, 2013 -
So, I just bought a new computer! It's shiny and powerful and it smells good and I ❤ it. But it has Windows 8. I have some philosophical disagreements with Windows 8 (the short version: I don't like the trend of making computers more like locked down, spy-on-you-y Consumer Electronics Devices a la smartphones) but I'm more or less happy with it. Except, oh wait, right clicking anything makes Explorer crash. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE, INNOVATIVE AND TERRIBLY USEFUL FEATURE! Please help me help my new electric dream not do that anymore. [more inside]
posted by byanyothername
on Aug 30, 2013 -
Looking for recommendations on digital cameras, flatbed scanners, and associated technology for use in digitizing written documents during archival research.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow
on Aug 9, 2013 -
I am looking for a sense of some appropriate approaches to preparing for a move and likely related career transition. Referrals to career counselors with experience in this area in one of our likely host countries are appreciated as well. Context below.
posted by mijn_valieske
on Aug 7, 2013 -
I made a career change (technology to law) a few years ago, and now I'd like to change back, as I had a decent career before and have a pretty foul one now. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 31, 2013 -