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What can I do with the PhD in materials science/graphene

I'm currently thinking about doing a PhD making new carbon-based materials. I find the topic really interesting, but I’m not really sure what one does with the degree after they graduate unless they stay in academia. What kinds of options exist for a PhD graduate with this kind of background? [more inside]
posted by strekker on Apr 27, 2015 - 7 answers

What can I do with a 64MB iPad 3G?

I now have an Apple M1337 64MB iPad 3G. It has Safari. What can I do with it? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Apr 24, 2015 - 10 answers

Web word swap

I have an idea for an online project, but I don't know what technical skills would be necessary, so I don't know where to start finding the right person/people. [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 on Apr 20, 2015 - 5 answers

How to record sounds inside the body?

What professional medical equipment, techniques and possibilities exist to record sounds inside the body? [more inside]
posted by gmm on Apr 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Looking for free sign-in/attendance software

Hey there, Basically I run an afterschool program where students are free to drop in and out whenever they want, on the condition that they use a computer to sign-in and sign-out. The easiest way is to have them write their names in a Microsoft Word document, however I want something more sophisticated that will allow me to collect statistics over the course of the year about how often they attended, how long they stayed, as well as being able to look at gender and age categories (e.g. I would be able to see that 60% of my students in January were male, while 40% were female, and so on) Any ideas would be great. Free is preferable but if it's really cheap and does everything I need then I could probably afford a $50 one-off fee. Thanks in advance
posted by heylight on Apr 11, 2015 - 2 answers

I'm unhappy with my career at 32, but I'm lost on where I go from here.

I'm 32, and have been in my current career field for about ten years. I'm frustrated with my current job and I feel like I've lost all enthusiasm for my broader career, but I have no idea what I can change to or what I'm really qualified for. [more inside]
posted by googie on Apr 7, 2015 - 19 answers

Please advise me on a forthcoming computer upgrade

My vintage 2008 Macbook is eagerly gazing at the pasture that has been beckoning it for a few years now. I have replaced the hard-drive and maxed out the RAM, but the poor little guy is simply ready for a well-deserved rest. So - what's next for me and when? Macbook Pro? Air? iMac? iPad? Difficulty level: incorporating moderate music production, Netflix, general web use, somewhat limited funds, and massive over-thinking. [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Mar 26, 2015 - 15 answers

Best option for streaming live audio/video to the Internet?

I need to set up an audio and video stream with a password. What's the Hive's opinion on the best option? [more inside]
posted by dozo on Mar 9, 2015 - 3 answers

examples of technologies or social institutions that are "stuck"

HIVEMIND! Does anyone know of any examples of technologies or social institutions that are "stuck" at some sub-optimal state, where we recognize that there are better alternatives out there, but everyone is just used to the current situation and coordinating a huge shift is just too difficult? The clearest example I can think of is having the Qwerty keyboard instead of the Dvorak, where we know that one is better but instituting it would require massive coordination and huge startup costs.
posted by mrmanvir on Mar 9, 2015 - 37 answers

Technical Approaches for paper-based data collection

I'm looking for suggestions on how to gather data using paper-forms which can then be digitized, to compliment a web-based surveying system. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Mar 2, 2015 - 0 answers

MASTER RECORDINGS AND RECORD LABELS

Why is such a big deal made when an artist has to "give up their master recordings to the record label"? Can't the artist just record his/her song again? as many times as they want?
posted by shipbreaker on Feb 28, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me mentor a budding product manager

What are good educational resources for a college undergraduate interested in a career path that involves product management in the technology sector? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Feb 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Today's best technology news sites with active, engaged communities?

What news and breaking news technology sites do you visit daily? [more inside]
posted by kinsey on Feb 26, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me devise an efficient workflow for online study

Please give me your tips for completing online study, particularly how you keep track of all the readings you did working from PDFs, highlighting / note-taking strategies, and any tools that helped you. [more inside]
posted by man down under on Feb 25, 2015 - 8 answers

Looking for women-founded and women-run technology companies

I am a woman whose experience in technology is eerily similar to that of the women in these two articles. I am at a breaking point. But rather than leave the field, I would like to shift employment so that I'm working at exclusively women-led or women-run companies. Can anyone provide some ideas for potential places to apply for full-time employment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2015 - 12 answers

How many Americans are getting sick from using public touch screens?

This question came to me as a result of seeing staplers with antibacterial tops at an office retailer. What's next - anti microbial doorknobs? As I thought about the number of touch screens I use during the day - ATMs, debit card machines, etc, - and the fact I've never seen anyone cleaning them, it occurred to me they are probably far germier than office equipment. [more inside]
posted by ADave on Feb 24, 2015 - 12 answers

Reasonable Text Reposnse Time In Early Stage Dating

Assume you've recently started seeing someone, and it's been going well. If A texts B a day or two later with a proposal for the next date, what is a reasonable amount of time for B to respond? And more importantly, if a day or two goes by without response, what is the correct protocol? [more inside]
posted by maggiepolitt on Feb 22, 2015 - 25 answers

Ideas for a tech McGuffin in a realistic game used for teaching MBAs?

I am a business school professor, and I have designed a bunch of games for teaching entrepreneurship (my subject area). I am building a really ambitious one now, somewhere between Ender's Game and a ARG - a long-running, semi-realistic simulation in which the players will be challenged to make many business decisions over the course of several months in an evolving scenario. Without going into too much detail, the premise is that the students have been hired by a genius inventor who has created an exciting breakthrough technology and is interested in commercializing it. Please, scientists and engineers, help me come up with the technology! [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah on Feb 6, 2015 - 25 answers

Help me choose a laptop.

So I'm getting a new (to me) laptop and I've decided that I want a refurbished Lenovo, I'm looking on their website and can't make up my mind. Help me decide. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Feb 3, 2015 - 10 answers

Help us identify the function of an early WWI-era storage media device?

In the summer of 1915, a wireless telegraph station in Sayville, Long Island owned by the German company Telefunken was caught sending covert commands to U-Boats patrolling the Atlantic Ocean. The transmission device, Mystery Object 40.9.11, was recovered, but it still isn't clear what it is or how the messages were sent. Can anyone help us figure out what it is and how it worked? [more inside]
posted by sce on Feb 2, 2015 - 17 answers

Apple HealthKit, how u work?

I've become obsessed with the Health app on my iPhone. I get that it probably uses GPS to calculate how far I'm walking/running in a day. But how does it know with crazy precision, how many flights of stairs I've gone up? What else can I get it to do, and how can I get the most out of this app? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jan 27, 2015 - 5 answers

Robots + Civil Rights + Law School = Help Me Find a Job!

I am a first year law student in Seattle. I am looking for a summer internship/job. I want to work on civil rights issues and technology issues, and I'm pretty sure the future will involve a lot of overlap between the two (issues like this, for example). [more inside]
posted by DGStieber on Jan 21, 2015 - 13 answers

Can you hire a computer mentor?

I always thought I could learn whatever I needed to learn about computers, but as my life has gotten more complex, and computers keep changing, I find myself with over 12 years of email from school and three jobs, and more and different kinds of stuff coming all the time. I see four big things I'd like to do with my computing environment (home, work, phone, cloud) but I have no idea how to get started or what is the best way to do this. I need a computing mentor. [more inside]
posted by rschram on Jan 17, 2015 - 9 answers

Best and easiest digital payment system for an outdoor market?

People hate cash. I need to reluctantly enter the world of swiping cards and tapping phones in order to continue making a living. Help! [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jan 4, 2015 - 25 answers

MigrationFilter: PC and Mac can't see each other over Ethernet cable

I finally broke down and got a Macbook Air today. In trying to use Mac Migration Assistant to move files from my PC to the Mac, I went with best practices and connected them with an Ethernet cable. They can't seem to see each other. They see each other fine on my wifi (estimated wifi transfer time: 89 hrs), and both the Ethernet cable and the Mac Ethernet converter are working. Hope me, hive mind!
posted by Atrahasis on Dec 17, 2014 - 14 answers

What is the optimum length for a YouTube video?

I was hoping to get some input as to what the best length of a YouTube video is for a new user/blogger. [more inside]
posted by MMiller3669 on Dec 15, 2014 - 12 answers

Comms. reading material over the holidays

Not too heavy but not too light [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Dec 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Transitioning to a Long Distance Relationship with limited connectivity?

ProfMiasma, my partner for over two years (cohabitating for 9+ months), is going off to do fieldwork in West Africa for the next 1.5 years. For the first 6 months, she'll be "in the bush" with limited access to communication technology. Given this limited connectivity situation, what practices and tools can we use to make the best of our long-distance relationship situation? (More Details Inside) [more inside]
posted by miasma on Dec 7, 2014 - 15 answers

What has big data done for us lately?

I'm curious to learn what major scientific (or other) advances have been made using data mining of extremely large datasets (a.k.a. "big data")? [more inside]
posted by stinker on Dec 4, 2014 - 23 answers

Raspberry Pi as a gift for a 13 year old

I was considering getting a Raspberry Pi or a similar computer for my 13 year old nephew, and then taking time to set it up with him. I was thinking we could turn it into an emulator platform for a variety of 16 bit systems. What are your experiences with similar gifts, are there better options than the Pi, and what would be good applications for a kid who likes technology, math, making music and games (including Minecraft)? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Nov 26, 2014 - 8 answers

What does this sudden, unexplained user profile on Windows 7 mean?

An unexplained user profile called 'matt' showed up in C:\Users on my Windows 7 laptop today. What does this mean and should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Nov 25, 2014 - 2 answers

Where can I read about tech that's not gadgets and apps?

I love reading about tech innovations and businesses in areas like energy, materials, farming, transport, construction etc. but the main tech blogs and websites are overwhelmed by IT--consumer electronics, software, apps etc.--which leaves me cold. Any tips much appreciated!
posted by nihotaniwha on Nov 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Black Friday approaches, sales abound. Time for Xmas nerdling dreams!

I have a cramped S.F. bedroom, with enough room for a king-sized bed, but little else. I would like for my partner and I to be able to watch torrented and streamed programming in comfort whilst on the bed, ideally on something more robust than a Roku. Like a real PC... preferably Windows-based. A reasonably sized display. 12" or larger. Swivel-mounted to the wall (recommend hardware for this please!) Perhaps a touch interface. Ideally with a real wireless keyboard / mouse solution. Possibly even something a graphics tablet can be hooked up to. The ability to be hooked up to the network and store away a ton of shows. Hardware that is off the floor, and not overheating and gathering dust under the bed. The ability to handle some relatively undemanding gaming. Low power usage. Can any of you recommend the best hardware to make this happen? Extra points if you can point to parts of the solution that are either advertised or likely to be advertised as on sale for Black Friday.
posted by markkraft on Nov 20, 2014 - 12 answers

low-tech mp3-playing device for people with limited use of hands?

I listen to a lot of podcasts that I know my mum would enjoy. But she can't/won't use a computer, doesn't have reliable internet, and she has arthritis that sometimes prevents her doing 'fiddly' things - e.g. scrolling a wheel on an ipod. Looking for a solution - details inside [more inside]
posted by AFII on Nov 20, 2014 - 14 answers

Online listings for academic education technology jobs in North America

A UK colleague, who has worked for about a decade at various management and director levels in the UK academic sector (Education technology projects and services) is starting to consider moving abroad, but continuing the same line of work. His contact network in the education/academic sector outside of the UK is weak, and he doesn't know where to start looking online for positions in USA or Canadian Universities, Colleges, and Education Technology services and businesses that serve academia. Which are the good websites, and online listings, for these kinds of positions?
posted by Wordshore on Nov 14, 2014 - 5 answers

What's the best tech solution for me?

I'm in the market to buy some tech that allows me to tweet and do other stuff at cafes and such, but what would be the best fit for me? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Lego Mindstorms or something better for my nieces/nephews?

I have six nieces and nephews ranging in age from 4 to 9 spread over two households, and I am thinking of getting each household a set of Lego Mindstorms for Christmas. The cost of the sets means I would not get them any other presents, so the kids would need to share. [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Nov 11, 2014 - 19 answers

Live Music Visual Projection Software

I would like to find a software program that allows me to trigger photos/short video both live and preplanned. More explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by hiddenknives on Nov 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Help a Luddite DIY a sweet Christmas present for a tech geek

This year, I'm trying to make as many of my Christmas gifts as I can. I picked my 21-year-old tech geek brother in the family's Secret Santa drawing, and I need to find a cool, useful gift to make him... [more inside]
posted by sparringnarwhal on Nov 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Best sources on hiring issues in tech

After attending the first-ever Staffup Weekend in San Francisco, I've got a 3000-word assignment to write the best piece ever about whether the tech hiring system is broken and if Staffup Weekend is any kind of solution. Who should I interview? [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna on Nov 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Great works of the Web-ern Canon

A lot of ink has been spilled on the subject of whether video games are art, but rorgy's recent megapost on Homestuck reminded me that comparatively little has been written on the idea of Internet Art. Such works that leverage the internet as a unique creative medium fascinate me, and I'd love to find more. What are some other works that qualify? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Nov 2, 2014 - 6 answers

What are the best, high-quality sites about Android?

What are the best news/opinions about Android in terms of quality of writing and analysis? I'm after sites that post relatively infrequently, but tend to produce high quality stuff when they do post: the Android equivalent of sites like MacStories, Daring Fireball, and Six Colors. (I know far more about iOS than I do Android, but should really know about both.)
posted by Richard Holden on Oct 28, 2014 - 4 answers

Built new desktop last night. PC won't post at all

Built my first desktop last night completely on my own. A friend has helped in the past but this was my first solo experience. It was much easier than I anticipated. However that's where the easy part ended :L [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Oct 17, 2014 - 20 answers

Best VPN for Twin Cities?

I am trying to find the best VPN services in 2014 with emphasis in the Twin Cities, but open to all options. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Oct 3, 2014 - 4 answers

I really wanna harmonize with a faraway friend

I've got a buddy who has recently returned to the opposite coast for a while. A big part of our friendship is singing together, which is right nice. The problem is we can't figure out how to do it now. Skype has that delay that always makes it feel like the other person is messing with you (and the volume goes down in my speakers when there's input from my mic?). Phone calls are weird when one person's trying to hold a guitar. Are there any solutions for this kinda thing yet, or are we reduced to sending recordings back and forth? [more inside]
posted by lauranesson on Sep 30, 2014 - 11 answers

Explain computers to me like I'm five.

Say someone is completely technologically inept; I mean, they can find their way around the Internet and Microsoft Office and the most very basic HTML but otherwise they are clueless. Say this person has a lot of free *ahem*unemployed*ahem* time on their hands and would like to brush up on their knowledge, and bring themselves up-to-date on the 21st century. What resources, ideally free, are out there for this? [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on Sep 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Lesser-known women in technology

Who are some important women in technology that are lesser-known in the world? Especially women of color, LGBTQ women, and non-American women? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 15, 2014 - 44 answers

Help Me Level Up My Tech Credentials

I'm a self-taught web applications programmer/sysadmin. How can I make myself more attractive to prospective employers? What certs/education should I pursue? [more inside]
posted by signsofrain on Sep 15, 2014 - 2 answers

No, I don't have experience in Technology X.

Interviewing with yet another company who approached me first. But they want expertise in Technology X, something I don't have experience in. They saw my resume, right? Why are they interviewing me? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Sep 11, 2014 - 12 answers

Best tablet (or something else?) for academia, 2014 edition

You're given a $1000 technology grant for grad school. It must be spent on technology. You don't need a laptop. You're thinking a tablet, but what kind and what else? Now what? Mefites, what's your dream setup for annotating pdfs, note taking, and general productivity? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Sep 3, 2014 - 24 answers

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