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What should I do about this guy?

What should I do about this guy? I'll preface this by saying I have pretty much no prior experience, so I'm not sure about what's considered "normal" in terms of communication (FYI this is a little long)... [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 on Oct 26, 2012 - 28 answers

Windows 7 text setting gone suddenly tiny

After restarting Windows 7 (SP 1) today, my chosen Small text setting (100% at 100 dpi on a 1920 x 1200 resolution) had been replaced by Medium (125%). Text everywhere looked huge. I switched back to Small, but now a lot of my system text (like title bar text and context menu text ) is extremely small, much smaller than before, and some other text, like the listing of subject headings in my Thunderbird email client and the tab text in Firefox, is also incredibly small. How to get back to my original Small appearance? [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Oct 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Making reasonable font

I would like to create a font using someone's handwriting and am looking for a good software with which to do this. I'm not an expert in this, so it would have to have a small learning curve, unless it is really worth it for me to spend time learning so I can get reasonable results. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Oct 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Mysterious Skull Logo

What is this logo, and what does it say? [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind on Oct 17, 2012 - 10 answers

mixed up texts

Why did my husband receive a text from me that contained an ending sentence different from the one I sent? [more inside]
posted by peep on Oct 11, 2012 - 17 answers

Need examples of textual graphics

Please suggest book covers (or others) I can look at that are extremely text-heavy images. [more inside]
posted by bq on Oct 10, 2012 - 22 answers

Getting documents read aloud by a human being

Is there a service where I can submit articles or documents and have them read by a human being and get the result recorded as an mp3? I feel like such a service ought to exist somewhere, but I haven't had any luck finding one. Also, I'm not really interested in software that converts text to speech - it has to be read by a person.
posted by Proginoskes on Sep 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Best practices for a plaintext resume

Best practices for formatting a plaintext resume? I am going to apply for a job where I have to paste my resume into a form, and I'd like to have it not look terrible. [more inside]
posted by marble on Sep 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Tool to copy web text plus URL--in one go?

There must be a tool for this: I want to copy text from a web page, then paste into in a word processing document, with the URL of the original page somehow appended to the text--say, in parenthesis at the end. Any suggestions?
posted by largecorp on Sep 11, 2012 - 10 answers

.rtf editor for iPhone?

I'm looking for a simple text editor app for iPhone that is able to edit .rtf files. [more inside]
posted by Yiggs on Sep 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Selecting from Cursor to End of Line in Word 2010

In Word 2010, when I hit Shift-End, it selects the whole line I'm on. I thought it was supposed to select from the cursor's present location to the end of the line, not the whole line itself. Anyway for me to get the desired behavior?
posted by WCityMike on Aug 25, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I save to a text file in Excel 2011?

I'm on a mac. A colleague sent me an Excel file (.xls) which I looked at in Excel 2011. It looks fine. I would like to save the file in some sort of text format, so that I can open Terminal and look at it in less. I realize that the columns won't align nicely, that's fine. What I don't want are all the weird characters that show up (from differently formatted line endings, etc). I've tried saving as "Tab delimited text," but that has the problem with the line endings. Which format should I use?
posted by bluefly on Aug 16, 2012 - 9 answers

PDF copy/paste repeats text - help?

When I copy/paste text from this PDF, the copied text is repeated and sometimes includes additional text. Why is this and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by fussbudget on Aug 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Edit manuscripts, like in the pencil days. On a Mac

Remember editing text (I mean, writing) with a pencil? Like you would as a teacher or senior editor correcting somebody else's manuscript?Can I do something like that on my Mac (10.5.8)? I've been using Preview to add highlights, notes and simple graphic elements, but what I want is... [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin on Aug 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Don't go readin' my texts!..

...they couldn't if they tried? Do employers read text messages on employer paid cell phones? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2012 - 13 answers

I want to read novels like they're visual novels! Without making them visual or anything.

The Internet having destroyed my abilities of concentration, I'm looking for anything, preferably a web app, that can help me read large texts, like novels on a sentence-by-sentence basis. [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on May 26, 2012 - 6 answers

txt 4 free plz

My wife and I text each other a lot throughout the day - enough that I go over my one zillion text per month limit. An upgrade to the next level (unlimited) would be $30/month. What's the best, most seamless way to get free (or very low cost) texting? I only need it to work between the two of us; I can use regular texting for others. [more inside]
posted by SampleSize on May 24, 2012 - 39 answers

Can Jimmy come out and play?

I've been failing on getting some friends to go out and do stuff with me, and need some help figuring out what I can do to get better success. [more inside]
posted by garlic on May 18, 2012 - 15 answers

How to parse a text file & collect a piece of each line automatically?

I need to go through text files, each containing hundreds of lines, and copy a specific part of each line, and then add all those parts together into one long line, each part separated by a comma. But how? [more inside]
posted by Unhyper on May 9, 2012 - 13 answers

Text Widget Generator?

Is there a tool that would let me embed a semi-random text generator? [more inside]
posted by jtajta on May 1, 2012 - 6 answers

What font does the Tabac logo use?

What font does the Tabac logo use? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 28, 2012 - 3 answers

Where can I find someone to text me?

I need someone to text me every 4-6 hours to keep myself accountable for one very specific, discrete thing. I don't want to ask any of my friends/family to do it. Reminders on my phone are too easy to brush off and ignore. Is there some sort of web service I can sign up for that will hook me up with someone who also needs to be kept accountable, or someone who wants to help?
posted by Night_owl on Apr 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Anonymous SMS to Twitter

I want to create a number to send text messages (SMS) which will then post all the messages onto a Twitter feed... [more inside]
posted by iamck on Apr 18, 2012 - 3 answers

How to fix grainy display in Windows 7?

Suddenly text and logos look very grainy on my Windows 7 computer. [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Apr 12, 2012 - 3 answers

In need of text splitter

Is there a text editor under Mac OS X which can split a plain text file using a string as delimiter? [more inside]
posted by yclipse on Apr 9, 2012 - 19 answers

word up

I want to have some sort of easily-editable text box floating on the top level of whatever I'm doing in Windows. Think, like, a sticky note or a ticker. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Mar 26, 2012 - 3 answers

Convert text with whitespace to csv

perl or sed or awk help for newbie [more inside]
posted by v-tach on Mar 20, 2012 - 26 answers

Searching for the critical thinking textbook I had in grade school

Please help me find the critical thinking textbook my grade-school class used in the early eighties. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Mar 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Internet changing what I type.

Why does my browser change the last two letters of some of the strings I type to "Pr"? [more inside]
posted by Bufo_periglenes on Feb 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Don't people do this every day?

I want to do something ridiculously simple in Excel that doesn't seem to be possible. Please tell me that's not true. [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Feb 10, 2012 - 17 answers

Blue and green

Has anyone else been having imessage vs. text message problems lately? [more inside]
posted by 6and12 on Jan 28, 2012 - 11 answers

HTC Sensation question about links in emails/texts?

Tell me how to efficiently get links from emails/text out of an HTC Sensation to work w/minimal effort? [more inside]
posted by prodevel on Jan 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Is there any decent quality anti-SOPA javascript I can add to my sites on the 18th?

Is there any quick'n'easy anti-SOPA javascript I can add to my site's HTML to protest on 18th Jan? Crucially it must contain a concise description of the dangers of SOPA, and shouldn't assume an American audience (i.e. "contact your representatives"). I'm aware of WordPress plugins but that's NOT what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon on Jan 14, 2012 - 5 answers

"KABOOM!" went the Death Star.

What are some examples of spectacular, climactic visuals... in text? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Dec 27, 2011 - 16 answers

(Syncing) RTF editor for Android

WordPad is a bare-bones RTF editor. What app will approximate WordPad on an Android? Bonus points if the editor also syncs itself between Android and Windows. [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Dec 24, 2011 - 1 answer

Are there any recent (last 3-4 years) surveys of American reading habits?

Can you point me to recent surveys of reading habits in the United States? I'm hoping to find statistics from the last 3-4 years about anything from the average number of books read, time spent reading, digital reading, to whatever else you know about. [more inside]
posted by lilac girl on Dec 14, 2011 - 6 answers

When should I let my child pick her own books if I disagree with them?

When should I let my child read Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid?? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 12, 2011 - 60 answers

I Bequeth These SMSes to My Estate and Future Biographers....maybe?

Help me catalog my youthful correspondence so that when I grow old and wither I may smile at a time well-spent but long-gone with those I love -- 21st CENTURY STYLE!!!11!! [more inside]
posted by Chipmazing on Nov 25, 2011 - 5 answers

High-quality daily Tweets (inspirational quotes, love/sex tips etc.)?

Which Twitter users post high-quality daily tweets? (one-liners, inspirational quotes, love/sex tips, that kind of thing) [more inside]
posted by harwons on Nov 23, 2011 - 17 answers

LG Cosmos 2 VN 251: Exporting information

I just bought an LG Cosmos 2 VN251 phone, and I want to figure out how to export my texts, call history, etc. off the phone and onto my iMac. I was able to do this with my previous phone, an LG-VX9900, via the bluetooth connection using BitPim—but BitPim doesn't seem to recognize this model, and my text inbox is getting full pretty quickly! [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Oct 19, 2011 - 3 answers

Readability for PDFs?

I have to read a lot of academic papers. They are usually formatted into 2 columns per page. This is fine if I print them out, but when I read them on a computer screen, it is difficult/annoying for me to scroll up and down - I lose my place easily (I recognize this may be unusual). Is there software out there that will strip the text from a pdf into one column (and maybe put all the figures at the end or somewhere)? Like the Readability extension for text on the web, but for pdfs. Maybe a plugin for Adobe Acrobat? Linux or Windows, please. Thanks.
posted by bluefly on Oct 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Texts on social inequality / exclusion suggestions?

Textbooks or readers on social inequality / exclusion - especially with a global perspective? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Oct 19, 2011 - 3 answers

Will my cheap texting plan survive an upgrade?

The company I work for has offered to pay the cost to upgrade my personal iPhone 3gs to a 4s. I currently have unlimited data with the 200 SMS for $5 plan. I'm grandfathered in on the unlimited data plan but I've heard conflicting reports about the $5 message plan: a) to upgrade my phone I would have to either switch to a $20/month unlimited text message plan or go plan-less and pay $.20-.30/text, OR b) my $5 plan is safe and will survive the upgrade. So, which is it? [more inside]
posted by jamaro on Oct 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Craigslist Whitetext Mystery

What are the mysterious, apparently non-sensical, religious-sounding words that are appearing as small white text on white background on Craigslist car+truck ads across several cities? [more inside]
posted by Extopalopaketle on Oct 10, 2011 - 3 answers

I wish to cut the cord on my cordless.

I have some questions regarding MMS charges and the Facebook Messenger app. Between it and the upcoming iOS messages in iOS5 I would like to completely eliminate my texting plan (in light of AT&T's total dick move of eliminating the $10/month text plan-which I was going to move to after iOS5). I figure between Facebook and my iphone-owning friends, family, and girlfriend I should be 99.9% covered and I'll eat the per-text charge on the 2-3 a month that may slip by. I just cant seem to find a clear answer on one point, though: [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Sep 22, 2011 - 5 answers

Web 101 Course Pack

Internet as visual medium - Intro texts for college level? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Sep 18, 2011 - 4 answers

When ampersands attack.

Help me extract text from a PDF of a Powerpoint presentation! [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane on Sep 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Fun, free Hebrew fonts?

Where can I find some fun, free Hebrew fonts? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Sep 5, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me deal with a huge text file!

On a Win7 desktop, how can I open and read a 1.61 GB CSV file containing text (kind of an archive of e-mails) without freezing up the system?
posted by vidur on Sep 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Document taxonomy

Looking for a document clustering application for a one-off search. Would prefer not to code my own. [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Aug 5, 2011 - 3 answers

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