I use Anki as a flashcard program to learn languages. I have an XML file of an open source English-Swedish dictionary. I'd like to turn this file into a text file that Anki can import. I know nothing about XML files (I don't even quite know what to open it with. OSX tries to use Adobe Illustrator, but surely that can't be right?). Is there any way to do this more or less easily? [more inside]
Text on my Mac pro's monitor is behaving oddly, with intermittent horizontal bars of static across the lines of text. I think it might be the video card. Is it about to die? [more inside]
What fun things, messages or games can I send to or play with my spouse via text? [more inside]
What are some examples of media (movies, TV shows, commercials, or anything really) where text or data appears to have a real physical presence or materiality? Is there a name for the technique where you have words or graphics on screen that people or things can move around or destroy? When did this start becoming common? Are there similar examples from further back in the history of media? [more inside]
How can I find common words in two (or more) lists? [more inside]
Suggestions for text analysis tools, please! Following a short discussion in the Metatalk infodump thread with cortex and iamkimiam, I realized that we'd appreciate suggestions for tools that can analyze text corpora and text files. Thanks! [more inside]
How can I compare the text in two excel cells for common terms? [more inside]
Possibly a waste of a question but can you recover lost text in Word before it saved? [more inside]
Need some advice on polling a live audience via text message. Thinking of using Google voice, but have some questions. [more inside]
What's the story behind the print version of "Behind the Green Door" that circulated for awhile before the porn film was made? [more inside]
Can I strip SOME formatting from text? I'd like to be able to strip all formatting except HTML links. Even better I'd like to strip all formatting other than HTML, bold and italics. Are there any good workarounds for this? [more inside]
Best way to convert digital audio files to digital text? [more inside]
Google Documents changed the way it handles chart data and now I can't make a simple graph. [more inside]
text edit replaces ... with three smaller dots. how do I stop this? [more inside]
Is anyone familiar with a German publisher of high-quality, thorough, foreign language grammars? I recall seeing a pretty comprehensive series for South Asian languages....but never made a note of the publisher.
Is there a free online service that allows me to create a form that, when the fields are filled in, generates a text document with both questions and answers that can be printed out?
Trying to find a text generator I saw a while back. It was called a Cthulhu text generator, but it really had nothing to do with him. It would accept key words/phrases, then arrange them in an overlapping criss-cross pattern using only CSS. [more inside]
Could anyone identify this antique document written in an unknown script (Kashmiri?) and perhaps comment on its purpose? (Pictures inside) [more inside]
I'm looking for an animated GIF of someone sending a series of texts that are an ASCII representation of the "Deal With It" meme. Where did I see this?
What are good apps for converting PDFs and other text files to non-PDF text files? [more inside]
Videos like the new Cee Lo video, where the text appears on the screen as the words are spoken - what's that style called? [more inside]
I have been the sole writer/editor for a small, free, newspaper for a couple of years. I have kept all original .doc files and published and unpublished photos. What I am looking for is software that will organize both pictures and text. It is easy to find organizing software for images, but not for photos and text. Does software like this even exist? Any help is appreciated.
Can I change the mouseover qualities (the way mouseover/hover text is displayed) with CSS? [more inside]
How can I save/archive a very long string of text messages from my iPhone (3G)? [more inside]
How do I make an animation involving text, still photos, and music? [more inside]
My friend wrote a novel and is having trouble getting it published. I'd like to make a print copy of it for her on Lulu but I'm having trouble figuring out how to layout the type correctly. Also, I have never done this before. Help a type n00b do something nice for a friend. [more inside]
How do I send a text message from a computer? This is maybe easy, maybe tricky. [more inside]
All the posts I've read about org-mode lately have me intrigued, and I'm wanting to check it out. Problem: my version of org is old (4.67c), and I want to upgrade to current. And I'm on a Mac (Snow Leopard) [more inside]
I'm seeking to write a shell script (probably using sed) that will be given some text and will abbreviate it for me. I've no need to reinvent the wheel, if such a shell script already exists. More inside. [more inside]
Inspired by this post, what are some fun, online, choose-your-own-adventure games similar to this or this?
I'll shortly be teaching a unit of work to senior high school students titled "Navigating the Global". I'm after short stories, preferably available for free online, that deal with the themes of global vs local culture. [more inside]
I am in a new environment where the computers are locked down and are well-configured to use WordPerfect X3 rather than MS Word. The one feature I badly miss, and haven't been able to locate anywhere, is the equivalent of of the MS Word "wrap to window" option, which will flow text to the width of your word processing window rather than always displaying it at the width of the printed page. This feature makes multiple-window desktop arrangements feasible. Despite web searching and kicking the tires in WordPerfect X3, I haven't been able to locate this feature. Is it hidden somewhere? Or does it not exist?
I'm finally getting an iPhone when the new model is released. I have questions about integrating an iPhone with a Mac. Also: how can I save a little money on my soon-to-be hefty AT&T bill? [more inside]
Is there a name for the video technique where text is "stuck" to an element of the video? [more inside]
How can I change text into playable .wav files for minimal cost? [more inside]
Is there a technical term for these problematic color combinations? [more inside]
I am looking for an artistic way to present a recipe that my spouse and I use pretty regularly. I would like to create (or, more likely, commission) an artistic representation of the recipe suitable for framing. [more inside]
How can I change the SMS alert tones on my iPhone? [more inside]
Are these Spanish text messages I'm getting just a spammer or is it safe to respond that they've got the wrong number?
Do these Spanish text messages I'm getting (which I have crudely translated for you) sound like a spammer fishing for valid numbers, or does it sound like a lovesick teen who has just gotten the wrong number? I want to tell them they've got the wrong number so they'll stop, but don't want to respond if it's a spammer. Language barrier and inexperience with text spam leave me unsure. [more inside]
I need a tool to auto-format text according to my rules, such as 2 spaces between every sentence. [more inside]
Please help me identify the origin/purpose of this mystery scroll. Or just the language its written in. [more inside]
Is there a program that will allow me to do credits for a video that make it look like they are being typed on a computer one letter at a time, sort of like how the computer typed in the movie War Games?
My daughter wants voice/speech recognition, including voice mail to text, while working in the field, office or home. [more inside]
I have: An excel spreadsheet with a bunch of emails. I need: A self-updating text string that can be copy-pasted into an email TO: Field. I know about C1&","&D1 but is there a way for the list to be automatically updated when I or subtract an email, without specifically having to tell the formula to look in the newly added row? [more inside]
Should I respond to this guy's text message or ignore him? [more inside]
I need to streamline the insertion of variables into complex, but regular, plain-text code, which will ultimately reside in a basic TXT file. I’d like to find a text generator, or create a web-based form, or buy a program that will allow me to 1) establish or designate a block of text with defined places for variables 2) Type in values of the variables 3) It then places those values inside the block of text then 4) spits out the combined block of text with the variables in place so that it can be cut and pasted in totality. Much [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can buy 2nd hand textbooks in Melbourne, or a good Australia-based online used book supplier? [more inside]