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How to highlight rectangles of text?

In a monospace text editor, how can I highlight a bounded, rectangular area? [more inside]
posted by casaubon on Jan 5, 2009 - 6 answers

How to edit cell phone text information

A friend of a friend who does not care for me told his friend that I sent him a text mesage to his cellphone and even showed his friend the message however, I did not send the message, do not know this person's cell ph # nor do I know his last name. The question is, how did he show my cell ph # as having sent a text message to his cell ph. It must be possible because my friend saw my # attached to this message in the inbox in his cell ph .
posted by tipper on Dec 23, 2008 - 13 answers

How to export text from Flash?

Is there any way to export all of the text in a FLA file? [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Dec 17, 2008 - 11 answers

Commented Out Text Bad?

/* Is a lot of commented out text bad for a home page? */ [more inside]
posted by pixelnark on Dec 7, 2008 - 10 answers

Communicating with a group via text and email?

Communicating with a group via text and email? How can a group of 7 communicate via text and email. 3 are email only, 4 are text only, the idea is any member can send a single text or email which is delivered to all 7 as an email or text as appropriate. Does this exist? Alternate suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by zingzangzung on Nov 13, 2008 - 7 answers

My First Perl Script (TM)

Please help me make a change to multiple .txt files using this funny computer code thing. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Nov 11, 2008 - 31 answers

I don't read so good. Help me read gooder.

OSX application for displaying text as one line and scrolling it sideways - like a news ticker? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Nov 6, 2008 - 11 answers

Need Alternative to Text Editing

Need a Ultra Edit Windows Free Alternative for a Not For Profit Organization. Meaning "free for non-commercial use" doesn't apply to us. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by bleucube on Nov 6, 2008 - 12 answers

Politics obsessed. Just not obsessed enough to turn down free tickets.

How can I stay up to date on the latest election results while I'm away from my TV this evening? [more inside]
posted by nokry56 on Nov 4, 2008 - 1 answer

Election results via phone?

How can I follow election results on my cell phone? [more inside]
posted by Amanda B on Nov 3, 2008 - 8 answers

Help me fix my text!

Is there a free program like Textsoap for Windows Vista? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Oct 18, 2008 - 1 answer

Telephone Alert of an Email Message?

Does anyone know of a software package or service that will ring my telephone when an email is sent to it? [more inside]
posted by JeffMezick on Oct 6, 2008 - 5 answers

What is the linux command 'dt'?

Obscure linux/unix text processing command: what is 'dt'? [more inside]
posted by logicpunk on Oct 6, 2008 - 9 answers

It's never as good the second time.

I often lose text that I've written in a web page by accidentally hitting a link and page changes (instead of in a new tab). Is there anything I can do to always save the text on the previous page? [more inside]
posted by JakeLL on Sep 27, 2008 - 13 answers

Free group voicemail solution for small groups?

Is there an easy, and free, way to send group voicemails and SMSs? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Sep 19, 2008 - 10 answers

He Kerned For Our Sins

Who designed this Jesus-y font that I see all over Christian printed material and churches? What is its significance? Its history?
posted by Lieber Frau on Sep 18, 2008 - 16 answers

The phenomenology of text

The phenomenology / ontology of text: has anyone examined this issue directly in philosophical, literary and/or critical terms? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 18, 2008 - 26 answers

What is the best Optical Character Recognition software?

I am looking for the best of the best OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software out in the market that can translate images ( through scanner) of handwritten, typewritten or printed text into editable text.
posted by omaralarifi on Sep 14, 2008 - 9 answers

GeekTool issues

Get GeekTool to print in columns? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Aug 30, 2008 - 1 answer

Need a definite answer for approximately equal

Here's the deal: I've exhausted my neurons looking for some kind of answer to a mathematical symbol stumper. I'd love to know who invented, originated, or was the first individual to use the double-tilde (≈) as a means of expressing/denoting "approximately equal" in mathematics. I know that Robert-Recorde is supposed to have introduced the "equals" sign (=) in 1557. Any and all assistance is greatly appreciated. I await enlightenment.
posted by font_snob on Aug 28, 2008 - 5 answers

Extract Text and Images From a PDF

I'd like to extract the text and images from a multi-page pdf to use on the web. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar on Aug 28, 2008 - 2 answers

Texting Trouble

There's only one person in the world that has trouble getting my text messages. [more inside]
posted by iconjack on Aug 22, 2008 - 9 answers

Turning SAS PROC REPORT output back into tables

SAS guru question: Is there an easy way to turn voluminous txt multi-page SAS reports generated with PROC REPORT back into a series "one observation per row" SAS tables? I know I can do it with a medium size Perl or Python script but I'm assuming someone must have dealt with this problem before, likely in SAS itself. [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Aug 14, 2008 - 3 answers

Looking for a lightweight Latex editor

I'm looking for a lightweight text editor that can easily be configured to work with LaTeX. [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Aug 11, 2008 - 16 answers

How do I extract the URLs from a web page?

What's the fastest and simplest way of extracting the URLs from a html file? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Jul 30, 2008 - 11 answers

Ubuntu text format

How can I convert a text file with characters representing hexadecimal to binary in Ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 on Jul 23, 2008 - 20 answers

Why won't XCode let me select text?

What the deuce? Why can't I type in certain areas using XCode? [more inside]
posted by designbot on Jul 23, 2008 - 4 answers

Tabs, pseudo-columns, and wrapping lines

Name. Tab. Phone number. This creates two columns. One for name and one for phone number, except--when someone has a really long name that goes past the tab setting and impinges on the phone number area. Is there some sort of tab setting that will make that long name wrap around, creating a second line within its own name area? For the record, I know I could use a table to do exactly this, but I'm reformatting a huge amount of text that is already laid out with tabs. Any advice for this poor sap who accepted the job? The text is in an InDesign document, but I can copy it to a word processor or anything that would do the trick. Thanks!
posted by largecorp on Jul 18, 2008 - 13 answers

Need a book reader plugin for my website?

Need a book reader plugin for my website? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Jul 16, 2008 - 2 answers

How to Integrate "Repeating Tasks" Into a Text File To-Do System?

I recently switched over to a plain text file as my to-do list; I can structure it the way I want, it is an absolute cinch to access in any one of a hundred zillion different ways, it's crossplatform, and so on. However, I am running into one methodology I can't figure out how to translate into the "plain text" world, and that is repeating tasks. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jul 7, 2008 - 23 answers

RSS to Audio in Automator

How can I operate on individual articles from an RSS feed in Automator? [more inside]
posted by jasmarc on Jul 6, 2008 - 3 answers

Acrobat-profilter: subscript

I am using adobe acrobat pro 8. I have a basic text field in a simple form. How in the hell do I get a subscript character in there (I want put in the text "H2M DEVELOPMENT CO." with the "2" as subscript)? Is this something boneheadedly simple I am missing? I can do it in two seconds in any word processor...your help will be mos appreciated - thanks in advance!!!
posted by kjl291 on Jul 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Looking for detractors of Literary Darwinism

Literary Darwinism: A relatively new field of evolutionary psychology / literary theory. What has recently been written in argument against it? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Chat room games (not cybersex)

Text-based chat room games? [more inside]
posted by aebaxter on Jun 2, 2008 - 6 answers

Subdocuments

What is the best tool for doing subdocuments? [more inside]
posted by kellyrickert on May 29, 2008 - 10 answers

Transcribe to Mac

Please recommend a solution for transcribing voice to text on my Mac. [more inside]
posted by segatakai on May 17, 2008 - 5 answers

I never Excelled in Excel

I have no clue what I am doing in Excel, so this is going to be a bit hard to explain, but hopefully somebody can help me here. I want to give Excel some text, and have it output a string. Let me explain. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES on May 13, 2008 - 4 answers

Why does Firefox hate hearts?

Firefox refuses to show the heart symbol (♥) correctly. It shows up as a straight, vertical line instead. Is there anything I can do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by elisabethjw on May 13, 2008 - 17 answers

Text Display on HDTVs

LCD vs Plasma displays for displaying text? What's the difference? [more inside]
posted by ThomThomThomThom on May 12, 2008 - 5 answers

Fuzzy text completion algorithm?

I'm looking for a fuzzy text-matching algorithm for an autocomplete widget. [more inside]
posted by sonofslim on May 10, 2008 - 9 answers

Shell scripting or something better?

Faster techniques for grabbing lines of a file and doing text manipulation and arithmetic via shell (or other) scripting? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on May 9, 2008 - 20 answers

Help me prove T-Mobile wrong

Can you send an email from your Nokia phone using your T-Mobile service? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on May 5, 2008 - 11 answers

What are the alternatives to pandoc

What are the alternatives to pandoc? I'm looking for tools that will allow me to maintain a large document in a simple plain text format such as markdown and compile it to PDF and HTML. [more inside]
posted by caek on Apr 30, 2008 - 6 answers

Make my PC text to me!

Wave to Text? How can I convert .wav files to text free or cheap? Vonage charges $.25 (each) to convert voicemails to text then SMS them to me. I'd like to do it for free. [more inside]
posted by TheDukeofLancaster on Apr 8, 2008 - 13 answers

PDF text import into OneNote

How can I import PDF files as editable text in Microsoft OneNote? [more inside]
posted by Pantalaimon on Apr 8, 2008 - 4 answers

How to setup canadian sms sending business?

How do I set up a business in Canada that charges monthly fees (or per use) to send text messages to people? [more inside]
posted by imaswinger on Apr 3, 2008 - 5 answers

Newbie Seeks Javascript

I want to build a web page with expandable sections of text which default to not being expanded. Unfortunately, I'm a total javascript newbie. The way they did it here is pretty close to what I'd want (scroll to "anatomical focus"): http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/863 ....Is it possible (or, for that matter, ethical) to somehow grab the javascript they used? Alternatively, are there generic freeware scripts anywhere that do something similar? If there were any such repository with a variety of javascripts that do this slightly different ways, even better. If it's newbie friendly, even better still! Thanks!
posted by jimmyjimjim on Mar 29, 2008 - 10 answers

text to speech to mp3

What's the best quality method for doing text to speech to mp3? [more inside]
posted by D-ten on Mar 27, 2008 - 5 answers

If I May Be So Bold

MacFilter: The keyboard shortcut in Mail to make bold text doesn't work properly. [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 on Mar 27, 2008 - 7 answers

Sort, OCR, export text from PDFs

I am in need of a server-side Linux or Unix-based software solution that will sort uploaded PDF files that can be PDF-native (that is, created in such a way that the text in the PDF is freely copyable), PDFs with embedded text over images (usually the result of a previous OCR job), and PDF-scanned, which are PDFs containing no text, only scanned images. The PDF-native files and PDFs with embedded text it will extract text from, the PDF-scanned files it will then OCR and export that text. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Mar 17, 2008 - 4 answers

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