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How do I view .csv files IN Firefox in a nice fixed-width column format?

How do I view .csv (comma-separated values) files IN Firefox in a nice fixed-width column format? [more inside]
posted by shmooly on Apr 15, 2009 - 4 answers

I want to put a web site on my Kindle.

Is there a simple way to convert a multi-page website to a mobi-format book for reading on a Kindle? The site contains html-text plus graphics, but no interactivity. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Apr 10, 2009 - 10 answers

OSX QuickTime VR editing tools?

What's the current state of QuickTime VR editing software on OSX? [more inside]
posted by dbiedny on Mar 25, 2009 - 1 answer

Text message organizing: yes we can?

Does anyone here have any experience working with SMS/Text message broadcast vendors? A client of mine is a very large membership organization (in the US, California if it matters) that is interested in beginning to use SMS to communicate with its members. But the whole scene is hard to get a handle on. [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly on Mar 19, 2009 - 8 answers

Remember this text based college basketball game?

Back in the 80's I played a text based college basketball game on the PC. Anyone remember it? [more inside]
posted by unceman on Mar 17, 2009 - 3 answers

Getting Google Spreadsheets to interpret string as formula

I have hundreds of text strings entered through a form in a Google Spreadsheets which look like 4*3 9*2 17*3 22 37*4 52. I can easily substitute " " for "+" and concatenate a "=" in front =4*3+9*2+17*3+22+37*4+52. Now I have a text string which looks like a formula but isn't one. How can I make Google Spreadsheets interpret this string as a formula? [more inside]
posted by Akeem on Mar 12, 2009 - 3 answers

Are there smart Outlook signatures that can choose to be displayed as an image or plain text depending on the receiver?

Is there a way to have a image signature in Outlook that will display predefined plain text in the event the receiver can only receive plain text emails? [more inside]
posted by schindyguy on Mar 3, 2009 - 5 answers

Excel delimited text import FAIL

Excel is chapping my hide. I have a comma-delimited .csv which contains quote-demarcated text fields. The source of my never-ending joy is the recurrent use of inch-marks and commas within the textfields. Right this way... [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Feb 25, 2009 - 18 answers

how do i do the switcheroo on a text list?

I did a dumb thing. I put together a book list in this format: first-name last-name (tab) book-title Note that there *isn't* a comma between the author's first and last name. Is there any "computer magic" I can perform to change it to this format: last-name first-name (tab) book-title The list is just in text format, for what it's worth. I'm on a Mac but also have access to a PC. I'd rather not have to cut-n-paste the last names, it's a pretty long list.
posted by edjusted on Feb 17, 2009 - 16 answers

New theories of Mimesis (in digital/hypertextual/hypermedial cultures)

I am looking for writings on mimesis in regards new, digital, hypertext and hypermedial technologies and cultures. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 16, 2009 - 7 answers

Prose with a text editor

I'm beginning the long process of physically typing my dissertation, and I want to tap the hive mind for how to make the best use of my text editor. Yes, I said text editor: I know that programmers swear by emacs/vim/whatever for physically manipulating text, and I want to know what tricks they know that will be useful for someone writing actual English, not just code. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Feb 11, 2009 - 21 answers

When Google just isn't enough.

Can anyone recommend a powerful textual search tool I can use on anything I want? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Feb 6, 2009 - 11 answers

Tips as to UNIX Shell Script to Programmatically Save a Webpage as a Text File

I'm writing a shell script to take a webpage and convert it into a text file. I'd appreciate tips as to how to store URLs, save the file with the URL's title as its name, and also just general tips as to how to improve the script and/or achieve the process better. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jan 30, 2009 - 17 answers

Wish I still had my class notes...

Looking for a specific article on text placement on a map. [more inside]
posted by bellbellbell on Jan 26, 2009 - 7 answers

What color text on what color background maximizes screen readability while minimizing eyestrain?

What color text on what color background maximizes screen readability while minimizing eyestrain? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Jan 19, 2009 - 19 answers

OhDontForget to work on O2 in the UK...

A previous thread recommended OhDontForget.com as a way of scheduling text messages to be sent to one's phone. Though the site makes reference to UK cellphone carriers, tests to my O2 phone have not worked, and the site says it is "currently only working in the US and partly in Canada". Does anyone know of a similar service that functions in the UK?
posted by skylar on Jan 6, 2009 - 6 answers

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

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