My 8-year-old son and I are about to go on a trip which will require two 6-hour plane trips. A friend is going to lend me an iPad to take on the trip. So what can I load on it to amuse my kid? [more inside]
I have a job interview tomorrow via Skype; it was supposed to be via the company's own internal system, but alas, we have to fall back on Skype. Tips for making me look good? [more inside]
What IDEs, editors, or general tools do people use to do web development? I'm a linux geek, so my tool of choice is gVim. But I'm teaching a course on this right now and don't want to inflict my prejudices on the students, and I'd like a broader perspective. So if you're a web developer, what do you use? NetBeans, Notepad? Something in-between?
What are your best SXSW Interactive tips for a first-time attendee? [more inside]
Communication Hacks: I know I need to communicate more. It's the remembering to do so that I have a problem with.
I persistently forget to keep my colleagues informed on my work progress. Please help me with your actionable, communication hacks! [more inside]
In Photoshop, how do I achieve the 'rays of light' effect you see in places like Campaign Monitor's masthead? [more inside]
For the holidays, I was given a 5L box of Franzia Cabernet Sauvignon (the guilty party has already been punished with a houseful of sick toddlers). I'm not a wine snob, but I tend to reserve my drinking for social occasions and I've yet to find the right moment to drag out this behemoth. What do I do with this wine? [more inside]
What does Droid (2 Global) Do for me? [more inside]
iPod Touch for mother-in-law. We've just decided to give my partner's mother an iPod Touch, and need your suggestions for apps and podcasts. She is a 65 year old woman, travels often, takes care of her grandson sometimes, and is new to all iPod technology. We also need your tips on how to set it up from afar tonight, and help her with the inevitable questions down the road. [more inside]
Tips for negotiating the price of a used car, namely a used Toyota Camry, years 2007-2010? [more inside]
How much does one tip each member of a housekeeping team? [more inside]
How do I stay sane at a job I hate? I am desperately unhappy in my current job and have been looking for something else. It's taking awhile though... how do I keep from jumping out the figurative window? [more inside]
Best gravy recipes? [more inside]
Brazilian traveling to US. Landing in Miami and driving up to NY. Throw all the hints you can at me!
Brazilian traveling to US. Landing in Miami and driving up to NY, SF and Vegas. Could you share interesting places to stop, see, etc.? [more inside]
As a novice buying a bike for an urban commute, what should I keep in mind? [more inside]
How much do you tip your hairdresser (if at all)?? [more inside]
Your tips for cooking cabbage and favorite cabbage recipes, please! [more inside]
After a near lifetime of depression I am finally coming out the other side of it, albeit tentatively. I feel energized enough to start exercising daily as my doctor has advised. Sounds great, eh? The problem? I'm 100lbs overweight and my body is screaming no at me. Help me figure out how to overcome the aches to keep going. [more inside]
Please help me plan a month long backpacking trip through Europe. I've never done this sort of this before for this long and I need even the most basic tips as regards travel of this nature. [more inside]
Help a teenager buy her first car. Knows next to nothing about cars so tell me: where do I start? [more inside]
Help me settle in Paris. What administrative things should I be doing? What local cultural things should I know about? What shops are equivalent to those at home? What should I know about? In short: tell me everything you wish you'd known about life in France when you arrived. [more inside]
I have two separate Google Apps for your Domain (paid) accounts. In GMail, on only one there is this really distracting "tips" line of text under the inbox that changes every minute or so. It says things like "Add a personalized signature to all your outgoing messages" or "Google Checkout: Sign up for faster and safer shopping." It is right over the inbox use percentage in bold green and since it flashes when it changes it makes my monkey brain think I have a new mail and I look over at it. How do I get rid of it? It is not on the other one so there must be a way.
I have a cantankerous and grouchy colleague at my place of work. I was wondering what tips and strategies the fair people of meta-filter have for dealing with difficult and obstructive people?
Should I help my friend get work in my specialized industry? [more inside]
What are the best study skills you can share with me? For knowledge retention, passing tests, hearing skills and the like... [more inside]
I need a travel search tool that will alert me when fares between 2 locations on my select dates drop below X. Surely there must be such a thing? [more inside]
Should I be tipping Dr. Sofa? [more inside]
How does a once confident French speaker re-learn the language after six years of not using it? [more inside]
What are some must-do things before leaving a city forever? [more inside]
(Travel filter) Where should we go in Indonesia? Going there for 5 weeks in December, from Australia. We are not interested in kicking it with our compatriots in Kuta or generally, on staying on any very touristy beach or place for an extended period of time. [more inside]
Diet & exercise tips & tricks, please! [more inside]
I am now the proud owner of a business. What kind of tax-y advantages are available to the president of an S-Corp? [more inside]
I need advice on how to pack as lightly as possible for a ten-day trip to Italy in late June. [more inside]
I'm honeymooning at a luxury resort next week. What are some insider tips for getting the most out of the experience? [more inside]
Driving to NYC from Philly this weekend and could use some help navigating in, around and out of the Big Apple. [more inside]
My mom is going vegetarian. My father is a meat & potato kinda guy. Help me come up with plans and strategies that will won't make either one miserable. [more inside]
Help us plan our summer trip to France. Did I mention we're taking a 3-year-old? [more inside]
Help me take pretty pictures of food. [more inside]
I can't dance. Help! [more inside]
Tips and tricks for getting pregnant? [more inside]
Tax question. [more inside]
What do you wish you had known before you moved to Anchorage, Alaska? [more inside]
I'm going on holiday to Ethiopia - specifically, Addis Abeba and some hiking in the Simien Mountains. Does anyone have any tips or recommendations? Whilst I am fairly well travelled, this is the poorest country I will have visited; is there anything I should look out for or anything I should take?
I'm really bad about not focusing on my current task, and hastily finishing whatever it is so I can move on to the next and perform it equally as poor. How can I learn to be more focused on -- and enjoy -- what I am currently doing, rather than spending that time looking ahead to the next project at the expense of doing the first well? [more inside]
How do I read without talking to myself? [more inside]
I'm eager to add white whole wheat flour to quickbreads and other baked goods, but every time the resulting product has a strong, white-wheat-funky aftertaste. Almost sour. Am I doing something wrong? [more inside]
What are some best practices for taking a relationship from long distance to not? [more inside]
As a result of my family, I've been a fairly mindful tipper for restaurants/bars/etc. involving service and have adjusted the percentage I tip based on what's considered the norm irrespective of quality of service (now, doubling tax which is close to 10% in CA and rounding up). I ran across minimum wages for tipped employees as a result of an argument with a cheap tipper and discovered that in CA waitstaff is paid at least minimum wage ($8, and higher in SF) without tip credit. I've looked at previous AskMes about dealing with bad tippers, contextual tipping, and others. Knowing that tipping in CA no longer goes toward maintaining basic wages, (based on size/# of staff, i.e. tip out), would it be socially acceptable to move toward a quality-based criteria for the value of the tip, and what would you consider an appropriate minimum assuming a properly run restaurant where employees are getting paid on-time and full salaries? Feel free to correct me if I've misunderstood anything.
Tips for Seattleites' day trip to Vancouver Olympics? [more inside]