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Learning HLSL for a non-coder

My sweetie is trying to learn the programing language HLSL but she has zero- and I mean, Zero- coding knowledge. Help? [more inside]
posted by cheap paper on Jun 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Best practices for creating tutorials and FAQs

I work for a small web hosting company and have been tasked with creating user tutorials and a general FAQ section. Please give me your best resources, tips, and ideas on how to best go about doing this. [more inside]
posted by jammy on Jun 18, 2014 - 11 answers

"Learn English" videos for Spanish speakers who aren't literate?

Can anyone recommend a beginner level English language tutorial series for Spanish speakers who cannot read or write in either language?
posted by jayCampbell on Jun 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Why are computers so mysterious?

I am trying to figure my new Samsung Galaxy 2014 tablet, can anyone recommend some specific video tutorials? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax on Jun 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Should my math student have some Unix skills?

I think my son, who is on an AP math trajectory in high school, would benefit from getting some familiarity and basic programming skills in the Unix world. I've noticed math depts in some universities include study of these skills in early years. Are there some tutorials we could use in the OS X environment to get a leg up? [more inside]
posted by Mei's lost sandal on May 5, 2014 - 17 answers

Open Office Calc for the complete noob

I have never operated a spreadsheet in my life. I've installed Open Office Calc and need to learn how to do stuff. Whatcha got? [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on May 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Please help me gain Microsoft Office skills!

I will soon be starting a project/new job that requires better Microsoft Office skills than I currently have. I've used Outlook, Word and Excel in a fairly basic way for years, but need to come to grips with some of the more sophisticated elements of those programs. Plus, I need to learn how to use Powerpoint and Visio, which I've never touched. Yikes. Can you recommend some good online tutorials? I am also considering doing a paid course (online or otherwise) if I can find one based in London that's not too expensive or a rip-off. Can you help?
posted by handclaps on Apr 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Looking for good Let's Plays or tutorials that are minimally twitchy

I find a good Let's Play to be soothing and engaging. I like Minecraft best, but am willing to consider other games that have a similar vibe. I am interested in finding good videos that are relatively mature and fun. I would also consider good tutorial series. Currently I have been watching stuff put out by Paul Soares Jr, and I like it. I have not enjoyed anything by stampylongnose because it is too frantic and clownish. I have not found my way into Far Lands or Bust, but am willing to give it a try. Basically I like watching someone go about their business and talk about whatever while they do it. Do you have recommendations? Can you say what you like about your recommended titles?
posted by JohnLewis on Apr 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Help for a photography newbie!

My mum got a shiny new camera. It has dials and buttons and beeps now and then. Understandably, it's all so confusing. Help! [more inside]
posted by 0 answers on Dec 31, 2013 - 5 answers

Tasker Noob seeks USEFUL tutorials

I have Tasker for my Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4 G (Samsung's Touchwiz'ed Jellybean 4.1.2, rooted), but I have never used it before. I would like to use it to play custom notification sounds for certain Google Hangouts, but I'm finding trouble finding tutorials that actually teach the basics I need to learn. [more inside]
posted by radwolf76 on Jun 14, 2013 - 1 answer

Happy little (binary) trees. Is there a Bob Ross of coding?

Is there a Bob Ross of coding? I'm looking for a particular style of educational video which shows developers working through problems. It should include a voice over describing what they are trying to accomplish. It should also show the types of decisions they are making as they work through the problem. [more inside]
posted by quadog on Apr 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Tutorial-ception.

Are there online trainings/tutorials for...well, creating online trainings/tutorials? (Books or other resources also welcome.) [more inside]
posted by Stacey on Dec 18, 2012 - 2 answers

How would I replicate this graph / wireframe look easily? Is there a particular name to this?

How would I replicate this graph / wireframe look easily? Is there a particular name to this? [more inside]
posted by nathanm on Dec 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Responsive Email Template Resources?

Know of a good resource for mobile-friendly responsive email templates for html emails? [more inside]
posted by mgriffioen on Nov 30, 2012 - 2 answers

How do they do that? Learning about drawing and illustration...

How do they do that? Artist edition... Please recommend how-to's and how I do this blogs/videos etc... [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Nov 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Can you recommend any good resources (online or otherwise) for teaching yourself Bridge?

I'd like to learn bridge - preferably online, although I'm happy to pay for a book or DVD or similar if there's a particularly good one. There seem to be LOADS of things for beginners - can anyone recommend one? [more inside]
posted by handee on Oct 9, 2012 - 7 answers

The bass is at my place, but now needs to get in YO' FACE

I bought a bass! Can you recommend any specific online tutorials / resources (e.g., on the youtubes) to learn to play the thing? I already play guitar. Bonus: I like Britpop. What are some fun Britpop songs to play on the bass? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Sep 19, 2012 - 16 answers

And the Oscar for editing goes to...

Best/easiest youtube tutorials for leaning Adobe Premiere (CS5) [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Jun 20, 2012 - 1 answer

Help me be the best data guy I can be

Part of my current job involves manipulating a large amount of data. I need to learn how to do this more efficiently and on a larger scale. What should I use? What should I learn? What is the best (free) way to teach myself? [more inside]
posted by dersins on Jun 18, 2012 - 26 answers

Top Tutes

Lynda.com has a very excellent video tutorial covering the essentials of Objective-C. Where else can I find tutorials of this caliber that cover the basics of Mac programming? [more inside]
posted by run"monty on Jun 3, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I get started drawing on the iPad?

I have a perfectly good new iPad that is sadly underutilized. I'd like to start sketching and drawing on it, but I have no idea where to start. Help! [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on May 29, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me populate a spreadsheet by scraping an RSS feed.

I would like to scrape information from an RSS feed into an Excel-readable text file for a completely legal non-copyright violating use. In a better world, I'd have access to the database that generates the feed, but since this ain't a perfect world it appears that scraping is my best bet. Are there tools that will help me automate this, or programming tutorials that will help me figure it out myself (it's been 15 years since I last write any code beyond simple SQL queries)? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Apr 4, 2012 - 9 answers

The new doctype is only interesting if you know what a doctype is

I'm looking for an HTML5/CSS3 tutorial geared for complete beginners who have never built a single web page before. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Mar 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Tutorials for Figure Drawing, Shading and Coloring Digitally

Looking for tutorials on drawing human figures and coloring them digitally. [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Mar 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Looking for a beginner's tutorial on jailbreaking ipad2 iOS 5

I see there's a jailbreak for iOS 5 that will work on my iPad2. However, I'm having no luck finding a good tutorial on how this process works. I have a lot of questions, and so far all the tutorials I have found are either "click the button and you are done" (I don't trust that!) or are geared for people who have jailbroken 100s of devices and assume a lot of prior knowledge that I don't have. [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Feb 29, 2012 - 5 answers

"Happy little trees..."

Help me design the best video setup for recording myself drawing/painting. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Feb 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Mac basics

Need to give mom some basic training on her new mac air – Like basic: how to use the track pad, clicking, selecting, saving docs, etc. Sites? Tutorials? Ideas?
posted by pmaxwell on Jan 4, 2012 - 9 answers

HTML Lessons and live editor for kids.

There is a series of HTML tutorials/lessons that are kid centric, but very well done. The site is structured with lessons and you can edit the HTML in the page (left hand side) and see it rendered on the right hand side. I remember there being a cartoon character wearing purple related to the site. Also yellow/orange. What site is this?
posted by BrothersCollins on Jan 4, 2012 - 6 answers

music with computers

I want to learn how to make electronic music. But I need to learn in a way that guides me...very...slowly...and directedly. (Also, as free-of-charge as humanly possible.) [more inside]
posted by threeants on Nov 5, 2011 - 12 answers

Online resources for SharePoint 2010 Analytics?

Any good online resources for SharePoint 2010 Analytics? [more inside]
posted by citywolf on Aug 25, 2011 - 1 answer

Early-2000s Perl Beckons with Plentiful Documentation

I'd like to get my feet wet with Perl. Baby steps, just a little beyond "Hello World." I'd like to create a simple little app. I have a few questions... [more inside]
posted by circular on Jun 27, 2011 - 12 answers

I need a crash course in Dungeons and Dragons!

I got invited to play D&D with a couple folks I really like. Help me not embarrass myself! [more inside]
posted by GilloD on May 17, 2011 - 22 answers

Looking for a good book to help me brush up on my database skills

I've been working with SQL and RDBMSes for a number of years, but my most recent job involved no DB work at all. Understandably, I'm a bit rusty. So I'd like to get a good book to help me brush up, and also to learn a bit more about RDBMS technology. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on May 3, 2011 - 3 answers

And I'm like, how'd you do that? (ooh hoo hoo!)

How can I make a video like this one for Cee-lo Green's Fuck You? What kind of program(s) would I need? Are there any tutorials? Any terms for what this is called would be helpful too, because my googling has been rather unsuccessful. Thanks!
posted by jouir on Mar 29, 2011 - 5 answers

I need a Unity tutorial!

I'm looking for a good Unity tutorial. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Mar 29, 2011 - 2 answers

Games That Talk About Their Own Buttons

I know that some fairly recent video games, at least as recent as Ocarina of Time, have moments where characters (or physical signposts) inside of the game talk about the buttons that the player has to hit. I have a vague memory of this occurring in much older games, maybe characters in NES games saying "make sure you equip your weapon on the start menu" or things like that , but I can't locate them. Can anyone verify times where this happens?
posted by pacmanides on Feb 17, 2011 - 20 answers

How do I achieve this 'rays of light' effect in Photoshop?

In Photoshop, how do I achieve the 'rays of light' effect you see in places like Campaign Monitor's masthead? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Feb 15, 2011 - 5 answers

Where can I find a simple, step-by-step guide to SAS libraries, importing/exporting, and the SAS Explorer window?

Where can I find a simple, step-by-step guide to SAS libraries, importing/exporting, and the SAS Explorer window? [more inside]
posted by internet_explorer on Jan 22, 2011 - 2 answers

Simple tutorial for 15 year old on electronic music tech?

My girlfriend's son is in a band, and he wants to start adding synth/electronic stuff to his music. I personally some stuff, and could write some stuff up, but I'm looking for a really good basic overview of the technology (not necessarily too detailed, but if it got into details later, it would be ok, perhaps). [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Jan 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Tablet-centric art tutorials?

Tablet art tutorial videos? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Mixing music and talk

Does anyone know of any online resources dealing with mixing music for a narrated audio documentary? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Nov 21, 2010 - 3 answers

I want to be a hacker

From 0-Hero programming filter: Help me build a long term learning plan to go from a cursory knowledge about how to control and fix my machines to a capability to control and manipulate my machines to do what I will them? [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation on Oct 6, 2010 - 9 answers

Focusing on the concrete skills, rather than abstract, in C++

Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python is mentioned a lot as a great way to learn the Python programming language. Does something comparable exist for C++? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Jul 7, 2010 - 3 answers

YouTube is muddying my videos

My programming tutorials look terrible on YouTube. I wouldn't care except that it's hard to read the code. This isn't just the way YouTube is. I am looking at other people's tutorials, and I can read their code. How do I encode/upload videos so that they look as good as possible? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jul 5, 2010 - 7 answers

An iPad for my mother, the computer newbie?

My mom wants a simple computer for internet use, email and word processing, and she's interested in an iPad. The question: would this work? The problem: she's computer illiterate. (Related question: any good systems for teaching an older newbie about computers?) More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 21, 2010 - 33 answers

Help me help wordpress newbies

I've set up some clients with fairly complex Wordpress sites and now I have to teach them how to use the Wordpress back-end. I'm looking for any good tutorials and print-outs that would help someone with zero wp or CMS experience to do simple things like write/edit Posts and Pages, add images or youtube videos to a Post, enter data into custom keys. Basically, equip them so they can maintain the site on a day-to-day basis. [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop on May 19, 2010 - 5 answers

Is there a good Chiptunes 101/For Dummies out there?

Is there a good chiptune tutorial out there anywhere? [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Mar 16, 2010 - 5 answers

Adobe Illustrator for Science Posters

I am interested in designing my next technical science poster using Adobe Illustrator. Can anyone suggest good tutorials that explain this? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Mar 8, 2010 - 12 answers

Tutorial for using old airline ad layouts when designing icons?

Years ago, I read a wonderful tutorial someone posted on livejournal explaining how to use and modify old [airline, I think] ad layouts when designing icons. I vaguely remember a few samples with the basic shapes and layouts pulled from them, side by side. I can't seem to find it again. Can anyone help me find it? [more inside]
posted by Eshkol on Mar 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Searching for a logo design tutorial

[InternetSearchFilter] About a year or so ago, I read an article (pdf?) about designing logos. It had very detailed description of different techniques that can be used in designing a logo. In particular, it was about designing text logos and the kind of information in it included things like how the letters 'M' and 'W' can be fused together if both are present in the word etc., It had more to do with teaching different techniques of manipulating letters than a specific logo design example. Ofcourse, without actually knowing more I feel resigned to the thousands of "design a logo" tutorials. Here's hoping someone on AskMeFi remembers what I am talking about
posted by cusecase on Feb 22, 2010 - 5 answers

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