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Bunker Aesthetics

Having recently downgraded my iPhone for a military grade brick, I'm looking for suggestion on stuff online that scratch a weird asthetic itch I have regards finding stuff online (blogs, forums, product review sites, YouTube, tumblr etc) that discuss utilitarian tools, objects, environments and lifestyles that might fit the bill; from housing, to farming implements, to extremely ruggedised technology, whatever really!
posted by Middlemarch on Jul 14, 2016 - 9 answers

My Old House's gas boiler was capped by a utility contractor. Options?

A contractor for a local utility shut off gas in the neighborhood to work on pipes, then offered to relight my boiler. He ran a test and the gas boiler (water, not steam) was emitting carbon monoxide (3000 ppm) so he capped the pipe and told us the gas couldn’t be turned on until it was repaired or replaced. [more inside]
posted by mulcahy on May 6, 2016 - 17 answers

Automatically eject OS X volume

I make use of an encrypted volume (.dmg file on OS X Mavericks). Now and then, I manage to forget to unmount this volume after use. To plug this security hole, I'd like to find a utility that automatically unmounts the volume after a period of inactivity. Does anyone know whether such a tool exists? (Googling about has yielded some AppleScript based solution proposals. I'm not too much a fan of AppleScript and would prefer a daemon based utility.)
posted by oxidizer on Jun 5, 2015 - 4 answers

Conveneint cart

Looking for a light, compact, and mobile utility cart that can be carried up a couple of flights of stairs. [more inside]
posted by mefitem on Mar 8, 2015 - 3 answers

How to dispute a utility bill

I moved in December of last year. One year later my gas bills are still messed up. Dealing with the gas company for the last 8 months has not been productive. What are my other options? [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Dec 10, 2014 - 10 answers

Utility to rename files as they are extracted from a RAR archive

I have many data files named in a particular format. The files are either ZIP or RAR archives, and contain several sub-data files each in different formats (with a different extension; this is Windows). I need a utility to extract the contents and simultaneously rename each sub-data file to the name of its parent archive AND preserve the sub-data files' extensions. Anyone know of such a utility? Winrar, 7zip don't do this, and I've had no luck searching around.
posted by flutable on Jun 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Editing data in a unix/linux pipeline by hand

I am looking for a command line tool that will let me edit data in a shell pipeline by hand before sending it out again on STDOUT. [more inside]
posted by LiteOpera on Apr 12, 2014 - 3 answers

What motivates electric companies to repair the power lines?

I don't really understand the utility industry very much but I've noticed some electric companies are very responsive to getting lines up from damage and have crews out at 2 a.m., and others don't even start work until the next day. What motivates them? Is it primarily loss of earnings from all the meters not running? Are there regulatory performance expectations? Or is there some sort of precedent in litigation that would put them at fault for underperforming? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Mar 28, 2014 - 8 answers

Used disk utility to reformat a partition...

and that worked just great...only it did something to the other partition which has caused it not to mount, to refer to itself as disk3s5. It refuses to mount and if I click "verify disk" it says the disk needs to be repaired and to click repair disk. When I do so I get "disk utility can't repair the disk". So what on Earth did disk utility do to the other partition which I did not ask it to touch? The original job was completed because the file system of the other partition was NTFS and it's now MacOS Extended. Any ideas?
posted by dance on Feb 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Open in case of very small emergency.

I'm assembling a bag of useful things that I will keep in the trunk my car. What goes in it? Think less "zombie apocalypse" more "raining, forgot umbrella." [more inside]
posted by justkevin on Dec 22, 2013 - 49 answers

Looking for Android text editor with specific (but simple) capability

Hi everyone. I just got an Android phone. There is something really simple I want it to do, but I haven't found the right text editor that will let me do it. Given the hundreds of text editors out there, I figured I'd ask here. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Sep 20, 2013 - 7 answers

What was this contact reminder program?

A while ago, I came across a handy little program/script, which I think worked roughly like this: you give it a table of various friends' names and how often you want to stay in touch with them, and at appropriate intervals it will give you a "hey, you haven't emailed Jeff in 3 months" type reminder. [more inside]
posted by pont on Aug 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Migrating hard drive to a new physical drive. Help!

I'm migrating my physical boot drive (Vista 64, 1TB) to a new one. I'm having issues getting the migration to go the way I want it. I don't know if what I want is possible. The new drive is 3TB. If I use DriveXML or the included Seagate utility [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Apr 1, 2013 - 3 answers

I want to back up my file names, not my files

I need a utility or a script that will generate a text file containing the names of all the subfolders and files in the the folders I specify. [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Mar 15, 2013 - 11 answers

I seem to ask a lot of questions about photos lately

Can you recommend some scanning software for me? I need to scan a whole bunch of older photos, and I'd like to do it relatively quickly. [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Feb 11, 2013 - 3 answers

Password Protect Flash Drive

Is there a free downloadable mac program to password protect my entire usb flash drive? I've already tried TrueCrypt and using a .dmg with Disk Utility.
posted by CarlyH on Oct 30, 2012 - 5 answers

Can my local utility legally refuse to buy my surplus off-grid generated power?

Can my local utility legally refuse to buy my surplus off-grid generated power? [more inside]
posted by haikuku on Sep 27, 2012 - 6 answers

Hosts manager for windows 7?

How can I manage my hosts file in Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jun 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Which add-on window management utility should I get for Windows 7?

Which add-on window management utility should I get for Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity on Oct 19, 2011 - 0 answers

A hefty water bill accumulated in our absence

What to do about house sitter who ran up large water bill? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Sep 1, 2011 - 34 answers

Give me my rewards

What things should people do that are in their best interest, but don't do either because of ignorance or lack of discipline. For example, if you have the discipline to pay every month, there is no reason not to use a rewards based credit card for all your purchases. Arguably, maxing your 401k is another example of this. So is exercise and sunscreen. What other smart behaviors and actions should we do, but don't because we don't know any better or don't have the will to do so. I will also take counter examples, e.g. stupid decisions / undisciplined behaviors / etc.
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 2, 2011 - 39 answers

Did I already upload this image? Let's check... (40 minutes later) Screw it, I have no idea.

Is there a way to sort my Tumblr so that it will show me which images i have personally uploaded, not reblogged from someone else? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Jul 2, 2011 - 2 answers

"What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again"

What are some technologies that have more or less disappeared, only to reemerge at some other point (or in some other guise)? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Jun 25, 2011 - 38 answers

A search utility to find invalid dates, times and filenames on a server?

Anyone know of a good utility to find invalid filenames and (this could be a separate app) invalid created/modified dates on a server? It can be on any platform, but a good UI is preferred. [more inside]
posted by milovoo on May 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Give me your clothes, your boots and your mathematical proofs.

I am trying to come up with the "ultimate utility tattoo" and I need some help with what would be on it. You've a full sleeve (an adult male's arm and shoulder) to work with so what important information do you think would be useful? [more inside]
posted by longbaugh on Apr 28, 2011 - 38 answers

looking for start-menu commandline argument calculator

Command-line calculator: I used to have a calculator program I put in c:\windows\system that took arguments, so I could type "c 5+2" into the start menu on W7 and a popup with the answer (7) would appear. Anyone know the name? Not quite a command-line calculator, since I want to pass in arguments and get a returned single value via popup.
posted by lrodman on Dec 13, 2010 - 7 answers

Did you find "Time-of-use" metering helpful?

Looking for anecdotal data: when you switched to a time-of-use electrical meter for your residence, what happened to your bills in the first year, and what changes did you make that seemed to have the largest impact? [more inside]
posted by davejay on Oct 25, 2010 - 1 answer

[Mac OS X Filter] Slouching towards disk repair

My Macbook Pro (Mac OS X, v. 10.5.8) began operating v e r y slowly, with Firefox (v. 3.6.9) running. Help me solve this mystery, and figure out how to repair my disk without having to pay Big Store. [more inside]
posted by simulacra on Sep 11, 2010 - 24 answers

Multiple uninstall utility

I recently discovered http://www.ninite.com, a great tool for installing new applications on a machine hands free. That was perfect for setting up a new PC. Now I want to clean up an old PC. Is there a tool that does the opposite of ninite? I want a list of all my installed application on my PC, and a 1 click button to uninstall all checked applications, handsfree. [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon on Sep 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Mac Alternatives to Phrase Express?

Phrase Express alternatives for Mac. Bonus point for FLOSS. [more inside]
posted by RockyChrysler on Aug 21, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I stand up a utility pole with no heavy machinery?

I have a 30' utility pole that I need to stand upright in a 6' deep hole. Complicating factor: the location is set back in the woods, so using heavy machinery or vehicles of any kind is not an option. [more inside]
posted by tr0ubley on Aug 13, 2010 - 26 answers

Why won't my usb key boot my macs?

We have a macbookpro with a touchy DVD drive. I'm trying to upgrade it to snow leopard, but I somehow can't get my usb drive to be bootable. [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground on Jul 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Can I xeriscape an easement?

Utility Easements and Landscaping - What's legal? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Jun 24, 2010 - 5 answers

One. Ding. Only.

Ding! Who said that? I'm looking for a Windows (XP) utility that logs which apps send sounds to the speaker, so I can tell where random little dings and stuff come from.
posted by Myself on Jun 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Globally change files by type?

How do I run a utility on every font? [more inside]
posted by Marky on Mar 21, 2010 - 5 answers

A program to put monitors into power saving mode

Anyone know of a program or utility that'll put monitors, but not the computer, into power saving mode? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Jan 10, 2010 - 17 answers

Quality Command Line Graphing?

Open source, command line, low "impact", png-producing, full-featured, good-looking graphing on Linux and other Unices? [more inside]
posted by DU on Sep 29, 2009 - 13 answers

How to merge multiple text files keeping original filename and date

Hi AskMeFi. Can someone tell me how to combine 350 text files into one large text file so that the original filenames and dates are included above (or below) each entry? I'm using Vista Home Premium and they are all generic .txt files. I'm moving all of my notes into Evernote but want to save the names and dates of the individual txt files.
posted by chimrichalds on Sep 12, 2009 - 15 answers

Windows utility to cause all movable windows to be represented in the taskbar?

Is there a Windows utility that will add buttons to the taskbar for windows that normally don't get represented there? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Aug 28, 2009 - 7 answers

On screen grid in Windows?

Is there a Windows utility that will display an on-screen grid over all other applications with definable sizes? I use Fast Stone Capture's ruler utility all the time as a designer, but a grid would be immensely useful.
posted by n3rt on Aug 28, 2009 - 2 answers

Sync Outlook calendar and Google - with only generic blocks of busy/free time?

Sync Outlook calendar and Google - with only generic blocks of busy/free time? [more inside]
posted by VeniceGlass on Aug 23, 2009 - 1 answer

Help me find a long lost app!

Help me find a windows application that monitors processes CPU usage and adjusts their priority accordingly. [more inside]
posted by flyingcowofdoom on Aug 5, 2009 - 2 answers

OS X utility for wrapping text in HTML?

Is there an OS X key command utility or service that will let me wrap selected text in clipboard text and predefined strings (such as HTML)? [more inside]
posted by Typographica on Apr 10, 2009 - 5 answers

Anyone know of a comparative DOS speed tester software?

I'm looking for a DOS-based CPU speed tester that I remember seeing years ago. It told you how your machine compared to various pre-measured setups. I don't remember how it presented the speed (MIPS, maybe?), but there was a large table of CPU types (386SX/25MHz, 486DX/50MHZ etc.) that it compared the measured result against. Anyone know of such a program? [more inside]
posted by lifeless on Feb 22, 2009 - 3 answers

Heat is expensive!

My heating bill is about twice as much as my downstairs neighbors'. What's going on, and what can I do to mitigate the cost? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Jan 3, 2009 - 17 answers

Who said (something like) "practicality is its own beauty"?

What is the actual quote and who said it? Practicality is its own beauty. [more inside]
posted by fenriq on Nov 22, 2008 - 2 answers

How do I track time spent in "Spaces"?

Is there a way to keep track of how much time you spend in each "space" in Spaces in MacOS? [more inside]
posted by kcalder on Nov 19, 2008 - 5 answers

I need a utility to tag mp3 from file path / filename.

What's a good (preferably freeware) application for tagging my mp3 files based on filename and file path? [more inside]
posted by gummo on Sep 22, 2008 - 10 answers

Revision/version control software for stuff that isn't source code...

Is there such a thing as version/revision control software for printed documents? Software developers have version control for their source code, but what about people who write sales brochures? [more inside]
posted by Chunder on Aug 22, 2008 - 12 answers

Utility Company Security?? Who Manages?

Who runs physical plant security at utility companies?? Think: cell towers, eletrical utilities, water utlities, etc... any company that has remote locations... [more inside]
posted by dyerfr on Aug 18, 2008 - 4 answers

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