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November 23

How do I stop my LG smart TV from turning off my PS4?

I've adjusted every setting and yet every time I turn off my LG smart TV it abruptly cuts the power to my PS4 and it won't even turn on until the TV has been on for several seconds. What is going on? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by blackzinfandel at 10:19 AM - 3 answers

What's the best Scrabble app?

What’s the best Scrabble app for iPhones? Ideally ad-free, but minor ads would be okay. [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein at 6:51 AM - 5 answers

November 22

Where's Waldo's Luggage?

Are there any sub $60 luggage trackers that are worthwhile? Have you, or someone you know, had luggage lost by an airline that was then found via the gizmo? This is for maybe twice yearly travel, so a yearly access fee would not be viable.
posted by Sophont at 11:07 AM - 1 answers

November 21

Rotary Telephone Trick?

I started reading "Secondhand Time" after seeing it recommended in another ask, and I'm curious about a "trick" that involves a rotary phone. The trick was "so that the KGB agents who tapped our phones wouldn't be able to make anything out" [more inside]
posted by one4themoment at 1:38 PM - 9 answers

Is there an app that tracks how much time each person in a convo talks?

I would like an app that keeps track of how much time each person in a conversation, meeting, therapy session, etc talks. This could be done manually. It doesn't have to involve speech recognition or anything. The interface would be something like a chess clock in reverse. There's a spot for each person. When a person starts talking, they tap their spot and the app begins running up their time. When they are done, they tap their spot again to stop their clock. Alternatively, if someone else jumps in they can tap their own spot and the app starts running up their time and stops running up the previous person's time. [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust at 10:52 AM - 7 answers

November 20

Big difference between Wordpress stats and server logs

Hi, I volunteer as co-editor and main tech person for an academic collaborative blog. In our most recent full calendar month (October 2017), there was a 4-fold difference between the unique visitors reported by our server logs (Awstats) and what was reported by Wordpress.com. Why? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit at 8:38 PM - 6 answers

Nuking the North Sea

Over on the blue, this thread is discussing wartime experiments in undersea tsunami-creating bombs. A while ago, I found a reference to cold war Soviet plans to nuke the North Sea, wiping out the oil field infrastructure and causing a massive tsunami that would devastate the north-eastern UK coast. This was before the Russian revelations mentioned in the thread. I've been unable to re-find my original reference or anything else related. Fantasy? Fiction? Real plan? Any atomheads know more?
posted by Devonian at 7:47 AM - 2 answers

November 19

Cox internet phone: how to record calls?

We get our landline phone service from Cox as an internet based phone service. I'd like to record calls on this line. What is the best way of doing this? [more inside]
posted by mattu at 7:44 PM - 4 answers

November 18

How do I know what kind of programming skill to ask for in a project?

First off, let me begin by saying I'm out of my depth here so I will try to present this question as clearly as I can. I have basically no tech skills/knowledge, and the only reference point I would have for this project would be a database (relational?) like Access running queries to compare subsets of information against each other to come up with a report that integrates info from different databases and questionnaires. [more inside]
posted by GospelofWesleyWillis at 9:52 PM - 9 answers

"Morning Coffee" Firefox Extension - May it rest in peace! Argh!

Until this morning, I used the Morning Coffee firefox extension heavily. You click the button on your toolbar, and all of today's websites load as tabs (different days of the week can be customized). Now that Firefox Quantum is upon us, it doesn't work, and I'd like to switch to Chrome I guess anyway (I should right?). How do I replace this? [more inside]
posted by bluesky78987 at 6:58 AM - 9 answers

November 17

Car audio via Bluetooth dongle, plus separate Bluetooth buttons?

My car stereo doesn't have native Bluetooth connectivity. I want to use my phone as a music player to send audio via Bluetooth to a dongle that plugs into the stereo's 3.5mm audio jack, and have a separate Bluetooth media remote (steering wheel buttons). Is such a thing possible? My phone has Bluetooth 5.0, so it theoretically supports connecting to multiple devices simultaneously. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 11:03 PM - 7 answers

Voice Memo App for Android?

I want an app like the voice memo app on the iphone for android so I can record stuff. [more inside]
posted by Aranquis at 5:31 PM - 2 answers

Would you please share your coping experiences with Firefox Quantum(57)?

My daily productivity has declined since Firefox Chromium installed. Anybody else have the same problem? What are your alternatives, suggestions? More within. [more inside]
posted by forthright at 5:04 PM - 22 answers

November 16

Help! I need to make telephone calls from my computer and record them!

A really big part of my job is doing telephone interviews, and I need to be able to record them in order to get accurate quotes from them later. My telephone doesn't support call recording (or rather, it only records my end of the conversation, which is useless), but I've had a really successful system of using Skype, with a paid balance to make outgoing calls to telephone numbers and then recording them using the third-party Skype Call Recorder program for Ubuntu. This doesn't work anymore. [more inside]
posted by 256 at 3:05 PM - 11 answers

November 15

Does using a very cold iPhone risk damaging it?

When I use my iPhone in cold weather, it sometimes turns itself off. I thought that was because the battery performs poorly in the cold, so I got an external battery with a cable, so I could keep using my phone while the battery stays warm in my pocket. But then I read that the iPhone turns itself off by design, to protect itself from usage outside its operating range. So is it a bad idea to override that by using the external battery? [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 6:26 AM - 3 answers

November 14

Man I need help finding a backpack.

OK hive mind, I need help. I've used Timbuk2 laptop messenger bags for 10-15 years and I'm ready for a backpack, but I can't find the right one for me. Open to any and all suggestions. I'm a freelancer and practically live in coffeeshops, so this is my EDC and laptop bag that I will have with me at all times, including travel. I think my perfect bag would be a Tom Bihn Synapse with big soft straps from the North Face Recon, but I haven't found it yet. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 8:30 PM - 13 answers

"W"hat is it?

What's that little blue "W" I often see in the tabs of websites? I'm guessing it's the logo for a webhosting company, but which one? Here's a pic.
posted by lunasol at 7:25 PM - 2 answers

November 13

Which online petition applications do you like?

I'd prefer to have options to limit publicity and the visibility of signatories. This is more like a letter with multiple signers. Has anyone used Google Forms for this purpose? Thank you!
posted by walla at 4:34 PM - 1 answers

November 11

I want to be a music maker

How can I set up a mini home studio? Studio may be too strong of a word, but I’m looking for a set up of (I think) a basic mic, a large speaker, and a keyboard (eventually trading that out for a piano). I want my kids to be able to experiment and get comfortable with speaking/singing into a mic, and to be able to do karaoke with them. Can you help with suggestions? [more inside]
posted by sealee at 9:02 PM - 1 answers

Hack my flight- iphone edition

I'm flying for about six hours twice in the next week. I've converted a few movies and want to play them on my iphone. It keeps asking for a wireless connection. Google has failed me. More info inside. Help me ObiWan. [more inside]
posted by Draccy at 3:37 PM - 3 answers

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