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January 22

Tips for buying a cheaper iPhone

I lost my iPhone while traveling recently (tragedy!) and will want to replace it when I am back home in a month or so. So, I have some time to look for a deal. Any advice here? [more inside]
posted by knownfossils at 10:45 AM - 8 answers

January 21

Does this thing exist?

A key rack that can be mounted on the wall that will beep when the set of keys is in close range (say, 10 feet) and then stop beeping when they keys are hung on the rack? I need something to remind someone to hang up their keys each time they walk in the door. I have seen Trackr, etc. and that is not what I am looking for; I don't want the keys to get lost in the first place. Thanks.
posted by tippy at 10:36 PM - 13 answers

January 20

Google results and YouTube video order

When you search my name on google the whole first page is results surrounding my music. Google pops up its usual "musical artist" and listing all my songs that have been released etc. In the YouTube results section that's about a third of the way down the page, it displays relevant YouTube results - all of the first several are my YouTube videos. However, I need to change the seemingly random order of these videos. [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 12:27 PM - 6 answers

What powered old player pianos?

In westerns, you always see player pianos at saloons and stuff. It seems they were around in the early 1900s, such that by 1908, an industry standard had developed (according to wikipedia). Not a lot of places had electricity back then. What was powering these player pianos? Did you wind them up? Pump a bellows full of air? How much playing time do you get per how much winding/pumping you do?
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 9:41 AM - 6 answers

January 19

What to do with really old software and stuff?

I have a ton of old classic Mac software and bits of hardware that I need to clear out of here. But, is tossing it into a landfill really the only way? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 10:19 AM - 13 answers

Customize Google Maps to avoid certain stretches of road when routing?

And then be able to share that customized map with other users, to use on their phones when navigating. Also open to other mapping software with decent navigation capabilities.
posted by jcfudgely at 9:07 AM - 10 answers

Unlock a Sprint iPhone 4?

I searched the previous topics and didn't see this one specifically: I have an old Sprint iPhone 4 that I want to give to someone to use with a Tmobile plan. Sprint says they can't unlock it, Apple says the same- that it's Sprint's job, and the local cell places Ive trued also refuse. Does anyone have any advice? Is Sprint lying when they say they can't? Thanks in advance.
posted by Liquidwolf at 9:04 AM - 8 answers

January 18

TIL I need to read the manual on a piano.

I'm a new Nord keyboard owner, and as excited as I am to own what all my musician friends (and pros I admire) say is the best, I'm having a hard time understanding how to use this thing. Help! [more inside]
posted by emelenjr at 2:28 PM - 3 answers

January 16

Help me remember an early 90s computer game!

I have a very VERY hazy recollection of a children's computer game involving currency that I'd like to know more about. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 9:43 AM - 7 answers

January 15

Unlocking Sony Xperia J & Factory Restore

I have inherited my wife's Sony Xperia J phone which she purchased from and used on our province's service provider's network. I want to wipe her stuff off of it, untether it from the provider, restore the phone to its original settings, and put a 7-11 pay-as-you-go SIM in it. How do I make this happen? There are plenty of Google results to do such things, but I don't know enough about phones/networks/Android to tell credible resources from sketchy. Thanks!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 1:02 PM - 1 answers

January 14

Love Triangle! Hacking! Deceit! WTF?

Did my ex-girlfriend hack into my Facebook Messenger account to get details about my current budding-relationship to try to fabricate an email to try to derail it? Help me analyze the IP/login evidence as well as real-world considerations as I figure out who the liar is, please! [more inside]
posted by fenwaydirtdog at 5:17 PM - 40 answers

January 13

Components of Abby's helmet ("Probably the future you're looking at!")

Dear makers, engineers, and hardware Mefites of all stripes: I'm working on an Abby Yates (Ghostbusters 2016) cosplay, and I want to make her helmet. It's a bit more complicated than Rick Moranis's was! Can you identify (and maybe even source) more pieces, particularly the square circuit board and round spool-like pieces? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet at 6:57 PM - 13 answers

Am I getting the undivided attention of a live-chat rep?

The slower-than-anticipated response time (even for non-technical questions) leads me to conclude that the live-chat rep I am working with is dealing with multiple customers. Is this the case, or are there aspects of a chat rep's job that I am misunderstanding or unfamiliar with. [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman at 10:36 AM - 11 answers

January 12

Can I connect wireless headphones to this receiver? If not, then what?

All my music is on CDs. I want to get wireless headphones so I can listen to music while falling asleep. I play CDs on this receiver, which has a headphone jack but doesn't do Bluetooth. Is there any way I could use wireless headphones with it? If not, what's a good alternative solution? Also, gear recs please. [more inside]
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark at 3:00 PM - 7 answers

Can you help me unconfuse Chrome?

Since yesterday afternoon, if I go to, I end up at This only happens in Chrome, on both my work and home computer. I've cleared cached, and run malwarebytes, and checked chrome extension. Malwarebytes found nothing. The only thing I've installed yesterday was Citrix Receiver, which I need for work. This doesn't happen in Firefox. What else can I do to solve this?
posted by korej at 12:35 PM - 16 answers

How can I repeat or sustain a sample using Garageband's AUSampler?

With Garageband's AUSampler, I want to hold down a key and have the sample sustain or repeat seamlessly, rather than abruptly stop—how do I do that? [more inside]
posted by critzer at 8:37 AM - 4 answers

1999 Chevy Malibu - locating coolant leak

I know it's leaking, I just don't know from where. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents at 8:18 AM - 8 answers

Business Card Scanner Recommendations

Need a physical business card scanner and an app, any you love? [more inside]
posted by heavyp08 at 5:53 AM - 1 answers

January 11

Non Tech human seeks Roku Projector for Netflix and Amazon adventures

40" Roku- can it be duplicated with a projector? [more inside]
posted by metasav at 7:35 PM - 11 answers

Lots of music on hand for little money

I'd like to find a (cheap!) way to bring a buttload of downloaded Spotify songs into work with me every day without burdening my phone. [more inside]
posted by the phlegmatic king at 9:32 AM - 22 answers

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