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June 23

Text message forwarding from one phone to another.

I have been issued a new I-Phone at my job. I already have a personal (android) mobile phone which I do not wish to give up. I need to know how to ensure texts sent to my personal phone number are visible on my work phone, so I will not need to carry both. [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard at 9:26 AM - 5 answers

June 22

Software dev looking for daily edification

I'm working on creating good daily habits, and I'd like to incorporate some programming/CS/software dev exercises while I'm between school and work. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar at 2:33 PM - 4 answers

Calling all graphic designers...

I've been doing graphic design stuff on the side for about two years now, and as a result have amassed a large collection of digital assets--fonts, brushes, stock art, gradients, textures, patterns, actions, and more. So large, in fact, that I have no idea what I have. How do you keep track of vast amounts of assets and, perhaps more importantly, their licenses, like this? [more inside]
posted by telophase at 9:06 AM - 6 answers

June 21

Controlling one light switch with another?

I have a light switch, which works fine. It is in an inconvenient location, so I would like to control it via another switch located elsewhere -- wirelessly. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by aramaic at 5:11 PM - 12 answers

June 20

What's a home stereo amp good enough for these big, fancy speakers?

I have inherited a pair of IMF Reference Standard Mk IV speakers. Apparently, these were/are very high-end audiophile speakers in the 1970s. What’s a home stereo amp that could run them effectively for home listening at moderate volume? More details on my gear and preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by Krawczak at 8:07 PM - 15 answers

Need Help Designing a Home Theater Experience

I would like to upgrade some of my home theater/stereo equipment, and am not sure if what I want to do is possible. And to make it even more challenging I want to add a devise that won't be available until December. [more inside]
posted by terrapin at 8:51 AM - 7 answers

June 19

Time for a smartphone upgrade: June 2017 edition

I currently have an ancient Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. However, I'm really frustrated with the short battery life and the overheating. Otherwise, I like it just fine and it does what I need. Does the hivemind have any recommendations as of June 2017 for a smartphone upgrade model? What should I get next? Thanks!
posted by Gosha_Dog at 6:12 PM - 10 answers

Car cooler

Can I use a car cooler to meet my specific needs - and which one? [more inside]
posted by shockpoppet at 4:32 PM - 13 answers

What's a simple way for people to gift us money online, in the UK.

After much duress from our very nice friends and family, my fiancée and I are setting up our gift list. We have a bunch of items picked out at a department store, but we also want to allow people to alternatively contribute towards a bigger ticket item - a dining table in this case. Ideally we'd have a simple online payment form that would let our guests gift us however much they feel comfortable. Can anyone recommend any simple services which can do this?
posted by Magnakai at 2:47 PM - 4 answers

June 18

PDF layout editors?

Is there a PDF editor and markup tool that respects InDesign document structuring, especially with regard to grouped items and text blocks? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 12:08 PM - 4 answers

Import all photos from your DSLR? Or only the good ones? Please explain.

I'm a Mac OS / iOS person--and also shoot with a DSLR. I do this for fun as opposed to profit, but have been thinking it might be better *not* to import everything that's on the SD card--so many photos just don't turn out. I used to think that it was better to import and then cull. A while back I met a pro photographer and we had an extended chat on the way to an event he was covering. He mentioned that he used some quick import software to review what was on his roll and then import the better ones that he would then edit. Know the package? How do handle the import then cull, or cull then import challenge? [more inside]
posted by teddyb109 at 4:24 AM - 17 answers

June 16

What is this weird tech hardware on Chicago utility poles?

What is this weird tech hardware on Chicago utility poles? [more inside]
posted by Mid at 10:06 AM - 3 answers

June 15

Tech job search: how many hiring pipelines should I be in at once?

I'm looking for my second software developer job. Is there a good rule of thumb regarding how many places I should be in process for at once? [more inside]
posted by hishtafel at 12:46 PM - 8 answers

A window to another world? XBox one to iMac Skype chat - will it work?

I'm trying to set up a system so that I can hang out with a family member from my iMac and their living room TV. I'm open to any system, but it seems like the easiest thing might be to get them an Xbox One + Kinect and do the chat via Skype. Will that work? Is there another way that would be easier/better? [more inside]
posted by mercredi at 8:56 AM - 0 answers

June 14

Are there any websites like but not so awful?

I am looking for a website that has various casual games I can play for free or cheap like but that isn't so risky. [more inside]
posted by WinterSolstice at 4:28 PM - 7 answers

iTunes on an Android

Help! Leaving on a road trip in less than two hours, and my Old Reliable the Original 160gb iPod has finally bit the dust. My iTunes is on my Windows 10 computer. I have an android phone (Samsung Galaxy s5 Sport). Can I put iTunes on that? I would settle in for a bunch of research on the topic but I'm on a time crunch. Hope me, Mefi! [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex at 1:14 PM - 10 answers

Best web and phone conferencing for a single host?

I'm a solo practice consultant who needs to buy a subscription to a web conferencing / web presentation service that allows dialing in by phone. Must work at least on Windows and Mac (Linux would be nice too but not required ☹️). Cheaper is good, but works well is more important.
posted by Tehhund at 12:39 PM - 10 answers

Which cell phone is best for my needs?

This may be a bit of a lazyweb/crowdsource request. I'm shopping for a new cell phone and would like to find a great option that meets certain criteria. It should be unlocked, for use in the US with AT&T. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe at 10:28 AM - 5 answers

June 13

Lost Camera on iPhone 6s

it's gone no icon, cant get any app to see camera....Help? fone is new 1 month old going back to store thursday, need some info please
posted by patnok at 6:33 PM - 2 answers

What is wrong with this monitor?

From time to time, my monitor overlays a bunch of ugly lines, it looks washed out. It's less than one year old, a Dell 27" model. When I turn it off and on again, the lines disappear. [Yes, just like the joke from The IT Crowd, I know.] What is the problem? (See pic inside). [more inside]
posted by 4midori at 2:27 PM - 4 answers

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