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February 20

Searching across multiple ebooks on an iPad

I would like to be able to do a search for a word across all of the cookbooks that are on my iPad at once. Say I want to quickly see whether any of my cookbooks contain a recipe to make a specific food, or that uses a certain ingredient. I could use the Unix command grep to do the search on my Mac. What can I use on the iPad? [more inside]
posted by artistic verisimilitude at 10:42 AM - 0 answers

Any idea why a twitter python bot on google app engine stopped working?

My twitter bot, running on Google App Engine with python has stopped worked and is producing an error. Is there an easy way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 10:08 AM - 3 answers

VPN and Amazon Video, but without a mouse/keyboard

I'm an American living in Germany for the next few years. I have an Amazon Fire TV Stick and love it. I would love it more if I could make it think I was in the US! I'm not wedded to the Fire TV stick, either—really what I'm looking for is a solution for watching Amazon Video as if I were in the US. Difficulty level: I want a lean-back experience (no mouse/keyboard), and DNS services aren't working. Budget: 150€ (say US$185). [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 at 12:47 AM - 4 answers

February 19

Wireless headphone and adapter recs please

I would like recommendations for (a) a high-quality set of wireless headphones to listen to jazz and classical music with (mostly in CD format), and (b) an adapter that will connect them to the headphone jacks on my devices. Under $500 total. [more inside]
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark at 9:24 PM - 4 answers

Smash-proof TV furniture

What are some cheap ways to prevent a TV from being smashed? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 8:51 PM - 10 answers

Order of operations: phone and plan when plan is paid for by employer

My employer will be paying for my phone plan but not for my phone. I'm currently out of contract with Verizon and an iPhone 5S. I'll be joining my employer's Verizon plan and also want to get an iPhone 7 plus. I am trying to figure out how to do this in a way that minimizes cost since Verizon seems to be doing things differently than they used to. My existing account also includes my husband's phone, so it will continue to exist. It is also time for him to get a new phone.
posted by sciencegeek at 4:42 AM - 4 answers

February 18

To Do List With Subtasks/ Tree View For Windows + Android

My primary/ deal-breaker requirement for a To Do list is that I am able to create sub/ child tasks on the primary/ parent task, and view them in a tree view. In Windows I currently use My Life Organized for this and it is awesome, but to sync with an Android phone costs horrible $$$'s, and I don't care much for the app either. What are other To Do lists with subtasks/ tree views which either sync across Windows & Android (preferably), or are web based? Thanks!
posted by 7 Minutes of Madness at 11:26 AM - 11 answers

February 17

Do the Windows of This Building Spell Out a Phrase?

Legend says that the east facing windows of a 1967 University of Missouri campus building create a pattern that would spell out "M-I-Z beat k-U" if entered on a computer punch card. Is it possible to prove or disprove this? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 8:20 AM - 10 answers

February 16

Cell phone weirdness not spam

So for the last week or so I've been getting one or two calls a day to my cell phone that are not for me. They are all service providers calling to check in or confirm something - health care appointments, a Y membership etc. Each one has been asking for a different person. They all seem to be legit calls not phishing but none of them are calling for me and most are not local but within about 100 miles. What's going on and how do I stop it? [more inside]
posted by leslies at 5:04 PM - 4 answers

International burner (phone) recommendations?

This article convinced me to leave my iPhone at home the next time I travel internationally. But what are the best options for staying connected while abroad? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 9:30 AM - 18 answers

February 15

Comcast set up requires social security number?

I'm trying to set up internet service, through Comcast and they require that they obtain my social security number in order to run a report on my credit history for paying bills. I told the service representative I was reluctant to do this. Apparently the alternative is a 100 dollar deposit. Upon googling on this topic on the internet, many people throughout the years have had this same issue - but I can't find an actual up to date as of 2016 or 2017 solution to this. People have also written complaining Comcast haven't returned their deposit either. Should I give Comcast my social security number? Any alternatives?
posted by proficiency101 at 7:15 PM - 8 answers

February 13

Prepaid plan for 64GB iPhone 6?

I'm currently with Verizon, but my contract is up this May, and this Wirecutter article has me convinced that a prepaid plan would be most cost-efficient given my usage. (I rarely talk, mostly use Signal for text messages, and consistently stay under 2GB of data usage.) The problem I'm running into is finding a prepaid carrier who accepts my device, a 64GB iPhone 6. [more inside]
posted by zebra at 9:11 AM - 12 answers

US 220V Wifi Switch

Does anyone make a >>>US<<< 220V wifi switch/receptacle? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 5:44 AM - 9 answers

February 12

Does fb scan gmail?

Yesterday I got news of a relative's death via email (gmail). A few hours later I saw a "sponsored post" in fb for a church in a nearby town, and that posting mentioned grief counseling. Coincidence or not? [more inside]
posted by 2 cats in the yard at 10:07 AM - 15 answers

February 11

How do I get ready to play video games with my kid?

My kid is very young (almost 3) but in the next couple of years he's going to start playing video games and I want to be a part of that. However, the last video game I played was Sonic the Hedgehog in the mid-90s. [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 5:10 PM - 19 answers

February 8

How to charge and monitor 12V sealed/gel lead acid batteries?

I used to have a cheap battery charger which would supply a selectable 2, 4, or 6 Amps into a 12 V lead-acid battery and then automatically shut off once it decided the battery was charged. Somehow, I misplaced this charger and am looking for a more feature-ful replacement. [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup at 6:49 PM - 6 answers

My bedroom doorway is a nearly complete barrier to my wifi network. Why?

If I walk around my house carrying my laptop and running over and over, my download speed is between 180 and 225 Mbps. I get the lower speeds when standing in the limestone shower, and the higher speeds almost everywhere else. But when I walk into my bedroom, the speed drops to 1.3, 1.1, if I'm lucky, 2.0 Mbps (yes, two). And inside the bedroom it's the same low speed. The speed drops almost the instant when I step into the doorway, meaning the door is open. WTF? [more inside]
posted by Capri at 12:43 AM - 18 answers

February 7

When did the coating for glasses that reflects green become common?

When did the coating for glasses that reflects green become available? I believe it's an anti-reflective coating. TO BE CLEAR: I'm not asking when anti-reflective coatings were invented. I'm specifically asking about the coating that causes a green reflection when light hits it. What is it, and when did it become available for prescription glasses? I'm asking because I often spot that green reflection on glasses while watching a period piece TV series, and it immediately seems out of place. [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 10:08 PM - 20 answers

iPhone upgrade question--should I go with the 6 or 7?

I am currently using an iPhone 5S through Verizon. It's about 2 years old now and is paid off, and the battery life has been getting shorter and shorter. I am really used to it, and I don't want to get something that's substantially different. I have played around with a Samsung Galaxy S7 and did not like it at all. [more inside]
posted by Slinga at 9:44 PM - 17 answers

Recommendation needed for basic motion activated alarm

I am looking for a simple security alarm, but not sure it exists. Searching Amazon has proved challenging. I want a battery operated motion detecting alarm that can I mount low on a wall near an outside door. I want to be able to turn it on at night, turn it off in the morning. I want it to beep or make a noise when our dog passes by it. I do not want a siren that sounds continuously until shut off. Maybe something similar to what shops use, where a beep goes off when a customer walks by the sensor in a store entrance? I need it to ship to Canada. [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine at 9:18 AM - 3 answers

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