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March 30

Setting up a flat screen TV.

Hi everyone; So,I want to buy a flat screen TV(53"). I have never owned one before. Anyhow,my concern is that I have heard they are very difficult to set up. I was told I should pay $299 at Best Buy for them to set it up. Is setting up one of these that hard? I don't want to mount it on a wall,just buy it,take it home,watch DVD's,lol.
posted by LOOKING at 2:24 AM - 5 answers

March 29

How to archive 65 years

Recently discovered the newspaper that I work for has a rich history. None of it has been preserved for the ages and I'm wondering how I could go about the process? [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet at 6:16 AM - 8 answers

March 28

car infotainment system: updateable or replaceable?

What is going to be the status of a Kia Soul / Apple CarPlay infotainment system in, say, five years? Will it be updateable by either Kia or Apple? Will they charge a lot of money for a major update? How feasible will it be to replace the system altogether when better components become available? [more inside]
posted by saywhat at 9:10 PM - 6 answers

Listening to music in the 21st Century

I'm tired of trying to maintain a steady 78 rpm on my hand-cranked phonograph. Please explain wireless speaker systems to me like I'm some kind of Luddite. [more inside]
posted by monkey closet at 3:47 AM - 21 answers

March 27

Content management system for large organization?

I'm looking for a content management system that will allow for easy sharing of content, including PowerPoint presentations, pdfs, links to online content and videos, etc. [more inside]
posted by Karessa at 9:52 AM - 15 answers

March 26

I want those light bars!

In 2008, Boys Like Girls opened for Avril Lavigne, and had 10 large vertical light bars on stage. I can't find anyone who sells these light bars. Were they custom? I would like to own a couple. [more inside]
posted by Techbear at 8:13 AM - 8 answers

March 23

How feasible is it to put a regular desktop in a rackmount case?

I have a couple boxes and I'm wondering if it might be worthwhile to try and condense them down to a rack but am I getting in over my head? [more inside]
posted by Socinus at 5:51 PM - 10 answers

Storing CDs In The Cloud.

Time to free up house space, so time to get rid of my CDs. Please help me sort out my options. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by DanSachs at 11:06 AM - 17 answers

March 22

Looking for affordable bluetooth receiver for my car. Help hive!

I have used several automobiles that have bluetooth and have paired my devices with them. I like that i can hop in the car and my phone will automatically pair and connect. My car does not have this luxury however i do have a mini jack input and usb power. I am looking for a device that will give me bluetooth audio in my car. I have bought a couple over the years but they Neither A: turn on when my car turns on and B:pair automatically with my device. Hive! Do you know of such a device that I can power with my car's USB and will pair automatically with my phone (iphone6)?
posted by citybuddha at 8:02 AM - 6 answers

Name my blog, please!

I'm trying to come up with a nice, catchy, .com-domain-available name for my blog on the topics of organization, budgeting, planning, productivity, aimed at the disorganized and overwhelmed crowd. Something like Unf*** your habitat with a focus on organization and planning - and with less swear words. I'd like to keep this PG-rated. Any ideas are welcome!
posted by Behemoth Judge And The Explosive Xerox at 5:04 AM - 18 answers

March 21

Help!!! I really screwed up a recording: is it possible to recover it?

Hi Ask MeFi! I made a terrible mistake the other day: I put my phone in my pocket to record an interview that took place outside/while we were walking, and ended up recording a lot of loud, awful pocket noises instead of the conversation. Is there any way to salvage this? [more inside]
posted by lightgray at 5:25 PM - 5 answers

March 19

Apps and Toddlers - the 18-month old edition

Which iPad apps will help keep my 18-month old entertained and help keep me and my husband from wanting to jump out of the plane? [more inside]
posted by kellygrape at 11:03 AM - 10 answers

March 17

The Diane to his Special Agent Dale Cooper

I have a co-volunteer who does a lot of good work for our organization but who is terrible about keeping everyone else updated because he's always on the road or otherwise busy. He recently discovered Facebook's voice message feature and that's helping, so I'm looking for something like that but better. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 1:22 PM - 9 answers

March 16

How big of an inverter do I need to power a 15-amp power saw?

I'm considering a solar-power system for my small workshop. My miter saw requires 1800 watts. Will a 2000-watt inverter be sufficient, or does the saw have a "start-up" energy requirement beyond 2000 watts?
posted by jackypaper at 8:42 PM - 4 answers

Can my new boyfriend tell I visit his website?

The guy I recently started dating has become aware of my ip address. Using google analytics or some other tool, can he tell how often I visit his website? More importantly, can he tell what search terms I've used to get to his website? I look at his website an embarrassing amount and have used some embarrassing search terms to get there. Can he tell it was me? What else can he tell based on this info?
posted by sunrisecoffee at 7:49 PM - 8 answers

Sound proofing a vents in a research lab?

I work in a research lab, and we've just moved into a new building (new to us and newly built). The HVAC in our testing rooms is pretty loud, specifically the airflow from the vents. We have two testing rooms, one with four vents and another smaller room with just one vent. Is there a way to sound proof around the vent area to reduce those noises? [more inside]
posted by ancient star at 1:44 PM - 9 answers

March 15

Looking for wired, portable, over-ear headphones that last.

Requirements:
  • Not wireless. No batteries. Must be wired.
  • The wire must be detachable from the headphones.
  • The over-ear parts must rotate so that the unit can be packed flat for travel w/Laptop.
  • Must sound good. Must be well built. I want them to last for 5+ years.
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    posted by jeffamaphone at 11:10 AM - 17 answers

    What are my options for a more mobile server rack solution?

    I tend to move a lot and I'm trying to figure out if I'm better served (zing!) by going for a whole cabinet and just upgrading the casters or if it'd be smarter to break the equipment up over two or three smaller cabinets that can just be picked up and moved. [more inside]
    posted by Socinus at 1:07 AM - 2 answers

    March 14

    ISO a comprehensive guide to channels available for streaming.

    My mom, who watches a ton of tv, wants to cut her cable and explore streaming. She's enlisted my help to figure out what service(s) she should go with. She is going to send me a list of her must-have channels, which is likely going to include things like Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Channel, Hallmark, Hallmark Movie Channel, QVC, History, etc. Is there a site which lists cable channels and what streaming service they are available through? [more inside]
    posted by tryniti at 4:24 PM - 4 answers

    March 13

    Recommend me a labor-friendly phone

    Are there any phones on the market today that weren't made through exploiting workers in 3rd world countries? [more inside]
    posted by benadryl at 10:03 AM - 13 answers

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