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October 24

Managing screen time for autistic kid

Help me find the best screen time manager for kids ever! Difficulty: autism. [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral at 2:18 PM - 4 answers

October 21

radio tech nerds! your bat signal!

Hi. I have a question about the FCC assignment of radio frequencies in the early 20th c. U.S. I know three things that I can't resolve, probably because I have only dipped into this lightly (and really can't get stuck in right now). [more inside]
posted by listen, lady at 2:23 PM - 7 answers

best free or cheap video chat

I have a regular video chat with friends. For the last few years we’ve been using Google Hangouts for this purpose, but lately it seems like the quality has gotten worse. We have regular sound/video quality and connectivity issues, to the point where sometimes we just give up. What are our other options for doing this for as little money (and with as little hassle) as possible? There are usually 4-5 of us involved, and a mix of iPhones/laptops/Android devices being used to make the calls. [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin at 12:45 PM - 7 answers

OK so site is down for just me: now what

Hellllllllp. The file sharing site I use for a job has been up and down all day, but now it's apparently "up", and I still can't access it. How can I get back in? I am on a SUPER URGENT HOLY SHIT deadline and this thing REALLY needs to get fixed. Like now. Things I have tried below the fold. [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 11:33 AM - 15 answers

Where should I control volume from in a series?

Where should I control volume when I am listening to music on a device with a volume control through one or more devices with their own volume controls? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 6:46 AM - 7 answers

October 20

AT&T refuses to unlock my phone. What should I do?

AT&T refuses to unlock a phone that I own... What are my options? [more inside]
posted by matkline at 6:50 PM - 10 answers

What're some examples of tech/inventors who got laughed out of the room

Looking for people who had ideas that changed the economy but were initially ignored/shot down. Like Brian Chesky & AirBnB — he got 7 rejections for $150K investment in 10% of AirBnB in 2008, would be worth $300,000,000 today. Or Brad Feld - invented the Fitbit, said “literally every VC passed on me.” When do the VCs/futurists/pundit class get it wrong? Looking for more recent examples, not like poor Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis who pioneered antiseptics in the 19th century and ended up in an insane asylum.
posted by Peemster at 9:31 AM - 13 answers

October 19

Mining the air

Is there any machine created commodity? That is, could you set up a machine and make something that could be sold at a market price? [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 1:21 PM - 29 answers

Can I move my sim into a different iPhone and just start using it?

My phone is an iPhone 6. Through work I have access to an unlocked iPhone 6S Plus. I would like to try using the iPhone 6S Plus as my everyday phone to see if the form factor works for me. Can I just move the sim from the 6 into the 6S Plus and start making calls, or do I need to involve my carrier (Verizon)? [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust at 1:08 PM - 4 answers

October 18

Are there any Freeview HD PVRs that don't totally suck?

My parents Humax YouView Freeview HD PVR has died after only two years. They are less than keen to get a Humax again but, last time I tried to find a Freeview HD PVR for them, the options out there really sucked. What's the least sucky option now? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 3:43 AM - 4 answers

October 17

No Sound in Media Encoder-Rendered files?

All of a sudden, every video I edit in Adobe Premiere and render through Adobe Media Encoder have no sound track. I have not changed hardware but AME is updates to 2015.4. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 11:43 AM - 4 answers

Phone for next 6 months CONUS then 3yrs OCONUS?

I don't have a cell phone but I'm six months pregnant and probably need one. Difficulty, moving to Japan in the spring. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 8:43 AM - 5 answers

October 16

Arsonist and Improvised Incendiary Devices

An arsonist torched my vehicle last Friday, and we caught it on security camera video. My question: what type of time-delayed, improvised incendiary device (placed on the EXTERIOR of the vehicle) would burn hot enough to ignite the engine compartment, using no accelerants? [more inside]
posted by piedrasyluz at 8:48 PM - 30 answers

ISO database (?) app to sort list items by tag

I want to create a list of exercises/skills and tag each item with a ton of tags according to what it might be useful for. Then I want to search/filter the list by multiple tags. Is there an attractive Windows/Android app for this? [more inside]
posted by nevers at 2:08 PM - 3 answers

Task tracker for managing marketing for a non-profit?

I'm about to start as the advertising/marketing coordinator for a local non-profit. I'd like to set up a task tracker for myself and a small group of people, maybe 5, and of course, free would be a great price to pay. I have some experience with task trackers but would love it if someone has advice here. [more inside]
posted by amanda at 9:27 AM - 2 answers

How secure is YNAB?

I abandoned Mint after a programmer friend told me that if your bank account is compromised, and you've ever given your password to a third party, the bank can call the breach your fault and you're out of luck. Does You Need A Budget have the same problem? [more inside]
posted by pipti at 5:23 AM - 9 answers

October 14

A Hertz, an Iphone and Crackerjack GPS?

Once I had a Garminfone, and when I’d rent a car, I’d plug the phone into the car’s USB outlet, run the GPS, and listen to podcasts, the radio, or just sit in silence. Now I have an iPhone 5s running on OS10, and I recently rented a Hertz, and found much of that impossible. Worse, Applemaps led me the long way round the Northeast recently, adding several hours to my trip. Soon, I’ll need to drive home. Please suggest a new mapping program. Without GPS, I’ll never get home at all. [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue at 10:48 AM - 23 answers

October 13

How Can I Safely & Cheaply Unlock This Old Phone?

I have an old Alcatel One Touch 5020T that I would like to unlock so that I can use it with an Italian sim card. I used the phone on a T-Mobile pre-paid plan. (Have a new phone and new service now). What is the safest and least expensive way to unlock the phone? I did a google search and none of the sites looked very reputable. Prices ranged from $49.99 to FREE! (if you give them your email, SSN and first born child).
posted by pjsky at 6:05 PM - 6 answers

Best way to add wifi during car trips with a dongle/hotspot

Looking for the simplest device/way to set up a mobile hotspot in the car that ideally doesn't involve tethering to another phone. Google research is making it tough to figure out what I need exactly. [more inside]
posted by andruwjones26 at 12:40 PM - 8 answers

Looking for attorney time tracking/invoice generating software.

Right now all time tracking and invoice generating is done by hand. This will not do. I think eBillity would work, but looking for other suggestions - specifics within. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 10:28 AM - 10 answers

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