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October 20

Using American electronics in Japan

Hi, I am moving to Japan soon and I can't seem to find a definitive answer on whether or not my various electronics will work in Japan. I was hoping to move my tv, speakers, consoles, and AVR but most of them are rated at 110-120V and Tokyo is rated at 100V. I have read articles saying it is fine and other saying the opposite. Can anyone point me to some credible source to help answer this question? Are there other things I need to look into besides voltage? My understanding of electricity is abysmal.
posted by Pterofractal at 12:40 AM - 2 answers

October 19

How to promote my software to investors

I created a software library that should be useful to developers , even relative beginners, writing software for a variety of fields, but mainly for Engineering (Mechanical,Architecture). Big data and business intelligence might be other fields where my software could be used. I'm in the closed beta stage right now, my software might take a while to catch on, and I need some cash. [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 5:41 PM - 4 answers

Never really phoned there but I'd sure like to go.

Are there inexpensive options for using my Verizon iPhone in Mexico? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 2:01 PM - 4 answers

Problems with iPhone 5 during calls

When I'm on a call with my iPhone 5 (iOS 7), I can't use any apps anymore. The display flashes on and off, I can't use speakerphone or end a call, and the screen sometimes locks. (Restarting has done nothing.) Also, when I hold the home button and talk, Siri doesn't work anymore. It just keeps suggesting things I could ask. Google searching is suggesting a proximity sensor issue?
posted by trillian at 10:45 AM - 3 answers

Minecraft, Java, & Forge Troubles (Mac OS X)

Young Cocoa (9yo) has asked me to install the More Nature mod for Minecraft and I have run into a loop of Kafkaesquian loopiness. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 5:54 AM - 4 answers

October 18

How do I update CC info for multiple online accts after a data breach?

I am looking for the best way to coordinate credit card or other payment information for multiple online accounts... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 10:50 AM - 5 answers

Email Group/List that multiple platforms can use

We have a family email that goes out every week to people across many email platforms. Every time someone changes their address, someone new is added (or removed :/), the onus is on each person in the group to make those updates to their own personal list. Obviously, this rarely happens with 100% accuracy, so someone always slips through the cracks. Is there a way to have a group that can be administered to centrally in one single location, but utilized by people across multiple email platforms? [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 at 1:55 AM - 10 answers

October 17

How can I digitally archive physical photographs?

I want to convert boxes of of photographs into digital files, good or excellent quality digital captures. I've accumulated 10 file boxes of photo albums, loose photos, scrap books, art and other family history kind of stuff. What are some systematic and effective ways to archive into digital images? [more inside]
posted by diode at 9:29 PM - 6 answers

I just got a new video card hooray! It's too big for my current case boo

I just got a new video card, the Gigabyte R9 270X. At 297mm it's too big for my current case! I would love suggestions on the best case to upgrade to. [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 9:06 AM - 12 answers

Built new desktop last night. PC won't post at all

Built my first desktop last night completely on my own. A friend has helped in the past but this was my first solo experience. It was much easier than I anticipated. However that's where the easy part ended :L [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 6:43 AM - 20 answers

October 16

PCBA Oy Vey

There are a ton of printed circuit board assembly companies in Asia. How do I choose one? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman at 4:44 PM - 5 answers

Help with Windows Live Movie Maker

I have 3 questions about it! [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 4:30 PM - 1 answers

Many devices, one output?

I need help designing an audio solution for our house. [more inside]
posted by pdb at 1:48 PM - 11 answers

Give me quiet! Bluetooth Noise isolating headphones/headset needed

Do you own headphones with these qualities? Tell me the specs! Please help me find wireless noise isolating headphones in the $50-$150 range. I will only pay near the upper end if there's a sufficient warranty and they isolate EXTREMELY well! I want these for using at home to study and relax. Extremely snowflakey details inside: [more inside]
posted by bibliophilia at 11:11 AM - 9 answers

Help me understand the societal implications of fusion power

Putting aside the question of whether or not we will actually have fusion power soon, does anyone have any science fiction or essays to help me understand the implications of fusion power? [more inside]
posted by jragon at 8:18 AM - 29 answers

Cloud based options for a small business currently using Lotus Approach?

How can I help a small academy get its Lotus Approach database into the cloud along with all of their other data? [more inside]
posted by jpziller at 5:22 AM - 1 answers

October 15

Best Format for Mobile Emergency Phone List

I'd like to distribute an emergency phone list with numbers that are clickable on a smartphone. [more inside]
posted by beyond_pink at 4:44 PM - 6 answers

Cocktail arcade-type games for iOS designed for 2 player tabletop?

I am looking for games for iOS that are played 2-player at the same time, with the phone flat on a table, one person on each side playing against each other. I don't know what to call this so it's hard to search for more (I think of them like 80's arcade cocktail machines). So far the only ones I've found are OLO (a hybrid of shuffleboard and air hockey), TEN (same company, it's like mega tic-tac-toe) and some checkers/chess games. Are there others? What is this style of game design called?
posted by mathowie at 9:30 AM - 14 answers

October 14

Rugged Apple-style earbuds

The volume button on my iPhone earbuds just stopped working. Arg. I'd like to replace them with something more rugged. [more inside]
posted by cnanderson at 6:10 PM - 8 answers

iPhoto library backup

i'm having trouble opening an iPhoto library without restoring my photos. i don't want to overwrite anything in my library, but want to be able to view something in a different library on my external HD. [more inside]
posted by sabh at 4:40 PM - 4 answers

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