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August 27

Will bits of two different virtual controller sets play nice on an iPad?
Logitech virtual joystick plus Steelseries virtual buttons on an iPad: great idea or stupid idea? [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 5:32 PM - 0 answers
Software Development / QA: Tools and Knowledge Base?
Does your development/software qa department have a knowledge base? What tools/software do you use for knowledge sharing and collaboration? I heard it's good to have a QA Wiki page to document information? Any interesting free software out there for software testers? like to generate test cases? Is your department efficient? Thanks
posted by Mountain28 at 5:11 PM - 2 answers

Portable Cassette Tape Recorder Recommendations
I need to buy a tape recorder to do interviews with people in punk bands. I'd love if it was also loud enough at playback to function as an extremely crummy tape player so I can transcribe the tapes without headphones or listen to cassettes in my room (this magically started working again, but it's only hooked up in my living room). [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 2:17 PM - 8 answers

Looking for a new alarm clock that isn't The Worst
I am looking for a mythological perfect alarm clock that clearly does not exist in this reality. So I'm hoping you folks can help me find one that is as close as possible. This is my current clock which I've been pretty happy with, but the current version appears to be garbage, according to reviews. Requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 at 12:50 PM - 9 answers

Best Bible app for iOS
Someone has requested my assistance in finding the best Bible app for iOS. [more inside]
posted by komara at 9:20 AM - 8 answers

August 26

How can I play Netflix at double speed?
Are there Chrome or Firefox add-ons that allow one to play Netflix content at double/triple speed? Seems unlikely since Netflix utilizes Silverlight and Googling hasn't turned up any useful options, but I figured it was worth checking. Alternately, are there add-ons that allow double/triple speed for streaming video sites other than Youtube?
posted by lizzicide at 12:45 PM - 2 answers

August 25

Mapping web tool + Google Docs = BFF
I'm looking for a web tool or software that can take information that I have formatted in a Google doc (or other cloud-based spreadsheet tool) and stick it on a map but also display it within a timeline. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia at 11:32 AM - 5 answers

Please help me save my text messages
I have an S4 mini (android) phone. I want to save my text messages! [more inside]
posted by Kalmya at 10:12 AM - 2 answers

August 24

Help me hack my Sony DVD player (Model DVP-SR210P)
I'm trying to play Region 2 European DVDs on my US DVD player. I know you can hack DVD players to be region-free, and have read the previous threads on AskMeFi from several years ago, but I cannot find a hack for my specific Sony player, model DVP-SR210P. Any tips appreciated!
posted by J-Do at 8:32 AM - 7 answers

LCD TV is unhappy
My Samsung LA37B530 has developed a pale cast to the image as though the brightness was set too high, and the smoothing of some colours is also not up to sniff. Basically, it no longer looks like proper HDTV. In the event that it was inadvertently adjusted, I reset it to standard factory settings. The problem persists. Any bright ideas? Thanks!
posted by Wolof at 7:10 AM - 8 answers

August 22

Device of all trades, master of none?
In the next month or so, I'm going to need a new laptop. Windows 8 scares me, but I'm willing to try. In the spirit of being game, and because I like the idea of tablets but can't currently live with a tablet as my primary device, I'm considering a 2-in-1 device. Reviews are mixed. I can't tell if I should just get a normal laptop and wait a couple of generations for 2-in-1s to work some bugs out. Does anyone have experience/recommendations? [more inside]
posted by platypus of the universe at 5:40 PM - 9 answers

Help brainstorm ideas for lesson on the importance of tech skills
I am doing a college session on the importance of tech literacy. I will focus on the differences between browsers and apps and the importance of browsers to finding information. If you have tips, read on. [more inside]
posted by CtrlAltD at 3:54 PM - 4 answers

geolocating question for techies out there
One of many painful aspects to the James Foley tragedy is that the US attempted rescue, but was in error as to the location of the hostages. I wonder - is there not some geolocating device, maybe even a microchip, that could be required for journalists and tourists/hikers entering a war zone? I can understand that it would be an intolerable risk for soldiers and spies, but Foley was leaving an Internet café when he was abducted - not trying to live a hidden life.
posted by mmiddle at 6:21 AM - 11 answers

August 21

Best way to get internet when there's no wifi
My workplace doesn't have wifi, so I am not able to access the internet from my laptop, which is what I use at work (I don't have a desktop). What is my best option of getting internet at work? [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved at 8:38 PM - 5 answers

Looking For Best Entertainment Solution
With all of the technology and information at our fingertips, I am having finding the best way to watch movies. There are no longer any video stores near me. I have amazon prime, HBOgo and Netflix & my cable company on demand. It seems like every time that I want to see a movie it is not on Netflix or HBOgo, but is on Prime. [more inside]
posted by kbbbo at 6:45 PM - 5 answers

What is this monitor connector type? Can I connect it to my new MB Air?
I inherited an old Dell PC, and I'd like to be able to use the monitor for a second display for my MacBook Air. The connector cable is a type I don't recognize -- it's not VGA. It looks like this. [more inside]
posted by dr. boludo at 1:24 PM - 10 answers

Why does my rice cooker's power cable have 2 different amp ratings?
I need to replace the power cable for my rice cooker. The kitchen area of my apt is pretty small, and the cable was stupidly close to the stove and I burned a hole through the insulation. On the end of the cable that connects to the mains, it says 16a 250v while the end that plugs into the cooker says 10a 250v. The appliance itself is labeled as 10a 250v. [more inside]
posted by pugg at 12:29 AM - 9 answers

August 20

Best resources for learning SQL for database newbies
I am making a transition from an Excel-based reporting analyst to a database-oriented role in which SQL will be the primary necessary skill. I have next to zero database experience. I'm looking for resources that would be effective at teaching me what I need to learn. More within… [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 at 9:06 AM - 15 answers

how much does an ISP know?
Does your ISP know the sites you're going to and what you're doing there if you use a strong or open VPN? [more inside]
posted by Opengreen at 6:17 AM - 7 answers

August 18

Getting Podcast on my tablet, and Melissa Harris Perry Show
So I used to listen to podcasts all the time on my ipod. How can I do this on my google nexus. and, I can get Rachel maddox on podcast on sticher, but what about Melissa Harris Perry? how the heck can i get her show on podcast? thanks
posted by TRUELOTUS at 4:52 PM - 4 answers

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