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August 28

Do you use Paprika to organize recipes/plan meals? (New User Question)

I am trying to keep ALL my meal planning/grocery lists in Paprika. Is there a way to enter super basic meals or staple items so that in addition to being in my meal plan, it shows up on my grocery list? [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane at 5:46 PM - 5 answers

August 26

Where can I find someone to design a Slow Sand Filter?

Hi guys, I am building a slow sand filter to purify captured rainwater. I have advertised here and on reddit for an experienced engineer to design a filter for me. Where can I go to get more visibility for my request or what should I do to motivate interest in my project?
posted by metasluggo at 1:33 PM - 20 answers

Is there a home security camera that doesn't require an internet conn.?

This might be a tough one. I've looked and haven't been able to find what I'm looking for anywhere. All of the residential security camera systems I have found (whose video is viewable on cell phones and pc's) require an internet connection. But I don't need to view my camera while I'm offsite so, for privacy reasons, I'm looking for one that does not require an internet connection (and therefore it doesn't need to send our camera video to some company's server). [more inside]
posted by atm at 5:30 AM - 17 answers

August 25

How to watch the NFL without cable?

What is the legal, legit way to watch NFL games at my home? Difficulty factor: not tech savy. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 7:07 PM - 12 answers

Giant Neon Santa Claus Build

I have a dream: to build a recreation of this giant neon Santa Claus sign, but cheaply, using neon rope light. My building skills are limited to Legos and Ikea. Can someone steer me towards some basics that will help me achieve my dream? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 5:31 PM - 4 answers

Best (Free, Maybe?) Software for Computer-ish Voice?

I have a video in which I'd like to feature a computer-ish sounding voice. I don't want to spend a bunch of money on software, and anything online that allows you to download an mp3 looks sketchy to me. Anything that people have used? Text to speech is fine, or uploading an audio track to switch would be okay, too.
posted by xingcat at 11:46 AM - 10 answers

August 24

Less Battlestar Galactica, more Me.

I have speech software in my own voice that I want to use to help me narrate an audiobook I'm planning. But I don't have a good understanding of how to adjust the controls and adjust my voice so that it sounds less like a Cylon and more like me. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 7:33 PM - 4 answers

Can this Motorola Droid Maxx be saved?

My phone keeps spontaneously shutting down even when there's plenty of battery life left. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 11:57 AM - 8 answers

ebooks with no credit card and other snowflakes

I'm trying to help out a friend who recently lost all his books. His personal situation is such that he would benefit from a Kindle or other ebook reader, but there are complications including not having a credit card. [more inside]
posted by maurice at 9:26 AM - 15 answers

Laptop recommendation for a new freelance writer?

I just gave notice at my 9-5 advertising job (yay!) to try out the freelance life, but will soon be forfeiting my awesome Macbook pro to the company store (boo!). Therefore, I am in need of a new laptop, STAT. [more inside]
posted by straycatinthewildwest at 9:24 AM - 9 answers

August 23

Home plate icon to mean home on a device?

Do you know any examples of the "home plate" image being used as the "home" icon? [more inside]
posted by mediated self at 4:15 PM - 10 answers

Audio/Video Sync w/X1 Xfinity+Optical Audio

Looking for any advice on why audio is out of sync with my video when using a Samsung soundbar connected to the X1 box via optical audio. [more inside]
posted by kuanes at 3:21 PM - 3 answers

Why won't my iPad save passwords?

Whenever I want to open MeFi, access my bank accounts, open my mail, etc, I have to reenter my password. How do I fix this please?
posted by haikuku at 1:21 PM - 10 answers

If it weren't screwed on... cell phone edition

How do I not lose my phone? I like to keep my phone out constantly so I can take pictures and the like but I run the risk of losing it. [more inside]
posted by driedmango at 9:16 AM - 15 answers

Wireless earbud / earplug hybrid - do they exist?

I like to fall asleep listening to podcasts. I also like wearing earplugs so living in a noisy city doesn't wake me in the night. Can I do both with one magical set of headphones? [more inside]
posted by Acarpous at 3:41 AM - 12 answers

August 22

Can anyone help me identify & match this 10pin electrical connector?

Trying to DIY an extension to the electrical harness inside my exercise machine. If I can find a match for this 10-pin connector, that'd be ideal. [more inside]
posted by scrowdid at 12:22 PM - 12 answers

August 21

Digitizing 8mm home movies

I have some home movies from 1965-67 that I would like to have digitized. The film is Kodachrome Color Movie Film, 8mm. I'm pretty nervous about sending it off to be converted but there's no place that can do it locally. Can you recommend a reliable service?
posted by HotToddy at 7:15 PM - 8 answers

August 20

Google maps always gives suggestions from the wrong country

I live in Australia. When I start typing an address or landmark into my android phone on the google maps app, the top suggestions Google gives until my typing is complete are 99% NZ places, mostly from the parts of New Zealand I visit once a year or so. And then I often accidentally click on one instead of the correct address. It's driving me crazy. Has anyone seen this sort of behaviour before? How can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 6:12 PM - 5 answers

My games are gone, but I need a grieving process for Windows

Friday night the hard drive my Steam and Origin games were installed on died the death of the dreaded click. All is fixed, except for the Windows 10 uninstall programs menu. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise at 1:15 PM - 2 answers

Please help me choose between these two cameras!

I've been offered a free used camera. I have a choice of two: (1) a Panasonic Lumix LX7, or (2) a Panasonic Lumix ZS25 (sticker on front: 16x Optical Zoom, 32x Intelligent Zoom, Leica lens). I know nothing about cameras or photography, and I would like a camera that is easy to use. What are the main differences between these two cameras? What is each better for? Which one of these cameras should I chose, and what considerations should I be weighing? I have the two cameras here, so I can clarify anything in a follow-up. Thanks!
posted by ClaireBear at 11:16 AM - 9 answers

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