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September 18

How do you add special effects to a video?

Hi, I have the IMovie app and it works nice to piece together video clips to make a larger video. It does slow motion and has some sound effects, but I want to have more visual effects. I'm looking for fast motion and fun things, like maybe twinkling stars or pretty much anything. Do you know how I can add those to IMovie? Or would I have to get a completely different video app. Hopefully I can just get an app that will allow me to add on to the IMovie app. Thanks in advance!
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 9:38 AM - 3 answers

September 16

Pick up an iPhone SE now or hold out for a (potential) SE2?

I'm currently getting by with a 4S, but TMobile has dropped support; I now get 2G speeds at best for data, and cell coverage is spotty now, too. I am not a heavy phone user, so I could limp along and make it work for a little while -- I mostly need text/email/music functions -- but since a refresh seems unlikely to happen until at least Spring 2018, am I frustrating myself needlessly? Obviously, I keep phones forever, so being as futureproof as possible is an important consideration.
posted by halation at 12:03 PM - 11 answers

Add a Contact Yahoo Mail Android

I can't find any way to create a new yahoo contact by capturing an email address from a received email using only my android phone and the yahoo mail android app. Am I missing something or is this functionality missing?
posted by grahahw at 9:57 AM - 1 answers

September 15

Tech solution needed:

I work in a mixed Apple/Android/PC environment. I use a stylus to take notes on my work iPad with Penultimate and on my personal Galaxy Note 4 with S-Pen. I also make notes on paper or by emailing myself when I'm at my desk. As you can imagine my notes are a mess and I need a way to organize this. Help me come up with a seamless (probably cloud-based) notes workflow. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 12:45 PM - 4 answers

Getting started with DIY electrical

I am trying to improvement my DIY electrical skills. I have replaced a few plugs and switches as long as the wires are a obvious match to the new fixture. But to complete my project of updating all the plugs, switches, and added fan timer switches in the house. I need to improve my understanding of wiring. I signed up for a adult continuing education class for electrical but they canceled it due to low enrollment. Youtube videos are helpful but I have some wiring in my house that is not standard due the house being built in 1976. So, I need to learn to use a voltmeters to identify the correct wires in some fixtures. I have some handy co-workers but everyone is too busy to impose on them every time I run into a odd setup. I need recommendations for books, classes, etc... I am even pay someone for one on one instruction.
posted by KaizenSoze at 8:53 AM - 10 answers

How to manage a accounts/passwords with no clear owner

I work in a medium sized business (let's say around 100 people). This business has a set of random accounts ranging from their Instagram profile to paid online subscriptions that have no clear owner for them and it causes problems. If people leave or on holiday, there's a panic about how to access the account. Passwords are stored on random emails on random people's inboxes. I have volunteered to take ownership of this issue although this does not mean I should be the owner of these accounts either (but I could be if I deem it to be the best approach). How do we approach this in a flexible, secure way? Details and caveats inside: [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 4:16 AM - 13 answers

September 14

Getting a video off an Android phone with difficulties

My mom is on the other side of the country and has a video on her phone that I need. I'd like to get it in the full resolution, not have the resolution be truncated the way emailing sometimes can. I have a google drive but, my mom is not very experienced with her phone and doesn't know how to do this. And I don't have an Android. What's the easiest way to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by bleep at 7:36 PM - 24 answers

iPhone repair question

iPhone 6 was completely soaked (in the rain outside at a concert) - we dried it out, but didn't do the silica, and it was on when the damage happened and left on / used. Now, it randomly powers off, the power button on the right no longer works (so when it powers off, it has to be plugged in to get it back on). Is this fixable, or should we look at another phone? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl at 11:57 AM - 7 answers

How do you listen to music?

Ever since Spotify and Google Play became the way to listen to music, I have stopped listening to music because it feels like too much work (aka I don't understand the new way of picking songs and I don't want to spend my whole dinner party scrolling through my phone). Can you help me figure out how to put on some good music without a lot of fuss? I used to listen to music all the time and now it seems too hard. Because I am old? or because it is just complicated now? help! [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea at 9:52 AM - 35 answers

September 13

Graduate student printer that is not a Brother

I need a printer that prints double sided automatically. Primarily for black and white articles, but occasional color for craft projects. I am extremely sick of the Brother printer I have and do not want another one. [more inside]
posted by brook horse at 2:59 PM - 13 answers

September 12

Converting to a totally virtual office - how phone?

The small company I work for is getting ready to convert from having a physical office to having the few of us who work there work from home instead. But, how do we manage the phone? [more inside]
posted by quince at 2:16 PM - 5 answers

Is there a way to have Adobe Audition auto-create tracks from CSV?

Doing some scratch recording for a video game tomorrow. We have a spreadsheet with all our dialog demarcated by role, level name etc. and then an "ID" column that looks like "DIALOGUE_SUPERJOE_WAREHOUSE_299_01". Is there a way to hand Audition a CSV or similar of those ID's and have it auto-create tracks with those names or do I have to manually name each track by hand?
posted by GilloD at 12:28 PM - 2 answers

Trimming the bits

Ladies: what is your favourite electric trimmer for your private parts? [more inside]
posted by orange and yellow at 10:47 AM - 6 answers

September 11

How boned is my desktop PC?

I did a very stupid thing and basically shorted some pins on a SATA power connector while my desktop PC was on and running. There was a spark and a pop and it hasn't turned on since. [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw at 3:51 PM - 9 answers

September 9

What headphones should replace my Skullcandy Aviators?

I'm looking for a set of headphones that come close to the sound produced by my Skullcandy Aviators: richest in the mids and highs, particularly the highs, ample but not overdone bass. [more inside]
posted by jwhite1979 at 5:15 AM - 6 answers

September 6

Data upload from Garmin Forerunner 310xt through Android

Anyone know how to configure a Samsung Galaxy S8 so as to upload files through ANT+ from a 310xt to Garmin Connect/Strava? [more inside]
posted by disconnect at 12:57 PM - 1 answers

External monitor brightness control

External monitor: can I force its brightness to actual zero without powering it off? (That is, without losing its window positions?) [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 6:33 AM - 8 answers

September 5

Does this explanation of a website malware fix make sense?

Our website had the problem where if you search for it on Google, the results description on the Google search results page referred to Cialis and Viagra links. Clicking on these results takes you successfully to our website, and no Cialis or Viagra junk is visible on the actual site. The problem was only visible from the Google search results page. Can someone tell me if this explanation of the problem and solution makes any sense. (It seems to me that this description is certainly describing a problem, but I'm not sure it's related to the symptoms above.) [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy at 7:18 AM - 7 answers

September 4

Headset with mic MacBook Pro (2016) — preferably using headphone jack

Hiya. I'm looking to buy a comfortable headset with mic to use with a MacBook Pro. Ideally these would connect to the headphone output and just work, but I'm confused about requirements. [more inside]
posted by nthdegx at 2:07 AM - 4 answers

September 3

Why does only tile see my phone?

I lost my phone at IKEA yesterday. Find my iPhone says it's been offline since the moment I realized, but the tile app keeps saying it sees it every ~15 minutes. Huh? What could this mean? Is there any hope? [more inside]
posted by mosst at 5:54 AM - 11 answers

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