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April 21

"Have you tried GTD?"

I have ADHD and my task managing is a mess right now. While I don't lack motivation or ability to prioritize, I have a terrible memory and poor sense of time. Help me figure out a process that lets me tackle my to-dos the most efficiently, and helps me remember to do them. [more inside]
posted by brook horse at 1:19 PM - 9 answers

April 20

Professional audio quality that is portable, affordable?

I am about to do a series of interviews where I need excellent audio quality in a highly portable format--preferably with stuff I already own. Will the following set up work? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 7:20 PM - 4 answers

Why can't I access all episodes in my TuneIn app?

I use Android. I paid for a premium version of TuneIn, the podcast app. Now I'm trying to access the first season of Coffee Break French and can't access anything but the most recent episodes. Is there a way to access *all* episodes? BeyondPod, which is free, does this with no problem, so I know that these episodes do exist. Is there something I'm missing in TuneIn?
posted by onecircleaday at 6:50 PM - 0 answers

iPhone Accessories for Car

Old car, new phone, clueless operator. Looking for product recommendations that suit my preferences. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing at 11:19 AM - 3 answers

pls identity a family GPS app that works between iPhone + Android?

Due to some irrational but very mutual worry habits, my husband and I are currently using the Life360 app to see where each other is throughout the day. However Life360 is proving to have limitations with iPhones. the android phone's location updates near-instantly, but the iPhone can take 15-60 minutes to show a new location, which as you might imagine only exacerbates the worry problem. Have any of you iPhone users found a GPS pairing app that works and updates properly, AND has an available Android version as well? Thanks!
posted by isaacq at 6:51 AM - 4 answers

April 19

Is there an index of public Google "My Maps"?

Is there a searchable Google Maps Gallery? I was able to find this page for exploring public "My Maps," but it doesn't have a search function. I'm sure there must be more user-created public Google maps than are accessible from that page. [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 4:25 PM - 1 answers

A small phone mystery

I just got a call from someone who claimed to have just received a missed call from my phone. I did not call the number, there is no record of my phone having dialed the number, and no one has access to my phone (it's passcode protected; I'm at work and no one knows my passcode). What is this?! [more inside]
posted by millipede at 1:11 PM - 13 answers

Switching Cell Carriers (Non-US Edition)

Changing cell phone providers in the US is clunky and manual. I've just learned that most countries handle it better (no surprise!) I'd like to hear more about folks' experiences with this outside of the US. [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:29 AM - 7 answers

looking for a way to play songs on a stereo from external hard drive?

Like many of you, I have my entire CD collection ripped to my PC, along with other music I've acquired through iTunes or Amazon MP3. Of course, this is much more music than will fit on a single iPhone/iPod or other media player. But, it can fit on a MyPassport external hard drive! Now, how can I play that music from my stereo? What I'm looking for is either a device or stereo receiver that can read MP3 files off an external USB hard drive - and isn't limited to, say, a 16GB size of the USB device. Do such devices exist? I do not want to rely on a computer/laptop needed to serve music to the stereo,
posted by citybuddha at 7:19 AM - 7 answers

April 17

iPad mini 1 in 2017

I've just been gifted a first-generation iPad mini. A cursory Google shows its no longer supported and may have problems running modern versions of apps. Is there anything cool / useful I can do with this? [more inside]
posted by ominous_paws at 10:50 AM - 15 answers

April 16

Ideas on how to troubleshoot a ceiling-hung speaker, 30 ft in the air

Our church's main speaker was working fine one Sunday and then didn't work at all the next one. We're thinking it could be a loose connection at the speaker but we aren't sure about the best way to get up there to look. It is unfortunately right below the podium stairs and so we'd need to build up a flat surface before setting up scaffolding. [more inside]
posted by hala mass at 4:05 PM - 14 answers

April 12

Should I do AncestryDNA?

I ordered my kit, but now I'm getting cold feet about sending my DNA out into the ether forever. Is this a good idea? What are the risks? I feel that the likelihood of misuse is low, but I still feel kind of vulnerable. I appreciate your insights.
posted by delight at 4:40 PM - 15 answers

April 11

My work Dell Latitude laptop thinks my speakers are headphones

I have it plugged into a Dell docking station and it believes that anything plugged into it are headphones. I suspect this is why vocals in music files all sound muffled regardless of what I use for playback. [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 10:25 AM - 4 answers

April 10

What are your tips for not losing your smartpen?

I recently got a Neo N2 smartpen. It seems like a great and useful thing. For decades I've thought of pens as things I can lose, and so, would lose them all the time. For obvious reasons, I'd rather not lose this one. Any tips for not losing your smartpen?
posted by ManInSuit at 6:59 AM - 7 answers

April 8

Surround Sound for Dummy (mostly music listening)

I know next to nothing about surround sound, but have purchased a couple of 5.1 remixes of my favorite albums over the years. Walk me through what I need to buy in order to hear these things. [more inside]
posted by ericthegardener at 11:08 AM - 6 answers

App that solves the traveling salesman problem?

I am looking for an app that takes in a set of street addresses and spits out a recommended route to visit all of them. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 8:10 AM - 3 answers

April 7

How do I revive a dead Parrot MKi 9200 without moving to Norway?

I have a Parrot MKi 9200 car kit so I can use my mobile phone hands free. The remote control isn't working and my first guess is that it needs a new battery. The RC is stuck to my dash with double-sided tape, and I can't figure out how to remove the top half so I can replace the battery. The user guide and Google haven't helped. Any hints?
posted by angiep at 10:21 AM - 3 answers

Electronics protection plans, are they worth it?

So I'm picking up a new, nice, set of headphones that I plan to use daily so they'll be subjected to some abuse. From personal experience, after about 2nd year something goes wrong no matter how careful I am. It seems like extended protection might be a good idea. Is it? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 8:54 AM - 8 answers

April 4

access rtsp stream via onvif-s client app

I have a camera that can outputs a rtsp stream, and an ios client app that can view an onvif-s camera. lets get them together! [more inside]
posted by slagerst at 11:42 AM - 0 answers

April 2

What is this old school kind of brushy font?

I know I used to see this font on the cover of, say, Boy Scouts manuals, or old books, etc. I feel like I should know what it is! But I can't remember. [more inside]
posted by cacophony at 8:52 PM - 3 answers

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