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Sometimes when someone goes to one of our older websites they get say yesterday’s image and wonder what’s up -- why does it look wrong. I explain that it “cached” and that they should refresh their browser or manually clear it. All’s fine – that works. They see the image that was loaded today. [more inside]
So I just ordered a new laptop, and I know I'm going to want to calibrate the display right off the bat. However, I know absolutely nothing about display calibration tools in 2017. What should I get? [more inside]
I use my iPhone to take close-up photos. When I swapped-out my old incandescent bulbs for LED bulbs, I started seeing light/dark bands (stripes) on the photos. How do I fix this problem? [more inside]
I would like to facilitate group chats/discussion for a group of people where comments would either be entirely anonymous or done via pseudonym. Ideally this would be phone-based. Can you please suggest an app? [more inside]
Do you like your telephoto lens for an iPhone 6+? I'm a little overwhelmed by the online choices and by the divergent opinions in the ratings. So I'm hoping for some tried and true or otherwise fairly solid recs here. [more inside]
Shortly after installing a Switch, I've started having audio problems with my TV across all HDMI devices. Is there a way to systematically troubleshoot this or is my TV finally done for? [more inside]
I'm taking a trip to Europe for a month (yay!!) which involves a lot of travel from place to place by bus and by plane. I'm looking for mid-range earbuds that won't break the bank (around $100 USD). Sound quality is more important to me than popularity. Beats and Bose are out, for their underwhelming sound quality and extortionist price points. More below the fold. [more inside]
I haven't paid attention for ages to my router and just discovered that I have an AirPort Express (version 6.37) connected to my Verizon router. Might someone know if I still need it or could I just use the Verizon router? I honestly forgot what the AirPort Express even does. Thanks! (MyMac runs OS Sierra 10.12.6).
The dream is to put a device in a secure fixed position, let it take images or whatever, and output accurate measurements of what it's seeing. [more inside]
I don't like earbuds that create a seal in your ear because it makes a thumping noise when I run, and I prefer to be able to hear *some* ambient noise when I use headphones. Is there a wireless headphone designed for physical activity (like running) that isn't an earbud? [more inside]
This week, my wife and I discovered that the 2010 Honda Odyssey that we bought in December has (female) composite inputs. Help us think of cool things we can do. [more inside]
If you google ISBN 9781550545265, you'll find that it appears associated with two different books. What is going on here? [more inside]
I'm overwhelmed by cell phone and plan options! Seeking something that is... Under-$20/month, no particular need for a smartphone or data service. In fact, just voice and text would probably be preferable. If it can take SIM cards and work outside the US, that could be useful - otherwise, a month-to-month plan would be best, since we'll probably be traveling in the near future.
I've got some Shit To Do in a house that is not mine and I like unwinding in the evening playing some simple video games on the Apple TV. I've been enjoying Alto's Adventure and Crossy Road. They are beautiful to look at and listen to, not that challenging to learn, have simple and brief turns where I can trade off with my partner, and don't use too much of my brain. I also liked Symmetrica and Osmos (for the iPad) for the same reason. I've liked What else would I like? [more inside]
Through code, I am looking to tell the motor what position to go to at a specific time (always one rotation direction, but stopping at different positions along the way) - what kind of motor do I need for that? [more inside]
What would cause not one, but two different 6xAA rechargeable battery packs used in a portable bluetooth speaker to charge on one occasion for 30 minutes before the speaker indicates the battery pack is fully charged (followed by only app. 45 minutes of playback before "low battery" indicator comes on, without being able to use on max. volume at all), while the next time, it reverts to normal behavior and charges for the expected 4 hours, followed by the usual 2 to 2.5 hours of playback, often on max. volume? [more inside]
I have a GalaxyS3. Lame as it is, this is probably the nicest phone I've ever had. After charging it the other day , I found it in Safe Mode. Can you help me get it out? [more inside]
Why do people text, and then let vast expanses of time go by before they reply? [more inside]
I bought a new router, which theoretically should be an improvement over my old one. How can I determine if it's actually better (worth the money)? Some details below, but I don't have model info on hand. [more inside]
Robot CART options for Deaf attendees at impending conference? [more inside]