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June 26

I want my house to be alive with the sound of music

How can I get music from my computer to play all over my house? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles at 6:33 AM - 12 answers

June 25

Monochrome phone with text messages sorted by person?

Does there exist a monochrome phone (one whose display gets clearer the brighter the sun gets) which can/does organize texts by person and/or conversation? I'd also be hoping for that other standard feature of monochrome phones, which is a couple of weeks between recharges.
posted by clawsoon at 10:41 AM - 11 answers

June 24

Looking to replace a Nexus 4, overwhelmed by choices.

My Nexus 4 is getting a bit long in the tooth, looking for something similar but with updated specs. I've gone through the G1, G2, and Nexus 4, and would just hop right on up to the Nexus 5, but I get the feeling that options have opened up in the current + last gen of devices. My list of prioritized features inside. [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke at 7:45 PM - 22 answers

Home Technology Project for Kids

My nine year old has declared that he's interested in technology and wants to work on a project this summer. I'm not completely sure where this comes from, since his exposure to technology has mainly been netflix and mindcraft. I'd love to find a fun project we could work on together. [more inside]
posted by TheShadowKnows at 1:52 PM - 20 answers

Start recording at Bang

I want to start a few seconds video recording prompted by a gun blast. Plan is to attach a USB camera to a spotting scope and have my Mac start recording a few seconds of video the moment a shot is fired. The start and stop of the Video recording can be done with Automator ad/or Apple script. I am looking for an app or hardware solution to prompt the recording. It could be an application that starts a script once a sound exceeds a certain level. Perhaps even better a motion sensor that will sense the shock in the rifle stock. Thanks for your help. Rogier
posted by Mac-Expert at 1:04 PM - 8 answers

Make me a Salesforce Ninja

My new job uses Salesforce.com and competition to uncover the good stuff, even from the semi-discarded "Shark Tank" leads and contacts. Teach me your tricks for sorting leads and contacts to find potential sales. What are the best filters to add when creating views to screen out junk? What are the best ways to make sure that if an old lead starts to come back from the dead (say, with fresh Pardot activity) that I get there first? I am ready to learn, sensei. Show me the way.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:07 AM - 4 answers

Prepaid SIM at Reagan National (AT&T)

Looking for a pre-paid AT&T SIM card at Reagan National [more inside]
posted by defcom1 at 6:45 AM - 3 answers

June 23

What are the best resources to learn political communications skills?

I am starting a job doing social justice organizing and I will be doing a substantial amount of communications work, including drafting emails, updating website content, designing newsletters and flyers, and using social media (twitter and facebook). What are the best resources to improve my skills in these areas? [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford at 3:15 PM - 2 answers

Most engaging Android smartphone games?

I love Plants vs. Zombies 2. LOVE. But I've finished it, and I need a new game to play on my Android smartphone. What should it be? [more inside]
posted by purpleclover at 3:11 PM - 19 answers

How do I delete custom lists in excel?

How do I delete multiple (several thousand) custom lists in excel all at once? I can delete them individually, but if I did that I would end up wasting a ton of time. [more inside]
posted by lucy.jakobs at 1:17 PM - 2 answers

June 22

Taking pictures should be a snap

My camera, which is a Kodak EasyShare C183 and which I've had since Christmas 2011, is malfunctioning. Whenever I turn it on, it turns itself off within a few seconds. It's indicating that it's a battery issue, but it isn't actually a battery issue because I put new ones in when it first started happening and it didn't help. Is there anything I can do to fix it? Alternatively, is there any way I can have it repaired for less than what it would cost to buy a new camera?
posted by orange swan at 11:17 AM - 4 answers

Please help me sort out using Dropbox to organise my photos

I am trying to figure out the best way to use dropbox to store and organise photos from various devices for various uses. Detail over the fold. [more inside]
posted by Megami at 2:23 AM - 10 answers

June 21

cable modem to wireless router troubleshooting

I've got a Arris SB6141 cable modem. When I hardline into it, I get over 100 Mbps down and about 20 Mbps up. When I connect it to a Linksys N-Ultra WRT160N broadband router, I get 0.5 Mbps down and 12 (?!) Mbps up. What gives, and how can I get more speed through my router?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 5:23 PM - 9 answers

SMS from USA --> Singapore?

I need to know if I used the correct format for sending an international text (SMS) from USA on an iPhone 5s with service by Ting (MVNO for Sprint) to Singapore. Details within... [more inside]
posted by bluecore at 2:56 PM - 5 answers

Best Windows PC-compatible, wearable sleep tracker?

Best Windows PC-compatible, wearable sleep tracker? [more inside]
posted by vers at 8:32 AM - 9 answers

June 20

Attractive laptop/phone/table charging station solution desired

I'm sick of the mess of usb and power cables all over my living room and specifically on the side table next to my spot on the couch. What solutions have you come up with to deal with the ugliness of an abundance of frequently used electronics that you want to have handy that passes a reasonable adult living room decor bar? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 2:48 PM - 4 answers

June 19

Is there a way to force an app to stay open/active on Apple Watch?

I like my Apple Watch so far. But the #1 reason I got it was to take it with me on long bike rides so I could see speed/distance/time at a glance. To my chagrin, after a short time out the cycling app quits, so when I glance down I see the watch face. And because I'm riding I can't swipe around to get back to the app. Surely there's a way to fix this? Or is the OS design that foolish?
posted by AgentRocket at 6:26 AM - 3 answers

June 18

Windows 7- cmd.exe locks up computer

For a while now, whenever I (or any program) tries to use cmd.exe, it will cause my computer to slow down to a crawl and partially freeze (the mouse still works). What could be causing this and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by dilaudid at 10:11 PM - 2 answers

June 17

How to put together a security system for a mobile equipment trailer.

For a friend: I have a large covered trailer I use to haul around thousands of dollars worth of lawn care equipment for my landscaping business. I (and other locals in my line of work) have had equipment stolen from me, sometimes right in the middle of the day while working on a job. Recently, some expensive equipment has been stolen out of my equipment trailer. I work alone, and so I can't just have someone hang around the truck to guard it. And so now I turn to technology. [more inside]
posted by Poppa Bear at 10:12 AM - 9 answers

Help me remember this Y2K-era piece of technology!

Around 1999-2001 (maybe earlier or later) my grandfather ordered a "PC". It wasn't a computer in the traditional sense, but basically an Internet terminal. [more inside]
posted by GreatValhalla at 7:16 AM - 19 answers

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