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June 11

Are people really buying new, unlocked iPhones for $1000+ on eBay?

I have a new-in-box, factory unlocked iPhone 6s to sell. eBay shows that some of these phones sell for a ton of money. What's the deal with that, and if it's real, how can mine be one of those? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 10:19 AM - 6 answers

June 6

IoT toy for busy teacher/parent? Nabztag in 2016?

My sister didn't persevere through Lego Mindstorms NXT setup, so what kind of interactive, maybe internet-connected toy could I get her? [more inside]
posted by morganw at 9:34 AM - 4 answers

Culturally Inclusive Security Questions

I'm trying to come up with a list of online account security questions that are secure, memorable, and considerate of class & cultural differences [more inside]
posted by chara at 8:08 AM - 35 answers

June 5

How do I make a map like this?

I want to make a map that's a cross between Google Maps and Waze and Yelp. What software do I use? [more inside]
posted by CtrlAltD at 5:41 PM - 6 answers

Can I still plug a mouse into a laptop with broken USB ports?

My cheap Dell laptop has finally lost both of its regular USB ports. (Sooner or later you jerk either the laptop or the mouse, and the little plastic rectangle snaps off where the USB plug connects to the laptop.) If I buy a USB-to-HDMI adapter, could I plug my mouse into my laptop's HDMI port? Or if I go to a repair shop, will they be able to fix the USB ports?
posted by destinyland at 9:19 AM - 8 answers

June 4

Using iPod as free cell phone?

I'm in my late 30s and I've never owned a cell phone or text messaged in my life. I was gifted an iPod Touch for Christmas and (if possible) would like to know how to use this device to do these things. I'm poor, so free methods are best, although the drawbacks of the free methods would be good to know. And, ok, maybe there aren't free methods. [more inside]
posted by fucker at 2:11 PM - 12 answers

How to Netflix for my parents

Which device is the best for setting up Netflix for my parents? Their computers are PCs, and their TV does not support streaming on its own, so I'm looking for an external dedicated device. (I don't even own a TV myself so I really have no clue what's out there.) [more inside]
posted by nat at 1:49 PM - 29 answers

June 3

how realistic is it to use one home server for multiple applications?

I'm wanting to set up a home server that I can envision having multiple roles. Is that a realistic thing to attempt for your above-average technically informed user? [more inside]
posted by diode at 6:58 PM - 11 answers

Seeking a nonfiction book about how private resources become utilities

People who wanted water used to have to live near a well. Businesses that wanted to use electricity had to generate their own, so they had to be located near mills. I read a book about this. [more inside]
posted by bingo at 11:53 AM - 9 answers

June 2

Power on the Playa

What are my options for power while on the playa at Burning Man for 4-5 days? I don't want to buy or use a generator. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 3:07 PM - 17 answers

Notification of Movies / TV series availability on DVD/Bluray

Several years ago I found a website that accepted titles of movies and TV series that had not been issued on DVD and claimed to send you an email when they were. I input "Witchblade", with no expectations. (Surprise inside) [more inside]
posted by DBAPaul at 11:25 AM - 6 answers

June 1

The specific, gritty nuts and bolts of prepaid phones

My wife is writing a novel that includes a scene where a character buys and uses a prepaid cellphone. Neither of us has ever done that, and for the sake or realism, she'd like to know exactly what the steps involved are. [more inside]
posted by the phlegmatic king at 9:18 AM - 10 answers

May 31

What kind of generator do I want?

I'm looking for a generator that will power a landline phone and medical alert system during a power outage. [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear at 7:32 PM - 12 answers

When I email myself, iMessage converts the email to text--how to stop???

I sometimes send reminders and to-do items from my phone to my gmail account. To do this, I send texts from my phone's text app (currently iMessage) to my gmail address. This system has worked fine for years. But ever since I entered/updated my Apple ID in my phone's System Preferences a day ago, all my reminder emails have been converted into texts. (It happens that my gmail account is also my Apple ID.) Each email is converted to an iMessage and shows up within the iMessage app ONLY, so I have a long -running iMessage conversation consisting of nothing but texts to myself. This is useless. Help?? [more inside]
posted by lotf629 at 10:18 AM - 7 answers

Which has better aerodynamics--a TIE Fighter or an X-Wing Fighter?

(very) low level of discourse of Star Wars fansites = Metafilter [more inside]
posted by BadgerDoctor at 1:59 AM - 15 answers

May 30

Teeny tiny GPS?

My 7 1/2 year old just got glasses. Having been 8-year-olds with glasses ourselves, we know that some level of damage and loss is probably to be expected. We paid for the damage insurance plan, but that won't help if he loses them. What's our best option for a GPS-like device to help us (literally, if possible) keep tabs on them? [more inside]
posted by Mchelly at 6:30 PM - 23 answers

Help us strategize our phone situation in Europe!

Two American couples, in Europe for about a month, wondering how to optimize our cell phone coverage for the trip. What should we do in general, calling and datawise? And what is the best way for at least one person from each couple to have the best wikipedia/yelp/etc. access while we're out and about during the trip? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler at 11:37 AM - 6 answers

May 29

Best Webhosting for Adult Content?

Hi, I need to purchase some (cheap?) hosting for a small portfolio site for my camgirl/webcam model persona. I also need to host photos for my profiles on chat/clips sites. Is there a simple, easy, not shady, not expensive company you'd particularly recommend that is fine with adult content? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:01 PM - 7 answers

Genealogy Sites?

It's been a few years since this question has been asked, and I know things have changed since then. There's so much info out there on the various genealogy sites, and I'm not sure what to do. Right now I have free trials with MyHeritage and Geni, but apparently a relative has done a lot of research into a certain branch of my family on Ancestry.com. I'm looking for insight on which to pick in terms of price and usefulness, etc.
posted by trillian at 10:44 AM - 10 answers

May 27

My Twitter Account has booted me out, is asking for phone number - hope!

My Twitter account wanted a phone number to verify a new account, and when I entered it it told me "unsupported phone number". Also, the drop-down menu pops back to Canada when I've selected United States. Please hope me! [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:52 AM - 12 answers

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