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September 11

Moving around and renaming a massively linked Excel folder
At work I have the responsibility for an Excel-based model, which is a nested series of workbooks and folders with many links to each other. We need to be able to rename the master folder, move the folder about, and keep all links still linked to the enclosing folder. [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda at 3:33 AM - 15 answers

September 10

Ghost in my iPhone 5?
iPhone was working this morning without incident. This afternoon, with headphones in, my phone is randomly turning down the volume, all the way down to mute sometimes. The issue is slightly better, but not completely, when I take off my Mophie case. Neither of my volume buttons seem to be broken. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 3:42 PM - 7 answers

Is it acceptable to use a smart phone in a public talk?
I went to a talk by a well-known author yesterday in an auditorium. The lights were somewhat dimmed, but definitely not dark. The person in front of me spent about half of the talk live-tweeting bits from the talk. The lights were sufficiently dim that the (5-6") cell phone of the person in front of me was quite distracting to me, since it shined directly at me (the user actually turned the phone away from them a bit, which I wonder was due to the brightness of the screen.). However, I am somewhat more sensitive to bright light than other people. Has smart phone usage reached sufficient social acceptance to allow usage in a non-darkened auditorium? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum at 6:52 AM - 33 answers

Can I make my old iPhone 4s work for my mom?
I am an iPhone 4s user who has been holding out for the newest model. Yay, it's almost here! Now that I have a release date I'm wondering what to do with my old phone. I could sell it to Gazelle, but a more appealing option is giving it to my mom. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl at 6:44 AM - 19 answers

is this a good use case for a gamma distribution?
I want to generate synthetic user-session data to predict how big a peak in application usage might be shortly before a weekly deadline (for timesheet submission - it's a time and labour tracking application). I've come up with a method that looks like it works - it involves a gamma distribution for the login time. But I don't have enough (in fact, any) statistical training to know whether I'm using that distribution meaningfully. Statisticians, please reassure me. Thanks! Excel functions inside... [more inside]
posted by rd45 at 4:49 AM - 3 answers

Seeking android music app which will sort podcasts
I want something that will separate podcast tracks into a separate playlist, and then sort that playlist by ‘album’. Does this app exist? I am _not_ looking for a specific podcast app for downloading/subscribing, just something to sort & order existing items. [more inside]
posted by AFII at 1:40 AM - 2 answers

September 9

Seeking productivity tool that enforces realistic time management
Here's what I'm looking for: a dead simple goals/tasks tracking app that allows me to set and log hours spent on activities per week, after the fact. Can do web-based, Android, or iPad. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 12:03 PM - 5 answers

Attachment issues
I hate my new android cellphone. Please help me work out how not to hate it so much. I am coming off a multi-year iPhone habit and everything just feels like the biggest pain in the ass. Teach me how to stop worrying and learn to love the 'droid. [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 3:36 AM - 18 answers

September 8

Publish many Google Spreadsheets at once?
Is there a way to tell Google Drive to use the "publish to the web" option--but not for a single spreadsheet, but rather for an entire folder full of 450 spreadsheets? [more inside]
posted by johngoren at 6:13 PM - 0 answers

Agricultural UAV's and crop analysis
I'm interested in learning more about precision farming and the use of drones / UAV's in crop analysis. I've done plenty of online research but I'm hoping to benefit from the experience of the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by juva at 1:42 PM - 3 answers

Because we all need another gadget.
I'm looking for an awesome bluetooth headset/handset/gadget. It should play well with an up to date android tablet. Do you know of a bluetooth device cooler than the Sony SBH-52? [more inside]
posted by nobeagle at 11:57 AM - 3 answers

September 7

Multi-touch Scale?
Is there such thing as a scale that can weigh multiple items at once (as in, display their individual weights)? [more inside]
posted by stinkfoot at 5:52 PM - 8 answers

Can I make phone calls from my android phone using a google voice app?
I used to use talkatone to make calls from any android device for free, through google voice. Google voice shut down support for that through talkatone back in may 2014. Now I found a similar App but it makes you watch advertisements to get tokens to make "free" calls. Does anyone know an app that actually works, for free, on android? Thanks.
posted by crawltopslow at 12:50 PM - 3 answers

September 6

What is it about old radio broadcasts that makes them so distinctive?
What is it about the audio in old radio or TV broadcasts that makes them identifiable as "old"? [more inside]
posted by fermion at 11:53 AM - 4 answers

How do I sell my unlimited data plan without getting burned?
I have a Verizon unlimited data plan. I would like to get a new Verizon line, port my number to it, and sell the unlimited line. How do I ensure this goes smoothly? Where should I sell the line? [more inside]
posted by momus_window at 9:38 AM - 3 answers

September 5

Am I going to regret buying a used iPhone 4?
My current Android phone is dying, and I've had bad luck with other Android phones. Money is real tight right now, but I'm thinking about buying this used Apple iPhone 4 for $95. Will I regret the purchase? [more inside]
posted by akk2014 at 6:36 PM - 25 answers

Services that Scan and OCR documents into Excel or Word formats?
Service that will receive documents by mail and scan and OCR the documents for me [more inside]
posted by iNfo.Pump at 6:27 PM - 3 answers

BONG! BingBingBong!
T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy 5 phone repeatedly torments me with a loud series of 4-tones. When it plays from the beginning, it's something like C - ABC, where the first note is a quarter, eighth pause, then three eighth-notes (I'm no musician, so I might have the notes wrong, but that's vaguely it). [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom at 1:03 PM - 9 answers

Need estimate of square footage of home
One floor home, square, need to figure square footage. 51 foot long x 29.5 foot wide. Just need an estimate, putting ad in paper to sell and it is to be moved off the property.
posted by just asking at 12:32 PM - 5 answers

3 D or not 3 D. That is my question.
I am thinking of buying my husband a 3-D printer for Christmas/Birthday but I know very little about them. I am wondering if it is "too early" to buy one. Do those in the know think they will improve dramatically or decrease in price dramatically so that it make sense to wait? If it does seem like a reasonable purchase, are there ones that stand out for value? (I've attempted to research but I feel like I am out of my element.)
posted by beccaj at 7:04 AM - 11 answers

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