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May 14

Javascript is the new assembly language -- why not the JS VM?

There has been a rash of new languages (CoffeeScript, TypeScript, Dart) targeting JavaScript as their backend for running in a browser. My question is--why target JavaScript and not the JavaScript VM? [more inside]
posted by zanni at 5:40 PM - 18 answers

Multi-channel playback from an iPad?

I'm helping a friend with an art installation that calls for 4-6 channels of spoken word audio, with speakers spread throughout the room. I could certainly drive this from a computer with an appropriate audio interface, but it would be nice to have a portable setup for the artist so I don't have to be there with a computer running a DAW to drive it. Is there such a thing as a 4-6 channel (output) interface for the iPad? I've seen plenty of 4-in/2-out options, but nothing with more than stereo output.
posted by zachlipton at 4:08 PM - 2 answers

iPhone 6 - where do you keep it?

I have an iPhone 6 with the Incipio NGP case, and for the life of me I can't figure out where to put it so it doesn't drive me crazy. Also, I can barely feel it vibrate. [more inside]
posted by Questolicious at 10:06 AM - 10 answers

How do I make my Galaxy S5 distraction-free?

I recently got my first smartphone - the Galaxy S5 - and having the web and email on my phone is way too distracting. I want to make my phone distraction-free (inspired by the distraction-free iPhone). Basically I want to stop myself from constantly checking my email and surfing the on my phone, but retain the ability to use email and the web if I really need them when I'm out. Any ideas on how to make my Galaxy S5 distraction free? [more inside]
posted by catquas at 5:12 AM - 6 answers

May 13

Non-working radiator fan in 96' Accord.

Are a non-working radiator fan and non-working AC system related? I'll list more in depth what I've checked so far below. [more inside]
posted by mr.coffee at 4:41 PM - 8 answers

Photo hosting and printing for 3rd parties, without my involvement?

I took photos at an event, and I want people to be able to order prints, but without involving me. Bonus points for a site that will allow for additional watermarking if a 3rd party wants it. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 4:14 PM - 2 answers

May 12

Internet safety for the elementary school set?

How do I protect my small from teh pr0n? [more inside]
posted by pleasant_confusion at 9:47 PM - 10 answers

Cheap and "good enough" projector for backyard?

I would love to find an LCD projector for occasional outdoor use (one movie a week in the summer). I am on a tight budget and wonder what people would recommend.All I really care/need is... [more inside]
posted by The Hyacinth Girl at 10:42 AM - 5 answers

May 11

iMac (older) to iMac (new) transfer

Best way to wire a 2009 (w/ OS X Yosemite 10.10.3) iMac to a brand stinkin' new iMac for file transfer/migration? [more inside]
posted by jeffmac at 7:39 PM - 11 answers

Movies at 60 Hz , how they do that?

My new Sony flatscreen TV seems to have developed the superpower to show movies at 60 frames per second. But since I always thought that the movies were filmed at 24fps, it has me wondering: Are the in-between frames being GENERATED by the TV? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 7:13 PM - 8 answers

It's another project management software question.

I work for a (currently) very small research center, and we need to manage the rotating herd of undergrad and grad research assistants, which means we need project management software. We're looking for some snowflakes and unicorns... [more inside]
posted by joycehealy at 11:37 AM - 3 answers

Multi-pin connector with insertion detection

Calling local EEs: I'm looking for a small multi-pin (4 pin minimum) electronic connector with an integrated insertion detection switch. The switch should be isolated from the 4 active pins (unlike, for example, most audio connectors).
posted by Behemoth at 8:13 AM - 7 answers

May 8

Help me buy a good mobile phone

I'm trying to buy a mobile phone that is unlocked. I want to avoid getting it from the big stores in Toronto, and I am looking online for a good option. I am really not that tech-savvy, and if I had to choose between Android and iPhone, I'd go with whichever has a better deal. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 at 10:05 PM - 9 answers

Calculating the probability of a scenario that might happen by chance

I have to validate some input for a database, and I want to present the user with a mathematically accurate estimate of the percentage of data that they entered which may be invalid. The problem is that valid data looks like invalid data 10% of the time. [more inside]
posted by zixyer at 10:37 AM - 12 answers

May 7

DVD ripping software for fast, easy backup.

Somewhere, hidden among thorny brambles, lies software to save my kid's DVDs from being loved to death. Help me find it! [more inside]
posted by Jilder at 6:43 PM - 16 answers

NPR Election Party Analogue for 2015 UK Elections

Is there an equivalent to NPR's Election Party that I could keep an eye on while the UK returns cone in tonight? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 11:35 AM - 3 answers

iPad setup for Grandma and Grandpa

I want to send and iPad to my grandparents for FaceTime and email. They are not tech savvy, and I want to make this as easy for them to use as possible. They don't have internet access, so I will be adding them to my family AT&T plan. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by domo at 8:14 AM - 10 answers

Resource Management Software? Help, please.

Thanks in advance for your assistance. I'm looking to find a resource management software that will help me keep track of which of my 150-170 facilities are in use right now, and which will be in use in the coming days. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Seeba at 8:03 AM - 2 answers

May 6

Is it possible to pause an ATT account and transfer the phone number?

My company offers to cover our phone bill, however I'm currently on my family's plan. I've been grandfathered into unlimited data and I don't want to lose that. Is it possible to put my individual ATT account on hold, while leaving the rest of the family plan active, and still keep the same number either on an ATT individual account or another service provider?
posted by jsmith78 at 11:11 PM - 7 answers

DIY cell repeater/booster, or recommended forums/vendors.

I need a repeater, and tend to not trust integrated units. I'm perfectly comfy with soldering and assembling an ├╝ber-repeater by sourcing the various parts ala a handbuilt PC. I just don't know what to buy! [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke at 10:59 PM - 3 answers

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