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July 9

Better Kindle paperwhite book management

Is there any way to better manage books on a Kindle Paperwhite than jailbreaking the device? Or is jailbreaking reversible, or not that device-altering? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:20 PM - 7 answers

Recommend me a Linux gaming laptop

I'm in the market for a new laptop, and I'm leaning towards something with enough GPU to play some nice games, like Civ 6 or Stellaris or XCom2 or Rocket League and other random games, but still supported well under Linux. What laptops and brands should I look at for reliable support? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin at 8:56 PM - 9 answers

How to Export Emails from Outlook Office 365

I will be changing email accounts and I would like to save my emails that I have on Office 365. How do I export these emails? thanks!
posted by TRUELOTUS at 6:39 PM - 3 answers

July 8

Receiver for our home theater is dying. What do I replace it with?

The receiver for the Home Theater In a Box system we bought several years ago is starting to glitch regularly. I just want to keep the speakers and replace the receiver with something small and simple, but I'm having trouble finding something that isn't 5" tall and $400+. [more inside]
posted by KGMoney at 5:06 PM - 8 answers

Vintage Stereo Amplifier Capacitors

I am trying to determine 1) Where to buy capacitors to replace the blown capacitors in my vintage Sansui AU-4400 stereo amplifier, 2) How to find modern day (or deadstock? is deadstock a thing with capacitors? don't laugh!) capacitors that are comparable and appropriate to the original capacitors I am replacing? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 1:49 PM - 9 answers

July 7

Habit Tracking App - vacation suspend

Last year, I did very well establishing and tracking habits on HabitBull in my iPhone but now I need a new habit tracker for Android. [more inside]
posted by Squeak Attack at 9:11 PM - 3 answers

July 5

Use wired ports when adding second wifi router?

I want to use a second wifi router in my house to improve coverage (because the first wifi router -- also our Internet gateway -- is at one end of the house). Can I have the wired ports on the second device live, getting DHCP addresses from the first router? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 7:33 PM - 12 answers

July 4

Projector or TV for static image viewing sessions lasting up to 4 hours

My wife paints high end figurative and portraiture paintings and will use digital images to help capture "tricky spots". It is not uncommon for her to work with the same image for hours at a time, without any adjustments. She has graduated from 11 X 17 prints, to her computer screen, and now we use an older 40" LED HDTV with an HDMI cable. [more inside]
posted by lobstah at 12:29 PM - 8 answers

July 3

Is it possible to use neural networks to estimate numerical data?

I'm using a large and complicated set of equations to predict numerical data. Could this job be done instead by a neural network trained on the whole data set of input data and predicted data? [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 3:32 PM - 6 answers

What was the technology the Smithsonian used for audio tours in 1980s?

As a child of Northern Virginia in the mid- to late- 1980s, I recall from many class and family trips to the Smithsonian the image of people carrying long white sticks with a telephone-like receiver on one end for audio tours. There were signs (with the symbol of the white stick) around the exhibits indicating where one could listen to audio about that exhibit. I think they were wireless, but I don't trust my flawed human memory. What was this technology? How did it work?
posted by mrbeefy at 7:23 AM - 5 answers

July 2

Blocking calls from private numbers on iPhone (Provider - EE)

My girlfriend receives fairly regular anonymous calls - if answered, the caller breathes heavily and sometimes says her name. She's trying to block these, but somehow it seems that it's impossible to block all calls from withheld numbers on iPhone (Apple advised her to contact her phone provider), and when she did contact EE, she was told that her only option were to change provider or change number. [more inside]
posted by piato at 1:14 PM - 3 answers

June 30

iPad Pro 10.5 inch vs 12.9 inch?

I want to buy an iPad Pro, but I'm torn between the 10.5 inch and 12.9 inch versions. If you've used one or better yet both -- is the extra screen real estate of the 12.9 inch worth the extra weight / possible awkwardness to hold? More specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by st elmo's fire at 11:46 AM - 11 answers

June 29

Legit ways to unlock an older flip phone?

I recently found a Motorola WX416 flip phone seemingly locked to Canada's Chatr Wireless that I'd like to use with another carrier - is there a non-sketchy way to unlock it? The strict legality does not concern me (I can't imagine anyone cares at this point), but I'd like to avoid giving money to any of the scammy-looking "unlock my phone" sites out there.
posted by ryanshepard at 4:40 AM - 2 answers

June 28

Stuck in Tracfone hell

I'm trying to re-activate an older-model Android phone that had been briefly lost (but subsequently found). I'm running into one stumbling block after another. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 at 7:16 AM - 13 answers

June 27

Can someone recommend a good solution for ModX migration to Wordpress

Hi all, I've inherited a fairly horrible done site full kinks and NO ONE likes ModX, it's really a horrible CMS and not user friendly unless you got developer chops. That said, how easy are ModX to Wordpress migrations? I saw some cost around $1500 but unsure who is really proven in this space. Thanks
posted by bostonhill at 7:22 PM - 0 answers

Recover iPhone Messages from Mac?

My iPhone has been having issues and just deleted my message history. However, I still have all of them on the Messages program on my Macbook. Is there a way to transfer them back to the phone? [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine at 4:23 PM - 2 answers

What is the "Google Accounts Team"?

So I forgot my password to my Gmail account, and so I had to go through this process to recover it. Then I got a pass code to enter, and then another screen where I had to explain why my Gmail account belonged to me (something like that I forget). So I typed the reason "I forgot my password", and then it said a response will be sent back within 1-3 hours, and then they sent me another pass code to type a new password. I didn't know there was so much security for an unpaid Gmail account. Is the Google Accounts Team a group of actual people unlocking and analyzing Gmail accounts, or are these computers or bots programmed to monitor your email accounts? It's strange I had to type a reason to unlock my account.
posted by pieceofcake at 3:04 PM - 5 answers

Best platform for an interactive walkthrough?

I want to create an interactive walk-through of my college's admission processing steps for internal use. What's the best platform? And can you point to examples of this being done exceptionally well? [more inside]
posted by Caxton1476 at 2:50 PM - 4 answers

Program or application to create randomized lists of assets?

I'm helping some family members divide property following a death. Is there a program I could use to generate randomized groupings of assets with each grouping having equal value? [more inside]
posted by Mid at 10:52 AM - 6 answers

Smartphones and Hospitals

Can anyone provide links to news stories reporting any negative impacts experienced as a result of the use of smartphones (by either medical staff or patients/families) in a hospital/medical setting?
posted by joelhunt at 5:34 AM - 3 answers

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