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December 13

Connect cell phone to car stereo through usb port

I have a car with a factory stereo which has both an aux jack and a usb input, but no bluetooth. Is there a commercially available device which would connect to an android cell phone via bluetooth and the car stereo via the usb port? My objective is to use the car stereo as the phone speaker. I do not need to stream music from the phone to the stereo. I know there are aux jack devices, but they require periodic recharging. A usb device should be able to operate indefinitely off usb 5V power
posted by grahahw at 12:54 PM - 4 answers

December 11

A speech recongition program that can convert audio files to text?

One that can convert an audio file to text (not looking for dictation to text). Preferably free.
posted by atinna at 1:47 PM - 7 answers

Should I Retract my DMCA Complaint?

An organization who used one of my copyrighted images wants me to retract the DMCA complaint I filed with YouTube. The offending video has been removed and YouTube placed their account on some kind of hold/probation for 6 months? Should I retract my complaint? [more inside]
posted by paulcole at 10:09 AM - 27 answers

December 10

How well do dime-sized TV antennas (like the ones Aereo used) work?

Just out of curiosity, does anyone know why no one sells a dime-sized TV antenna like the kind Aereo used in its datacenters? Or does anyone know where I might buy some? Or.. how well they work? (I assume they work since plenty of people bought Aereo's service and were happy with it... until it got shut down.) [more inside]
posted by lostguy at 4:59 PM - 16 answers

December 9

How do I vocals in GarageBand?

I want to record vocals in GarageBand for iPad. Please recommend a microphone and any other necessary gear I might need. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 6:57 PM - 5 answers

Did I lose all my data on my iPhone during iOS upgrade?

I plugged my iPhone in to my computer and it says you need to upgrade your software. So the phone was updating to iOS 8.1.1 and it errored out. It says upgrading failed, you need to restore to factory setting and you will lose all the data. So I tried to upgrade again and it failed again. I took it to the geniuses at the apple store and they said there is no hope of recovering my data. Does the hive mind know of a way??
posted by crawltopslow at 8:54 AM - 7 answers

Browser apps on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 installed but missing from list

This is the dumbest thing and I can't believe I'm wasting a question on this. Help me get a browser shortcut on my Note 3. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 8:41 AM - 12 answers

December 8

Can I slave a Drobo to a Bluray player to a TV screen?

Seems like a pretty easy to navigate digital video solution: Drobo with digital video files, USB to Bluray player, HDMI to TV. Can you suggest a specific model Bluray player that will accommodate this use? I REALLY need to shift my DVD collection to some kind of HDD-based (I think?) system, but ease of navigation and simplicity of set-up is very important to me. If I am barking up the wrong tree, please suggest a more appropriate solution.
posted by Exchequer at 8:09 PM - 7 answers

What replacement power cord do I need?

I have a Koss HG857 stereo (1, 2) with an amazingly corroded power... wall plug part (?) on the power cord. Anyway, what is the name/type of this power cord? The end that plugs into the stereo doesn't match any of the cords I've been able to find. [more inside]
posted by SMPA at 7:25 PM - 7 answers

What tools for combining multiple frames into single non-panoramic image

I would like to take multiple photographs, or video frames, and combine them in different ways. An example of this would be to take many frames of a monument on a busy day, and then generate a picture of the monument with no people by taking the empty spaces from different frames. Or to simulate a long exposure by averaging multiple frames taken over time. [more inside]
posted by Nothing at 12:14 PM - 6 answers

What's the easiest way to spy on my cats?

Is there a cheaper and easier set-up for spying on my cats than setting up something like Simplicam or Dropcam? [more inside]
posted by infinitywaltz at 8:24 AM - 10 answers

December 6

Academic microfilm access and personal-use copies

What are the guidelines, etiquette, and available technical mechanisms for copying microfilm records for offsite use, generally speaking? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 3:55 PM - 12 answers

Software for a funerary photo/video slideshow

What are the best Windows 7 applications for making a respectful slideshow for a funeral? I'm thinking there will be mostly pictures, but some video may be included as well. For now I'm thinking I won't be including music in the slideshow, but I'd still like to hear about software with music functionality as well.
posted by MustardTent at 8:16 AM - 5 answers

December 5

Calling all aerial videographers

Seeking a flying machine for less than $100 that can lift an iPhone. Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by bigtex at 11:32 PM - 9 answers

Teach my A/V receiver not to care if the TV's on

I have an Onkyo HT-R290 A/V receiver which receives HDMI inputs and passes them on to a Philips 47PFL7403D TV. The sound pops in and out when the power state of the TV changes, and I'd rather it not. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop at 7:13 PM - 4 answers

December 4

Converting podcasts to mp3 songs in Itunes 12

I subscribe to the KEXP song of the day. It's got great stuff. I used to be able to right click on the podcast and say "Convert to AAC" and then just change the type to music. Now...not so much. What's the trick to turning podcasts into songs these days?
posted by rileyray3000 at 12:04 PM - 6 answers

December 3

SMS Recovery

How do I recover deleted text messages from my phone without rooting it? [more inside]
posted by halp at 9:04 PM - 4 answers

HELP ME UNLOCK THE MYSTERIES OF THE PAST

I am having trouble accessing a password-protected word processing file created 23 years ago. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 7:36 AM - 4 answers

Excel formula: Letter to Number (and vice versa)

I'm working on a formula (not a macro) to convert a Letter (in this case, a column letter) to a Number, and vice versa. So: A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, Z = 26, AA = 27, AB = 28, AC = 29, ZZ = 702, AAA = 703, AAB = 704, AAC = 705, BAA = 1379, etc... Of my three part formula(s), I have the one-letter and two-letter columns working, but I run into issues with the three-letter columns (AAA and beyond). [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 at 7:33 AM - 12 answers

Turing Machines and (Gothic) Horror

I am interested in any writings connecting (Universal) Turing Machines and horror. The idea of computers being able to imitate the behaviour of anything speaks to me of the monsters and doppelgängers from the Gothic tradition onwards. Know any writings on this? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 4:44 AM - 8 answers

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