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April 19

Get off of my cloud! (or at least stop downloading to my iPhone)

Why do things (television episodes) I purchased years ago via iTunes keep popping up on my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by aviatrix at 10:22 PM - 2 answers

Switching carriers with iPhone 5 from Tmobile?

I want to use my old Tmobile iPhone 5 on Verizon. Is it really true that this isn't possible? [more inside]
posted by three_red_balloons at 12:23 PM - 7 answers

April 17

Word2010Filter: Auto Update Footer with Date, Time, and Filename

I'm trying to do this for version control of documents that are edited by multiple users. Both electronic and hard copies are used, and we are losing track of hard copies which currently have no filename, time, or date. I need documents to automatically populate with this information when the user saves and closes the document. Not when they print, but when they save and close. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday at 1:59 PM - 9 answers

Adaptable Peripatetic Inquisitor

What is the origin of the term API (Application Programming Interface)? Who coined it? What terms did it compete with?
posted by michaelh at 11:06 AM - 5 answers

April 16

What is the difference between gain and volume?

Like in a standard thingamabob such as the DJ-s use, for example. There is usually a volume knob and a gain knob. There is an absolutely clear audible difference between turning up gain and turning up volume. They are not the same at all. But what exactly is happening in the amplifier when I use one or the other? What do each of these things actually do?
posted by Pyrogenesis at 10:47 PM - 12 answers

Cheap Notebook Recommendations

I'm looking to buy a very cheap notebook for simple use around the home. Ideal Price Range is between $150-200. Requirements/Nice-to-have's below. [more inside]
posted by Twain Device at 6:54 AM - 7 answers

April 15

how can I repair small OD copper tubing

We recently purchased a low capacity instant-on water heater for a small building we put up last summer. We left it pressurized during a freeze and had a blowout on the copper tubing. How can I get this repaired? [more inside]
posted by diode at 1:32 PM - 9 answers

April 14

Garmin GPS Waypoint Drama

Is there some awesome software to help import finicky .shp files onto a Garmin 62st? [more inside]
posted by Drosera at 4:25 PM - 7 answers

How much gravitational force does the Death Star exert?

What would happen if Darth Vader parked his Death Star in our neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole at 2:42 PM - 13 answers

Little sister is watching you: roll-your-own/smart home security

So, last night we apparently interrupted some burglars. The police were pretty negative about traditional home security systems (which we didn't have anyway), and I'm interested in either a DIY system or a modern digital system. Googling turns up a lot of things that appear to be not ready for prime time (e.g. Canary). But surely there are Mefites with good suggestions. Help? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet at 12:18 PM - 18 answers

Combine cable and verizon mifi internet with a single modem?

I have comcast cable internet (Bandwidth A). For work I also always carry around a verizon mifi jetpack and good good service at home too (Bandwidth B). Is there a way to combine these to sources with a common router to essentially have Bandwidth A+B? Thanks in advance for help!
posted by mtstover at 10:26 AM - 5 answers

Catch-all email forwarding

I'd like to forward anything@mydomain to one address. This should be easy, shouldn't it? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll at 10:18 AM - 3 answers

Can you find this Southwest Airlines commercial online?

I'm recalling a TV commercial where a wealthy businessman is walking through an airport, talking on his cellphone. He indicates his tremendous wealth by saying into the phone something like "Ten million dollars, twenty million dollars, what's the difference?" Then he walks up to Brand X Airlines's ticket counter and asks to buy a ticket somewhere. They say it'll be like $3,000, he's stunned, says nevermind and walks over to the Southwest counter to buy a ticket for much cheaper. It was probably on the air between 10 and 20 years ago.
posted by Dec One at 7:25 AM - 0 answers

What would make tiny electronics repair more comfortable?

My husband likes to take electronics apart and put them back together (cameras, smart phones etc.). Right now his setup is ridiculous: he works (mostly) over a big tupperware container to catch the screws that fall into it, unless they fall on the floor, and he holds the flashlight on his iPhone with one hand while trying to wrestle tiny screws into place with the other hand. There has to be a better way; this looks painful. what can i buy him to improve his setup (lights, magnifiers, other things i haven't thought about)? What do you use in your efficient and effective home repair shops?
posted by andreapandrea at 6:08 AM - 27 answers

April 13

We were promised jet packs....or at least, car phones...

My subaru impreza 2012 Bluetooth system + iPhone 6 do a great job together to provide me with seamless music and GPS, but I want more. Please explain my best options for being able to make calls with normal amounts of background noise. [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity at 8:42 PM - 3 answers

How to make a call that originates in different province?

I would like to make a call that appears to originate in Halifax. I'm in BC. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 6:34 PM - 2 answers

Best Multi-Line Phone System for 6 Employee Office To Route Calls

What phone system should I use for a small office (6 employees) that would direct callers to the appropriate department or employee and allow us to transfer calls internally? Open to digital options (grasshopper, ring central) or traditional providers (at&t, charter). [more inside]
posted by mprove at 4:23 PM - 3 answers

Where should I start setting up a scheduling website?

I have a friend who has inherited the job of coordinating some organized play lines at a local gaming convention. He needs something to help get everyone pointed in the same direction and schedules put together without needing to do it all on paper. I have slightly more web experience and access to either WordPress or Joomla host. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 1:15 PM - 2 answers

April 12

I don't know what I don't know and that concerns me greatly

I'm suddenly in charge of IT and I need a crash course on preparing Windows images. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater at 7:50 PM - 9 answers

it probably won't make my head explode. (scanners!)

the neat desk scanner or the fujitsu scansnap ix500? [more inside]
posted by koroshiya at 7:33 PM - 8 answers

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