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October 16

Give me quiet! Bluetooth Noise isolating headphones/headset needed

Do you own headphones with these qualities? Tell me the specs! Please help me find wireless noise isolating headphones in the $50-$150 range. I will only pay near the upper end if there's a sufficient warranty and they isolate EXTREMELY well! I want these for using at home to study and relax. Extremely snowflakey details inside: [more inside]
posted by bibliophilia at 11:11 AM - 9 answers

Help me understand the societal implications of fusion power

Putting aside the question of whether or not we will actually have fusion power soon, does anyone have any science fiction or essays to help me understand the implications of fusion power? [more inside]
posted by jragon at 8:18 AM - 29 answers

Cloud based options for a small business currently using Lotus Approach?

How can I help a small academy get its Lotus Approach database into the cloud along with all of their other data? [more inside]
posted by jpziller at 5:22 AM - 1 answers

October 15

Best Format for Mobile Emergency Phone List

I'd like to distribute an emergency phone list with numbers that are clickable on a smartphone. [more inside]
posted by beyond_pink at 4:44 PM - 6 answers

Cocktail arcade-type games for iOS designed for 2 player tabletop?

I am looking for games for iOS that are played 2-player at the same time, with the phone flat on a table, one person on each side playing against each other. I don't know what to call this so it's hard to search for more (I think of them like 80's arcade cocktail machines). So far the only ones I've found are OLO (a hybrid of shuffleboard and air hockey), TEN (same company, it's like mega tic-tac-toe) and some checkers/chess games. Are there others? What is this style of game design called?
posted by mathowie at 9:30 AM - 14 answers

October 14

Rugged Apple-style earbuds

The volume button on my iPhone earbuds just stopped working. Arg. I'd like to replace them with something more rugged. [more inside]
posted by cnanderson at 6:10 PM - 8 answers

iPhoto library backup

i'm having trouble opening an iPhoto library without restoring my photos. i don't want to overwrite anything in my library, but want to be able to view something in a different library on my external HD. [more inside]
posted by sabh at 4:40 PM - 4 answers

I need to photograph flooring samples. DIY light tent?

The company I work for wants to take pictures of flooring samples (artificial surfaces that look almost identical to wood). They want 4-5 boards roughly 4 ft x 8 in laid flat and then photographed. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 3:27 PM - 3 answers

I need to be able to plug something in…and walk around with it

I have something electrical that plugs into the wall outlet that I'd like to carry around with me and I'd like to know what my options are. I am an electrical dummy. [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 11:35 AM - 19 answers

imessage - my sister is a former apple owner

My sister had an iphone and now has an Android. I have an iphone and an ipad. I can send her a message from my phone. The message is green. Messages on the ipad are blue and don't go through. Her other apple friends can text her. [more inside]
posted by egk at 8:39 AM - 18 answers

I'm looking for a book or movie that will teach me how railroads work

If one reads The Hunt For Red October one comes out of it knowing a lot about how submarines work. Watch Apollo 13 and you learn about mission control and spacecraft. What's the equivalent for the railroads? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 7:03 AM - 16 answers

October 13

Update: Still no car stereos with knobs?

So the tape player in my wife's '99 Corolla is dying, meaning we can't listen to Ipods through it. This is bad. We've finally come to the conclusion that we need to replace the stereo entirely with one that has an aux in. The problem is: They're all stupid. Tiny buttons and flashing lights everywhere. A bunch of stupid shit that is actively dangerous to use while driving. Any advice on anything better? [more inside]
posted by stet at 8:45 AM - 16 answers

October 12

Is this mixing board good for a home recording studio?

We have been gifted what I think is a very nice mixing board. I'm wondering if it's a good fit for a home recording studio, or if it's too much. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 12:42 PM - 7 answers

October 11

What's the most official means of finding a DNS whois history?

This is a question about the integrity of DNS records in terms of historical accuracy. A friend of mine is an investigative journalist who's doing a critical reexamination of the Facebook origin story has come across something that doesn't quite make sense and he doesn't have the technical expertise to parse its meaning or lack thereof. [more inside]
posted by Partario at 12:45 PM - 4 answers

Tooth and Nail

My new phone's Bluetooth insists on automatically turning itself on without any authorization or configuration. Should I be concerned about vulnerability? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 1:30 AM - 5 answers

October 10

New magazine issue notifications

I'd like a service that notifies me when a new issue of a magazine of choice comes out. Is there such a service that explicitly provides such a service or an existing solution that can be configured to provide such a service? Ideally, this wouldn't mean subscribing to the magazine, just merely a notification that a new issue from the magazine is available.
posted by nathanm at 11:54 PM - 3 answers

Dropped my iPhone in the water. How best to save it?

Well technically *I* didn't drop my iPhone 5c in the water, my 3 year old son did while playing games on the potty. It was probably in the water for 10 seconds, in an Otterbox Defender case. I took the case off, powered it off (could see water under the screen at this point), and put it in a bag of rice. No warranty, no Applecare; what can I do to maximize the chances of saving the phone?
posted by KathrynT at 4:59 PM - 24 answers

Best earphones I can buy right now

What is the best pair of in-ear headphones money can buy? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 3:52 PM - 13 answers

Using high-wattage Euro electrical goods in the US

I am moving to California from Europe and have a houseful of electrical items rated for 220V, 50Hz. Lamps with incandescent bulbs and things with wall-warts AFAIK just need plug adaptors (I think?). Kettles, toasters, hairdryers, clock radios etc will probably get ditched. The problem is a few expensive, high-wattage items: fancy steam iron with integrated boiler (2200W) - vacuum cleaner (ditto) - coffee machine (1450W) - laser printer (a mere 660W). Is there any way to use these in the US short of buying 4 enormous step-up transformers? [more inside]
posted by ogorki at 3:19 PM - 12 answers

Why are emails to me being opened in Tokyo?

A friend of mine uses the SIDEKICK app (through g-mail ) to let her know when and where her outgoing g-mails get opened. She has told me that in the last few days all her emails to me (I have Yahoo, she has G-mail) show they were opened multiple times in Tokyo Japan. I changed my yahoo password immediately, but she continued to see my emails were being opened in Tokyo even after i changed my password. [more inside]
posted by Lylo at 8:26 AM - 10 answers

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