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February 13

Prepaid plan for 64GB iPhone 6?

I'm currently with Verizon, but my contract is up this May, and this Wirecutter article has me convinced that a prepaid plan would be most cost-efficient given my usage. (I rarely talk, mostly use Signal for text messages, and consistently stay under 2GB of data usage.) The problem I'm running into is finding a prepaid carrier who accepts my device, a 64GB iPhone 6. [more inside]
posted by zebra at 9:11 AM - 12 answers

US 220V Wifi Switch

Does anyone make a >>>US<<< 220V wifi switch/receptacle? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 5:44 AM - 9 answers

February 12

Does fb scan gmail?

Yesterday I got news of a relative's death via email (gmail). A few hours later I saw a "sponsored post" in fb for a church in a nearby town, and that posting mentioned grief counseling. Coincidence or not? [more inside]
posted by 2 cats in the yard at 10:07 AM - 15 answers

February 11

How do I get ready to play video games with my kid?

My kid is very young (almost 3) but in the next couple of years he's going to start playing video games and I want to be a part of that. However, the last video game I played was Sonic the Hedgehog in the mid-90s. [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 5:10 PM - 19 answers

February 8

How to charge and monitor 12V sealed/gel lead acid batteries?

I used to have a cheap battery charger which would supply a selectable 2, 4, or 6 Amps into a 12 V lead-acid battery and then automatically shut off once it decided the battery was charged. Somehow, I misplaced this charger and am looking for a more feature-ful replacement. [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup at 6:49 PM - 6 answers

My bedroom doorway is a nearly complete barrier to my wifi network. Why?

If I walk around my house carrying my laptop and running over and over, my download speed is between 180 and 225 Mbps. I get the lower speeds when standing in the limestone shower, and the higher speeds almost everywhere else. But when I walk into my bedroom, the speed drops to 1.3, 1.1, if I'm lucky, 2.0 Mbps (yes, two). And inside the bedroom it's the same low speed. The speed drops almost the instant when I step into the doorway, meaning the door is open. WTF? [more inside]
posted by Capri at 12:43 AM - 18 answers

February 7

When did the coating for glasses that reflects green become common?

When did the coating for glasses that reflects green become available? I believe it's an anti-reflective coating. TO BE CLEAR: I'm not asking when anti-reflective coatings were invented. I'm specifically asking about the coating that causes a green reflection when light hits it. What is it, and when did it become available for prescription glasses? I'm asking because I often spot that green reflection on glasses while watching a period piece TV series, and it immediately seems out of place. [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 10:08 PM - 20 answers

iPhone upgrade question--should I go with the 6 or 7?

I am currently using an iPhone 5S through Verizon. It's about 2 years old now and is paid off, and the battery life has been getting shorter and shorter. I am really used to it, and I don't want to get something that's substantially different. I have played around with a Samsung Galaxy S7 and did not like it at all. [more inside]
posted by Slinga at 9:44 PM - 17 answers

Recommendation needed for basic motion activated alarm

I am looking for a simple security alarm, but not sure it exists. Searching Amazon has proved challenging. I want a battery operated motion detecting alarm that can I mount low on a wall near an outside door. I want to be able to turn it on at night, turn it off in the morning. I want it to beep or make a noise when our dog passes by it. I do not want a siren that sounds continuously until shut off. Maybe something similar to what shops use, where a beep goes off when a customer walks by the sensor in a store entrance? I need it to ship to Canada. [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine at 9:18 AM - 3 answers

February 6

Am I ruining my headphones?

I listen to podcasts [sped up] on my commute and at the gym. After going through two sets of headphones in eight months, am I doing it wrong? [more inside]
posted by basalganglia at 6:56 PM - 21 answers

What is the best all-round digital audio recorder for under $200?

I'm looking for a digital audio recorder for recording interviews, podcasts, musical performances, and video soundtracks. Broadcast quality (or near), sturdy, portable, stereo, external line in. On a budget (around $200 max, preferably less). Would be grateful for recommendations or advice. Thanks!
posted by kitfreeman at 11:04 AM - 12 answers

Looking for an ergonomic mouse

I've bought the both Anker and Shark vertical mice, and both have not worked. Both mice skip - inconsistently - which is maddening. There are plenty of ergonomic mice out there at a higher price point, but very few vertical mice. Unless I'm missing something? [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday at 9:12 AM - 13 answers

February 5

Bizarre audio loop on US-to-overseas phone call. Evidence of recording?

Executive summary: on a couple of telephone calls I made today from a US landline to an in-country cell phone number overseas, the person I was talking to cut out about a minute into the conversation. After a few seconds of silence, about 15 seconds of her previous conversation repeated on a loop, more than once. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by Creosote at 12:51 PM - 7 answers

February 4

Tasker and Pebble Time

I bought a Pebble Time Round hoping to use it to view results from a smartphone app on my watch. Only to learn that apparently the Pebble only works with Pebble Apps and not necessarily pre-existing Play Store apps. Shoot! However, I've heard of possible workaround solutions using Tasker and PebbleTasker, but it seems a little overwhelming. Can you help me figure out how to make this work? [more inside]
posted by Malleable at 3:21 PM - 3 answers

February 2

is there a service like Slack or IRC that is as private as Signal?

if you were a group of private individuals who wanted a discussion tool that was as easy to use Slack, but was as secure as Signal, what would you use? [more inside]
posted by bl1nk at 8:24 PM - 15 answers

When I write the book - Software Development Edition

Let’s say you are managing a Widget System project that is in the O&M phase. Let’s assume it’s waterfall SDLC and Widget System periodically goes through bug-fix and enhancement releases. What is the best way to manage the system design and requirements documentation? [more inside]
posted by seesom at 12:45 PM - 3 answers

My screen cracked. 6S or 7?

After nearly 10 years of having iPhones, I finally broke a screen. It seems to work okay, but still bugs me. If the phone were newer, I'd have it fixed, but ... [more inside]
posted by uberchet at 12:06 PM - 20 answers

February 1

Amazon Prime cancellation: will I get a refund?

My Amazon Prime subscription auto-renewed a few weeks ago, which means I was charged for a full year. I don't want it anymore. If I cancel it now, will I be refunded any of the year's membership cost?
posted by Mechitar at 7:05 PM - 6 answers

Need this situation to have good optics (literally)

I am a doctor (but, of course, not your doctor). I'm in a situation where I need to use a piece of magnification equipment in an operating room, but the hospital has relocated all these particular pieces of equipment (colposcopes, if you're curious) to a different out-patient facility. I'd really like to find a an inexpensive and portable alternative. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 5:00 PM - 15 answers

Software to Split Long Videos into Shorter Clips & Export Automatically

Is there any software (whether for PC, Mac, iOS or otherwise) that allows the user to import a long video, split it up into user-defined sections, name those segments, and auto-export them in bulk as individual clip files with their given name? [more inside]
posted by purefusion at 4:56 PM - 7 answers

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