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March 10

Garage door opener remote's operating distance abruptly very short?

My mother-in-law's garage door opener abruptly stopped responding to the remote control a few weeks ago. But it appears it didn't stop responding entirely—it'll still open/close if you press the button...from about one foot away from the receiver. We installed a new unit, no joy. What gives? What are our options? [more inside]
posted by cortex at 2:58 PM - 20 answers

How to get at least slightly better at web design / design work?

I am a software person getting asked to do a lot of design work in a temporary position, which I am HORRIBLE at. Please help me make things of which I'm at least slightly proud. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar at 1:37 PM - 10 answers

Facebook : Am I going completely mental or….?

Hi guys I have a question about something that’s mildly (a lot) freaking me out. But it may be nothing. Or it is something. So I’m hoping your techy expertise may help! [more inside]
posted by mrmulliner at 1:24 PM - 12 answers

iPhone camera app that doesn't put pictures in the photo library

I am looking for an iPhone camera app that doesn't automatically put pictures into my photo library. I would like it put the pictures I take with the app into its own storage where I can view and retrieve them. I would like to be able to get them out of this app (into my iPhone photo library, onto my Mac, sent via e-mail) later, at my discretion. [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust at 7:04 AM - 8 answers

Can I set certain apps to use data while connected to wifi?

The wifi network at my work blocks traffic from certain apps, namely Whatsapp and some games. Is there any way I can set these apps to use mobile data, even when the phone is connected to a wifi network? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin at 1:51 AM - 4 answers

March 9

Recommended guides and tips for summit/conference planning?

For the first time i am leading planning for a summit/conference type event. While this size event is small, I am new to this and of course want it to go as well as possible - what how-to guides, event planning document templates, articles, books etc. would you recommend? If you have tips from your own experience, they are much appreciated too! [more inside]
posted by zresearch at 8:33 AM - 7 answers

Why did my phone do this and should I be paranoid?

My phone just took off on it's own and now I am a bit flipped out........ [more inside]
posted by haikuku at 5:23 AM - 12 answers

March 8

Can you spoof a phone number so you receive calls meant for someone else

I know that it is relatively trivial these days to spoof caller id to make it look as though you are calling from a different phone number. But I'm wondering if there is a way to spoof a phone number so that you will receive phone calls or texts meant for someone else. I'm not asking because I want to engage in illegal behavior - I just want to know if this is technically possible and if it is something that happens with any kind of regularlity.
posted by to sir with millipedes at 7:08 AM - 8 answers

March 7

When two or more feature requests were solved with a single solution

Share stories about software or physical products, when multiple problems or multiple feature requests were solved with a single solution rather than merely implementing the requested features .verbatim [more inside]
posted by purefusion at 2:04 PM - 4 answers

can i hear you now

What's a good 36-38" TV that does 1080p and doesn't spy on you? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 12:15 PM - 10 answers

Why does Android keep forgetting permissions?

I have a Moto G4 running Android Marshmallow, and every couple of months it will forget the permissions for most of the apps. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by inner_frustration at 12:11 PM - 2 answers

Online Line Graph Tool Needed

I need to create a line graph for work. The left side should be numbered 1 through 15. The bottom would have fifteen names on it. There would be three lines tracking people's performance in three metrics. This doesn't seem like it should be that hard, but I keep coming across tools that are either too limited to allow fifteen names or three lines or are more complex than I need and require a learning curve that is too steep for this simple project. What should I use?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:39 AM - 5 answers

Free up storage on iphone?

I have an iPhone 6S with 16 gigs of storage and an iCloud account with 200 gigs of storage. I have a bunch of pictures stored on the cloud, over 60 gigs. My phone constantly has the 'storage almost full' alert. This happens no matter what I delete. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 5:35 AM - 12 answers

I want to build general-purpose robots in the future. What to study now?

Granting the premise—however (un)realistic—that general-purpose robots will begin to enter the industrial and consumer realms within 20-30 years, what career path should I go down today in order to be able to help bring them about, and to continue working on them into the future? [more inside]
posted by pableaux at 5:06 AM - 8 answers

March 5

What kind of watch is this with two number lines for hours and mins?

This watch just came up on an auction site that I follow and I want to learn more about this style. [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 at 10:06 AM - 7 answers

How do I receive automatic updates from a Facebook group by email?

I am currently looking for an apartment in a large city and am using a Facebook group called Gypsy Housing to identify potential leads. I'd like to receive an email update when certain keywords appear in the Gypsy Housing ads much in the same way one can program If This Then That (IFTTT) to send you Craigslist listings that match a particular criteria you've set up. Is this possible to do for Facebook groups as well? Has anybody constructed something that does something like this of which I’m possibly not aware? [more inside]
posted by caudal at 7:59 AM - 2 answers

March 4

Best caching behavior for various streaming sticks (Roku, Fire, etc.)

We have a fairly fast wireless network but our house generates a lot of interference from various systems. Without changing our router, what TV streaming device has the best caching system to cope with intermittent wireless slowness? E.g. I want to watch a movie on Amazon Prime, which systems will fetch and cache as much as possible on the device itself, so playing does not freeze the moment there is packet loss? Currently we have an older model Roku and are considering upgrading. Mostly we watch Plex or Amazon Prime. If this is all mediated at the app level and the device itself gets no say in caching, that would be useful to know.
posted by benzenedream at 5:48 PM - 7 answers

March 3

Samsung S7 no DTMF tones

I have a Samsung S7 which is rapidly becoming useless since I cannot send any DTMF tones, meaning I cannot choose an option when I call any company helpline. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by bergnotburg at 7:38 AM - 7 answers

March 2

iPhone 5 app for tracking sleep/awake hours?

At some point I will be doing a sleep study, meantime I would like to track my pattern of ... I'm not sure insomnia is the right word. Sleep disorder perhaps. I cannot fall asleep; and, yes, I really have worked all the recommended hacks for getting to sleep, including working with MDs and therapists. Please trust me on that. What I need at the moment is an app, or a way to re-purpose an app, to track the hours I am awake/asleep. How long I am awake, and if I sleep, how long do I sleep? [more inside]
posted by alwayson_slightlyoff at 8:53 PM - 11 answers

What is the purpose of a "leave this site now" button on a website?

In the header of the PFLAG website, there is a very prominent link with the text "leave this site now" that takes you to Google. Why is it there? I've never seen something like this before and I wonder if it has some sort of accessibility purpose?
posted by loquacious crouton at 6:43 PM - 4 answers

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