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May 16

Windows 10 Slow HDD Issue

I'm having some struggles with Windows 10 after it performed an update. Everything is slow and I can't access tools like chkdsk, or boot to Windows media via USB or DVD. [more inside]
posted by circular at 1:35 PM - 15 answers

May 15

AA battery eliminator

I got myself an older style bluetooth GPS receiver, to connect to my tablet in the car. The GPS puck runs on 2 AA batteries. Is there any way to make it run on USB instead? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 10:17 AM - 14 answers

May 13

Alternatives to MyFitnessPal? Maybe a recipe calculator instead?

I need to track carbs, protein and fat. We cook meals almost exclusively from whole natural foods and MyFitnessPal is beyond torture to use. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 10:57 AM - 12 answers

May 12

Any advice about my old beloved Honda?

As Honda aficionados know, when your car has a mechanical difficulty and the lights go on, you don't have to pay the dealer $75 to run a computer check; you can do it yourself -- you just have to close a circuit, the relevant lights on the dashboard will flash on and off a certain number of times, and then you can look up the resultant number in a table to figure out what's wrong. This isn't working and I'd appreciate further advice. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 9:58 PM - 10 answers

Sending SMS via computer

We text a lot at work and people are getting sore thumbs. They all have iphones and PCs with SIM-card receivers (plus twin cards that they use for data). I want them to be able to send, receive and respond to SMS on their computers, ideally with echoing on their phones so no information is lost between devices. Imessage or whatsapp etc aren't an option as the receiver may be on android or just as likely on a dumbphone. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM - 25 answers

What programming language should I learn?

I want to make little applications to help my father run his small business and I'd like to make some personal applications for me to have fun/play with. I don't know much about programming, am not super math-y, and I'm having difficulty deciding what to learn. [more inside]
posted by Stonkle at 8:51 AM - 15 answers

May 11

Macbook storage solutions

Just bought a Macbook Air without realizing it has half the storage space of my old laptop. Oops! What are my best options for storing the movies and tv shows that are taking up most of the room on my computer? [more inside]
posted by fox problems at 8:20 AM - 19 answers

May 10

Highest quality television service in Los Angeles?

If my wife and I wanted to watch first-run basic, 2nd tier and pay-cable shows in the highest quality possible, what service should we subscribe to? We're in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow at 5:33 PM - 6 answers

How close does a camera need to be to identify people in photos?

Is there a rule of thumb or formula by which I could figure out whether a camera with focal length F and resolution R at distance D would capture sufficient detail to identify people in images? [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 3:38 PM - 7 answers

May 8

Nvidia Shield - explain it to me like I can't understand

Still sorting out our IT/media as per this question. One response was to mention getting an Nvidia Shield. I had only really heard about it but wasn't quite sure just what it is and if we can use it. After looking around the web, I still don't quite understand how it works and if it will work for us. [more inside]
posted by Megami at 12:20 PM - 3 answers

May 7

Leaving Comcast in favor of AT&T/DirecTV?

Using Comcast (for home phone, TV and Internet) for some years but it's expensive. ATT bundled with the above three appears to give a big saving. What could possible go wrong? Your thoughts and advice needed please.
posted by lungtaworld at 12:30 PM - 11 answers

May 5

Lightning Port-to-Headphone Adapter for iPhone7plus is a complete fail.

I can no longer enjoy music through my high-end headphones because the adapter cuts in and out, advances tracks, stops the music altogether, decides it's time to play the audio from an episode of "The Wire" etc. Besides taking this up with Apple, I'd like to hear insight from the forum. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by captainsohler at 1:38 PM - 18 answers

May 4

Looking for a simple consumer CCTV solution - view Room A from Room B

I run a small 60-seat theatre, with a separate bar/lobby/reception area. I'd like a way to show a single camera feed of what's happening on stage, live (or with a minimal delay) to the television we have mounted in the lobby. This is not for security purposes, just to enhance our customer and front of house employee experience. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by adamk at 10:14 PM - 2 answers

Like Minority Report but..

I want to have a dashboard to show up on my tv when I wake up everyday. It includes a google calendar, weather for the day, and potentially a number I have inputted through any means (google sheet, e-mail). How can I do this for barely any money? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 2:21 PM - 8 answers

Kentucky Derby without a TV?

I'm hosting a Kentucky Derby party but I do not own a TV. Can I stream the race online? Better yet, is there a way to watch it through Roku? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 12:14 PM - 9 answers

Sources for curated good tweets

I miss reading the popular tweets on Pinboard's popular links page. They were current and either informative, hilarious or both. Where can I find another list of popular tweets that is current but curated? [more inside]
posted by soelo at 11:24 AM - 1 answers

May 3

Film Photos Online

What is the best current way to get photos from film to a website? I assume I can have them developed at Costco or a drugstore and have the photos posted online or on a CD, but will the resolution be large enough to use in modern web design? Should I use a more professional service like Moon Photo or Dark Room?
posted by kittensofthenight at 5:21 PM - 5 answers

May 2

greatcall actually pretty terrible

For my Mom's birthday in December, I got her the jitterbug smartphone for seniors. Now it turns out that they no longer have any international service, and this stupid thing won't work in Canada, despite the fact that when I bought it I asked several times, and was assured that it would. What is my best course of action here? [more inside]
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 1:05 PM - 9 answers

It was Wunderful while it lasted

I need a simple, collaborative to-do app to replace Wunderlist. [more inside]
posted by OrangeVelour at 10:31 AM - 24 answers

My First Website Build

I've just got my first freelance job redesigning and optimizing a WordPress site. What should I do first and what are all the elements that need to be considered? [more inside]
posted by CosmicSeeker42 at 9:48 AM - 5 answers

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