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July 11

Guidelines for social media posts for activist group?

I lead an activist group. (The name is in my profile.) A twenty-something guy is interested in handling our social media, which has been nearly nil for about a year. For now, this would be Facebook, but possibly more later. He asked for guidelines, and I'm not sure what to tell him. Do you have any advice? He is already active on Facebook.
posted by NotLost at 8:05 PM - 6 answers

Visualize the 1990s

I had a program over 20 years ago which let you choose different colors of noise, oscillation speeds?, and a bunch of "wave pattern" visualizations. Help me find it or something very like it? Mac compatible preferred, but I'll figure it out if that's impossible. [more inside]
posted by zinful at 3:36 PM - 7 answers

Anyone remember the story of discovering the Lost Forum for An Old Game?

A company ships a product. Hidden deep in supporting material for the product is a link to a functioning forum. Company ships game, time passes, everyone kind of forgets about game but the forum keeps ticking along. Years later, someone involved with the initial game discovers that the forum has hosted a robust (rp'ing?) community for many years. [more inside]
posted by jeb at 1:34 PM - 3 answers

July 10

Zoom with text and picture in same window?

Does anyone know of an add on for Zoom that will let you show your face and a document in the same window? [more inside]
posted by eleanna at 9:14 PM - 9 answers

How to use Microsoft MyAnalytics for basic work metrics?

My workplace uses the Microsoft Office suite, including MyAnalytics, which provides insights into your productivity and focus. It tells me some mildly interesting things, but the only two things I actually really want to know from it are - 1) How many hours a day, week and month do I spend working? And 2) at what times of day, on average? [more inside]
posted by Weng at 5:08 PM - 4 answers

Respond as regular Facebook or Facebook Page?

If a person has a Facebook account and then creates a secondary Facebook Page, what are the Facebook rules for how they can respond on Facebook pages or accounts? Example inside! [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:31 AM - 3 answers

Help Me With A Harvest Please

I'm trying to harvest email addresses from a folder of emails. Is there an easy way? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy at 8:12 AM - 9 answers

July 9

Affordable Linux-ready ultrabooks or tablet-convertibles?

I'm looking for recommendations for affordable but durable and hard working linux-ready ultrabooks and/or tablet convertibles without the "Windows Tax". [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 5:53 PM - 10 answers

Coronavirus and HL7 2.5.1

My research lab is working on providing COVID19 testing; the state, while providing alternative ways to report the results, prefers us to be able to generate HL7 2.5.1 messages. However, HL7 is a deep and complicate subject, and all the examples I can find for COVID health reports are implemented in FHIR. Does anyone have advice on the fastest way to learn what I need to know to do this? I'm hoping to use this Python library, since I program in Python the most.
posted by foxfirefey at 2:40 PM - 3 answers

Best 2-in-1 computer for drawing?

Seeking recommendations for a 2-in-one computer that can handle draw programs like Photoshop and Krita well, or at least well enough for my purposes. [more inside]
posted by Armed Only With Hubris at 1:23 PM - 13 answers

What’s this Dragon’s Ascent and how do you beat it?

There’s a new “non-gambling” skill game called Dragon’s Ascent. It pays money and is popular in bars. It pays money, is there a way to get good at it? How is it legal? I called a distributor to buy it for home but apparently you can’t. Is there a ROM or some emulator to get good at it? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 12:14 PM - 11 answers

Please help me find a Meeting Reminder Generator

I would like to include a meeting reminder in a confirmation email and add a variety of reminder styles (a la GoToMeeting’s "Add to Calendar: Outlook® Calendar | Google Calendar™ | iCal®“ and would have sworn that I had run across a generator website like that a few years ago. Do you know of a site where I could generate links for one meeting in a variety of reminder styles?
posted by meindee at 8:20 AM - 1 answers

July 8

Linux in the time of coronavirus

Is Linux all one needs these days for video conferencing and online learning? [more inside]
posted by bertran at 4:31 PM - 17 answers

Best Content Review/Approval Platform?

Besides Ziflow, what content review platform do you really like? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 2:34 PM - 4 answers

Importing/Exporting .imscc format: How To

The .imscc format is used by Blackboard, Schoology, and Canvas to import and export courses. Tragically, a course created in Canvas does not work in Blackboard or Schoology, and a course created in Blackboard does not work in Canvas... you get the idea. The information just doesn't seem to port over correctly. Does anyone have any experience, or better still, success with getting courses to work across these different platforms? How do you do it? I'd be happy to pay for someone to help me figure out the technical side, but I'm not even sure what I should be asking for.
posted by Alex Haist at 3:42 AM - 4 answers

July 7

Will upgrading my DSL modem improve my broadband experience?

I have a place with lousy ADSL broadband provided by Ziply (used to be Frontier). It's slow (the best speed test I've had is 6Mbps), it drops out frequently requiring a modem restart. Nearby neighbors report the same issues. Would an upgraded ADSL modem help? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo at 10:59 PM - 9 answers

July 6

Please help me find a photo editing app for a Mac with certain features.

My kid wants a photo editing app to replace their beloved, but no longer supported, app, Enlight (the earlier version). They want particular a particular feature but the only application they've seen that has it, Affinity Photo, costs $50. This could be on either a Mac or an iPhone. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:08 PM - 5 answers

Have I been pwned?

I just followed a scammy/potentially malicious link via SMS, on my iPhone (11 Pro, running up-to-date 13.5.1). Should I assume that my iOS was just compromised? If so, what should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 12:21 PM - 5 answers

Zoom - how can I switch between two cameras and microphones on the fly?

How can I most efficiently switch between multiple video and audio inputs during a Zoom call? [more inside]
posted by matt_od at 10:09 AM - 5 answers

physics simulation for structural design

What is some good software for physics simulations? I would like to sketch out a structure or system and simulate how it reacts to various forces. For example, a simple trampoline of a rigid surface attached to springs at the four corners, with a 100kg weight dropped from 1 meter. I have software that does something like this for rope and pulley systems, but not for systems containing levers and springs. Windows, MacOS, iPad, whatever.
posted by Nothing at 7:53 AM - 9 answers

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