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August 18

Digital storage suitable for storing patient details?

I am a health professional who has recently gone paperless in my personal life. I currently keep a paper journal of any potential incidents which may come back to bite me. Any recommendations for a digital solution suitable to store such confidential info? I'm not sure if I can quite trust Evernote for that (or OneNote). Thanks!
posted by glache at 2:36 AM - 6 answers

August 17

Need FREE alternative evening news

Can someone help w/ a copycat-of-TV streamcast or YouTube channel? [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd at 11:48 AM - 16 answers

Ethical (or at least less actively evil) telecommunications company?

I'm currently picking between AT&T and Spectrum and both seem awful from a multitude of perspectives. Do you have insight on either their labor or their consumer ethics and practices? Not just whether they have crappy customer service, but if they are bilking customers or have shady accounting. I will be reading through what the Communications Workers of America has to say, but would appreciate any info, anecdotes, etc.
posted by spamandkimchi at 8:40 AM - 7 answers

How do I add plugins to Vim — not on Linux or OS X — but on Windows?

I've installed Git, and Curl, and followed every tutorial that I could find, and so far all I have to show for it is a sore butt from three days of googling, "installing Vim plugins on Windows" and similar. Help!
posted by Chasuk at 8:32 AM - 6 answers

Changing calendar availability on Outlook 2011 for Mac

Hi there! I'm using Outlook 2011 for Mac*. I've set up a couple series of meetings for my team that I only attend based on my availability. I would like the time to appear as busy on everyone else's calendar but free on my own. Is there a way to do this? [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 5:50 AM - 3 answers

August 16

Looking for a iPad Pro app good for tracing photos

I have a iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil and would like an app that allows/enables me to do some basic drawing based on photos I take. [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 1:20 PM - 5 answers

Frustrated ITunes DeeJay Question

Please help me with a minor, but really frustrating, problem with iTunes on my iPad Mini - when I add a new song to an existing playlist, it will not let me re-order the list to put the new song where I want it. Detailed explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:36 AM - 3 answers

Please recommend a good VGA to HDMI adapter

I'm looking to connect a Lenovo ThinkPad T410 to an Insignia LED TV (NS-40D510NA17/NS-40D510MX17). The TV has HDMI ports (along with standard AV inputs), but the laptop only has a VGA port and a headphone jack. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by jammy at 7:18 AM - 7 answers

August 15

Dead simple GUI kit?

Is there a super simple GUI builder that can just spit out links based on user input? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 8:19 PM - 9 answers

Making .gifv videos shrink to fit my screen

Is there a Google Chrome extension or Chrome-compatible userscript to make .gifv videos shrink down to fit my screen? For comparison, here's what I see when I open a gif as a .gifv and here's the same file opened as a .gif. Note: I don't want to view .gifv videos in full screen. I'm running Chrome 68.0.3440.106 on a Macbook Pro running OSX 10.13.6.
posted by capricorn at 5:28 PM - 0 answers

Digital Asset Management system for a small marketing deparmtnet?

Hello, I've been tasked with launching a digital asset management system for our company. The scope would be about 8-12 employees across multiple departments working with photos, videos, and Adobe content. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 4:23 PM - 3 answers

August 14

How on earth do I make a slick slide deck?

I got a freelance gig with a very prestigious consultancy, and will need to give a presentation with an approx. 20-slide deck. This is embarrassing, but somehow I've gotten through life with having used PowerPoint exactly once in the most elemental way. I don't know how to make the most out of PowerPoint or Keynote- I would say I barely even have basic proficiency- and I have no sense of how to really put together a dynamo presentation (this is a design consultancy, so they'll be used to really slick visuals). [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 9:41 AM - 43 answers

My HP printer doesn't stay connected to the network and I need help

I have an HP Deskjet 3050A J611 All-in-One series printer and a HP TouchSmart 610 PC connected over my Xfinity wireless router. They communicate OK for a day or 2 or 3 and then the connection gets dropped. Then when I try to print something I get an "Unable to Communicate with Printer" error. I have tried HP Scan Doctor and other HP webware products and nothing helps. [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy at 9:38 AM - 4 answers

What splitter cable for Apple earbuds AND speakers into a MacBook?

I have a Macbook. For Skype I use Apple earbuds. For music I have speakers with a normal 3.5mm jack. I'd like a splitter cable that lets me plug both the speakers AND the earbuds into the MacBook's headphone/mic socket at once, so I'm not forever swapping them. What splitter do I need? Most seem to split the cable into separate mic + phones.
posted by dowcrag at 7:51 AM - 6 answers

August 13

Making a magic trick work online/as a Twine game

There is a particular style of magic trick that involves the audience member making choices that eventually lead to a very specific choice, such as a specific playing card, and it turns out the magician has predicted this all along. I'd like to convert this into a CYOA/Twine-esque game, but there's a couple of tricky programming ideas I'd like input on. MAGIC SPOILERS INSIDE. [more inside]
posted by divabat at 7:20 PM - 9 answers

Best smartphone to use w/ a cell signal booster in order 2 get Internet?

We live way out in the country and we bought a cell phone signal booster which is giving us 3 bars on a flip-phone (before we were getting 1 bar) but now we want to see if we can get Internet on a smartphone but have been told it varies from one phone to another. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by cda at 5:04 PM - 4 answers

What do I need to run Roblox Studio?

carter jr. likes Roblox, and wants to experiment with Roblox Studio (the developer tool). However I am having a difficult time trying to figure out what the Studio will run on. Mac and PC, obviously (?), but anything else? We have some Kindle Fires and a Chromebook lying around for his use. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by carter at 3:40 PM - 2 answers

Best way to share links with friends?

Some friends and I share a lot of links/reading recommendations with each other. Currently we do this in a group messaging thread, but it's non-ideal in a lot of ways. Mostly because 1) other conversation gets clogged/disjointed by the intrusion of links, 2) a link can quickly get buried if it's shared and then something else is discussed, and 3) it is very tedious/sometimes impossible to go back and find links that have been shared a long time ago. What's the best way to do this outside of our text thread? [more inside]
posted by pdq at 10:22 AM - 15 answers

Looking for the 21st Century Version of Berlitz Language Tapes

The problem with apps like Babbel and Duolingo is that the vocab isn't really focused on practical travel phrases or vocabulary. I'm not looking to become proficient in French, just trying to be a better tourist. Unfortunately, the Berlitz app is really bad. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 8:54 AM - 9 answers

August 12

Fastest way to add Title/Comments to JPEG?

On Windows, I can use the File Manager to type in Title and Description text for my JPG photos. But it takes a large number of mouse-clicks. What's a good app/program that'll allow me to type in the text the quickest?
posted by storybored at 7:19 PM - 5 answers

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