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December 13

Looking for a Bluetooth LE Peripheral device

A client wants me to prototype a game interaction with an external device using Bluetooth. I need a device to test the prototype with until they figure out what the actual device will be. [more inside]
posted by justkevin at 7:00 AM - 1 answers

Recommend me a durable Windows laptop

I already have a Mac laptop but need a sturdy, unglamorous Windows one too for work purposes. Anyone have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by iamsuper at 5:50 AM - 3 answers

December 12

How to get movie sound from Plex on Android box?

I installed Plex server on my PC with all my movies. I bought an Android box running Android 7.1.2 and bought/installed the Plex app on it. But of course something doesn't work right and I don't understand computers/codecs/Plex enough to google the right questions. [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer at 8:55 PM - 3 answers

I want to mail merge one thing at a time.

Is there a way to create a kind of "single use" mail merge in MS Word? [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo at 6:26 PM - 4 answers

Easy VHS -> MacOS capture?

Hola ya'll, I'm turning 34 soon which means that I am suddenly grasping for my youth. As part of that, I'm trying to get my Dad to digitize all of the old family VHS tapes. I know that it may already be too late , but figured we could at least give it a shot and that it'd a fun father/son thing to do. To that end, I'm seeking the simplest VHS to MacOS capture tool. It looks like there are a lot of dodgy RCA -> USB plugs available on Amazon with a wide spread on the reviews. I'd be happy to pony up a little extra to get something that's a little more reliable, but I don't know what that is.
posted by GilloD at 2:38 PM - 2 answers

Best websites for R Studio / statistics help?

I am brute-forcing my way through learning R for a big project I am working on. I am looking for your recommendations for the best "R" advice websites I can troll (and possibly post in) for help. I'm familiar with Stack Overflow, but it seems intimidating for a n00bie like me. In your experience, what are good places to ask statistics (particularly around general linear modeling, nested effects, and regression) and R questions?
posted by absquatulate at 2:07 PM - 9 answers

Using piping with *nix find without getting mired in string escaping...

I want to make a single, long list of lines from individual files according to some search criteria. I'm not wedded to using find and grep. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 1:46 PM - 24 answers

My old Chromebook wound up at Goodwill by mistake. What now?

Confusion while moving meant that an old Chromebook of mine that broke mid-use is now (probably irretrievably) donated to a thrift store. Though it was broken I am still a little concerned someone might be able to retrieve sensitive information off it. [more inside]
posted by hungrytiger at 12:52 PM - 2 answers

Hello, Russia! My credit card number is…

Two of my computers have exhibited the same problem of mouse clicks not registering. Should I panic? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 7:14 AM - 3 answers

Music from my Google Drive/Cloud to my Ipod without Itunes

Greetings... This a semi-formal follow up to a question I asked a while back... https://ask.metafilter.com/315688/Transferring-mp3-files-from-a-Mac-formatted-hard-drive-to-a-PC This is where I am at now. 1. Began the dlow process of transferring my music to my Google Drive. 2. I have an Iphone 6plus which will now act as my ipod / music player. 3. I have a Google Chrome Book without Itunes. 4. In proper wi-fi environments, I have been able to stream music on my phone from my music stored in the cloud... 5. Where I live, it is very rare to find a spot with decent wifi coverage and therefore streaming music is not a big picture solution [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 6:20 AM - 4 answers

Help me out-convolute facebook

Trying to figure out the ramifications and best order of steps to convert my personal/individual page to a public/business one. [more inside]
posted by dancing leaves at 4:27 AM - 2 answers

December 11

It's a slow place in Chrome for the holidays

I typically work with 5-10 tabs open in Chrome. (Yes, I really do need them all.) Over the past couple weeks, new pages in tabs have become ridiculously slow to load. Often, pages won't load at all unless I'm on that tab, staring at the blank screen. The background color from the previous tab I looked at carries over to the new tab until the new page loads. Because of the nature of my work, I'm losing money from this. Help? [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess at 2:24 PM - 19 answers

Home phone needed for intercom answering

My apartment building is replacing the current broken intercom with one of the systems that call you instead of ringing to a dedicated receiver, which introduces some complications for me. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 9:38 AM - 8 answers

methodology for determining app crash (MacOS)

Just moved up to Sierra, and having an app crash repeatedly at launch... Without getting into which app is the problem, my question is broader: what would be your generic approach to app crash diagnostics? I feel like I should have a routine to follow, but don't (shame on me). My first guess, for a user-specific problem: temporarily relocate Preference file or folder found in ~Library. After that (assuming doesn't resolve issue), what should I try?
posted by disnchntd at 8:57 AM - 5 answers

How to print web pages from Chrome

For over a year I have been using the "Print Friendly" extension for Chrome to print web pages. One of its functions was being able to delete images before printing. I noticed the other day that option was no longer available. Someone decided to delete that functionality. Are there other options or extensions which do have that function? I hate to print images as they use a lot of ink and paper.
posted by jtexman1 at 7:13 AM - 3 answers

December 10

Message "Windows is not responding" and computer freezes?

I often get the message "Windows is not responding..Wait or cancel", and my computer freezes. [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 8:16 PM - 3 answers

Question - answer simple webapp, with PDF

I'd like an easy/quick way to make a webapp which gets some input from the user in the form of A/B/C answers to questions and then generates a PDF with several sections of text depending on those answers. It should look at least semi-professional, so no free poll websites. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by gakiko at 7:58 PM - 3 answers

Lacie-brand external drive won't turn on

We have a 3 terabyte Lacie external drive that worked just fine up until a few minutes ago and now won't turn on. What next? [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown at 7:49 PM - 12 answers

How do I change the display order in a scatter chart in Google sheets?

I've created a scatter chart in Google sheets. How do I change the display order so "1" is at the top of the Y axis and "20" is at the bottom?
posted by wensink at 9:25 AM - 1 answers

your favorite (safari) extensions please!

inspired by umbu's question above, I'm inspired to improve my Internet life. Please tell me your favorite browser extensions that make your Internet experience better! (The irony of being inspired by a question about avoiding recommendations to solicit recommendations is not lost on me but let's do this anyway.) I use Safari, but if on balance my life would be improved by going to Chrome, I can make that happen in 2018. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 8:55 AM - 7 answers

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