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March 20

Seeking app/platform for something like surveys

Need more robust platform with workflow and somewhat advanced tracking capabilities. [more inside]
posted by troywestfield at 11:01 AM - 2 answers

How to write more secure code?

No matter how fancy the password checking scheme is, or how many encryption steps it involves, isn't there usually a single "if" statement somewhere? If so, other security vulnerabilities could allow that to be overwritten pretty simply, to skip the check. How could code be written more securely? [more inside]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 8:35 AM - 9 answers

March 19

Large format Pinterest?

I'm looking for an alternative to Pinterest that will allow me to save photos in albums/groupings, but will display them by default as full-size or at least page-width. Something like The Big Picture (but hopefully with even bigger pictures) where I can just scroll through a long list of photos. I don't need any of Pinterest's social or suggestion features and my "page" can be either private or public, but needs to be accessible on multiple computers. [more inside]
posted by acidic at 10:08 AM - 5 answers

What's the best way to play guitar through my phone?

I'm seeking recommendations for a hardware interface that'll make it easy to play guitar through headphones (and maybe also an amp) using my smartphone (a Galaxy S9+) to provide effects, amp simulation, etc. [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar at 4:19 AM - 2 answers

Gmail - Blocking Email Address

Looking to block someones email address in Gmail. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum at 4:16 AM - 7 answers

March 18

Looking For Someone with More Unix and Regex Know-How for Quick Question

Need some help getting five regular expression search-and-replaces working within a Unix bash shell script. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 5:43 PM - 15 answers

Maintaining cyber privacy while online dating

I've recently started online dating. The last time I did this was in 2003. The interconnectedness of the various social medias plus embedded location tracking has it feeling DRAMATICALLY different from a privacy and safety standpoint than it did my first time around, and I've already unintentionally exposed myself in a couple ways that have left me feeling a little freaked out. What should I be doing/thinking about to keep myself safe and/or not share certain details about myself before I'm ready? What am I not thinking about or may not be aware of? [more inside]
posted by anderjen at 1:03 PM - 17 answers

Telemarketing spam is taking over my phone.

I've gotten six calls from some random telemarketer company in the last hour and a half -- they identify themselves as a different company each time, calling for someone else, using randomized numbers. This has been going on for the past 4-5 days. Sometimes there are 20 calls in a day. [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 9:54 AM - 19 answers

How to automatically reconcile an inventory scan

I am looking for a program (not web-based) that will let me upload a .csv with different SKUs and expected quantities. Then I want to be able to scan barcodes and have the match tracked against the uploaded data. After the scan, I want to see a list of everything not scanned, including if I am missing 1 of 5 expected items. I don't know what to start searching for. Or if this is something I can do with Excel, I'd like to know how to do that, too.
posted by apex_ at 9:48 AM - 3 answers

March 17

I broke the shark game. Explain how and how/if I can fix it?

So as you know, I've been playing the Shark Game. I recently got "lots" of everything, which is at least a nonillion (10^30). I decided that since I can view the specific amounts in the log, my new goal would be to get a googol of everything (10^100). I left it running with an auto-clicker overnight that would triple my total resources every few seconds. Now the log lists some of my resources as "infinity". However, I can't seem to use those resources to buy anything. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 10:33 AM - 8 answers

Remote Desktop Connection Through Access point?

Put my Desktop on an access point and now Remote Desktop Connection fails. Halp? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 5:27 AM - 6 answers

March 16

What websites did Homestuck's Cascade animation crash?

So, I know many of the details on this. I know it took down, Newgrounds, and MegaUpload. I thought I remembered hearing somewhere that Tumblr and LiveJournal crashed too, but I'm not sure of that. What I'd like to know, is exactly what was the fallout from "The Flash that Broke the Internet"? [more inside]
posted by radwolf76 at 2:25 AM - 2 answers

March 15

Best affordable tablet for occasional sales using Square?

What is a good, affordable (or downright cheap) tablet that I can use to do occasional public sales on using Square? I have an iPad, which runs perfectly for this, and is great for heavy use, but looking for a cheaper alternative to supplement for just a handful of events. Must have a headphone jack for the scanner/swiper, a camera for occasional barcode scanning, and of course be able to use Square. I see super cheap tablets for $50, but am afraid those may be unreliable.
posted by Unsomnambulist at 7:16 PM - 10 answers

Is it possible to block someone via text ONLY- and not calls?

Is it possible to block someone via text ONLY- and not calls? I have an android. [more inside]
posted by fantasticness at 11:01 AM - 24 answers

It’s Annus Domini 2019 and It Is Time

What is the best (easiest to use, most private, reliable) free web mail today? I would like to open an email account for throwaway purposes, such as newsletter sign-ups and so on. I do not like the fact that Gmail asks for my phone number. Thank you!
posted by Atrahasis at 9:53 AM - 7 answers

Good YouTube filter for tweens/teens?

The YouTube algorithm is horrible. My (gentle) teen once watched a video about an animal rescue and now they're constantly getting recommendations for videos of animals trapped/dying/in pain (before usually being rescued) Is there a trusted browser extension (or other method) where a parent can improve the YT experience for kids? [more inside]
posted by O Time, Thy Pyramids at 9:33 AM - 2 answers

March 14

Where can I find Java programmers for an accessibility problem?

Hi, Mefi. :) THis is a bit of a long-shot, but I'm wondering if you've got any insights. I'm looking for Java programmers. [more inside]
posted by Alensin at 8:06 PM - 6 answers

Why do I have $1000 in my google play account?

I have a chrome book, and just went to buy my first app (I’ve only downloaded free apps up til now) and I have a $1000 balance in my Google Play account. Why the hell? Where the hell?
posted by Grandysaur at 10:51 AM - 4 answers

Wantex: Portable computer monitor for big screen real estate.

WANTED: Very thin, portable approx. 24” HDMI computer monitor with flat-folding stand for travel. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 7:03 AM - 9 answers

AVCHD - What software for video editing (not done this for ages)

The last time I edited video was about 10 years ago, I used my iMac and Final Cut Express. Now, I find the landscape has altered beyond recognition! I'm trying to edit the output of two Canon XA10s which I think is in AVCHD format. I believe the camera has sort of split the output into audio and video, but I'm not 100% on that. It just seemed that way when I tried to import it. [more inside]
posted by dance at 4:26 AM - 3 answers

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