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September 16

DIY cute little Mac-compatible mechanical keyboard

I would like to customize my own little (tenkeyless) mechanical keyboard with pastel keycaps and the usual Mac functions (need to have: basic command shortcuts, nice to have: audio player controls (skip, play/pause, volume up/down). I'm a fast touch typist planning on using the keyboard at home, and I don't intend on bringing it into the office, so it's ok if the keys are somewhat noisy as long as they can hold up to a lot of typing. How should I build such a keyboard and where should I buy the components? [more inside]
posted by rather be jorting at 3:21 PM - 6 answers

Help me find the right Android messaging app

I bought a brand new Android phone from Verizon about 6 months ago. It's a ThinQ. I've been using their messaging app by default. But the GIF app I downloaded never shows up on that keyboard. Can someone identify a good app for me that will let me use GIF with it? I'm kind of stumbling around and not knowing what I'm doing. Thanks!
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat at 12:47 PM - 7 answers

Buying a 2011 MacBook Air Power Adapter in Germany/Denmark?

I brought my 2011 MBA on a trip to Europe, not realizing that the cheap knock-off power supply that I use for it only works on 120 V. Do any of you happen to know if there is an electronics/computer store in, around, or between Wilhelmshaven Germany and Copenhagen Denmark where I might be able to buy a replacement power supply? I won’t be staying in the same place for very long on this trip, so mail order is not ideal.
posted by Juffo-Wup at 7:32 AM - 4 answers

Explain RAM to me like I'm a small child

I am a lit person, working on a piece of writing where RAM (random-access memory) crops up, as a metaphor. Help me grasp what RAM actually is, its core functions and properties, in very basic terms? [more inside]
posted by thetarium at 3:16 AM - 23 answers

September 15

creating a personal bibliography (perhaps using zotero)

I'm getting tired of saying "I read that online somewhere" without having any idea where I saw it. So I would like to create a collection of articles that I have read as I read them. This needs to be more than just a list of bookmarks because websites can disappear and I would like to maintain this information even if the source material goes stale. [more inside]
posted by metadave at 3:25 PM - 6 answers

An app for indexing a large collection of ebooks and pdfs?

Is there an app that'll go through my growing collection of ebooks and index them according to Library of Congress number? Or one that does the Dewey way? It'd be great to have an index that I can browse by subject essentially.
posted by storybored at 1:07 PM - 4 answers

September 13

[Tech filter] What should I replace my iPod Touch with?

What mobile solution should I be pursuing to replace my iPod? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by koucha at 12:04 PM - 7 answers

Best printer for heavy cardstock (laser or inkjet)

Do you print a lot on cardstock (300gsm/110lb would be the thickest i plant to use)? What printer do you have and love? I do quite a lot of customized direct mailings to my customers. I will usually get promotional mailers professionally printed on one side on cardstock. I then need to be able to run it through my own printer at the office to customize the other side with address/name details, typically only text in black ink. Paper size would be up to A4/letter. B&W only would be ok. [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench at 4:13 AM - 2 answers

September 12

MP3s from Windows to Android without bells and whistles

My father has recently got his first (Android) smartphone, and is about to get a car where he can bluetooth the phone to the car. He would like to create driving playlists on his Windows desktop computer (from music files he already has) and transfer them to his phone. He's not terribly tech-savvy and had a serious falling-out with iTunes a couple of updates ago (no issues with using it before that). What are the best software-app combinations for him? [more inside]
posted by Vortisaur at 1:57 PM - 10 answers

Can I have a running clock time in a Google spreadsheet?

I'm planning an event in a Google spreadsheet. I've set it up so the durations column always totals- that way I can ensure that the whole event is 120 minutes long, even as individual segment lengths change. Question: I also want a column where I can input a clock start time of, say, 3:45pm, and have the CLOCK start time of each segment automatically correct itself as I adjust the segment lengths. Is this possible?
posted by nouvelle-personne at 1:57 PM - 4 answers

Web design: how to display a huge decision tree with images?

My love of Telephone Pictionary is well-documented. I'm currently running a year-long, 511-person "multiverse" game of Telephone Pictionary, and when I'm done, I want to be able to display the results online. I'm not a web designer (I know rudimentary HTML and once dabbled in CSS), but I'm willing to either learn a few things or pay someone to help. First, I need help thinking through how best to do this. Details within (including "What the hell is Telephone Pictionary?"). [more inside]
posted by sugar and confetti at 8:08 AM - 5 answers

September 11

Good, reliable sources for buying refurb computers?

My go-to source for buying off-lease refurbs, Arrow Direct, has gotten out of that business. Those of you who have purchased refurb computers, what are your preferred sources? [more inside]
posted by pmurray63 at 10:15 PM - 9 answers

Does the Apple Watch 5 have fall detection?

Does the Apple Watch 5 have fall detection? Nobody I’ve been able to reach at Apple seems to know. Do you?
posted by HotToddy at 10:06 AM - 5 answers

Mass Mailing After Extended Delay

Several thousand people proactively signed up for our (ultra) low-volume mailing list many years ago and we're finally ready to send an update. The plan is to verify/clean the list via Neverbounce or emaillistverify, then send a couple hundred per day via Gmail (we've heard that mail from Constant Contact and MailChimp these days goes straight to "Promotions" tab on Gmail or "Other" tab in Outlook). Make sense? Or can we do better?
posted by Quisp Lover at 8:37 AM - 11 answers

How can I access the data inside a dead external hard drive?

So I've got this Seagate 4 terabyte external hard drive. I don't use it all the time, but suddenly now when I plug it into my computer, it doesn't power up or connect. Seems like an enclosure problem, rather than a hard drive failure problem, right?. (I'm being optimistic here) What are my options for recovery? If I crack open the case of this thing, will I find a standard hard drive that I could plug into a generic enclosure? Open to suggestions.
posted by flod at 2:53 AM - 6 answers

September 10

Does modern-day (free) Clipart exist?

Where would one find modern day clip-art? I'm looking for punchy, action-oriented, cohesive, clean, simple infographic icons that depict business process oriented action words like "send", "receive", "review", "schedule" etc. etc. This would be for use in a standard operating procedure manual. If this were the 90s I'd find something simple and halfway decent in clipart, but it looks like clippie bit the dust a while back. [more inside]
posted by seemoorglass at 11:42 AM - 12 answers

September 9

Trello permissions?

I have a Trello board and would like to have participants with limited access. [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 8:56 PM - 2 answers

Best practices 2019 for Facebook as a professional?

I quit Facebook in 2010 when I went back to school. It was great! I am now thinking of setting up a Facebook page to help manage my name as brand identity as I'm now an established medical professional. [more inside]
posted by cobaltnine at 11:53 AM - 9 answers

What's the best group process for updating a website?

Our Toastmasters Club has a website that needs updating. We have less than 4 people who are going to give input. What's the best way of collecting this input? My first thought would be to get everyone in a room and have paper copies of all the pages and go over them together. (The website has less than thirty pages total). Is there a better way? And if we do use a group meeting, how best to solicit and record the feedback?
posted by storybored at 8:01 AM - 7 answers

September 8

Keep a list of links (accessible anywhere) and record date of last visit

I want to keep a list of links that I (and only I) can access from anywhere. And I want it to record (and ideally, let me sort on) the last day I clicked that link. So basically, bookmarks, and when I click the link, it updates the lastclick field and shows me a table with the bookmark and last-clicked data and let's me sort. I'm thinking maybe google docs? Maybe google docs+IFTTT somehow? How?
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 11:58 AM - 3 answers

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