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April 3

PowerPoint 2010 - Omitting Objects Included in Animation Sequence

I'm trying to animate a slide to have images and text appear on a mouse click. I thought I laid it out correctly in the animation pane/creator.... However, PowerPoint ignores some of the photos and text I included. Why is this happening, and what can I do to fix it? Googling hasn't been helpful. Link to screenshots below. [more inside]
posted by Guess What at 12:54 PM - 3 answers

April 1

New programming language?

I've been using Python for my day-to-day work for 15+ years. I want to learn something new, mostly for fun and to stretch a little. What new programming language should I learn? [more inside]
posted by signal at 3:43 PM - 25 answers

Getting a repair on a phone while I still need access to a phone?

I've recently discovered that my Pixel 3 has developed a bulging battery and I'll need to either fix or replace it. Previously when this sort of thing has occurred I've sprung for a replacement flagship-class smartphone, but there really aren't any phones that are speaking to me right now that I want to spend that outlay in cash so I'm thinking of getting the phone repaired instead. [more inside]
posted by Aleyn at 1:35 PM - 14 answers

I'm lazy, and I want a lot of flashcards

What tools will most easily take me from a text list of items to a flashcard deck (physical or app-based) via web-scraping and automatically assembling the cards for me? [more inside]
posted by agentofselection at 12:08 PM - 5 answers

Giving students written feedback. Can I be more efficient?

I teach a, um, let's call it a teapot crafting course. I have to give written feedback on my students' teapots. I want to improve my workflow to be more efficient. I have an idea, but I don't know if it's possible to achieve this with the software I have access to, basically Microsoft Office suite. [more inside]
posted by Zumbador at 5:55 AM - 21 answers

March 31

Platform for a group of shops to sell their wares together ...

I live in a small village. I was talking to our local butcher today and he was saying he and the other shop keepers in our village wish there was a platform where they could each individually list their wares but where customers could browse as if the wares were offered for sale by (for eg) a supermarket - so ONE checkout process but after that the orders get sent to each shopkeeper for picking and packing. [more inside]
posted by dance at 3:23 PM - 4 answers

Mathematics for 3D modeling

Do you know of any material that talks about mathematical invariants and methods that are useful in 3D modeling (that is, making and editing models with a modeling program)? I'll add more details about the kind of modeling and math I have in mind below. [more inside]
posted by primal at 9:22 AM - 3 answers

Sending out invitations

I need to email a lot of people an invitation to a forum that they would be very likely (but not 100% guaranteed) to want to join. I'm not selling anything. It's for mutual support. Gmail isn't allowing me to send the email as there are too many recipients (a few hundred). I realise this sounds like spam. Is there a way to do this that keeps everyone happy? [more inside]
posted by dance at 4:46 AM - 3 answers

March 30

Parsing plant orders with Perl

Often I'm looking for x numbers of just one plant to complete an order. I typically send out a query to several nurseries asking if they have x many plants. In this case I was searching for 45 Chatham's akeake / Olearia chathamica. I insist they leave the plant name in the subject line (and I get near 100% success). There's enough consistency around grammar for me to think semi-automating replies and sucking them out into a table (markdown, csv, xls, other table format - all okay) is possible, [more inside]
posted by unearthed at 9:31 PM - 10 answers

Wine + Musl. Then segfault. Help me understand this bug.

I'm trying to compile Wine on a musl-based system. I'm getting a segfault, and I don't know how to fix it. Help me at least understand the nature of the error. [more inside]
posted by mr_bovis at 2:23 PM - 4 answers

Website to compile/display favorite tweets, pins, YouTube vids, etc.?

I'd like to compile a bunch of media from different websites - tweets, YouTube vids, Pinterest pics, Instagram posts - and display my "collection" so I can show it to others. Like, "here's all this cool stuff I found from across the web on ". Does something like this exist, where I could basically embed and display them in an easy way?
posted by NorthCoastRiver at 12:18 PM - 11 answers

How to print a Word document with inline redlining

I would like to create a redlined PDF from a Word document. The document has been edited with Track Changes. I would like the printed copy to show the edits inline, rather than off to the right side. Is this possible? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust at 7:08 AM - 3 answers

March 29

Windows on the cheap: refurb what I have, or buy low-end laptop/desktop

I need real hardware running Windows 10, but I've just lost my job so don't have much money. Should I refurb my elderly but still passable laptop (Samsung Series 7: i7-3635QM, 12 GB RAM, 1600x900 display) with a new SSD and a Windows 10 licence, or buy a low-end laptop or SFF desktop (like this ThinkCentre M83 package for CA$370)? [more inside]
posted by scruss at 12:22 PM - 24 answers

M.2 SSD on a budget?

My laptop SSD just died. Is a name-brand replacement worth it, or should I get a cheap off-brand? Other considerations to narrow the search? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix at 11:14 AM - 8 answers

March 27

Best way to advertise non fungible tokens for sale?

I've posted some poems for sale as non fungible tokens on OpenSea. What's the best way to attract the attention of potential buyers? [more inside]
posted by Mistress at 4:09 PM - 7 answers

Can Hotspot be bolstered by nearby WiFi?

My hotspot (android) -- The people on the other side of the wall got wifi and I'm wondering if my hotspot is now faster. And if my usual throttling after 30g will be less. Just feels like a possibility. They have 2.4 and 5G over there.
posted by noelpratt2nd at 3:14 PM - 7 answers

Windows 10 from ISO without losing data?

Over a short family visit, I'll be doing an OS upgrade (Win 7 Pro to Win 10 Pro) for a family member with a terribly slow DSL internet connection. I need to preserve installed programs, data, and activation. What's the fastest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by whatisish at 10:14 AM - 6 answers

Font Size in Google Doc for 5/32" spaced lines for blank journal?

I'm looking to make a blank journal with lines spaced at 5/32ths of an inch. Is there a font size in Google Docs, that I can use to just make a line of continuous underscores, or space with underlines on, that would achieve this? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher at 3:09 AM - 6 answers

ZTE N9130 cell, need to kill stock Voicemail and Messenging client

I have cheapo Android cell, service through Tello costs 6 bucks a month unlimited calls/texts, I want to use on Google Voice along with iPhone, problem is that this android sometimes picks up SMS and voicemail before Google Voice client. I carry this thing on bike rides and/or anywhere else where I want a beater phone [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue at 12:06 AM - 5 answers

March 26

Comparing folder contents using Terminal in MacOS

In MacOS, I'm comparing the contents of folders on several external drives. In this particular situation I know identically-named files will be identical, so I only need to know how folders differ based on the names of the files inside them (which are inside lots of subfolders). I'm using the Terminal command diff -rq "pathname 1" "pathname 2". However, it's proceeding very slowly and seems to be looking for differences inside the files themselves. So is this really the command I should be using? [more inside]
posted by theory at 3:26 PM - 9 answers

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