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November 28

What TV should I buy in the after-Thanksgiving sales?

I'm looking to buy a TV in the Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales. Which should I choose? Are there a few that are massively on sale this weekend and/or especially good deals for the quality? Are some brands better than others? Links to specific models are welcome. I'd like something greater than 48" (maybe 55" or 65"), with good picture quality, a black black color, and ease of use. What's the difference between OLED etc.? I have never bought a TV before, so I know nothing.
posted by ClaireBear at 11:13 AM - 9 answers

Best Reliable Double A Triple A Battery Charger

I bought a battery charger which is an up grade from what I had for several years. The one I bought recently was an energizer- Double A , Triple A. Has bells and whistles where it has auto shut off, which works good. Problem it is detecting newer cells, that I had already- which need recharging- as bad cells. Alarm goes off, then I am supposed to get rid of them. Then it did it [more inside]
posted by Upon Further Review at 10:53 AM - 2 answers

converting mxf files to another format without losing fidelity

I am editing a video and running into a technical issue I can't solve. [more inside]
posted by nayantara at 6:49 AM - 3 answers

November 27

how to do a personal time audit

I'm taking a goal intensive and need to do a time audit of how I spend my time. What are some ways to do this? [more inside]
posted by diode at 11:56 AM - 6 answers

November 26

App Icons - They are driving me crazy

This is such a silly thing, but I can't be the only one with this problem. I have trouble distinguishing app icons from one another. My brain does not like pictures. My brain likes words. And yet the world is becoming more and more image-oriented. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 12:01 PM - 15 answers

November 25

How to remember upcoming meetings? (snowflake-ish)

Mrs. 10ch is the absentminded professor type and has developed the habit of asking Siri to set an alarm for meetings throughout the day, "Set an alarm for 1:25." The alarm goes off and the meeting at 1:30 is attended. Except occasionally Siri sets the alarm for 1:25am. Please help us prevent this. [more inside]
posted by 10ch at 6:23 AM - 9 answers

November 24

Getting sticky powder through a small funnel

I need to fill many many small glass bottles with a fluffy, sticky powder. The neck of the bottles is so small i need to use a funnel, but the powder sticks to the funnel, and needs to be stirred in by hand with a stick to fall through. It's messy and taking forever. Any tips to make this easier? [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench at 11:36 AM - 23 answers

Why aren't the names coming up when I get texts in Big Sur?

Ever since Big Sur, when I get texts on my apple watch - as well as on my mac - instead of it saying who it's from (the actual contact) it just says the number. Why is the identity linked to the number no longer coming up on my phone, my watch or my computer?
posted by rileyray3000 at 11:24 AM - 5 answers

November 23

How to extract contact info from Gmail

I run a small nonprofit I am lookin for a utility we can run that will go through the last 7 years of my (and maybe others on my team) work email (in Gmail) and extract name, email, physical address, and phone number for as many people as possible. [more inside]
posted by postel's law at 10:51 AM - 5 answers

November 22

Can anyone identify this item from my multi-tool kit?

I was pulling out my old Black and Decker MT1405 multi-tool to drill something, and came across this item again, and if I ever knew what it was for I forgot it years ago. Can anyone identify it? Google photo album here. [more inside]
posted by tavella at 11:25 PM - 6 answers

iPhone COVID exposure notification logs seem off

The exposure checks seem to log about 5 times a day, and if I expand the log, I can see "new files" added, usually one or two. However, on just after midnight on Saturday morning, the log for that time has about 75 new files. What is this? [more inside]
posted by LKWorking at 1:41 PM - 2 answers

November 21

What's the best way to coordinate recurring financial support?

There are so many people in need of support these days. Community care has been happening through Venmo, PayPal and GoFundMe, at least in my networks. But it usually only covers one gift at a time. I'm curious about solutions for providing ongoing support. [more inside]
posted by rockyraccoon at 1:24 PM - 6 answers

Resources for a virtual funeral presence in Wagoner, OK

My mother died in Wagoner, Oklahoma, on Tuesday. I live in Arizona and will not be traveling to her funeral, because of the fucking pandemic. Please help me be as present as possible, through the wonders of modern technology. [more inside]
posted by kwaller at 12:08 PM - 5 answers

November 20

UK virtual phone number?

Need to set up a virtual phone number for a company, not sure where or how. Asking for a friend; snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle at 4:11 AM - 3 answers

November 19

Where DO the kids sell their MacBooks these days?

Time to flip my macbook and for the first time in 8 years I'm not in any of the social or work situations where I used to get rid of my old electronics. Mac's buyback program will give me 1K for it and I don't want to get into some sketchy craigslist situation these days. Not the way the world is. So what's the way folks do this now?
posted by rileyray3000 at 4:59 PM - 12 answers

I am done with Evernote.

I'm looking for Evernote alternatives. Snowflake-y requirements in the details. [more inside]
posted by po822000 at 8:09 AM - 14 answers

November 18

LTE or data service as replacement for DSL/cable?

Are the services selling data plans via cellular a practical replacement for cable or DSL? [more inside]
posted by diode at 12:59 PM - 12 answers

Why is my internet sketchy?

Our home internet has not worked for months - it looses connection dozens of times a day (sometimes it's up and down, sometimes it mostly works, and often it's like we don't have internet at all). We have four children doing partial distance learning and the adult who's home with them needs to be working, I am losing my bananas. What do I do next? All the details inside. [more inside]
posted by zibra at 7:16 AM - 14 answers

November 17

You're still on mute... can you hear me now? Can you hear me now?

I'm spending a lot of time on video calls. I would like a physical button that I can use to mute and unmute my microphone. I don[t want to build one. Where can I buy a [cheap, easy to use] programmable USB button? Preferably a large one. Complication; must deliver to Australia.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 3:38 PM - 16 answers

Cook with me!

Thanks to (gestures around), plus some specific family and work circumstances, it looks like I'll be spending both Thanksgiving and Christmas alone this year. I am at peace with it. But I'll miss cooking with people and would like some advice for the best way to recreate that experience via livestream. Maybe this is an unworkable idea, who knows, let's brainstorm! [more inside]
posted by theweasel at 12:45 PM - 7 answers

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