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July 19

Is it lupus?

My laptop's been having a bit of trouble for the last two weeks or so. Things that normally boot up within a second now takes up to ten seconds. E.g. I'd click on an icon (say, firefox) and it would take about five seconds for the hover-over animation to show, then another five for the program to start. More deets below. [more inside]
posted by womb of things to be and tomb of things that were at 8:12 PM - 15 answers

Android phones for n00bz

Which android phone do I want? Am I going to be as happy as I think I will once Apple is out of my life? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 3:11 PM - 23 answers

How do you search timelines of those recently removed twitter accounts?

So is there anywhere I can go to to search the accounts of the twitter bots that were recently taken down as part of the mass purge? I have a couple of theories about them and I'm hoping there's a shortcut out there.
posted by rileyray3000 at 12:08 PM - 4 answers

New England-filter: Verizon vs AT&T when using GPS/Google Maps

Is Verizon GPS with Google Maps particularly awful around Cape Cod? I just switched to a Verizon pre-paid plan from an AT&T pre-paid plan due to poor AT&T reception in areas I frequent, but I didn't expect it to destroy my GPS-ing! Is it that bad elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by metarkest at 11:28 AM - 8 answers

July 18

HDMI splitter that will work automatically?

I have an older (2006-ish?) tv with one HDMI port. I have three things (Roku, DVD player, and cable box) I would like to watch via the tv. I've been using an HDMI splitter that requires manual switching (I have to go click it to transfer between the cables), and it's in the process of active dying. I would love to replace it with something that (a) works and (b) does not require that I get up to click it when I switch from Hulu to cable. I'd love to avoid another remote control as well, but it's not a dealbreaker. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by lazuli at 4:24 PM - 8 answers

July 17

Selfie video, selfidio?

I have about a week to make a 30-second video of myself for an application. What are some good practices, tips, etc? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 9:45 AM - 5 answers

WhatsApp usage etiquette for work communication

I have WhatsApp installed on my phone and primarily use it for communicating with friends and family. Recently, a series of business contacts/customers (up to VP levels!) have found me on WhatsApp and seem to think it is appropriate to use this medium to communicate and request information that I feel should only be transmitted via Work Email. This makes me uncomfortable. How can I get them to email me instead?
posted by netsirk at 3:09 AM - 18 answers

save my phone

Halp! My iphone SE got rained on very heavily ( I had dropped it on the ground). It works ok one day later but seems to have some water behind(?) the screen. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 1:46 AM - 8 answers

July 16

Home radio replacement?

We have a small radio in our kitchen. It is not new (it has an iPod dock!) but it plays radio and has decent sound. My wife would like to have something that plays music in more than just our kitchen. Recommendation? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 7:43 AM - 15 answers

Casting content at the cottage

What's the best (cheapest, easiest) way to cast videos to a TV without an internet connection? [more inside]
posted by sevenyearlurk at 7:33 AM - 12 answers

July 13

what new laptop will feel the best under my fingers?

my trusty, beloved Lenovo Yoga 2 is slowly giving up the ghost and I'm starting to think about a replacement. I want something exactly like it only newer, and I need your help to find it. [more inside]
posted by Old Kentucky Shark at 3:51 PM - 6 answers

July 12

Real estate floor plan photos

Real estate floor plan photos. How do they do that? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr at 1:07 PM - 7 answers

Hot or Not, But For Anything

Is anyone aware of a ready-made generic "hot or not"-type application, or even a code library, that I can throw an arbitrary list of items at (not just selfies of people making duckfaces)? [more inside]
posted by majorsteel at 8:00 AM - 2 answers

Which jobs will be safe from artificial intelligence and automation?

I am thinking of pursuing training in something but am concerned that whatever skills I learn will be rendered obsolete in the future by A.I. and automation. [more inside]
posted by whitelotus at 3:32 AM - 16 answers

July 11

An app that tells me if the current time is within specified bounds

If I want to park my car near my house it has to be outside of certain times & days because of parking rules. Is there an iPhone app where I can just input those rules, and then when I open the app it’s just a screen that says OK TO PARK or NOT OK TO PARK? [more inside]
posted by bleep at 11:11 PM - 4 answers

Is it possible to move already-existing Notes from Gmail to iPhone?

I have a bunch of Notes originally created on an iPhone that are no longer linked to an iPhone or iCloud account. Now, the only place they exist is in my Gmail account. Is it possible to move them to my iPhone Notes app? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by tomorrow at 3:41 PM - 4 answers

using idevice for pos tethered to an iphone?

Don't want to pay for monthly fee to have a second live idevice on my cell phone account, because I probably will only be using it a little bit here and there. Is using my primary phone as a wifi tether for a second idevice with a pos app like Stripe on it a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 11:56 AM - 5 answers

Is there any way to use a 200 watt adapter with a 75 watt plane outlet?

I have a 200 watt laptop adapter. I'm going to be on a plane with a power socket that allows 75 watts out. Is there any way to make this work? What about using an external battery? [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 6:40 AM - 9 answers

July 10

Outdoor Projector Recommendations

What's the best projector for outdoor use? It'll be used for laptops/tablets/video game systems, just for family use in the evenings.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 10:33 AM - 10 answers

July 9

What are some great apps for fun, light reading?

What are some great iPhone apps for fun, light reading or trivia? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 10:20 AM - 0 answers

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