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May 24

Unlock iPhone 6 without knowing carrier?

A friend was given an iPhone 6 by a relative. The iPhone started its life in the US, but is now in NZ. Putting in a local SIM leads to a long-winded error message implying that it's locked. Most online advice seems to start with 'ask your carrier', but how do you proceed if you don't have that information? [more inside]
posted by inexorably_forward at 5:33 PM - 6 answers

Looking for web-based email forwarding product

I have an email account that I need to forward temporarily to a different address while I am on a boat using a sat phone. My host sucks and will only allow me to do a forward if I delete the inbox. I have imagined a service that would pull down mail using POP or IMAP and forward it to my temporary email address, but I’m unable to find it myself. [more inside]
posted by Lame_username at 2:04 PM - 3 answers

I have an iPhone with Waze. Would a Garmin GPS be better?

I've enjoyed using my iPhone with Waze as a navigator when I'm driving. I used to have a Garmin GPS which also worked really well until it finally kicked the bucket last year. Should I buy a new GPS, or stick with the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by fuzzy.little.sock at 12:43 PM - 10 answers

How can we change the privacy setting on a big Facebook group to Public?

We are a 501c4 nonprofit, and we have an official Facebook Page, and an official Facebook Group. A group admin recently changed the group's privacy setting from Public to Secret. We now want to change it back to Public. How can we do that? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 12:42 PM - 3 answers

someone logged into my Verizon Messages account

I just received a text from Verizon that someone logged into my Verizon Messages account. The IP address where the log in occurred is in a location where my former stalker lives. Help me figure out how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 7:32 AM - 13 answers

May 23

Getting Samsung TV and LG Soundbar to play well together

4 or 5 years ago we bought a Samsung UN50J6300 TV and LG Electronics LAS551H Sound Bar. Originally they worked together okay but over time it's been harder and harder to get them to work together. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by unus sum at 9:07 PM - 4 answers

My smarthome is smarter than me

I'd like to cast movies to my older projector, which has a VGA port. I bought a Chromecast, and a HDMI-to-VGA adapter, and am able to cast moving pictures without a hitch, but can't figure out how to get the sound to work without plugging my wired speakers directly into the adapter's 3.5mm audio jack. There must be another way, yes? [more inside]
posted by tapir-whorf at 4:42 PM - 8 answers

Help my Pixel 3A XL camera reach full potential.

I am looking for a guides, apps, blogs and other resources that will allow metouse my new Google Pixel 3A XL camera at its full potential. There are a lot of things hidden in the settings that I will never be able to find on my own. In particular, I am looking for a guide to the camera features that I can access easily.
posted by Xurando at 8:29 AM - 3 answers

May 20

Building a better thermostat

I'm setting up an automated temperature control system for brewing beer. My computer is only going to be communicating with heating and cooling elements using on/off control (no ability to set the elements to operate at 50% power, say). I'm hoping there's a better way to control this system than just having a hysteresis range. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop at 2:58 PM - 12 answers

May 18

Was My Hotel Bonkers?

My hotel in Chicago claimed that my no-longer-functioning room key was "Demagnetized" by being placed next to a credit card. I did not believe it. Do any of you believe it?
posted by Raybun at 5:23 PM - 34 answers

a medium size internet

What can I do with a tablet? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 11:48 AM - 18 answers

May 17

Looking for a 9mm GT2 Timing belt in Eastern Ontario Canada

I need to buy a 9mm GT2 Open ended Timing belt near Ottawa Ontario as the question says. [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler at 12:55 PM - 4 answers

Share an editable playlist between multiple users on different services?

I'm looking to create a shared playlist which multiple people can add to and which works across different streaming services (Spotify and Google Play for sure - maybe others if possible) [more inside]
posted by Dext at 12:50 PM - 2 answers

May 16

Replacement for 11" MacBook Air 2012?

My 2012 MacBook Air 11.6" is coming up its dreaded seven year obsolescence. Which Mac laptop is a good replacement? [more inside]
posted by bergnotburg at 9:40 AM - 12 answers

May 15

How to keep Google Calendar from changing event times when I travel

I just want to see the time I set for an appointment, no matter where I am. [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 9:35 PM - 9 answers

Check iPhone for Malicious code

With the recent news about the WhatsApp hack, I began wondering how I would check/identify if anything was installed on my iPhone without my knowledge/permission. What are the tools/processes to check everything that's installed on your iPhone?
posted by herda05 at 1:12 PM - 8 answers

May 13

Trying to ID a Book about Apple History

Hi all, I'm looking for a copy of a book I used to own and lost. It was a book about The Macintosh and Apple as a company. I remember it had a section about sneaking into MacWorld. It was printed in a kind of two-tone orange and purple style and had a soft cover. [more inside]
posted by signsofrain at 4:00 PM - 9 answers

I need a name that personifies rigorous testing

I am naming a semi-serious award and I need help brainstorming names that exemplify systematic testing procedures. [more inside]
posted by range at 12:46 PM - 14 answers

Electronic tinkering - difficulty, no death

Are there any small electronics that are dangerous to dismantle or try to repair? What should I avoid entirely, what should I be careful around, how can I mitigate the danger. [more inside]
posted by J.R. Hartley at 8:58 AM - 17 answers

May 12

Can a “linear array” PA system work for a rock band?

I’m tasked with buying a new PA system for a band. I’ve been a working musician for most of my life and have worked with all kinds of sound systems. But I haven’t worked with the new hotness of linear array-style portable PA systems. They seem to have proliferated and I am encountering quite different views of how they work for a *bar-playing rock/country band* situation. If you’ve got experience with this or have been hearing bands work with these systems I’d love some opinions. Details .... [more inside]
posted by spitbull at 1:02 PM - 7 answers

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