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September 24

How do I set a snare drum to play quarter notes in GarageBand?

The click track on GarageBand for Mac is quiet. I would like to set up a track of just a snare (or a cymbal) playing quarter notes. What’s the easiest way to do this?
posted by pxe2000 at 4:34 AM - 1 answers

September 22

Pocketbook Reader App runs very slowly on ipad and phone?

Why does my Pocketbook Reader App now boot so very slowly on my ipad? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 10:37 AM - 0 answers

September 21

Converting cell-phone Portrait video into Landscape

What's it called, the technical term, where 'portrait' mode cell-phone video is converted into landscape by adding out-of-focus side panels on either side, the out-of-focus stuff based on the original?
posted by Rash at 8:31 PM - 6 answers

Home theater vs regular speakers

Is there any difference between front left and right speakers from a home theater (e.g. 5.1) system and regular bookshelf speakers? If I take only the front left and right speakers from a 5.1 home theater system, can I use them as regular audio speakers (assuming I have an amp and power connected properly) and have it sound normal for playing music?
posted by roaring beast at 8:06 PM - 3 answers

September 20

Canon Pixma TS5320 Printer Not Working?

Hi all, I recently purchased a Canon Pixma TS5320 printer (Wireless) and for some reason it keeps stating the cassette tray for the paper is empty or not correctly loaded, but I followed the instructions properly and it all seems all right to me, but nothing is working?
posted by RearWindow at 11:17 AM - 4 answers

September 19

Trying to set up an old Macbook Air

I have an older Macbook Air (2013, I believe) that I freshly installed the OS on (Mountain Lion). When I try to update to a later OS, it tells me it "cannot access the App Store". When I google this, none of the solutions work. I just want to be able to run Google Docs and use this as a writing machine. More issues inside. [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 7:08 AM - 19 answers

September 18

Are there any fisheye lenses for Nikon Z Mirrorless Cameras?

I know there are Nikon fish eye lenses, but I am wondering if there is one strictly for the Nikon Z line? I am ordering a Nikon Z 50 soon, but I will be getting an adapter for the AFS lenses.
posted by RearWindow at 4:36 PM - 9 answers

What tech security problem is likely going on, and how to fix it?

Someone close to me is experiencing multiple calls to people in their contacts list apparently being spoofed from their phone number. Additionally, about a month prior to this, their Twitter was hacked. They are familiar with basic digital security and not to click on strange links, and say they haven't done so. What is the most likely reason for these two incidents, and how can they stop it? Additionally, what digital security measures should they take to protect themselves moving forward?
posted by corb at 6:53 AM - 4 answers

September 17

Apple Watch advice — for using and coding...

Two parter! I've just ordered the Apple Watch Ultra 2. Should arrive Friday. I primarily purchased it for the health-tracking benefits but am keen on other features. I have never owned a smart watch. What apps would you recommend I check out? What are perhaps some not-so-obvious things it can do / I should use it for. Part 2: What's the best way to learn to make apps for the Watch series? Thanks!
posted by dobbs at 6:26 PM - 14 answers

How to find and attach an outdoor TV antenna?

The house I've owned for 20+ years has an outdoor TV antenna on the roof which I've never used. Now, I'd like to use it for network TV occasionally. (An indoor digital antenna doesn't work well.) So, how do I find any wire that might be attached and inside the house, and connect it to my tv? [more inside]
posted by j810c at 10:25 AM - 8 answers

How to receive SMS with eSim

Airalo eurolink eSim installed but we haven't left the U.S. yet. When we get to our first European stop I want to make sure I'm doing everything correctly. [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 9:49 AM - 2 answers

September 16

Buying a fine TV in 2023?

I have a TV from 2016 that is fine. I would like a newer TV that is from 2023 that is fine. What TV should I buy? [more inside]
posted by clarinet at 9:50 AM - 22 answers

gmail not responding

Yesterday everything was fine. Today, I can't login to gmail on Chrome. [more inside]
posted by jtexman1 at 8:53 AM - 7 answers

September 15

What's a great Android phone these days?

I have a perfectly good Google Pixel 2XL phone. I want to give it to my husband, who struggles with his wonky old phone, and buy myself a new phone for my birthday. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 1:17 PM - 25 answers

Is there a Nikon camera adapter to Canon for the Nikon Z 30?

Hi. I am wondering if there is an adapter to change lenses on a Nikon Z 30 (mirrorless camera) to Canon lenses? I have one for Nikon EF lenses for the Nikon Z, but wondering if there is an adapter specifically for Nikon Z to Canon?
posted by RearWindow at 12:20 PM - 7 answers

September 14

Another ereader question!

I am thinking of buying an ereader since my eyes are getting worse and my partner is giving me (gentle) grief about how much phone reading I do. Here's the thing: I will never buy a kindle, and I don't actually want to buy ebooks. I want Libby and Archive of Our Own, and that will pretty much cover all the reading I have been doing via iPhone for the past couple years. What ereader do I want? [more inside]
posted by Lawn Beaver at 11:13 AM - 30 answers

September 13

Learning to Type by dictating target text?

I'd like to help my son capture his thoughts and learn to type at the same time. I was wondering if there was any kind of application that used speech-to-text to create the target sentences to practice against. [more inside]
posted by butterstick at 6:13 PM - 1 answers

Fun, engaging e-learning activities or features?

I'm looking for new ways or great examples of engagement in online training modules. What games, interactive features, or just creative structures have you seen or implemented in online modules? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 8:26 AM - 2 answers

September 12

Android Auto vs CarPlay 2023

Interested in the experiences of those who have used both Android Auto and CarPlay in 2023, and how you feel they compare. I'm well aware of all of the other differences of Android vs. iOS - and have used both myself - but I'm really only interested only in your personal in-car experience. I can (theoretically) use both 100% wirelessly in my car.
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 2:31 PM - 2 answers

September 8

Help me find an online/space site to host community reflections?

What is the current landscape of sites/services set up to allow a specific group of people to answer questions and read one another's responses? [more inside]
posted by wormtales at 8:56 AM - 5 answers

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