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June 30

SMS-based information services

In many areas of the US, sending a text message to 41411 gets you bus arrival times. What other information can still be gotten via SMS?
posted by aws17576 at 2:13 PM - 2 answers

Finding the most simple tv and streaming device

I am looking to order a television for someone so they can watch online content, youtube and amazon prime videos more comfortably, as they currently only own a laptop. They don't need particular channels or programs. They live alone and are not tech savvy so this needs to be as simple as possible for them to plug in and enjoy. My budget is $300.00 and they prefer a small screen. [more inside]
posted by fies at 7:52 AM - 16 answers

Handheld fan recommendations for someone stuck in Satan's sweaty sock?

Have you used a handheld battery-powered fan you would recommend? I unwisely promised to go to an outdoor baseball game next month, and I live in a humid summer hellhole...please help me make it more bearable! [more inside]
posted by theatro at 6:12 AM - 7 answers

June 29

So... how am I supposed to access my Instagram account now?

Last night I think Instagram flagged my account as being taken over by a bot (ugh), so when I try to log in it wants to send me a confirmation code to my email. Except there seems to be no confirmation code ever sent to my email. I've checked my trash, spam, etc. Nothing shows up. What now? [more inside]
posted by VirginiaPlain at 4:37 PM - 9 answers

June 28

3D scanner to produce model and drawing - LARGE Scale, though

How do I produce a series of drawings or 3d CAD compatible models on the cheap - is it possible? [more inside]
posted by Brockles at 12:34 PM - 8 answers

Make My Excel Dropdown a Little Less Dynamic

I am making a workbook in Excel that has multiple sheets. On the first sheet, which is called "Hierarchy" I list categories for companies. We'll call them A, B, C, D, and E. They are in cells A4:A8. On the next sheet "Companies" I list companies, with a column for assigning them into one of those categories. I need to populate a dropdown for that with the values I created on the previous page. I'm stuck though, because although I can do this swimmingly for the first row, I do not know how to get the exact same values to show up in rows below that. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:38 AM - 5 answers

June 24

Blocked by accts I’ve not spoken to on twitter! Can I check blocktools

How can I get a contemporary list of block tools to check? I think a fixated person is filing false reports of me, and a lot of progressive accounts have me blocked. i am getting an RSD shock while I try to boost abortion rights stuff and this is draining energy I should use to serve, so I’d like to know if this is what has happened even if I can’t fix it.
posted by The Last Sockpuppet at 1:45 PM - 1 answers

Zoom interpretation feature-- do you understand it because I still don't

I'm attempting to use the Zoom Interpretation feature for simultaneous translation in a virtual meeting. I can't figure out some of the details. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 6:45 AM - 3 answers

June 23

Tips for Twitter threads longer than 25 tweets?

I'm learning to post a really long thread). I read there was a limit of 25 tweets. However, when you reach 25 there's a note saying "you can add more tweets to this thread after sending these." I am having trouble finding a guide to this and wonder how this would work. Will a little + sign show up later to let me add a new thread 25 new posts to an old, published thread?
posted by johngoren at 4:49 AM - 2 answers

June 21

can i get ebay to stop forcing me to reset my password?

does anyone here have a solution other than give up, bow and scrape to corporate bullshit security theatre, and never use anything other than that one home-based vanilla-ass Windows box to log into to ebay? [more inside]
posted by glonous keming at 12:45 PM - 4 answers

How to activate, register, choose, use an ESIM - or maybe Google Fi?

I want to set up an esim (or maybe Google Fi) for a teen travelling internationally, and despite ingesting a multitude of blogs, vlogs, YT how-to's, ESIM provider FAQs, and my own carrier's customer support, I still have basic questions. The phone is an unlocked Pixel 3a (so Android). The carrier is Mint Mobile. I've confirmed that the phone works with ESIM and with the bands available in the country (4G/LTE, but not 5G). [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 7:56 AM - 6 answers

June 20

Focused Din

Searching for a solution to allow my elderly FIL to listen to the television without having to crank up the volume to overwhelm the rest of the family. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by China Grover at 7:08 PM - 14 answers

Can anyone recommend a good projector?

I've been asked to speak at a conference and they've asked me to bring my own projector for my presentation. I don't have one. Can anyone recommend a good one? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 7:58 AM - 13 answers

De-Activate Automatic "Scan Text" Popups On iPhone 13 Pro

My new iPhone 13 Pro has many good qualities, but it almost always only allows me to "Scan Text" rather than the "Paste" option I had with my previous phone. Despite extensive googling, almost all I can find are suggestions to de-activate the "Live Text" option, which is NOT the same thing and which does not achieve what I want. The other suggestions don't work either. [more inside]
posted by purplesludge at 3:08 AM - 6 answers

June 17

Why does everything on my new TV look like a 1970s BBC drama

We just got a new 32" tv replacing a similar sized 2006 set. I'm watching the film Titanic. The visual quality of the film looks incredibly cheap - as if I'm watching the camera work from a 1970s BBC production. [more inside]
posted by plonkee at 3:23 PM - 11 answers

How much data is my webcam going to spend?

I thought I had solved my anxiety about leaving the cats and house unattended while I'm away on vacation by getting some nifty webcams, but now I am concerned about how much data they use. Can you please explain like I'm 5 whether there's anything to worry about and if possible, what settings I should make sure in place to alleviate concerns? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity at 12:26 PM - 5 answers

Number Spoofing

For about two weeks now, at least once or twice a day I get a call or a text saying some version of, "Yeah, I got a call from this number. Who is this? What do you want?" or I get an automated response in the form of a text that says, "Sorry, I can't talk right now." I have never contacted these numbers in any form. [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn at 11:54 AM - 11 answers

AV troubleshooting

Moderating a conference panel and one of our panelists couldn't come cuz COVID positive. I have a cordless mic, a phone and a laptop. I do not have access to any kind of overhead AV system. I don't expect she'll be able to fully participate but is there a way for me to bring her in for at least her initial presentation? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 9:30 AM - 10 answers

June 14

Mac or PC for work?

I'm starting a new gig in a couple weeks, and have the choice of a Macbook or a (nice) PC laptop. Which? [more inside]
posted by Vhanudux at 10:37 AM - 17 answers

Now help ME headphone!

In the second headphone question of the day, I'm looking for two pairs of modestly priced over the ear headphones to keep plugged in to my electric piano and electronic drums. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 9:38 AM - 4 answers

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