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June 3

Simultaneous Controlling Multiple Canon T6i DSLRs for VIDEO remotely?

I know there are options to trigger multiple camera's shutter releases simultaneously for photos, but is there some device (or combination of devices) that I can plug into each camera that will sync them together and allow me to begin shooting VIDEO with one remote? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 12:47 PM - 2 answers

June 2

Earbud headphones for small ears

I have tiny ear canals and would like in-ear headphones that fit. Cheap (less than $20), replaceable, and small is the goal here, ideally with in-line microphone. Usually what happens is I buy a pair of earbuds, put on the smallest silicone tips, and they are still too big to even go into the ear canal. I'm in the SF Bay Area but trying on anything in person at a store before buying seems unlikely right now. [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight at 11:40 AM - 7 answers

Auto formatting procedures

I have to write a lot of procedures and I spend way too long fighting with the formatting in word. Is there a way to input my procedures somewhere and then have a program spit out a final formatted document? I don't care if the end result is word, a pdf, or something else, I just need it to look right (details below). [more inside]
posted by sillysally at 6:57 AM - 12 answers

June 1

Preview for Mac no longer copies and pastes pdf pages?

I often have to compose big pdfs from (bits of) smaller pdfs. Preview for Mac used to be really good at this but no longer copies and pastes pdf pages between thumbnail or contact sheet views. Has Preview lost functionality? Is there any way to get its original behaviour back? [more inside]
posted by chappell, ambrose at 11:38 AM - 2 answers

I need a list of everything I can ask Siri to do if my iPhone is locked

I usually start my day by saying "hey Siri, what's the weather out there?" as I walk to the bathroom and she tells me. But asking "what's on my calendar" I get "you need to unlock your iPhone first." Where can I find a list of all the usable commands I can do when my phone is locked?
posted by rileyray3000 at 6:24 AM - 4 answers

May 31

How to discretely track iPhone for at-risk relative?

Main requirements are that the method be discrete and persistent (not easily disabled), would prefer other features as well (e.g., see what is on their screen when in use) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:13 AM - 8 answers

May 30

ISO a very basic laptop that won't be e-waste in 12 months

What should I prioritize in a basic laptop that I want to hang onto for a while? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 5:52 PM - 15 answers

May 29

Free my music!

A fair portion of my music has been uploaded to Google music. It does not seem easy to upload the rest and I would prefer to get away from being dependent on Google for a number of reasons anyway. I will pay for online storage and will pay for automatic ID of songs. What are the best current options for someone with a large number of albums? [more inside]
posted by a non mouse, a cow herd at 8:18 PM - 4 answers

I need to simulate breathing for cancer treatment

My company sells equipment for cancer treatment that, among other things, tracks the breathing movement of a patient. In order to test this function, we use a small "breathing box" (video here). This amazingly hi-tec piece of equipment is...a "reborn" doll breathing simulator. They're no longer available and we need something that performs the same function. [more inside]
posted by SampleSize at 1:31 PM - 4 answers

Looking for a QUIET air conditioner!

One that has a decent fan, and is QUIET. A decent filter would be nice; good louver direction would nice. QUIET.
posted by ebesan at 12:06 PM - 4 answers

Identify this Fitbit-ish device

Photos on imgur Found in a bush in the UK during a ramble. I'd like to plug it in to see if it it has an email address or postcode in it so it can make its way back to the owner. Found in the UK, where there doesn't seem to be a repatriation service run by Fitbit. I also don't know if it is a real Fitbit or something else. What charger would allow this to connect to a computer and hopefully make its way home?
posted by Cantdosleepy at 3:27 AM - 3 answers

May 28

Recommendations for hardware at Drive In

Hi all, I'm looking for an answer about what kind of accessory I should pick up to plug into the AUX hole of my speaker at a drive in movie theater in order to make it pick up the (possibly weak) signal of the theater. [more inside]
posted by ABlanca at 12:34 PM - 9 answers

May 27

Does a video doorbell really deter burglars?

My neighborhood gets a fair number of burglaries and break-ins. I'm considering a video doorbell (aka doorbell camera aka smart doorbell) as a preventive measure, but it's hard to find any evidence to support this. [more inside]
posted by splitpeasoup at 1:33 PM - 13 answers

New iPad Mail App - how to remove "web preview" pane or ??

Please see the screenshot - i am trying to help my Dad (79. has had an iPad for 6-7 yrs) reclaim his mail app real estate on his brand new iPad. There is a mini-preview pane on the right side which he says he cannot close that shows websites in some emails, but not necessarily related to the email he is currently viewing. Does anyone know what this feature is called or how to disable or close it? (In the screenshot it's the pane showing the Springer website.) Screenshot
posted by chr1sb0y at 9:36 AM - 8 answers

May 26

Sound from two laptops, but with one pair of headphones.

I wanna hear noises from both computers without having to switch input jacks. How to do it? [more inside]
posted by po822000 at 8:08 AM - 14 answers

Simplest effective encryption

I need to create an unbreakable code to protect a document. [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 8:00 AM - 32 answers

May 25

Looking for a good copyediting recruiter for corporate copyediting

Highly experienced tech industry copyeditor seeking a recruiter who could hook me up with ongoing corporate copyediting. [more inside]
posted by lometogo at 9:17 PM - 2 answers

Help my small organization become more... agile... without "Agile"?

My (40 person) NGO organization produces reports and 'communications products' (formerly paper, but increasingly complex/digital), and doesn't have codified processes/protocols/norms/tools to ensure that everyone along a product production line are alerted to changes in status/delays etc. The speeding and halting of production is communicated with patchy person to person emails, and by the communications director physically walking to each desk of every project manager and technician once per week. Inevitably, communication gaps are rising and with our COVID19 shift to telework, exponentially. I'm their advisor on technology and innovation. What can I suggest? [more inside]
posted by iiniisfree at 6:56 PM - 10 answers

Enhance!

Apparently there is software that will not just upscale a video, but use an algorithm and/or AI to fill in details so what you get has more details than you started with. I guess they're calling it "superresolution" or "AI upscale", if there's a better term let me know. I'd like to try it out - are there good free or FOSS programs that would do this for a video? Bonus points for GUI but I can try CLI if that's what's available. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 12:37 PM - 6 answers

Treat windows 10 laptop like a surface pro

Could a Windows 10 laptop be set up in such a way even if it means installing a new OS what allows the company to view it as a Surface Pro and proceed to onboard the device as one? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 5:31 AM - 1 answers

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