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What can I do with an old (psychology) button box? [more inside]
I am currently browsing makerspaces, hackspaces, etc., but can't find a specific tutorial/overview. The perfect resource would give me a good tutorial on how to expand the capabilities of a computerized machine that has no USB port (Brother SC9500). I'd like to be able to program additional stitches on it, and need to find a way to "talk" to it with a computer (or: talk to its computer). So I'll need both, under-the-hood guidance and some idea of the relevant software/hardware setups. [more inside]
dear apple enthusiasts with airpod pros, is there any way to enjoy airpod pros and have acceptable microphone quality for calls? [more inside]
When I talk to Siri on my iPhone, her responses often make me wonder what the hell she is thinking. She comes up with some really weird interpretations of what I say. I'm not so much interested in fixing the problem (although that would certainly be nice) as I am in figuring out the reasons behind the idiosyncratic behavior. [more inside]
Due to a variety of battery-dependent hobbies, my kids are going through a TON of AA/AAAs, and I need to stem the cost/waste. Can any MeFites that have done significant field testing recommend rechargeable batteries that are worth the extra cost?
I want advice, feedback, recommendations on resources for coordinating help for a young mom recently diagnosed with breast cancer. This is a close relative. I wish I lived nearby but I'm far enough away that most of my support will be remote. Closest family is a 3 hour drive. I want to coordinate a number of things and I'm looking for advice on best way to do it. [more inside]
I'm planning to ditch my iPhone and switch to a phone that has no internet capability. What phone should I get? [more inside]
I'm coming from MacOS and really enjoy certain apps for productivity like HazeOver and Magnet. I'm wondering if there is software for Windows that I should definitely look into, particularly for managing windows on a larger monitor, like the ones I mentioned. I'm also looking for a good PDF program. More inside. [more inside]
I'm tempted to buy a phone lens kit to take some better photos. Based on experience, what kit would you suggest? I would like to keep the price under $50 . [more inside]
I need some advice as to what online dating app is likely the most effective for finding a long-term relationship, especially when the "swipe" model seems most popular everywhere, but isn't my strength. Are there well-populated venues where checking the profile is the norm? [more inside]
A friend who DJs at a college station played my music (.wav file) on the radio but it sounded clipped and distorted - what could have caused it? [more inside]
I'm working on my little portfolio website and just added a bunch of new content and Google Analytics. Google Analytics says I had 6 new unique visitors today who all spent less than a second on the site. I know these are probably not humans right? Then who are they? [more inside]
I'd like to design / mod my own guitar pedals. How do I learn the basics of circuit design? [more inside]
My Fitbit Charge 2 is on its last legs and I am planning to replace it before too long. I'm considering another Fitbit device, but also an Apple Watch 5. However, I'm having trouble sorting through the relative strengths and weaknesses of the different models, and how they might fit my needs. What does Metafilter recommend? [more inside]
My trusty desktop computer has been acting up in an exciting variety of ways and I am having trouble diagnosing the problem. [more inside]
I have a standard, basic (old-fashioned?) A/V output (AppleTV, Bluray player, old region-free DVD player)->receiver (Yamaha RX-V677)->speakers setup in my living room. I'd like to be able to also (and simultaneously) send the audio into the bathroom, but it's not feasible to run wires for a speaker there--it would have to be some kind of wireless speaker. Is this even possible, given my receiver? If so, what's the best option?
I have an old TV, a Sony KLV-S32A10, and a dying Apple TV. The Apple TV was set up by my ex-husband, I don't know anything about it, and I feel totally out of my depth with this stuff. So can you please tell me whether an Amazon Fire Stick will work with this TV?
I’ve decided it might be time to splurge on an entry-level home 3D printer, but there are so many options available. Which one would best suit my needs? [more inside]
Since getting a new phone, I have periodically had apps showing up without my installing them. Why? [more inside]
I was gifted a new Kindle for Christmas with "no ads." While my old Kindle really had "no ads," my new Kindle's lock screen is now a giant ad for goodreads, and the home screen has a goodreads banner at the bottom. I've managed to turn off the goodreads functionality (greying out the goodreads icon) using parental controls, but I still feel like my Kindle is constantly shouting at me. Is there anyway to get rid of these "ads" or is this just what a Kindle is nowadays?