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September 17

My stupid phone refuses to play nice with my stupid headphones!

The sound on my cell phone goes crazy when I try to use headphones! It immediately drops down to zero, no matter what I do. Has anyone else had this problem and found a fix? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 8:12 PM - 6 answers

Is it possible there are RAW files somewhere?

So I got back from a round the world trip where I took a lot of photos. Normally I shoot RAW but as I'm going through all the pics now on my mac in Photos they're showing up as JPGs. And there's no option to edit in RAW. It's possible I reset the camera and it went back to a raw default but I don't think so. Is there anywhere else these shots would be in RAW form on my computer?
posted by rileyray3000 at 5:52 PM - 4 answers

3D printing software that can split one VWRL file into multiple parts

I'm working on a project where we take an automatically generated object, load it into Materialise’s Magics then use the Split Part by Color [sic] function to make it into multiple parts. I'm trying to write up our procedure for other people to use, but Magics costs something like $40K. Are there cheaper/free alternatives that can do the same thing? [more inside]
posted by Canageek at 12:39 PM - 4 answers

Is this smartphone antiquated, dying or is it a service provider issue?

I have been using a Moto X 2nd generation (~2014) for the last 3-4 years and it's been a great phone. Lately though things have been iffy, and I can't seem to figure out what the problem is. [more inside]
posted by kilohertz at 10:59 AM - 5 answers

I need a crash course in industrial design

I have a nice home shop and I know how to use it. My problem is that when I'm designing things, I feel like I'm always reinventing the wheel, and usually doing a worse job. Googling stuff is always really hard because I don't know the right term for what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 7:40 AM - 14 answers

September 16

File management with workplace Google docs

My employer is strongly pushing for us to do everything on a workplace Google Docs account. Should I still keep backups on my personal computer? [more inside]
posted by ficbot at 7:46 PM - 9 answers

Go Pro Buying

For those who have a Go Pro, what are your experiences and advice for the Go Pro and essential accessories . Also, software questions. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 7:17 PM - 5 answers

Is this social-media/SEO specialist taking advantage?

I work for a small family-run business (<10 employees). There is a friend of one of the employees who was hired for their marketing/SEO experience to establish and maintain our social media accounts, and manage SEO on our website. I was informed what this person is billing and wondering if this sounds fair. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:14 AM - 11 answers

September 13

Is there a carrier that won't auto-delete my voice messages?

I have t-mobile and am sick of how they auto-delete my voicemails. [more inside]
posted by fantasticness at 10:56 AM - 16 answers

September 9

How to connect a toy with AV cables to a laptop that has HDMI?

Apologies in advance for the lack of tech knowledge here! I got a Fisher Price Smart Cycle secondhand. It is basically a stationary bike for kids, that comes with game cartridges. You are supposed to connect it to a TV, so it has white and yellow audio and video output cables. I prefer to connect it to my laptop, which has HDMI and USB connections, not audio and video In jacks. [more inside]
posted by leslievictoria at 6:36 PM - 7 answers

Best high-capacity iPod substitute in 2018?

I realize that I'm way out of step with modern times, and the masses are largely content with using phones for media players and syncing with cloud services - but I want to remain in full control of my mobile media playing. What is the best high-capacity media (MP3 & FLAC, mostly) player that can be had today? Curmudgeonly details inside. [more inside]
posted by jzb at 5:56 AM - 12 answers

Voicemail service question

Which service has the best options for leaving someone long voicemails that can be downloaded in mp3 or easily playable format? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 5:14 AM - 2 answers

Sleep tracker for segmented sleep?

I need to log my fragmented sleep in some kind of sleep diary; would like to use a device to help with this vs manually notating sleep/wake times (& having to clock-watch). My iPhone sucks at this (as do many trackers, apparently) - it only counts the last chunk of sleep (or movement-free time) as sleep. I’d like to pay less than more, but a bit on the more side is ok if that’s going to be necessary. TIA! [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock at 2:24 AM - 10 answers

September 8

Recommend me a soldering iron (or twenty)

I run workshops with young teenagers where they get to solder small kits. They are very slow and it’s usually their first time soldering. We have decent budget irons but they really do take a beating from being left on and mainly unused for hours and hours at a time. [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 11:55 PM - 6 answers

September 7

Dedicated Writing Device Suggestions

Writers: what are you using to write with? I don’t like writing on a standard computer or laptop because the screen strains my eyes and the internet connectivity is so distracting. I need my writing to be saved digitally so old school paper and ink are out, although something almost as basic as that is the goal. Are there any good dedicated writing devices on the market right now? Like a kindle but with a keyboard? E ink and portability are pluses.
posted by RingerChopChop at 1:34 PM - 21 answers

Recommend an ios app for recording phone calls

Can anyone suggest an ios app that can be used for recording phone calls and doesn't require a monthly fee? Most of the recommendations I've seen so far are for Android only or have some kind of monthly cost. I'm looking for a solution where I pay a flat fee for the app and don't have any other ongoing costs. Thanks!
posted by Proginoskes at 10:19 AM - 5 answers

GPS tracking for an elderly relative and a disabled relative

These are two separate relatives who live together and co-caregive. We are slowly changing circumstances so that my husband and I can be there more often, but when we are not, I would like to know (without calling them constantly and worrying when I can't get through). Neither has a smart phone and please believe me when I say neither would adjust well (or at all) to one. [more inside]
posted by pammeke at 10:03 AM - 10 answers

Did Edward Longshanks outlaw the burning of peat moss?

I've seen this mentioned in a modern-day environmental document but cannot find a more substantial reference. Any ideas?
posted by mareli at 7:13 AM - 7 answers

September 6

Diagnosing Preamp / Receiver channel drop + static

I have a Adcom GTP-400 Preamp / Receiver and a GFA-535 amplifier. I have had issues where a channel (it can happen to either channel) will drop low and have some static. See inside for further explanation, but how can I try to fix this myself? [more inside]
posted by apetpsychic at 9:19 PM - 2 answers

September 4

Please help me find an RSVP website or program to use at work.

We hold several events per year for anywhere from 50-2000 attendees. We email out invites, and those who RSVP yes are then emailed ticket/s from our ticketing system. (We also sell paid tickets online to these events, which don’t go through the RSVP process.) We did have a database that we used for RSVPs, but it’s no longer working for us and we are phasing it out, and looking for a new way to manage the RSVP process. It doesn’t have to be a free service. [more inside]
posted by peppermintfreddo at 6:37 PM - 6 answers

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