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February 8

Really small, really cheap computer for photo slideshow

We put on a booth every year at a big local dog show to educate people about our breed. Part of this booth is a screen displaying dog photos. I've always been worried that that the MacBook Pro we use for the slide show will wander off when my back is turned. So I'm looking for a better way. [more inside]
posted by kindall at 10:35 PM - 16 answers

Facebook page call-to-action buttons

I'm trying to add a "call to action" button to my Facebook business page but there doesn't seem to be an option to do so and googling provides no helpful information. Please help! [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 11:53 AM - 7 answers

keyboard case for 9.7 inch ipad

The keyboard case I've been using with my ipad (9.7", 2017; plain, not Pro) is dying. Help me find a cheap replacement. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 5:46 AM - 1 answers

February 7

Using the extra buttons on a Japanese keyboard

I'd like to use the extra buttons on my Japanese keyboard which has been mapped to an US setting. [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 8:57 PM - 2 answers

Help Me Pick Games and Accessories for a Playstation 4

My sons (age 14 and 11) have convinced me to buy a Playstation 4 for the family. I am probably going to buy the Spider-Man bundle (but could be convinced to buy a different version). What I am really looking to know is what games should I get to start with, and what accessories do I need? [more inside]
posted by bove at 8:01 AM - 23 answers

iPad apps that bring you joy (and productivity!)

This "I love this iPhone app" question, but for iPads! [more inside]
posted by Stevia Agave at 7:22 AM - 9 answers

February 6

Unpredictable computer freezing options?

I have a Dell Inspiron 13 7375 (AMD Ryzen 5) running Windows 10. It works very well in general, but occasionally freezes completely. when I say freeze, I mean it ceases responding to any input, completely and instantly. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady at 11:07 AM - 7 answers

February 4

Mobile service stopped working on smartphone. Fix it or forget it?

Last Monday night I installed some sort of update to my Android phone. Since then, I haven't had any mobile data or service. [more inside]
posted by megancita at 4:48 PM - 5 answers

Simple app to track arrival time for work and gym?

I'm trying to reinforce my morning routine, because I'm happier when I stick to it. I'm motivated by tracking. So I'm looking for a simple app where I can push the button to say "I'm here" and see my stats. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mercredi at 9:33 AM - 9 answers

February 3

Scanning printed numbers into Excel

I've been asked to copy ISBNs or similar identifying numbers from thousands of hard copy books, in to Excel. Is there an efficient way of doing this? I'm hoping for a technique that's easier than typing each number into a spreadsheet. For example, is there an app/device that will OCR selected text on a printed page (and exclude surrounding text)? Can the same app/device transfer the OCRed numbers in to a simple text/csv file - or directly in to Excel? [more inside]
posted by brushtailedphascogale at 11:58 PM - 11 answers

February 2

I want the opposite of search engine optimization for my blog

I need to set up a blog and would like to avoid it being indexed by search engines. How can I accomplish this with minimal hassle and expense? [more inside]
posted by reren at 3:56 PM - 7 answers

February 1

Shuffled, scrambled, randomized

I have some found text (lists of words and phrases) that I'm using for a writing project. I'm looking for some easy online tools to manipulate the text to help me get ideas. I've found plenty of tools to shuffle the order of entries, and I can translate back and forth. What are some other tools that can help? I'm especially interested in any kind of erasure tool, but I'd love any tips.
posted by mermaidcafe at 6:58 PM - 7 answers

What are these mystery texts?

Did my phone number get spoofed? All day I've been getting texts from unfamiliar numbers with just the single word "stop" -- like they're trying to opt out of text messages from me. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 12:36 PM - 4 answers

Audio auto sensing?

I have a soundbar with 3 inputs: some sort of optical, 3.5mm and one other I don't recall. The switching between inputs on this bar is annoying. Is there a device I can put in front of the soundbar that can automatically switch input devices and have only output that I'll then connect to the soundbar?
posted by aeighty at 9:58 AM - 4 answers

Finding a reputable social media lookup service

I work for an ad agency and they tasked me with finding the social media accounts of people who've used this very new, specialized product. I have email, name, phone number, address, city and state, but I'm really struggling to find their social media accounts. [more inside]
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 9:17 AM - 3 answers


I play music from my computer through a mini-plug line-out that splits into RCA plugs and goes into my amplifier and speakers. I have a decent higher range stereo amplifier and I have some Infinity bookshelf speakers. Two questions: for the purposes of sound quality, does it matter whether I turn up the sound on my computer or on my amp? I have a USB audio out device, for the purposes of sound quality should I use USB out instead of mini-stereo out to send sound from my iMac to my stereo amp?
posted by OmieWise at 7:15 AM - 9 answers

January 31

When Shazam doesnt bring the magic that you need

Looking for music recognition software or an app that will listen to a song and suggest songs that are similar to it, not actually identify the song that is playing itself. Turns out this may not be a thing? [more inside]
posted by BeeJiddy at 3:48 PM - 10 answers

The spoofing spam calls won't stop!

I've had a large increase in junk calls that spoof my own area code. I have some questions! [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover at 3:00 PM - 27 answers

January 30

Does this goal/time tracking system exist?

I'm specifically looking a time tracking phone app that does Pomodoros, recording results to a Gantt chart available on a website, and overall time assignments on a calendar. Does this exist already in some form? [more inside]
posted by diode at 4:15 PM - 4 answers

Do streaming services care about overall true peak or just parts?

Mastering audio: do streaming services like Spotify measure overall true peak of an entire song, or only at loudest points? Should I worry about songs getting clipped? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 9:46 AM - 4 answers

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