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February 8

Examples of great indoor mapping

Does your workspace, public centre or visitor attraction have a great digital map? Point me to it! [more inside]
posted by freya_lamb at 3:35 AM - 2 answers

Help Me Download Voice Messages from a Facebook Messenger Conversation

My... romantic interest and I have been having a wonderfully loooong and meandering conversation over Facebook Messenger over the past few months. It's been just so wonderful getting to know her more and more... but my question isn't entirely pure or chaste. [more inside]
posted by Philby at 2:54 AM - 2 answers

February 6

Transferring a Verizon iPhone to a different Verizon account

I have an iPhone 6s that I want to give to my husband, who also has an iPhone 6s but unfortunately dropped it into the bathtub. We both have Verizon service, but are not on the same account. What do we need to do to make my old phone into his new phone? [more inside]
posted by something something at 1:28 PM - 7 answers

February 5

ticket tracking and wiki software for household management?

My fiancee and I would like to set up a private, but Internet-accessible instance of some ticket-tracking and wiki software for communicating and documenting household stuff with my fiancee. Both because it'll help each of us remember things better, but also to help share work more equitably. I especially care about this because I expect it'll be an uphill battle once we have kids for me to stay involved (and be seen by others to be involved). [more inside]
posted by meaty shoe puppet at 9:10 PM - 7 answers

ISO: Small drone for HQ indoor filming close to people.

I want a small drone, with 1080+ resolution, high bitrate, decent optics, stabilization, smooth navigation, which is safe-ish to operate close to humans. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke at 8:48 AM - 9 answers

How to restore WhatsApp messages?

I found backups of my messages from an old phone and number (both of which I don't have anymore). Is there a way to "unpack" and restore these files so I can see them on my new phone, or even on my computer? [more inside]
posted by Spiderwoman at 3:09 AM - 3 answers

February 3

Replace Samsung S4 with A5 or S7 Compare cameras? Other features?

Mrs Maninuit's Samsung Galaxy s4 is biting the dust. We want to buy her a new Android phone.... She doesn't want to pay for a super top-of-the-line phone. She does do a fair amount of photography and video. Looking for suggestions and have a question or two... [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 5:45 PM - 2 answers

Run to yer mama

I have a folder full of low-resolution images, basically thumbnails by today's standards, with descriptive file names, and a stack of DVDs full of high-resolution jpgs straight from cameras with long serial-number-type file names. I'm certain that the originals for most of the thumbnails are on the DVDs and I need a magic way to match them up, so that each little lost orphan thumbnail can find its mama original. [more inside]
posted by XMLicious at 6:01 AM - 5 answers

February 2

Getting "Fiber" internet, how exactly might they wire my home up?

I'm leasing a brand new home, and I have a question about how Cox (my provider) might be planning on wiring things up. Specifically, I'm looking for how the internal network itself is setup. [more inside]
posted by sideshow at 12:36 PM - 5 answers

February 1

Why is my smart thermostat so dumb?

We got a Nest thermostat this Fall. While we were already using a programmable thermostat to good effect, I was looking forward to having a thermostat that was internet connected and better learned our habits. We have been underwhelmed to the point I think that maybe I’ve done something to screw it up. [more inside]
posted by Betelgeuse at 8:25 PM - 10 answers

24 hour a day bluetooth headset wear

How can I add bluetooth headphones to my daily routine in a way that works for relatively constant use. [more inside]
posted by diode at 10:58 AM - 7 answers

Is there a hosting and email provider that isn't completely garbage?

I don't want anything complicated, just something that *works*. No ecommerce, no huge traffic. Just a few domains with associated email accounts. I literally just want to be able to be sure that I receive email that I'm sent, and that the emails I send go where they're supposed to go. I use the associated email addresses for email sends to a mailing list for work, so I also want to be sure I don't screw that up somehow. What company actually works, doesn't sell all your private info, and doesn't have terrible customer service? I'm willing to pay more for something not terrible.
posted by schadenfrau at 9:01 AM - 17 answers

January 31

How to learn mechanical engineering skill for better 3D printing design?

Are there resources (online, videos, books) that will give me the basics that I need for hobbyist level? I am thinking that Mechanical Engineering classes from MIT Open Courseware would be overkill, but maybe I'm wrong. I'm not looking to become an engineer, but just build better things from a "maker" perspective. [more inside]
posted by mboszko at 4:34 PM - 5 answers

Simple DJ Software for Swing Dancing Events

Can anyone recommend a simple DJ software setup? This will be for Swing Dancing events. [more inside]
posted by crios at 11:13 AM - 5 answers

Best way to buy multiple iPhones/iPad?

What is the best/most cost effective way to buy 3 Apple products at once? And what model iPhone? [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 10:09 AM - 7 answers

January 29

Seeking new cellphone for long-term relationship

What smartphone on the market has the best outlook for a long-term commitment? My hand me down iPhone 4 is quickly reaching the end of its battery life and stopped updating years ago, so I'm trying to figure out my next step. [more inside]
posted by Maarika at 5:41 PM - 19 answers

dumb smartphone sensor question

Mr. Aerobic's mobile phone passed away unexpectedly last night after a year+ of out-of-space-errors, ridiculous loading times, and poor touchscreen sensitivity. It will be mourned by no one. We're now looking for a replacement, and the key criterion is that it have a compass/magnetic sensor to allow the use of planetarium or stargazing apps. However, the terminology is confusing - a couple phones (including the Samsung Galaxy A5, which is currently our lead candidate) list "Hall-effect sensors" or "geomagnetic sensors" in their specifications, but despite much googling, we can't work out if these will give us the functionality we're looking for. Would appreciate if any more mobile-savvy Mefites could provide some clarification.
posted by aerobic at 7:05 AM - 7 answers

January 28

Looking for a document collection box with a date stamp.

I'd like to find a device that will both collect documents (standard 8 1/2X11 pages) and date stamp the documents as it collects them. The device needs to be secure (can only be opened with a key). Does such a thing exist?
posted by ezrainch at 9:54 AM - 2 answers

January 27

Help me find my way around

My phone is an LG G5 on the ATT network. Google maps can figure out where I want to go when I enter an address, but it won't navigate me there with turn-by-turn directions like it used to. [more inside]
posted by Shohn at 3:25 PM - 7 answers

January 26

Gaming Haven

Hello, AskMe! I have searched previous questions but did not find this particular one. Tax refund time is rolling around and I am building myself a lovely little entertainment center/gaming heaven, YAY. [more inside]
posted by Zarya at 11:08 PM - 7 answers

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