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October 2

Shouldn't texting from the US to the UK be less of a kerfuffle?

While in the UK, I tried to text my UK friend from my US-based cell phone, and nothing happened. Back in the US, I've tried alternative protocols, and I'm getting error messages. [more inside]
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese at 11:55 AM - 21 answers

Want a texting program that alerts me when I get a phone call.

I used to use something called MightyText, and it worked like a dream. A few updates ago it stopped working and I'd like to find a solution. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella at 9:57 AM - 5 answers

Coding bootcamp or at-home DIY?

I've been working in games for almost a decade now. With the birth of my first son and a recent lay-off/generous severance I've been looking ahead to try and figure out if that's really where I want to stay. It's been hard to find work after a recent move, the hours are horrific and the pay gets less good every year (Long gone are the bonuses after crunch!). Recently I've been thinking about moving to full stack front end work- There are way more gigs out there for it. I have a now very rusty background in web dev, but my technical chops are intact. Since I'd be "starting over", my question is this: Is it worth it to do a coding bootcamp or should I just stay home, DIY it and get a great portfolio together? I ask because games is very portfolio & relationship driven. A degree can be nice but was never a requirement. If you could do the work you'd be hired. Is there a similar ethos in mainline development work? or do I need some credentials to stand out?
posted by GilloD at 9:14 AM - 6 answers

October 1

Should I do anything to protect my iPhone 11 Pro's lenses?

People have always used lens caps to protect the lenses on their expensive cameras. I just got an iPhone 11 Pro, and one of its main features is the camera system. Shouldn't I cover its lenses when I put it in my pocket or bag? But how? [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust at 1:32 PM - 10 answers

September 30

Email fiercely, Harvard

Which email client did Harvard use in 1995? Are there screenshots of the inbox and/or what an email would look like as it was being written?
posted by pxe2000 at 4:56 PM - 25 answers

How to remove oneself from AT&T account?

Friend is currently AT&T on a family plan, and wants to get off of the plan onto his own, or with new company, but is unable to because the account holder holds the access pin that he doesn't know. He could just walk away from the account and start new somewhere with a new number but he has a lot tied to his number and would like to keep that same number at ant cost. Is there anyway to do this without the account holder giving the permission/access code? Can he go to a different carrier? It just seems crazy to me that he is locked into a contract, he pays for, that he can't find anyway to get off of whole keeping the same number? Thank you for advice!
posted by MamaBee223 at 2:37 AM - 17 answers

September 29

Is there an email client for Mac that will help me regain my sanity?

Like a lot of people, I get an enormous amount of work email every day, and it's completely overwhelming. Right now, I'm using Gmail's webapp (with some Outlook email also forwarded into it; I have some problems getting attachments in my work Outlook account, so I usually use Gmail instead). I want to switch to a desktop app for the Mac. [more inside]
posted by pinochiette at 9:11 AM - 12 answers

September 27

ssh2 in NodeJS - connecting to and getting data from lots of hosts

I needs to connect to about 200 different SSH servers, login to a network device, and run a command and get some output. Help? If you suggest a tool other than node, please keep in mind it needs to run in Windows. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by signsofrain at 2:07 PM - 12 answers

Who and why are all these little planes?

A local driving school likes to use our neighborhood to teach parallel parking. I'm guessing that a local piloting school is doing the same thing, but would like to find out for sure why our airspace is so full of noisy little ships. [more inside]
posted by lordcorvid at 6:06 AM - 15 answers

Should I replace my airpod or get something different?

I lost one of my airpods yesterday. Boo. Should I pay the €69 for a a single replacement pod? Or is there something better out there (with, possibly, a lower price point) [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 3:50 AM - 11 answers

September 26

Apple are you frickin' kidding me. Two-factor identification

Apple has no option to turn two-factor identification off. On a device I paid for. WHAT THE WHAT? I have one phone and live alone. If I lose my phone when out, what I need to do is to log into my icloud, probably on borrowed computer, and FIND MY IPHONE. In order to do log in from a new device and find my phone, Apple must send a verification code TO MY LOST PHONE. Does anyone have a way out of this circular security theater hell? TIA
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet at 11:34 AM - 11 answers

September 25

Google Fi Motorola X4 Bluetooth Question

I have bluetooth headphones that I run with. I just got a new Fitbit. I'm having big bluetooth connectivity issues with the Fitbit and am trying to figure out if the issue is my phone or the Fitbit. Like I am 5: Is it possible to have two different devices connected to my phone via Bluetooth and communicating with it at once? (I.e. music coming out of my headphones + Fitbit communicating with phone GPS to map my run, like it's supposed to.) Am I just asking too much of my phone?
posted by soren_lorensen at 11:52 AM - 1 answers

Swapping big and small bikes on a Wahoo Kickr Core

I'd like to get a smart trainer for me and my son to play Zwift. Is it possible to swap between my old bike (Giant Escape 2013) and my 8 year old son's bike (Islabikes Luath 26) on a single trainer? [more inside]
posted by Stark at 7:17 AM - 5 answers

September 24

How to use my iPad as a Powerpoint remote?

I would like to use my older iPad 3 to control a Powerpoint presentation running from my 2015 Macbook Pro. I would also like the iPad to display the currently displayed slide. What's the best way to do that? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars at 4:54 PM - 3 answers

Hang it up, flat screen

Is there such a thing as a flat screen tv mount that will let me turn the tv all the way around, like an owl turns its head? I tried searching for "360 degree" mounts but that seems to refer to turning the tv from landscape to portrait. [more inside]
posted by bleep at 12:12 PM - 11 answers

September 23

Virgin mobile phone in Europe? or ANY phone?

I am baffled by the conflicting information I find online about using my Virgin phone while in England and in Greece. Would really appreciate hearing anyone's experience here. My phone is a cheap android smartphone, my plan is Virgin, I'm based in the U.S. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 7:41 PM - 11 answers

September 21

New Pixel 3a Sucking Up Data Like a Crazy Data Sucker-Upper

I recently replaced my Samsung Galaxy 5S with a Google Pixel 3a. The other phone on the plan is also a Galaxy 5. My old Galaxy 5S is disconnected and off. Up until I switched phones we were using - on average - 1200 MB data. In the first month of the new phone, we used over 16 GB. This is not sustainable. Help! [more inside]
posted by Gray Duck at 9:22 AM - 12 answers

Need a communications tool for a very mixed-tech-skills group of people

Does this exist? I am part of a workshop using handcrafts to bring together a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, mixed-age group of women, with heavy emphasis on community building. We need a means to communicate between classes with announcements, photos, conversations, etc., but because of mixed tech accessibility, it's not as simple as just creating a Facebook group. [more inside]
posted by leticia at 6:58 AM - 7 answers

September 20

Keep using my phone after security patches stop?

My phone gets its last security patch next month and is otherwise perfectly fine. Can I keep using it? [more inside]
posted by paper chromatographologist at 1:35 PM - 5 answers

Office 365 mail groups or distribution lists on iPhone

Hi Everyone When at the office I can use Outlook on the desktop to mail to a group/distribution list. When outside the office I would like to use my email distribution lists to send mail to a group however I cannot see it in the native iPhone mail app (I can see my contacts). The same for the Outlook app on the iPhone - I can see my contacts however there is no way to mail to a group. Is there and app or a way to send email to a group from my iPhone? Thanks!
posted by bright77blue at 6:02 AM - 3 answers

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