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June 3

Keeping things perpendicular during assembly

I have two pieces I need to glue together. One is a flat disk one-eighth of an inch thick with a hole in the middle. The second is a tube that's 0.1mm smaller than the hole in the disk. I will be gluing these using a compatible adhesive -- but how do I keep the tube as perpendicular as possible during the gluing? Cure time will be on the order of several minutes. [more inside]
posted by aramaic at 2:39 PM - 17 answers

June 1

Don't lock phone while active

Are there any iPhone apps that prevent the phone from locking while they're open, such as Google Maps when you're in driving mode? I don't mean purpose-built "keep awake" apps (although that would be ideal I don't think there any anymore?) I mean apps that do this by default once they're opened. I know there is a way to do it in Swift. Is anyone using it? [more inside]
posted by bleep at 11:01 PM - 11 answers

May 31

What is a basic mass text alert system for a small nonprofit to use?

I am part of a 501 c4 non-profit that is interested in a mass text alert system to notify our supporters about occasional critical news. Below are the criteria that we care about. What should we use? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 1:57 PM - 7 answers

May 28

Remotely administered "days since last accident" digital sign?

I'm trying to help our safety manager get a remotely administered system going. It is proving MUCH more difficult than I would have thought. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 4:02 PM - 12 answers

Password protected Wordpress page?

I have a Wordpress site for my company. I want to add a link to the front page that leads to a password protected area for my clients. How do I do that? It does't have to be intense level security (no personal information will be stored on the password protected page), but I do want to hide the product and pricing information on the page from my competitors and do not want it scraped by a search engine. It will only need one password, not a variety of logins and passwords.
posted by Feminazgul at 4:03 AM - 2 answers

May 26

Instagram linking to some wrong, random new Facebook feature ?

How do I get my Instagram to post to my Facebook page again? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 3:34 PM - 1 answers

Is the picture quality in cheap new TVs better?

We have a ~10 year old LCD TV that was pretty decent when we bought it (one of the nicer Samsung models). Now I see all of these dirt cheap TVs for sale (like <$500)...ignoring the advances in technology (HDR, Smart TV, etc.), will the actual image quality on these cheapo TVs be better than on my old, expensive TV? In other words, has flat panel technology improved to the point where the cheap TVs of today look better than the decent TVs of 10 years ago?
posted by griseus at 8:38 AM - 5 answers

May 25

Secret recording camera for mothers nursing home room

I need a recording/viewing camera for my mothers room in a nursing home. I need to be concealed and can be viewed live and record by motion.
posted by JayRwv at 7:42 PM - 10 answers

May 24

Unlock iPhone 6 without knowing carrier?

A friend was given an iPhone 6 by a relative. The iPhone started its life in the US, but is now in NZ. Putting in a local SIM leads to a long-winded error message implying that it's locked. Most online advice seems to start with 'ask your carrier', but how do you proceed if you don't have that information? [more inside]
posted by inexorably_forward at 5:33 PM - 7 answers

Looking for web-based email forwarding product

I have an email account that I need to forward temporarily to a different address while I am on a boat using a sat phone. My host sucks and will only allow me to do a forward if I delete the inbox. I have imagined a service that would pull down mail using POP or IMAP and forward it to my temporary email address, but I’m unable to find it myself. [more inside]
posted by Lame_username at 2:04 PM - 4 answers

I have an iPhone with Waze. Would a Garmin GPS be better?

I've enjoyed using my iPhone with Waze as a navigator when I'm driving. I used to have a Garmin GPS which also worked really well until it finally kicked the bucket last year. Should I buy a new GPS, or stick with the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by fuzzy.little.sock at 12:43 PM - 10 answers

How can we change the privacy setting on a big Facebook group to Public?

We are a 501c4 nonprofit, and we have an official Facebook Page, and an official Facebook Group. A group admin recently changed the group's privacy setting from Public to Secret. We now want to change it back to Public. How can we do that? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 12:42 PM - 3 answers

someone logged into my Verizon Messages account

I just received a text from Verizon that someone logged into my Verizon Messages account. The IP address where the log in occurred is in a location where my former stalker lives. Help me figure out how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 7:32 AM - 16 answers

May 23

Getting Samsung TV and LG Soundbar to play well together

4 or 5 years ago we bought a Samsung UN50J6300 TV and LG Electronics LAS551H Sound Bar. Originally they worked together okay but over time it's been harder and harder to get them to work together. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by unus sum at 9:07 PM - 4 answers

My smarthome is smarter than me

I'd like to cast movies to my older projector, which has a VGA port. I bought a Chromecast, and a HDMI-to-VGA adapter, and am able to cast moving pictures without a hitch, but can't figure out how to get the sound to work without plugging my wired speakers directly into the adapter's 3.5mm audio jack. There must be another way, yes? [more inside]
posted by tapir-whorf at 4:42 PM - 8 answers

Help my Pixel 3A XL camera reach full potential.

I am looking for a guides, apps, blogs and other resources that will allow metouse my new Google Pixel 3A XL camera at its full potential. There are a lot of things hidden in the settings that I will never be able to find on my own. In particular, I am looking for a guide to the camera features that I can access easily.
posted by Xurando at 8:29 AM - 3 answers

May 20

Building a better thermostat

I'm setting up an automated temperature control system for brewing beer. My computer is only going to be communicating with heating and cooling elements using on/off control (no ability to set the elements to operate at 50% power, say). I'm hoping there's a better way to control this system than just having a hysteresis range. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop at 2:58 PM - 12 answers

May 18

Was My Hotel Bonkers?

My hotel in Chicago claimed that my no-longer-functioning room key was "Demagnetized" by being placed next to a credit card. I did not believe it. Do any of you believe it?
posted by Raybun at 5:23 PM - 34 answers

a medium size internet

What can I do with a tablet? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 11:48 AM - 18 answers

May 17

Looking for a 9mm GT2 Timing belt in Eastern Ontario Canada

I need to buy a 9mm GT2 Open ended Timing belt near Ottawa Ontario as the question says. [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler at 12:55 PM - 4 answers

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