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August 18

Best video camera under $100?

What is the best video camera for under $100? [more inside]
posted by amro at 5:47 AM - 8 answers

August 17

Open source Plex alternatives for music libraries?

I'm using Plex right now for music streaming of my collection, but I'd like something that's open source and a bit better for music specifically. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by jzb at 4:41 PM - 9 answers

August 16

Trying to pick a new phone

I'm really torn between the Moto G7, the Pixel 3a, and the Pixel 3. I am more than familiar with the different technical specs and advantages. I'm still torn. Help me decide - if you've bought one of these three specific phones, do you love it or regret it and why? [more inside]
posted by randomnity at 8:58 AM - 17 answers

August 15

Macbook Air not holding a charge

I purchased it about 3 years old, should this be happening already? [more inside]
posted by CancerSucks at 11:57 PM - 8 answers

uberall

How do I stop unwanted Uber notifications? These aren't texts. These messages show up out of the blue at the top of my screen. [more inside]
posted by jtexman1 at 11:41 AM - 2 answers

Getting rid of my smart phone (mostly)

My husband and I want to get rid of our smartphones. I think we can mostly do this, but I have some logistical questions. [more inside]
posted by neematoad at 8:25 AM - 36 answers

I lost my therapist's number + now I 'm dealing with an emergency!

My phone totally shut down on me 2 days ago and then yesterday someone in my family had a serious accident. There is no one here with me right now and I'm under enormous strain trying to cope by myself. I really need to talk to my therapist but as I can't access my contacts, I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by ChickenBear at 7:05 AM - 15 answers

Transferring audio and hard-copy content to Word docs

I have some things I need to put into Word docs and could use some advice. [more inside]
posted by heyho at 6:03 AM - 5 answers

August 13

efficient way to block text spammers on an iphone

My current method takes ten taps. Is there a shortcut? [more inside]
posted by a moisturizing whip at 6:57 PM - 5 answers

How do we track conversation and interactions for a grassroots campaign?

I am part of a campaign to get a company evicted from a building. Part of our campaign is asking the other tenants to publicly join our campaign. What is the best way to track our communication with these tenants? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 5:28 PM - 5 answers

Kik messenger app searching contacts

Question about Kik messenger app: if someone finds you via letting the app search their contacts, is the user name matched with the contact name or number? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:34 PM - 0 answers

Microsoft OneNote Sync Problem -- Need help recovering missing pages

I have been using Microsoft OneNote for some time on my Windows desktop, through the Office 365 site in Chrome and on my iPhone. All seems to have been working pretty well all that time across those devices, but I just saw two pages in a notebook disappear before my eyes and I can't seem to find them anywhere. [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good at 2:41 PM - 1 answers

August 11

What are the best wireless earbuds for audiobooks?

I have a fairly physical job--lifting, walking, some climbing--and I'd like a pair of wireless earbuds with excellent sound for audiobooks. A lot of the online reviews talk about sound quality for music, but I want to hear the books well. A little noise cancellation would be nice, and if they could auto-pause when they fell out of my ears, that would also be useful. I have a Google Pixel 3a phone. Ideally looking for the $50ish sorts but can go higher. What earbuds do you recommend?
posted by Alex Haist at 4:23 AM - 6 answers

August 9

Signup sheets, but 21st century

The non-profit I work for collects names and emails at events. Is there anything better than paper signup sheets? Complication: we may not always have network access. [more inside]
posted by scruss at 7:49 AM - 9 answers

August 7

Non-internet (Landline) Teleconferencing Solutions

I'm having trouble finding a non-internet teleconferencing solution for a person who travels a lot, especially in China. Any recommendations or ideas would be appreciated!
posted by rmmcclay at 9:25 PM - 4 answers

App recommendations for a flight with a two year old? (Sound-free)

We're taking a long flight soon and I'd like to be prepared with some games or videos to entertain our two year old in case the usual toys/snacks/books aren't enough. We don't normally do any screen time or apps so I'm not sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by Gravel at 4:15 PM - 13 answers

Simple solar internet?

Say you have a cellular modem that runs off a 12V power supply. Say you'd like to run it off a 12V battery bank instead of a wall wart. The battery bank's output varies from ~12V to ~13.5V depending on sunshine and what else is plugged in/running at the moment. [more inside]
posted by bricoleur at 8:36 AM - 9 answers

Allow selected sound and vibration notifications on Android

I virtually always have my Android phone on silent, and this is good because it means I'm not getting vibrations or noises to alert me to every new notification. However, it means that I miss the notifications of messaging apps where my close friends and family are trying to contact me and so I end up replying to them much later than I would prefer. What is the best way (if there is one) to keep my phone on silent while allowing sound and vibrations for notifications from only certain apps or people?
posted by Panthalassa at 7:21 AM - 6 answers

August 5

Cheap TV that doesn't turn itself off?

I recently bought a LG Smart TV for my cats [tax] to watch YouTube videos, but it automatically turns itself off after a few hours of no activity on the remote control, which makes it unsuitable for our purposes. I need to find a different cheap TV that plays YouTube videos and stays on 24/7 until someone deliberately switches it off. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 4:57 PM - 7 answers

August 4

Pick my JavaScript libraries so I don't have to evaluate all my options?

I've trying to write a simple web app, and utterly flummoxed by the array of options available for every step of it. It's as if modern web developers looked at Perl and said, "Hold my beer." Could someone read a quick description of my project and dictate to me which tools / frameworks / languages I should use? I'm happy to read tutorials and whatever for any of them, but the work of researching all of them is more than this project is worth. [more inside]
posted by meaty shoe puppet at 4:21 PM - 12 answers

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