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May 17

Voice of Google Maps

We use Google Maps for a GPS when driving. We're in Germany, so this is in German. My 9 year old wants to know whose voice we are hearing. Has an actual person recorded the syllables? (Who?) How do they make it sound fairly natural and not robot-like? She says "I want to know ALL about how they make the voice happen!" I promised I'd ask you!
posted by Omnomnom at 8:55 AM - 8 answers

May 16

Are there high quality monitors that will fit on extremely shallow desks

Mrs. Proust works from home. Her desk is extremely shallow. Front to back it is 14.5 inches. Is there a high quality monitor 24-inches or larger that she can use with her MacBook Air that will fit in this space and still leave room for her keyboard (and preferably her laptop)? [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust at 9:01 PM - 20 answers

Higher Quality Video Chat Recording?

I'd like to record some family history video chats with my mom. Zoom's built-in video recording feature produces recordings that seem lower quality than what the hardware itself could do (an ~8MB/min low-resolution recording from zoom vs a ~300MB/min high-resolution recording from my phone). Is there an option that would record both sides of the video chat but be higher quality? She'll be using a pixel phone, while I'll be on either macOS or a pixel 4 phone. [more inside]
posted by matildatakesovertheworld at 3:44 PM - 3 answers

May 15

How do I turn off the "quick share" screen on the iphone?

When you touch a picture for a few seconds this window pops up with various options to share. It has a bunch of text message threads from iMessage along the top. There have been a couple of occasions now where I've almost accidentally sent a photo to someone from this screen. I really want to turn this off, it is only a matter of time before something happens that is embarrassing. How do I do this?
posted by kms at 4:56 PM - 1 answers

CDs, Lots of beloved CDs What to do? What to do?

My 400+ CD collection is outrageously great. Don't want to sell as a collection or individually. I'd like to be able to enjoy them again by transferring to..? I know they're probably mostly available on Spotify, Pandora, etc. Have PC, no Mac or ITunes but would throw some money (and time!) to solve this. What would you do? Thanks in advance.
posted by lois1950 at 3:17 PM - 21 answers

Should I playstation or should I gostation?

This is a boring question about "media devices." Should we level up our Playstation 3, or consider a different option for entertaining ourselves? HALP. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Rattery at 2:50 PM - 9 answers

May 14

Do you remember how voice mail technology circa 1991 worked?

This is another in my series of questions about telephone technology in 1991. [more inside]
posted by swheatie at 6:09 PM - 28 answers

tell me how to change my username

When I originally setup my PC a couple of years ago, Windows 10, I put in a username that at the time I thought was funny. Now, not so much. [more inside]
posted by jtexman1 at 4:18 PM - 1 answers

How do I get phone?

Two years ago I gave TMobile 55$ prepaid, and they gave me a phone. The 16G memory is full and the phone is starting to glitch some, screen errors and the like. My girlfriend says that I should get a new phone, but I have no idea what I'm doing. I would not like to spend too much money. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Jacen at 1:18 PM - 9 answers

How to have a temporary smartphone

For remote access to work for the next few months, I need a smartphone, solely in order to generate a one-time password each time I log on. I currently have a non-smartphone I'm very happy with and want to go on using. How can I manage this? [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 7:31 AM - 18 answers

May 13

Am I being too paranoid?

I have to go in to work, and I bike. Am I being overly paranoid about my laptop? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 8:03 AM - 18 answers

May 12

What would you do with the new raspberry pi high quality camera?

Makers, tinkerers, oculo-gadgeteers of MeFi, it looks as if it would it be fun to make some kind of hyper-specific recording apparatus with the new raspberry pi “high quality camera.” I have a pi but I don’t quite know what to do with it. The camera looks promising, but I am afraid it’s above the skill set of someone who still gets excited when they make a circuit and the led glows. Thoughts?
posted by Morpeth at 12:08 PM - 9 answers

"Tell Me of Your Karaoke, Usul."

My wife wants a karaoke machine for our home. 
I’m tech savvy, but couldn’t carry a tune, even if it had a handle. Help me find the perfect little system for her! [more inside]
posted by Bill Watches Movies Podcast at 8:08 AM - 6 answers

May 11

Is image file name visible anywhere on social media?

Made an important update to my business social media accounts. I included an image to accompany the post. Just realized the file name has some verbiage that is supposed to be for internal use only. Is this visible anywhere, or can I chill out? [more inside]
posted by jschu at 10:43 AM - 2 answers

May 10

Which console has games I might like in addition to Animal Crossing?

I'm considering purchasing a console for the first time as I think I'd enjoy the new Animal Crossing. However I'm not much of a gamer so I'd want to choose one that has other games available that I might like. [more inside]
posted by mireille at 9:38 AM - 9 answers

May 9

Need suggestions for transcribing online video lectures

Looking for a way to transcribe my decently-lengthy genetics lectures that doesn't thoroughly stress me out and take 8 hours. [more inside]
posted by BeeJiddy at 9:15 PM - 20 answers

Recommendation for a simpler newer TV

My mom is 90 and the new Samsung we got for her is so newfangled even I can barely figure out its set up and functions -- especially related to SOUND as there is NO headphone jack, no Bluetooth -- only the new optic sound hookup for a wireless headphone arrangement -- which is constantly failing and needs resetting -- which she is clueless about. [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 9:24 AM - 12 answers

Please help me retrieve my Yahoo account

A couple of weeks ago when I went to log into Yahoo, I got the following message right after typing in my user name: 'Sorry, we were unable to proceed with your request. Please try again.' Since then, no amount of trying has gotten me further. Can you help me retrieve my account? [more inside]
posted by doggod at 4:37 AM - 6 answers

May 8

Printer with the fastest feed rate (not actual printing time)?

I have a very large amount of papers that need to be counted, to the extent that doing it by hand will take dozens of hours. I have considered doing it by weight with an accurate scale, but I require a lot of accuracy, and some of the groupings of papers need to be separated, so I need to work in smaller batches. I was thinking of using a printer for this purpose - load up as much as it can hold, then "print" blank pages in groupings of 50 for example. [more inside]
posted by unid41 at 6:50 PM - 8 answers

What's the right second monitor for me?

Working from home on an entry-level 16-inch 2019 MBP running Catalina. [more inside]
posted by praemunire at 3:28 PM - 6 answers

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