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I know Google Voice and Hangouts will merge on May 15th and XMPP support will end. XMPP doesn't affect me, but I'm trying to figure out what will change. Has there been an announcement or is it still unknown what features from Voice will survive in this...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: ridogi | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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We are currently saddled with an out-of-state mortgage that we cannot afford to pay.We are attempting to short-sell the house, but at this point we are 20K under what we owe and are still getting no offers. I asked a friend who is a bankruptcy lawyer,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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My stepdad is ill and has some non-fun things coming up (surgery and chemo). I'd like to send him light, interesting videos or picture-heavy articles about his interests, mostly exotic birds and pirates. Can you suggest some?He's interested in and very...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: daisyk | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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My iPhone 5 speaker randomly stopped working 18 months after I bought it. I have to use speakerphone or headphones to talk on the phone. I can make it work temporarily if I press on the top right corner where the speaker is (as described here). I found...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: cacofonie | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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I normally listen to podcasts streamed from my iPhone 5 to my car over bluetooth or occasionally via USB. A few times, I've plugged in the phone only to have it start playing a random track, one which I have never downloaded and which (I have confirmed...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: karbonokapi | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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I'm trying to cut down on online procrastination and leechblock has been awesome for that, but I end up cheating on my iPhone. Is there any equivalent app?I blocked all the sites I regularly read on my computer with leechblock a few weeks ago and my...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: raeka | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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I began an email correspondence 10 years ago with a guy whom I have never met. Now, after reluctantly putting it off for years I would like to meet him but am nervous about how the dynamics may change.I first began speaking to Matthew when I was 13 (I'm...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Kat_Dubs | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Give me some fun ideas to do with my not yet walking, grass hating, only has interest in climbing stairs 15 month old. I'm getting rather bored with him during the day and I don't know what to do with him.I can only carry him around the house naming...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: MayNicholas | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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I want to put up a wordpress site for a virtual gallery of some of my photos. I'd really like to have something that looks clean & elegant enough to send out to potential clients/magazines. ie. Not so much something that signals, "family summer trip......
From: Ask Metafilter | By: tangyraspberry | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Actively dreading an upcoming date -- probably not a good sign, right? What's the best way to proceed?He's a friend of a friend and I met him a week ago at their weekly pub night. We hung out with the group that night and he invited me to hang with another...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: cucumber patch | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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We're going to have some folks filling out the same simple form on a regular basis. Is there an app-based solution where they can enter the data and upload it securely to a central repository at the end of the day? A web solution may have been easier,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: borborygmi | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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I am aging out of my health insurance and totally clueless. Help this soon to be 26 year old find resources to unravel this mess.I'm aging out of my health insurance in late June. I don't know anything about health insurance. I just figured out what...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Aranquis | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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I need to take an outdoor photograph of a subject standing in front of a large, white, shiny background (a vehicle). The person and the vehicle are equally important elements in the picture. I need to take the photo when both the subject and the vehicle...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: sardonyx | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Should I call my girl friend or should I wait for her to call back?First of all I should say that I am 35 years old and she is 30. This means I am not some high school kid asking this question and I am really looking for a serious relationship, leading...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: mbn1455 | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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I'm allergic to molluscs: scallops, mussels, clams, squid, oysters, whelks, etc. I'll be spending some time in Venice and the Cinque Terre area soon. Is there anything I should look out for to avoid accidentally eating molluscs?I know I shouldn't order...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: neushoorn | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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My brother and I recently found out that we are collectively receiving $220,000 from our father's estate (he passed away four years ago when we were both in our early 20s). We were advised to invest in some more profitable stocks and were given a list...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: desert_laundry | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Hi! Over the weekend, the receiver/speaker combo I use to listen to vinyl and my iPhone (cobbled together from stuff friends didn't want anymore) reached a critical point of sounding crappy. Can you help me find a replacement?I would like to purchase...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: justjess | Monday, April 21, 2014
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I haven't had a boyfriend since I was 16 and I'm 22 now. I'm dating this new guy for less than a month now, and though we both seem to want to make it work, I feel we have pretty different communication styles. We've also been through quite a lot during...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: rhythm_queen | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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We are looking for shelf-stable, packaged proteins and veggies that are gluten free to go in lunches. We know about GoPicnic already, but we'd like some more variety and real vegetables of some sort! Proteins are mostly easy (spreads, dips, cheeses,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Brent Parker | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Thinking about buying a Kindle Paperwhite. But do I neeeeeeed one?I am thinking about buying a Kindle Paperwhite. I currently have an iPad 2 and do a lot of reading on it. Help me justify (or not) the purchase of a Kindle. On the iPad I do a lot of reading...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Brittanie | Monday, April 21, 2014
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Can you think of examples of a work of fiction directly referencing its author's prior but unrelated work of fiction, when these works do not take place in the same fictional universe or contain any characters in common?I was recently reading a novel...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: sallybrown | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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I have a memory of seeing a movie on TV when I was maybe five or six years old (so, early 1970s) in which a young woman was frozen cryogenically in order to keep her fresh and young while the young son of the mad scientist doing this freezing would have...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: JimInLoganSquare | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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How can I deal with the anger of my easily peeved boyfriend?He gets pissed off when he's having an allergy attack, sleep-deprived, working late, the cloud ate his document, etc. He tends to snap, yell, bang around the house, fume, and respond to me with...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: a sourceless light | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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So, the company that employs me just recently rebuilt and redesigned their website. It's a pretty large site (think trade association that does a lot of public outreach), but only about eight templates. Now that that's done, the brass wants to the site...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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I could keep trying different options but I'm on a deadline and would love a recommendation for a reliable, "package" friendly solution. I'm working in Storyboard Pro with Mavericks and so far: -Google Drive keeps intermittently kacking out. -Box won't...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: bonobothegreat | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Hi, Looks like I will be spending a good while in China and I'd love to read your recent experiences with VPNs, general internet use there. (I noted a question about this from almost two years ago, with lots of people speaking well of witopia, can believe...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: ambient2 | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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I have a newly acquired 2007 Lexus ES350 sedan. It was my dad's, it is in excellent shape, has been well maintained, and has 50,000 miles on it. I drove a 2003 Lexus before this and had a similar issue to the one I'm having on the 2007, which is that...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: rbf1138 | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Is there an easy to use withholdings calculator for California? I want one that works like the IRS calculator does for Federal Withholdings.The IRS has a really easy to use Withholdings Calculator for Federal Withholdings. You enter your filing status,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Arbac | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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I'm currently a records manager for the Feds, but what I really love is the data. I've been thinking that I would like to change over into a more research/policy analyst type of job, but I'm unsure of exactly how to get from here to there.My first masters...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: backwards compatible | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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I need some advice regarding where my family should live. My husband and I met on the West Coast, got married, and had our first baby. After our baby was born, we decided to move back East where our families are. His family is on one side of the state...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: flower777 | Monday, April 21, 2014
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A plea for socks for a fussy, fussy, fussy man.So Mr. Llama has a sock problem he's been struggling with for years. I'd like to help him solve his sock problem. Here are things Mr. Llama hates: Smartwool (I hate Smartwool too, it strangles your feet,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: A Terrible Llama | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Put in my old internal hard-drive into my new set-up as a secondary drive. Can't figure out how to navigate to the Desktop folder through Windows Explorer.So my old machine gave up the ghost about 2 months ago, and I finally got a new machine. I took...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: kuanes | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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I just updated "XCOM Enemy Unknown" for iPad. The previous version, 1.5, was 3.18 gb. The update, v. 1.6, is only 1.75 gb. That's a 45% reduction! Does this mean they've removed a chunk of the game, or compressed the graphics, or done other things which...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Quisp Lover | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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I strained my adductor muscle (groin) in March and rested like a mofo - no exercise at all for probably 10 weeks. The doctor said it looked like a localized injury and that some stiffness would be natural because the repaired muscle grows back a little...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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After some ups and mostly downs, my family thought we were finally going to get out of the dismal living situation we've been enduring for 2 years I spoke about in this anon question, but then life decided to completely derail, and I don't know what...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: assasinatdbeauty | Monday, April 21, 2014
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I want to be able to open multiple instances of Excel 2010 in Windows 7 on a PC. This is the default for opening Word docs but for some reason Excel limits me to multiple windows inside one instance. Is there a way to do this? Challenge: I do not have...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Wretch729 | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Solitude, isolation, introversion...how to be happy with related life choices and what to watch out for. Advice?At the age of 39 I realise that by all normal Western measures and standards I have "failed" at life. A year ago I was made redundant from...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Caskeum | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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I bought a good condition vintage Casati frameset for $380 4 years ago and have been riding it regularly since, without any issues. I recently slipped into a gap between two grates at the bottom of the ramp leading into my work garage and didn't hurt...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: qzar | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Trying to get a Roku working with my home network and totally clueless. Can I make this work or do I have a $100+ brick? If I can make it work, how?I currently live overseas and have been trying to find a way to watch US TV shows for a while. My current...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: photo guy | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Exercise was never my "thing", but now I need to make it my "thing". I'm pushing 50 years old, and my sedentary lifestyle is taking its toll in the form of borderline-high blood pressure, various aches & pains, and a susceptibility to becoming easily...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: alex1965 | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Phone battery won't hold a charge-what can I do?I have an older samsung smartphone, I'm not sure what the model is but I can follow up with that info if needed. The problem is it doesn't hold a charge-it dies within a few minutes of being off of the...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: geegollygosh | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Who are the most well known academics in the field of intellectual property, and especially copyright law? Especially academics active in the last 5-10 years? The more radical, the better.I've been looking for left of center legal academics, but not...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: skewed | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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My organization is currently using a very bloated Excel spreadsheet to track a bunch of data about our clients. I'd like to build us a really simple database with a nice form input to make it easier for staff to enter all of the information we need to...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: sabotagerabbit | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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I'm considering going back to school to become an electrician. Tell me why I should/shouldn't.I've been a performer forever, but it's been a dry couple of years and I need to focus my attention on something attainable, predictable, and that will turn...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: lizifer | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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I have a client who wants to sell ecourses in pdf format, but doesn't want the pdfs to be able to be easily shared. The only solution I can find is a monthly DRM subscription but they think that's too expensive and that there must be another alternative...I've...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: kooop | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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I maintain for my company a spreadsheet that contains a list of vendors and their associated information: address, contact(s), service area(s), service(s), website, and so on. It's becoming rather unwieldy as a vendor might have up to 5 different services,...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: erinsaurus | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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I spend a good deal of time video-conferencing via Skype. During summer afternoons, as the sun hits a certain point in the sky, there is strong sunlight glare from a nearby window that makes it almost impossible to work. I need screening, but cannot...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: elf27 | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Hi folks, looking for recommendations for a new NAS drive to replace our dying Iomega drive. Snowflakes inside.We've had an Iomega Home Network Hard Drive for a few years now that's had daily use for streaming media and Windows backups. Mrs Peteyjlawson...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: peteyjlawson | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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I'm listening to Stephen King's Under the Dome on audiobook. I'm on disc 5 of about 30, and enjoying it so far. However, I'm worried about the canine residents of Chester's Mill.First off - I've never seen the TV show and I don't really plan on it. This...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Elly Vortex | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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I'm enjoying the breathlessly ridiculous tone and pace of Dr. McNinja, which I think does a great job of avoiding the unstoppable-force vs. unmovable-wall dynamic of mainstream superhero comics. It plays fast and loose with everything, and has a fine...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: jsturgill | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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