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Hack to indicate a forward slash or backslash in a filename when those are reserved characters?

In some common operating systems, including Windows, both the forward slash and backslash are reserved characters that cannot be used in filenames. Yet sometimes one has a good reason to want to ...
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Box to store non-files in filing cabinet drawer

I recently acquired a vertical 4-drawer Letter-Sized hanging file cabinet. I thought it would free up so much space, seeing as I had so many bankers' boxes of files. It didn't work out that way. ...
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How to stop holed paper from tearing

Don't you hate it when you have holed paper in your 3-ringed binder, and you act very careful to not shake the binder, but then on accident, you do? This causes a small tear in a lot of the pages, ...
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How to get rid of sorting and losing socks after laundry?

Is there a way to get rid of sorting socks after laundry? I hate having to sort them and/or not finding the matching sock. I know that a way is to have only the same socks, but this only is possible ...
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How can I organize books of many sizes for usability?

I have a collection of (physical) books that I plan on growing. I want to organize them in a way where I can easily find a book, remove it, and replace it in the same spot. I have books that are many ...
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How to correctly apply sticky notes as bookmarks in notebooks

The problem(s) that I face : The edges get deformed, due to which text written on it is not visible. Most of the sticky notes lose their gum. Any suggestions to prevent this are welcome.
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Where to store face mask at the office

Here where I live, we are required to go with a face mask where social distancing isn't possible. So when out on the street I need to wear a mask. At work, I have my own cubical where no one is nearby ...
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What to do with old contacts on phone that aren't used anymore?

This question pertains to saved contacts on a smartphone (Android in my case). I find I have a lot I don't use but don't want to get rid of them because if I ever go through text messages it would be ...
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How to organize paper appliance and tool manuals?

I have a lot of devices. Appliances, tools, watches, cameras, instruments, vehicles. You name it, I got it. Most of them come with paper manuals, of all different shapes and sizes. The worst are the ...
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What is a good way to organise and identify keys on a keyring?

I have a number of keys on my keyring - screen door, main door, garage door, some random key that I don't know where it goes, etc. When I purchased the house, the previous owner placed different ...
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Shared tools always getting lost

I'm part of a small team of datacenter worker drones, and we're constantly wasting time hunting for tools because we can't find what we need. In the case of some tools, I've just taken to buying ...
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Is it possible to make stiff cables and wires flexible again?

I have a few videogame controller cords for some old videogame consoles that got very stiff over the years. I suspect it's due to aging rubber or something of the sorts. Is it possible to make these ...
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How to comfortably fold socks so that the design of the sock would be outside?

I want to fold the socks so that I will be able to see their outer design and organize them nicely in the drawer. What I'm looking for: That they will be "connected" (not only rolled for example). ...
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Cable organisation when travelling

When I travel, usually by air, I still haven't found a good way to organise all my cables. I tend to have both an iPod, a cell phone, some rechargeable head phones, maybe a laptop, an electric razor, ...
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How to prevent plugged-in vacuum cleaner cord from getting tangled?

I'm searching for a lifehack that will help prevent a plugged-in vacuum cleaner cord from getting all tangled up. The vacuum cleaner cannot be easily unplugged, and multiple people use it. The best ...
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Driving into garage where there is little room for error?

The length of available space to park inside the garage is 170 inches and the car is 162 inches. Thus leaving 8 inches maximum of room for error. If drive too far forward the car hit the wall. If ...
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How would one digitize a thick book into a PDF version in the most time-efficient way, using only a camera and a computer?

I have a: DSLR camera (Canon EOS) + no tripod Latest commercial version of Adobe Acrobat A computer with Internet connection Frugal character I also own a physically printed and bound book of over ...
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How can I mount my surge protector using these holes

I've had this surge protector since I was in high school. I looked at the bottom of the surge protector and noticed some holes which I assume are used to mount the surge protector to something. There ...
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Homemade car CD holder

My MP3 player just broke :/ But that's not what I'm asking about. Tomorrow I'm going back home from college. I have a good many CDs that I can listen to on the way home, but they are in a case similar ...
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How can I temporarily label storage bins

I often have trouble differentiating the storage bins in my basement from each other, and their is no particular organization other than trying to keep one category of things to a bin. I've tried dry ...
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How to take attendance without my part and without disturbing the class

I am working as a TA for a large class (approx 200 students). TAs generally use the following methods to take attendance along with them I listed corresponding issues: 1) Circulating the attendance ...
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How to store clothes to suit frequent movings?

My current lifestyle requires moving homes frequently. While I don’t own too many things, I am not a minimalist and I do have lots of clothes and equipment needed for different (outdoor) activities. ...
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How to store organized multiple belts?

How can I store multiple belts in an organized way in my drawer/closet? They're from different types/materials, and some different buckles. I don't mind about the speed much, since usually I'm using ...
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How to segment ones life/data?

I find myself thinking about organizing my digital stuff again. The whole thing started with the thought "What would the optimal folder structure look like?". Thinking about this, I came to the ...
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Prevent pens from falling out of shirt pocket

I'm a student and I like to carry my two pens on pocket of my shirt. However, occasionally I need to run. Sometimes I need to grovel for praying. How can I prevent them from falling out? They have ...
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Sitting pillows of a couch keeps moving from place

I have a couch, and the sitting pillows always move from their place after a few days and I need to rearrange them. I thought about using a strong velcro, but I'm not sure it will do the work. Any ...
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Keeping books in an organized manner without using a bookshelf

I was looking to buy a bookshelf to store my books until after I saw that my neighbor friend bookshelf was attacked by white ants secretly, where he found almost half of the books were damaged. So, I ...
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How to remember not to leave my USB key at the seminar room?

I'm a university teacher, and for my presentations in class I often use a remote control, which is connected to the PC with a wireless USB dongle (see picture). After class, I am often tired and more ...
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What is a good makeshift coin holder or organizer?

I have loose change that I empty out each day on my dresser. The change always seems to get in the way when I need to use the dresser to write on paper. I'd like to find a way to organize the change ...
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Preventing stuff from falling off moving shelves

I run a milk-delivery company, using vans to delivery cans and gallons of milk around my county. The milk cans (MCs) are loaded in the metal cart (C), with each level of the cart for different ...
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How To Organize My Desk [closed]

When I clear my desk up, a few days later it is messy again. It is big but I have many things that I forget to clean up after using them. I tried a few things: Having a little reminder Each object ...
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How do I staple a few sheets of paper in the middle using a normal stapler?

The fold line is in the middle if you orient it as "landscape", it would become a brochure, or book. I have a regular stapler that can't reach the middle in its normal state. Stapler can be opened, ...
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How can you store leftover collar stays ("bones")?

Plastic "collar stays" are supposed to be removed from men's shirts when they are being washed and dried. I've been keeping mine in a small plastic bag on a closet shelf above my dress shirts. The ...
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Prevent laptop bag strap from adjusting

I have a laptop bag with a shoulder strap that I've adjusted to the right length, but over time it gets longer again due to bag weight. I'm looking for a hack to force it to stay in the same spot for ...
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How to keep a vertical row of multiple soap bars vertically instead of typical horizontal one-soap dish?

So for illustration i have organic type of soap bars that I use now thanks to the TSA liquid drama. The slimmer ones in the pic are 3 cm exact and I go through varieties that are thicker as well as ...
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How to organize cleaning rags

When i clean the house i have a rag for dusting, one for the floor. Sometimes one for the bikes outside. One for wiping down the toilet. I try to keep track, by remembering the color and where i ...
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How to organize things/books in a packed shelf?

Current messy situation of my shelf: The problem is, I don't have much place elsewhere, so all the things you see need to stay in in this shelf. The shelf is big in depth, so two rows of books are ...
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Remember Appointment - without mobile phone [closed]

I have the tunnel vision. I know that I have an telco at 14:00 this day. But if a team mate asks me for help at 13:45, then I walk to his desk and then it is likely that I forget the telco. An alarm ...
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How to carry *one* SD card in a crowded knapsack without losing it?

My son will be required to carry a micro SD card back and forth to ninth grade next year. What can we put it in so it doesn't get lost or damaged? (Extra challenge: He has ADHD.) For a flash drive, ...
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How to pick up small metal objects from the floor

Today I had a disaster... I was searching through a tray of small washers (for a M3.5 size screw for those interested) and I knocked it accidentally and the tray fell out... Needless to say I just ...
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System for splitting costs on shared items and household goods with roommates

I have recently moved into a large house that is shared with several other people. Usually, there are 6-8 people living here at any given time (plus a family in the basement suite but it's separate). ...
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Hanging Organizer in Bathroom

I'm trying to design a shelf of sorts I can make that would hang on a bathroom door to accommodate a few bottles, combs etc. and a rod for hanging a towel to dry. Basically everything I need after a ...
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Can I make a paper organizer with a small footprint?

I don't have much floor space for my stuff and have a really hard time getting organized. Any suggestions would be helpful.
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Prevent cables and wires from twisting

My desktop computer has lots of wires behind it. Some wires are tangled. How can I keep these wires from tangling? I don't want to put the cables together & tie them using a string or something ...
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Keep deodorant container/bottle from always falling in cabinet?

Deodorant containers are almost all designed with a base so thin, that no matter how precautious you are, when you reach to get something in your well organized bathroom cabinet, they always seem to ...
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What's the best way to prevent water from collecting underneath a soap bar?

I've used regular soap dishes for most of my life, but the water would always collect underneath the dish, which is annoying. So I started putting a washrag underneath the dish to collect the water,...
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How can I effectively organize disparate files?

So I moved out of mom & dads last year. I've saved every bank statement, every bill, every home insurance letter, basically everything piece of mail that wasn't a credit card offer. My desk is a ...
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Creating a stylus holder that attaches to tablet via full sized USB

This is basically what I want for my windows tablet to hold my wacom stylus: http://i.imgur.com/kTeP4b6.png My tablet is maybe 2-3 mm thicker than the height of a USB port so the above pic won't do-...
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More efficient way to arrange a CD collection

I have a CD collection of around 500 albums. They are placed alphabetically by artist on around 10 shelves (shelves are vertically aligned one above the other, and are bounded on the sides). The first ...
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How to reset sleep schedule [closed]

My sleep schedule is really messed up. I stay up well past midnight and I feel like I need at least 1 nap during the day. How can I reset it? At times I find it impossible to stay awake when I should ...