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Questions tagged [technology]

Hacks related to using technology -- such as computers, phones, televisions, etc. -- safely and effectively.

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Stop someone else's hotspot

I stay in a hostel and my roommates constantly play Mini-Militia and I'm really fed up of them making noises while playing. Is there any way that I can turn off their phone hotspot using my PC so ...
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How CD starts work with scratched word on it? [on hold]

One day i found my Cd's that I'll need soon, and I noticed that there was some writing in pen on the paper envelope the Cd's were in.I was very infuriated when the words my brother wrote were pressed ...
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How to tackle a mobile which fell into water?

I have a Samsung J7 mobile which fell into water in a drum, how to repair my mobile phone at this situation? I also open next 1 hour but it did not work correctly.
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Degrade capacity of internal mobile phone battery

After reading this question (https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/65382/is-it-possible-for-a-phone-to-be-transmitting-even-while-turned-off-and-the-batt) on security stack exchange I wanted to ...
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How to fix a squeaky stylus?

I got a new stylus, the ordinary rubber type, and it is working fine, but it's squeaking (which is somewhat irritating). I'm currently using talc to stop that, but it creates quite a mess. I was ...
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How can I force a color printer to print in black and white, when only the color cartridges are allegedly empty?

My grandparents' HP Officejet 8710 alleges that only the Cyan and Yellow cartridges are empty. The blue and black aren't. My grandparents know that monochrome printing can require color cartridges ...
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Identify which USB device corresponds to which USB plug

The back of my computer has 5 or 6 different USB devices connected to it, among a mess of other cables. One or two of these I can identify, since the plugs are rather distinct. But most plugs I can't ...
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How can I know how to insert a 2 x 1 page in a printer, for flipping on short edge?

My printer prints on the side facing down on the tray. To save paper, I print 2 pages on one side in landscape mode, and read both sides by flipping on the short edge. Without trial-and-error (...
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how to fix a computer screen that was dropped?

How can I fix a computer screen That I dropped? I tried to glue the pieces together and well it didn't work.
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How to get used to a new keyboard in practical exams

I recently had a coding practical examination in school and I was previously using a Mac book while the exam was done on a Stuck on Windows computer. I'm not a very fast typer to begin with, but silly ...
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How to cure „stickiness“ on walkie-talkie rubber components

I have just retrieved my walkie-talkies from the big storage box where they lived for the last couple of years. The rubber/rubberized components (grip coating, dials, etc.) have gone very sticky to ...
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HDMI screen receiving interference from old wall heater

I have a very old gas wall heater (probably about 40 years old). When the motor for the fan turns on, there is an audible "click" and the HDMI signal is interrupted for a couple of seconds (i.e. the ...
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Is there any way to legally watch UEFA Champions League match online without a contract? [closed]

Provided I can move to any country in the world, I'd like to pay to legally watch any single Champions League game without having to subscribe for a season/month/week, buy broadband or tv deal.
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What can I buy cheaply that is dense enough to hold this down?

I bought this nice helping hands to hold my work while soldering but it seems to be designed only for very light objects unless it is clamped into something; otherwise it will tip forward. The problem ...
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Archiving digital documents for a long term usage [closed]

How I can be sure that we are able to read an .docx document in about 100 years? I have a large collection of documents on my hard drive (including letters, cv's and other stuff). I want them to be ...
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How to clean old sticky pc mouse with rubber coating?

I have an old Logitech MX510 mouse which is very sticky on the sides. How can I get rid of this stickiness?
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how can you display text or image that has been hidden using microsoft paint? [closed]

is it possible to see text hidden using ms paint as shown by this example?
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Whats wrong with my remote control?

I have this remote control: Sometimes if I press a button the TV does not react - although there is nothing in between that could block the signal between the red light and the remote control: If ...
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How to make sure a document stays long term readable?

In case of very long term storage, what are the ways to make sure that a document remains readable? I am thinking about a conservation in the order of magnitude of 100 years. I am interested in ...
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Increase legibility of computer screen in the sun

In Western Europe, we currently have a long spell of warm and dry weather. The perfect moment to combine sunbathing with working from home. However, outside in the sun, the legibility of my laptop ...
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Can I shut off my laptop's keyboard without turning off my computer?

My feral kitty (isn't feral anymore), Shorty, loves to sit in front of my gigantic old beast of a laptop for the heat and to keep an eye on my cursor. But when I'm not looking or want to hear music ...
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Physical Text To Digital Text

Let me first prefix this question with, I have no idea which StackExchange site would be most appropriate for this question, but I thought LifeHacks might work... In 1998 my Mom's side of the family ...
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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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How do I childproof the power button on my computer without making it hard for me to get to?

I have toddlers and would like to childproof the power button on my desktop computer which sits on the floor. Unfortunately I don’t have the option of moving it out of reach and I can’t really put any ...
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What kind of ink could I use for paint my desktop computer? (If there is any)

I have a sudden urge to paint blue my computer to match the keyboard and the mouse and also the CPU. There is a type of an ink that I could use for it?
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How, without leaving my home, can I force myself to abstain from using the internet for a few days? [closed]

I'd like to stay off the internet for a day or for a period of a few days, every so often. When I try to abstain, I yield to temptation. How can I force myself to be successful?
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How to read bar code without having bar code reader/ scanner?

As we have seen that In the digital world of today, every service is taken by machinery. You all now that in shopping malls and in almost all the shops ,seller sells their products by scanning them ...
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Something to keep the fizz of cola bottle

I am looking for some trick or gazzette to keep a bigger bottle of coke longer so that it doesn't lose all the fizz everytime it's opened again! Something which could keep the CO2 longer so that a ...
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Acsessing Radio Signals in the middle of Nowhere (North Wales)

Hi I'm about to go to Wales, as a football fan I really would like to be able to listen the matches (especially when you are in the middle of nowhere). Is there a radio I can get (rather not do), or ...
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How can I remove the bearings from a hard drive motor?

I've dismantled many hard drives and harvested the magnets from them. I've also removed the bearings from the arm which reads the platters. I've been told and seen on youtube that it should be ...
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How to fix earphone only background music hear

I have a a pair of earphones that came along with my phone Nokia 100 (I know, it is very old). At first, these earphones worked perfectly without any problems until I accidentally plug it into the ...
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How do I test rechargeable batteries?

I have 17 old AA rechargeable batteries and would like to figure out the fastest way to know which AA batteries are at the end of their recharging life. Currently, I am putting each AA battery into ...
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How can I better protect my laptop in my backpack? [duplicate]

I recently purchased a new laptop. This one is an investment as I intend to use it for consulting and moonlighting. I take my laptop with me commuting to and from work, as I've got opportunity during ...
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Best way to get a sleigh up a hill without human effort?

As I saw someone pulling/carrying a sleigh up a hill, I thought of what would be the best way to get this sleigh up a hill (But without any effort of someone). An idea would be to just bring it up ...
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Always breaking my earbuds. Strategy?

It seems like manufacturers conspiracy, but I go through 3-4 pairs of earbuds a year, just because of the broken cable. They just won't make them last or detachable. I discovered recently that there's ...
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Avoiding silicone watch strap breakage

I have this old (and dear) simple digital wrist watch (a Casio W71). It uses a Silicone strap by default - and (one side of) this strap tends to tear at the point where you fasten it, after a few ...
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Can RGB lights (on blue) help with concentration and focus?

If the basis of f.lux and copycat programs is that blue light keeps you awake, then could I be more focused during the day if I have a blue rgb light strip (provided the room is fairly dark, like when ...
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How to boost wifi signal range without touching the antenna or router using reflectors, etc?

I have a project to boost a wireless signal but without touching the router and its antennae. 1st of all the router is above the cabinet which we can't reach. 2nd we are not allowed to touch the ...
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Sterlizing rags, sponges and scrubbers in a microwave? [closed]

Recently I've gotten worried about overuse of cleaning rags / sponges / scouring pads / scrubbers in my kitchen (let's call them "scrubbers" for short), and whether I should perhaps replace them more ...
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How to make a laptop touchpad respond better?

The touchpad (trackpad) on a laptop is not responding well. I noticed that the surface of the touchpad is worn in some areas, but not others. Are there any lifehacks to help the touchpad respond ...
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How to turn a rotated cable back to the right orientation?

I move my laptop computer on the bed, and between the bed and the desk often, with some USB devices plugged in. I ended up breaking many USB cables by rotating them many times. So, as a ...
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why windows and mac os does not read linux ext4 [closed]

As you may know linux Ext2, 3 and 4 are free, also FAT and FAT32 filesystem are the worst fs ever made , so why in 2017 , after more than 20 years of FAT sucking hard, we still don't have drives that ...
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How to remove the broken part of the tip inside of the stylus?

This is likely to be a really rare situation. I bought Sony's Digital Paper DPT-RP1 and it was great. Unfortunately, while it has a wonderful design, it doesn't seem to be so sturdy. Just now, its ...
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How can I cover a webcam mic effectively?

I know that I can cover a webcam with tape, but what can I do to block a microphone embedded in a webcam? Will tape be sufficient to block sound to the microphone, or will I need to do something else?
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How do I avoid the huge amounts of dust that collect around my computer?

I have a home office, and so my PC is on pretty much the whole time. I tend to leave it on overnight during the week, as it saves time when I start work the following day. I always seem to have huge ...
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Avoiding headache while using screen for the whole day

As a web developer, I need to use my computer for work. So for almost 10-15 hours a day, I work on my computer. Sometimes I get a very bad headache. I am using the laptop on my bed while I use a ...
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Secure monitor to desk (from falling)

I want to prevent a computer monitor from falling, if the desk's legs are kicked or anything similar. The desk is relatively light. I thought of simply drilling a hole through the base of the monitor ...
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How to prevent charger cables wearing out too quickly? [duplicate]

All of my phone charging leads have frayed at the ends where you plug it in. I've spent a lot on getting these braided cords that are supposed to last for a while but they never last. I have in total ...
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How to stabilize a loose/failing USB connection?

I always end up having a 'USB device not recognised' error while I fix my external harddisk to my laptop. Even a slight disturbance causes this error due to the weight of the disk, and I find it ...
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How to create unique, strong yet easy-to-remember passwords [closed]

Can someone suggest a good technique that is as simple to remember as possible but can help one remember a set of passwords for different sites? I don't want to have to spend too much time mentally ...