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

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How can I make my mouse clicks louder?

My old mouse was pretty loud so bought a new one, now it is too quiet. Any hacks to make it louder?
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How can I mark micro SD cards in order to distinguish them?

I am aware of the question How can I organize Micro SD Cards?, but don't want to put them in pill box or other organizer. I want to mark each permanently, so that I can distinguish them - even if a ...
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Cleaning MicroUSB socket on mobile phone

I have a Motorola Nexus 6, and recently I noticed the charging cable wasn't staying in place as well as it did when the phone was bought - my phone is charging, but if I picked it up whilst plugged in,...
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How to remove the broken part of the tip inside of the stylus of Sony Digital Paper DPT-RP1?

I have a Sony's Digital Paper DPT-RP1 and it's great. Unfortunately, Its stylus tip seems to be prone to breaking in halves, as documented in multiple forum posts, as well as the multiple answers to ...
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How to prevent an inket printer from clogging up from lack of use?

I tend to print, at most, 5 pages per month: usually 2-3 black and white pages, and 1-2 color pages. In the past 3 years, I've gone through 4 inkjet printers because they all clog so fast. I've ...
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How to reduce accidentally pressing the right-button on a trackball?

Instead of a computer mouse, I use a trackball for a pointing device. I find that it is much healthier for my wrist, elbow, and shoulder. The only downside I experience is that I often accidentally ...
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How can I remove grease from controllers?

So, me and my friends were playing last night while eating some snacks, and, as a result of my lack of attention, the controllers got all greasy. I tried using a napkin to clean it, but it still feels ...
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Best (law-abiding) ways to inconvenience cold callers?

Like many people, I don't wish to receive unsolicited phone calls/texts/emails from people who are trying to sell me something or scam me. I am aware of passive ways of dealing with the problem but I ...
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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 to control phone while inside VR device without an action button [closed]

I bought a VR device that can hold your phone to give a VR experience, however I only discovered after I got home that I have no way of controlling anything while my phone is inside the VR device. I ...
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How do I remind someone of my birthday?

How do you remind someone its your birthday with out telling them? Today is my birthday and I know we all forget birthdays so how do I remind them indirectly?
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Unlock LED TV buttons without remote?

As I had lost my TV remote but I am operating it with side panel of LED. unfortunately I had locked keys and unable to unlock it. I can't change the channel or volume. when ever I press the side panel ...
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How can I open an iPhone's SIM card slot without the included pin?

When purchased, iPhones come with this pin that you use to open the slot on the side to insert your SIM card. Now it's way beyond me how it's happened but out of the 3 iPhones I have I only have the ...
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Substitute for a tablet stylus

I do a lot of sketching and drawing on my iPad. I usually use a stylus, but I recently lost mine. I can draw with my fingers, but I would prefer to use a stylus because it's just easier and I can do ...
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How to remove or seal in mold mildew on vintage electronic cables

Bought some vintage electronics, and the 20 foot data cable bundle smells like mildew very strongly. I need something to seal in that smell and kill the fungi on the insulators, without damaging the ...
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How to cover hair for a barber to prevent cutting that particular hair?

I lengthen my hair to be gathered to a ponytail when the time comes. I started that process about 3 months ago from starting point, that is, after totally shaving my head. My problem My problem is ...
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How can I convert a wireless mouse to USB mouse?

My family received 10 wireless mice in excellent condition for free, but must eschew the hassle and cost of batteries. How can I add a cable to them to plug them into USB ports like USB mice? Please ...
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How to stabilize a laptop power plug port?

I have previously had the power plug port on a laptop fail because of the continual stress of the power plug, and getting occasionally accidentally pulled, or touched in literally any way, or whatever....
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How can I remove melted chocolate from my phone's headphone jack?

I had my Motorola Moto e5 Play phone in my bag, and a bit of chocolate melted into the headphone jack. I tried to use tape on the end of a toothpick, but it didn't work. I need my headphones to chat ...
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Remove oil build-up on the touchpad

Any good ways to remove oil build-up on the touchpad of the laptop? It's always getting oily ( not sure it's oil or not ). Is there any way to avoid or remove it?
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How do I block other people from viewing my desktop screen?

In my office my seat is located at a point where almost anyone can view what's going on my screen. At times its irritating and to make it worse some people ogle at my screen when I do something ...
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How to extend the lifetime of a rechargeable battery?

Telephones sometimes don't have a replaceable battery, so how do you extend the life and ability to hold a charge of a rechargeable battery in one?
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How to avoid background reflection Computer display

At work I am sitting in front of a conference room which has lots of glass wall. It is always very bright and it makes my computer display look like a mirror. I tried playing with my display setting ...
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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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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 can I remove a stuck ethernet cable?

So, I was helping someone with their router, and needed to access it via ethernet connection. I got the connection up and going, but now the cable is jammed and I can't get it out of my laptop. I ...
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How to keep laptop on your lap and still be safe?

I have been reading a lot of about how using laptop on one's lap is not safe for health (skin disease, fertility etc.) I am in a situation where I need to be working from a living room sofa, and I ...
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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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Keeping a laptop screen clean

Is there any filter or privacy filter I could add to my laptop that would keep dust and marks off of it. I often have to keep cleaning my screen, and wondered if there is some way or hack around this?
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Pulled headset wire

The mic on my headset has stopped working and I think it is because I pulled the wire that connects it from the setting panel halfway up the wire to the headset itself to hard. If I wiggle the wire I ...
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Increasing mouse/mousepad stopping power?

Despite already having a supposedly pretty good mousepad (a QcK) and a decent gaming mouse specifically for precision, it still slips sometimes by about a pixel when I click (not everyone needs pixel-...
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How can I know how to insert a 2 x 1 page in a printer, for flipping on short edge?

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 (choosing one direction randomly, then printing the result),...
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How to fix watch wristband made out of plastic

I have a watch and the wristband is breaking apart. It seems there is no easy way to attach a new wristband to the watch. What are some alternatives to fix the wristband of the watch?
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Is there any way to restore faded receipts?

Many stores are using receipts that, intentionally or not, fade over time. I bought something about a year ago that I never used and I want to return it. But the receipt is faded to the point of ...
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My monitor turns off when fridge starts. How can I stop this?

I just moved to a new flat and I brought my monitor with me. My problem is that whenever the fridge starts, my monitor turns off. This is not only annoying, but I'm concerned that it could cause long-...
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How can I remove ants from my laptop keyboard?

There are ants in my laptop keyboard again. It's happened before and ended up killing my productivity occasionally as the little critters suddenly show up from within the gaps of the keyboard. I had ...
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How to avoid paper sticking together in a printer?

A problem I've often had when loading paper into a printer is when two or more sheets get stuck together. This is unnoticeable when you put a big stack of paper into the printing tray, but becomes a ...
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How can I flip pages printed in the wrong order, with a printer with duplex printing?

An office printer had an option for automatic duplex printing, but not manual. I commanded it to print firstly all even pages in normal order, and they ended at the paper output tray face-down (p. ...
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How to clean crevices of electronics without compressed air?

For cleaning keyboards and other computer components not reachable with a cloth, I generally use a can of compressed air. However, the can is empty. What else can I use that would be a general ...
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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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How to remove large quantity of dust from electronic/mechanical equipment?

Say for example, I have a computer with many many fans, and which that computer sits on the carpet floor. What is the best way to get dust, hair, bits of trash, maybe even bugs, out of a moving piece ...
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Remove Ink That's Scribbled on top of Printed Text?

I have a piece of paper that has a ton of text printed from a computer. One of the words on the paper has been scribbled through horizontally with an ink pen. I've tried holding it over the iPhone ...
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How to keep your hands warm in winter while working on a laptop?

It's really cold here nowadays so I usually have a quilt over me. My problem is that I can't get my laptop under the quilt because I won't be able to see what I'm doing. Because of this, I have to ...
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How can I organize Micro SD Cards?

I have several Micro SD Cards for my Raspberry Pi. However, they often get mixed up because they are so small: image source Unlike regular SD Cards and Flash Drives, I cannot label them. How can I ...
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How to prevent cables getting intertwined

I have a problem that hopefully one of you wizards could address. When I pack up my work laptop at work everyday I pack the laptop first, then the power cable, then the mouse (with a cable). I do not ...
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How does belt fit around roller

I dissembled a printer/scanner for parts. This is a belt and roller and I think it was used for the scanner. I can not figure out how the belt fits on the roller? The belt is a continuous piece and ...
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How to clean & prevent stickiness on hard plastic of mouse, in spite of no rubber coating

How to clean & prevent stickiness on hard plastic of mouse, in spite of no rubber coating Product (originally available in white, now in blue only): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IX4GFMG/...
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Projector buzzing noise

I have a mid-sized projector (Optoma HD142X). After about a year, and perhaps because of the recent warmer temperatures and therefore more internal fan use, the unit makes an irregular and ...
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How can I increase the size of the projection from my projection clock?

I have the "Mpow Projection Alarm Clock" (https://amzn.to/2VtA1Cx) and although in the example image the time projected on the ceiling is gigantic, in reality it's only about 7 inches (18cm). It's ...

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