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

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How to test health of rechargable batteries

I came across this answer How do I test rechargeable batteries? to the question of how to test rechargeable AA batteries and plan to try it. What I am wondering is how to apply this to other types of ...
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How do I fix a broken stylus pen?

My baby brother chewed on the tip of my stylus pen, resulting in my iPad not responding to the touch of the pen anymore. It has chew marks on the sides, so I’m not sure how to fix that. I’m hoping it’...
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What is the best way to give music as a gift?

In the old days, you could give someone a CD or a cassette and be pretty sure they'd listen to it. The CD might sit on the table for a day or two but eventually they will put it in their car CD player ...
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Prevent accidental button presses on watch

I use a digital watch; at the moment, I have one that hangs down from the belt loop on a pair of jeans, but I have the same issue with wristwatches - buttons will accidentally get pressed as I move ...
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Is it safe to keep a plasma lighter in my bag? [closed]

So I have a bag where I store my laptop, headphones, swiss army knife and cables on the go, or just hang it around my door handle if I’m home and need something. I recently got a plasma lighter stick ...
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Reduce Laptop Mouse Clicking Sound

How do I reduce the mouse clicking sound on my lap top? Every time I click on something the neighbor can hear me.
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Charging pins stuck in AirPods case

One of my AirPods in my AirPods Pro wasn’t charging recently, so I decided to check out the charging pins in the case. I tried fiddling with them using a toothpick attempting to remove any dust in ...
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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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How to remove ear wax and other dirt that went into my pods without opening them?

I have these pods from Oppo for almost 5 months now and they are causing problems. Basically, after I use them for some time the audio from the left starts decreasing till I can barely hear it. But if ...
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How can I reduce the sound of clicking my mouse

I have a wonderful mouse except... I'd like it to click more silently (left and right buttons). Probably it was that loud, probably it is the work of Time, but the current sound doesn't suit me now, ...
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Prop up tablet computer angling display downwards

I like watching videos on my tablet computer while lying down on my sofa. In order to see the display without being forced to watch sideways or getting a kink in my neck, I have to hold the tablet in ...
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How to be alerted when someone enters my room

I sit in a room using my computer with my back to the door and headphones on. I'd like to be alerted when someone comes into the room by some visual indicator (or a noise in my headphones I guess!). ...
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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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How to turn on the motion sensor controlled light when you're in the toilet?

It might have happened that when you are in a public or work toilet the light turns off because of the motion sensor, and as much as you wave your hands you cannot make it on again. Is there an easy ...
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How can I stow my webcam behind my monitor?

This is my monitor with my webcam mounted: Typical setup, nothing special. Now, I dislike keeping my webcam on top of my monitor - even if I cover it. It's distracting. So - I want to "stow it ...
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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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Gadget to find discharged phone in woods behind house, without using a computer?

My friend tends to lose his cell phone, for example in the woods behind his house. When the phone has little or no charge left. I thought of getting him a Tile, but I'm not sure that will work, given ...
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How to prevent plugs from falling out of a wall socket?

Despite carefully securing a plug in an outlet, many times I find that the plug falls out minutes after the fact (it happens all the time with things like phone chargers). I have been careful in ...
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How can I take a picture of something small and print it out so the item in the picture is the same size as the item actually is?

I am trying to print a picture of a product my company is selling. I want the product in the picture to be the same size as the product actually is. How can I accomplish this? The paper is going to be ...
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How to minimize the sound of my laptop fans

I need to make sure to connect my monitor to my laptop, whilst it is quiet enough for me to work. I'm thinking of getting a 4 meter cable so that I can place the laptop under a nearby couch, whilst in ...
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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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How to make/find a program that parses a web page and texts me when it finds something [closed]

I want to make or find a program that does the following: it logs into a webpage with username and password it parses a page (I'm interested in a table, with changing number of rows) every 15 seconds ...
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Can I fix a PS4 controller my 4yr old dropped in an aquarium?

My 4yr old dropped a PS4 controller it my 30 gallon tank and it was there for a minute before I could get it out. Is there any way to repair it?
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Corroded iPhone Lightning connector

How do I fix the lightning connector (not the cable) of my iPhone which I believe is either corroded or covered with carbon?
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Is there any way to fix these keys?

I have 2 malfunctioning keys in my laptop's keyboard. First I tried to buy replacement keys online, but they are only available in foreign countries and charges are too high. Then I tried to buy a ...
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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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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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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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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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Water marks on my TV

My TV, a 65" Samsung HD 7 series has dripping watermarks on it. How will I fix it? Please help. I tried cleaning with alcohol but the drops are still there.
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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 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 resolve rubber feet coming off a trackball pointing device?

I use a trackball as a computing pointing device (see this Lifehacks SE questions for the model and a couple photographs). The rubber feet on the bottom of the trackball frequently come off during ...
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Question on Increasing Longevity of Laptop Batteries

Is it possible to make my laptop charger only charge when the battery is almost dead? Then, once it is fully charged to not activate charging again until it becomes close to dead again? Would that ...
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Simple cheap solution to plug in one pair of headphones into two audio sources (two laptops)

I have a nice comfy pair of over the ear headphones which i would like to plug in to two audio sources (two laptops or one laptop and one phone). Are there any cheap solutions for this, like a reverse ...
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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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I like my computer keyboard but the letters have nearly worn off

My computer keyboard look scruffy and old but works perfectly and is more comfortable to use than others I have owned. It's wireless and part of a set (keyboard, mouse and USB dongle) I don't want to ...
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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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Cancelling echo in a recycled phone microphone-speaker set

The speaker and microphone of my Android phone have stopped working, but the headphone jack still works. I don't want to always use a headphone, so I removed everything from a discarded non-smart ...
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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 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 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 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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I keep forgetting to take out my wireless mouse dongle -- how can I make it more conspicuous?

I have a wireless mouse and keyboard combination that uses a USB dongle like this: This is at a desk that I share with other people, so it is important that when I (or others) leave and take my ...
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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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Physics laboratory setup for fluid dynamics experiments

I'm beginning research on how the Earth's Coriolis Effect affects solids suspended in moving liquids. I have run into a challenge that lifehackers may be able to help solve. I would like to compare ...
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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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What can I use for an easy iPhone speaker?

I love my music loud and I was wondering if there’s a hack for an easy iPhone speaker? I’ve tried putting my phone inside a cup but it’s still not loud enough.
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A broken stylus stuck inside the phone

I have a Samsung Tablet A with S Pen. That tablet has a dedicated slot for an S Pen. The problem is, why S Pen is broken into half, so when I inserted the S Pen into that slot, the S Pen is stuck and ...
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How can I boost my wifi range?

I want to be able to connect to my wifi network from downstairs in the garage. My apartment is three floors up, and, while the signal is detectable there, it's very weak. I have tried lifting the ...

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