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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 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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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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Homebased neurofeedback therapy

I've been looking in to neurofeedback as a therapy for increasing focus, but I don't want to spend 100 dollars a session for 50 session to essentially play a video game that monitors my brain. I ...
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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 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 to prevent headphones from getting entangled? [duplicate]

As a lot of people, I am using headphones daily in order to listen music, as I don't plan to buy bluetooth one, I was wondering if you had any lifehacks to prevent them from getting tangled everytime ...
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How to be sure not to get stolen baggage in a night bus?

I planned to take 2 bus for a total of 16 hours trip in few weeks and as I hear a lot of problem about stolen luggage (Especially about baggage in the hold). I technically cannot check permanently ...
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How do I get dogs to stop chronically barking?

I have a neighbor that never shuts up their hunting dogs, and they bark constantly day and night. Is there a device or life hack to make dogs shut up? I would like to try more passive approaches to ...
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I am looking for ways to send emails efficiently

I have a standard email to reply to all enquiries from my website, however I need everytime to edit few words, such as the name of the person, dates, codes, etc. Do you know a way of doing this fast ...
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Destroy discs in bulk

On a similar note to How can I safely destroy a hard disk?, I have dozens of CD and DVD discs that need to be destroyed before disposal. While I've seen shredders which promise to destroy discs, this ...
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Disrupt a game being played on wifi

I stay in a hostel and my roommates constantly play Mini-Militia using their smartphones and I'm really fed up of them making noises while playing. Is there any way that I can turn off their phone ...
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How to tackle a mobile which fell into water? [duplicate]

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?

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 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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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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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 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 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 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?