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

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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?
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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 ...
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How to raise my laptop stand

My laptop stand brings the screen much closer to eye level, but not quite close enough. I want to raise it a few inches by placing something underneath, but I can't think of what to use. The bottom of ...
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Protecting Protruding watch glass

I own a smartwatch which, for some odd reason has the glass sticking up slightly over the bezel. I've cracked one, and somehow, after 3 months, I'm getting a replacement. I'd like to prevent it from ...
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I lost my equals key. now what?

The equals key is missing from my keyboard. If I need to press it I am currently using a pencil to stick in the hole and push the little internal button. Any ideas how to continue using my keyboard ...
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How to protect a CD without a case [duplicate]

I am currently using a plastic freezer bag with a bubble envelope. Any other better hacks to store CD until I get a CD case?
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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 reduce the noise from PC's fans? [closed]

My computer's cooling fans make a terrible noise. Please, could you give me some advice about how can I reduce that noise?
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How to clean cloth-wire earphones?

There are lots of tutorials to clean white earphone wires but those are made of rubber or plastic. How should a cloth-wire earphone be cleaned without damaging it?
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Convert smartphone charger into wireless [closed]

I came across this page in facebook about life hacks and they have a video saying one can convert his smartphone charger into wireless charger. This is the link to page. I would have followed the ...
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Protecting cords against chewing pets?

I’m interested in ways to protect cords against chewing pets. What might be used to armor a light-guage power cord or USB charging cords? Since these items already have ends on them I can’t just pass ...
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There is a tiny plastic ball stuck in my Macbook's earphone port. How can i remove it?

There is a tiny plastic ball stuck in my Mac Book's audio port. I have shaken my Mac: failed. I have tried to take it out with a vacuum cleaner: failed. Tried to take it out with a pin : failed. ...
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Mac Keyboard cleaning

My mac keyboard is dirty after a year of using it and I want to clean it, however nothing seems to work. I've tried alcohol (98%) , I've tried soap,nail polish remover, wipes for cleaning glasses... ...
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Can graphic tablet/laptop combos replace pen and paper? [closed]

The vast majority of my work is done on laptops/computers. However there are times that I find paper and pen best, mostly for:- Planning - the ability to connect words and phrases spatially or ...
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How can I keep a USB mini 2.0 (or other) cable from tearing?

What are some ways to protect the ends of a USB mini 2.0 charging cable (or other thin insulated wire) tearing up? Anytime the electrical outlet is at a height greater than the device it is attached ...
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What is the best way to master keyboard: Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic? [closed]

I decided to take care of my hands and bought the said keyboard. But I ran into a few problems when using it: I have not yet found a suitable finger layout. As a consequence, it is making learning to ...
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How to reduce eye strain caused by constant exposure to computer screen?

When I am using my laptop for more than an hour or two, I get some eye strain. Is this a common problem for computer users? What should I do to prevent being affected?
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Hacky way to keep micro USB firmly in place?

https://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-ThinkPad-Compact-Keyboard-TrackPoint/dp/B00F3U4TQS/ref=cm_cd_al_qh_dp_i I use this keyboard on the couch connected to a tablet that is held up in front of me with a ...
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How do I take a 360 degree photo of myself without asking someone else to do it for me?

This is sort of an odd question, but here it goes: Basically I want to make a 3D model of my head for a 3D printer. I am following this guide. In order for the software to accurately recreate a ...
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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 to turn Non-Backlit Keyboard to a Backlit Keyboard for laptop?

I have a laptop with non-backlit keyboard. Are there any hacks available so that I can view the keys in dark?
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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 to prevent being startled by co-workers while listening to music at your desk?

Doesn't seem to be a good solution available. I've heard of mirrors, but those have certain limitations. Wondering what methods people have found for avoiding surprises in the office.
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How to clean computer peripherals? [duplicate]

Im a software developer and having multiple desktops and Its really hard to clear the keyboard, mouse and other peripherals. I have tried Using big size painting brush for my keyboard but it wont ...
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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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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 to completely erase my "Digital footprints"? [closed]

Is there any easy way to completely erase all my online information ? Everything, Facebook Google truecaller Twitter . . . everything else.
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How to keep my phone number private, when I have to provide a way for students to contact me?

I am an instructor of classes that only run for 1-4 weeks. The facility I teach at requires me to include my cell phone number on the class schedule that I give out (however, I believe they would be ...
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Dirty mouse of dried cream

I have a gaming mouse and many times when use it, it gets dirtier and dirtier due to the moisturising cream on my hands where they stick onto the edges and I have to use my fingernails to scrape some ...
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How can I stop iPad cords from getting bent and broken? [closed]

My iPad cords keeps getting bent and it ends up being broken. It is annoying that I have to go to the store again and again because of broken cords.
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How can i prevent a drinking glass from getting knocked over?

In really rare case when i use a drinking glass on my desk (often I just use bottles) I accidently push it with my elbow, or my cat does it and I need to clean my desk or keyboard. That happens ...
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How can I safely destroy a hard disk?

When a computer need to be replaced, I remove the hard disk. However it seems a hell of a job to physically destroy the hard disk without heavy tools, which i don't have. What is a safe way to ...
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How to not forget the washed clothes in the washing machine [closed]

At times I forget the washed clothes in the washing machine which makes the clothes stink and more crushed. The beep from the machine indicating the end of wash is not sufficient to alert since it is ...
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How can I turn an echoey alcove into a home office suitable for video & audio calls?

I have an alcove that I'd like to turn into a home office suitable for high quality audio and video calls. I have a desk & chair, however... There are no windows and stark white walls. What is ...
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How should I keep track of money lent? [closed]

Does anyone have a system for keeping track of when someone owes you a small amount of money? It comes up when you split something with someone, but only one of you pays and the other doesn't have ...
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How do you safely charge your laptop in your car? [closed]

Charging your laptop in the car is a great need when you live stray and knowing that really cool looking and cheap adapters are sold somewhere in the world is exciting. But you wouldn't want to burn ...
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What can I use to keep a smartphone cool while recording 4k video?

My smartphone (Sony Xperia Z5) gets very hot while recording 4k video (around the CPU area). Is there anything I can use to keep it cool? I don't want to put anything on directly on the phone, but ...
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How to fix earphone ear plug which has rough edges?

I have one earphone which had a rubber surrounding over the edges of ear plug of that. Recently by my mistake I have lost that rubber surrounding due to which only the rough surface is present (you ...
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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 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 make my keyboard not sticky?

I have a 2 year old keyboard here and the problem is it is now becoming sticky, by sticky what I mean is it is becoming hard to press, hard pressing will work but I find it hard, I cleaned it already, ...
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achieving a stable video-call experience with an infant or toddler

My wife and I make one important exception to the no-screen-time rule for our baby boy: video calls with Grandma (or with us, when we're forced to be apart). The problem is that a baby or toddler ...
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Smartphone data usage when travelling in US [closed]

I'm planning a trip to the US in an area I don't know well. It would be really helpful if I have my smartphone with me for things like google maps and staying in touch with people. Sadly, my provider ...
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