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

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Remove dust bubble from glass screen protector?

So I just got a glass screen protector for my iPad & while applying it, a speck of dust got trapped and caused a bubble. Now the bubble is on the edge of the device and not on the screen itself, ...
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Fixing a micro usb socket.

I think I've damaged the USB power socket on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4. I've tried it on a couple of different cables, and for both of them I have difficulty getting the phone to charge unless it's in ...
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What's the best way to get a Stack Exchange question on the Hot Network Questions list? [closed]

I would like to be able to regularly get questions that I ask on various Stack Exchange sites to appear on the HNQ list. What are some tips for getting and staying on the list? Please include tips for ...
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Make monitor higher on desk [closed]

I used to have textbooks beneath my computer monitor, but I sold them to get some money back. Now my monitor's several inches too low. Instead of paying $40 for a new stand, is there a way I can make ...
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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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Getting a human on an automated helpdesk [closed]

We've all encountered it; an automated helpdesk, usually pretending to be a human, which persistently misinterprets your requests. The only time I ever succeeded with one was by typing what I hoped ...
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Earbud wiring setup to avoid yanking laptop / tablet when fall asleep

I listen to audio before bed. I'm going to use a earplugs/earbud hybrid like this to listen to audio: http://www.amazon.com/Plugfones-Contractor-Improved-Headphones-Protection/dp/B00RC301N4/ref=...
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How could you get a chair with very high arm rests with large surface area parallel to ground?

Imagine this: - Sit upright in a chair - Stick arms out to the side so your upper body forms a T - Using your biceps, bend your elbow 90 degrees so your fists are pointing in front of you That's ...
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Creating a stylus holder that attaches to tablet via full sized USB

This is basically what I want for my windows tablet to hold my wacom stylus: http://i.imgur.com/kTeP4b6.png My tablet is maybe 2-3 mm thicker than the height of a USB port so the above pic won't do-...
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How can I remove scratches/ coating from my LG mobile camera lens

I recently bought a used LG G2 (T-mobile) from market and later on noticed that it does not takes the photos with expected quality. I feel that the issue could be possibly because of scratches on ...
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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 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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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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Remove and restore stickers from back of laptop

I have a dozen stickers from hackathons on my laptop that I want to save. I am switching laptops and want to save them and put them on my new laptop. Anyone know a way I can do this? Even removing ...
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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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Is it possible to use aluminium foil as heatsink? [closed]

We all know that aluminium foil is far cheaper than heatsink. In some cases aluminium foil works like a heatsink. So I want to use aluminium foil instead of heatsinks
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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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How can I improve my wireless keyboard & mouse reception?

So I have a logitech wireless keyboard/mouse combo that I love the layout of. It's very ergonomic and I would prefer to keep using it. The problem is is that it only comes in wireless, and my pc is ...
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Best Way To Sort Trading Cards

I have over 10,000 hockey cards that I am trying to sort and somehow put them on the computer. Is there any programs or scanners that can do this? If not what would be a fast way to enter them into ...
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How can I keep my cat off my keyboard?

This is a common scenario when typing: When the family assembled for Sunday dinner, With their minds made up that they wouldn't get thinner On Argentine joint, potato^DR&FTGYB`...
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How to get a stronger radio signal?

I have a headphone and a cellphone that has built-in FM radio, and the headphone acts as the radio antenna. but my problem is the radio stations I listen to are very far from my place, good thing ...
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Is there a human version of event data recorder? [closed]

For avoidance of false accusation, this would be a nice tool. Even if there will be some extra privacy issues which were not applied to drive recorder but applied to the human version of it, I think ...
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Makeshift stand for large tablet

I'm on a small holiday in a camping trailer, and amongst loads of other stuff I brought my iPad and a keyboard. But I didn't bring a stand for my iPad. Do you have a suggestion for a makeshift stand ...
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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 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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Removing glare from monitor edges

That's my monitor: The seller website boasts: Antiglare coating: Ensures a clear view in brightly lit conditions. This is true: the antiglare coating works well. But as the images proudly shows, ...
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How to clean dirty white earphones

I've found a good-condition earphones in an old bag, and I've managed to clean the earphone cords with a rag and alcohol, I've also found this video which suggests to clean them with Window Cleaner ...
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How to fix loose wire in headphone?

How would you fix the issue that you get with headphones where you have to have the wire at a specific angle so that the audio does not sound like it is underwater, or even so the audio plays at all? ...
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How can I get a head-phone plug out of the jack?

I just broke my headphone plug/jack. So it is now stuck inside my computer. How can I get it out?
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How to safely wash my computer with garden hose? [closed]

Theoretically, the only problem of water with electricity is with electricity. So, if I wash my motherboard, RAM, CPU and everything else, it should boot fine if I make sure that there are no traces ...
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Is there a way to unstick 'tacky' buttons?

In my case, someone spilt a sugary drink on my computer's mouse - after cleaning the mouse it works fine except for the liquid that got under the edge of the keys and now leaves me with 'tacky' mouse ...
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How to protect micro switches?

The power button on my smartphone (Samsung Galaxy Note) stopped responding after carelessly using the phone outside on many rainy days. It would not come back so over time I got used to alternative ...
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How to clean the inside of a desktop computer without a vacuum

Say I open a desktop computer case and it's very dusty -- not an uncommon situation. However, Oh no! I forgot my vacuum! What else can I use to thoroughly clean the inside of the computer? I ...
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Scanning several pages in a book

I have several notebooks with writing them I'd like to scan. The books have soft covers, but the pages can't be taken out. Is there any easy way to scan them without manually flipping through all the ...
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How can I fortify micro USB connectors

Perhaps I'm heavy-handed but I've accidentally broken many micro usb cables by bending the connector on the cable and pulling it out of it's housing. I've tried a premium cable but even that broke the ...
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Dropped laptop internal checks [closed]

I have a hp laptop that was on its side with the fan side down in my bag. My bag is jam packed so the laptop was really secure and could not move around. I tried to put my bag on a hook about six ...
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Is there any way to speed up the computer startup? [closed]

Sometimes I have to wait very long until my MacBook booted up. Any tricks on how to speed up the boot?
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Stop keyboard wobble due to uneven desk

I've just acquired and finished setting up a new wooden plank computer desk. Upon finishing the new setup I naturally went to use my keyboard and noticed that the wooden planks aren't exactly flush ...
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How to Avert / Deflect refrigerator heat in room?

I am living in a tropical country right now, it gets pretty hot (~45 °C) in here. Now, I have single room home which has my desktop & a refrigerator. As obvious, in order to make ice in high ...
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How do I clean the inside of a keyboard that I spilled a drink into?

My keyboard works fine but some of the keys hesitate to press. This makes typing really difficult. I have not figured out how to take it apart since there are no screws at all on the front or back.
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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 dust a TV screen? [duplicate]

I attempted to dust the screen of my tv with a cotton cloth and much dust collected in the edges and corners. How can I dust more efficiently as to avoid this build-up?
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How can I straighten a slightly bent 3.5mm headphone plug?

My 3.5mm headphone plug is bent, ever so slightly, so that it slides out of the jack on my phone. The stereo functioning is still fine. How can I straighten it?
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How to dry out a wet phone?

I unfortunately dropped my aunt's phone in water. I didn't tried anything yet (I'm afraid of a short circuit). Is there a quick and cheap way to completely dry out the internals of this mobile phone ...
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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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4m² Room for Gaming PC - Temperature issue

I've got a little room in which I use my Gaming-PC. In Summer, i've got a little temperature issue. Not seldom, temperature of the room goes to 45°C (<30°C outside). This is my little hot gaming ...
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Measuring my altitude above sea level accurately

I live in a building which sits very high near the top of a hill. I estimate the ground level of the building to be around 700 feet, I live on the 13th floor, so my altitude is approximately 800 ~ 850 ...
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Huge noise in my inkjet printer

I have a basic model inkjet printer, and my guests have to sleep in my PC room only. I am supposed to take printout in midnight only. I tried to control the heavy noise during printing by using the ...
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How to convert standard SIM into Nano SIM? [closed]

I've some standard SIM cards which I'd like to test on my iPhone 5, but they're way too big. Is there any adapter or methods of converting the SIM card, so it could fit and work into smaller Nano SIM ...
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How to make an adapter for a micro SIM?

I currently have an iPhone 4S and these models use a 'micro-SIM' which is smaller than a standard SIM Card (see below): The thing is I need to move the SIM from the iPhone (micro-SIM) into an older ...
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