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

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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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What is the best setting on iPad for reading eBooks [closed]

I am an avid reader of eBooks and I do that mostly on an iPad. But there are many people who warn of deterioration of eyesight due to continuous exposure to the screen of an iPad. But I can't give up ...
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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 improve tv reception at home?

I use an antenna to receive local networks. It works well and costs me nothing. However, there are a couple fringe channels I'd like to receive. At present, I receive them inconsistently. I can ...
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Hiding or covering annoying LED lights on computer and accessories

As many of you know, computers cases and their accessories come with all flavors of LED lights these days. When I was in high school, they were all the rave. Now, they very specifically annoy me, ...
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How to keep dust-free when digitizing photos

I recently purchased a photo digitizer which looks like this: Under the cover there was a clear plastic surface upon which the photos are placed so that they can be digitized. (Unit takes a picture ...
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How to clean a dusty television screen?

The screen of my LCD television often gets dusty. I've tried cleaning it with a microfiber cloth, but it just pushes the dust into the corners of the screen. How can I more efficiently clean the ...
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Correctly inserting a USB connector on the first try [duplicate]

I don't want to force my USB port (which is rather easy to do, and may set fire to your computer[1]), so I'm rather careful when inserting a USB connector. The procedure often goes something like this:...
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How to listen to music in the shower?

How can I bring my little portable Bluetooth speaker into the shower without ruining it? To ensure it is loud enough to hear over the shower on full blast while not noise polluting too much, the ...
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How to improve mobile phone signal?

I'm sure everyone been there when you don't have great signal (reception) for your mobile phone (cellphone) and you need to make a call. Are there any easy ways to improve a mobile phone signal? I'...
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How to clean dirt/dust out from under your keyboard keys [duplicate]

How do you go about cleaning out dust and other dirt/particles/chunks of food from under the keyboard keys. I know its possible with compressed air, but what other alternatives are there, apart from ...
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How to clip/clamp/clutch/pinch side of faulty old LCD monitor screen?

Probably due to old age, the screen of my old Sony SDM M51 monitor flickers. The Sony representative advised that inside the lower left side (hereinafter abbreviated as LS) of the monitor (as depicted ...
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How to keep a desktop computer cooled down

I've just built a new computer, in which the CPU hits some peak temperatures between 65-85 °C. I've read this which states: Your CPU, meanwhile, shouldn't be hotter than 75°C/167°F. Other than the ...
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Hacking a proximity card (Oyster card) for legal use

I have the equivalent of an Oyster card (proximity based public transport card). I'm interested in having the information stored in another way so I don't have to carry around yet another card, ...
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How to keep a laptop cooled down

Sometimes my laptop heats up too much and it will shut down my computer (it also burns my legs if it's on my lap). Nothing permanent has happened yet, but I'm afraid that it will sometime. I use it in ...
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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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How to hold a microphone on a stand that is too small?

I have a microphone and stand. The microphone is too wide to fit into the holder at the top of the stand. What can I use to keep it securely held on the stand and still allow it to be picked up by its ...
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How to remove laptop security cable without damaging the the laptop

A friend of mine has a laptop with a security cable whose keys have been lost and now the laptop is locked at his home. Unfortunately there is no locksmith in his village to unlock the security cable. ...
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How to fix stuck laptop keys?

The a and z keys specifically doesn't work most of the time. The v key is also showing the tendency to get jammed too. Sometimes its works , without having to do anything or with enough pressure. I'm ...
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How can I charge my smartphone faster?

Sometimes I get home and need to go out again soon and only have a short while to charge up my phone before I leave. Any tips or tricks on how to charge my phone any quicker? I don't want to have ...
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How to store loose CDs and other discs without scratching them?

At home I have a load of loose disks that I have either lost the case for or it never had a case in the first place and these usually end up getting scratched up and quickly become unusable, not 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 take macro pictures using any smart phone camera?

Is there any way of taking close up photos with a camera phone? Are there any life hacks to do that?
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How to prevent accidentally pressing the power button on a computer?

I have a PC with an Antec 902 computer case and the power button is on top, and is pressed accidentally when in slight contact with hands or legs. I know you can configure the action of the power ...
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How to amplify laptop speakers?

I've a laptop (MBPR) and usually I'm watching movies on my second monitor which is far from my main laptop making the sound a bit low. And I don't want to buy external speakers, as the existing are ...
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How do I remove USB's plastic fragments from the USB port? [closed]

The plastic of my USB thumbdrive had cracked and the one of the fragments was stuck inside the USB port. How can I remove it without damaging my USB port?
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How I prevent my computer from collecting dust?

Every time I open the casing (tower type) of my computer, I can see a lot of dust inside. The dust is often all over the blades of the fans. As we all know, it is not a good practice to cover the ...
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How to fix a keyboard with a missing leg?

Sometimes I come across a keyboard where one of the legs on the bottom have come off leaving it wobbly and somewhat irritating to use. Are there any simple fixes for this avoiding a new keyboard?
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How to avoid butt-dials on phones where the keypad is always exposed?

My phone just loves to butt-dial. In the ~6 months I have owned it, I've made about 10 butt-dials, 2 of which were emergency phone calls. Naturally, I don't want to clog their services. How can I get ...
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How do I make a wobbly keyboard key stable again? [closed]

I have a wobbly keyboard key on my old D610, and while the computer is still usable, an arrow key is loose. You have to press it multiple times for it to register. Short of replacing the key, is there ...
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How do I safely clean a laptop using scuba gear?

I have a laptop that keeps getting dust in it and I have a complete diving equipment (tank regulator BCD ext.). Now normally you would blow out a laptop using a compressed air can and I was wondering ...
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How to clean off hands oil from a touchscreen? [duplicate]

I don't find anything here that would help to my situation, and wiping the screen don't seems to remove the oil that has gotten trough my hands. I need a method without baby wipes which I don't posses,...
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How do I put protective screens on, without getting air bubbles?

I am going to put a protective cover on my iPad. What I need to know, is how to put on the cover without air bubbles. I do not own this photo. Credit- galaugadget Things I have already tried: ...
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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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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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Homemade car CD holder

My MP3 player just broke :/ But that's not what I'm asking about. Tomorrow I'm going back home from college. I have a good many CDs that I can listen to on the way home, but they are in a case similar ...
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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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More effective way to clean a CD/DVD?

I have a music compact disc. When I insert it into my computer, I get through tracks 1-3 just fine, and part way through 4 before the player throws an error. I get an identical response in another ...
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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 make sure I get the USB plug in the right way up?

In short, how can I avoid this problem depicted below?
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How can I remove sticky residue left by a vinyl sticker from the back of my iPad?

The Stack Exchange sticker on the back of my iPad had been there for over a year and a half, and it was time to retire it (for a new one, of course). I carefully peeled it up, and put it in a sticker ...
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Cleaning a dirty computer screen

Sometimes my computer screen gets dirty and dusty, and this grime doesn't come off by just wiping it. (Besides the fact that wiping it by hand will just make more problems) What can I use to clean a ...
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How do I prop up a laptop screen with a broken hinge?

I have a laptop with a broken hinge. The broken hinge is cracked and exhibits no friction whatsoever when opening/closing the lid. For now, the remaining hinge holds the screen in place. My concern ...
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How can I clean my sticky keyboard?

My keyboard is sticky. Obviously, since it is electronic, I can't use an abundance of soap and water. I've tried a damp cloth, but it is not effective. How can I clean it, without ruining it?
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