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

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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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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 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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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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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 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 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 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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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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How can I mark micro SD cards in order to distinguish them?

I am aware of the question How can I organize Micro SD Cards?, but don't want to put them in pill box or other organizer. I want to mark each permanently, so that I can distinguish them - even if 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 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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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 to prevent an inket printer from clogging up from lack of use?

I tend to print, at most, 5 pages per month: usually 2-3 black and white pages, and 1-2 color pages. In the past 3 years, I've gone through 4 inkjet printers because they all clog so fast. I've ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Simple cheap solution to plug in one pair of heaphones 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 ...