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

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Alternative way to have clear non wrinkle protection layer covering for these electronic devices?

So I’ve tried kitchen cling film and it’s neither easy to apply and keep clear and non wrinkly, nor feels thick/ strong protection enough to prevent scratches & impact damage. It’s also a mess ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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 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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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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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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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 to correctly replace a key in my laptop keyboard?

Recently, a sibling accidentally took off the "W" key from my laptop. I followed YouTube tutorials on taking out the 2 plastic pieces that surround the rubbery circle below the key and I removed ...
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How to reduce accidentally pressing the right-button on a trackball?

Instead of a computer mouse, I use a trackball for a pointing device. I find that it is much healthier for my wrist, elbow, and shoulder. The only downside I experience is that I often accidentally ...
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How to clean & prevent stickiness on hard plastic of mouse, in spite of no rubber coating

How to clean & prevent stickiness on hard plastic of mouse, in spite of no rubber coating Product (originally available in white, now in blue only): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IX4GFMG/...
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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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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 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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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 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 to prevent Kindle Paperwhite turning itself off?

The Kindle Paperwhite must a contender for worst designed product! The on/off switch is at the bottom, like this: so when I use it at a lunch counter and sit it on the counter, it constantly powers ...
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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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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 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 can I flip pages printed in the wrong order, with a printer with duplex printing?

An office printer had an option for automatic duplex printing, but not manual. I commanded it to print firstly all even pages in normal order, and they ended at the paper output tray face-down (p. ...
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Projector buzzing noise

I have a mid-sized projector (Optoma HD142X). After about a year, and perhaps because of the recent warmer temperatures and therefore more internal fan use, the unit makes an irregular and ...
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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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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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Keeping a laptop screen clean

Is there any filter or privacy filter I could add to my laptop that would keep dust and marks off of it. I often have to keep cleaning my screen, and wondered if there is some way or hack around this?
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How to fix watch wristband made out of plastic

I have a watch and the wristband is breaking apart. It seems there is no easy way to attach a new wristband to the watch. What are some alternatives to fix the wristband of the watch?
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Increasing mouse/mousepad stopping power?

Despite already having a supposedly pretty good mousepad (a QcK) and a decent gaming mouse specifically for precision, it still slips sometimes by about a pixel when I click (not everyone needs pixel-...
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How does belt fit around roller

I dissembled a printer/scanner for parts. This is a belt and roller and I think it was used for the scanner. I can not figure out how the belt fits on the roller? The belt is a continuous piece and ...
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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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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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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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Pulled headset wire

The mic on my headset has stopped working and I think it is because I pulled the wire that connects it from the setting panel halfway up the wire to the headset itself to hard. If I wiggle the wire I ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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How do I fix a broken stylus pen? “Jamjake superfine bib active capacitive”

My baby brother chewed on the tip of my stylus pen, resulting in my iPad not responding to the touch of the pen anymore. It has chew marks on the sides, so I’m not sure how to fix that. I’m hoping 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 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 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 ...