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How can I keep cables from falling off of desks when unplugged?

Using Binder Clips: Using Paper Clip: Using toilet paper roll: Some cables are one time use and may be does't required to be plugged in always. In these cases we can remove from the socket and ...
46 votes

How do I stop my earphones from getting tangled

This video shows a nifty little trick for this, and is probably better than explaining it in words, but I'll try anyway: Hold the cable out straight in front of you, with the ear buds by your right ...
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How do I get lint out of a headphone jack?

Use a 1/16" drill bit. Do not put the bit into a drill! Just grip it between your thumb and forefinger. Press the end lightly into the lint-filled bottom of your headphone jack and spin it clockwise....
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How do I stop my earphones from getting tangled

I find it quickest while still being effective to do the following: Hold the headphones at the plug side Line two or three fingers up next to each other (it determines how small of a loop you'll ...
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How do I get lint out of a headphone jack?

This can be done quickly and easily with a paper clip and scotch tape: Flatten out the paperclip. Tightly wrap scotch tape (with the sticky-side out) around the top part of the paperclip. Carefully ...
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How can I better clean headphones that sit inside the ear?

Try a q-tip (or the like) with some ammonia. Ammonia dissolves wax so it should work pretty well for cleaning the ear-wax from your earbuds.
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How to make sure nobody can hear anything when I'm listening music through my headphones

Use your smartphone to record the sounds. Start by placing the device next to your ear as you listen to music in your headphones, then gradually move the phone further from your ear to get an idea of ...
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How to keep track of which earphone is left or right?

In lighted situations: Wrap electrical tape around the base of the earbud and the wire, using a different color for each side. I would suggest red for right just for the mnemonic device. Taping is ...
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How do I stop my earphones from getting tangled

Methods I use with quotes from Lifehacker.com Wrap them around your device: Wrap the earbuds or Headphones around a the device. I wrap my earbuds around my MP3 player and that keeps them not tangled. ...
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How can I wear my headset and glasses in a way that doesn't hurt?

I've been an eyeglass wearer and headset (as well as hearing protection) user for about thirty years. Here's what I've learned: Frame thickness Everything depends on the thickness of the arms of ...
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How do you stop headphone wires from breaking?

I use cheapish Sony earbuds - great sound, but they tend to break every couple of years because the soldering inside the earbuds is pretty shoddy. Here's a quick summary of all the advice I've found ...
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How can I keep cables from falling off of desks when unplugged?

Here's the strategy I've been using so far: Get a large bulldog clip and clip it onto the desk edge. Pull one of the silver arms up, slip your cable through the larger gap in the middle towards the ...
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How to reform dent on hair due to long usage of head-phones?

My solutions: Wear a hat or loosen the band to the headphones. Wear the headphones with the rest around your neck, i.e. wear them the wrong way. Thread your hair on top of the head rest portion. ...
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How do I stop my earphones from getting tangled

Storing and retrieving made fast: Storing: hold the cord just above the earbuds (yes, we are working upside down) with your hand clenched to a fist wrap the cord around your hand until about 5 ...
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How to keep track of which earphone is left or right?

A dot of red fingernail polish on the right earbud. Red and Right begin with the same letter.
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How to stop cats from chewing my headphones?

The only way to absolutely guarantee that your headphones don't get chewed on is to place them in a container that the cats cannot open. Do not assume that just because the container is difficult to ...
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How do I stop my earphones from getting tangled

Wrap them in a figure-8 pattern like this: http://lifehacker.com/152499/keep-headphone-wires-from-getting-tangled Here is a description of the process: With your right hand make devil horns (third ...
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How do you stop headphone wires from breaking?

Take the spring out of a clicky-top ballpoint pen and twist it around the jack end of the cable to prevent extreme bending. I first saw this on Crazy Russian Hacker. Video link from youtube
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How to keep track of which earphone is left or right?

You can make a simple knot on one of the earphone cable, so from know you'll always know which headphone is the left one, even without looking.
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How to stop headphones bouncing around when walking?

Today was the day that everything changed. I found a solution to this issue and it will never trouble me again. I wear a jacket with a front zip and poppers to cover said zip. If I simply place the ...
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How can I get a head-phone plug out of the jack?

If you can add a close-up photo of it, that would be excellent. Until then, I'll assume there is at least a millimeter sticking out. If so, try grabbing that with needle-nose pliers. If that fails, ...
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How do I get lint out of a headphone jack?

A straightened paper clip with a little turn at the end generally does the trick.
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How do I stop my ears from getting sweaty/greasy while wearing large headphones?

Put a couple of tissues on either side, and poke a small hole in the middle, so you don't dampen sound much. That keeps it dry for a long time, but if they end up getting sweaty eventually, they're ...
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How can I better clean headphones that sit inside the ear?

You can use isopropyl alcohol (known as rubbing alcohol) or the sprays for cleaning LCD diplays. Put very small amount of this liquid on a cotton pad (usually used for medical or cosmetic purposes). ...
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How to keep track of which earphone is left or right?

Wrap some tape around one of the cables. Make it thick enough to feel or make a tab.
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How to stop headphones bouncing around when walking?

if you wear multiple layers of shirts/coats/pullovers etc and have the cord running up between your skin and the first layer, you can always just tuck the headphones between the first layer of shirt ...
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How can I increase durability of my headphones?

The connection between the wire and the headphone plug is a very high-stress area, so the degree of flex the wire experiences at that point is substantial. Better-quality headphone will typically ...
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How can I wear my headset and glasses in a way that doesn't hurt?

I actually slide a single piece of folded tissue between my frames and my head. works great, and I don't have to have a loose headset.
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How can I wear my headset and glasses in a way that doesn't hurt?

If you have other glasses, this may be your solution: Remove the screws from both temples and set aside. Using the hinge on the glasses as an anchor, replace temples with elastic cord cut-to-size to ...
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