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Place a box near your keyboard that is the right size for the cat to sit in. If possible, place it on something warm. Cats like two things: warmth and security. It likes being on your keyboard because it's warm. Provided a warm and secure place to sit and it'll prefer that.


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When the cold caller asks for you, say "Just a moment, I'll get them." and then place the phone next to the stereo and let it play, like hold music. Every once in a while get back on in your best message machine voice and say "Your call is very important to us, please stay on the line and your call will be answered in the order it was received." Having been ...


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This happens because my cat likes to sit on my keyboard. Is there any way to prevent this from happening? I enjoy my cat's company while working, so would rather not shut him out. Since this is Lifehacks, I figure it's fine to offer an alternative solution: Install a cat typing detector on your computer. This is software that detects when the keyboard is ...


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I remember this from /r/funny a while back - a decoy keyboard! Kitty Fooled!


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Print the telemarketing counterscript and keep it next to your phone. I don't know how much it annoys the caller, but it might make things more fun for you.


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Well, this doesn't apply to the UK specifically but here's my approach: Never answer unsolicited calls from an unknown number. From anyone. Ever. Calls from a number that I don't recognize go straight to voice mail. If they don't leave a message, they'll never hear back from me. If it's important, they will either leave a message or find another way to get ...


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You need to more clearly define your problem statement. I highly doubt that 'too much internet' is the problem. The problem is 'too little of something else, because of time spent on the internet'. Your solution needs to address this clearly defined problem statement. Don't focus on spending less time on the internet, focus on spending more time doing ...


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There are already some good answers for how to get them out immediately. However, I have an alternate proposal: Wait until they leave on their own. They're there because there's food in there. As others have suggested, this is probably food or drink from your meals. If you let them work, they'll clean it for you by removing every trace of food. Once it's ...


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Animals need boundaries. The only way to prevent that from happening is to set boundaries with him. If he steps on the keyboard, remove him from the desk and place him on the ground. You will need to REPEATEDLY do this EVERY TIME. He will very quickly learn that as soon as he steps on the keyboard, that means he is going to be removed from the desk. It ...


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To remove almost anything, the simplest and most effective way is to use an Aero Duster. These blast compressed air in under the keys and into all the nooks and crannies and will safely leave your keyboard ant-free. Of more importance is how to avoid ants deciding to colonise your laptop in the first place. You must have spilled something sweet in there at ...


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It depends on the type of monitor. If it has a matte layer (antiglare), get a microfiber cloth. Moisten the cloth and wipe down the screen. Dry it with another (dry) cloth. If it's a touch screen, just wipe it down. Liquids can cause "false touches" and cause issues. If it's really bad, use a tiny bit of water on a microfiber cloth, or turn the device off (...


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I've had a ton of luck by building a little 'dish' on the receiving end using a mesh colander and a USB WiFi adapter. I've used this to get on the neighbours WiFi while waiting for the new internet to arrive: Obviously, mine is very temporary. A much nicer and more permanent one could be made.


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Answer in a foreign language. For the cold caller it's usually not worth trying to communicate with someone who you share no common language, since they are usually on the clock to make commission.


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This is happening because there is a gap of space between a corner of your keyboard and the desk. Your goal, as you may have guessed, is to remove this gap. A general solution is to look around you and find a material that can do this. Look around you for something with the following qualities: Small. As thick as the gap. Solid at room temperature, ...


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I have found that a baby wipe seems to do a good job at cleaning up keyboards. Generally I do this with the power off so as to avoid crazy keystrokes sent to the computer and/or damage to circuitry that may be exposed to the moisture.


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I believe the most efficient way is to use a pillbox, like this one: This is what I do. They are pretty strong, have enough space and they are very cheap. There are many different kinds, if you fancy.


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There are numerous things you need to know about charging your phone in order to charge it any faster. Ampere is unit of current intensity. So higher amperage means more energy in the same time. It does not damage the battery if you charge with lower (or higher) amperage than recommended by the wall adapter, if it's lower it simply charges slower. USB 2.0 ...


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Most operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux) have some means of manually locking the screen. This will engage the screen saver (if you have one set) and require password entry before the system will respond to other inputs. I don't know a way to make the screen saver ignore keyboard input, but I can't swear there isn't a setting for that -- try looking in ...


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All you have to do is follow the USB convention! Every USB plug has (or is supposed to have) one side labeled with the USB symbol. The pins should be exposed towards the side that is labeled with the USB symbol. See below for an example: On computers and chargers that have horizontal USB ports, the convention generally has the ports oriented such that, ...


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Use gloves that don't cover your fingers. (Something like these; they're also used by some when playing the piano.) Intermittently move one hand to under the blanket to warm it up. Increasing circulation can also help keep your fingers warm. To do this, take a walk every now and then.


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I sound interested then say "Wait a moment, I have to take something off the stove". Then walk away. They hang up eventually. (I used to keep an emergency whistle by the phone - blowing it removes the eardrums of the caller. But that probably isn't legal and it annoyed the neighbours)


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BabySmash was created to allow a baby to smash away at a keyboard without doing any harm to the computer. It also draws nice patterns to keep baby amused. It may not amuse your cat but it should protect your computer. Have a look at BabySmash.com. Note: this is a Windows solution.


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I always use standard A4 printing paper. Very cheap and available almost anywhere. Put each disk on a piece of paper, right at the centre. Then fold the long edges, next fold the short edges, like shown in the picture. (Make it a reasonably tight fit, so the disk won't slide around inside this envelope, because paper is slightly abrassive, theoretically.) ...


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Vacuum the vents The fans are designed to keep the components of your laptop cool. When the inside gets inevitably dusty, the fans have to work harder to be less effective. In the worst of cases, it'll look like this: In most laptops, using a vacuum from the outside will be strong enough to get most, if not all, of the dust. If you're comfortable doing so, ...


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If you want a novel, legal and amusing way to discourage telemarketers, there's always Lenny. http://www.toao.net/595-lenny If you're really committed, set your number up with a premium rate for callers. You'll start to actually enjoy the calls, asking questions and stringing the telemarketer along. Though your friends and family might not find this so ...


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Anyone with a toddler knows of the unexpected mass destruction that can rain down when your two-year-old somehow figures out how to infiltrate your massive security barriers and somehow hit that little black button only moments before you save a weekend's worth of online shopping selections. Never fear; there are some precautions you can take short of ...


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Here are some methods for keyboard I use: turn it upside down and shake it use cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol (one of these sticks for cleaning ears) use something sharp and wrap it with a piece of cloth and clean with it between the keys Generally for computers I often use a vacuum cleaner and reduce its power to the middle (it depends how ...


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I know these two tricks - one of them to cover any light, and the other to turn off the motherboard lights, specifically. Nail Polish Yes, nail polish. Just grab one with a dark color (black, deep blue, or alike), and put a little over the LED... That will probably dim the light a bit, but if you keep adding layers over layers of nail polish, you can ...


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I am from India. We have good sunlight almost year-round. If I were you, then I would simply put my laptop in the sunlight for 5-10 minutes. The ants will leave the keyboard because it will get too hot for them. Be careful with a plasma display - sunlight will harm it!


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I have three fixes for this, with different results: As I am in the USA, my phone number has been on the Do Not Call list as long as the list has existed. I used to get good results reporting callers, but I think all the call centers have moved out of the USA, so this is no longer effective. As suggested in earlier responses "Please hold", put the phone ...


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