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How can I keep my cat off my keyboard?

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 ...
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Best (law-abiding) ways to inconvenience cold callers?

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 ...
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How can I keep my cat off my keyboard?

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 ...
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How can I keep my cat off my keyboard?

I remember this from /r/funny a while back - a decoy keyboard! Kitty Fooled!
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Best (law-abiding) ways to inconvenience cold callers?

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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Best (law-abiding) ways to inconvenience cold callers?

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 ...
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How can I remove ants from my laptop keyboard?

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 ...
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How can I keep my cat off my keyboard?

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 ...
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How can I remove ants from my laptop keyboard?

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 ...
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How can I boost my wifi range?

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 ...
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Cleaning a dirty computer screen

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, ...
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Best (law-abiding) ways to inconvenience cold callers?

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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How can I clean my sticky keyboard?

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 ...
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Stop keyboard wobble due to uneven desk

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 ...
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How can I organize Micro SD Cards?

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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Can I shut off my laptop's keyboard without turning off my computer?

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 ...
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How can I charge my smartphone faster?

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 ...
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How can I make sure I get the USB plug in the right way up?

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 ...
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How to keep your hands warm in winter while working on a laptop?

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 ...
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Best (law-abiding) ways to inconvenience cold callers?

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 ...
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Best (law-abiding) ways to inconvenience cold callers?

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 ...
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Can I shut off my laptop's keyboard without turning off my computer?

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 ...
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How to store loose CDs and other discs without scratching them?

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 ...
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How to keep a laptop cooled down

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'...
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How to clean crevices of electronics without compressed air?

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 ...
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How to prevent accidentally pressing the power button on a computer?

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 ...
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How can I remove ants from my laptop keyboard?

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 ...
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Hiding or covering annoying LED lights on computer and accessories

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 ...
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Best (law-abiding) ways to inconvenience cold callers?

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,...
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How to keep a laptop cooled down

First, we must know why laptops overheat. All of the equipment inside a laptop, processors, RAM disks, hard drives, etc., work really hard, so the computer gets hot. Most computers have a cooling ...
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