Recently, we showed you 10 amazing technology ideas you could find on Pinterest. But over the past couple of years, Reddit (we covered it in one of our ebooks) has become the go-to place to share life hacks, whether it’s on the LifeProTips subreddit, the LifeHacks subreddit or other topics where such cool posts pop up.
Among those, the ones to do with technology can get lost in a sea of constant updates, comments, and posts. We scoured through the site to come up with 10 amazing tech hacks you probably didn’t know about.
Lots of mobile apps and services ask for your email address. It’s a little tedious to type it out each time. Instead, head to your keyboard’s dictionary and add a shortcut for it by assigning it as an autocorrect for a keyword or a code. You can use your name as the keyword, or a shortcut code like ‘zqx’ — three letters you are unlikely to ever type in succession in normal usage.
Well, now why didn’t we think of that sooner? Grab the image of a ruler and make it your cell phone’s wallpaper, ensuring that it’s to scale by placing a real ruler on your phone while setting it. Now you can quickly measure any object! “For mine, I also put the dimensions of the phone itself so that I can measure larger spans in ‘phone lengths’,” says fuzzeslecrdf. “And a plea for a safe return in case my phone is lost and found.”
Is a particular website blocked at your work or in school? Companies and universities have an annoying habit of putting up these firewalls, but almost none of them will block Google Translate. So go to that and visit your site through it. It will work just fine! Make sure you use English-to-English as the translation settings though! But there’s one caveat: this hack only works with HTTP sites, not HTTPS ones.
Need to prop up your phone for a quick video chat or to watch a movie, but don’t have a smartphone stand around? Just whip out your wallet and open it up. If your wallet folds thrice, place it on its back and open up one flap to prop the phone. If your wallet folds twice, open it and place it in the shape of a boomerang. Your phone can stably rest on that.
Now here’s a hack that might entirely change how you use YouTube. Did you know that you can hit the number keys on your keyboard from 1 to 9 to skip from 10% to 90% of the video? What’s more, you can use the J and L keys to rewind and fast forward 10 seconds, and the K key to play/pause. No more fiddling around with that bar!
This is so cool. If you have a used laser pointer around (or if you can borrow one from your office clerk or professor), break it open and you will find a lens inside. Get a hairpin and some scotch tape. Prop the lens between the hairpin and place it on the camera lens of your phone. Use the scotch tape to hold the pin-lens combo firmly in place. And there you go! A rough, DIY macro lens for no cost.
Those who use their work laptop to deliver presentations might want to consider creating a separate user account for those. That way, you can avoid embarrassing notifications for emails or a ping from a friend popping up in the middle of your demo. You can do this on Windows, Mac, or Linux. Just make sure that the presentation file is stored on a different partition, so it’s accessible through any account. And as a backup, email it to yourself too.
This is one of the most useful digital camera tricks you should know. It will save you from ever again lugging around a heavy tripod to steady your shots. Take a small bolt, tie a piece of string to it and screw it into the bottom of your camera. The string should be approximately the length from your eye level to the ground. At the other end other string, tie a washer. “Drop the washer down, step on the washer and then pull up tightening the string. This will give you incredible stability for longer exposures. When you’re done just unscrew the bolt and wad the “tripod” up and stash it in your pocket. Great for travel when you’re not carrying a bag,” MakeMeNaked writes.
If you want to use the same Gmail address to sign up for two different accounts on a site, here’s a neat trick. At the end of your handle, append a plus sign and add a word — it’s recognised as a different address but goes to the same Gmail inbox. “For Gmail addresses, only the characters up until the first plus sign are used to determine where to send the email. For instance, emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com will both go to firstname.lastname@example.org,” madcreator says.
This is pure genius. If you need to test a printer or a new colour cartridge, fire up your browser, head to Google.com and print the homepage. It has all the colours while using very little ink. Of course, on days when there’s a Google doodle, you can always search for the Google logo instead and print that.
Share Your Favourite Hacks!
It would be impossible to scour the whole of Reddit for tech hacks and this is only a small selection of what’s on offer. You must have come across a few during your browsing, and perhaps even created few of your own.
In fact, it needn’t even be just on Reddit. We recently rounded up some cool life hacks on Instagram too. So drop a line and share what you know, we are all ears!
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