Readers offer their best tips for freeing up hard drive space hogged by Chrome, unclogging drains and getting other people to change their passwords.
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Free Up Disk Space By Deleting Old Versions of Chrome
Vineeth R lets us know a hidden problem caused by Chrome:
I don’t know if you guys or others have this problem with Google Chrome. When Chrome updates itself, it leaves behind a copy of the older browser in my system.
Here’s the path for me: C:Users”USERNAME”AppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplication
I’m using Windows 7 x64 Ultimate. Secunia Personal Software Inspector told me I had a older version of
Chrome even though it was up to date, thats how i found out it left behind a, older copy. After deleting the older version’s folder, my system was said to be up to date by Secunia PSI.
This may or may not be happening to everyone, but if disk space is a precious commodity, it might be worth checking out.
Unclog Drains with an Old Milk Carton
Photo by Vanessa Yvonne.
Jonathan shares an easy method for unclogging sink drains:
Is your bathroom/kitchen sink clogged and the water won’t drain? Grab an empty one gallon milk jug or a 2 litter pop bottle and fill it up with water. Then, make sure the sink’s drain has water in it and quickly turn the full jug upside down, on top of the clogged drain, and slowly crush the container. A jet of water will pressurize the clogged line and blast any funk down the tube. Simple enough, but it impressed my girlfriend and earned me some much needed man points.
Convince People to Change Their Passwords by Starting Off with Silly Ones
a78993 lets us know an easy way to get non-techies to create safer passwords:
As a programmer/designer/sys admin at a small startup, I am often tasked with creating user accounts for clients or coworkers. Initially, I used ‘password’ as the default password for accounts, but I found that nobody ever changed it. So, I started setting people’s passwords as ‘ilovemarcus’ (my name is Marcus), and now everyone changes their passwords almost immediately.
Sure, it’s a little immature… but so is getting hacked into oblivion.
Use Toilet Paper Rolls as Travel Shaving Brush Holders
Davetannenbaum shows us a quick way to protect your shaving brush when travelling:
Instead of buying a dedicated travel shaving brush (which cost money), you can instead create a travel case for your brush with a used-up toilet paper roll. It works nicely – the brush fits just right, and the “casing” allows it to breath/air dry. I use a rubber band to secure it from falling out.