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From The Tips Box: Lost Stamps, Ereader Battery Life, OS X Login Items

Lost Stamps, Ereader Battery Life, and OS X Login Items

Lifehacker readers offer their best tips for storing stamps, saving battery on your ereader, and fixing weird login quirks on OS X.

Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments or send it using the contact tab on the right.

Store Stamps in Your Chequebook for Easy Access

Lost Stamps, Ereader Battery Life, and OS X Login Items

Jeff stops the cycle of lost stamps:

This tip is a little silly, but for years I would buy stamps, then never remember where I put them. I don’t mail letters very often, but when I do, it’s usually sending in a random bill of some sort, so I realised: what better place to store my stamps than inside the little plastic thing in my chequebook? Now, 99% of the time I need stamps, they’re already in front of me because I’ve just finished writing a cheque.

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Turn Wi-Fi Off to Save Battery Life on Your Ereader

Lost Stamps, Ereader Battery Life, and OS X Login Items

Laura shares a tip that saved her rooted Nook:

I rooted my Nook according to Lifehacker’s guides, and I’ve learned one thing in the past few months of using it: TURN OFF WI-FI. It’s amazing how much battery it’ll save. Now, I only turn on Wi-Fi when I have to actively download something, and have it off when I’m reading. I don’t know how much this applies to normal ereaders, and it may seem like common sense because we know this about phones, but it took me a while to realise that’s what was draining my ereader’s battery.

Solve Login Item Issues with an AppleScript

Lost Stamps, Ereader Battery Life, and OS X Login Items

I solved an interesting quirk on my Mac:

For some reason, QuickSilver has an interesting bug on my Mac. When I set it to start at login, it creates two dock items, and I have to kill the Dock with the Terminal to get rid of the second icon. I couldn’t figure out a fix for this, but a small AppleScript saved me the trouble. I just made a script with:

delay 10

launch application "QuickSilver"

Then, I saved that as an Application and put that in my login items instead. Now QuickSilver starts at login without the weird Dock problem. Still don’t know what caused it, but i don’t really need to!

Access Google Contacts from Your Dumbphone with a Script

Lost Stamps, Ereader Battery Life, and OS X Login Items

Derek shares a very useful script for feature phone users:

I have a “dumbphone” that only has texting and calling. I get the cheap $US10 ones because not only do they cost less money, but they break almost every year. I like to deal with my contacts through Google Contacts, but there are those occasions where I don’t have Wi-Fi and I need to call someone (and don’t have there number on hand).

So, I wrote this script where I can text my email with a name and it will text me back any person in my contacts with that name and their mobile number.

Photo by Bondesgaarde.