From The Tips Box: Drive Identification, GPS Security, Store Hours

Lifehacker readers help us identify our external drives, keep our homes safe if we lose our GPS device, and remember store hours.

About the Tips Box: Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox (tips at, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in—the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites for your buffet-style consumption.

Protect Your House by Keeping It out of Your GPS

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Andrew sent in a tip for GPS security:

My wife's GPS was stolen and the enterprising thieves pressed "Home" while she was busy with the police to pay a visit to our house. Rather than putting your exact address, put the nearest major intersection. You should be able to find your way home from there, and would-be thieves won't be able to identify your house with the GPS.

Use Your Cameraphone to Remember Store Hours

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Grey wrote in with a tip for keeping track of store hours:

I can never remember which store that I frequent is open which hours. Is Target open until 10 every night or just Friday and Saturday night? So for all the stores I go to often (Target, Best Buy, Lowe's, Trader Joe's, etc.) I just take a picture of their hours sign with my phone. I always have my phone with me so I always have their hours.

Use Coloured Bracelets to Identify External Drives

Cameron found another use for different coloured rubber bracelets:

I carry two 500GB external hard drives with me and have found that the bracelets you get for various causes will save your butt. With the help of my children I have killed more drives than I care to admit but since adding a few cause bracelets to each drive it not only keeps them on the table or desk but the bracelets also give the drives a little breathing room. In my case I have two identical drives, so If you have a few different colours of bracelets they are a great way to quickly tell which drive is which.

Looks like they're also handy for cable management.

Replay YouTube Videos with a Greasemonkey Script

Raghav responds to a previous tip for replaying YouTube videos:

The Greasemonkey script Loopy for YouTube puts a handy "loop" button under each YouTube video, erasing the need for a site like TubeReplay.

Definitely handy to have the loop option right on the YouTube page. If you don't have Greasemonkey installed, you can get it here.


    that one about the gps is old, and probably not worth the warning.. even the internet agrees with me..

    but then again..

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