Readers offer their best tips for updating Remember the Milk with Gmail's canned responses, avoiding mouse jumps while typing with touchpads, and repelling mosquitoes with Listerine.
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Easily Send Tasks to Remember the Milk
Tote shares a tip that uses Gmail Labs' canned responses to send tasks to Remember the Milk:
Use Gmail's canned responses to easily create tasks from email in RTM. If you get an email that you want to turn into a task forward it to your RTM inbox address and use a canned response to direct specify the task. Put the email contents between the '—-' and '-end-' to add it to the notes. Canned response: List: Priority: Due: Repeat: Estimate: Tags: Location: —-
Wear Gloves to Stop Touchpad Annoyances
Photo by Nessa Land.
Miguel tells us how he keeps his mouse from jumping on laptops:
If you're writing on a laptop, and you constantly find your palm brushing against the touchpad, thereby making your insertion point dance around, put on some thin knit gloves. It will keep incidental contact from registering on the touchpad. If that makes your fingers too thick for typing, or if you still want to be able to use the touchpad, just cut off the fingers.
Bypass Megavideo's Time Limitation
Luka shows us how to upload longer videos to Megavideo:
I suspect that most of you use or have used Megavideo, an excellent video shearing service, however as most of your would know it does have an annoying time-limit on its videos to force payment out of you.
So the first thing you could use is this site http://megastreaming.org/ all you need to do is type in the URL of your video in the provided space and it will generate a link without the time limit.
Illitmux is a handy Firefox plug-in that does the same thing as the previous website, basically what they have is a load of gold accounts and when your press the button they just stream you the video via the gold account. Here is the link Illitmux
Luka's original blog post can be found here.
Use Listerine to Keep Mosquitoes at Bay
Photo by Vox Efx.
guanoguck informs us of a household object that keeps mosquitoes away:
Mosquito Spray... I was at a deck party awhile back, and the bugs were having a ball biting everyone. A man at the party sprayed the lawn and deck floor with Listerine, and the little demons disappeared. The next year I filled a 4-ounce spray bottle and used it around my seat whenever I saw mosquitoes. And voila! That worked as well. It worked at a picnic where we sprayed the area around the food table, the children's swing area, and the standing water nearby. During the summer, I don't leave home without it.
If you're spraying Listerine in the air around you, just be careful not to get it in your eyes. You can, however, open your mouth for a nice minty pick-me-up.