Readers offer their best tips for keeping bundled furniture tools where they're useful, running Windows Vista/7 off a flash drive, and opening stuck plastic bottles.
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Tape Tools to Furniture to Keep Track of Them
Timothy tells us how he keeps his tools organised outside his toolbox:
Duct tape weird tools to the underside of hand built furniture such as desks, sofas and bookcases instead of putting them all in one location - this way if you ever need to take the item apart you know you have the right tool for it, and don't have to try about 15 different sizes because they were all in the "tools" box
Obviously, this doesn't make sense for, say large hammers — but for desks or bookcases that come with small Allen keys, for example, this is a great idea to keep them with their furniture counterparts.
Run Windows Vista/7 From a Flash Drive Without Installing
Photo by Ambuj Saxena.
2MNY lets us know about a cool project for those looking to not install Windows:
It seems there are around a million guides online to installing Win 7 from a USB drive. For those on the flipside looking to run Windows 7 (or Vista) from a USB drive check out the Portable Windows Boot Project at http://www.boot-land.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=6851 . It's a quick system patch that adds USB boot functionality to any Win 6+ system without interfering with the normal system functionality.
I imagine it would be a good thing to install for those just-in-case scenarios, like if your main machine goes down and you want to access your system from a laptop or other computer you can't pop open to install a hard drive on.
Set Up Scheduled Tasks to Remind You of Your To-Dos
tommertron sends in a tip that keeps him on top of his tasks for the day:
This is very rudimentary, but I find at home I need a way to remember to check my Remember the Milk tasks.
So I decided to make an application shortcut for RTM using Chrome. Then I set up a Scheduled Task in Windows to open up that shortcut every day at 630am (when I usually first get on the computer.)
You just have to remember to add the arguments at the end of the command line in Schedule Tasks that were on the application launcher, as Windows strips them off when you add that as an action.
Use a Nutcracker to Open Stuck Bottles
St. Fu tips us off to an unsuspecting piece of kitchen equipment to open stubborn pop bottles:
To open really stuck, tight pop/soda bottles (or similar bottles) try using a nutcracker. I find the bigger ones used for walnuts work best. Just use them to grip the bottle cap and twist off. You could also use channel-locks or pliers but they're not as likely to be in the kitchen drawer.