From The Tips Box: Hidden Hard Drives, Free Magnets, Ties

Readers offer their best tips for hiding external hard drives, salvaging magnets from shower curtains, and working around Google Music's 30 second previews.

About the Tips Box: Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, 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. Got a tip of your own to share? Email it to tips at

Hide External Drives Behind Monitors for a Clean Workspace

Joshua shows us how he keeps his desk nice and neat:

How to hide a hardrive on an iMac easily with a wire tie: Just tie the drive to the arm that connects the base, simply and easy trick.

While this may be easier on an iMac than other monitors, the idea of sticking your drive on the back of your monitor can be used on any computer. When in doubt, use duct tape.

Keep Magnets When Throwing Out Shower Curtains

Photo by rick.

Jonathan Fournier makes the most out of his old shower curtain liners:

When I change out my shower curtain liner every few months, I cut the three or four magnets out of the bottom and use them on the fridge. Free(ish) magnets!

Save Your Ties from Messes With a Bobby Pin

mindtrix shows us how to save ties from taking a swim:

'Tis the season, and with it comes the eggnog, carols and the outrageous Xmas ties.

I am not a tie man myself, but one thing I know you don't want this season is your tie dipping in your glass of eggnog!

So keep that noose out of your nog with a bobby pin! It may not be overly fashionable, but its small enough to do the job and barely be noticeable.

If your holiday ties are really bad, though, and you'd rather they die a horrible, eggnoggy death, we won't blame you.


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