Readers offer their best tips for finding other uses for phone charms, making the bed in the morning, and speeding up Firefox by clearing out unlikely caches.
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Use Phone Charms to Mark Your Drink Glass
Photo by Andrew Currie.
Josh tells us about his newfound use for phone charms during the festive season:
I was at a dinner party the other night with the much welcome glass of wine in every hand. While greatly appreciated and conducive to mingling I so often put my glass down and immediately forget which one it is. Not this time! I simply unlooped my tasteful phone charm from its slot on my mobile and relooped it around the stem of my glass, voila, instant wine charm. The main trick is to remember to put it back on your phone after an evening of merriment.
Make Your Bed While Still In It
Photo by emdot.
When making your bed daily, make the bed while you are actually *in* it. Instead of going around the bed 3-4 times to get everything just right, just pull the covers up around you, make the bed as best as possible, and then get up. Smooth the sheets, and presto, you're done. It also helps you to gauge if everything is centered. It's saved me a lot of time, and encouraged me to actually make my bed every day.
Clear Separate Caches to Speed Up Firefox
Michael shares a discovery about Firefox add-on Lazarus Form Recovery:
Lazarus Form Recovery (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6984) is a must-have Firefox extension, and it's been a lifesaver for me on numerous occasions. However, I discovered that Lazarus keeps its own cache, separate from Firefox's main cache, and it does not purge old data by default. In other words, every time I ran Firefox, it was loading a saved copy of every form I've filled out for at least a year, maybe two. By clearing that cache, I cut Firefox's launch time down to near-Chrome speeds.
This tip could very well apply to other Firefox extensions that save things in their own cache—every once in a while, it's a good idea to go through your add-on preferences and see if there's anything you can clean up.