Tips Box: Evernote Uses, iPhone Mounts

Tips Box: Evernote Uses, iPhone Mounts

Readers offer their best tips for knowing which wine glass is yours, tagging Gmail messages without labels, and reusing note paper around the house.

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? Add it in the comments or email it to tips at

Use Evernote to Archive Things for the Future

Gary shows us how he uses Evernote for miscellaneous archiving:

I accidentally stumbled on a unique way to use Evernote with my iPhone. I’ve been using it to store obscure part numbers and codes for items around the house that only need replacing once in a while – like vaccum bags, furnace filters as well filters for humidifiers or air purifiers.

Plus – as my wife and I just had our first child, I’ve noticed every kids toy takes batteries. So I take a picture of the toy and type in what battery corresponds (because of course none of them are the same). That way if my wife asks me to get a replacement, I just check my Evernote account from my iPhone. This would also work for TV remotes, etc.

Use Thumb Tacks to Mount Your Smartphone

Bill shows us how he keeps his iPhone propped up as a clock or video screen:

Hi, I thought I’d share an idea I had last week that I just recently was able to photograph. The attached photos show my iPhone being held up only by clear thumbtacks on my tackboard on the office cube. I swear the cracks in my screen were there long before I tried this out! The tacks are actually just the right size and shape to wrap around the edges of the phone without trouble or fear of it falling out. I use it along with a fullscreen clock app to keep track of the time, but it’s also at just the right height to watch a Youtube video or see the album art while working.

Get Rid of Windows 7’s Glass Window Borders

Frai7ty makes life a bit simpler for us OCD window geeks:

Dislike the thick glass borders in Windows 7? Not a problem, go to Window colour and Appearance, and click Advanced Appearance Settings. (Right click desktop – personalise then click Window colour on the bottom of the window).

Once there click the Item Drop-down Menu, and select Border Padding. The default is 4, but it go down to 0.

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