From The Tips Box: AutoHotkey And Dropbox, Noisy Hard Drives

Readers offer their best tips for keeping your mind off the pain while exercising, getting knots out of your back without someone else's help, and keeping a secret stash of greeting cards for forgotten occasions.

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 lifehacker.com.au.

Keep AutoHotKey Scripts Synced with Dropbox

Osama shares a simple but worthwhile tip for keeping your AutoHotkey scripts synced between computers automatically:

If you would like to keep your AutoHotkey scripts with you all the time on all your machines, just move the default .ahk files from "My documents" to "My Dropbox". Then, copy a shortcut to this file to the startup menu in each machine and remove the AHK.exe shortcut from there. That's it! And all further modifications to .ahk will be synced!

Use Bubble Wrap to Silence Noisy External Drives

isashach discovered this tip to keep his hard drive from making noise:

My hard drive randomly goes on an starts making a lot of noise, which can get very annoying. It is louder than my PC and you can hear it whining at random times during the middle of a movie. So to solve this issue, I put bubble wrap under it, and now it is silent!

Label Device Chargers for Future Time-Saving

Yo_Spiff keeps his power bricks organised so he doesn't have to rifle through them later:

Power bricks and chargers have a tendency to get separated from the devices they belong to. Most of them do not even have brand name of the device on them, so matching them up becomes a hassle. You need to not only identify the matching connectors, but voltage and amperage.

When I get any new device with a power brick or charger, the first thing I do is to put a sticker on the power brick with the name of the device it goes to. If (and when) they do get separated, they will be easier to match up again.

Filter Emails by Sender's Domain in Gmail

bwilson14's simple tip for making good use of Gmail filters:

I recently discovered something in Gmail. (Others might have already discovered this, I don't know.)

By simply typing "@domainname.com" in the From field, you can make a filter that applies to all emails from that domain.

My practical use of this is to filter all emails from my college professors and fellow students, which are a lot more important than a lot of other junk.


Comments

    In regards to the noisy hard drive, I think an analysis would be important considering a portable hard drive like that shouldn't be making more noise than a computer, i believe its just hiding the fact that it could be on its way out. But that's just me. :)

    For AHK to DropBox see here : http://www.humblecoder.co.uk/?p=50

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