Readers offer their best tips for viewing full Dropbox directories online, putting leftover paint back in the can, and ramping up your professionalism at work.
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View Shared Directories in Dropbox Web Interface
KosciaK shares a script to view full directories from Dropbox online:
The main drawback of Dropbox is that you can't easily publicly share whole directory (in Dropbox/Public), you have to share public links to separate files. That's why I've written Python script dropbox-index which can generate the html page with a list of all shared files in the directory (and subdirectories if you want) so you can just send a link to this one index.html file.
Poke Holes in Paint Can Lids for Putting Back Unused Paint
Photo by Bev Sykes.
bastion72 shows us how to store leftover paint effectively:
Using a flat head screwdriver punch a few holes in the lip of a paint can to let the paint leftover from your pour drip back into the can. When you put the lid back on it won't make a mess and it seals the holes so your paint won't dry in the can.
Gradually Dress Better to Make a Positive Impression
Photo by Zoe Volt.
Bonsai_halcyon lets us know how to make a good impression with your boss while not looking out of place to your coworkers:
If you work in Business Casual environment, one way to stand out and make a positive impression is to be better dressed than the people around you. However, if you're wearing a polo today and a suit tomorrow, you'll probably get strange looks and "where's the interview" jokes ( /suspicion) from coworkers.
Luckily, there is a solution: use the weather as an excuse to gradually ramp up your style. Start with tucked in dress shirts for a few days, and throw in an understated suit jacket over a polo every once in a while. Work your way up to dress shirt under jacket, and then the occasional jacket/tie deal. You might even subtly time your better-dressed days with staff meetings or presentations where some of the bigwigs are in attendance.
Using this method, you can achieve the impression you want without the baggage of looking like the guy who is suddenly gunning for the top and bucking the casual atmosphere.
Use Powdered Milk Instead of Coffee Creamer for a More Natural Creaminess
Lee Richard lets us know a better way to tone down the bitterness of your coffee:
Do you use a powdered creamer in your coffee or tea? Well, you might want to take a peek at the ingredients label. There's typically some pretty nasty stuff in there. Just the partially hydrogenated oil is enough to turn me off.
If you use non-dairy creamer for the convenience (as I once did), and your body can handle milk, you may want to consider switching to powdered milk instead. A teaspoon or two adds the same creaminess, and (in my opinion) actually tastes better than the artificial stuff. Not to mention, it's a heck of a lot cheaper.