From The Tips Box: Easy RAM, Procrastination Tricks, Weight Loss

Readers offer their best tips for creaking a few more gigs of RAM out of your system, overcoming procrastination and laziness, and helping yourself stay motivated to lose weight.

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

Use an SD Card for Easier ReadyBoost RAM

KamWrex shares a tip for using Windows ReadyBoost RAM without taking up important ports:

Want to use Windows ReadyBoost but you don't like keeping an extra USB drive attached to your desktop/laptop? Use an SD card instead. It stays flush and in use whether you are moving from place to place or not. Simply remove to use the card slot and put back in when done with no ill effects. The card with ReadyBoost installed on it will automatically rededicate itself to the program without you redesignating it to do so. Even better, if you have a multi-card reader, use one of the more obscure slots to run ReadyBoost off of and free up your USB ports.

Count Down to Overcome Procrastination

Photo by Lee Haywood.

Haxxy lets us know of an easy method to get yourself back to work:

This sounds silly, but I swear, it works. You can overcome any simple laziness problem (get out of bed, close Facebook, fetch something across the house, etc.) by mentally counting down from ten before you do it. Setting an exact point in time to take action completely prevents your subconscious from telling you "I'll do it in a second."

Weigh Yourself at Night for Weight Loss Morale

Dan tells us how hey stayed positive while trying to lose weight:

It is fairly commonly known that one good way to lose weight is to restrict your food intake in the evening, the theory being that your metabolism won't burn as hot while you sleep (or something like that; the corollary to this is to make lunch your biggest meal.)

Another piece of conventional wisdom is to take your daily weight first thing in the morning, before you wake up, since that's when your numbers will be lowest.

But I'd like to suggest that you weigh yourself just before bed, instead. Why? Because it can encourage you to follow the "don't eat late" rule. A big evening meal can skew your measurements, so weighing before bed helps me stay conscious of my late-hours intake, motivating me to keep it light for best results on the scale. (Since my healthy goal weight is based on morning measurements, I usually take that reading once a week, as well.)

Make Your Own Seasoning Shaker out of a Gum Container

Jimmy shows us his homemade spice shaker:

I usually mix up a wet rub for chicken and beef when grilling, so it gets mixed up right in the pan. But I decided to try a few new things as well as creating a dry seasoning. I had all the ingredients mixed up in a measuring cup, but had no good way to get it on the chicken without overdoing it (it's pretty hot).

I was digging around the kitchen trying to find a shaker to use when I saw we had two Orbit gum containers, both only half empty, of course. So I combined their contents into one jar and poured my seasoning into the empty one. I wrapped the top of the jar with celophane and replaced the lid. After poking some holes in the cellophane, I had the perfect shaker for my Cajun rub! I can even close the lid and keep what's left for next time.


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