From The Tips Box: Frosted Glass, Straightening Headphones, Cardboard Boxes

Readers offer their best tips for making your own frosted glass, straightening out headphone cords, and finding free cardboard boxes for moving.

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

Create Frosted Glass with Liquid Soap

Priswell shows us how to make our own frosted glass:

"Frost" a window with liquid soap: You like some windows to let light into the house or an office, but you'd like a little more privacy that what clear glass gives you. Use liquid soap to paint the glass. You can use a paintbrush or your fingers to create a design in the soap or keep it plain. It will "frost" the window to keep your privacy, but let in light.

Straighten Headphone Cords with a Hanger and Some Clothespins

Phillip tells us how he got the kinks out of his earbud cords:

Earbud headphones often come in small packages, coiled up to sell the "smallness." However, even after wearing them for months, they often remain kinked up, unable to be properly straightened. I've figured out a nice way to straighten out these sort of headphones! For me, the headphones in question are iPod Earbuds + Remote/Mic. I put them on a hanger, with the earbuds themselves hanging at the bottom. In particular, I was using a plastic hanger that had the little hole for the pants clamp-hanger. I ran the cable through the hole, and taped the end to the body. After a day, I saw no improvement, so I attached two clothespins on the bottom for some weight and bingo, the headphones straightened right out!

Get Free Cardboard Boxes at the Bookstore

Photo by Mr. T in DC.

Tiffany Rose lets us know a good place to get cardboard boxes for free:

The biggest problem I tend to run into when moving is finding CHEAP boxes. Sure I could buy them, but it feels like a large waste for cardboard, which is so often and readily available.

The grocery store boxes are often slightly moist due to items and don't hold as much. They also fall apart easily.

I figured the heaviest thing I'd be moving would be books, then it hit me!

So I called the Borders book store need my house, and for FREE got at least 20 (probably more) pre-flattened boxes for moving, all uniform shape, and perfectly shaped to fit into your arms, so no huge awkward boxes to move. I taped them up, and managed to move almost everything I owned, aside from big objects, in these awesome boxes.

The cardboard is thick, to move books obviously, so even your heavy items are good in these boxes. I'm pretty sure you can do this at all book stores.

Eliminate Rapidshare Countdowns with Javascript

shreyash.arusia shares a trick to getting to your downloads faster:

Do You Download software, files daily as free users then you will goining to love this trick.

When you click on the free user button the time comes and start decreasing .

What to do is when the time is decreasing ,clear the address bar of the browser and type this


Then press enter .

Click ok.

This will make the time 0 and now you can start downloading.


    RE: Bookstore tip. Can confirm book boxes are teh goods.

    It's also handy to know bookstores usually have a major surplus of corn-based packing beads as well, which are great for transporting fragiles.

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