Readers offer their best tips for getting the most out of your windshield wipers, getting Xbox downloadable content onto multiple Xboxes, and changing the comic sans font in the iPhone's Notes app.
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Use Winter Wiper Blades for Longer-Lasting Blades
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Iamjames lets us know a trick to getting the most out of your windshield wipers:
Replacing your vehicle's wiper blades? Use winter wipers instead of regular wiper blades. Winter wipers are designed to withstand harsh climates better, with more rubber, silicone, heavier gauge steel and tear resistance. This means they'll last longer during the summer months too.
Download Xbox Live Content to More than One Xbox
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Dethzilla tells us how to avoid paying for Xbox Live content twice:
If you're like me... you own multiple Xbox's; one for you, one for everyone else in your house. You bought two xbox live subscriptions... for yourself and your teenager... and you buy two copies of multiplayer games. It can get very expensive... but then... DLC comes and then you have to spend twice as much money for being a loyal customer... well fear not.
Microsoft allows you to download DLC to multiple consoles. Here are the caveats.
1. The first console you download to, everyone on the console has access to the DLC.
2. Any additional consoles youlog into.. the Xbox live account that purchased the DLC initially, must be logged in to use that content.
Basically... what this means is lets say you want the MW2 stimulus package despite all your friends on Kotaku saying they wouldn't... you would go to your teenagers console, sign in under your Xbox Live account (recover gamertag)... purchase the Stimulus package and download it to that console.
Once it's complete... sign out... go to your mancave... sign into your account again (recover gamertag) on YOUR console... and download the stimulus package again. You'll recieve a message saying you already purchased the content, would you like to download again. Of course you would. Now... you have it on two consoles... and you can watch in awe as your teenager goes 47-3 on Overgrown or whatever that godforsaken map is called.
I have 4 xboxs in my house... and before people say I'm crazy I of course purchased them ultra cheap used. Still... Lan parties are in full effect and using this tip... only at 1/4 of the DLC price for each box. Have funnage.
Switch to an Asian Language and Back for Better iPhone Notes Font
Bonsai Halcyon shares a tip for getting a better-looking Notes app:
Got an iPhone or iPod Touch? Use the built-in notepad app? Hate Comic Sans?
If you want your notes to be rendered in a nice, normal Arial-type font, just use the global button on the keypad to switch to one of the Asian languages and type a letter. Hey, presto! The font is 'normal.' Delete the character and switch back to English and the font stays that way.
It only takes 6 quick taps, 5 of which are in the same spot, and makes the notes oh-so-much more legible.
Note that in order for this to work you need to first enable an Asian language in your iPhones Settings > General > Keyboards > International Keyboards pane.
Use Diluted Body Wash as Shaving Cream
Robert shares a cheap way to shave without buying cream:
For low-cost shaving cream, I use my favourite body wash (use whatever liquid soap you prefer) diluted with water (1 part soap, 3 parts water), using a foaming soap dispenser. The foam doesn't last as long but I'm also not taking half an hour to shave either.