Readers offer their best tips for cleaning up your Mac’s menu bar, fixing zippers that have opened up all the way, and eating greasy food while at your computer.
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Hide Menu Bar Icons in OS X by Deleting the Source Images
Matt shows us how to tone down a cluttered menu bar:
Delete any menu bar icon that you can’t disable in the preferences by opening package contents, and renaming the image file that is supposed to be displayed (menubar.png or whatver to menubar.backup or anything else). The program can’t find the resource and doesn’t display an image in the menubar, but you can still click where it would be and bring up an menu.
Perfect for aesthetic reasons. Still functional if you need it. Keeps my menu bar unified and pretty.
Fix Broken Zippers with Super Glue
Carson shows us how he quickly fixed his zipper that became detached:
A couple weeks ago my trusty 8 year old backpack started having problems. The zipper for the main pocket got loosened and opened up on both sides. Since it is a backpack I can’t just restart the zipper to fix it. So rather then replace the backpack I was able to easily fix the zipper by re-zipping it as best I could and using a little super glue to seal it at one end. This effectively made a fresh start and the zipper has been working great since!
Eat Greasy Food with Chopsticks to Avoid Fingerprints
Photo by Dan4th Nicholas.
Lalizig discovers a great way to eat greasy foods without messing up your gear:
Eating Cheetos or other powdery snacks while using electronics? Keep your fingertips clean by using chopsticks instead.
Use URL Shorteners as a Host Name for Your IP Address
Aperson lets us know of a good way to keep your IP address on hand:
Another use for URL shorteners: use them as a temporary hostname for your home IP address.