Readers offer their best tips for remembering your home computer’s IP address, getting rid of tie fuzzies, and less well-known Skype features.
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Search for Lost Password Emails to Remember Home IP Addresses
Landon Robers lets us know of a useful way to remember your IP address:
If you are ever away from your main computer, and for some reason need to remember the IP address, whether for VLC, FTP, etc…. try looking through your online email storage for “Lost password,” “Password Recovery,” or the like. A lot of times when you receive these emails a “Someone with the ip address 72.211.xxx.xxx, hopefully you, requested the password for the account”
If you have a dynamic IP at home (which, by default, you probably do), this may not give you your exact IP, but will give you most of the correct ones. Your current IP at home will likely have a different last digit, depending on how many computers you have at home, but you can try a few different ones to see if you can find it.
Instead of searching for “lost password”, you can also just search for “ip address”, since there probably aren’t an unmanageable amount of messages containing that. Of course, if you’re using Gmail, you can just click on the “recent activity” link at the bottom of the page to view your home IP address as well.
Get Rid of Tie Fuzzies With a Lighter
Matt shows us how to make your old tie look like new:
Do you have ties that are growing fuzzies all over the place? I sure do. Do you like wearing ties that have fuzzies all over the place? I sure don’t. It’s unprofessional and sloppy. But, never fear – I have a solution! Burn them off and I’ll show you how!
Keep in mind, this is a last ditch effort to save your tie. Only use this method if you are willing to lose your tie as you may damage it with the flames. Also, you could use this method for other things that have fuzzies.
Post originally from Matt’s blog, Tiepedia.
Edit Already Sent Messages in Skype
Blyzz tells us about a cool, lesser-known feature in Skype:
Not a very well known (but very useful) Skype feature: If you make a spelling error in the Skype chat and press enter before you correct it, or only notice the error after you’ve sent the line of text, press the up key on your keyboard and you’ll be able to make your correction.
Quickly Access Certain Countries in Google Maps
Chase shows us how to quickly skip to a specific country in Google Maps:
I am not sure if you’ve featured the following tip before, but I’ve found it to be very useful. After moving to India for the summer, I noticed I could replace the .com in maps.google.com with the country tld code for the country I wanted to explore: maps.google.co.in (India), maps.google.co.th (Thailand), maps.google.co.uk (UK), maps.google.fr (France) and many more. Of course this means that you have to know the country code that you want to open but it saves a few keystrokes if you visit a particular country often.
One more note, when you open it this way it will sometimes load in that country’s language (I wish you could force a default), for the most part this isn’t a problem except going to maps.google.cn will load everything in Chinese – no english whatsoever. But if you go to China from the normal .com site, it will include both Chinese and English.