From The Tips Box: Blocking Social Networks, Locked Luggage

Readers offer their best tips for sblocking social media content on other pages and keeping your luggage safe (without expensive locks).

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. Email it to tips at

Block Social Media Content with a New AdBlock Filter

The-soup points us to a new filter in AdBlock's preferences:

With Adblock and filters, you can block social integration. Go to this page, scroll down to the "Miscellaneous" section and subscribe to the "Antisocial" filter.

While you're there, there's also a Rickroll blacklist, for those who get Rickrolled too much.

We've featured a few ways to do this, and they still offer more customisation, but those looking for a one-click solution will find this helpful.

Use Zip Ties to Lock Up Luggage

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KamWrex tells us how to lock your luggage without getting expensive locks cut by TSA during US travel:

Ever flown and locked your luggage only to land and see that your lock was cut off?

Instead of using locks try using zip ties. It's a quick way to secure your checked baggage from being opened by random people and if your bags get searched losing a few zip ties won't put a damper on your day. You can also keep a few zip ties in your carry on for the return trip. An added layer of protection is to buy neon-colored ties so you can tell if they were replaced since they aren't that common.

Seek Out Professors for Temporary Textbook Loans

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Aemon shares another example of where "just asking" works wonders:

For courses, particularly upper level courses that you think you may not want to keep, or perhaps don't own/want to buy the expensive new edition, try talking to the secretaries in that department or one of the professors in the department (not the one you're taking the class with usually, as they generally have one and need it for the course) assuming you know them well and asking if you can borrow the book for the semester, generally one of them will have the book and they're pretty good about lending to students if you ask (especially if it's a small department, like physics or math), and they think you're trustworthy, at any rate it never hurts to ask.


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