From The Tips Box: Distraction Deterrents, Android Keyboard

Readers offer their best tips for getting people to use your Dropbox referral links and launching the Android keyboard when it doesn't launch automatically.

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

Turn Off Password Management for Distracting Sites

Andy shares a simple, but possibly effective tip for those that get easily distracted:

Facebook costing you grades or time? Change your homepage away from Facebook to a work-related site, and stop it from remembering your password! Two small tips, two crucial inhibitors of your path to distraction.

Hold Menu to Launch the Android Keyboard

OCEntertainment tells us how to launch the Android keyboard when it fails to launch itself:

In many screens, pressing and holding your phone's Menu key will call up the virtual keyboard. I NEVER KNEW THIS.

This is especially helpful in apps that don't launch the keyboard automatically, like Terminal Emulator or the Swype Installer. Droid users can use their physical keyboards, but most Android users will be able to resort to this.

Snap Pictures of Your Car's Odometer to Track Service

Photo by Kennejima.

Android shares a way to keep track of your car's service:

A good way to keep track of when you get something done to your car is take pictures of the odometer. When I get the oil changed on my car, I basically take a picture of the miles on the odometer and just upload it straight to Picasa under a certain album. Picasa saves all the time stamps from the day it was taken and you can enable GPS to see where you did whatever you did to your car.

You can do it to any photo uploading website under your account to keep your phone from getting clogged or losing your phone or losing all the data accidently. It doesn't have to be just for oil changes. Just whenever something is taken care of on your car, take a picture of the miles and add a caption explaining what was done. Now you have a great history of your car and you know when something needs changed. Also, good for when you are selling your car. So, the person who is buying it knows what's been done and when it's been done and is most likely to buy it knowing that you've been on top of your stuff.


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