From The Tips Box: iPhone Earbuds, Touch Screen Band-Aids

From The Tips Box: iPhone Earbuds, Touch Screen Band-Aids

Readers offer their best tips for using iPhone earbuds with your Mac, using a touch screen with a bandage on, and differentiating between all your power cables.

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

Use Your iPhone Earbuds With Your Mac

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Lightsout565 lets us know that iPhone earbuds actually work with newer Macs:

The in-line remote on Apple’s headphones also works on Macs! Change Volume, Pause, Skip, etc.


Use Hydrocolloid Bandages for Touch Screen-Friendly Healing

Bevx shares a tip for injured touch screen users:

I cut my middle fingertip a couple weeks ago. More for comfort and waterproof-iness than any other reason, I decided to try those new-fangled hydrocolloid bandages.

Not only did the cut heal up quickly and scar-free, but as a bonus, the fancy bandage still let my finger work with capacitive touch devices!

This was a rather pleasant surprise, as I was getting frustrated trying to retrain my other fingers while wearing an old school Band-Aid.


Paint Power Cables for Better Organisation

Thedettras shows us how to differentiate between similar-looking cables:

We have four laptops in our house and all of their power cords look very similar, so we’ve painted the ends of each one a different colour so they’re easily identifiable.


Roll Up Tools in a Towel to Keep Them Organized by Size

Photo by LadyDragonflyCC.

MattPadgett tell us how he organises his wrenches:

I have just reorganised my old toolbox. I had many wrenches that were loose in the bottom. If you need to have them in order (I do), spread out a rag and lay out your wrenches from largest to smallest. Roll the rag up starting on the end with the smaller wrenches and tie it up with a string.


  • Instead of painting the cables/plugs, I attach a large sized Zip-tie at the flex point before the plug, write a brief description on it (eg; PS2 or JEEE [for Jess Eee]), then snip off the excess.

    Means it can be replaced/removed incase of gifting, and isn’t limited by your number of paints 🙂

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