Readers offer their best tips for getting deals online, getting extra features in Twitter for Mac, and getting static out of your clothing.
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 lifehacker.com.au.
Use Deal Sites for Coupon Codes, Not Just Sales
Craiglloyd tells us how you can always find deals online:
Whenever you go to check out an item at an online store, don’t leave that promo code text box empty! You can take a quick trip to DealsPlus or any other deals/coupons website and do a quick search for promo codes for the online store you are at. More often than not, there will be a list of promo codes that will save you a few dollars!
Craig makes a good point—if you’ve got these deal sites on hand, there’s rarely reason to leave that coupon code box empty.
Get Experimental Twitter for Mac Features, Even Without MacHeist
We shared a Twitter trick for MacHeist buyers last week, but iLife lets us know that a few Terminal commands will do the trick for everyone else:
For non-MacHeist users, launch /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app and paste each of these lines in:
defaults write com.twitter.twitter-mac ScrollingMakesKeyAndOrdersFron… -bool true
defaults write com.twitter.twitter-mac UserTimelineDerepeater -bool true
defaults write com.twitter.twitter-mac TypeAnywhereToTweet -bool true
defaults write com.twitter.twitter-mac HideInBackground -bool true
defaults write com.twitter.twitter-mac ESCClosesComposeWindow -bool true
defaults write com.twitter.twitter-mac NormalComposeWindowLevel -bool false
Get Rid of Static Cling with a Water Pipe
Photo by Hey Paul.
Chives151 shows us another way to fight static electricity in your clothes:
If you have static on your clothes, quickly swipe the garment over the water pipe that leads to the washing machine. A water pipe is about as grounded as you get and it removes static quickly.
Use a Vacuum to Clean Freshly Cut Hair
Photo by Casey Fleser.
Flasher tells us how he gets rid of excess hair on his head after cutting it:
When I trim my hair I vacuum my head afterwards to get rid of all the small sticking bastards of hair remaining. I know it sounds a bit bizar but it actually works and I don’t have to wash my hair three times to get clean.