From The Tips Box: Online Shopping, Twitter For Mac, Static Electricity

From The Tips Box: Online Shopping, Twitter For Mac, Static Electricity

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

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/ 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.


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