Readers offer their best tips for getting detailed info on your laptop, listening to music with one earbud, and navigating through Google Calendar.
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Get Detailed System Info By Hitting Win+X
SavageRehab shares a lesser-known Windows shortcut for laptops:
The Windows key + X will bring up a Windows Mobility centre window showing you little bits of information like battery status (which is a lot easier than using a mouse to hover over the little battery icon). Pretty handy.
This isn’t available in every version of Windows, and it isn’t set up by default on desktop systems, but should work on the majority of laptops.
Put iOS in Mono Mode for Single Earbud Listening
Photo by William Hook.
Joe Archer shares a useful setting buried in the iPhone’s settings:
Recently, I’ve been listening to a lot of music at work, but only with one ear bud . I started to get annoyed by this because I truly love the sound of stereo music, but not through one ear. I told my brother Brett about this, and he told me a little tip. He told me that with the iPhone (We both have them) you can go into the settings/general/accessibility and turn on Mono Audio. This will then change the ear buds function to be Mono, thus creating a better one ear listening experience. I’m not all that sure about other devices that can do this, but I’m sure there are some.
Scroll from Side to Side to Cycle Months in Google Calendar
The obscenely observant cinnamonster discovers another way to sift through months in Google Calendar:
When on Google Calendar in month view, using sidescroll on the mouse wheel will jump between months (doesn’t work in week view mode, i.e. doesn’t jump between weeks). Pretty useful for me. I’ve been using week view forever but recently switched to month.
Spray Cooking Oil Near the Dishwasher to Eliminate Mess
Photo by Sandi.k.barr..
Leslie Wooten tells us how she avoids a greasy mess in her kitchen:
I don’t cook often, but when the spirit moves me to make quesadillas or to bake something and I need to use spray/aerosol cooking oil (like Pam), I open the dishwasher door about halfway, hold the pan inside and spray it there (as long as the dishes inside are dirty/waiting to be washed!). No greasy mess on the floor or in the sink that I have to scrub out later!