Readers offer their best tips for freeing up memory in Firefox, adding a monthly calendar to your Moleskine notebook, and figuring out how much battery is left in your iPad.
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 lifehacker.com.au.
Free Up Firefox Memory with a New Profile
Gzusphish discovers a quick way to free up all that RAM that Firefox is hogging:
Firefox was taking upwards of a minute to open and was hitting 100MB before it even opened. That's when it occurred to me that I've been through about three versions and several extensions using the same profile I created when Firefox 3 released. I just created a new profile and Firefox opened pretty quickly somewhere in the neighbourhood of 53MB.
Add a Monthly Calendar to Your Moleskine Notebook
Alexandre shares a small clever use for the pages in a Moleskine notebook:
Many sites devote themselves to the adoration of the 'skine and I have an idea to share myself. It turns out the large ruled notebook has 31 lines, and it's good news if you want to put a calendar there!
I reserve a double page for every month that passes. The left page is a monthly calendar with days and weeks marked, as well as events. A Book Dart serves as a cursor for the date as well as a bookmark, leaving the Moleskine string free for other purposes. The right sheet is entitled with the month and year, and the rest of the page is a task list. Tasks may be transferred from the previous month's incompleted tasks, or abandoned.
Moreover, pages are (manually) numbered and the first sheet of the notebook is reserved to index pages I might need to refer to later but do not warrant a physical bookmark. A personnal organiser, a journal and a notebook can thus be united in one Super organiser.
[via Alexandre's Blog]
Easily Calculate Remaining iPad Battery Life
Sahilm shares some clever battery maths:
Might be obvious, but the iPad (1 or 2)'s 10 hour battery life is a big help in calculating approximately how much time the battery is going to last. Divide the percentage by 10, and you have how many hours you have left. For example: 60%=6 hours, 25%= 2 and a half hours.
Switch Between KDE Activities with a Keyboard Shortcut
In the KDE Plasma shell you can quickly switch activities with a Meta+tab or Meta+shift+tab keyboard shortcut. The Meta key is the Windows key on many computers.
We've talked about KDE Activities before, and this is a handy shortcut to switch between them.