From The Tips Box: Lock Screen To-Dos, Windows User Switching

Readers offer their best tips for keeping an eye on to-do lists, replacing cat toys with rope, and quickly switching users in Windows.

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

Put Your To-Do List on Your iPhone’s Lock Screen

Mike shares a new twist on an old tip:

Hey guys, here’s a handy little tip I dreamed up that won’t let you ignore your to-do list.

First, make a to-do list in Evernote, open the to-do list in the iPhone Evernote app and take a screen shot of it. Set the to-do lit screenshot as your lock screen wallpaper. See attached example image.

I tried this out last week and managed to get through my entire to-do list in one day.

Switch Users in Windows with a Desktop Shortcut

Java-Princess lets us know a very quick way to log off your workstation:

If you create a shortcut pointing to %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\tsdiscon.exe you can switch users by clicking it, it takes you directly to the log on screen in Windows without logging the current user off. Well, that’s two clicks saved. On one of the machines at work we are forever switching users and this is a genuine timesaver.

Replace Shredded Cat Trees with Rope

Photo by Jon Ross.

Marte saves us from getting ripped up carpet all over the floor:

Our cats had shredded the carpet off the legs of the cat tree and I was tired of picking up bits and pieces from all over the house. I got three 50′ coils of 3/8″ sisal rope and used that to tightly wrap all the way down each shredded leg. It really did take pretty much the whole coil of rope for each wrap. Now the cats can sharpen their claws all they want to and I don’t have to bust out the vacuum cleaner twice a day to get up carpet shreds from here, there, and everywhere.

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