Readers offer their best tips for automatically logging yourself into Facebook, dealing with finicky rechargeable batteries, and taking image-to-text notes on your phone.
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.
Automatically Log Yourself Into Facebook, No Password Typing Required
WiFi shares a hidden, convenient Facebook feature:
Automatic facebook log in. Just look under Account Settings. Need I say more?
(We probably need to say a little more). This feature lets you automatically log yourself into Facebook as long as you're already logged into another web service, like Google or Yahoo. It isn't necessarily better than something like LastPass, but if you don't use password-saving extensions, it can be a handy time saver.
Fix Dead Rechargeable Batteries with a Paper Clip
Photo by William Booz.
Bilbo Baggins lets us know how to recharge batteries that don't immediately work in the charger:
For those of you with rechargeable batteries (AA, AAA size:) If you ever put it in the charger, and it doesn't register it and start charging it, connect the battery's + side to the + side of a working battery with a paper clip, and it'll register on the charger.
For a further explanation of what's going on here, you can check out Jeff Atwood's blog post on the subject.
Print Out the Perfect Note-Taking Templates for Your Phone's Camera
Markversus shares a homemade template perfect for smartphone image-to-text note-taking apps:
For Evernote Users: I have knocked up a basic printable that I use on the back of A4 sized scrap paper to make a notebook with a text box that matches the aspect ratio of my phone camera (HTC Desire) and a space for tags. Here's the template if it's useful to anyone.
Search CyanogenMod's Wiki for Alternate Smartphone Names
Most Android phones have both the name they're marketed with, and their original codename — which is often the name ROM makers refer to. Cinnamonster tells us an easy way to find your phone's code name:
If you are new to ROM flashing on Android, and not sure what your code name is for your device, a handy way to discover this is use Google's site specific search on wiki.cyanogenmod.com and the code name or your market name. One will yield the other.