From The Tips Box: OS X Accents, Cable Organisation

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

Hold Down Vowel Keys to Add Accents to Letters in OS X Lion

Misterfuzz discovers a new, super-easy way to add accents when typing in OS X:

Something I just discovered by accident: holding down a vowel key in OSX Lion displays a bubble from which the user can select (using the number keys) that letter with accents, umlauts, etc.

Use Shoe Organisers to Store Unused Cables

Melanie shares another option for organising all your loose cables:

Those plastic over-the-door shoe pocket thingies work nicely for organising cables and small parts if you don’t have space for boxes (and make finding the parts easy). I just reorganized my computer software in a gigantic binder this weekend; felt good.

Find Out How Many Planes Fly Above Your House

Karttikeya shares a new feature of Wolfram|Alpha:

If you search “planes overhead” in Wolfram|Alpha, it’ll list what flights fly over your current location. It’ll give you all sorts of information, like the flight number, when it departs and lands, and so on.

It’s hard to find a ton of practical purposes for this, but it could be useful if, say, you want to see how loud the sky above that new house might be before you buy. You can read more about the feature here.

Embed Album Art in iTunes for Windows

We’ve talked about what it means to “embed” album art in iTunes before, but never had a solution for Windows. Saad finds one for us:

This script embeds all artwork to the music files.

Open up cmd and type cscript "path/to/vbs/script", hit Enter, and choose your playlist (like “Music”).

Hope this helps other people like me who love iTunes but can’t be bothered to individually embed.

This is particularly useful if you’re using iTunes to manage your library, but using something else to listen to music and want your album art to show up.

The Cheapest NBN 50 Plans

Here are the cheapest plans available for Australia’s most popular NBN speed tier.

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