Readers offer their best tips for keeping your camera safe and sound, renaming multiple files in Windows explorer, and restoring deleted emails in Outlook.
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Store Your Camera in a Lunchbox to Keep it Cool and Safe
Administrator finds a substitute for a camera bag:
Put your expensive camera inside a lunchbox rather than a camera bag. There are 3 advantages to this:
- It's cheap. You can probably pick up some at the Dollar Store.
- People aren't as likely to steal it. If you have an expensive camera bag, thugs are likely to steal it. If you have a Buzz Lightyear lunchbox, no one knows there's a camera in it, so only people who steal people's lunchboxes would get your camera.
- It's got temperature insulation. Your camera won't freeze to death if you're on the North Pole. It won't overheat when you're photographing Ecuador.
Obviously this isn't better than a real camera bag, and you can't really guarantee that it won't freeze (especially if you really are at the North Pole). But it's certainly better than having nothing!
Rename Multiple Files in Windows with F2
Bobby.tables reminds us of an old but useful Windows shortcut:
In Windows, you can rename multiple files at once by selecting them and hitting F2. A great time saver for whenever I have to rename like a movie and the matching .nfo, .sub, .idx, .tbn and/or .srt files.
Recover Deleted Files on Outlook.com
MsCassLopez discovers a very handy feature in the new Outlook.com:
In the new web-based Outlook in the Deleted files folder there is a link at the bottom of the page to recover any 'permanently' deleted files. Useful for trigger-happy deleters.
Use a Spare Tupperware Container as a Butter Dish
Greg Whiteside throws together a useful kitchen item:
Need a covered butter dish on the cheap? Place the stick of butter on the lid of a storage container, and use the container itself as the cover.