Lifehacker readers offer their best tips for making a quick note in Evernote, sorting your dirty clothes, and mounting your phone with nothing but an empty Tic Tac box.
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Create a New Note in Evernote with Launchy
Ryan Schuetzler shares a script for Evernote and Launchy diehards:
I love Evernote. And I love Launchy. But it turns out that combining the two was more difficult than I expected. All I wanted was a way to add a new note to Evernote from Launchy without having to open up Evernote’s whole interface and do all sorts of clicking and such. After a bunch of digging, and a little bit of scripting, I finally created a way to do it.
Download my evernoteadd.bat script and place it anywhere you want. Edit the script to make tempfile whatever file you want (not too important, since it’s gone at the end of the script). Also replace "_INBOX" with whatever default folder you want these notes to go to. Then simply create a Launchy action in Runner with this batch file as the program, and "$$" "$$" as the arguments. To create a new note from Launchy, type the name of the action you created, hit TAB, type the title of the note TAB text of the note RETURN.
You can check out Ryan's blog post and download his script here.
Use Buttons to Mark Which Shirts Are Dirty
Justin Garrison figures out which shirts are dirty and which can go another day:
It often depends on what I'm doing for how often I wash my clothes but there is one trick I learned for keeping track of how many times I've worn my button down shirts. I learned this trick in my last job where the uniform was fairly strict and I always wore undershirts (which I wash every time). This helped me keep track of my work shirts but I also apply it to any shirt with buttons.
When you wash the shirt, hang it on the hanger with the top button buttoned. Each time you wear the shirt hang it back up with the next lower button buttoned. It's an easy way for me to look at my shirts and know which ones are fresh out of the laundry or which have been worn a couple times.
I almost always wash them after 3 buttons (3 wears) but YMMV and even after 1 wear I usually give them a sniff test to make sure they're still OK.
For my pants I stack them in my drawer in 3 piles (work, dress, & jeans) and the pants I wore last are always on top of each pile so I know which pants I wore the longest time ago are at the bottom. Doesn't help keep track of how many times I've worn them but once I've seen a particular pair rise to the top I know it's time to wash the stack.
Picture: Novita Estiti/Flickr
Turn a Tic Tac Box Into a Smartphone Mount
Flynn Siy thinks up another clever use for Tic Tac boxes:
Reuse/repurpose a Tic Tac container to a vertical smartphone wall mount. Conveniently access the buttons, mount the phone on either side and easily slide the phone in and out with this wall mount. Pair up with Bluetooth speaker for the best in-shower media experience! :) I can now listen to my favourite podcasts, watch video tutorials/music video or just read an article with auto scroll book reader while taking a bath :P
You can see the full Instructables article here on how to do it.
Post to Twitter from Google Now
GMapper141 finds another lesser-known Google Now command:
Android: A few months ago I heard about this hidden command go post to twitter inside Google's new voice search. Google now. So I thought it'd pop up after a while and it never did. So all you do is say post to twitter (then what you want to post) its really easy and it's not publicised. Check out my video above for an example.