Lifehacker readers offer their best tips for making headphones more comfortable, using your current remote control for your home theatre PC, and managing the cables under your desk.
Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments or send it using the contact tab on the right.
Swap Out Your Headphones' Ear Pads for Better Comfort, Especially for Glasses-Wearers
Tom discovers the one thing missing from his headphones:
My headphones are fine and dandy, but whenever I'm wearing glasses instead of contacts, they really start to hurt. I saw Lifehacker's post about uncomfortable headphones and thought swapping out the ear pads for a pair of similarly-sized velour ones (as described in that post) might help. It helped a lot. I didn't think I had a problem with the old ear pads until I tried the new ones -- not only were they more comfortable, but I can wear my glasses and headphones at the same time without them jutting into my ears.
If you wear glasses and have a pair of over-the-ear headphones, you absolutely need to this mod.
I can speak to this as well. I recently found some velour ear pads that happened to fit my headphones (even though they were originally made for a different brand), and they are a lot more comfortable when I'm wearing my Gunnar glasses. Picture: Head-Fi
Manage Your Cables with an Under-the-Desk Chain
We've shared lots of ways to manage your cables, but Nigel shares his personal solution:
I thought you might be interested in the way I've tided the mass of cables and 4-way extensions under my desk. I was getting fed up of them resting on the floor and wanted a simple way to fix them to the desk.
The solution I cam up with was to fix a chain running across the underneath of the desk, attached to the table leg screws. The cables and 4-ways are then fixed to this using cable ties.
Add a Keyboard Shortcut to Any.DO in Windows
Thales shares an AutoHotkey script for Any.DO users:
I use Any.do as my personal task manager, so it's important for me that it's available on both my phone and my laptop.
But the Chrome extension has certain annoyances, such as taking time to load my tasks everytime I click the button, and also the lack of a keyboard shortcut to input new tasks quickly. I've managed to solve most of these problems with some tricks I would like to share.First of all, I've managed to pin Any.do window to my taskbar . This shortcut will keep the tasks loaded as long as the window is open, so you can add tasks while you look at certain pages. Also, you can now resize the window in whatever manner you like. The drawback is that changes made in other devices, e.g. your phone, won't load automatically in that window, so you will have to reload the page from time to time to have the tasks up to date.There is still lack of an easy way to input tasks using the keyboard, so I created an Autohotkey script that does that for me. That would be: