From The Tips Box: Noisy Dog Tags, Broken XBMC Libraries

Readers offer their best tips for silencing loud dog tags and fixing a broken XBMC library.

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.

Silence Noisy Dog Tags with a Rubber Band

Adam Larson keeps his dog's collar quiet:

Finally got tired of being woken up by my dogs need to scratch an itch in the middle of the night so I bound her tags together with a simple rubber band. I don't know why I didn't do this 10 years ago.

Fix a Broken XBMC Library with the Correct Folder Structure

Jim discovers a weird XBMC quirk:

I had to recreate my XBMC library this week, but something went very wrong. After removing the videos from my library, I tried to re-add them and it could only find a few of my movies. They were all in the same place, I hadn't changed the file names, and for some reason it was just refusing to scrape the data.

Well, after a long time of troubleshooting, I stumbled upon this post and found that using XBMC's suggested naming scheme worked fine. After changing the movie folders from "The.Matrix.1999" to "The Matrix (1999)" it was able to scrape everything flawlessly. I didn't think that could possibly be the problem since it had been working for a long time, but apparently that's all it needed.

I know you guys have talked about this once before, but I thought it was worth sharing my experience. I still don't know why it worked for so long then decided to stop working, but this was the solution.

DroidToReader Shares Articles from Android to Your Kindle

Goldeneye shares a handy app for Android and Kindle users:

I find I am on my android phone frequently and want to send things to the Kindle for reading later. I couldn't find anything in this story about it so I did some research. I found a (free) application for Android called DroidToReader that works for me. It requires a free account at SENDtoREADER.com which is where you configure it to work with your Amazon account. SENDtoREADER also has a bookmarklet like Klip.me if you wanted to save stories from a web browser on a tablet or computer.


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