Lifehacker readers offer their best tips for getting around paywalls and other blocks, eliminating speaker buzz, and printing when you’re out of black ink.
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Bypass Paywalls with a Browser Keyword
bypassing paywalls with Google
I set Google’s web cache up as a custom search engine for super-quick paywall skirting.
For Chrome: Right-click on the address bar, and hit “Edit Search Engines”
Title: “Google Proxy”
Then when I want to access a blocked URL, I just type “proxy,” hit space, paste in the URL, then press Enter.
Firefox users just need to add that URL as a bookmark and give it a keyword of their choice. You can then launch it the same way. While you’re at it, check out the best custom searches you should enable right now. We’ve actually featured this particular trick before — in fact, if you check out our version, you can do it without even pasting in the URL.
Eliminate Speaker Buzz with a BIOS Tweak
I just got a new pair of speakers, but they had a horrible buzz that I could hear when I wasn’t playing anything. After some searching, I found that oftentimes, this is because of the CPU in your computer. By booting into your BIOS and turning off the C1E power-saving feature, you can stop the buzzing. Your computer might use a bit more power, but it’s a decent fix in the meantime.
Change a Web Page’s Font to Dark Blue with a Bookmarklet
Do you ever need to print something but your printer has stopped printing black ink?
In a pinch, this bookmarklet will let you change all the black to dark blue and pull up the print option.
I wrote it for my granddad who’s printer stopped printing black even with the cartridge replaced.
I tested this and it worked in Chrome but not Firefox. If anyone knows how to edit the bookmarklet for Firefox, let us know in the comments!