Readers offer their best tips for sharing costs with roommates, torrent-streaming from the command line, and supersizing tweeted images.
Every day we receive stacks 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 our contact form.
Unihouse Makes Sharing Costs with Roommates Easy
Tom shares a site for helping out with sharing living costs:
I've been using unihouse.co.uk for years and I've found it really useful for sorting out intra-housemate debt. For some reason, it remains under-publicised, but everyone whom I've told about it has really approved of the concept.
Peerflix Streams Torrents from the Command Line
Alin shares a tip for torrent-streaming from the command line:
I though you might find Peerflix interesting. It's a command line tool that streams torrents which can be played directly in VLC or MPlayer. This is actually the backend used by the now popular Popcorn Time.
FUJI CANNON Supersizes Tweeted Images
Robert shares a service for blowing up tweeted images:
On this website, you can split images over 3 Tweets. You simply login via Twitter and paste a URL to load an image onto a canvas. You can scale and position the image and add a text message up to 116 characters. The site splits the pic into three parts and tweets them in a row to blow up Twitter's timeline with a vertical panorama.
Filter Water with a Dirty Stick in Survival Situations
Jenny shares an interesting survival tip:
I saw this featured on WonderHowTo and thought it would be good for Lifehacker. Researchers at MIT figured out that a plain stick can do a pretty good job filtering out bacteria from water through the wood's xylem tissue and making it safer to drink.
They are very careful to note that it filters out about 99.9% of particles and bacteria, which is not as safe as other filtering systems and can let some nasties like viruses through. So it isn't for regular filtering or anything. But, in a real survival situation it could be good information to know.
We're glad our tipster included the caution or we would have. But just to be extra sure, that .01% that isn't filtered by this method could still let some dangerous pathogens through. So it really is a survival situation only kind of thing. Still, it is pretty cool.