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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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The scroll wheel is often one of the first parts to wear out on a computer mouse. If you're keen to give an ageing mouse a new lease of life, you can replace the original rubber wheel with titanium (or another long-lasting metal).

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Still harbouring an old external floppy drive from a beloved old eight-bit machine? Rather than just wasting space, with a little work you can swap out the internals from a vintage drive to produce modern storage with a retro look.

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This is exactly what always happens with spring cleaning. You start out with the best intentions and a burst of activity, then you get distracted by seemingly more pressing tasks and before you know it the whole process goes off the rails. When that happens, you have to own up to your mistakes, plan better and press on. And that's why our Spring Cleaning Week 2012 series has stretched from a week to a fortnight.

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If you're keeping roasting trays, muffin pans and other baking items flat in a cupboard, chances are you're making life tougher for yourself than necessary. Storing them vertically makes it easier to grab the one you want and won't take up any more room.

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Dear Lifehacker, Council clear-out days come around with regularity and in apartment-land where I live folk are chucking out old tech all the time: printers, monitors, old PC tower units, HDDs, even working laptops. What are the legalities here? What can you pick up? What must you avoid? What responsibilities would you have if you find folk have not erased data and apps? Thanks, Scavenger