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Really cool list of tips and tricks!

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Found on AskReddit.

1. A shortcut to any website.

Whatever you type into the URL bar can be surrounded by www. & .com by pressing control + enter.

2. An easy way to browse photos on a subreddit hands-free.

When viewing picture based subreddits, add a “p” into the url like so: to get a picture slideshow of the posts on that subreddit. This is particularly useful when you want to browse a picture based subreddit ahemhands-free.

3. A shortcut to downloading music.

Type -inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(wma|mp3) “weezer” into a google search bar.

And for other searches, replace “weezer” with whatever you’re looking for. It finds music downloads on public ftp and http sites.

4. How to do a reverse image search.

Hold S and right click an image to do reverse image search in Chrome.

5. How to skip…

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Just as we use PINsentry when dealing with online banking, Verified By VISA & Mastercard SecureCode for online shopping payments, and Paypal Security Key; we should have some system in place to do orders over the telephone.

© Christopherhall

© Christopherhall

Its still common practice to give your credit/debit card details over the telephone to a merchant on the other end, but we do this by saying the numbers out loud – risking security & fraud.

We could easily overcome this by creating some sort of device, which is extremely portable (likely battery powered) & you use in conjunction with your card & perhaps an additional security feature – like a PIN code.

Pop in your 16 digit card number, a reference number from the merchant, your PIN & a 6-8 digit number is revealed.

Much like the PINsentry device provided by most banks, it provides an additional layer of security by preventing anyone nearby from seeing you input a long card number into your computer (perhaps someone peering over your shoulder).

Saying the card number over the phone is even more risque because anyone in a 50 foot radius can likely hear you; saying the card number, valid from and expiry date, your name on the card & the 3 digit security code on the rear of the card (next to the signature strip).

So this device, or perhaps it could even be a permanent service provided by a bank which substitues your card number for a 6-8 digit code for whenever you make payments over the phone or even online.

This post has two potential ideas crammed into it.

The overall, general idea consists of a standard central heating radiator… the ones found in our homes.

1) The first idea is to place small fans at the bottom, underneath the radiator’s metal grille bit; This is effectively causing air to move faster, upwards – through the radiators grooves & grilles, heating it and causing convection to occur in the area much quicker than if the air was moving of its own accord.

This might seem pointless and more energy consuming… however, this would mean we could warm our homes quicker & I think we can ALL see the benefit in that!

2) Place small fans at the top, or other end of the grille & allow the heat to pass through the blades.

Of course these fans would need to be extremely light & have very little resistance working against them – but would allow you to capture the energy being release.

The heat would warm the room AND generate small amount of electricity from them turning.

Although it would be minuscule… they would overtime allow you to generate something.

I recently came across a post which is quite similar two my own idea:

The above article basically highlights the possibility of what new technologies are allowing nowadays: connecting strangers & allowing people to make new friends where ever they go.

Perhaps you walk past someone you think is attractive, intensely long (3-5 second) eye stare in in place! Your heart starts to beat a bit harder at the thought of them.

But just as quickly as this feeling came, its gone & so are the hormones which spiked and made you feel warm and giddy.

What if, using our phones, tablets, or other mobile devices – we could find out who they are? Message them? Even ask to meet up and rekindle that eye romance?

We have the possibility to do this using WiFi, Bluetooth & even cellular technology… then use this to form local Peer to Peer networks, albeit only temporary connection times but long enough to establish a long term connection.

In actual fact, the latest release of a certain type of technology called NFC (Near Field Communication) has allowed for people to stand within a meter of one another & be able to communicate/transfer information to one another.

Now, with this technology already being integrated in smartphones – people are able to start using this to their advantage & form a proximity based social network… A mobile network of peers, constantly connecting with one another & it could even lead to people finding dates.

Its dark, late & stormy…. You’re reaching for your pocket, only to realise that your keys are actually in your bag.

You rumage through it to find them sat all the way at the bottom, then pull them out; and as usual other items decide to cling onto the keys and fall onto the wet, saturated ground.

You rush to pick the fallen items up, push them back into your bag & now have to be able to see in the dark as you get closer to your door in order to see the actual lock.

The worlds smallest hole is now your goal, and you have to push a small piece of metal into it.

Many times, I’ve actually taken about 10 minutes to get the key in when i’m rushing … missing, getting worked up & frustrated.

Wouldn’t it be helpful, if both the key and lock glowed when they came into proximity with one another?

Obviously this would require some sort of NFC (Near Field Communication) technology to detect when the appropriate key in near the key hole… then allow the lock to glow/light up.

This would speed up the time it takes to unlock the door & get you inside… And could be used everywhere: Cars, boats, computer cases, safes etc


When you have a wound – they use ‘Maggot Therapy’ to treat it; The little critters eat away the dead skin, effectively cleaning & sterilising the wound.

Sound gross? Worried that they will just carry on eating away until they devour you whole… Leaving eggs to nest in your inside just waiting to burst and cause hundreds of them to crawl out of your mouth, eyes, ears, nose and the other orifices?

Don’t be stupid. They are practically new born babies, who eat only the dead skin & stop when they meet healthy tissue.

They are unable to reproduce as they are in the larval stage and too immature to do so.

The secretions of maggots were found to have an antimicrobial ability, acting as an anti-biotic.

A range of enzymes, acids and other chemicals work together to kill bacteria, and while some bacteria are not killed straight away – they are when ingested by the maggots.

So, why not harness these excretions and convert them into an aerosole form?

This would remove the need to have maggot larvae stored nearby & make it useful on the battlefield.

Hospitals could stock this in bulk, have stores of it in the Emergency Room – ready for incoming patients to be sprayed and ready to have their wounds covered to allow for the body to heal.

Ever get your wired earbuds tangled, caught or even ripped right out of your ears?

I have and I’ve had pretty much enough of it!

The size of standard earbuds today are reasonable in size, meaning you wouldn’t need to increase the speaker area in order to add a small battery to power the earbuds.

Or perhaps, a larger version which can fit all the components required inside each ear piece.

An antenna, or Bluetooth … perhaps even a WiFi chip? For local communication with another device – such as a smart phone.

We must remember that communication technologies of today, can be quite a power drain (a reason why I switch off my Bluetooth on my iPhone), are still quite large: but are becoming smaller & smaller – lets just hope that the newer versions are more power efficient.

We also need to take into account the extra chips, circuitry, wires etc which would be needed inside ear earbud – meaning the overall size of each would still be quite chunky; if a simple “antenna – to – wire – to – minute PCB (circuit board) – to – battery – to – speaker” configuration could be achieved, then this could be a viable potential product.

Ever been in bed, lying next to someone who is ill and you’re struggling to sleep because your worried they might stop breathing? Or their heart might stop?

I have, and I thought… “What if there was a small unit or patch that they could wear. If something happens, it wakes up their partner – who can have a small alarm next to the or some sort of watch like device on their wrist which might vibrate or make a sound?”

Please don’t confuse this with those hospital machines which beep or flat line.

This could be useful in hospitals, where a nurse can wear one and have multiple patients connected to it, saving time – and lives.

Small battery powered modules could be place on an individuals skin, which detects heart rate & another on the person who is monitoring them.

Should the other person, stop breathing or heart stop – then this would wake them up to aid the individual.