Readers offer their best tips for fixing headphones, unplugging battery chargers, and moving playlists between iTunes libraries.
Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in—the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favorites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Add it in the comments, email it to tips at lifehacker.com, or share it over at our user-run blog, Hackerspace.
Use Your Headphone Ear Pads to Hold Small Screws
I’m someone that goes through headsets a lot. I go through about 3-4 in one year. But whenever they break, I just put them in a closet or something and let them collect dust. Although recently, my turtle beach headset just broke and while I was trying to fix it, I found out that the ear pads were detachable. After about 20 minutes, I figured I could just use them as holders for things like screws. So, moral of the story, if you have detachable ear pads, just take them off and use them as holders.
Put Chargers in the Middle of the Room to Remember to Unplug Them
It’s easy to forget that you left something plugged in and find out the next day that you accidentally left a battery pack charging all weekend (or forgot to take it with you when you needed it). However, by placing all of your charging devices in the middle of the room where they’re easily visible is a great way to remember to unplug them when they’re done charging.
Check out Craig’s full post over at Hackerspace.
Edit M3U Playlists to Transfer Them Between Computers
Jim discovers a handy little trick to migrate M3U playlists:
I had an M3U playlist from one music player I wanted to move to my girlfriend’s computer, but every time I imported it, it just showed up empty in iTunes.
I opened up the M3U file with a text editor and did a find and replace for all the file paths, changing /Users/Jim/Music/ (the music folder on my computer) to /Users/Katie/Music (her music folder), saved it, and tried again. Voila! All the files showed up in the playlist perfectly.
I’m sure I’m not the first person to figure this out, but it was a handy little tip that saved me a lot of trouble.
Compress PDFs in Linux with a Simple Script
Peter Mahler shares a little script for Ubuntu users:
This is obviously dated, but I desperately needed to compress some PDFs (and preferred to do so via a GUI), and stumbled on this very helpful post at Web Upd8 with a terminal command that would create a GUI button for just that.
I’m running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (with Unity!) and hence the command line install in the posting wouldn’t work so I just extracted the script from the download file, cut and pasted it into the correct folder and it worked like a charm!