Readers offer their best tips for creating an outdoor stereo, getting better training wheels on a bicycle, and searching Dropbox with Everything.
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.
Create a DIY Outdoor Stereo On the Cheap
David Sherwood shares his outdoor stereo setup:
I was looking for a way to create an outdoor weatherproof setup for my iPhone, amp, speaker setup.
50 bucks for an outdoor box. No way.
Sterilite box 4 bucks with latches. Small car amp, klipsch outdoor speakers. All I needed to do was:
- Drill holes
- Attach cords
- Seal in cords with silicone
Now the patio has a decent doubt system that is safe in the weather.
Use Rollerblade Wheels in Place of Training Wheels
Alan Wojtowicz gets some better training wheels:
I always hated the training wheels that came from the store.
I salvaged some wheels from in-line skates, added a washer as a spacer to the original brackets and there you go.
Looks cool and doesn’t have the noise of the original plastic wheels.
Search Dropbox with Everything for Windows
Stephen Thompson fixes an annoyance with the Everything search program for Windows:
I noticed a problem with Everything not finding files in my Dropbox, and I found a fix on this site with a video explaining the solution (shown above, skip to 5min 15 sec mark).
Basically once Everything is open, you have to:
- Go to Tools > Options > Exclude (as explained in the video it’s actually misnamed and should be called “Exclude/Include”)
- Make sure “Exclude files and folders” is checked
- Click the “Add Folder” button and browse to your Dropbox folder.
- Breathe a sigh of contentment that Dropbox and Everything like each other now
Shrink Multi-Column Twitter Clients with Win+Up and Win+Down
Here’s a little tip I discovered myself: I don’t like to use multi-column Twitter clients, mostly because they take up too much space on my screen. I want it docked to the side with one column, like Twitter for Mac or DestroyTwitter (a Windows client that I don’t like very much, despite its single-column interface). Well, I just re-discovered a great Windows shortcut that does the job well enough: Win+Up and Win+Down.
Now, I just resize TweetDeck to be one column tall on my left monitor. When I want to access a tab other than my home screen, I just hit Win+Up to maximize it, making the whole client easier to traverse (since some popups won’t show if the window is only one column wide). Then I can just hit Win+Down to put it back when I’m done. It isn’t perfect, but it’s better than nothing!