Readers offer their best tips for remembering to defrost something for dinner, finding good prices on common electronics, and changing the color of your ereader’s backlight.
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.
Pin a Reminder Behind Your Cereal Box to Defrost Dinner
David shares great tip for reminding yourself to defrost something for dinner:
I am very bad at remembering to take dinner out of the freezer to defrost. A simple sticky note in my pantry behind the cereal box serves as a quick reminder every morning to take something out for dinner, only surfacing when I need it, and hidden when I don’t.
Don’t Forget the Amazon Basics Brand for Electronics
Westen share a reminder about the Amazon Basics brand:
I just stumbled upon AmazonBasics today. I’ve used Amazon for 3 years now and I’ve never seen anything about this. Amazon makes a bunch of common electronic products and sells them for good prices. Every item I’ve looked at has fantastic reviews and is priced extremely well. One thing worth mentioning is their wide selection of cables: everything from HDMI to USB converters to audio cables!
I’m positive I’m not the only person to use Amazon and not have known about their in-house brand.
Use Kapton Tape to Recolor Your Ereader’s Backlight
Vivek shares his hack for changing the color of an ereader backlight:
I recently bought a Nook Glowlight. Using it during the daytime was great, but at night (when I do almost all of my reading), it just didn’t feel right. The color temperature was too much like daylight for my tastes. So, I disassembled it and used amber-tinted kapton tape to give me a better night-time reading experience. It’s like having f.lux for your ereader.
Undo Moving or Deleting a Message in Outlook with Ctrl+Z
Michael lets us know a quick way to recover if you accidentally move or delete a message in Microsoft Outlook:
I’m sure a lot of you know this already, but it was a new discovery for me and some of the people I showed it to were also surprised. In Outlook, you can undo many actions. So, next time you accidentally delete a message or move one to the wrong folder, just hit Ctrl+Z!