Readers offer their best tips for juicing up your Chrome bookmarks, creating heat maps of your Foursquare check-ins, and beating icy driveways.
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.
Add Custom Tags and Screenshots to Chrome Bookmarks with Dewey
Jamie shares a Chrome extension that beefs up bookmarks:
I just wanted to let you know that we created a free and open-source app called Dewey. It’s a Chrome extension that lets you add tags and screenshots to help manage Chrome bookmarks better. It also gives you some better bookmark search tools, like letting you search tags. You can also sort bookmarks by tag, date, or title. Hope you enjoy!
Create a Heat Map of Foursquare Check-Ins with Google Fusion Tables
Billy shares a tip for creating heat maps of your Foursquare check-ins:
Now that Google Maps no longer supports direct KML imports, we have to import that data into fusion tables to let map geeks visualize their check-in data. It’s pretty simple to set up. You just need to export a KML link from Foursquare and then create a new fusion table using that link. I put together a quick post with instructions.
Collect and Reuse Leftover Road Salt and Sand
Judy shares a tip for making sure you have the supplies to de-ice your driveway:
Okay, this is a super simple tip, but it’s been useful for me. For years I’ve swept up and collected the sand/salt mixture that accumulates in the street near my driveway after road trucks and plows are done. I store it in 5 gallon bucket with holes cut in the bottom for drainage when any snow I also get melts, then transfer it to another 5 gallon bucket for storage. It never seems to go bad and I can easily reuse it on my driveway even the next year.
Photo by Highways Agency.
Track the Latest Flu Outbreaks with Flu Near You
Ju Young Lee shares his company’s site for tracking flu outbreaks:
Flu Near You is a not-for-profit app that uses crowd-sourced information to identify where flu symptoms are arising throughout the United States. The app uses crowd-sourced information to track flu symptoms and cases through a very brief, daily questionnaire. These reported symptoms appear with small indicators on our HealthMap, with smaller graphs showing neighborhood-specific activity, even in remote communities. The app also provides up-to-date information as to outbreak status, careful prevention methods and identifies a user’s nearest vaccination location.