Readers offer their best tips for seeing file properties in Windows Explorer, turning an old radio into an iPhone dock, and sharing your clipboard between computers.
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.
View a File’s Properties in Windows Explorer with a Shortcut
Just something for us chronically lazy types on Windows. Alt+double-click on a folder name will bring up some property stats in a hurry. One of them is the size. What makes it happen even faster, is if you have single-clicking enabled in Folder Options. It comes down to where your hands are at any one time. It’s highly barebones but it’s usually all I want to know.
Turn an Old Radio Into an iPhone Dock
Øyvind puts together a fun DIY project:
I just made a cool project where I hacked a 75 year old radio.
I had this old Philips 461A radio laying around. It didn’t have much use because it could only receive AM signals. I always thought that old radios are pretty cool, so I decided to do something with it. Using some parts laying around my house I made it into an iPhone dock.
In this electronics project I used a simple amplifier circuit, parts from an old speaker, an Arduino, some LEDs and a mini dock plug.
You can check out the video to see it in action, or see my blog post for a full walkthrough with pictures.
AirForShare Effortlessly Shares Your Clipboard Between Computers
Hyshai shares a neat web service:
An easy and universal service to share your clipboard contents between devices. That’s what I needed to really help my workflow; I needed to be able to quickly share content from my phone to my PC and then to my Linux laptop. It was becoming a pain to have to email everything I needed to share. Then I discovered AirForShare which is a free service without any login required. Any computer/phone that has the same external IP address can access the website and view or share the same content. You paste in the content and press Save, and it will be available for 30 minutes on any other device you use in your Wi-Fi network. Very cool.
Hyshai has some other cool tips for automating it, if you’ve got a bit of scripting knowledge, over at his full blog post.
Create a Shared Google Music All Access Account Now, Get the Discounted Price
Now that Google Music is out and offering a discounted price till the end of June, many people will be signing up hastily without realizing the ramifications of doing so. If you like to share your music with your husband/wife/companion (HWC) you’re going to have to give them your Gmail address to do so with Google Music.
It’s never a good practice to hand over the keys to the castle like this—even to your HWC. Like most things emanating from Google it’s a good idea but badly thought out, mainly because Google doesn’t live eat and breathe in the real world. Of course we like to share our music with our HWC! Of course we don’t want to give others our password. WTF Google—you guys even tell us not to.
So… before it’s too late and Google put up the price create a new account just for music. firstname.lastname@example.org maybe with a different password you can share with your HWC and re-upload your stuff against this moniker. You can add it to your android device and so can your HWC with giving away your Gmail password or affecting your android device credentials. Google lets you have two music accounts on one computer so go for it.