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#1 Princess Bubblegum

Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:49 PM

Want to share a little piece of helpful information? Something that you didn't know, but now you do makes life easier? Step right up...

These are mine.

iPad/iPod/iPhone users: Your device keeps every app open and just minimises it when you exit. This can drain your battery pretty quickly. If you double click your home key (the circle button at the bottom) all the apps that are currently running on your phone will be displayed along the bottom. Hold your finger on the first app, and it will jiggle, like when you delete apps. Only this time it will have a minus sign, rather than a 'x'. You can close all the apps by tapping each one.

iPad users: when you are in an app, if you swipe the screen with 4 fingers it will take you to the next app that is open on your list.
Also, if you go to Settings/General/Keyboard/Split Keyboard, the turn Split Keyboard on it will split your keyboard so you can use your thumbs to type while you hold the iPad. Pinch back together for a full keyboard again.

Also, completely unrelated to iDevices, but if you run a safety pin's point through your hair it is easier to push through fabric.

Any other cool tips and tricks to share?

#2 Spring Chickadee

Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:53 PM

ohhhh- Thankyou! very helpful indeed

#3 daisyt

Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:53 PM

Handy hint number 2: If you lay a wooden spoon over a boiling saucepan it will stop
it from boiling over!!

I only just learn't this! original.gif

#4 Frau Farbissina

Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:57 PM

On your iPad/iPhone, if you hit the home button and the power button at the same time it takes a photo of what's on your screen- a screen shot

Wrap aluminium foil around a bunch of celery to prolong  its freshness in the fridge

Edited by Frau Farbissina, 10 February 2013 - 10:00 PM.


#5 Cranky Kitten

Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:14 PM

On the fuel gauge of your car there is a little arrow beside the petrol bowser symbol - it points to the side of the car that the petrol cap is on. No more rocking up to the pump, getting out and realising the cap is on the wrong side original.gif

#6 ~iMum~

Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:19 PM

Not as on top of housework at you should be? (Don't worry, that's me!). Oven cleaner sprayed and left on shower glass for a few minutes will eat in to soap scum and make cleaning so much easier.



#7 Jupiter123

Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:27 PM

Storing your jars of tomato paste etc upside down in the fridge stops mould growing on the top. Just be sure to give the jar a bit of a flick of the wrist to get the contents against the cap.

#8 lactasticmama

Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:34 PM

Use those same 4 (or 5) fingers on your iPad, and pinch them together, it will take you to the home screen, rather than having to press the home button. I love this & the swiping feature, except when I go to do it on my iPhone ddoh.gif

Edited by PippityRoo, 10 February 2013 - 10:35 PM.


#9 *Pebs*

Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:09 PM

I'm typing this with my thumbs. Thanks for the tip.



#10 Paddlepop

Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:15 PM

If you are missing a key to something like a mailbox, if you have a look at the outside of the lock sometimes there will be a number printed in the metal. Take note of the number, go to a key cutting place and ask them to cut you the key that corresponds to that number. Saves having to change the lock or pry it open.

#11 Jen1

Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:18 PM

LOL if you are still awake at this time of night then you should be in bed. That is helpful information as if you don't get a full nights sleep then it isn't good in the morning.  wink.gif

#12 mumbo

Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:20 PM

That's most helpful OP.  Thanks for the tip.  I'm completely clueless with gadgets.

#13 mumbo

Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:22 PM

QUOTE (Jen1 @ 10/02/2013, 11:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
LOL if you are still awake at this time of night then you should be in bed. That is helpful information as if you don't get a full nights sleep then it isn't good in the morning.  wink.gif


Australia does have a broad time zone, just so you know  biggrin.gif wink.gif  !

#14 CallMeFeral

Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:29 PM

OP, I don't think your first one is correct. Here is a summary of how multitasking works on an iphone. The bar that appears when you double click is just your recently used apps.

http://www.macworld.com/article/1164616/ho...ally_works.html

#15 mumbo

Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:34 PM

Oh Gawd!  Too much info CMP.  Brain spasm....brain spasm!  LOL.

#16 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:36 PM

QUOTE (Frau Farbissina @ 10/02/2013, 10:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
On your iPad/iPhone, if you hit the home button and the power button at the same time it takes a photo of what's on your screen- a screen shot

Wrap aluminium foil around a bunch of celery to prolong  its freshness in the fridge


Ah I noticed a whole heap of screen shot photos on my iPad after my 16 month old had been playing with it. I was wondering how he had done this, he must have by fluke pressed the above buttons!

#17 Justaduck

Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:04 AM

QUOTE (Cranky Kitten @ 10/02/2013, 10:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
On the fuel gauge of your car there is a little arrow beside the petrol bowser symbol - it points to the side of the car that the petrol cap is on. No more rocking up to the pump, getting out and realising the cap is on the wrong side original.gif


Nah not quite sad.gif I remember reading this years back, however I think it becoming common in newer cars

http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/icon.asp

#18 Justaduck

Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:07 AM

You can screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy S2 (and I believe S3 but may be wrong) but pressing the bottom button and the power button at the same time

If you drive a Holden Cruze and are using iPod connectivity....you can quickly scroll through your song list by turning the dial a full rotation without pausing...it will then allow you to speed through A,B,C,D etc instead of every single song title. (Kept doing that one by accident and finally worked it out).

Edited by broncosbabe, 11 February 2013 - 12:09 AM.


#19 76 others

Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:12 AM

Bras are supposed to be bought with the last hook being the perfect fit, not the first one. That way as the strap stretches over time you can tighten the strap.

#20 cardamom

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:01 PM

Spray your measuring spoon with oil before measuring honey, it's far easier to clean that way.

#21 Feral Mozzie

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:12 PM

QUOTE (~*Twilight~Zone*~ @ 11/02/2013, 03:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I found out via a FB friend that I have been using bobby pins wrong for years.  Apparently the grooved side goes against your scalp.

http://www.squidoo.com/the-correct-way-to-wear-bobby-pins


Me too!

#22 Tigerdog

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:17 PM



QUOTE (~*Twilight~Zone*~ @ 11/02/2013, 03:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I found out via a FB friend that I have been using bobby pins wrong for years.  Apparently the grooved side goes against your scalp.

http://www.squidoo.com/the-correct-way-to-wear-bobby-pins


Ummm, no.  The person who wrote this can't even distinguish between 'then' and 'than', total loss of credibility in my books (I know, I'm a grammar Nazi!).  Wavy side up all the way.

Edited by Tigerdog, 11 February 2013 - 03:17 PM.


#23 GenWhy

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:25 PM

Don't waste heaps of money on Enjo's tiny bottle of magic cleaner. Go to Bunnings and buy a 1lt bottle of Rust Off. It's 100% phosphoric acid. Works a treat on soap scum, tile grout etc and only costs $9 as opposed to the crazy amount Enjo charge for a teeny bottle.



#24 protart roflcoptor

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:32 PM

QUOTE (~*Twilight~Zone*~ @ 11/02/2013, 02:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I found out via a FB friend that I have been using bobby pins wrong for years.  Apparently the grooved side goes against your scalp.

http://www.squidoo.com/the-correct-way-to-wear-bobby-pins



Really? I will have to check when I get home, but I could have sworn that the bobby pins I have which have flowers and other pretties on them have to be worn with the bumpy side up.

Hmmm, why do my fingers keep writing booby pins and bummy side?



And yes OP, the myth of closing the apps on your ph has been disproven.

#25 FeralFerretOfDoom

Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:34 PM

QUOTE (Cranky Kitten @ 10/02/2013, 11:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
On the fuel gauge of your car there is a little arrow beside the petrol bowser symbol - it points to the side of the car that the petrol cap is on. No more rocking up to the pump, getting out and realising the cap is on the wrong side original.gif


Only some of them, unfortunately.

QUOTE (Paddlepop @ 11/02/2013, 12:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you are missing a key to something like a mailbox, if you have a look at the outside of the lock sometimes there will be a number printed in the metal. Take note of the number, go to a key cutting place and ask them to cut you the key that corresponds to that number. Saves having to change the lock or pry it open.


Jeepers, that's a bit of a worry! Wouldn't that mean anyone can get a key to what you've locked up???


AFM, I discovered on the weekend that it's possible to do home-made microwave popcorn by putting a few spoons of kernels in a paper lunch bag and sticking it in the microwave.

I suggest using masking tape to keep the bag closed though. Just folding the top over a few times wasn't enough. Popcorn everywhere...




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