Jump to content

A little piece of helpful information:
something other's might not know


  • Please log in to reply
100 replies to this topic

#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 pippityroo

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 Mozzie1

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...




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Tell us what you think

to WIN 1 of 2 $500 Coles/Myer gift cards

Dealing with a toddler's morning tantrums

Your schedule is not important to your two-year-old, and you cannot convince her otherwise. So what can you do?

Child in suitcase 'could have died eight years ago'

A child whose remains were dumped in a suitcase in the South Australian bush is believed to have been a girl aged between two-and-a-half to four.

MP breastfeeds baby during parliamentary session

An Argentinian mum and politician has caused a stir on social media after being filmed breastfeeding her baby.

My baby's first seizure

It was 1am on a cold winter's night when I woke suddenly to the screams of my 12-month-old son. Our lives were about to change forever.

Portable pools 'more dangerous than permanent ones'

Inflatable and portable children's pools may be required to be sold with compulsory fencing to prevent backyard drownings, with some experts even floating the idea of a ban.

Heartbreaking moment mum kisses her one-week-old goodbye

At 11.07am on April 2 this year, Sarah Marriott welcomed baby Sebastian into the world.

The amazing Tee Pee bed and kid-friendly Frankie Bunk bed

These kids' beds definitely fit the brief of providing personality and personal space for little people who are moving up in the world.

The funny things kids say when you're pregnant

Since becoming noticeably pregnant, my son has taken more of an interest in the sibling he'll soon have.

The real problem with having one child

In this age of political correctness, it seems the one subject still subject to discrimination is that of the Only Child.

Six-week-old baby found dead, believed stabbed

A neighbour heard a child screaming before a baby was found dead, believed to have been stabbed, in a house in Newcastle.

The fire hazard in more than 70,000 Australian homes

So far, 206 Samsung washing machines have caught fire and some have exploded. But many remain in people's homes.

How having a baby can bring on OCD

We all know that having a baby can turn your life upside down - and it can also bring a raft of new anxieties and worries.

IVF gender selection being considered for Australian parents

Couples using IVF may be able to choose the gender of their babies and women could be financially compensated for donating their eggs.

The best age to get married (according to the latest study)

Not too young, and not too old. That's reportedly the best age to get married. Not everyone agrees.

Yes, you can get pregnant before your period returns post-baby

After giving birth, the last thing you want to think about is contraception. But you can get pregnant before your period comes back.

Fellow diner rewards mum after toddler's tantrum

Parents of toddlers everywhere know the feeling. After working up the courage to take your child out for lunch or dinner in public you are rewarded with a mid-meal meltdown. 

IKEA begins massive safety campaign after two toddler deaths

Two children were killed when pieces from their Malm furniture line tipped over.

Beaneasy: sweet nursery furniture with a twist

If you're looking to introduce an organic element into your baby's nursery but want to step away from natural timber, we have the perfect alternative.

A dad's guide to hyperemesis

I am in no way qualified to advise women on how to cope with hyperemesis, but I've learnt some lessons that might be worth sharing with other partners.

Woman adopts best friend's four daughters after cancer tragedy

Best friends share everything - and for these two life-long friends, that includes family.

Baby Leo's mum excluded from $500K trust 'for her own protection'

Samuel Forrest didn't want his wife as a trustee of their baby Leo's half million dollar trust for her own "protection", it has emerged.

Confirmed: men gain weight when they become dads

Men who become fathers experience weight gain and an increase in body mass index, a measurement of body fat based on height and weight, according to a new, large-scale study

Carer investigated over washing machine photo posted 'for a laugh'

She said the photo of a boy with Down syndrome in a washing machine was taken just for fun, but no one else was laughing.

Mum's premature labour nightmare after high tea salmonella outbreak

An opulent high tea at a luxury Melbourne hotel has left 44 people with salmonella poisoning - including a pregnant woman, who went into early labour.

The day my son started a fire

Would you know what to do in a fire emergency? How safe is your home and family?

Prince George celebrates second birthday

Prince George's second birthday has been marked by the release of an official picture showing the toddler smiling as he is held by his proud beaming father.

Which beauty treatments are safe in pregnancy?

Is it safe to use fake tan, hair dye and nail varnish during pregnancy?

The five ways I know my 'baby' is no longer a baby

The truth is, I can no longer deny that my walking, babbling, somewhat-independent little miss is no longer a bona fide 'baby'.

Review: Cybex Platinum PRIAM pram

I'm not usually one who believes in love at first sight but that's exactly what happened when I first saw the Cybex PRIAM.

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Tell us what you think

to WIN 1 of 2 $500 Coles/Myer gift cards

Why I'm choosing to be a single mother right from the start

I believe that you get out of families what you put into them, and I will give mine my all.

Mother and baby units are a necessity for mental health, not a luxury

I have had two postnatal psychotic episodes. The first when my eldest child was six weeks old, and another after my second child was born.

30 French baby names

French names are always in fashion, but a few have risen in popularity in recent years.

New mum's Spanish maternity nightmare

A British woman who gave birth in Spain has told of her ordeal after spending weeks trying to convince medics the baby girl was hers.

Preparing Rover to be a good dog with baby

Some friends of ours say that it's dangerous to have a dog around a newborn and that we should start looking for a new home for him. Is it?

Company offers to ship working mums' breast milk home

First Apple and Facebook announced they would pay $20,000 towards the cost of their female employees freezing their eggs, now IBM in the US has come up with an innovative new policy aimed at retaining female employees.

Prince William speaks of his pride at wife Kate and 'little joy of heaven' Charlotte

The Duke of Cambridge opened up about family life and his plans for the future in an interview to mark his first day as an air ambulance pilot.

'Glowing' eye saves baby Mason's life

A simple photo taken in front of an evening fire gave new mother Sarah Bowers the power to save her baby's life. 

Parenting and decision overload

Of all the advice people told me before having a baby, no one warned me about the amount of decisions involved.

Proof that toddlers can't be left unsupervised - ever

Parents of toddlers all know the moment when realise your child is being suspiciously quiet. It can only mean one thing - trouble!

Meet Jeremy Ryan, The Voice contestant with seven kids

If you have trouble recalling the ages of Jeremy Ryan's seven children on The Voice, you're not alone. So does he.

Baby's adorable reaction to wearing glasses for the first time

Getting glasses can be a formative moment in a person's life.

Police officer buys supplies for family after mum of six caught shoplifting

When a mum of six was caught shoplifting nappies, clothes and shoes for her kids, the last thing she expected was for a stranger to pay for her haul.

Why pregnant women on antidepressants shouldn’t panic about birth defect claims

The risk of having uncontrolled depression is far greater than the small increased risk of birth defects that may be associated with specific antidepressants.

Arrests made over children's birthday party brawl

Police have raided properties and arrested a number of people over a brawl at a child's birthday party at a play centre in Sydney's west.

Family shares awesome drone baby announcement

Looking for a creative way to share some big news? Look to the skies, like this family did.

Young warrior Owen defies doctors' predictions

Little Owen DiCandilo's name means "young warrior", and it's a description that perfectly fits the inspiring 18-month-old

Advice for dads: when to approach your wife for sex

The exhaustion that comes with caring for young children often means romance between parents becomes a thing of the past.

I might be fat, but I don't need saving

I've been fat for pretty much most of life, besides a few crazy moments of being less-fat, but for the most part I've existed on this earth with a little more meat on my bones than desirable.

The rookie mistakes we make as parents

Since the dawn of civilisation, generation after generation of new parents have had to rely on instinct, trial and error - and sometimes get it wrong.

 

FREE TICKET

See Pinky McKay live in Sydney

Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.