Here are this week’s Life Pro Tips.
01. Horizontally Scroll Using Mouse
Normal mouse scroll is the vertical scroll. When the content height and width become larger than screen size, use the normal scroll to scroll vertically and shift + scroll to scroll horizontally.
02. When using Google navigation…
Here are some awesome voice commands when using Google navigation.
“Ok Google, next step”: Receive details on your upcoming turn before it’s too late.
“Ok Google, mute”
“Ok Google, unmute.”
“Ok Google, what’s my next turn?”
“Ok Google, when will I get there?”
“Ok Google, find gas stations.”
“Ok Google, exit navigation.”
“Ok Google, resume navigation.”
“Ok Google, show route overview.”
“Ok Google, show alternate routes.”
03. Windows 7 and 8 has a hidden steps recorder software
You can use it to record what you do on the screen and it turns it into step-by-step instructions next to screen captures. Search PSR or steps recorder in on your computer to find it. This comes in handy whenever your parents have a computer problem and you are miles away. It is pretty awesome.
04. Use suspenders to keep fitted sheets on the bed
You can use usual suspenders if you have them lying around. Bed, Bath and Beyond sells cheap little sheet belts that are specifically made for bed sheets but they just clip to each side of the corners.
05. Watching a movie or TV show on your PC that’s out of sync?
When a video is out of sync, it practically ruins the experience. Just play it in VLC and press “K” to increase audio delay and “J” to decrease audio delay. It even goes negative if the audio needs to be more ahead of the video and it works in 50 microsecond increments.
You can also use “G” and “H” to sync subtitles similarly.
06. Use the “over/under” method to keep your wires and cables from getting all kinky and weird
It’s called the “over/under” method of cable coiling. It is familiar to most people doing A/V work. The basic idea is that the first loop twists the cable, and the next loop untwists it. If you wind up cable the way most people do, every loop twists the cable in the same direction. Doing that repeatedly is what causes cables to get all screwed up. He is a youtube video explaining this technique.
07. Disconnect your center channel speaker to mute the commentary when watching a football game
For sports and other broadcasts in proper 5.1 audio, the dialog (in this case game commentary) is sent to the center channel speaker. So if you set up your receiver for 5.1 (or 7.1) speakers and just disconnect or mute the center channel, you get to experience the game in eerie (and enjoyable) silence, like you’re actually there.
08. If you receive a spam text message, forward it to 7726 (SPAM)
Your carrier (all of them) will reply asking for the number it came from. This helps them put a stop to unsolicited ads for their customers. Also, if the message appears to be coming from an email address, you can send that in reply, too.
09. Anger is usually a secondary emotion
When you get angry, ask yourself, “What emotion am I really feeling?” Anger is a weird emotion. When you have a very strong emotion like sadness, fear, guilt, etc., your brain immediately throws anger into the mix to cover up those difficult emotions.
It is so much easier to let anger take control. But you can’t even imagine how you can mature and grow as a human being if you can work on this.
10. When highlighting text to copy from a webpage…
You don’t have to select and drag your mouse from start to end. Just click the mouse at the starting point, then use SHIFT+CLICK at the end of the selection. Clicking the position at the start of the selection is like setting an invisible cursor. This will work on all web browsers on PC and Mac.