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January 31, 2013

Prévenir les ampoules / Prevent blisters

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — heredago @ 18:32

Prevent Blisters When Running or Hiking with Pantyhose Bottoms

Foot blisters and other damage occurs when you’re running, hiking, dancing, or just using your feet for a long time because the skin chafes against your socks. Fortunately, redditor sawarahh that the bottoms of paintyhose can solve the problem.

All you have to do is cut off the bottom and layer it under your socks to prevent chafing. Although sawarahh wasn’t able to post a source link, we were able to find confirmation that this tip works well from FitSugarNBC News, and wikiHow. Army blog Stars and Stripes noted that it even worked well for soldiers who were on their feet all day long. If this works for the army, it should work just fine for you.


Lifehacker comments:


Wayneburg and 5 moreReply

“… layer it under your socks…” Does that mean wear them over the socks ie. put on socks and then put the pantyhose bottoms over the socks? OR are you saying put a layer of pantyhose bottoms on you’re feet and then socks… because that image your using is suggesting this.


blake31a and 1 moreReply

In my experience with mountaineering and ski touring (two activities that are pretty good at making blisters), I’ve found that liberal application of leukotape in typical blister spots is the only thing that really works. It sticks like hell even with sweat and it’s relatively breathable.



ender89 and 1 moreReply

you could probably buy those disposable pantyhose sock things that shoe stores sometimes have around. thats a thing, right?


HtcEvo4g3d and 1 moreReply

What I’ve used to prevent blisters was to wrap and maybe tape a plastic bag around my feet. This works good for short term high impact stuff like hockey but makes for a sweatier foot. I will certainly try this for future rucking.


kenzi718 and 1 moreReply

I’m going to try this. I get the worst blisters on the arch of my foot from roller skating.


jli585 and 1 moreReply

I use bodyglide — it looks like a miniature stick of deodorant.


Omni-impotent Reply

I’ve been experimenting with merino wool socks, due to their amazing wicking properties. From what I understand, (most) blisters occur when your feet get moist from sweating. The skin then becomes soft and so friction will damage it. The panty hose idea is to have a spacious layer between your feet and socks so that moisture gets transported away from your feet. All outdoor enthusiast know that using high quality merino for one’s base layer is great for doing just that. Woolen socks sounds like it will make your feet sweat more, but if you get the really good ones, like Icebreaker merino, they can be made very thin and breathable.


Meetloaf13 Reply

Tried this out on a 45 miler a couple years back, didn’t have a blister, so I can say that it didn’t hurt =]

I just picked up a couple pairs from Walmart, in the Ladies’ section they have a couple bins of them, they’re in those little spherical-ish pop-top containers you get from the quarter machines. I think they were $.99, cheap fix.


MSNBCmole Reply

I got it the first time after a quick reread but is written away that makes you have to think what the author meant. It would have been easier to read as: the socks go over the pantyhose.


Mifune Reply

Jesus. I just ordered some expensive sock liners on Amazon yesterday because I got a hell of a heel blister during my walk from my new running shoes, which I tied too tightly.

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Original Source (Reddit): To prevent blisters during hikes or long walks, wear the bottoms of panty hose under your socks




December 23, 2012

Android Launchers

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — heredago @ 13:57

Try both Nova and Apex out and see which you like, they seem a little odd in that they pretty much are the exact same launchers and for a time they even had same version numbers. I found Apex just to be that little more powerful but whatever works for you.

Apex ships with a few more custom ROMs than you will find with Nova. Both are great and offer basically the same features. their free alternatives will do almost everything you need.

i got the paid versions for both. i use nova because i wanted folders in the app drawer

I like Nova launcher because its easy to make folders.

Best Free launcher for ICS and up is definitely Apex. The paid versions of Nova and Apex are basically interchangeable, it’s all personal preference at that point.

The free version of Apex has a few more features that are in only in the paid version of Nova, otherwise they are exactly the same.

If you’re running ICS or JB, go with Nova Launcher.
If you’re running Eclair, Froyo or Gingerbread go with Launcher Pro.

I like Nova since it has many more features/customization options. It’s based of the AOSP launcher, so if you want more a ‘stock’ experience it’s the way to go.

I like Apex and Nova, although have been using mostly Nova. I like that it can restore widgets after a ROM flash, and that it can import other launchers’ configurations.


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March 11, 2012

media companion on lifehacker

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — heredago @ 15:02

How to Whip Your Movie and TV Show Art into Shape for XBMC and Boxee

Media centers like XBMC and Boxee are excellent tools for playing local media on your big screen, but many new (and even experienced) users run into one big stumbling block: How do you get them to correctly identify your media? Here’s how.

Today we’re taking a look at how to prep your media for maximum wow factor and functionality when accessed through popular media center front ends like XBMC. When you’re done, you’ll have a completely customized media center experience that will show off your media collection in all its every-episode-of-Arrested-Development glory. Using a media manager with your media collection is a great way to whip things into shape.

You’ve spent the time to set up a sweet home media center running an awesome media center application like XBMC or Boxee; you’ve even done a little tweaking with your new installation. Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and really dig into whipping your collection into shape, including all your DVD art, album art, fan art, and more.

By default, apps like XBMC and Boxee scan your library and scrape the internet to pull in data about your media from a variety of sources like IMDb and (so you end up with cool DVD art, fan art, and more—like you see in the image below). We’re not knocking how great it is to install XBMC, point it at a folder of media, and have it do the dirty work of scraping for you. Despite the convenience of such an arrangement, it isn’t without flaws.

How to Whip Your Movie and TV Show Art into Shape for XBMC and Boxee

If your media center database becomes corrupt or you reinstall it without backing up the old database, a new crawl for a large collection can take hours—we’ve had a crawl take the better part of a day on an XBMC install plugged into a packed media server. Even if you’ve backed up your media center’s database, it’s still terribly inconvenient to go into individual entries and make changes. Want new fan art for your favorite movie? Want to change the text of the summary on a television series? If you don’t like the way things shook out in the automated scraping then you’re in for a tedious headache when it’s time to go in and tweak things bit by bit.

Instead of relying on your media center software to scrape multiple internet sources and build an enormous database—which, as we mentioned above, you’ll have to rebuild all over again if anything goes wrong—media managers inject media information into the individual folders that your media is stored in. Media managers give you way more control over tweaking the images and art used to identify your media, and even if your whole XBMC installation becomes corrupted and the database is shot to hell, you’ll be able to rebuild the database in a matter of minutes and it’ll be just as perfect as it was without any intensive web-database crawling or hand tweaking. XBMC gives preferences to local information and won’t scrape the internet if the information it needs is present with the media.

A casual search turns up dozens of media management applications, but we’re going to focus on one application today and walk you through using it. Media Companion is user friendly and it’s an application under constant tweaking and revision, so changes to online databases won’t knock it out of commission like they would other more slowly updated media managers.

Before proceeding you’ll, of course, need a copy of XBMC and a directory of media in some semblance of order. Check out our previous guide to turbo charging your XBMC installation to cover both bases. A mini refresher on folder structure is appropriate here, as the cleaner your folder structure the more effectively both XBMC’s built-in scrapers and 3rd party scrapers like Media Companion can work. Your folders should match the layout below—sans NFO files if you’ve never used an external scraper before.

—— MovieTitle.mkv
—— folder.jpg
—— fanart.jpg
—— movie-trailer.flv
—— title.nfo

\TV Shows\
—- \Show\
—— folder.jpg
—— fanart.jpg
——- \Season\
——— folder.jpg

The better organized your folders the easier it will be for Media Companion to make proper matches and the less time you’ll spend fixing things.

One last thing before you download Media Companion and get started. Now would be an excellent time—if you’re a current XBMC user and not setting it up for the first time—to export your library. If somehow things go terribly wrong and you want to switch back to the old XBMC-scraped database you had, you can import your old library. We can’t foresee you wanting to give up the fine control using a 3rd party manager gives you, but it’s better safe than sorry. Look under Settings -> Video -> Library to find the export function seen in the screenshot below Note: If it’s too difficult to see what’s going on in any of the screenshots in this guide, click on them to enlarge the Media Companion interface to full size.

How to Whip Your Movie and TV Show Art into Shape for XBMC and Boxee

Get Your Hands on a Copy of Media Companion

How to Whip Your Movie and TV Show Art into Shape for XBMC and Boxee
The best place to get a copy of Media Companion is to hop right into their forums. The author of the application has done such an intensive overhaul to the application in the last few months he removed the links on the main page and directs everyone to thefrequent new releases announced in the announcements forum. The current version as of this writing is Media Companion Gen2 3.251 available here.

Installation is a snap, just extract the Media Companion archive into a location of your choice. Settings are stored in the local folder, Media Companion is a portable application. After extracting Media Companion and running it, you should see the unpopulated interface shown in the screenshot below.

How to Whip Your Movie and TV Show Art into Shape for XBMC and Boxee

Media Companion Initial Setup

Once you’ve extracted and fired up Media Companion, you’ll need to add folders for all your media sources. Media Companion does recursive search so you’ll only need to add the master folder for movies and television shows in their respective categories. The interface of Media Companion tends to lean more towards the “put everything in front of the user” philosophy, versus hiding things away in streamlined menus. It’s worth familiarizing yourself with the interface for a few minutes before adding in your media since the initial scan is going to tie things up. The folders button, used to add media, is on the end of the second menubar row:

How to Whip Your Movie and TV Show Art into Shape for XBMC and Boxee

Once you add your media folders and start the scan, you’ll want to leave Media Companion alone for a while. Depending on the movie, scraping can take anywhere from 5-30 seconds—dependent on whether or not fan art is found, if you’re accessing your collection from a local hard drive, USB hard drive, or over a network. If you have hundreds of movies and television shows, it might be worth doing your initial run before you go to work or before bed so Media Companion has a nice big block of time to work through them all. Our test collection took several hours.

How to Whip Your Movie and TV Show Art into Shape for XBMC and Boxee

If you’re used to XBMC taking hours to scrape your media collection, you might look at this lengthy initial scrape and wonder exactly how you’re saving yourself any time. Remember that, unlike XBMC and other media center apps, media managers like Media Companion don’t just build a single database and shove everything into it. They actually save the cover art, fan art, and media information to the folder where each individual piece of media is stored. Thus, the hardest your media center will have to “scrape” in the future is to look in the folder where the movie or television show is found.

What to Do After Your Initial Scrape

How to Whip Your Movie and TV Show Art into Shape for XBMC and Boxee
If your folders are neatly organized and your cat didn’t reboot your computer during the scan to spite you for not getting her a copy of Seascapes: HD Deep Sea Adventures, the results of your scan should look a lot like the image above. A nice long list of movies, proper movie information and art scraped for each movie—and now stored safely with your media instead of in an easily corrupted database!—and all you’ll need to do is fire up XBMC and refresh the library by removing and adding your sources again (you can manually delete the database files, but we really don’t recommend that kind of mucking about if you’re not an XBMC guru).

How to Whip Your Movie and TV Show Art into Shape for XBMC and Boxee

If you didn’t end up with a picture perfect database—a 100% perfect scan is nearly unheard of—then you’ll need to do a little tidying up. Errors in the scan fall into several categories and you can approach repairing them with the following methods.

The easiest error to fix is naming error. If your folders are sloppy or your file names cryptic, Media Companion—and any scraper for that matter—will have trouble with automated scanning. If you cleaned up your folders per our structure example at the top of this guide you should be in good shape. If you had a few strays you can easily correct the error in Media Companion.

Select the movie, click on the “Change Movie” button in the menu bar, next to the “Folders” button you used earlier. This will pull up an IMDb search interface. Search for the movie like so:

How to Whip Your Movie and TV Show Art into Shape for XBMC and Boxee

Find it, initiate a rescan, and now the phantom entry will be populated and ready for insertion into your XBMC database:

How to Whip Your Movie and TV Show Art into Shape for XBMC and Boxee

When a movie scans properly—the name is correct, the movie information is correct—but it lacks artwork, the fix is simple. In the screenshot below you can see—in XBMC— how the movie Annie was scanned properly save for the artwork.

How to Whip Your Movie and TV Show Art into Shape for XBMC and Boxee

We just need to hop over into Media Companion and remedy the situation by searching for the movie Annie in our database—use the search box above the movie list to save time—and then right click on the movie to set the fan and poster art.

It turns out that Media Companion didn’t fail us on the fan-art front, no fan art for the movie exists in any of the databases. Given the depth and variety of most media databases, this is fairly unusual, but we won’t let that slow us down. You can do one of two things at this point: fire up the movie and capture a screenshot to serve as your fan art or search online for movie wallpaper or high resolution images to import. We had trouble finding anything really high resolution from the actual movie so we opted to grab a fairly high resolution picture of the motion picture soundtrack for the movie and add some white space to make it 16:9 for proper full screen fan-art awesomeness. Note: If you take the time to make your own fan art or hunt down fan art elsewhere on the web, please take a moment to visit sites like TheMovieDB and TheTVDB to share them. That way the next person won’t have to go through the same effort you did to get great artwork for their movies.

How to Whip Your Movie and TV Show Art into Shape for XBMC and Boxee

Repeat the process for the movie cover if necessary, and then go check out your handiwork in XBMC:

How to Whip Your Movie and TV Show Art into Shape for XBMC and Boxee

Boom! Everything is beautiful, the fan art looks great—although if we were being super picky we’d go back in and delete the “original soundtrack” line from the bottom of the picture, eh?—and the best part is the pictures and data are stored with the movie file itself so they’ll never get separated again.

Setting up Media Companion is only a tiny bit more effort than setting up XBMC itself. It gives you radically more control over how your media is displayed, lets you customize to your heart’s content without the hassle of pecking away at the XBMC interface, and best of all it stores your media information safely and with your actual media.

If you have any tips, tricks, or experience running 3rd party scrapers on your media collection, sound off in the comments.

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January 3, 2012

Ninite – Site with bunch of apps to download at once

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — heredago @ 23:25

Ninite is a service that lets users automatically install popular applications for their operating system[1]. It allows users to make a selection from a list of applications and bundles the selection into a single installer package. There are currently two versions of the service, for Windows and Linux. It is free for personal use. – firefox chrome etc reddit

August 28, 2011

Ditch Cable TV This Weekend (and Keep Watching Your Shows)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — heredago @ 13:28

Cable TV is insanely expensive, and with all the cheap video services out there, it’s easy to cut the cord without losing your favorite shows. Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks for Hulu, Netflix, and other alternative TV sources.

Photo by Alexandre Normand.

Watch Movies & TV Shows Online

One of the easiest ways to get your TV fix is to use services like Hulu, Netflix, and the tons of other video streaming web sites out there. You guys picked Netflix as your favorite in our recent Hive Five, but there’s loads of services out there—from Hulu to Amazon Instant to even YouTube (not to mention web video like Revision3—which produces our very own Lifehacker show, among others).

Ditch Cable TV This Weekend (and Keep Watching Your Shows)These services are all great on their own, but why not beef them up with some other software and webapps? For example, you can mute Hulu ads with Hush, or block them outright with AdBlock Video. If you want to try Hulu Plus before you pay, accessing it through Internet Explorer 9 can give you an entire month’s free trial. You can also use their lesser-known advanced search to find the episodes you want, or even search their closed captioning for that one funny line you remember. If you want to download those videos for later, StreamTransport will make it happen, and international users can access Hulu with some handy browser extensions or by setting up a proxy.

If you’re more of a Netflix person, try, which is a faster interface for Netflix streaming. You can also install the CueThat extension to queue movie content from anywhere on the web. If you subscribe to the DVD service, DVDLater can save movies in the theater for your queue, Queuenoodle will warn you of movies about to expire, and a handy loophole will let you add an extra free disc to your queue. You can even rip those watch instantly movies to your hard drive for offline viewing.

Of course, the big problem with having all these services is that they all have different libraries. If you’d like to search for a movie or TV show across multiple services, you can always use Gogole’s episode filters, or a service like Fanhattan. Of course, the most popular service for this is Clicker, which searches across Hulu, Netflix, and other networks for the movie or TV show you want to watch and tells you where you can find it. It even has a remote friendly-app for your computer, so you can kick back and watch, as well as a mobile app for both iPhone and Android.

Store Movies & TV Shows on Your Computer

Ditch Cable TV This Weekend (and Keep Watching Your Shows)If you’d rather not stream all that video, there are other ways to get it. The most obvious way is to buy those movies and TV shows on disc and rip them to your computer. You can use all sorts of programs to rip DVDs, though for ripping Blu-Ray discs, MakeMKV takes the cake. You can also buy them from iTunes, though those are chock full of nasty DRM. You can remove the DRM, of course, but it’s kind of a pain, so unless you’ve already bought them, we recommend a more friendly buying method.

On the other side of the coin, you could always download content from the web, too, using tools like BitTorrent or Usenet. Of course, that still requires manual work on your part, but with a few other pieces of software you can automatically download TV shows as soon as they air—turning your PC into your own personalized DVR.

Put Together a Media Center

Many of the above services can stream to popular devices like the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, or certain Blu-Ray players, but if you’re going to cut cable altogether, why now build yourself a home theater PC? That way, you can store all your movies and TV shows on one PC, watch them on your TV instead of your computer, and still stream from all your favorite services. XBMC is our favorite media center software ’round these parts, and we’ve not only built a silent, standalone XBMC box but also set up remotes, made it look pretty, gotten all of our TV shows’ metadata into shape, and even turned it into a video game console. Check out our ultimate start-to-finish XBMC guide to see everything you can do, and if you end up with multiple XBMC boxes in your house, synchronize them with MySQLso you can start your TV in one room and pick it up in another without missing a beat.

If you don’t love XBMC, you can always build or buy your own Boxee box, set up a Windows Media Center box that non-geeks can use, or even use the attractive, Linux-based Enna. If you’re having trouble deciding, check out our comparison between XBMC, Boxee, and Windows Media Center to narrow down your choice of media center software.

Keep Cable and Pay Less

If you just aren’t ready to ditch cable yet, you can always try and lower your monthly bill. Call every once in a while and ask about promotions, or research other local companies to see if they can give you a lower price. In the end, though, just asking for a lower price can get you really far. It won’t cut your cable altogether, but at least you’ll save a bit of money before you’re ready to try the above options.

Got any of your own tips for ditching cable without losing TV altogether? Share them with us in the comments.

Defog Your Car’s Headlights

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — heredago @ 11:34

Over time your car’s headlights haze or fog over due to sand, grit, and other debris literally sandblasting the headlight over the years. Defogging your car’s headlights will improve both the light’s appearance and function. Buying a wet-sanding defog kit works well, but you can also do the job with denatured alcohol and some elbow grease.

Defogging headlights consists of removing the scratches that have been sandblasted onto the surface of the headlight. You can do this either by wet-sanding the surface or using denatured alcohol to strip away and polish out the scratches. A user on Mazda forum tried both approaches side-by-side and both seemed to work equally well. We covered methods using toothpaste (polishing) and sandpaper (sanding) in the past, and here are two more:

The wet-sanding method involves washing the headlight with water and soap, using masking tape to protect the paint around the light, sanding with an abrasive compound, buffing, and finally polishing the headlight. You can do this by hand, using a drill or rotary tool, or even an orbital sander. You can buy a 3M kit designed to work with your home drill for $14.54 from Amazon.

The polishing method requires denatured alcohol, commonly found in nail polish remover, gas additives, and sold in any home improvement store in the painting section. You can buy a quart of it from Amazon for $7.29 and that will be more than enough for this project. This method is a lot less complicated—just use a rag soaked with denatured alcohol to firmly polish the headlight several times. The light may still look foggy while the alcohol is on the surface, so after you polish the light for a few minutes take a break and let the alcohol evaporate. You may have to do this two or three times to get the headlight sufficiently defogged.

Whichever method you choose, defog your headlights once every year or two for both good looks and maximum visibility.

Defogging Car Headlights | CarPart4U

dupeGuru Music Edition Removes Duplicate Audio Tracks by Name, Tag, or Content

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — heredago @ 11:32
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 Mac/Windows/Linux: dupeGuru is a free, open source, and cross-platform utility that will scan and help you remove duplicate audio files from your music library. The app uses filename, creation date, tag information and metadata, and even the audio fingerprint of the file to determine which songs are duplicates, even if they’re named differently.

dupeGuru ME (Music Edition) supports most popular audio file formats, including MP3, OGG, and both traditional and lossless AAC and WMA (notably absent is FLAC, unfortunately.) Once installed, point the app at the folder where your music lives, and tell it to match dupes by filename, tags, file content, or audio content (audio fingerprint.) The app also supports complex search filters, and lets you add regular expressions or other logic to make sure you catch everything you’re looking for.

When dupeGuru finds duplicates, it presents them to you to decide what to do with them. You can delete it immediately, move it elsewhere for further review, or even play the file right there to test it. If your music library is big enough that using your favorite player’s “find duplicates” feature just isn’t cutting it anymore, dupeGuru ME may be worth a look.

dupeGuru Music Edition | Hardcoded Software via Addictive Tips

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