We've talked about the best ways to unclog a drain before, but these handy toilet-clearing tablets are helpful to have on-hand in case yours stops flushing the way it should. Plus, they're really easy to make.
The folks at SavvySugar put a tried and true combination—baking soda and dish detergent—to good use in these tiny tablets that you can keep in a box or basket next to the toilet or under the bathroom sink. If your toilet starts flushing slowly or worse, doesn't flush at all and is backed up, one oft hese should clear the way. Here's what you'll need:
2 cups baking soda
1/4 cup Epsom salts
8 to 9 tablespoons liquid dish detergent
Mix the baking soda and epsom salts together first, and try to mix them so you don't get any clumps. Then add the dish soap one tablespoon at a time until the whole thing has the consistency of wet sand. Pop the liners (SavvySugar suggests silicone liners, since the tablets will be easier to remove) into your muffin tin, then fill each liner and pack it down tightly. You'll need to let the whole thing rest and dry out overnight—preferably a little longer just so each tablet is completely dry and comes out of the liner easily.
Then, when it comes time to use one, grab a tablet, drop it into the toilet, cover with a few cups of hot water, and let the tablet dissolve for a few hours (or overnight, if you can wait that long). Then try flushing the toilet again. That's all there is to it. It works like a charm, and there are no harsh, pipe-damaging chemicals involved. Hit the link below for more photos and the full walkthrough.
Mac: Unmounting devices in OS X isn't exactly hard, but Mountain is a tool that makes it a little easier by giving you control over all your external volumes from the menu bar.
Mountain sits quietly in your menu bar until you need it. When you need to safely eject an external volume, just click Mountain and you'll get the option to eject one or all you mounted volumes. It also has a few tricks up its sleeve, including the ability to quit any apps that are open, mount all drives that are connected on startup (and unmount on sleep), and blocking you drives from being disconnected and notifications for when it's safe to unplug.
There are valid reasons to abstain from using social media. Perhaps you're concerned about privacy or maybe just feel it's not a good use of your time. Still, some level of participation is expected in many professional circles. If you've got advice to share, jump in and help out a fellow reader.
Antisocial Media writes:
At one time, I was an avid user of social media sites, but I pretty much gave up on it a while back. I deleted most of my accounts. I kept my Facebook and Twitter accounts, but I never really use them. I just don't have the interest anymore and I grew uncomfortable with the amount of personal information these services collect. People in my workplace are surprised that I'm not more active online and I'm starting to wonder how much it's really expected these days. Especially as I think about looking for a new job, and seeing how engaged other people are outside the workplace, I'm wondering if being anti social media is a mistake.
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One of the prime offenders of multiple tab syndrome is the random Google search. You open a new tab, type in something, and then move on with your day completely forgetting about that tab. Searchlet is a bookmarklet that makes it so that doesn't have to happen by searching Google, Wikipedia, and more from the tab you're in.
Searchlet works in any browser by searching directly from your bookmarks bar as a bookmarklet. To us it, just highlight some text on the page you're on and click the bookmarklet, or click the bookmarklet and search from there. You can look at Google results, Wikipedia articles, dictionary definitions, or news, and you'll never leave the page you're on.