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Here’s a lightsaber that looks, sounds, and fights almost like the real thing for under $125

If you’ve ever wanted a lightsaber like a real Jedi, then you’ve pretty much had two choices. You could buy one of those cheap-o plastic Hasbro toys from Target. Or you could lay out serious green for one of those ultra-precious replicas that cost as much as a house payment. — Read the rest

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How to Shoot Real Estate Videos

Trying to sell your house in a competitive market can feel like an uphill battle. Shooting a video can help set you apart from the crowd and give potential buyers an inside look into your beautiful home! This article addresses the common questions that come up when shooting a real estate video. Whether you’re wondering what camera techniques to use or where to post the video once it’s all said and done, this article is here to help! You’ll know all the tricks of a professional real estate videographer in no time.

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]What should you include in a real estate video?

  1. Aim to get a shot of every room in the house, from multiple angles. Viewers will want to see everything that your house has to offer, including detailed shots of each room. Even the basement, garage, or extra storage spaces will need some attention, as those can be a great selling point to prospective buyers! Get a shot of each room from a variety of different viewpoints and angles. For example, shoot the room from the doorway and each corner of the room. This will really help you find the best shot later on in the editing process![1]
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    • If you’ve never been to the home before, it’s a good idea to visit ahead of time to plan out the shots you want to take. Even a pre-shoot video call with the client an be very helpful.[2]
  2. Focus on the highlights and unique amenities of your home. If you’ve got a brand new gas range stove or a recently renovated bathroom sink, don’t be afraid to show it off! Your real estate video is the perfect opportunity to show viewers what makes your home worth buying, and those smaller details can actually win you some major points in terms of potential buyers.[3]
  3. Include shots of the house’s exterior as well. Though the inside of the home is important to buyers, they will also want to see how your house looks on the outside, including shots of your yard and surrounding neighborhood.[4]
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  4. Throw in a few shots of the city you live in! If you’re feeling creative, you’re more than welcome to add a few shots of neighboring parks, restaurants, and shops close to your home. This will add some vibrancy and life to your video and may pique your viewer’s interest even more.[5]
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[Edit]What kind of video camera should you use?

  1. Use your smartphone camera to shoot your video. You won’t need a whole film crew to make a professional-looking real estate video! Smartphones are equipped with video cameras that can give you quality footage.[6]
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  2. Use a DSLR camera for a versatile and affordable option. A DSLR camera can be used for photography as well as video. They come in affordable models and are a great choice for beginner videographers.[7]
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[Edit]What shooting techniques should I use when filming a real estate video?

  1. Begin each scene with an establishing shot. The establishing shot is the first shot of a video or scene. It lets your viewer know what the scene will be about. Make your establishing shot a beautiful view of your home from the outside![8] Get creative by opening the shot with a nearby tree or flower in your front yard and slowly panning to your home. When talking to filmmakers, this would be what’s called utilizing the foreground.[9]
    • Use a parallax shooting technique to bring movement to your video. Walking slowly through your home as you shoot, steadily pan your camera to the side. For example, walk slowly into your living room and pan to the fireplace at the side of the room. This shooting technique helps your video flow seamlessly and provides movement that is pleasing to the eye.[10]
    • Use slow motion on your camera to make specific features of your home stand out. Let’s say you want to showcase the brand new, renovated sink in your kitchen. Walk your camera at a steady pace into the kitchen and slow your video down by 50% as you approach the sink. This will help your viewers get a closer look at the features you want to show off![11]

[Edit]What time of day should you shoot the video?

  1. Shoot your video during golden hour. Golden hour describes the first hour after sunrise and the last hour before sunset. During this time, the sun is between 6 degrees below and 6 degrees above the horizon.[12] It is perfect for film, as the sun’s glow is warm and soft at this hour. You don’t want your Oscar-worthy shots to be ruined by the sun’s glare![13]
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[Edit]How long should the video be?

  1. Keep your video around 3 minutes in length. To hold the interest of your viewers, it’s best to keep your video brief. A standard real estate video is usually about 3 minutes in length. Make every shot count by showcasing the best features of each room in your home.[14]
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  2. Make your video a little longer if you’re shooting at a larger home. If the space in your home requires it, it’s completely acceptable for your video to go over the standard 3 minute length! Just try avoiding a run-time that surpasses 10 minutes, as you want to keep your viewers interested the whole way through.[15]
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[Edit]What should the format of the video be?

  1. Shoot in a slideshow or virtual tour format. The format you choose will depend on the size of your home, where you want to post the video, and your personal preference.[16]
    • A slideshow is a common format for a real estate video that features pictures of the home. These videos will often include interesting graphics, voiceovers, and music to make the video more appealing to viewers.
    • A virtual tour is exactly how it sounds! This video guides the viewer through the home in a way that resembles an in-person home viewing experience. This style is a great option for giving prospective buyers all the information and details they need to know about the home, as the immersive format can capture some more details than a standard slide show.

[Edit]How do you edit a real estate video?

  1. Download free editing programs like iMovie and Windows Video Editor. Each program will offer a wide variety of tools and settings to give you the editing style you want. If you’re willing to invest, programs like Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier Pro are great options that are often used by professionals.[17]
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  2. Compile your footage and choose what shots you like best. Pick only the shots that make your home look best. Next, arrange the order of the scenes to mimic a walkthrough of your home. For example, if the front door leads to your living room, make the first interior scene focus on the living room. If your living room leads to the kitchen, focus on the kitchen next.[18]
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  3. Splice the scenes together and add transitions, color adjustments, and sound effects. The editing is your opportunity to make your real estate video more creative.
    • Add some background music to make your video more engaging or utilize transitional effects like speed ramping.[19]

[Edit]Where do you post a video listing?

  1. Post your video on home listing websites. This will be a fantastic means to attract potential buyers, as they will most likely be checking these websites to find their perfect home. Websites like Zillow.com allow you to publish your own real estate video on your house’s listing page. Other websites that allow you to do this include Realtor.com and Homes.com.[20]
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  2. Post your video on YouTube and social media sites. These websites help you reach more potential buyers and help you increase your following! [21]
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[Edit]References

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  1. https://youtu.be/CPAVz4yV8sc?t=263
  2. [v161800_b01]. 23 April 2021.
  3. https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/how-to-shoot-cinematic-real-estate-videos/
  4. https://youtu.be/CPAVz4yV8sc?t=57
  5. https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/how-to-shoot-cinematic-real-estate-videos/
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dasly3VNOac&t=62s&ab_channel=LearnOnlineVideo
  7. https://www.borrowlenses.com/blog/best-dslr-for-video/
  8. https://youtu.be/CPAVz4yV8sc?t=64
  9. https://youtu.be/dasly3VNOac?t=38

  10. https://youtu.be/CPAVz4yV8sc?t=220
  11. https://youtu.be/dasly3VNOac?t=62
  12. https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/golden-hour.html
  13. https://youtu.be/dasly3VNOac?t=62
  14. https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/how-to-shoot-cinematic-real-estate-videos/
  15. https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/how-to-shoot-cinematic-real-estate-videos/
  16. https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/how-to-shoot-cinematic-real-estate-videos/
  17. https://www.tipsforrealestatephotography.com/how-to/how-to-edit-real-estate-video-tour-walk-through/
  18. https://youtu.be/CPAVz4yV8sc?t=117
  19. https://youtu.be/CPAVz4yV8sc?t=117
  20. https://animoto.com/blog/business/how-to-share-real-estate-videos
  21. https://animoto.com/blog/business/how-to-share-real-estate-videos

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Twitter will experiment with Reddit style up/down buttons to replace the “like” heart

I find Reddit to be a much more interesting social media platform than Twitter. Reddit’s users are generally supportive, well-informed, and nice to each other. Twitter, on the other hand, has a culture that rewards snarkiness and anger. How did these two different platforms evolve such different user behaviors? — Read the rest

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Pixlr Premium does everything Photoshop can do at a fraction of the price

Software companies want you to think that the only apps worthy of your time and money are the ones that are tremendously expensive. Which sort of makes sense in its own perverse way. Who would drop $400, $500, $800 on a digital creation platform unless it was really, really good, right? — Read the rest

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Concrete buildings could become rechargeable batteries you can live in

Concrete is the most widely consumed material in the world after water. Now, researchers have been exploring how it can be used to store electricity to eventually transform concrete buildings into rechargeable batteries that we live and work in. The engineers from Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology demonstrated a prototype concrete battery that holds 10 times more power than previous approaches, you’d need 200 square meters of concrete batter to “provide about 8 percent of [a typical home’s] daily electricity consumption,” says researcher Emma Zhang. — Read the rest

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How to Free Disk Space on Your Hard Drive

Computer hard drives are getting much larger—you’d think you can hold on to files indefinitely and never worry about running out of space. But then one day you see a nasty message telling you there is not enough free disk space to save, copy, paste, or download something. How can you clear some space without parting with precious files? Here, you can learn how to use built-in tools in Windows and macOS to get rid of unnecessary files on your computer.

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Windows

  1. Empty your Recycle Bin. This is an easy first step for freeing up disk space. When you delete files in Windows, they are sent to the Recycle Bin rather than immediately being removed from your PC. This means that a bunch of files you think you’ve deleted may still exist and be taking up space. To empty your recycle bin, just right-click the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop (it looks like a trash can) and select Empty Recycle Bin.[1]
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    • If you ever want to delete a file and bypass the Recycle Bin completely, select the file you want to delete, and hold down the Shift and Delete keys at the same time to delete it.[2]
  2. Remove apps you no longer use. Got a lot of apps installed on your PC? You can delete the apps you aren’t using to free up some space. Here’s how:
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    • Click the Start menu and select Settings.
    • Click Apps to display installed apps.
    • You can sort the list of apps by name, install date, or size using the “Sort by” drop-down menu.
    • Click an app and select Uninstall.
  3. See how your storage is used. Windows 10 comes with a great new storage tool (similar to, but more modern than Disk Cleanup) that illustrates which files are using the most space on your hard drive. To get there, click the Start menu, select Settings, click System, and then click Storage in the left panel.
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    • In the right panel, you’ll find the name of your hard drive (such as “C:”), followed by its total size.
    • Beneath that is a bar that displays how much of your total space is occupied by files.
    • Below that, you’ll find a list of categories—these categories reflect types of files on your computer, and how much space they are using.
    • Click Show more categories below the different file types to see all possible categories.
  4. Turn on Storage Sense. Storage Sense automatically monitors the amount of hard drive space you use and cleans up unnecessary files.[3] You can enable this feature in your Storage settings—here’s how:
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    • To allow Storage Sense to run on a schedule, click the switch at the top of your Storage settings. This is optional, as you can actually just use Storage Sense manually if you skip this step.
    • Click Configure Storage Sense or run it now just below the switch (even if you didn’t enable the feature).
    • Choose when to run Storage Sense (during low free disk space, or on a schedule).
    • Select which files to delete on the selected scheduled time.
      • You can delete temporary app files that are unnecessary, clear your Recycle Bin on a certain schedule, and/or delete files from your Downloads folder that you haven’t opened in a specified time frame.
    • Click Clean now at the bottom to run Storage Sense now.
    • Click the back button to return to your Storage settings.
  5. Delete other unneeded temporary files. This is another option in your Storage settings. Click the Temporary files category to see files that are meant to be temporary. To mark a type of file for deletion, click the box next to its name and description, and then click the Remove files button at the top to confirm. Just make sure you don’t accidentally delete something you’ll need later.
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    • The “Downloads” folder is your default download location. Only check this box if you do not regularly use the files in your Downloads folder.
    • “Windows Update Cleanup,” “Microsoft Defender Antivirus,” “Delivery Optimization Files,” and “Temporary Windows installation files” files are non-critical files from older updates. You can safely remove those unless a local admin has suggested otherwise.
  6. Delete unused or unneeded personal files. The files you store in your Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, and Downloads folder can consume a lot of space. If you don’t want to permanently delete files, you can copy them to an external drive.
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    • A handy way to view your files is to open your Storage settings—click the Start menu, select Settings, click System, and then click Storage.
    • Click Show more categories below the listed categories.
    • Click Documents, Music, Videos, or any type of file you want to manage.
    • Click the View button to open the folder containing those files.
    • Click the View menu and select Details to make sure you can see each file’s size.
    • Before deleting a file, open it to see what it is. Then, close it so you can delete it if you want.
    • To delete a file, click it once to select it, press the delete button on your keyboard, and confirm when prompted.
    • Deleted files are moved to the Recycle Bin, so technically you haven’t yet freed up space. To empty your Recycle Bin, right-click it on your desktop and select Empty Recycle Bin.

[Edit]macOS

  1. Open your Mac’s Storage Management tool. This handy tool can help you figure out which files are taking up the most space, and how to reclaim that space. Once you open the tool, you’ll see a list of all types of files on your Mac, and how much space they are using. To open the tool:
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    • Click the Apple menu at the top-left corner.
    • Click About This Mac.
    • Click Storage.
    • Click Manage.
  2. Click to store certain files in the cloud. This optional feature lets you move your Photos, Messages, Documents, and Desktop files to iCloud to conserve space on your hard drive. You can still open and use the files you move to iCloud—just double-click to download the file you want to view or edit, and it will open right up. Keep in mind that while you have some free storage space on iCloud (5 GB), you’ll need to pay for additional space.[4] Fortunately, the cheapest plan gets you 50 GB of iCloud space for as low as $0.99/month. To store files in iCloud:
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    • Click Desktop and Documents to move the files in these two locations to your iCloud Drive.
    • Click Photos to add the photos to iCloud Photos.
    • Click Messages to store all iMessages and attachments in iCloud rather than on your Mac.
  3. Click to remove older TV shows, movies, and email attachments. This option does not permanently delete this information—it just backs them up to the cloud. However, unlike using the Store in iCloud feature, the data you optimize will not count against your iCloud space quota.[5]
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    • If you choose this option, any optimized files will display cloud icons beside them. To re-download an optimized file, just double-click that icon.
  4. Set up your Mac’s Trash to empty automatically. When you delete files on your Mac, they are moved to the Trash, which makes it easy to restore deleted files in the future. However, it also means that deleting files doesn’t actually free up hard drive space until you empty the Trash. If you click Turn On next to “Empty Trash Automatically,” your Mac will permanently purge all files in the Trash every 30 days.
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    • You can also manually empty the Trash at any time in Finder by clicking the Finder menu and selecting Empty Trash.[6]
    • If you want to delete a file and skip sending it to the Trash first, hold down the Control key when you click the file, and then select Delete immediately.
  5. Click the button to sort through clutter. The last button at the bottom of the Storage window will display a sortable list of your documents, which can help you identity files you don’t need and can delete from your Mac.
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    • Click a file type/folder in the left panel to view the files of that type.
    • Use the tabs at the top of the right panel (Large Files, Downloads, etc.) to browse for files you may not want.
    • Before deleting a file, open it to make sure it’s something you don’t want to keep! Then, close its corresponding app so you can delete it if you want.
    • To delete a file, just drag it to the Trash icon on your desktop.
    • Remember to empty your Trash to actually free up the hard drive space.
  6. Delete music and music videos. If you download music through Apple Music, you can periodically delete these files to free up space. As long as you delete something you’ve purchased through Apple Music, it’ll remain in the cloud and you can re-download it at any time.[7]
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    • Open the Music app on your Mac.
    • Hover the mouse over a song or video you want to delete. If you see a cloud icon next to the item, that means it’s not actually saved on your Mac, so it’s not using hard drive space. Don’t try to delete these items.
    • Click the three dots that appear and select Remove.
    • Once removed from your Mac, a cloud icon will appear next to the item to indicate that it’s not on your Mac, but that you can download it from the cloud again by double-clicking it.
  7. Delete your unnecessary junk mail. If you use the Mail app on your Mac to send and receive email, you may have a lot of messages in your Junk folder. These messages can take up a lot of space. Here’s how to delete your Junk folder:
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    • Open the Mail app.
    • Click the Mailbox menu and select Erase Junk Mail. This moves the junk mail to your Trash mail box.
    • To empty your Trash mail box and reclaim hard drive space, click the Mailbox menu and select Erase Deleted Items.

[Edit]Tips

  • Invest in an external hard drive or USB flash drive if you find yourself constantly running out of space. You can then store your largest files on that drive to retain space on your internal drive(s).
  • When you download install programs, delete the installer after you finished installing it.
  • Frequently empty the Recycle Bin or Trash.

[Edit]Warnings

  • Once you’ve cleared your recycle bin, all those files are gone forever!
  • Don’t delete files that don’t belong to you!
  • If you aren’t sure what file it is and it’s an unfamiliar filetype, don’t delete it. If you think it’s a virus, scan it with your virus scan.

[Edit]Related wikiHows

[Edit]References

[Edit]Quick Summary

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How to Learn About Engines

Engines are complex machines that power cars, motorcycles, airplanes, boats, and even factories. You could even say engines make our entire way of life possible! They’re fascinating machines, so whether you want to do some car repairs or are just curious, it’s only natural to want to learn more about engines. Luckily, we’re here to help and answer any questions you might have.

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]How do combustion engines actually work?

  1. Engines burn fuel to release energy and produce motion. Basically, fuel enters the engine through an injector. The spark plug then ignites the fuel to release energy. This energy turns pistons in the engine, which makes the crankshaft turn. The energy then transfers to the car powertrain, which spins the wheels for motion.[1]
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    • This process is how an internal combustion engine works, the type that is in cars and most other motor vehicles. But there are also different engine types, like steam, water, or air-powered ones.

[Edit]What are the parts of a combustion engine?

  1. Engines are complex machines made of many different components. These parts all work together to make the engine run. Some of the parts and their jobs include:[2]
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    • Valves, which open and close the exhaust and air valves to let fuel and air into the engine.
    • Pistons, which compress the gas to make it ignite.
    • The spark plug, which ignites the gas to power the engine.
    • The crankshaft, which spins and produces power.
    • The engine block, the main support structure for all the other pieces of the engine.
    • Combustion engines are usually arranged in a V shape, with a row of cylinders on each side. A V6 engine, for example, has 6 cylinders with 3 on each side.

[Edit]What is the most important part of an engine?

  1. No single piece is more important than the others. Every part of the engine needs to work properly for it to run. If any part isn’t working, then the engine will either run poorly or fail to start altogether. The whole thing needs to stay in good working condition for the best performance.[3]
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    • Not all car problems are problems with the engine. For example, if your battery is dead, the engine won’t start. But this doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with your engine.

[Edit]What do combustion engines need to run?

  1. All engines need fuel, air, and a spark to get started. These are the main components of the combustion process that produces energy and makes the engine move. Injectors bring fuel and air into the engine, and the spark ignites the mixture. To continue running, the engine needs a steady supply of fuel and air, because the combustion process will stop without a mixture of both.[4]
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    • A broken or dirty spark plug is a common engine problem. Without the spark, the engine can’t start.
    • Oil isn’t part of the combustion process, but an engine can’t work without it. If the engine doesn’t have enough oil, the moving parts will lock up and the engine won’t run.
    • Every gas car needs to get an oil change.[5]

[Edit]What other types of engines are there?

  1. There are many types of engines and they all work a bit differently. Internal combustion engines are probably what you think of when you think of an engine, but there are lots of others. Here are a few of the other common ones:[6]
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    • External combustion engines, where the fuel burns in a different location outside the engine. A steam engine falls into this category, since the water is boiled in a different spot and then fed through the engine.
    • Reaction engines, also called jet engines. These spin very quickly to force air out the back end, creating motion.
    • Electrical engines use magnetic or electrical energy to produce vibrations. These vibrations when spin a turbine to produce power.

[Edit]What’s the best way to learn about car engines?

  1. Reading your car’s manual is best to learn about your own engine. There are lots of similarities between car engines, but there could be important differences too. That’s why referring to your car’s manual is the best source. This will include all the repair and maintenance information that’s unique to your car.[7]
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    • The owner’s manual should include a diagram of your car’s engine showing its main parts, as well as maintenance information like the correct oil type.
    • If you’ve lost the manual for your car, contact the manufacturer for a replacement. You might also be able to find the manual for your car online.
  2. Reading auto magazines and books or watching videos works too. Your car manual is great for learning the basics of your own engine, but it doesn’t have a lot of information about how engines work. Car magazines, books, shows, podcasts, and videos are all great sources to learn about how engines actually work. These are great sources to learn about engine operation and repair.[8]
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    • Magazines like Car and Driver or Popular Mechanics have lots of great articles about engines, and cars in general. Their websites are also helpful.
    • There are tons of YouTube channels focused on cars that show all the steps for any kind of engine repairs you might have to do.
    • It’s best to stick with sources made by people who actually work on cars, like mechanics. This way, you’ll know the information is coming from someone with experience.

[Edit]Can I work on my car engine myself?

  1. You can definitely do simple work yourself if you’re careful. Some simple tasks including cleaning or changing the spark plug, tightening the fuel cap, and replacing air or fuel valves. You can make these repairs yourself without a lot of experience and simple tools. Bigger jobs like a full engine replacement are better left to a professional.[9]
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    • Even if you’re doing simple work, always follow a good source like a mechanic’s video so you know the right process.
    • Working on newer cars is a bit more difficult than working on older ones because of all the electronic parts in modern cars.
    • If you’re not sure about your automotive skills, then it’s best to let a mechanic work on your car instead. If you make a mistake, then it might not be safe to drive your car.[10]

[Edit]Is anything bad for a car engine?

  1. Yes, lots of driving and operation habits can damage your engine. Like all machines, engines need proper care and maintenance to run smoothly. To get the most out of your engine, follow these habits:[11]
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    • Let the engine warm up before using it.
    • Rev smoothly so the engine doesn’t crank too hard.
    • Keep your fuel level above 1/4 tank so the fuel pump doesn’t clog.
    • Don’t carry more weight than the engine was designed to handle.
    • Perform regular maintenance to catch any problems before they get worse.

[Edit]Tips

  • If you want to learn more about engines and maintenance, you could always take some classes at a local technical school.

[Edit]References

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USPS issues stamps with “secret” message

The US Postal Service yesterday released a new stamp emblazoned with unusual colorful patterns. Each pattern is a camouflaged letter of the alphabet. A full pane of the twenty different stamps spells out a mystery message.

Designed by art director Antonio Alcalá, the USPS held a dedication ceremony for the Mystery Message Forever stamp at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC. — Read the rest

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Scientists decipher how Romanesco broccoli gets its freaky fractal shape

Romanesco broccoli (aka Romanesco cauliflower) is a quite strange (albeit tasty) vegetable that looks otherwordly in its freaky fractal formations. Every bud is self-similar, resulting in a logarithmic spiral. Now, researchers at the French National Centre for Scientific Research have determined that the natural (approximate) fractal nature occurs because each bud is a failed flower that becomes a shoot that produces a new flower that fails and so on. — Read the rest

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How to Change Your Default Browser

This wikiHow teaches you how to change your computer, phone, or tablet’s default web browser to one you’d prefer to use. You can change the default web browser on any operating system, including on your iPhone or iPad. You’ll need to install your new web browser, such as Firefox or Chrome, before you’ll see it as a default browser option in your settings.

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[Edit]Windows

  1. Open your Windows Settings. You can do this by pressing Windows key + i on the keyboard, or by clicking the gear icon inside of your Windows Start menu.
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  2. Click . It’s the icon that looks like a bulleted list.
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  3. Click . It’s in the left panel.
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  4. Click your current web browser. This opens the Choose an App window, which displays a list of some programs installed on your PC. You should see the new web browser you’ve installed in this list.
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    • If you haven’t installed the new browser yet, visit the browser’s homepage and download the installer.
  5. Click the web browser you want to set as your default. Once you click a different option, your default web browser preferences will be updated. Your new web browser is now set to open all browser-related extensions, links, and shortcuts.
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[Edit]macOS

  1. Open your System Preferences. To do this, click the Apple menu at the upper-left corner of the screen, and then click System Preferences on the menu.
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    • If you haven’t already installed the web browser you’d prefer to use on your Mac, you should do so before you continue.
  2. Click . This loads a list of general system options.
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  3. Select a web browser from the “Default web browser” menu. Once you choose a web browser, it will be set to open all web links, shortcuts, and browser-related extensions on your Mac.
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[Edit]Android

  1. Open your Android’s Settings. You can do this by tapping the gear icon in your app list, or by swiping down from the top of the home screen and tapping the gear at the upper-right corner.
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    • If you haven’t already installed the browser you want to use, install one from the Play Store before you continue.
  2. Open the or option. The name of this menu option varies depending on your version of Android, but it will always have the word “Apps” or “Applications” in it.
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  3. Tap or . If you don’t see this option, you may need to tap Advanced first.[1]
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  4. Tap . This displays a list of installed apps you can use as your default web browser.
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  5. Select the browser you want to use. This sets the selected web browser as your default browser on this Android.
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[Edit]iPhone or iPad

  1. Open your iPhone or iPad’s Settings . It’s the gear icon on your home screen or in your Utilities folder in the app library.
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  2. Scroll down and tap the browser you want to use. As long as you’ve already installed the browser from the App Store, you will see it in your list of apps.
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  3. Tap . A list of apps you can use as your default web browser will appear.
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    • If you don’t see this option, you’ve selected an app that can’t be set as your default web browser.[2] It’s also possible you may need to update your iPhone or iPad to the latest version of iOS.
  4. Tap the app you want to use as your default browser. This sets the selected web browser as the default on this iPhone or iPad.
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[Edit]Ubuntu

  1. Open Activities View on your desktop. You can do this by clicking the Activities button at the upper-left corner of the desktop, or by moving your mouse cursor to the top-left hot corner (if enabled).[3]
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  2. Type . In Activities View, you can start typing immediately to search for these words.
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  3. Click in the search results. This opens a list of default apps on your computer.
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  4. Click the “Web” drop-down menu. A list of available browsers will appear. You’ll need to have your new browser installed in order for it to appear in this list.
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  5. Click the browser you want to use. This saves your new settings automatically. Whenever you click a web link, the browser you selected will load it.[4]
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