Housekeeping

Monday, August 22, 2005

Silencing annoying toys

LifeHacker describes how to silence an annoying electronic toy. If you don't want the operation to be permanent, you can follow their directions and then attach the two cut ends to the two connections on a low-voltage single-pole switch (available, for example, from Radio Shack). I remember doing that to my Merlin when I was about 10 years old after my parents told me that I couldn't bring it on vacation with us unless there was a way to silence it. It also works for electronics other than toys; I performed this same surgery on a coffeemaker that beeped loudly when it finished brewing (at which time the rest of my family is generally still asleep!).

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