Don’t Just Take Photos—Do Something With Them

Woman holding a handful of photos over a pile of photographs spread out on a table
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How many digital photos have you taken? 10,000? 20,000? 50,000? Instead of leaving all those photos sitting on your smartphone or a hard drive, why not do something with them?

Wander around any city, and you’ll see hundreds of people all with their phones out taking photos. Some of those pictures might end up on Facebook or Instagram, but for the most part, they sit forgotten an unappreciated in digital limbo. That’s a real shame. Photos are a great way to remember people, places, and events—plus, the pictures your smartphone takes are really good now.

The great news is there are lots of cool things you can do with your digital photos. Here are some of our favorite ideas.

Sort Through Them

I’ve shot thousands of photos with both my smartphone and dedicated camera. Most of them are terrible. Blurry selfies, missed photos, screenshots of memes, and God-only-knows-whats. They don’t deserve to be ignored—they deserve to be deleted, and have whatever hard drive they were on smashed to dirt. Buried in there, however, are some outstanding photos. The kind of thing I want to keep forever. As long as the good and bad all stay mingled together, I’m never going to see the good photos. I’m sure it’s the same for you.

Now, the bad news. There is no easy way to sort photos. The only real way to do is to sit down, throw on your favorite TV show, and go through, deleting all the bad pictures, sorting the others into albums, and favoriting the absolute best.

But, you’re probably not going to do this. Almost everyone (myself included) is at the point where they’ve shot way too many digital photos for this to be a realistic option. That means we need to use some less thorough strategies to get the good photos out:

  • Go through your Facebook and Instagram accounts. If there are any photos you really like there, go through your phone and pull out the original. Also, use it as a springboard to remind yourself of events or places you loved, and go back and find photos from them too.
  • Use your photo app. Both the iPhone Photos app and Google Photos (available on both iOS and Android) will show you photos from past events, organize photos by location and event, and more. While they’re made with machine learning, they will pull out some useful suggestions—like that vacation you took to the Florida Keys.
  • Get into a habit of, when you remember something fun, taking five minutes to go back through your photos and grab the photos out. It will take time, but you’ll gradually sort through chunks of your photos.
  • If you have an iPhone, you can use Gemini ($2.99/month) to clear out loads of the bad photos, which will make finding the good images a lot easier.

Print Them Out

Printed photos spread out on a table
Harry Guinness

My granny’s house was covered in photos. She had four children and 14 grandchildren (plus a pile of siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who made the cut) and each of us was featured at least four or five times. The favorites would have an entire mini-shrine dedicated to their achievements. Most of the photos were pretty terrible but, because they were the ones she had, they were the ones on display.

Now, most people have hundreds of much better photos, but because they’re not printed out, nobody sees them. The single best thing you can do with your digital photos is print them.

You could print a few dozen pictures you love as 4×6″s and put them in photo frames around your house, just like my granny. Or, you could get one or two of your best made into 36×24” framed prints or canvases that dominate a wall—digital photos, even ones from a smartphone, can be printed pretty damn big if you work from the original. Really, the options are limitless. You could also make a photo album. Just be sure to check out our guide to why photos don’t look the same when you print them on How-To Geek to make sure you’re doing it right.

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The Best Coolers for Every Budget

A YETI cooler on a boat with a bunch of boating gear.
YETI

Whether you’re planning a beach date or a boat ride, a good cooler is a necessity. But don’t just buy the first cooler that you see, get the cooler that’s right for your situation.

Of course, that’s a little easier said than done. There are a ton of coolers on the market, and it’s challenging to dig through the polycarbonate cooler forest, pull out a single container, and say, “we were meant to be.”

So, we’ve taken the time to find the best coolers for every situation and budget. You just have to figure out which cooler lines up with your needs.

The Four Most Important Aspects of a Cooler

If you run out and grab the first cooler that you see, then you’re probably going to be disappointed. Coolers come in all shapes and sizes for a good reason: everybody has different needs. There’s no point in buying a large, expensive cooler for small picnics, and you’ll only disappoint your friends by whipping out a 5-quart cooler on a camping trip.

So before buying a cooler, consider what you’ll use it for. Think about the four most important aspects of a cooler, and how those aspects can line up with your needs.

  • Insulation: Not all coolers are created equal. Insulation is by far the most important aspect of a cooler, and you generally want to look for an “ice retention” rating to judge whether or not a cooler can fit your needs. Some coolers can hold ice for up to ten days!
  • Durability: Most coolers are made from durable plastic. Unless your cooler is in a freak accident, small parts, like hinges, will break before the plastic does. That said, large coolers are usually better built than small coolers, and soft coolers (while portable) can only handle so much abuse.
  • Size and Portability: While a cooler’s capacity is important, there’s no point in buying a cooler that’s larger than your needs. If portability is important to you, then consider purchasing a mid-sized, personal, or soft cooler.
  • Special Features: Depending on your situation, cup holders and wheels can make or break a cooler. But in most cases, a simple cooler with a pair of handles will work just fine. Special features should come into consideration after insulation, durability, and size.

Once you’ve sorted out your cooler needs, you’re good to go. Let’s get on with the show.

The Premium Pick: YETI Tundra 65 57qt Cooler ($350)

The YETI Tundra 65 57qt Cooler
YETI

If you’re going for a cooler, why not shoot for the best brand available? Like all YETI products, the YETI Tundra 65 is ridiculously durable and well-insulated, with ice retention of up to 10 days. It’s also certified bear-resistant. You may be asking, “why isn’t it bear-proof?” Well, dear soul, nothing is bear-proof.

Because of its 3-inch thick PermaFrost insulation and durable FatWall design, the Tundra is ideal for camping, beach days, boating, or any family gathering—provided you can drop $350 on a cooler. That said, it only holds 57 quarts. If you want a larger YETI Tundra cooler, you should check out the Tundra 75 for $450 or Tundra 160  at an eye-watering $680.

The Budget Pick: Coleman Xtreme Wheeled 50qt Cooler ($40)

The Coleman Xtreme Wheeled 50qt Cooler
Coleman

If you’re looking for a budget cooler with a ton of features, then you should check out the Coleman Xtreme. It holds up to 50 quarts and has an ice retention rating of up to five days, which is great for just about any situation. Plus, it has wheels for extra portability, and four built-in cup holders for your convenience.

The Best Personal Cooler: Coleman Fliplid 5qt Cooler ($11)

The Coleman Fliplid 5qt Cooler
Coleman

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How to schedule wallpaper change on Windows 10

You can change the wallpaper on Windows 10 any time you like but it is mostly a manual process. There’s an option to set a slideshow and have Windows 10 cycle through a folder of images if you want to automate it however, this doesn’t let you choose when or how often a wallpaper is changed. If you need to schedule wallpaper change on Windows 10, you’re going to have to use an app to do the job. We recommend Wallpaper Change Scheduler.

Schedule wallpaper change

Download Wallpaper Change Scheduler. The app’s name shows it’s built for just this purpose and little else. Run it, and click the ‘Add Event’ button at the top. In the window that opens, select when you want the wallpaper to change. You can change it daily, weekly, when the mouse is idle, when you move your mouse (after it’s been idle), and on system log on.

If you choose to change the wallpaper daily or weekly, you can select what time it changes for both. Regardless of when you choose to change the wallpaper, you have to do two things; select the style i.e., how it’s applied. The options under the Wallpaper Style dropdown are the same ones that Windows 10 has. Second, you have to select the wallpaper that the app will change to. Once you’ve done that, click ‘Create’.

You can add multiple events if you need the wallpaper to change several times a day. The app won’t change the wallpaper if the time set under an event you just created has already passed. The time is the trigger.

As for usage scenarios, you can pair it with Night Light’s scheduling feature. When Night Light is enabled, a wallpaper change might be a good idea. Likewise, if you decide to schedule the light and dark mode on Windows 10, this app can be equally useful making sure you have a wallpaper that looks nice with the current theme.

Any time you want to change the wallpaper that is used when an event is executed, you can do so by editing the event. Unfortunately, a single event can only have one wallpaper assigned to it. The app can’t read from an entire folder of wallpapers like the Slideshow feature on Windows 10.

Changing a wallpaper isn’t exactly hard but if you need to do it often, or prefer the change happen at a particular time, an app that can handle it for you is a better option.

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How to get the latest Wine on Linux Mint 19

Linux Mint is a powerful operating system, with impressive features, and an excellent reputation. It does its best to support new users, and provide them with the tools they need to make Linux easy. However, despite their best efforts, sometimes features aren’t added as fast, or packages provided as quickly, since it is a community project, and not backed by huge companies like Ubuntu or Fedora.

One of the downsides to it being a community project is that sometimes they have to make tough choices on what the operating system should include, and what it shouldn’t (like not shipping Snap support by default, for example). A great example of this is the latest Wine. Sure, since it’s based on Ubuntu, users can get access to the stable release that Ubuntu provides, but not the most recent. So, if you need the latest Wine on Linux Mint, you’ll have to install it yourself. Here’s how to do it.

Wine Stable

The Wine Stable release carried in the Ubuntu software sources is what Linux Mint 19 carries in its software sources. So, if you like to have a stable setup of Wine, but find that the Mint version is lacking, you’ll be able to set up the Wine software repository.

To start up the installation process, launch a terminal window using the Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T keyboard combination. Then, when the terminal window is open, follow the step-by-step instructions to get the latest Wine Stable on Linux Mint 19.

Step 1: Mint needs an external software repository enabled to install Wine Stable. To do this, use the apt-add-repository command and add Wine’s “Bionic” software repository for Mint 19.

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ bionic main'

Step 2: Adding the software repository is the first step. Now, we must add the Wine key, as Mint will refuse to interact with insecure software sources. To add the software key, use wget and apt-key.

wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key
sudo apt-key add winehq.key

Step 3: Linux Mint 19 must be updated and upgraded so that the operating system has the latest software patches. Also, updating will set up the new Wine software repository necessary for Wine Stable. To run an update and upgrade, do the upgrade and update commands in a terminal.

sudo apt update

sudo apt upgrade -y

Step 4: Install the latest release of Wine Stable on your Linux Mint 19 OS with the apt install command.

sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable

Step 5: Start up the Wine Configuration window to create your Wine prefix on Linux Mint.

wine-cfg

When the prefix is done being set up, Wine Stable is ready to use!

Wine Staging

Wine Stable is excellent for those looking to run basic Windows apps, but if you’re a Linux Mint gamer, it’s imperative that you install Wine Staging, as it comes with regular Vulkan and DXVK patches, and other gaming fixes.

To install the latest Wine Staging on Linux Mint 19, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Staging on Mint 19 requires the external Wine HQ software repository. To set it up, use the add-apt-repository command.

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ bionic main'

Step 2: With the software repository set up on Linux Mint, the key is needed. Using the wget and apt-key command, download and enable the signed key so that Linux Mint can interact with the repo.

wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key
sudo apt-key add winehq.key

Step 3:  After enabling the signed key for the Wine repo, run the update and upgrade commands so that Mint 19 will have the latest software patches, and so that the Wine repository is up to date.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade -y

Step 4: Install the latest Wine Staging packages on your Linux Mint 19 PC with apt install.

sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-staging

Step 5: Open up the Wine configuration window to create your new Wine Staging prefix.

wine-cfg

Allow the Wine configuration window to create your new Staging prefix. When it’s done, Staging is ready to go on Linux Mint 19!

Wine Development

Are you interested in contributing to the Wine project? Just want access to the version that the developers have access to on Linux Mint 19? If so, follow the step-by-step instructions below to get it working.

Step 1: Like all other versions of Wine for Linux Mint 19, subscribing to a third-party software repository is necessary. To add it, open up a terminal window using Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, run the following apt-add-repository command.

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ bionic main'

Step 2: After adding the third-party software source to Linux Mint 19, download the Wine key. Without this key, Wine development will not install, so don’t skip this step!

wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key sudo apt-key add winehq.key

Step 3: The key is added to Linux Mint 19. Now, run the update and upgrade commands to set up the software repo added earlier, and to install any pending software patches for your system.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade -y

Step 4: Following the update process, you’ll be able to install the Wine Development packages using the apt install command below.

sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-devel

Step 5: With the Wine Development packages installed, run the Wine configuration tool to create your new prefix.

When the new prefix is fully set up, Wine Development is ready to use on Mint 19!

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