How to Rig Your Android Phone to Play Old Floppy Disk Games

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Owning a smartphone means you have thousands of games at your fingertips, but capturing the nostalgia of playing a game saved on a floppy disk isn't as simple as downloading an app. Reviving floppy disk games for the smartphone era is a bit more complicated, and YouTube vintage video game reviewer LGR shows you just how to do it step by step.

In this video, spotted by Kotaku, LGR takes an old floppy disk, the same kind you used in your computer class at school, and uses it to play a classic video game on a smartphone. This is made possible with an Android phone, a USB connector, an Android USB adaptor, and a portable floppy disk drive that's about as big as the phone itself. (The hardware doesn't work for iPhones, but if you're an Apple user there are plenty of ways to play old PC games online).

Just inserting the disk into the drive when it's connected to your phone isn't enough to start playing: You need to download a special app that mimics Microsoft's old disk operating system, like Magic Dosbox, for example. Once you have that on your phone, you can use it to open whatever game is saved to your floppy disk.

Because old PC games weren't made for touchscreens, the smartphone gameplay can be a little be a little awkward—but if you're willing to hook a floppy disk drive up to your phone, convenience likely isn't your goal. You can watch LGR's full instructions in the video below.

[h/t Kotaku]

Swear Off Toilet Paper With This Bidet Toilet Seat That's Easy to Install and Costs Less Than $100

Tushy
Tushy

The recent coronavirus-related toilet paper shortage has put the spotlight on the TP-less alternative that Americans have yet to truly embrace: the bidet.

It's not exactly a secret that toilet paper is wasteful—it's estimated to cost 437 billion gallons of water and 15 million trees to produce our yearly supply of the stuff. But while the numbers are plain to see, bidets still aren't common in the United States.

Well, if price was ever the biggest barrier standing in the way of swearing off toilet paper for good, there's now a cost-effective way to make the switch. Right now, you can get the space-saving Tushy bidet for less than $100. And you'll be able to install it yourself in just 10 minutes.

What is a Bidet?

Before we go any further, let’s just go ahead and get the awkward technical details out of the way. Instead of using toilet paper after going to the bathroom, bidets get you clean by using a stream of concentrated water that comes out of a faucet or nozzle. Traditional bidets look like weird toilets without tanks or lids, and while they’re pretty uncommon in the United States, you’ve definitely seen one if you’ve ever been to Europe or Asia.

That said, bidets aren’t just good for your butt. When you reduce toilet paper usage, you also reduce the amount of chemicals and emissions required to produce it, which is good for the environment. At the same time, you’re also saving money. So this is a huge win-win.

Unfortunately, traditional bidets are not an option for most Americans because they take up a lot of bathroom space and require extra plumbing. That’s where Tushy comes in.

The Tushy Classic Bidet Toilet Seat.

Unlike traditional bidets, the Tushy bidet doesn’t take up any extra space in your bathroom. It’s an attachment for your existing toilet that places an adjustable self-cleaning nozzle at the back of the bowl, just underneath the seat. But it doesn’t require any additional plumbing or electricity. All you have to do is remove the seat from your toilet, connect the Tushy to the clean water supply behind the toilet, and replace the seat on top of the Tushy attachment.

The Tushy has a control panel that lets you adjust the angle and pressure of the water stream for a perfect custom clean. The nozzle lowers when the Tushy is activated and retracts into its housing when not in use, keeping it clean and sanitary.

Like all bidets, the Tushy system takes a little getting used to. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll never want to use toilet paper again. In fact, Tushy is so sure you’ll love their product, they offer customers a 60-day risk-free guarantee. If you don’t love your Tushy, you can send it back for a full refund, minus shipping and handling.

Normally, the Tushy Classic retails for $109, but right now you can get the Tushy Classic for just $89. So if you’ve been thinking about going TP-free, now is definitely the time to do it.

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The 25 Best Cities in America for a Staycation

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Summer fun will look a lot different in 2020. Many regions are still in lockdown due to the COVID-19 crisis, and even as businesses start to open up, travel remains risky, according to the CDC. But you don't need to go far to take a break from daily life—especially if you live in one of the cities below.

According to WalletHub, these are the ultimate staycation spots in the U.S. The personal finance website rated 182 cities on two main criteria: recreation, and rest and relaxation. Within those categories, they weighed factors like weather, average home square footage, and parks per capita.

Plano, Texas, came in No.1, with a total score of 66.88 out of 100. The city owes its larger-than-average homes to its high ranking. It was followed by Boise, Idaho, in the second slot and Tampa, Florida, in third. You can check out the top 25 cities below.

Even if you're not able to physically leave your home base, you should still take breaks from work if that's something you're able to. And just like a normal vacation, the key to a great staycation is unplugging. Here are some tips for disconnecting from work on your days off.

  1. Plano, Texas
  1. Boise, Idaho
  1. Tampa, Florida
  1. Charleston, South Carolina
  1. Lincoln, Nebraska
  1. Fort Smith, Arkansas
  1. Scottsdale, Arizona
  1. Grand Prairie, Texas
  1. Austin, Texas
  1. Orlando, Florida
  1. Tallahassee, Florida
  1. Nampa, Idaho
  1. Huntsville, Alabama
  1. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  1. Springfield, Missouri
  1. Peoria, Arizona
  1. St. Petersburg, Florida
  1. Overland Park, Kansas
  1. Garland, Texas
  1. Salt Lake City, Utah
  1. Knoxville, Tennessee
  1. Little Rock, Arkansas
  1. Missoula, Montana
  1. Glendale, Arizona
  1. Houston, Texas

[h/t WalletHub]