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Title: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: jj1000 on June 10, 2020, 02:43:58 PM
I'd imagine everyone has life hacks they use everyday, that many people are not even aware of.

Post yours below, and give out lots of likes to members who post theirs.

It can literally be anything, for example checking out at the pharmacy in the grocery store when the regular lines are long, microwave rice from TJ's (blew my mind first time having it, how easy it was), open a can of corn,put salt pepper and cheese on top, microwave or oven it (super easy lunch), etc...

You can also include items you can't live without.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: jj1000 on June 10, 2020, 02:47:58 PM
@Dan 2 slices of old pizza from the fridge, lay them cheese sides on top of each other and put them in a sandwich maker. Instant calzone. Can also use a waffle machine if you don't have a sandwich/panini maker.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: EliJelly on June 10, 2020, 02:50:46 PM
So I see the focus is mainly on food ;), So I'll say something for chulent of course.. Using only navy beans, chulent mix a big no no. For starters.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: sguitarist18 on June 10, 2020, 03:01:42 PM
GoodRX.com, even for meds that are covered. My insurance can have a $15 copay, but coupon from GoodRX gets me the medication for $7.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 10, 2020, 03:02:10 PM
So I see the focus is mainly on food ;), So I'll say something for chulent of course.. Using only navy beans, chulent mix a big no no. For starters.
Here's a life hack, stop putting beans in your cholent.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: EliJelly on June 10, 2020, 03:05:02 PM
Here's a life hack, stop putting beans in your cholent.
That's even worse than parve chulent, potato or kasha can barely be named chulent
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 10, 2020, 03:10:17 PM
That's even worse than parve chulent, potato or kasha can barely be named chulent
Uh, potatoes, meat, barley, onions....cholent. Beans area what make chili, chili, not what make cholent, cholent.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: EliJelly on June 10, 2020, 03:11:42 PM
Uh, potatoes, meat, barely, onions....cholent.
In Hungarian.. Goulash! :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 10, 2020, 04:02:28 PM
Here's one: If you get a piece of eggshell in with the eggs while cracking them, use the other half of the eggshell to fish it out instead of trying to use your fingers or anything else.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joeymc on June 10, 2020, 05:36:34 PM
Here's one: If you get a piece of eggshell in with the eggs while cracking them, use the other half of the eggshell to fish it out instead of trying to use your fingers or anything else.
Can confirm!

On the topic of eggs, if you want to separate the yolk from the white, take an empty clean water bottle, squeeze the bottle, place the mouth over the yolk and slowly release the bottle. The yolk will get sucked up into the bottle with minimal/no white.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joeymc on June 10, 2020, 05:39:18 PM
If you are drilling into a wall, open an envelope and tape the flap to the wall under where you are drilling and it catches all the plaster/dust that comes out.

Makes cleanup after a small drilling a breeze
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 10, 2020, 05:43:34 PM
When boiling eggs, add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda to the water. Makes them really easy to peel and doesn't affect the taste.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 10, 2020, 05:44:18 PM
If you're going to freeze ground beef, put it in a gallon ziploc and squeeze/spread it flat to fill the bag. You can stack them in the freezer and it'll defrost much faster (without the outside spoiling while the inside is still frozen).
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 10, 2020, 05:56:00 PM

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/23/dining/how-to-hard-boil-eggs.html
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on June 10, 2020, 06:04:06 PM
This is a great topic! I’m surprised it’s not holding by 100 replies already.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 10, 2020, 06:54:35 PM
To easily melt a small amount of chocolate / butter, put it in a ziploc bag and put that into a mug of hot water for a few minutes. No mess! You can cut a hole in the corner to pipe chocolate too.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: jj1000 on June 10, 2020, 07:12:32 PM
Shredded cheese lasts longer in the freezer, but will clump up, before freezing add a little bit of cornstarch (1tbs) and shake vigorously. The pieces will stay separate and it'll be easy to use.

If you want a hot meal on any plane, bring a tradition soup or oatmeal packet and use the free hot water they offer with tea. Great for traveling in general.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ah giten on June 10, 2020, 07:17:47 PM
Shredded cheese lasts longer in the freezer, but will clump up, before freezing add a little bit of cornstarch (1tbs) and shake vigorously. The pieces will stay separate and it'll be easy to use.

If you want a hot meal on any plane, bring a tradition soup or oatmeal packet and use the free hot water they offer with tea. Great for traveling in general.
I think dan advises against using airplane hot water...

האחים שנחלקו.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: S209 on June 10, 2020, 07:20:49 PM
If you're going to freeze ground beef, put it in a gallon ziploc and squeeze/spread it flat to fill the bag. You can stack them in the freezer and it'll defrost much faster (without the outside spoiling while the inside is still frozen).
That’s a fantastic idea
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yzj on June 10, 2020, 07:31:44 PM
After Yom Tov, especially Pesach, make a spreadsheet. What on the menu went over well with guests and kids. What did you run short on and need to have more next time around. What did you way overbuy on. That way there is no need to reinvent the wheel next year.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ah giten on June 10, 2020, 07:33:46 PM
After Yom Tov, especially Pesach, make a spreadsheet. What on the menu went over well with guests and kids. What did you run short on and need to have more next time around. What did you way overbuy on. That way there is no need to reinvent the wheel next year.
And make sure you hide the list in a place that you won't be able to find the next year...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 10, 2020, 07:34:13 PM
And make sure you hide the list in a place that you won't be able to find the next year...
Is that a life hack or is that just life? :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 10, 2020, 07:34:54 PM
That’s a fantastic idea
Been doing it for about a year now and it works beautifully. And if you want to mix in ingredients for meatballs, you can throw them in the bag, re-zip, and mix it inside.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moko on June 10, 2020, 07:35:58 PM
To easily melt a small amount of chocolate / butter, put it in a ziploc bag and put that into a mug of hot water for a few minutes. No mess! You can cut a hole in the corner to pipe chocolate too.
or just stick the bag in the microwave for a minute
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moko on June 10, 2020, 07:36:41 PM
Shredded cheese lasts longer in the freezer, but will clump up, before freezing add a little bit of cornstarch (1tbs) and shake vigorously. The pieces will stay separate and it'll be easy to use.

If you want a hot meal on any plane, bring a tradition soup or oatmeal packet and use the free hot water they offer with tea. Great for traveling in general.
there's already starch in shredded cheese
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 10, 2020, 07:37:35 PM
or just stick the bag in the microwave for a minute
And hope it doesn't burn :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joel2 on June 10, 2020, 08:03:33 PM
Open glass jars with rubber gloves
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mordyk on June 10, 2020, 08:08:59 PM
Before you go on a long flight, freeze a JJ cappuccino.  If it's frozen they let it on the plane. Once you get up from your nap on the plane there is nothing as refreshing as an iced cappuccino. It should still be freezing but not frozen.

Thank me later
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: VacationLover on June 10, 2020, 08:19:04 PM
Before you go on a long flight, freeze a JJ cappuccino.  If it's frozen they let it on the plane. Once you get up from your nap on the plane there is nothing as refreshing as an iced cappuccino. It should still be freezing but not frozen.

Thank me later
From my experience,  they don't take away any box drinks - even liquid - since it shows up on their screen as neatly packed food wrapped in silver foil (shhhh...).

Freezing liquid always works, not only on box drinks. It can be a small bottle milk or anything.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on June 10, 2020, 08:22:54 PM
I’ve had varying degree of success with this. Usually they’ve melted a bit by the time we reach security.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: biobook on June 10, 2020, 08:36:55 PM
Open glass jars with rubber gloves
Or a rubber band around the lid.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: cholent on June 10, 2020, 08:37:16 PM
From my experience,  they don't take away any box drinks - even liquid - since it shows up on their screen as neatly packed food wrapped in silver foil (shhhh...).

Freezing liquid always works, not only on box drinks. It can be a small bottle milk or anything.
They took away my non frozen jj iced capps (I usually do the frozen trip but this was the way back, I had checked out of the hotel many hours earlier and it was no longer frozen)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: biobook on June 10, 2020, 09:04:23 PM
When you first open a bottle of soda or seltzer or pop, begin by slowly turning the cap one-quarter turn and wait about 10 seconds, watching for the small bubbles to slow down, and listening as the sssst of escaping gas gets quieter.  Then turn another 1/4 turn, and wait another 10 seconds till it quiets down.  Now open the cap the rest of the way, and look proudly around as you pour a perfect cup.  Don't expect a pat on the back, though, because nobody will realize what didn't happen.  But you'll know. 

Because one day, soon we hope, you'll be at a shul kiddush, balancing a full bowl of aromatic chulent or chili or Hungarian goulash in one hand, and an empty cup in the other, and someone will offer to pour you a drink, and he'll twist that cap quickly, in one fell swoop, and you'll watch as the bottle suddenly erupts, and fizzy, bubbly liquid streams downward, over his greasy hands into your still-untouched chulent or chili or Hungarian goulash, filling the bowl with what now looks like brown soup, which overflows the rim and drips downwards onto your Shabbos shoes, and you'll look up as he sheepishly mumbles "Sorry!  Someone must have shaken the bottle" and you'll think NO, YOU DOOFUS!!!  DON'T BLAME SOMEONE ELSE!  ADMIT THAT YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO OPEN A BOTTLE OF SODA! but you won't say that, of course, you'll just smile kindly and say "It's nothing, I'll get another bowl" and you'll return to the table, only to discover that the pan has now been totally emptied of its chulent or chili or Hungarian goulash, and you'll just sigh.  How could he know?  He's not a DDFer.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ckmk47 on June 10, 2020, 09:05:12 PM
Prepare a Tradition soup the regular way.  (Add boiling water an let it sit.)
Then pour out the broth into a bowl and add shredded cheese to the noodles in the cup and mix.
You've now got soup and noodles and cheese.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ckmk47 on June 10, 2020, 09:08:14 PM
After Yom Tov, especially Pesach, make a spreadsheet. What on the menu went over well with guests and kids. What did you run short on and need to have more next time around. What did you way overbuy on. That way there is no need to reinvent the wheel next year.
Also make a list of how much you used of everything ( wine, matzoh, potatoes, etc) and who was there. (How many eaters)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Jellybelly on June 10, 2020, 09:10:54 PM
When you first open a bottle of soda or seltzer or pop, begin by slowly turning the cap one-quarter turn and wait about 10 seconds, watching for the small bubbles to slow down, and listening as the sssst of escaping gas gets quieter.  Then turn another 1/4 turn, and wait another 10 seconds till it quiets down.  Now open the cap the rest of the way, and look proudly around as you pour a perfect cup.  Don't expect a pat on the back, though, because nobody will realize what didn't happen.  But you'll know. 

Because one day, soon we hope, you'll be at a shul kiddush, balancing a full bowl of aromatic chulent or chili or Hungarian goulash in one hand, and an empty cup in the other, and someone will offer to pour you a drink, and he'll twist that cap quickly, in one fell swoop, and you'll watch as the bottle suddenly erupts, and fizzy, bubbly liquid streams downward, over his greasy hands into your still-untouched chulent or chili or Hungarian goulash, filling the bowl with what now looks like brown soup, which overflows the rim and drips downwards onto your Shabbos shoes, and you'll look up as he sheepishly mumbles "Sorry!  Someone must have shaken the bottle" and you'll think NO, YOU DOOFUS!!!  DON'T BLAME SOMEONE ELSE!  ADMIT THAT YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO OPEN A BOTTLE OF SODA! but you won't say that, of course, you'll just smile kindly and say "It's nothing, I'll get another bowl" and you'll return to the table, only to discover that the pan has now been totally emptied of its chulent or chili or Hungarian goulash, and you'll just sigh.  How could he know?  He's not a DDFer.
@Yehuda57 has some serious competition over here
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on June 10, 2020, 09:27:38 PM
@Yehuda57 has some serious competition over here
its different. theyre both essential
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ah giten on June 10, 2020, 09:38:48 PM
on the topic of tradition soup. I wouldn't recommend eating it, but for those that do eat it.
If you struggle to eat the long noodles, just try squeezing the cup BEFORE pouring in the hot water.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: cmey on June 10, 2020, 09:50:34 PM
When making homemade pizza on a pan (cast iron is better) partially bake the dough for a few minutes before putting on the marinara , cheese, oregano, etc. That way you end up with a perfect crust instead of half doughy out of the oven.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 10, 2020, 09:51:47 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/RDSSbJI.png)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Amusch on June 10, 2020, 09:59:51 PM
If you have a room temperature bottle (and esp can) that you want to get cold fast, wrap a wet paper towel around it and put it in the freezer. It'll be ice cold pretty quickly.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joeymc on June 10, 2020, 10:03:40 PM
If you get chewing gum on your clothes, put the clothes in the freezer for a bit, it will be much easier to remove the gum afterwards.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joeymc on June 10, 2020, 10:04:54 PM
When packing a suitcase, put your socks inside your shoes. It will save a little space and stop your shoes from getting crushed.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 10, 2020, 10:05:50 PM
Trying to vacuum under/behind furniture and the crevice tool is too wide or short? Fit an empty paper towel tube onto the end of the hose (or onto the crevice tool) and you can squeeze it to the size you need.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 10, 2020, 10:07:24 PM
Shredded cheese lasts longer in the freezer, but will clump up, before freezing add a little bit of cornstarch (1tbs) and shake vigorously. The pieces will stay separate and it'll be easy to use.
Most pre-shredded cheese is already coated in some sort of starch before you buy it to reduce clumping. The problem with this (and with adding more of your own) is that it prevents the cheese from melting and browning properly, it's why you'll often end up with a big clump of cheese if you try to add it to pasta or poorly melted cheese on pizza and such.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joeymc on June 10, 2020, 10:10:07 PM
The aisle seat armrest usually has a little button underneath by the hinge that allows you to lift it. Makes it much easier to get in and out of your seat, especially if your tray table is open with stuff on it.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 10, 2020, 10:11:06 PM
When you first open a bottle of soda or seltzer or pop, begin by slowly turning the cap one-quarter turn and wait about 10 seconds, watching for the small bubbles to slow down, and listening as the sssst of escaping gas gets quieter.  Then turn another 1/4 turn, and wait another 10 seconds till it quiets down.  Now open the cap the rest of the way, and look proudly around as you pour a perfect cup.  Don't expect a pat on the back, though, because nobody will realize what didn't happen.  But you'll know. 

Because one day, soon we hope, you'll be at a shul kiddush, balancing a full bowl of aromatic chulent or chili or Hungarian goulash in one hand, and an empty cup in the other, and someone will offer to pour you a drink, and he'll twist that cap quickly, in one fell swoop, and you'll watch as the bottle suddenly erupts, and fizzy, bubbly liquid streams downward, over his greasy hands into your still-untouched chulent or chili or Hungarian goulash, filling the bowl with what now looks like brown soup, which overflows the rim and drips downwards onto your Shabbos shoes, and you'll look up as he sheepishly mumbles "Sorry!  Someone must have shaken the bottle" and you'll think NO, YOU DOOFUS!!!  DON'T BLAME SOMEONE ELSE!  ADMIT THAT YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO OPEN A BOTTLE OF SODA! but you won't say that, of course, you'll just smile kindly and say "It's nothing, I'll get another bowl" and you'll return to the table, only to discover that the pan has now been totally emptied of its chulent or chili or Hungarian goulash, and you'll just sigh.  How could he know?  He's not a DDFer.
(https://media.giphy.com/media/XWwIzh5GIWWf6/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 10, 2020, 10:13:11 PM
When you first open a bottle of soda or seltzer or pop, begin by slowly turning the cap one-quarter turn and wait about 10 seconds, watching for the small bubbles to slow down, and listening as the sssst of escaping gas gets quieter.  Then turn another 1/4 turn, and wait another 10 seconds till it quiets down.  Now open the cap the rest of the way, and look proudly around as you pour a perfect cup.  Don't expect a pat on the back, though, because nobody will realize what didn't happen.  But you'll know. 

Because one day, soon we hope, you'll be at a shul kiddush, balancing a full bowl of aromatic chulent or chili or Hungarian goulash in one hand, and an empty cup in the other, and someone will offer to pour you a drink, and he'll twist that cap quickly, in one fell swoop, and you'll watch as the bottle suddenly erupts, and fizzy, bubbly liquid streams downward, over his greasy hands into your still-untouched chulent or chili or Hungarian goulash, filling the bowl with what now looks like brown soup, which overflows the rim and drips downwards onto your Shabbos shoes, and you'll look up as he sheepishly mumbles "Sorry!  Someone must have shaken the bottle" and you'll think NO, YOU DOOFUS!!!  DON'T BLAME SOMEONE ELSE!  ADMIT THAT YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO OPEN A BOTTLE OF SODA! but you won't say that, of course, you'll just smile kindly and say "It's nothing, I'll get another bowl" and you'll return to the table, only to discover that the pan has now been totally emptied of its chulent or chili or Hungarian goulash, and you'll just sigh.  How could he know?  He's not a DDFer.
TL;DR
Invite all your friends and acquaintances to DDF or risk missing out on your weekly kiddush cholent.

Appendix A: Do you go to shul?
Appendix B: Does your shul have a kiddush?
Appendix C: If the cholent is parve does it count?
[citations needed]
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on June 10, 2020, 10:18:27 PM
You can open links a in new tab by clicking with the scroll wheel.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: jj1000 on June 10, 2020, 10:22:23 PM
Most pre-shredded cheese is already coated in some sort of starch before you buy it to reduce clumping. The problem with this (and with adding more of your own) is that it prevents the cheese from melting and browning properly, it's why you'll often end up with a big clump of cheese if you try to add it to pasta or poorly melted cheese on pizza and such.
Have you tried it with the costco bags of shredded cheese? It clumps in the freezer, but not with 1 tbs of corn starch, never had a problem with melting/clumping when cooking.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mordyk on June 10, 2020, 10:25:48 PM
When making homemade pizza on a pan (cast iron is better) partially bake the dough for a few minutes before putting on the marinara , cheese, oregano, etc. That way you end up with a perfect crust instead of half doughy out of the oven.
I use a pizza stone in my oven.  Get crispy through and through
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 10, 2020, 10:27:41 PM
I use a pizza stone in my oven.  Get crispy through and through
Yep, can't really get anywhere close to a real pizza oven without at least a stone, a pizza steel is even better.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 10, 2020, 10:28:10 PM
Have you tried it with the costco bags of shredded cheese? It clumps in the freezer, but not with 1 tbs of corn starch, never had a problem with melting/clumping when cooking.
Try emulsifying the cheese into a sauce with all that starch on it  :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 10, 2020, 10:31:14 PM
Have you tried it with the costco bags of shredded cheese? It clumps in the freezer, but not with 1 tbs of corn starch, never had a problem with melting/clumping when cooking.
I'm told if you shake it before putting in the freezer it won't clump. Haven't tried it though.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moko on June 10, 2020, 10:31:47 PM
Trying to vacuum under/behind furniture and the crevice tool is too wide or short? Fit an empty paper towel tube onto the end of the hose (or onto the crevice tool) and you can squeeze it to the size you need.
genius! Love it.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 10, 2020, 10:32:01 PM
You can open links a in new tab by clicking with the scroll wheel.
Yup or control-click (if you're on a laptop with no scroll wheel).
On that note, control-shift-t will open the tab (or tabs) you closed most recently, and control-shift-n will open an incognito window.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 10, 2020, 10:33:51 PM
Yup or control-click (if you're on a laptop with no scroll wheel).
On that note, control-shift-t will open the tab (or tabs) you closed most recently, and control-shift-n will open an incognito window.
On that note, ctrl-n will open a new window.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moko on June 10, 2020, 10:34:14 PM
Have you tried it with the costco bags of shredded cheese? It clumps in the freezer, but not with 1 tbs of corn starch, never had a problem with melting/clumping when cooking.
this is true. World is more starchy than Anderson. So the pizza experts tell me . Can't use regular world mozzarella because it's two starchy. They use a blend of muenster and mozzarella.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on June 10, 2020, 10:39:14 PM
When you first open a bottle of soda or seltzer or pop, begin by slowly turning the cap one-quarter turn and wait about 10 seconds, watching for the small bubbles to slow down, and listening as the sssst of escaping gas gets quieter.  Then turn another 1/4 turn, and wait another 10 seconds till it quiets down.  Now open the cap the rest of the way, and look proudly around as you pour a perfect cup.  Don't expect a pat on the back, though, because nobody will realize what didn't happen.  But you'll know. 

Because one day, soon we hope, you'll be at a shul kiddush, balancing a full bowl of aromatic chulent or chili or Hungarian goulash in one hand, and an empty cup in the other, and someone will offer to pour you a drink, and he'll twist that cap quickly, in one fell swoop, and you'll watch as the bottle suddenly erupts, and fizzy, bubbly liquid streams downward, over his greasy hands into your still-untouched chulent or chili or Hungarian goulash, filling the bowl with what now looks like brown soup, which overflows the rim and drips downwards onto your Shabbos shoes, and you'll look up as he sheepishly mumbles "Sorry!  Someone must have shaken the bottle" and you'll think NO, YOU DOOFUS!!!  DON'T BLAME SOMEONE ELSE!  ADMIT THAT YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO OPEN A BOTTLE OF SODA! but you won't say that, of course, you'll just smile kindly and say "It's nothing, I'll get another bowl" and you'll return to the table, only to discover that the pan has now been totally emptied of its chulent or chili or Hungarian goulash, and you'll just sigh.  How could he know?  He's not a DDFer.
I would click 'like' but his post to like ratio is intimidating me.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: farmbochur on June 10, 2020, 10:45:21 PM
Quickly toggle between tabs.

1) Excel and most internet browsers: Ctrl + PgUp/Dn
2) Google Sheets: Ctrl + Shift + PgUpDn
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 10, 2020, 10:45:44 PM
Quickly toggle between tabs.

1) Excel, Chrome, and other internet browsers: Ctrl + PgUp/Dn
2) Google Sheets: Ctrl + Shift + PgUpDn
chrome: control-tab / control-shift-tab
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Jellybelly on June 10, 2020, 10:47:14 PM
its different. theyre both essential
While everyone else here is useless 😜
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: jj1000 on June 10, 2020, 11:15:33 PM
Try emulsifying the cheese into a sauce with all that starch on it  :)
This conversation is pointless if you never tried it... We are talking about less than 1/10 of a teaspoon of corn startch extra per serving. Have you ever measured 1/10 of a teaspoom before?

ETA: 32 servings of cheese in a bag, one tablespoon of corn starch, equals less than 1/10 of a teaspoon per serving.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 10, 2020, 11:17:55 PM
This conversation is pointless if you never tried it... We are talking about less than 1/10 of a teaspoon of corn startch extra per serving. Have you ever measured 1/10 of a teaspoom before?
If there's enough starch to prevent clumping then there's enough to prevent proper melting and browning. I will admit that I have never tried adding such a small amount of starch to non-pre-shredded cheese, if that's what you're talking about then I will try it next time I shred some cheese and see how it goes.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: jj1000 on June 10, 2020, 11:19:55 PM
If there's enough starch to prevent clumping then there's enough to prevent proper melting and browning. I will admit that I have never tried adding such a small amount of starch to non-pre-shredded cheese, if that's what you're talking about then I will try it next time I shred some cheese and see how it goes.
A kasha on a maysa... Let me know how it goes.

I'm talking about the bag of shredded mozzarella from Costco.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: aygart on June 10, 2020, 11:21:27 PM
She'd your own cheese don't buy it already shredded.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: CountValentine on June 10, 2020, 11:23:37 PM
She'd your own cheese don't buy it already shredded.
Please explain to my kids.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: grodnoking on June 10, 2020, 11:23:57 PM
GoodRX.com, even for meds that are covered. My insurance can have a $15 copay, but coupon from GoodRX gets me the medication for $7.
You can even ask the pharmacy how much it is not on insurance and sometimes it's cheaper!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: grodnoking on June 10, 2020, 11:31:39 PM
Yep, can't really get anywhere close to a real pizza oven without at least a stone, a pizza steel is even better.
If you don't have a pizza stone you can put the pizza pan directly on the bottom of your oven for a minute to get it crispy.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on June 10, 2020, 11:40:20 PM
Right click a tab and creat a color coded group of website tabs (mentioned in a different thread ) very helpful for me at least as I’m working servicing several law firms at once 
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 10, 2020, 11:46:16 PM
If you don't have a pizza stone you can put the pizza pan directly on the bottom of your oven for a minute to get it crispy.
Assuming you're using an aluminum pan, that just won't work even remotely as well. Aluminum is too good a conductor of heat, it won't really retain much heat. That's the point of the baking stone or steel, they don't conduct heat well so they take a very long time to heat up but retain a large amount of heat.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 10, 2020, 11:47:19 PM
A kasha on a maysa... Let me know how it goes.

I'm talking about the bag of shredded mozzarella from Costco.
Oh, well in that case, sure if you find adding a drop of starch to be helpful, no reason not to do it, there's already way too much starch coating that cheese to make it work the way non-pre-shredded cheese will.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: grodnoking on June 10, 2020, 11:47:56 PM
Assuming you're using an aluminum pan, that just won't work even remotely as well. Aluminum is too good a conductor of heat, it won't really retain much heat. That's the point of the baking stone or steel, they don't conduct heat well so they take a very long time to heat up but retain a large amount of heat.
Try it
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: elya on June 10, 2020, 11:48:14 PM
Assuming you're using an aluminum pan, that just won't work even remotely as well. Aluminum is too good a conductor of heat, it won't really retain much heat. That's the point of the baking stone or steel, they don't conduct heat well so they take a very long time to heat up but retain a large amount of heat.
So how does one get the raw pizza on to the fiery hot Pizza stone?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 10, 2020, 11:48:29 PM
She'd your own cheese don't buy it already shredded.
Yep, life is better when you shred your own cheese. I'm still guilty of buying pre-shredded cheese though, it's too convenient.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 10, 2020, 11:49:53 PM
Try it
Don't have to, I have science 😏
All kidding aside, I'm sure it will help a little to heat up whatever pan you are using, it just won't work nearly as well as a baking stone or baking steel will. Cast iron is a great alternative if you don't want to buy a baking stone.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 10, 2020, 11:51:03 PM
So how does one get the raw pizza on to the fiery hot Pizza stone?
Best way is with a pizza peel obviously but if you don't have one you can use a cutting board or something, just put some cornmeal or flour on top before you put the dough on it so it slides off easily.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: pointer on June 11, 2020, 12:00:19 AM
Yep, can't really get anywhere close to a real pizza oven without at least a stone, a pizza steel is even better.
A betty crocker does the job for me.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 11, 2020, 12:21:15 AM
A betty crocker does the job for me.
I didn't know she was turned into a cooking vessel but cool.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: aygart on June 11, 2020, 12:26:18 AM
So how does one get the raw pizza on to the fiery hot Pizza stone?
With foil which can stay between
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: pointer on June 11, 2020, 12:30:51 AM
I didn't know she was turned into a cooking vessel but cool.
You need to get out more.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mtrasb on June 11, 2020, 12:32:40 AM
I use a pizza stone in my oven.  Get crispy through and through

If you use a pizza stone, make sure to pre-heat the stone before you put the pizza on it. Otherwise it won't cook evenly. (Doughy inside with scorched top)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ckmk47 on June 11, 2020, 01:59:30 AM
Yep, life is better when you shred your own cheese. I'm still guilty of buying pre-shredded cheese though, it's too convenient.
I used to shred my own, but they keep selling the shredded packages for the same price per pound.  Why do the work?


As far as freezing together, I try to take it out a few minutes before I actually  need it.  I freeze it flat and bang it into the edge of my counter and pieces loosen.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 11, 2020, 02:35:55 AM
You need to get out more.
You do realize that there is a lot of different types of cookware with the Betty Crocker name on it right? Saying you use a Betty Crocker is like saying you use an Analon, Cuisinart, or Calphalon; wonderful to hear, but not giving any information about what you're actually using to bake.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 11, 2020, 02:37:24 AM
I used to shred my own, but they keep selling the shredded packages for the same price per pound.  Why do the work?
Have you been following along? The reason to shred your own is to avoid the starch which is present in basically all pre-shredded cheese.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ckmk47 on June 11, 2020, 04:24:51 AM
Have you been following along? The reason to shred your own is to avoid the starch which is present in basically all pre-shredded cheese.
I have followed.  I never knew about the starch.  In lasagna, eggs, and lots of other foods, I don't have a problem.  In mac and cheese, the cheese sometimes clumps but I don't find it that bad and I didn't know it may be avoidable.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joel2 on June 11, 2020, 07:24:42 AM
When packing for a trip you can make it more easier to be ready in the morning.
My shirts come from the cleaners folded in a bag.
You can fit in there socks and underwear. In the morning on your trip you can just take one shirt which has everything else  no need to start fishing in the suitcase for underwear amd socks.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mordyk on June 11, 2020, 07:31:30 AM
When packing for a trip you can make it more easier to be ready in the morning.
My shirts come from the cleaners folded in a bag.
You can fit in there socks and underwear. In the morning on your trip you can just take one shirt which has everything else  no need to start fishing in the suitcase for underwear amd socks.
When we go on trips My wife packs the childrens clothing in individual ziplocs for each day of our trip. Like that she doesn't have to look for all the matching stuff.

And when we went to Israel for a month i vacuum sealed them together so we can shlep less and still have it bunched together by day
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: aygart on June 11, 2020, 08:26:27 AM
the matching stuff.



Belongs in the useless as thread.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: TravelSER on June 11, 2020, 08:30:07 AM
Widows+V will open up your clipboard with all recent stuff coiped. (Maybe it's sympol but for me it came in very helpful)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 11, 2020, 08:46:18 AM
When we go on trips My wife packs the childrens clothing in individual ziplocs for each day of our trip. Like that she doesn't have to look for all the matching stuff.

And when we went to Israel for a month i vacuum sealed them together so we can shlep less and still have it bunched together by day
+1
They sell packing cubes. I use the amazonbaiscs one
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joeymc on June 11, 2020, 09:19:03 AM
On that note, ctrl-n will open a new window.
ctrl-r will refresh the page. Useful when you are trying to get a deal that keeps crashing or waiting for a release time of a deal.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mordyk on June 11, 2020, 09:26:58 AM
Belongs in the useless as thread.
Oh try telling that to my wife ;D

I just pay the bills
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joeymc on June 11, 2020, 09:32:12 AM
A betty crocker does the job for me.
You do realize that there is a lot of different types of cookware with the Betty Crocker name on it right? Saying you use a Betty Crocker is like saying you use an Analon, Cuisinart, or Calphalon; wonderful to hear, but not giving any information about what you're actually using to bake.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K05AZ3W/?tag=cl03f-20∣=ATVPDKIKX0DER (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K05AZ3W/?tag=cl03f-20∣=ATVPDKIKX0DER)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 11, 2020, 09:53:52 AM
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K05AZ3W/?tag=cl03f-20∣=ATVPDKIKX0DER (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K05AZ3W/?tag=cl03f-20∣=ATVPDKIKX0DER)
"Betty Crocker Pizza Maker"
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 11, 2020, 10:36:11 AM
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K05AZ3W/?tag=cl03f-20∣=ATVPDKIKX0DER (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K05AZ3W/?tag=cl03f-20∣=ATVPDKIKX0DER)
Yea, you're just proving my point.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ExGingi on June 11, 2020, 11:08:08 AM
When you first open a bottle of soda or seltzer or pop, begin by slowly turning the cap one-quarter turn and wait about 10 seconds, watching for the small bubbles to slow down, and listening as the sssst of escaping gas gets quieter.  Then turn another 1/4 turn, and wait another 10 seconds till it quiets down.  Now open the cap the rest of the way, and look proudly around as you pour a perfect cup.  Don't expect a pat on the back, though, because nobody will realize what didn't happen.  But you'll know. 

Because one day, soon we hope, you'll be at a shul kiddush, balancing a full bowl of aromatic chulent or chili or Hungarian goulash in one hand, and an empty cup in the other, and someone will offer to pour you a drink, and he'll twist that cap quickly, in one fell swoop, and you'll watch as the bottle suddenly erupts, and fizzy, bubbly liquid streams downward, over his greasy hands into your still-untouched chulent or chili or Hungarian goulash, filling the bowl with what now looks like brown soup, which overflows the rim and drips downwards onto your Shabbos shoes, and you'll look up as he sheepishly mumbles "Sorry!  Someone must have shaken the bottle" and you'll think NO, YOU DOOFUS!!!  DON'T BLAME SOMEONE ELSE!  ADMIT THAT YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO OPEN A BOTTLE OF SODA! but you won't say that, of course, you'll just smile kindly and say "It's nothing, I'll get another bowl" and you'll return to the table, only to discover that the pan has now been totally emptied of its chulent or chili or Hungarian goulash, and you'll just sigh.  How could he know?  He's not a DDFer.

Beautiful prose. A much faster solution would be to ban all sweetened and flavored soda. Stick to water and plain seltzer. Doesn't do nearly as much harm.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: stooges44 on June 11, 2020, 11:11:17 AM
Beautiful prose. A much faster solution would be to ban all sweetened and flavored soda. Stick to water and plain seltzer. Doesn't do nearly as much harm.

UMMMMMMM I don't know what seltzer you get but it hands down, unarguably, explodes much bigger then any soda would ever.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 11, 2020, 11:12:55 AM
UMMMMMMM I don't know what seltzer you get but it hands down, unarguably, explodes much bigger then any soda would ever.
I think the point is that it's less likely to ruin your cholent. Maybe?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Barryg on June 11, 2020, 11:15:10 AM
Beautiful prose. A much faster solution would be to ban all sweetened and flavored soda. Stick to water and plain seltzer. Doesn't do nearly as much harm.
anything wrong with flavored seltzer?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ExGingi on June 11, 2020, 11:18:57 AM
UMMMMMMM I don't know what seltzer you get but it hands down, unarguably, explodes much bigger then any soda would ever.

But the sweet stuff flows like lava. Ugh.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: elazarmn on June 11, 2020, 11:24:56 AM
UMMMMMMM I don't know what seltzer you get but it hands down, unarguably, explodes much bigger then any soda would ever.

Haha mayim chaim company forsure made their seltzer and soda more carbonated just for these guys by kiddushim
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: EliJelly on June 11, 2020, 11:26:23 AM
Yea, you're just proving my point.
You're right on the book. In reality so many people refer to it as just betty crocker, or just "the betty", unlike Cuisinart, Braun etc.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: stooges44 on June 11, 2020, 11:27:08 AM
But the sweet stuff flows like lava. Ugh.

Flavored seltzer in general is ugh. Don't try to sodify seltzer, it's like putting suger in your bowl of rice krispies
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: EliJelly on June 11, 2020, 11:30:20 AM
anything wrong with flavored seltzer?
The new colorless/sugarless sodas, sweetened with Sucralose is notoriously known to explode with bubbles when not opened properly. 
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 11, 2020, 11:31:09 AM
You're right on the book. In reality so many people refer to it as just betty crocker, or just "the betty", unlike Cuisinart, Braun etc.
I haven't heard anyone call it that until this thread... I guess it depends who you know!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: EliJelly on June 11, 2020, 11:35:22 AM
I haven't heard anyone call it that until this thread... I guess it depends who you know!
Ask your wife, she'll know better :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 11, 2020, 11:39:54 AM
You're right on the book. In reality so many people refer to it as just betty crocker, or just "the betty", unlike Cuisinart, Braun etc.
People refer to Betty Crocker pizza makers as Betty Crockers? Seems weird but if that's what people say who am I to argue.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: aygart on June 11, 2020, 11:45:39 AM
Ask your wife, she'll know better :)
Who should she ask?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moko on June 11, 2020, 11:50:02 AM
Yea, you're just proving my point.
please do not let such a thread continue with this downward spiral like the rest of the JS cesspool board...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Dan on June 11, 2020, 12:08:42 PM
+1
They sell packing cubes. I use the amazonbaiscs one
Packing cubes are a game changer.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: jj1000 on June 11, 2020, 12:14:03 PM
Wiki added!

Keep the good ideas coming :)

(feel free to add directly to wiki if I missed any.)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 11, 2020, 12:27:53 PM
Wiki added!

Keep the good ideas coming :)

(feel free to add directly to wiki if I missed any.)
Nice!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: lubaby on June 11, 2020, 12:32:50 PM
If you want a hot meal on any plane, bring a tradition soup or oatmeal packet and use the free hot water they offer with tea. Great for traveling in general.
I think dan advises against using airplane hot water...

האחים שנחלקו.
All the “tips and tricks from cabin crew” blog posts tell you the same.


Instead of thinking about using airplane hot water, bring an empty insulated water bottle and get free boiling water from any Starbucks or Cafe. Perfect for baby milk bottles or coffee / tea / tradition soup / oatmeal.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 11, 2020, 02:02:27 PM
In a fascinating coincidence, someone just told me "you have to try this new thing we just got, it's called a pizza maker"
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: aygart on June 11, 2020, 02:24:10 PM
In a fascinating coincidence, someone just told me "you have to try this new thing we just got, it's called a pizza maker"

Was it your wife? :P
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 11, 2020, 02:24:42 PM
Was it your wife? :P
try again :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: itunes on June 11, 2020, 02:35:24 PM
Seeding a pomegranate the easy way. Cut in half. Hold the pomegranate in the palm of your hand with the seeds facing down on top of a large bowl.Using your other hand take a large spoon like utensil and bash down on the center of the outside of the pomegranate till all seeds are dislodged. Enjoy and never buy ready seeded again 8)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Dan on June 11, 2020, 02:36:48 PM
@Dan 2 slices of old pizza from the fridge, lay them cheese sides on top of each other and put them in a sandwich maker. Instant calzone. Can also use a waffle machine if you don't have a sandwich/panini maker.
Yup, that's my go-to for leftover pizza.

Cook it in between 2 sheets of parchment paper if you don't want to clean up any mess.
Or unplug the machine and put a wet paper towel into it afterward to clean it.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: stooges44 on June 11, 2020, 02:42:48 PM
Yup, that's my go-to for leftover pizza.

Cook it in between 2 sheets of parchment paper if you don't want to clean up any mess.
Or unplug the machine and put a wet paper towel into it afterward to clean it.

I think it's brilliant I'm definitely going to try it. We always have a stock of leftover pizza in the fridge.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: EliJelly on June 11, 2020, 02:44:26 PM
Seeding a pomegranate the easy way. Cut in half. Hold the pomegranate in the palm of your hand with the seeds facing down on top of a large bowl.Using your other hand take a large spoon like utensil and bash down on the center of the outside of the pomegranate till all seeds are dislodged. Enjoy and never buy ready seeded again 8)
There is this dish for it, instead of keeping it in your hands. But don't expect to get whole and nice kernels with this, nothing like deseeding with your hands.

https://www.amazon.com/Seed-Out-Sedd-Megranate-Deseeder/dp/B0051DSHQU/ref=sr_1_1?crid=M4X70H82B200&dchild=1&keywords=pomagranet+deseeder&qid=1591900935&sprefix=pomagranet+de%2Caps%2C339&sr=8-1
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 11, 2020, 02:47:34 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/bria6WL.gif)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Redbull3 on June 11, 2020, 02:57:57 PM
I don't know if this counts but with basically all things fridges/ frozen in ziploc bags, I suck as much air out of the bag with my mouth as I can, saves space and things last way longer
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Dan on June 11, 2020, 03:00:09 PM
I don't know if this counts but with basically all things fridges/ frozen in ziploc bags, I suck as much air out of the bag with my mouth as I can, saves space and things last way longer
MB"P!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 11, 2020, 03:00:24 PM
I don't know if this counts but with basically all things fridges/ frozen in ziploc bags, I suck as much air out of the bag with my mouth as I can, saves space and things last way longer
You can stick in a straw and zip it until the straw and then suck from the straw, it gets extra air out. Just be wary of people who are wary of germs...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: elazarmn on June 11, 2020, 03:05:11 PM
Prob the most informative and enjoyable input related thread since feb.
thanks all for the info sharing. Best rainy day read.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ah giten on June 11, 2020, 03:09:16 PM
I think we have another section added to the DansDeals Magazine.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: cholent on June 11, 2020, 03:11:46 PM
You can stick in a straw and zip it until the straw and then suck from the straw, it gets extra air out. Just be wary of people who are wary of germs...
I used to do this but now I use the water displacement method for almost vacuum packing things in Ziploc bags
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 11, 2020, 04:06:35 PM
We used to do this in my dirah:
Take a can of tuna in oil open, cover with 3 squares of TP (if you dont have you can use a napkin or paper towel) and light. It should burn for roughly half an hour and will result in smoked Tuna.

I recommend doing this on the marpeset as it may cause odors.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 11, 2020, 04:09:16 PM
All the “tips and tricks from cabin crew” blog posts tell you the same.


Instead of thinking about using airplane hot water, bring an empty insulated water bottle and get free boiling water from any Starbucks or Cafe. Perfect for baby milk bottles or coffee / tea / tradition soup / oatmeal.
Be careful when flying from TLV to the US, they sometimes check for liquid at the gate as they dont at security.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 11, 2020, 04:10:29 PM
Yup, that's my go-to for leftover pizza.

Cook it in between 2 sheets of parchment paper if you don't want to clean up any mess.
Or unplug the machine and put a wet paper towel into it afterward to clean it.
2 slices of old bread, add sauce or ketchup, add cheese, spices, follow above instructions.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Dan on June 11, 2020, 04:12:50 PM
Be careful when flying from TLV to the US, they sometimes check for liquid at the gate as they dont at security.
When flying from TLV or other airports to the US where they gate check for liquids, have a separated decoy bottle of water available to sacrifice.

Worked for this:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BzQtHPNpyHG/
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: stooges44 on June 11, 2020, 04:14:26 PM
2 slices of old bread, add sauce or ketchup, add cheese, spices, follow above instructions.

A - that's a lot of work
B- that's not a hack, dan's is  :D
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: elazarmn on June 11, 2020, 04:15:55 PM
When flying from TLV or other airports to the US where they gate check for liquids, have a separated decoy bottle of water available to sacrifice.

Worked for this:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BzQtHPNpyHG/
AH! The shmoozy bar!! What a great free thing before a flight.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: aygart on June 11, 2020, 04:23:25 PM
try again :)
Don't tell me it was your husband!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 11, 2020, 04:27:39 PM
When flying from TLV or other airports to the US where they gate check for liquids, have a separated decoy bottle of water available to sacrifice.

Worked for this:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BzQtHPNpyHG/
You just reminded me- they once forced me to toss an ice cream I was eating but were so busy explaining it would be a problem as it may melt they failed to notice the water bottles in plain sight on the outside of my knapsack.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joeymc on June 11, 2020, 05:10:22 PM
MB"P!

suck from the straw

Hmm, I thought we don't use a straw
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 11, 2020, 05:11:52 PM
Hmm, I thought we don't use a straw
Lol
Special Coronavirus heter
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joeymc on June 11, 2020, 05:13:20 PM
When using those little paper cups at takeout places for dips, unroll the rim and open the tiny cup into a bowl before you fill it up.
You will have much more dip
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Dan on June 11, 2020, 05:13:49 PM
Lol
Special Coronavirus heter
Asked my Rov about that one, he told me no way  :P
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joeymc on June 11, 2020, 05:14:39 PM
Lol
Special Coronavirus heter
Is the heter from the same 'rabbi's' who gave a coronavirus heter to use zoom by the Seder?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 11, 2020, 05:29:20 PM
Be careful when flying from TLV to the US, they sometimes check for liquid at the gate as they dont at security.
Yea they do but there's a simple trick to avoiding being caught with copious amounts of wine in your carry on 😉 @yitrap
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 11, 2020, 05:51:37 PM
Don't tell me it was your husband!
Nope!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Barryg on June 11, 2020, 08:31:37 PM
The new colorless/sugarless sodas, sweetened with Sucralose is notoriously known to explode with bubbles when not opened properly. 
no. I don’t even know why they make those.
Adirondack, deer park, Kirkland, Waterloo, Polar, la croix al make flavored seltzer/sparkling water, no sugar, no sweetener basically just seltzer and natural flavor. On shabbos we mix 20% grape juice and 80% (flavored) seltzer.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: lubaby on June 11, 2020, 08:39:45 PM
When making homemade pizza on a pan (cast iron is better) partially bake the dough for a few minutes before putting on the marinara , cheese, oregano, etc. That way you end up with a perfect crust instead of half doughy out of the oven.
BBQ pizza dough for quick homemade Laffa.
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Post by: yungermanchik on June 11, 2020, 08:47:39 PM
Hydrogen peroxide gets rid of all organic stains from cloth (blood, beet juice, etc.)
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Post by: etech0 on June 11, 2020, 08:50:02 PM
Hydrogen peroxide gets rid of all organic stains from cloth (blood, beet juice, etc.)
And it's really cool to watch! Put some in a little spray bottle from the dollar store and spray the stains as soon as they happen for best results.
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Post by: cmey on June 11, 2020, 08:50:49 PM
BBQ pizza dough for quick homemade Laffa.
Second that. Baste the pizza dough with a bit of oil, stretch it out, and throw it on the grill, flipping just before it burns. Tastes amazing.
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Post by: Yo ssi on June 11, 2020, 08:51:46 PM
Hydrogen peroxide gets rid of all organic stains from cloth (blood, beet juice, etc.)
Works on white shirts?
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Post by: yungermanchik on June 11, 2020, 08:55:04 PM
Works on white shirts?
Yup, Just did it 2 days ago with beet salad that splashed on my white shirt.
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Post by: chief_mag on June 11, 2020, 08:58:49 PM
To sharpen a pair of scissors, just take some tin foil, fold it over a few times and then cut it a few times with the scissors.

Has worked magic for me ever since I found out about it.
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Post by: EliJelly on June 11, 2020, 08:59:14 PM
For a nasty bruise on a baby's forehead, Arnicare, the must have magic cream, reduces swelling size incredibly!

https://www.amazon.com/Boiron-Analgesic-Shoulder-Arthritis-Ingredient/dp/B00DEYEREY/ref=sr_1_5?crid=H3C4Z0M7MCCT&dchild=1&keywords=arnicare+cream&qid=1591923214&s=hpc&sprefix=arnicare+%2Chpc%2C297&sr=1-5
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Post by: etech0 on June 11, 2020, 09:01:22 PM
To measure oil:
Measure the appropriate amount of water
Pour into a plastic cup
Use a sharpie to draw a line at the top of the water
Dump out the water
Pour oil into the cup until the line
Now you don't need to wash the measuring cup! (just let it air dry)
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Post by: etech0 on June 11, 2020, 09:03:01 PM
Works on white shirts?
When it finishes bubbling (should be just a couple minutes), rinse off the peroxide and see if there is any stain left. If there is, spray it again and watch it bubble. Sometimes it takes a few rounds.
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Post by: Definitions on June 11, 2020, 09:46:02 PM
We used to do this in my dirah:
Take a can of tuna in oil open, cover with 3 squares of TP (if you dont have you can use a napkin or paper towel) and light. It should burn for roughly half an hour and will result in smoked Tuna.

I recommend doing this on the marpeset as it may cause odors.
Israeli Yeshiva bochur version of grilled tuna. (Introduced by my son who picked up the recipe during the last zman).

Open a can of tuna in oil. Place a tissue or napkin flat on top. Make sure the part that is over the can gets soaked in oil. Set the napkin edges on fire, and wait until it burns out (or extinguish after about 30 minutes). Didn't sound very good at first, but it's actually surprisingly good.
This is a famous "lifehack" I've seen all over YouTube. The problem with it is that most cans have a plastic coating to prevent the metally taste which will melt into your food.

And the ones that are metal are usually galvanized which releases toxic stuff until it's burnt off.

Kach shomati (at least as far as I remember)
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Post by: Definitions on June 11, 2020, 09:48:54 PM

Haha mayim chaim company forsure made their seltzer and soda more carbonated just for these guys by kiddushim
I've noticed that when pouring soda into a cup that had grape juice in it from Kiddush it makes the soda bubble up much more than regular. I've noticed this many times I don't know why it happens though.
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Post by: justaregularguy on June 11, 2020, 11:03:46 PM
I've noticed that when pouring soda into a cup that had grape juice in it from Kiddush it makes the soda bubble up much more than regular. I've noticed this many times I don't know why it happens though.
interesting point (https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/56278/grape-juice-left-out-overnight-now-has-fizz#:~:text=The%20fizz%20is%20likely%20the,while%20to%20do%20their%20job.) here how grape juice might fizz up which might ans your question
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Post by: Dan on June 11, 2020, 11:07:46 PM
#StarbucksMethod @Freddie
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Post by: Mtrasb on June 11, 2020, 11:24:53 PM
I've noticed that when pouring soda into a cup that had grape juice in it from Kiddush it makes the soda bubble up much more than regular. I've noticed this many times I don't know why it happens though.

It's not just soda.

If you pour water and add some grape juice it will pour and color normally.

If you pour grape juice and then add water, the water-grape juice mix will froth up.

-This is only when there is substantially less grape juice than water.
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Post by: Yo ssi on June 11, 2020, 11:25:40 PM
Yup or control-click (if you're on a laptop with no scroll wheel).
On that note, control-shift-t will open the tab (or tabs) you closed most recently, and control-shift-n will open an incognito window.
More precisely for laptop specific use, clicking both the right and left click buttons will do the trick.

Widows+V will open up your clipboard with all recent stuff coiped. (Maybe it's sympol but for me it came in very helpful)
On that note:
windows + L to switch users
Windows + E opens explorer (default loads to libraries but can be changed to load my PC)
Windows + X will show a list of useful things that can be accessed by one letter (example windows + x then k will open disk management)

There's more, but these I use most often.
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Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 11, 2020, 11:28:21 PM
If this is now a Tech Talk thread of windows shortcuts here is a recent one Start + . Opens up the list of emojis
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Post by: yesitsme on June 11, 2020, 11:34:26 PM
one liner to install updates via command line on Ubuntu


Code: [Select]
sudo -- sh -c 'apt-get update; apt-get upgrade -y; apt-get dist-upgrade -y; apt-get autoremove -y; apt-get autoclean -y'
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Post by: Yo ssi on June 11, 2020, 11:37:56 PM
one liner to install updates via command line on Ubuntu


Code: [Select]
sudo -- sh -c 'apt-get update; apt-get upgrade -y; apt-get dist-upgrade -y; apt-get autoremove -y; apt-get autoclean -y'
Ok ok I went from perhaps tech, to definitely tech needing its own thread..
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Post by: etech0 on June 11, 2020, 11:40:24 PM
Ok ok I went from perhaps tech, to definitely tech needing its own thread..
yup
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on June 11, 2020, 11:41:22 PM
the following combinations do NOT do anything. everything else has a function(go explore!)

windows+y
windows+o
winsows+j
windows+n
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 11, 2020, 11:41:26 PM
More precisely for laptop specific use, clicking both the right and left click buttons will do the trick.
On that note:
windows + L to switch users
Windows + E opens explorer (default loads to libraries but can be changed to load my PC)
Windows + X will show a list of useful things that can be accessed by one letter (example windows + x then k will open disk management)

There's more, but these I use most often.
Win-d minimizes everything to show the desktop
alt-tab and alt-shift-tab to cycle through open windows
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: biobook on June 12, 2020, 12:12:00 AM
I've noticed that when pouring soda into a cup that had grape juice in it from Kiddush it makes the soda bubble up much more than regular. I've noticed this many times I don't know why it happens though.
Maybe it's due to the sugar in the grape juice.  I've noticed this too, when stirring brown sugar into seltzer (low calorie imitation cola?)  According to this article, the rough surfaces of sugar molecules create a site where the dissolved carbon dioxide accumulates, and comes out of solution, so bubbles form there more quickly.  The article  might spark some ideas for more kiddush experiments.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-business-of-fizziness-find-your-sodas-fizz/
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Post by: biobook on June 12, 2020, 12:19:47 AM
Not sure I want this one associated with me.  Can I change my name?  Oh, wait.  Never mind.  I know how to do this.

From a friend:  When you have socks and underwear with holes and torn seams and stretched out elastic and you're about to throw them out, put them aside instead, and pack them when you travel.  You can get one more day's wear out of them, then toss them in the garbage at night.  You'll have less dirty laundry to shlep around or rinse in the hotel sink, and by the end of the trip you'll have more room in your luggage for souvenirs.
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Post by: Dan on June 12, 2020, 12:23:29 AM
Not sure I want this one associated with me.  Can I change my name?  Oh, wait.  Never mind.  I know how to do this.

From a friend:  When you have socks and underwear with holes and torn seams and stretched out elastic and you're about to throw them out, put them aside instead, and pack them when you travel.  You can get one more day's wear out of them, then toss them in the garbage at night.  You'll have less dirty laundry to shlep around or rinse in the hotel sink, and by the end of the trip you'll have more room in your luggage for souvenirs.

LOL
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Post by: justaregularguy on June 12, 2020, 12:27:46 AM
It’s in the wiki idk who to give credit to though, but the One click on the wheel of the mouse to open links in new tab is HUGE for me. I literally do this all day in my line of work opening new tabs (which explains my hack of grouping tabs, above)
Thank you!
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Post by: YitzyS on June 12, 2020, 01:47:43 AM
Not sure I want this one associated with me.  Can I change my name?  Oh, wait.  Never mind.  I know how to do this.

From a friend:  When you have socks and underwear with holes and torn seams and stretched out elastic and you're about to throw them out, put them aside instead, and pack them when you travel.  You can get one more day's wear out of them, then toss them in the garbage at night.  You'll have less dirty laundry to shlep around or rinse in the hotel sink, and by the end of the trip you'll have more room in your luggage for souvenirs.
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Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 12, 2020, 02:02:13 AM

The amount of mold in any given dirah will cause infinitely more harm than toxins on the occasional can of tuna.
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Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 12, 2020, 02:04:08 AM
Top hack: reintroduce an old DDF thread to keep up the hype
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yelped on June 12, 2020, 02:28:09 AM
For those posting tech tips, isn't there a thread for that? Not to take away from their usefulness. Btw, for whoever posted regarding clipboard history, that was added in a recent version of Windows 10 and has to be enabled. Just make sure you don't get your bosses clipboard history (that happened to me, must have been an early big with the feature).

Also Windows key+shift+S replaces the snippet menu on recent versions of Windows 10 and is much more convenient and useful.
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Post by: mmgfarb on June 12, 2020, 02:30:15 AM


Also Windows key+shift+S replaces the snippet menu on recent versions of Windows 10 and is much more convenient and useful.
Yes! I've been using this for a while, it's amazing.

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Post by: Joel2 on June 12, 2020, 05:10:02 AM
b]From a friend:[/b]  When you have socks and underwear with holes and torn seams and stretched out elastic and you're about to throw them out, put them aside instead, and pack them when you travel.  You can get one more day's wear out of them, then toss them in the garbage at night.  You'll have less dirty laundry to shlep around or rinse in the hotel sink, and by the end of the trip you'll have more room in your luggage for souvenirs.
Or just don't pack anything and buy as you need in the local Walmarts etc
Ps. I know someone who travels like this.
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Post by: TravelSER on June 12, 2020, 06:10:47 AM
For those posting tech tips, isn't there a thread for that? Not to take away from their usefulness. Btw, for whoever posted regarding clipboard history, that was added in a recent version of Windows 10 and has to be enabled. Just make sure you don't get your bosses clipboard history (that happened to me, must have been an early big with the feature).
What has to be enabled?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: jj1000 on June 12, 2020, 07:21:57 AM
Not sure I want this one associated with me.  Can I change my name?  Oh, wait.  Never mind.  I know how to do this.

From a friend:  When you have socks and underwear with holes and torn seams and stretched out elastic and you're about to throw them out, put them aside instead, and pack them when you travel.  You can get one more day's wear out of them, then toss them in the garbage at night.  You'll have less dirty laundry to shlep around or rinse in the hotel sink, and by the end of the trip you'll have more room in your luggage for souvenirs.

Love this!

Just to add, instead of just setting them aside, you can put them directly into a suitcase, so they aren't taking up any space in the home, and you don't even have to remember, next time you travel they'll already be there.

Definitely trying this one next time. Can't wait for 2038, when I can travel again!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 12, 2020, 08:25:05 AM
It’s in the wiki idk who to give credit to though, but the One click on the wheel of the mouse to open links in new tab is HUGE for me. I literally do this all day in my line of work opening new tabs (which explains my hack of grouping tabs, above)
Thank you!
Same, I must do it 100s of times a day.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 12, 2020, 08:25:12 AM
Yes! I've been using this for a while, it's amazing.
+100
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Post by: chief_mag on June 12, 2020, 09:11:20 AM


From a friend:  When you have socks and underwear with holes and torn seams and stretched out elastic and you're about to throw them out, put them aside instead, and pack them when you travel. 

Just make sure not to wear them on the actual day of travel unless you have PreCheck :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Sport on June 12, 2020, 09:17:09 AM
Put a Marshmallow in the brown sugar bag, it'll prevent the brown sugar from clumping and hardening.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on June 12, 2020, 09:47:31 AM
Also Windows key+shift+S replaces the snippet menu on recent versions of Windows 10 and is much more convenient and useful.
Yes! I've been using this for a while, it's amazing.
This is indeed amazing, and I never knew about it! Now I just need a hack how to remind me which keys to push...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joeymc on June 12, 2020, 09:49:44 AM
Windows key + space bar toggles between languages.

Great for when you're writing in English and just need to put in a ב"ה or something quick
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on June 12, 2020, 09:50:52 AM
Windows key + space bar toggles between languages.

Great for when you're writing in English and just need to put in a ב"ה or something quick
IIRC, Shift+Alt also switches between languages.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: jj1000 on June 12, 2020, 09:58:15 AM
Voicenotes that are way too long
Talk Faster app for voice notes.

You click to share the voice note and talkfaster is one of the options, select it and play it at a faster speed.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joroizin.talkfaster&hl=en_US

@Mtrasb @Mordyk
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Post by: Joeymc on June 12, 2020, 10:10:31 AM
Talk Faster app for voice notes.

You click to share the voice note and talkfaster is one of the options, select it and play it at a faster speed.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joroizin.talkfaster&hl=en_US

@Mtrasb @Mordyk
Yes! Ever since Dan wrote about this app on DDMS I have been using it since.

Just a side note, if the voice note you are listening to is VERY long, eg a story or a shiur, you can share it with VLC and choose the playback speed. This way you can continue using your phone without it stopping and if you block the sensor it doesn't go quiet.
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Post by: aygart on June 12, 2020, 12:00:57 PM
Windows key + space bar toggles between languages.

Great for when you're writing in English and just need to put in a ב"ה or something quick
IIRC, Shift+Alt also switches between languages.

In conjunction with Langover for all those times you forget to switch the language back.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 12, 2020, 12:03:46 PM
In conjunction with Langover for all those times you forget to switch the language back.
אישא,ד ערקשא!
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Post by: Mordyk on June 12, 2020, 12:15:35 PM
Talk Faster app for voice notes.

You click to share the voice note and talkfaster is one of the options, select it and play it at a faster speed.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joroizin.talkfaster&hl=en_US

@Mtrasb @Mordyk
Amazing!!  I will try this.  Thanks!


Gotta love this thread ;D
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Post by: etech0 on June 12, 2020, 12:18:47 PM
Amazing!!  I will try this.  Thanks!


Gotta love this thread ;D
Reminds me of those super old fashioned tape recorders that had a dial to control the playback speed :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Realshlomo on June 12, 2020, 12:43:26 PM
Put a piece of bread in the cookie jar. Cookies stay soft while bread gets stale.
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Post by: CountValentine on June 12, 2020, 12:54:23 PM
Put a piece of bread in the cookie jar. Cookies stay soft while bread gets stale.
Replace every day or so.
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Post by: mom1000 on June 12, 2020, 01:17:01 PM
When flying from TLV or other airports to the US where they gate check for liquids, have a separated decoy bottle of water available to sacrifice.

Worked for this:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BzQtHPNpyHG/
I see you are still using this hack you started at 2 but have perfected it. Or maybe your parents are smarter than the airline people!
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Post by: yesitsme on June 12, 2020, 01:22:30 PM
https://www.familyhandyman.com/kitchen/diy-kitchen-cabinets/kitchen-cabinets-9-easy-repairs/

Repair a cabinet hinge screw hole with a plug
Cabinets made from particleboard work great in utility and laundry rooms, and they’re fairly inexpensive. But particleboard has a major weakness—it doesn’t hold screw threads very well. So if you swing the door open too fast, the force can rip the hinge screw right out of the cabinet wall. Don’t worry; the fix is easy and cheap. Here’s how to patch things up. You’ll need a bottle of wood glue, a 1/2-in. drill bit and a package of 1/2-in.-diameter hardwood plugs (sold at home centers).

Start by removing the hinge screws on the cabinet and flipping the hinge out of your way. If the accident pulled out a large chunk of the particleboard, glue it back into place and let the glue set up before proceeding with the rest of the repair. Drill out the stripped screw hole to accept the plug. Next, fill the hole with wood glue and install the plug. After the glue dries, drill a pilot hole and install the new screw—you’re all set.
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Post by: EliJelly on June 12, 2020, 01:36:20 PM
Repair a cabinet hinge screw hole with a plug
Cabinets made from particleboard work great in utility and laundry rooms, and they’re fairly inexpensive. But particleboard has a major weakness—it doesn’t hold screw threads very well. So if you swing the door open too fast, the force can rip the hinge screw right out of the cabinet wall. Don’t worry; the fix is easy and cheap. Here’s how to patch things up. You’ll need a bottle of wood glue, a 1/2-in. drill bit and a package of 1/2-in.-diameter hardwood plugs (sold at home centers).

Start by removing the hinge screws on the cabinet and flipping the hinge out of your way. If the accident pulled out a large chunk of the particleboard, glue it back into place and let the glue set up before proceeding with the rest of the repair. Drill out the stripped screw hole to accept the plug. Next, fill the hole with wood glue and install the plug. After the glue dries, drill a pilot hole and install the new screw—you’re all set.
Or if you don't have wood plugs handy, just stick in a wooden strike on match in the hole and break off the end, repeat to fill the hole, will get solid strong when the glue dries. And you can even cheat to do it without glue at all.
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Post by: Joeymc on June 12, 2020, 03:07:00 PM


Replace the cookies every day or so.

FTFY
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on June 12, 2020, 04:26:00 PM
In conjunction with Langover for all those times you forget to switch the language back.
I believe there's also a windows setting to have it window specific, so if your typing Hebrew in one program it will stay English in the other.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: pointer on June 13, 2020, 10:12:31 PM
Save time while texting!

When you finish a sentence, double tap the space button. It will add a period, a space and capitalize the next letter you type.
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Post by: lcm on June 13, 2020, 10:12:41 PM
When freezing liquids:
Put in a ziploc bag and put the bag in a container. Let it freeze to the shape, then remove from the container.  Now you still have a free container and a space efficient freezer.

Make your own cake mixes:
Mix all the dry ingredients of the cake, put in a ziploc and freeze till you need it.
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Post by: pointer on June 13, 2020, 10:18:31 PM
Yup, that's my go-to for leftover pizza.
What is leftover pizza?
Is that like leftover money? Because I have never seen either.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on June 13, 2020, 10:51:49 PM
Save time while texting!

When you finish a sentence, double tap the space button. It will add a period, a space and capitalize the next letter you type.
i turned off this feature it was annoying for me
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Moshe123 on June 13, 2020, 11:00:21 PM
Talk Faster app for voice notes.

You click to share the voice note and talkfaster is one of the options, select it and play it at a faster speed.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joroizin.talkfaster&hl=en_US

@Mtrasb @Mordyk

Downloaded. I work with people who can't type English properly, so tons of long voicenotes.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: pointer on June 13, 2020, 11:27:40 PM
i turned off this feature it was annoying for me
You find yourself pressing it twice accidentally? Interesting.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Moshe123 on June 13, 2020, 11:33:47 PM
https://www.familyhandyman.com/kitchen/diy-kitchen-cabinets/kitchen-cabinets-9-easy-repairs/

Repair a cabinet hinge screw hole with a plug
Cabinets made from particleboard work great in utility and laundry rooms, and they’re fairly inexpensive. But particleboard has a major weakness—it doesn’t hold screw threads very well. So if you swing the door open too fast, the force can rip the hinge screw right out of the cabinet wall. Don’t worry; the fix is easy and cheap. Here’s how to patch things up. You’ll need a bottle of wood glue, a 1/2-in. drill bit and a package of 1/2-in.-diameter hardwood plugs (sold at home centers).

Start by removing the hinge screws on the cabinet and flipping the hinge out of your way. If the accident pulled out a large chunk of the particleboard, glue it back into place and let the glue set up before proceeding with the rest of the repair. Drill out the stripped screw hole to accept the plug. Next, fill the hole with wood glue and install the plug. After the glue dries, drill a pilot hole and install the new screw—you’re all set.

As an inspiration, I just fixed a cabinet hinge that has been broken forever, with some toothpicks.
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Post by: etech0 on June 13, 2020, 11:36:05 PM
Any advice for a drawer pull that won't stay on, because one of the screw holes in is about 1/8" off from where it should be? It ends up ruining the threading in the pull. Swapped it out for a new one and in a few weeks the same thing happened again.

This style drawer pull:
(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcT_E2-wwY99t80s6uULgWyqGKqlUx0N3ueaFcsOfK7BDZeWe-VLnUboHACATfizL6YBNjiSixs&usqp=CAc)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ExGingi on June 14, 2020, 12:39:14 AM
Save time while texting!

When you finish a sentence, double tap the space button. It will add a period, a space and capitalize the next letter you type.

That's not a real hack. A real hack would tell you what to do with all the time saved!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ExGingi on June 14, 2020, 12:41:24 AM
What is leftover pizza?
Is that like leftover money? Because I have never seen either.

It's when DW makes homemade pizza. It's never less than an amount to feed 30 people.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: srap on June 14, 2020, 12:48:51 AM
Any advice for a drawer pull that won't stay on, because one of the screw holes in is about 1/8" off from where it should be? It ends up ruining the threading in the pull. Swapped it out for a new one and in a few weeks the same thing happened again.

This style drawer pull:
(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcT_E2-wwY99t80s6uULgWyqGKqlUx0N3ueaFcsOfK7BDZeWe-VLnUboHACATfizL6YBNjiSixs&usqp=CAc)
Toothpicks/wooden matches are the greatest inventions.  Should work here, too.  The screw will screw into a piece of "wood" in a tighter hole.  Sometimes I need to use two or even three of them per hole.
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Post by: yesitsme on June 14, 2020, 12:51:47 AM
As an inspiration, I just fixed a cabinet hinge that has been broken forever, with some toothpicks.
I'm happy for your wife  :)

I posted it because that came up on google search, But I went to home depot they suggested I should use Epoxy, it worked out well (hopefully)
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Post by: Josef.koney on June 14, 2020, 06:59:27 AM
Game changer for those doing multiple things on a computer...
Windows key + arrow>/< will cut the current window to half the screen, side by side
Windows key + arrow  up/down with make it half the screen, up and down

U can potentially make 4 windows visible this way as well.

Play around and you'll see what a blessing it is lol
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Post by: CountValentine on June 14, 2020, 08:08:55 AM
Toothpicks/wooden matches are the greatest inventions.  Should work here, too.  The screw will screw into a piece of "wood" in a tighter hole.  Sometimes I need to use two or even three of them per hole.
...add wood glue for extra strength.
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Post by: yungermanchik on June 14, 2020, 09:09:51 AM
Toothpicks/wooden matches are the greatest inventions.  Should work here, too.  The screw will screw into a piece of "wood" in a tighter hole.  Sometimes I need to use two or even three of them per hole.
Does that work with the "machine screws" that handles come with or do you need to get similar sized "wood screws"?
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Post by: justaregularguy on June 14, 2020, 09:33:53 AM
...add wood glue for extra strength.
i discovered wood glue in a funny way: was at Lowe’s and I was buying wood to build a shtender ( tabletop stand for books) and I didn’t want to use screws to build it so I asked a Lowe’s worker if there’s some kind of wood adhesive that I can connect wood together without screws, and he says ‘how about wood glue?’ I said yes! That sounds perfect! I knew the concept existed I just didn’t know it was actually called wood glue! ;D
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Post by: etech0 on June 14, 2020, 10:33:36 AM
Toothpicks/wooden matches are the greatest inventions.  Should work here, too.  The screw will screw into a piece of "wood" in a tighter hole.  Sometimes I need to use two or even three of them per hole.
The problem is that the hole is in the wrong spot, not that it's too big. When screwing the screw back in, I don't know if it'll make a dent in the drawer or if it'll just keep screwing into the toothpicks since they are weaker. Then I'll have the same problem again.
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Post by: srap on June 14, 2020, 11:54:00 AM
Does that work with the "machine screws" that handles come with or do you need to get similar sized "wood screws"?
Even though it is screwing into wood and not metal now, what are you losing by trying before you go out and buy other screws?  I should think it would work, but let me know.
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Post by: srap on June 14, 2020, 11:58:26 AM
The problem is that the hole is in the wrong spot, not that it's too big. When screwing the screw back in, I don't know if it'll make a dent in the drawer or if it'll just keep screwing into the toothpicks since they are weaker. Then I'll have the same problem again.
Are you saying that the distance between holes on the drawer is wider/narrower than the distance between holes on the handle?  Are the holes inside the two handle "prong" sides?
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Post by: etech0 on June 14, 2020, 12:26:23 PM
Are you saying that the distance between holes on the drawer is wider/narrower than the distance between holes on the handle?  Are the holes inside the two handle "prong" sides?
Yes. What do you mean by "prong" sides?
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Post by: CountValentine on June 14, 2020, 01:02:10 PM
i discovered wood glue in a funny way: was at Lowe’s and I was buying wood to build a shtender ( tabletop stand for books) and I didn’t want to use screws to build it so I asked a Lowe’s worker if there’s some kind of wood adhesive that I can connect wood together without screws, and he says ‘how about wood glue?’ I said yes! That sounds perfect! I knew the concept existed I just didn’t know it was actually called wood glue! ;D
Gorilla Wood Glue, don't leave home without it.  :)
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Post by: yesitsme on June 14, 2020, 01:31:55 PM
I'm happy for your wife  :)

I posted it because that came up on google search, But I went to home depot they suggested I should use Epoxy, it worked out well (hopefully)
Next thread to create
What did you do today your wife is waiting close to a year to get done   ;D

I put on window shades, changed light fixtures, fixed cabinet doors
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Post by: srap on June 14, 2020, 03:19:32 PM
Yes. What do you mean by "prong" sides?
The two ~1" ends.  What is the measurement from mid-hole to mid=hole on the drawer and what is the measurement from mid-hole to mid-hole at the ends of the handle?
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Post by: pointer on June 14, 2020, 03:22:32 PM
Next thread to create
What did you do today your wife is waiting close to a year to get done   ;D

I put on window shades, changed light fixtures, fixed cabinet doors
As the saying goes:

"Ladies, if a man says he will fix it, he will.
There is no need to remind him every 6 months about it."
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Post by: yungermanchik on June 14, 2020, 03:25:03 PM
Does that work with the "machine screws" that handles come with or do you need to get similar sized "wood screws"?
I ended up fixing the one with badly stripped threads with the toothpick and a wood-screw I had in the house and one with less badly stripped threads with the original screw + plumbers 'tape'.
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Post by: srap on June 14, 2020, 03:30:01 PM
I ended up fixing the one with badly stripped threads with the toothpick and a wood-screw I had in the house and one with less badly stripped threads with the original screw + plumbers 'tape'.
MT!  Plumber's tape is ok initially, but may rip in time.  At that time try a toothpick or wooden match.
Isn't is a geshamake feeling when you are able to fix something (especially when you do it creatively)?
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Post by: moko on June 14, 2020, 03:38:23 PM
As the saying goes:

"Ladies, if a man says he will fix it, he will.
There is no need to remind him every 6 months about it."
iirc, Handyman Moshe in Brooklyn had a tagline that said ' if your husband says "I'll fix it tomorrow", call me today'
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Post by: EliJelly on June 14, 2020, 03:41:19 PM
iirc, Handyman Moshe in Brooklyn had a tagline that said ' if your husband says "I'll fix it tomorrow", call me today'
This is a popular one; "We repair what your husband fixed"
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Post by: etech0 on June 14, 2020, 07:25:04 PM
The two ~1" ends.  What is the measurement from mid-hole to mid=hole on the drawer and what is the measurement from mid-hole to mid-hole at the ends of the handle?
Drawer holes are 3 and 13/16", handle holes are 3 and 3/4". Thanks!
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Post by: biobook on June 14, 2020, 09:21:40 PM
If you want to insert a few words of Hebrew or Yiddish into your text, and you haven't yet figured out how to do this in the usual way  :-[, go to Google Translate (https://translate.google.com/) and input the English word in the English > Hebrew (or Yiddish) translator. You can copy and paste the answer.

If this doesn't get you the word you want,  use the Hebrew > English translator.  In the corner of the Hebrew side, there's a tiny Hebrew keyboard that you can use to spell the word, then copy and paste.

At least this works on the PC, IDK about the phone app.
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Post by: zh cohen on June 15, 2020, 12:55:27 AM
If you want to insert a few words of Hebrew or Yiddish into your text, and you haven't yet figured out how to do this in the usual way  :-[, go to Google Translate (https://translate.google.com/) and input the English word in the English > Hebrew (or Yiddish) translator. You can copy and paste the answer.

If this doesn't get you the word you want,  use the Hebrew > English translator.  In the corner of the Hebrew side, there's a tiny Hebrew keyboard that you can use to spell the word, then copy and paste.

At least this works on the PC, IDK about the phone app.

I use the Hebrewbooks.org keyboard
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Post by: srap on June 15, 2020, 01:03:39 AM
Drawer holes are 3 and 13/16", handle holes are 3 and 3/4". Thanks!
Enlarge one of the drawer holes to make it 1/16" closer to the other hole.  The handle would now be able to be screwed into place, but the handle on that one side would be wobbly inside of the hole that is now too big so....insert a wooden match in the drawer hole (yes, wood glue will help, but not essential) and NOW screw in the handle. A piece of a skewer will also work.
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Post by: EliJelly on June 15, 2020, 01:04:13 AM
This is a great Hebrew keyboard. Bookmark it to keep it handy.

https://gate2home.com/Hebrew-Keyboard
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Post by: SwellCindy on June 15, 2020, 01:43:06 AM
- For knobs that keep un-screwing (i.e. bathroom vanity knobs), brush a bit of clear nail polish onto screw before tightening - should stay rock-solid.

- To vacuum dust in places where you want to avoid sucking excess things into the vacuum cleaner (like delicate faux plant leaves, or decor with detail on it), fasten a sheer knee-hi over nozzle with a rubber band, and voila! Vacuum without 'consuming' anything.

- When frying shnitzel, or anything else for that matter, add a sliver of carrot to the frying pan - it keeps the oil from overheating and thus the food from getting burnt.
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Post by: SwellCindy on June 15, 2020, 01:45:59 AM
To remove rust, douse liberally with lemon juice. Works magic with bike chains...
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Post by: SwellCindy on June 15, 2020, 02:02:00 AM
To measure honey in a cup for a recipe, smear a drop of oil with a paper towel on the bottom & sides of the cup. Honey will slide right out.
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Post by: icapd1 on June 15, 2020, 04:43:48 AM
If you would like to stock the freezer with soups, but are short on space:
Saute onions, veggies etc, add spices and beans/barley. Then instead of adding water, divide the mixture into small containers. Freeze. When you are ready to use, add the frozen mixture to a pot of water and cook for an hour (or as per recipe cooking instructions)
I do this with veg soup, onion soup, mushroom barley... almost any soup that's not pureed
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Post by: icapd1 on June 15, 2020, 04:52:03 AM
When making cupcakes, mix the ingredients in a large Ziploc bag (You can first combine the wet ingredients in one bag, and the dry ingredients in another. Then add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture bag). Snip the bottom corner of the bag and pipe the mixture into the cupcake holders. No dirty mixing bowls and no mixture splattered all over the borders of the muffin pan.

I do the same for salad dressing. And when you snip the bag you can drizzle the dressing nicely over the salad instead of pouring it from a clumsier bowl...
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Post by: icapd1 on June 15, 2020, 04:55:40 AM
Put bounce sheets on the bottom of your garbage bin before you put the bag in. Keeps the bin smelling fresher for a bit longer between cleanings.
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Post by: icapd1 on June 15, 2020, 05:23:20 AM
If you are sending a kid to pick up groceries in a supermarket that you know where each of  the products are stocked, list the items according to the aisles. That way they don't have to run back and forth from one end of the store to the other and forget some stuff along the way.
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Post by: yitzgar on June 15, 2020, 07:14:17 AM


If you are sending a huaband to pick up groceries in a supermarket that you know where each of  the products are stocked, list the items according to the aisles. That way they don't have to run back and forth from one end of the store to the other and forget some stuff along the way.
Ftfy
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Post by: JMHO on June 15, 2020, 08:06:11 AM
If you are sending a kid to pick up groceries in a supermarket that you know where each of  the products are stocked, list the items according to the aisles. That way they don't have to run back and forth from one end of the store to the other and forget some stuff along the way.
Or husband  ;)
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Post by: srap on June 15, 2020, 10:28:02 AM
 ;D ;D Notice:  Two posts saying the same thing different ways


If you are sending a husband to pick up groceries in a supermarket that you know where each of  the products are stocked, list the items according to the aisles. That way they don't have to run back and forth from one end of the store to the other and forget some stuff along the way.
Ftfy

AND


If you are sending a kid to pick up groceries in a supermarket that you know where each of  the products are stocked, list the items according to the aisles. That way they don't have to run back and forth from one end of the store to the other and forget some stuff along the way.
Or husband  ;)


***  YET  Could it be a case-in-point that the ones who "liked" the second post needed the spelled out version to hit home?   :o :P :D   

(How many of you just checked to see who "liked" the second post?)
 
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Post by: YitzyS on June 15, 2020, 10:46:19 AM
When you are off DDF for an extended weekend and want to catch up on the life hacks thread but don't have time to read 100 posts, read only the posts with likes - those are usually the most useful...
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Post by: ExGingi on June 15, 2020, 10:53:15 AM
If you want to insert a few words of Hebrew or Yiddish into your text, and you haven't yet figured out how to do this in the usual way  :-[, go to Google Translate (https://translate.google.com/) and input the English word in the English > Hebrew (or Yiddish) translator. You can copy and paste the answer.

If this doesn't get you the word you want,  use the Hebrew > English translator.  In the corner of the Hebrew side, there's a tiny Hebrew keyboard that you can use to spell the word, then copy and paste.

At least this works on the PC, IDK about the phone app.

Hebrew, Yiddish and English are installed and standard on my PCs and phone. I use Google Translate when I want something in a different alphabet. I find that using an unfamiliar keyboard arrangement is daunting, so I usually resort to handwriting, it either gives me the right character or lets me choose from several options it thinks I might have written.
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Post by: Joeymc on June 15, 2020, 10:56:45 AM
Hebrew, Yiddish and English are installed and standard on my PCs and phone. I use Google Translate when I want something in a different alphabet. I find that using an unfamiliar keyboard arrangement is daunting, so I usually resort to handwriting, it either gives me the right character or lets me choose from several options it thinks I might have written.
A Lifehack for writing in a different language on your phone that you aren't comfortable with the keyboard layout (or with the exact spelling) is to use Google keyboard and click the microphone. You can then just speak whatever you were going to write.
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Post by: Joeymc on June 15, 2020, 11:00:08 AM
Really useful one.

Fill your water bottle about a third and put it in the freezer in it's side.

When you're about to leave your house, fill the rest of the bottle up from the tap and you instantly have an ice cold bottle of water instead of just a block of ice that you have to wait hours to have a drink.

I use this all the time
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Post by: ExGingi on June 15, 2020, 11:14:48 AM
A Lifehack for writing in a different language on your phone that you aren't comfortable with the keyboard layout (or with the exact spelling) is to use Google keyboard and click the microphone. You can then just speak whatever you were going to write.

Last time I checked Gboard (IIRC that's what Google Keyboard is called) it had limited language support.
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Post by: Joeymc on June 15, 2020, 11:16:02 AM
Last time I checked Gboard (IIRC that's what Google Keyboard is called) it had limited language support.
What languages are you looking for?
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Post by: etech0 on June 15, 2020, 11:17:02 AM
Really useful one.

Fill your water bottle about a third and put it in the freezer in it's side.

When you're about to leave your house, fill the rest of the bottle up from the tap and you instantly have an ice cold bottle of water instead of just a block of ice that you have to wait hours to have a drink.

I use this all the time
And if you're going out for a whole day and need more than one, you can take one that's totally frozen for when you finish the half frozen one.
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Post by: pointer on June 15, 2020, 01:16:05 PM
To measure honey in a cup for a recipe, smear a drop of oil with a paper towel on the bottom & sides of the cup. Honey will slide right out.
Non stick cooking spray is the easiest way to get it done.
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Post by: Joeymc on June 15, 2020, 01:18:15 PM
Or, obviously, if your recipe calls for oil and other ingredients, measure the oil first.
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Post by: etech0 on June 15, 2020, 01:20:32 PM
Or, obviously, if your recipe calls for oil and other ingredients, measure the oil first.
+1
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Post by: Yehudaa on June 15, 2020, 01:30:44 PM
To measure honey in a cup for a recipe, smear a drop of oil with a paper towel on the bottom & sides of the cup. Honey will slide right out.
Or, obviously, if your recipe calls for oil and other ingredients, measure the oil first.

Combine that with this :)
To measure oil:
Measure the appropriate amount of water
Pour into a plastic cup
Use a sharpie to draw a line at the top of the water
Dump out the water
Pour oil into the cup until the line
Now you don't need to wash the measuring cup! (just let it air dry)
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Post by: etech0 on June 15, 2020, 01:34:10 PM
Combine that with this :)
Then you gotta make a bunch of lines :)

Or in summary, if you're going to make a measuring cup dirty, better measure a bunch of things while you're at it!
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Post by: Joeymc on June 15, 2020, 01:41:25 PM
Then you gotta make a bunch of lines :)

Or in summary, if you're going to make a measuring cup dirty, better measure a bunch of things while you're at it!
In that case you can just buy these

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0815YQLFD/ (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0815YQLFD/)
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Post by: etech0 on June 15, 2020, 01:42:28 PM
In that case you can just buy these

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0815YQLFD/ (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0815YQLFD/)
That's not a hack anymore :) plus way less cost effective than sharpie-ing your own
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Post by: Joeymc on June 15, 2020, 01:46:44 PM
That's not a hack anymore :) plus way less cost effective than sharpie-ing your own
Using a product that is designed to make your life easier, to make your life easier, is not called a hack?

Also, it's only more cost effective to sharpie your own if time and sanity aren't part of your cost
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Post by: pointer on June 15, 2020, 01:48:15 PM
Using a product that is designed to make your life easier, to make your life easier, is not called a hack?
No.
Maybe a smart idea, but definitely not a hack.
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Post by: etech0 on June 15, 2020, 01:49:50 PM
You're talking about paying over 50 cents for a single use measuring cup, vs a standard plastic cup which costs between 1 and 2 cents. Whatever works for you!
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Post by: lcm on June 15, 2020, 01:52:53 PM
Or just line the measuring cup with a clear plastic bag.
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Post by: Joeymc on June 15, 2020, 01:58:29 PM
Or just line the measuring cup with a clear plastic bag.
Now that's a hack
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Post by: etech0 on June 15, 2020, 02:00:03 PM
Not sure how accurate that will be
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Post by: Joeymc on June 15, 2020, 02:01:23 PM
You're talking about paying over 50 cents for a single use measuring cup, vs a standard plastic cup which costs between 1 and 2 cents. Whatever works for you!
I'm just saying, if you are going to take the time to pour water at each measurement amount and pour that into a plastic cup and draw lines with a sharpie, is that really worth the effort of not having to clean your measuring cup?

And the product I posted was just all that already done, I wasn't suggesting using that for all your measurements.
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Post by: etech0 on June 15, 2020, 02:03:34 PM
I'm just saying, if you are going to take the time to pour water at each measurement amount and pour that into a plastic cup and draw lines with a sharpie, is that really worth the effort of not having to clean your measuring cup?

And the product I posted was just all that already done, I wasn't suggesting using that for all your measurements.
No, when I'm measuring one thing I make one line. If I'm measuring a bunch I just use a measuring cup and wash it (and measure the oil first so that the peanut butter/honey/whatever else comes out easily)
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Post by: lubaby on June 15, 2020, 02:11:32 PM
When making cupcakes, mix the ingredients in a large Ziploc bag (You can first combine the wet ingredients in one bag, and the dry ingredients in another. Then add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture bag). Snip the bottom corner of the bag and pipe the mixture into the cupcake holders. No dirty mixing bowls and no mixture splattered all over the borders of the muffin pan.

I do the same for salad dressing. And when you snip the bag you can drizzle the dressing nicely over the salad instead of pouring it from a clumsier bowl...
For salads that need dressing mixed in properly, chop all salad ingredients into a large plastic bag (food storage / ziplock / heavy duty), pour the dressing into the bag, close the top of the bag and toss. Then pour the whole salad directly into the serving bowl, no dirty sides or extra utensils needed.
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Post by: etech0 on June 15, 2020, 02:17:10 PM
For salads that need dressing mixed in properly, chop all salad ingredients into a large plastic bag (food storage / ziplock / heavy duty), pour the dressing into the bag, close the top of the bag and toss. Then pour the whole salad directly into the serving bowl, no dirty sides or extra utensils needed.
You can even mix the dressing in the bag first, then add the veggies and shake.

I also do this for marinades, mix the marinade in a ziploc, add chicken/meat and marinate it right in there.
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Post by: YitzyS on June 15, 2020, 02:30:31 PM
For salads that need dressing mixed in properly, chop all salad ingredients into a large plastic bag (food storage / ziplock / heavy duty), pour the dressing into the bag, close the top of the bag and toss. Then pour the whole salad directly into the serving bowl, no dirty sides or extra utensils needed.
I do that for tuna fish. I can squish it in the bag together with the mayo.
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Post by: etech0 on June 15, 2020, 02:32:40 PM
I do that for tuna fish. I can squish it in the bag together with the mayo.
Me too! You can make egg salad like that also.
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Post by: Definitions on June 15, 2020, 03:11:34 PM
Me too! You can make egg salad like that also.
That's what we do
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Post by: icapd1 on June 15, 2020, 03:33:11 PM
For salads that need dressing mixed in properly, chop all salad ingredients into a large plastic bag (food storage / ziplock / heavy duty), pour the dressing into the bag, close the top of the bag and toss. Then pour the whole salad directly into the serving bowl, no dirty sides or extra utensils needed.

True :)
Sometimes I like when the dressing is squiggled on for presentation purposes (obviously those with a thick, smooth texture like spicy mayo on sushi salad). In that case, you can mix the salad components separately and still "pipe" on the dressing.
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Post by: CountValentine on June 15, 2020, 03:36:12 PM
For salads that need dressing mixed in properly, chop all salad ingredients into a large plastic bag (food storage / ziplock / heavy duty), pour the dressing into the bag, close the top of the bag and toss. Then pour the whole salad directly into the serving bowl, no dirty sides or extra utensils needed.
Good idea except when it won't fit in the bag.
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Post by: icapd1 on June 15, 2020, 03:37:45 PM
Even a jumbo Ziploc?
You can always upsize to a clean garbage bag ;)
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Post by: etech0 on June 15, 2020, 03:58:50 PM
Good idea except when it won't fit in the bag.
Gotta buy Challah size bags!
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Post by: etech0 on June 15, 2020, 04:02:57 PM
- To vacuum dust in places where you want to avoid sucking excess things into the vacuum cleaner (like delicate faux plant leaves, or decor with detail on it), fasten a sheer knee-hi over nozzle with a rubber band, and voila! Vacuum without 'consuming' anything.
This also works for finding things like a missing earring or anything small that is lost under furniture.
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Post by: Yo ssi on June 15, 2020, 07:37:27 PM
When you are off DDF for an extended weekend and want to catch up on the life hacks thread but don't have time to read 100 posts, read only the posts with likes - those are usually the most useful...
Perhaps we need down votes, to know what not to read. (Can we argue what's considered a hack?!)
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Post by: etech0 on June 15, 2020, 07:40:55 PM
When you open a can of soda, turn the tab slightly and insert the straw into the gap, like shown. This way the straw won't keep popping out.
(https://terrifictop10.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/soda-can.jpg)
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Post by: pointer on June 15, 2020, 07:41:46 PM
(Can we argue what's considered a hack?!)
Sure. why not?
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Post by: yitzgar on June 15, 2020, 08:16:53 PM
When you open a can of soda, turn the tab slightly and insert the straw into the gap, like shown. This way the straw won't keep popping out.
(https://terrifictop10.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/soda-can.jpg)
Yup. That's actually what the hole is for
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 15, 2020, 08:18:16 PM
Yup. That's actually what the hole is for
Then I guess we can add if you dont want people to steal ketchup from your bottle you should make that top narrower than a spoon.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 15, 2020, 08:18:38 PM
Yup. That's actually what the hole is for
Hmmm, not sure if it qualifies for a hack then
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 15, 2020, 08:19:01 PM
Also if you dont want your beer to get warm... hold from the neck of bottle.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: lubaby on June 15, 2020, 08:21:32 PM
Also if you dont want your beer to get warm... finish it before it can get there
FTFY  ;D
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 15, 2020, 08:22:17 PM
FTFY  ;D
Posted bkavana that I would be getting this reply
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: srap on June 15, 2020, 08:33:55 PM
Posted bkavana that I would be getting this reply
and another post... ;)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: srap on June 15, 2020, 08:38:11 PM
Hmmm, not sure if it qualifies for a hack then
Just as a response of 'interesting' is tantamount to saying "I didn't know that", maybe a 'hack' can mean something that is useful that I didn't know.  That would include a real, yet obscure, purpose of an item.  At worst I would say the straw "hack" qualifies as being a good "hack" vs. a hack.   
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: CountValentine on June 15, 2020, 08:38:45 PM
When you open a can of soda, turn the tab slightly and insert the straw into the gap, like shown. This way the straw won't keep popping out.
Interesting but that is probably because I never seen someone use a straw with a can of pop.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 15, 2020, 08:48:42 PM
Interesting but that is probably because I never seen someone use a straw with a can of pop.
You need a Rosh Yeshiva for this one
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on June 15, 2020, 08:54:24 PM
When you open a can of soda, turn the tab slightly and insert the straw into the gap, like shown. This way the straw won't keep popping out.
(https://terrifictop10.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/soda-can.jpg)
If you are drinking soda with a straw, you may as well just buy a Snapple. It will have about the same amount of carbonation...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: junion on June 15, 2020, 08:55:59 PM
You need a Rosh Yeshiva for this one
or be on a date.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 15, 2020, 08:58:31 PM
or be on a date.
Ok but dont put the straw through the hole in tab.
Correct me if I'm wrong
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: SSLPhD on June 15, 2020, 09:32:57 PM
Quarantine hack:  push a popsicle stick through the foil top of an OJ SunCup, freeze.  "Instant" ices.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 15, 2020, 09:33:58 PM
Quarantine hack:  push a popsicle stick through the foil top of an OJ SunCup, freeze.  "Instant" ices.
Alternatively, open a yogurt just a little bit, insert a plastic spoon at a slant, freeze. "Instant" frozen yogurt (might be more exciting for kids than regular yogurt)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ExGingi on June 15, 2020, 09:44:32 PM
What languages are you looking for?

Primarily Hebrew (or Yiddish). I have SwiftKey installed with English and Yiddish. Some modified Latin characters can be typed on the English keyboard by using a long press. Though I am not sure how they decide what to make available and what not.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on June 15, 2020, 09:48:09 PM
If you are drinking soda with a straw, you may as well just buy a Snapple. It will have about the same amount of carbonation...
What a hack!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: mmgfarb on June 16, 2020, 05:06:31 PM
Not sure if this is well known or not but I just found this out by accident. When using Whatsapp web, type a colon followed by the word that describes the emoji you want and it will bring up the matching emojis. You then use the arrow keys to get to the one you want, hit enter, and the emoji is inserted automatically.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joeymc on June 16, 2020, 08:23:13 PM
Not sure if this is well known or not but I just found this out by accident. When using Whatsapp web, type a colon followed by the word that describes the emoji you want and it will bring up the matching emojis. You then use the arrow keys to get to the one you want, hit enter, and the emoji is inserted automatically.
On that note, when using Whatsapp or Gboard, in the Emojis there is a search and you can search for emojis.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yeshivabucher on June 16, 2020, 08:27:31 PM
download ditto on your computer to be able to copy many different things and then have a clipboard with recall as opposed to copy paste copy paste
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joeymc on June 16, 2020, 08:33:57 PM
download ditto on your computer to be able to copy many different things and then have a clipboard with recall as opposed to copy paste copy paste
Same idea on Android, Gboard has a setting called clipboard.

You have to turn it on in the settings but it's really useful.

It saves anything you copy onto the clipboard for 1 hour.

I use it if I want to copy multiple links from WhatsApp/an article, or if I want to copy a link and a promo code that goes with it (think deals on DDF ).

Saves you going back and forth each thing you copy.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: good sam on June 16, 2020, 08:46:43 PM
If you want to insert a few words of Hebrew or Yiddish into your text, and you haven't yet figured out how to do this in the usual way  :-[, go to Google Translate (https://translate.google.com/) and input the English word in the English > Hebrew (or Yiddish) translator. You can copy and paste the answer.

If this doesn't get you the word you want,  use the Hebrew > English translator.  In the corner of the Hebrew side, there's a tiny Hebrew keyboard that you can use to spell the word, then copy and paste.

At least this works on the PC, IDK about the phone app.
I do this all the time, and think every time that there must be a better way.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 16, 2020, 08:52:01 PM
download ditto on your computer to be able to copy many different things and then have a clipboard with recall as opposed to copy paste copy paste

Same idea on Android, Gboard has a setting called clipboard.

You have to turn it on in the settings but it's really useful.

It saves anything you copy onto the clipboard for 1 hour.

I use it if I want to copy multiple links from WhatsApp/an article, or if I want to copy a link and a promo code that goes with it (think deals on DDF ).

Saves you going back and forth each thing you copy.

All the above apps are portals to the built in clipboard.
On many androisd you can hold down cursor when typing and sometimes there will be 3 dots to tap on then tap clipboard.
Samsung phones with edge have a very good clipboard on Quick Tools with categories.
Microsoft word/ office has a built in clipboard
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 16, 2020, 08:53:17 PM
I do this all the time, and think every time that there must be a better way.
Did you try installing other languages for the main keyboard? You can then search for on screen keyboard in the start menu or under accessibility settings
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: good sam on June 16, 2020, 09:00:47 PM
Alternatively, open a yogurt just a little bit, insert a plastic spoon at a slant, freeze. "Instant" frozen yogurt (might be more exciting for kids than regular yogurt)
I bought these for that purpose, mixed reviews from the kids.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MDUDWHH/ref=cm_sw_r_apa_i_ASw6Eb1W2PFZV
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on June 16, 2020, 09:01:27 PM
download ditto on your computer to be able to copy many different things and then have a clipboard with recall as opposed to copy paste copy paste
with the shortcut windows key + v mentioned above (in wiki as well) you can view many copied items too. Not sure how different this ditto thing is :o
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yungermanchik on June 16, 2020, 09:08:26 PM
Did you try installing other languages for the main keyboard? You can then search for on screen keyboard in the start menu or under accessibility settings
And then pin on-screen keyboard to taskbar
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 16, 2020, 09:09:01 PM
And then pin on-screen keyboard to taskbar
On that note, you can press start-r to open the run box. Type osk and press enter to open On Screen Keyboard.

You can also type excel to open Excel, winword to open word, notepad, outlook, chrome, and many more.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: gozalim on June 16, 2020, 09:17:31 PM
She'd your own cheese don't buy it already shredded.
what's the easiest way to shred
(shredding + cleanup)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 16, 2020, 09:17:55 PM
And you can make your own shortcuts to any file/program you like.

(This is a little geekier but can save you tons of time.)

Create a folder somewhere and call it Shortcuts or anything you like.
In that folder, create shortcuts to whatever you'd like to access quickly.
Give the shortcuts short names (eg: docs for documents, xl for excel, mus for music)
Copy the path to your shortcuts folder (it will be something like C:/Users/etech0/Documents/folder/shortcuts)
Press the start button and type Environment Variables.
Click Edit the System Environment Variables.
Click Environment Variables.
Under System Variables, click Path
Click Edit
Click New and paste the path to your folder.
Click OK three times.

Now you can press start-r, type any of the shortcuts you configured, press enter, and it'll open that file or folder or program.
You can add more shortcuts to your shortcut folder and they will work as soon as you add them.
(I like to have 'shrt' as a shortcut to my shortcuts folder, to make it easier to add more.)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yelped on June 16, 2020, 10:12:28 PM
There are some better ways to open shortcuts.

Small tip: Windows key + digit will open whatever that icon is on the taskbar. So windows + 2 will open Google Chrome if that is your second program pinned to the taskbar. You can pin anything to the taskbar.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on June 16, 2020, 10:19:42 PM
As a small hack/fix if some programs seem to magically disappear from the taskbar even after you click pin to taskbar try running it as administrator (Start menu>instead of ‘open’ click ‘run as administrator’ )and then pin it. Worked for my slack app which kept disappearing. (Funny side story-I called Microsoft technical support and they suggested I install a new version of windows and maybe that would clear up the disappearing act but turns out I figured it out on my own  ;D)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 16, 2020, 10:34:17 PM
Are we ready for a spinoff thread in Tech Talk?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 16, 2020, 10:46:27 PM
There are some better ways to open shortcuts.

Small tip: Windows key + digit will open whatever that icon is on the taskbar. So windows + 2 will open Google Chrome if that is your second program pinned to the taskbar. You can pin anything to the taskbar.
+1
Are we ready for a spinoff thread in Tech Talk?
+100
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: SwellCindy on June 17, 2020, 12:23:47 AM
My favorite hack:

When something drips onto the floor of the oven, sprinkle some baking soda onto it. No smoke, no alarms going off, etc. You're good til the next scheduled cleaning of your oven. This is something I do often, as 1- occasionally, some oil from the potato kugel will run over 2 - challah seeds often scatter to the bottom when re-warming on erev Shabbos, and the next time I use the oven during the week I want to prevent a burnt odor or kitchen fire.  Baking soda is excellent to have handy in the kitchen altogether, it can put out a grease mishap in seconds (it chokes the fire). 

In case anyone is unaware, the primary ingredient in a fire extinguisher is baking soda (aka sodium bicarbonate). Not to be confused with baking powder, which can ch"v escalate a fire... Although baking powder contains sodium bicarbonate as well, it contains add'l ingredients which make it more flammable.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mootkim on June 17, 2020, 02:53:58 AM
When eating a piece of watermellon you always get your cheek all wet when you get closer to the bottom by the green part. I always cut the corners of the peel leaving just the center of the peel part to hold and that way you dont get dirty at all when you get to the bottom.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moko on June 17, 2020, 06:45:54 AM
When eating a piece of watermellon you always get your cheek all wet when you get closer to the bottom by the green part. I always cut the corners of the peel leaving just the center of the peel part to hold and that way you dont get dirty at all when you get to the bottom.
I just peel the melon first so we don't have to worry about that
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mootkim on June 17, 2020, 09:51:27 AM
I just peel the melon first so we don't have to worry about that
That is good for when you cut up your watermelon into little pieces but sometimes the situation calls for specifically slices with the peel (like at a bbq). That's when you use this trick
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 17, 2020, 10:20:01 AM
Here is another option:
(https://www.watermelon.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/watermelon-slice-popsicles-1000x1000.jpg)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Josef.koney on June 17, 2020, 10:59:02 AM
And you can make your own shortcuts to any file/program you like.

(This is a little geekier but can save you tons of time.)

Create a folder somewhere and call it Shortcuts or anything you like.
In that folder, create shortcuts to whatever you'd like to access quickly.
Give the shortcuts short names (eg: docs for documents, xl for excel, mus for music)
Copy the path to your shortcuts folder (it will be something like C:/Users/etech0/Documents/folder/shortcuts)
Press the start button and type Environment Variables.
Click Edit the System Environment Variables.
Click Environment Variables.
Under System Variables, click Path
Click Edit
Click New and paste the path to your folder.
Click OK three times.

Now you can press start-r, type any of the shortcuts you configured, press enter, and it'll open that file or folder or program.
You can add more shortcuts to your shortcut folder and they will work as soon as you add them.
(I like to have 'shrt' as a shortcut to my shortcuts folder, to make it easier to add more.)
For programs , click properties on the shortcut, there's a option for shortcuts there.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on June 17, 2020, 11:40:59 AM
For all those using Gboard (Google's Keyboard):
Drag the space bar left or right to move the cursor
Hold the backspace and drag left to backspace full words at a time!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joeymc on June 17, 2020, 11:44:52 AM

For all those using Gboard (Google's Keyboard):
Hold the space bar and move left or right to move the cursor
On Android? I don't have a cursor and if I hold the space bar it pops up language options.

Hold the backspace and drag left to backspace full words at a time!
Works for me, thanks!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on June 17, 2020, 12:25:13 PM
On Android? I don't have a cursor and if I hold the space bar it pops up language options.
Sorry my mistake, don't hold it just drag.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moko on June 17, 2020, 12:28:58 PM
That is good for when you cut up your watermelon into little pieces but sometimes the situation calls for specifically slices with the peel (like at a bbq). That's when you use this trick
we peel even when slicing. Just less messy.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on June 17, 2020, 03:30:49 PM
My favorite hack:

When something drips onto the floor of the oven, sprinkle some baking soda onto it. No smoke, no alarms going off, etc. You're good til the next scheduled cleaning of your oven. This is something I do often, as 1- occasionally, some oil from the potato kugel will run over 2 - challah seeds often scatter to the bottom when re-warming on erev Shabbos, and the next time I use the oven during the week I want to prevent a burnt odor or kitchen fire.  Baking soda is excellent to have handy in the kitchen altogether, it can put out a grease mishap in seconds (it chokes the fire). 

In case anyone is unaware, the primary ingredient in a fire extinguisher is baking soda (aka sodium bicarbonate). Not to be confused with baking powder, which can ch"v escalate a fire... Although baking powder contains sodium bicarbonate as well, it contains add'l ingredients which make it more flammable.
Is there anything baking soda can't do?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: SwellCindy on June 17, 2020, 04:52:34 PM
Is there anything baking soda can't do?

Yup! Believe it or not, years ago on Pesach when a range-top flame exploded in seconds literally licking the top cabinets above the microwave, my neighbors were astounded how in the world I knew to grab the baking soda... By the time the FD arrived the fire was out although the smoke was still furiously pouring out the windows, odor lingered for days outside, you can imagine the intensity of that blaze... Chasdei Hashem damage was minimal. I was shocked that it wasn't common knowledge, hence the PSA here...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: cholent on June 17, 2020, 05:45:33 PM
My favorite hack:

When something drips onto the floor of the oven, sprinkle some baking soda onto it. No smoke, no alarms going off, etc. You're good til the next scheduled cleaning of your oven. This is something I do often, as 1- occasionally, some oil from the potato kugel will run over 2 - challah seeds often scatter to the bottom when re-warming on erev Shabbos, and the next time I use the oven during the week I want to prevent a burnt odor or kitchen fire.  Baking soda is excellent to have handy in the kitchen altogether, it can put out a grease mishap in seconds (it chokes the fire). 

In case anyone is unaware, the primary ingredient in a fire extinguisher is baking soda (aka sodium bicarbonate). Not to be confused with baking powder, which can ch"v escalate a fire... Although baking powder contains sodium bicarbonate as well, it contains add'l ingredients which make it more flammable.
We do that with salt and then eventually vacuum it out when we get around to it
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on June 17, 2020, 06:33:28 PM
so basically, if you have excel and baking soda you can take over the world.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yeshivabucher on June 17, 2020, 06:35:48 PM
so basically, if you have excel and baking soda you can take over the world.
vinegar would be the antidote to this  ;)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 17, 2020, 08:29:16 PM
so basically, if you have excel and baking soda you can take over the world.
best tl;dr
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: CountValentine on June 17, 2020, 08:31:15 PM
Is there anything baking soda can't do?
Great for the pool. Just used it today.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: SwellCindy on June 17, 2020, 08:54:43 PM
Great for the pool. Just used it today.

Interesting! For what purpose is it great for the pool?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on June 17, 2020, 11:46:10 PM
Interesting! For what purpose is it great for the pool?
will raise pH and alkalinity of the water link (https://www.armandhammer.com/articles/diy-pool-maintenance-tips#:~:text=A%20rule%20of%20thumb%20is,fourths%20of%20the%20recommended%20amount.)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ExGingi on June 18, 2020, 09:54:32 AM
When eating a piece of watermellon you always get your cheek all wet when you get closer to the bottom by the green part. I always cut the corners of the peel leaving just the center of the peel part to hold and that way you dont get dirty at all when you get to the bottom.
Never have such issues eating watermelon using a knife and fork.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 18, 2020, 11:33:23 AM
Never have such issues eating watermelon using a knife and fork.
Spoon works too
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ExGingi on June 18, 2020, 11:37:51 AM
Spoon works too

Not as well, watermelon isn't soft ice-cream to be scooped and will require more counter support than using a knife and fork..
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 18, 2020, 11:38:28 AM
Not as well, watermelon isn't soft ice-cream to be scooped.
Use it like a knife but with 2 sides so you can get a piece with one cut.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 18, 2020, 10:48:17 PM
Enlarge one of the drawer holes to make it 1/16" closer to the other hole.  The handle would now be able to be screwed into place, but the handle on that one side would be wobbly inside of the hole that is now too big so....insert a wooden match in the drawer hole (yes, wood glue will help, but not essential) and NOW screw in the handle. A piece of a skewer will also work.
Sounds like a nice idea, but I don't think I want to be making holes in a rental. Any idea if there's a type of glue or something that could work to attach the handle, instead of screwing it in?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: CountValentine on June 18, 2020, 10:55:01 PM
When eating a piece of watermellon you always get your cheek all wet when you get closer to the bottom by the green part. I always cut the corners of the peel leaving just the center of the peel part to hold and that way you dont get dirty at all when you get to the bottom.
Remove peel first especially for guest.  ;)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: SwellCindy on June 18, 2020, 10:59:09 PM
Sounds like a nice idea, but I don't think I want to be making holes in a rental. Any idea if there's a type of glue or something that could work to attach the handle, instead of screwing it in?

Duco Cement? Or,

- For knobs that keep un-screwing (i.e. bathroom vanity knobs), brush a bit of clear nail polish onto screw before tightening - should stay rock-solid.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: srap on June 18, 2020, 11:35:13 PM
Sounds like a nice idea, but I don't think I want to be making holes in a rental. Any idea if there's a type of glue or something that could work to attach the handle, instead of screwing it in?
Another sort of out of the box, but very doable idea:  cut a straight piece of wire hanger so that one end will fit into the length of the handle, bend it 90 degrees, for 1/16" or so on the outside of the drawer, then another 90 degree bend so it can go through the drawer hole, then another 90 degree bend towards the direction of the handle to secure it on the inside of the drawer.  The force of a pull on the handle may bend the wire out of shape (you'll have to try it) so you may want to glue the bent hanger piece (or possible blue tack or glue dot it) to the drawer.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 18, 2020, 11:45:35 PM
Another sort of out of the box, but very doable idea:  cut a straight piece of wire hanger so that one end will fit into the length of the handle, bend it 90 degrees, for 1/16" or so on the outside of the drawer, then another 90 degree bend so it can go through the drawer hole, then another 90 degree bend towards the direction of the handle to secure it on the inside of the drawer.  The force of a pull on the handle may bend the wire out of shape (you'll have to try it) so you may want to glue the bent hanger piece (or possible blue tack or glue dot it) to the drawer.
The problem is that since the hole is only a drop off where it needs to be, I think the handle will just slide right off the handle as soon as it gets a little tug.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: srap on June 19, 2020, 12:31:09 AM
The problem is that since the hole is only a drop off where it needs to be, I think the handle will just slide right off the handle as soon as it gets a little tug.
It most likely will.  I'd gorillaglue the hanger end inside and then wedge in a wooden match or two.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on June 19, 2020, 01:01:10 AM
This is a great topic! I’m surprised it’s not holding by 100 replies already.
Reply #339
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joeymc on June 19, 2020, 06:34:35 AM
Apparently you can take liquids through security as long as they are frozen. Great way to take a drink for your trip without over paying after security.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on June 19, 2020, 09:46:38 AM
Apparently you can take liquids through security as long as they are frozen. Great way to take a drink for your trip without over paying after security.
thats like the 100th post saying this idea. but i'll give it a like for your persistence  :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Naftuli19 on June 19, 2020, 11:49:03 AM
When we go on trips My wife packs the childrens clothing in individual ziplocs for each day of our trip. Like that she doesn't have to look for all the matching stuff.

We do the same ;D
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Naftuli19 on June 19, 2020, 11:50:03 AM
Oh try telling that to my wife ;D

You'll end up in the banned thread ;D
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Naftuli19 on June 19, 2020, 11:54:10 AM
To warm up pizza and get the best crust, heat up a skillet throw the slice in for a few min... :P :P :P
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mootkim on June 19, 2020, 12:00:11 PM
If you like soup lokshen with your soup, make a big batch and divide them into little ziplocks with the amount you need for a Shabbos. You can flatten them and stack them neatly in a freezer and just take one out on Friday to defrost.
We do the same with some thicker types of soup by putting them in big ziplocks and freezing flat.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on June 19, 2020, 12:25:17 PM
If you are cooking hard boiled eggs and don't want to confuse them with your raw eggs, add some onion peels and they will turn brown.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yehudaa on June 19, 2020, 12:29:42 PM
Wrap a rubber band around a ring of keys if you don't want them to make noise.

I just discovered this, and like doing it when I jog and have to bring my keys.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mootkim on June 19, 2020, 12:38:37 PM
Greatest hack is a sous vide.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on June 19, 2020, 01:16:08 PM
Greatest hack is a sous vide.
I would counter with an instant pot.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on June 19, 2020, 01:56:26 PM
I would counter with an instant pot.
I'll see your instant pot and raise you a second monitor for work
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 19, 2020, 02:31:51 PM
I'll see your instant pot and raise you a second monitor for work
+100 but that really goes in our tech thread (which hasn't been started yet)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 19, 2020, 02:39:21 PM
+100 but that really goes in our tech thread (which hasn't been started yet)
This isn't our Tech thread? What's the ratio of windows shortcuts to other things?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yzj on June 19, 2020, 04:33:12 PM
Greatest hack is a sous vide.
It’s a great tool for what it does but I definitely didn’t find that it saves time. Lots of messy bags and prep work although the food was good. Mines been sitting in the cabinet for a few months. Heavy cast-iron pan is what I use for most stuff now.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yossig on June 19, 2020, 05:11:55 PM
When packing a suitcase, put your socks inside your shoes. It will save a little space and stop your shoes from getting crushed.
they usually go into my shirt collars.

I guess some people care more about there shoes :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: lubaby on June 19, 2020, 05:32:18 PM
they usually go into my shirt collars.

I guess some people care more about there shoes :)
Depending how many socks you bring, you can do both ;)

And if you run out of socks, undershirts / tshirts rolled up work great for shoes too.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on June 19, 2020, 07:19:40 PM
There's one easy hack to avoid the eight dollar popcorn trap: eat before you get to the theater.

(Five likes to whoever can figure out where I found that hack.)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on June 19, 2020, 07:23:26 PM
There's one easy hack to avoid the eight dollar popcorn trap: eat before you get to the theater.

(Five likes to whoever can figure out where I found that hack.)
Times up. Here's the source:
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joeymc on June 20, 2020, 09:33:26 PM
The best way (IMNSHO) to cook rice is in the oven!

I put 2 cups rice, some oil, soy sauce, and soup mix powder and I add 4 cups boiling water in the 9 x 13, cover it with foil and bake on 350F for 1 hour.

No sticky rice, no dry rice, no mixing, and no pot with rice stuck to it to clean!

If you make rice any other way, try this way and see the difference.

Quantities can be adjusted, just double the ratio of water to rice.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 20, 2020, 10:20:01 PM
The best way (IMNSHO) to cook rice is in the oven!

I put 2 cups rice, some oil, soy sauce, and soup mix powder and I add 4 cups boiling water in the 9 x 13, cover it with foil and bake on 350F for 1 hour.

No sticky rice, no dry rice, no mixing, and no pot with rice stuck to it to clean!

If you make rice any other way, try this way and see the difference.

Quantities can be adjusted, just double the ratio of water to rice.
Great for getting dinner ready early and leaving warm in the oven
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 20, 2020, 10:27:52 PM
The best way (IMNSHO) to cook rice is in the oven!

I put 2 cups rice, some oil, soy sauce, and soup mix powder and I add 4 cups boiling water in the 9 x 13, cover it with foil and bake on 350F for 1 hour.

No sticky rice, no dry rice, no mixing, and no pot with rice stuck to it to clean!

If you make rice any other way, try this way and see the difference.

Quantities can be adjusted, just double the ratio of water to rice.
If you want plain white rice you can do it in the oven too. One part rice to two parts water in a 9x13, add some oil and salt (same amounts as you would in a pot). Cover and bake for an hour at 350.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: kayef on June 20, 2020, 10:53:25 PM
I'll see your instant pot and raise you a second monitor for work
Why stop at 2?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on June 20, 2020, 10:55:13 PM
Why stop at 2?
i dont have a second hdmi cable
although there is wireless connections options out there. youre right in theory
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 20, 2020, 11:28:51 PM
i dont have a second hdmi cable
although there is wireless connections options out there. youre right in theory
You can buy an adapter or dock that lets you plug in more than one monitor. That's what I have :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yesitsme on June 21, 2020, 12:46:05 AM
https://www.bakerstonebox.com/
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ckmk47 on June 21, 2020, 12:06:02 PM
If you want plain white rice you can do it in the oven too. One part rice to two parts water in a 9x13, add some oil and salt (same amounts as you would in a pot). Cover and bake for an hour at 350.
I've mixed a can of mushrooms (including its liquid) into 2 cups rice and 4 cups (not boiling) water.
9 x 13 covered at 350 F for an hour.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: gozalim on June 21, 2020, 12:41:45 PM
The best way (IMNSHO) to cook rice is in the oven!

I put 2 cups rice, some oil, soy sauce, and soup mix powder and I add 4 cups boiling water in the 9 x 13, cover it with foil and bake on 350F for 1 hour.

No sticky rice, no dry rice, no mixing, and no pot with rice stuck to it to clean!

If you make rice any other way, try this way and see the difference.

Quantities can be adjusted, just double the ratio of water to rice.
bake the chicken over the raw rice in the pan
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yuneeq on June 21, 2020, 01:05:32 PM
Opening a 12 pack of sodas, instead of grabbing inside for each can. Open both sides, push out all the cans from the other side. You can also do this straight into the fridge.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: grodnoking on June 21, 2020, 01:17:06 PM
If you are cooking hard boiled eggs and don't want to confuse them with your raw eggs, add some onion peels and they will turn brown.
I know someone who always put onion peels in when she boiled eggs, as that was her mother's "minhag". Turns out it was just for this
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on June 21, 2020, 01:19:07 PM
Opening a 12 pack of sodas, instead of grabbing inside for each can. Open both sides, push out all the cans from the other side. You can also do this straight into the fridge.
I've personally done this many times. Works great!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ExGingi on June 21, 2020, 01:33:08 PM
If you need to move a washing machine or other heavy appliance, spray some windex around its feet, you will be able to slide it with almost no effort (shown to me by my plumber, and fully appreciated and adopted by my appliance repair guy when I showed it to him).
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: lcm on June 21, 2020, 01:39:11 PM
Maybe this is more of a deal?:)
If you want prime just for the shipping and you don't need the streaming services etc., Get business prime, it's $70 a year instead.
Didn't do it, but don't see why it wouldn't work.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ExGingi on June 21, 2020, 01:46:26 PM
Maybe this is more of a deal?:)
If you want prime just for the shipping and you don't need the streaming services etc., Get business prime, it's $70 a year instead.
Didn't do it, but don't see why it wouldn't work.

Can it be shared across accounts? Any drawback?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: lcm on June 21, 2020, 01:49:20 PM
Can it be shared across accounts? Any drawback?
Take a look.
https://www.amazon.com/businessprime#planTable
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 21, 2020, 02:17:33 PM
I've mixed a can of mushrooms (including its liquid) into 2 cups rice and 4 cups (not boiling) water.
9 x 13 covered at 350 F for an hour.
yup I do that too, also add a little margarine and onion soup mix
bake the chicken over the raw rice in the pan
same!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: KSMH on June 21, 2020, 05:55:26 PM
Use a Hotels plastic luandry bag as your cars garbage bag while traveling.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moish on June 21, 2020, 06:16:55 PM
Use a Hotels plastic luandry bag as your cars garbage bag while traveling.
...or as your laundry bag
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: KSMH on June 21, 2020, 06:18:27 PM
...or as your laundry bag
You can ask for more then one........
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moish on June 21, 2020, 06:20:36 PM
You can ask for more then one........

I just stick with the tried and true supermarket shopping bag. Works fine...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: KSMH on June 21, 2020, 06:23:07 PM
I just stick with the tried and true supermarket shopping bag. Works fine...
They are usually not as strong, hotel luandry bags are usually made of a thicker plastic and are bigger then regular plastic bags. They also many times have pull out strings like regular garbage bags.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 21, 2020, 06:59:03 PM
I just stick with the tried and true supermarket shopping bag. Works fine...
Just bring or buy a roll of garbage bags
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: pointer on June 21, 2020, 07:15:00 PM
Just bring or buy a roll of garbage bags
Any advice for a drawer pull that won't stay on, because one of the screw holes in is about 1/8" off from where it should be? It ends up ruining the threading in the pull. Swapped it out for a new one and in a few weeks the same thing happened again.

This style drawer pull:
(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcT_E2-wwY99t80s6uULgWyqGKqlUx0N3ueaFcsOfK7BDZeWe-VLnUboHACATfizL6YBNjiSixs&usqp=CAc)
Just buy a new drawer.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on June 21, 2020, 07:18:29 PM
Use a Hotels plastic luandry bag as your cars garbage bag while traveling.
Tried and true.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 21, 2020, 07:30:35 PM
Just buy a new drawer.
garbage bags are cheaper :D
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Jellybelly on June 22, 2020, 05:46:52 PM
Can I request a hack? Seems like we have a lot of hackers here
My dining room gets very hot in the summer, the main reason is that one of the AC vents are blocked by a big piece of furniture. I was able to move the furniture about an inch away from the vent, but it’s not helping much. Anyone have any ideas how to direct the flow of air to the side?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on June 22, 2020, 05:56:01 PM
Can I request a hack? Seems like we have a lot of hackers here
My dining room gets very hot in the summer, the main reason is that one of the AC vents are blocked by a big piece of furniture. I was able to move the furniture about an inch away from the vent, but it’s not helping much. Anyone have any ideas how to direct the flow of air to the side?
https://www.pinterest.com/tfirah/redirecting-air-flow/
looks like a bit of work, but who doesnt have endless time on their hands these days! you can also just take the inspiration and make ur own little pipes
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 22, 2020, 06:00:55 PM
https://www.pinterest.com/tfirah/redirecting-air-flow/
looks like a bit of work, but who doesnt have endless time on their hands these days! you can also just take the inspiration and make ur own little pipes
Omg I have been looking for this forever! Thanks!

We have a similar problem but also bc house was built with ALL vents at floor level and apparently the intake needs to be higher up to circulate properly.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on June 22, 2020, 06:01:17 PM
Can I request a hack? Seems like we have a lot of hackers here
My dining room gets very hot in the summer, the main reason is that one of the AC vents are blocked by a big piece of furniture. I was able to move the furniture about an inch away from the vent, but it’s not helping much. Anyone have any ideas how to direct the flow of air to the side?
Calling us hackers is like the yeshiva guy on a date who told the girl that his father was a programmer because he made all his money off government programs.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Essen est zich on June 22, 2020, 06:18:56 PM
Best way to get rid of flies? Fruit flies?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on June 22, 2020, 06:25:59 PM
Best way to get rid of flies? Fruit flies?
get rid of what its going after
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on June 22, 2020, 06:32:18 PM
Just bring or buy a roll of garbage bags
Grocery bags are free.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 22, 2020, 06:37:39 PM
Grocery bags are free.
idk about you all but I find that over the course of 3-4 days of vacation we can use a nice portion of a pack of garbage bags, and it's much simpler and more convenient than being busy with small shopping bags.

But then that might not be a hack :)

Here's my life hack: stay in hotels with a walmart or target close by, and then instead of shlepping waterbottles, garbage bags ;), even possibly produce, and anything you forgot to pack, just buy it there.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: srap on June 22, 2020, 07:28:27 PM
Best way to get rid of flies? Fruit flies?
Too much fruit with the kid lunch program?  ;)

I just take a jar with a half cup or so of apple cider vinegar (or apple juice), cover it with a piece of plastic wrap held in place with a rubberband, then make holes with a toothpick (large enough for the flies to fly in).  These are dumb insects.  They usually can not find their way out.  Really cool if your jar is glass and you have the stomach for and can watch their entire lifecycle (just over a week).  Let me know how it works for you.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: how on June 22, 2020, 08:04:29 PM
Best way to get rid of flies? Fruit flies?
A leave an open half-full bottle of strong wine
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: how on June 22, 2020, 08:11:35 PM
bake the chicken over the raw rice in the pan
+1
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: how on June 22, 2020, 08:12:45 PM
Use a Hotels plastic luandry bag as your cars garbage bag while traveling.
For the Is it ethical thread?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: how on June 22, 2020, 08:15:34 PM
https://www.bakerstonebox.com/
Hmm looks like a good Matzah Oven!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Dan on June 22, 2020, 08:26:26 PM
Can it be shared across accounts? Any drawback?
Take a look.
https://www.amazon.com/businessprime#planTable
Ineligible for most coupons, credit card offers, no rush, household account, etc.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: grodnoking on June 22, 2020, 09:26:16 PM
Best way to get rid of flies? Fruit flies?
Try fly paper
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on June 22, 2020, 10:39:06 PM
I just take a jar with a half cup or so of apple cider vinegar (or apple juice), cover it with a piece of plastic wrap held in place with a rubberband, then make holes with a toothpick (large enough for the flies to fly in).  These are dumb insects.  They usually can not find their way out.  Really cool if your jar is glass and you have the stomach for and can watch their entire lifecycle (just over a week).  Let me know how it works for you.
+1

I would add, use an old small medicine container (like from an Advil). Punch a whole out of the cover, take the corner of a Ziploc bag and make a whole in it, spread it into the container with the point downwards, and pop the cap back on. Your all set!

(Pro tip: a drop of soap in the solution breaks the surface tension and makes them drown)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ExGingi on June 22, 2020, 10:59:20 PM
Ineligible for most coupons, credit card offers, no rush, household account, etc.

Can one do 50 cent gift card balance reloads on a business prime account?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yungermanchik on June 23, 2020, 02:29:39 PM
I pull the sensor wire a little bit out of the window air conditioner unit, so it should have a basically accurate reading of the room temperature.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on June 23, 2020, 02:48:37 PM
I pull the sensor wire a little bit out of the unit, so it should have a basically accurate reading of the room temperature.
Which type of unit?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 23, 2020, 02:51:44 PM
Which type of unit?
here's a bit of background:
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=117283.msg2281051#msg2281051
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yungermanchik on June 23, 2020, 02:53:33 PM
Which type of unit?
Sorry, I just fixed the original post.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on June 23, 2020, 04:01:16 PM
Sorry, I just fixed the original post.
Gotcha, been there done that:)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: srap on June 23, 2020, 04:12:39 PM
+1
...
(Pro tip: a drop of soap in the solution breaks the surface tension and makes them drown)
I know Google recommends that, but then you miss out on watching them through the entire life cycle. They eventually die either way.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on June 23, 2020, 04:18:53 PM
I know Google recommends that, but then you miss out on watching them through the entire life cycle. They eventually die either way.
Alright I'll edit:
For all those looking for a fruit fly aquarium, please leave out the soap.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: srap on June 23, 2020, 04:38:59 PM
Alright I'll edit:
For all those looking for a fruit fly aquarium, please leave out the soap.
:D Perfect edit!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: joe1234 on June 23, 2020, 07:37:47 PM
on the topic of tradition soup. I wouldn't recommend eating it, but for those that do eat it.
If you struggle to eat the long noodles, just try squeezing the cup BEFORE pouring in the hot water.
What a life saver!! My kids can finally eat them normally...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on June 23, 2020, 11:47:41 PM
windows + L to switch users
Windows + E opens explorer (default loads to libraries but can be changed to load my PC)
Windows + X will show a list of useful things that can be accessed by one letter (example windows + x then k will open disk management)

There's more, but these I use most often.
I forget to mention one of the most underrated / unknown features, windows key + H, try it out and you'll know what i mean
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yuneeq on June 24, 2020, 12:47:28 AM
More precisely for laptop specific use, clicking both the right and left click buttons will do the trick.
On that note:
windows + L to switch users
Windows + E opens explorer (default loads to libraries but can be changed to load my PC)
Windows + X will show a list of useful things that can be accessed by one letter (example windows + x then k will open disk management)

There's more, but these I use most often.

For Mac - I survive on keyboard shortcuts

Command q - quit program
Command w - close window
Command h - hide current app
Command tab - toggle through apps, hit the tilde symbol above tab to move in other direction
Command + number - change to browser tab #
Control + tab - switch  to next tab
Command + tilde - switch to next window in same app
Command + n - new window
Command + shift + n - new folder
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yitzyul on June 24, 2020, 09:51:50 AM
on the topic of tradition soup. I wouldn't recommend eating it, but for those that do eat it.
If you struggle to eat the long noodles, just try squeezing the cup BEFORE pouring in the hot water.
Can you elaborate? My kids have this issue. Squeeze the cup? won't it crack?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Jellybelly on June 24, 2020, 09:57:30 AM
Can you elaborate? My kids have this issue. Squeeze the cup? won't it crack?
I’m guessing he means to push down on the noodles to crack them before putting in water. Never tried but sounds like a good idea
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mootkim on June 24, 2020, 10:29:27 AM
Can you elaborate? My kids have this issue. Squeeze the cup? won't it crack?
The Gefen ones have pretty thick cups so if you squeeze it a little you won't crack the whole cup. Obviously dont squeeze the cup to a pulp but squeeze it enough on all sides and you will crack a lot of the noodles
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on June 24, 2020, 10:50:30 AM
The Gefen ones have pretty thick cups so if you squeeze it a little you won't crack the whole cup. Obviously dont squeeze the cup to a pulp but squeeze it enough on all sides and you will crack a lot of the noodles
And this also helps you get rid of pen-marks on your fingers when you start putting in the hot water and it seeps through the cracks in the cup...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Naftuli19 on June 24, 2020, 01:44:06 PM
If you have a mostly empty container ( mayo, PB, etc..) lay it down on its side and spin it, it should bring it all to the top.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: KSMH on June 24, 2020, 07:35:16 PM
here's a bit of background:
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=117283.msg2281051#msg2281051
Or if you need your room a bit colder then cover the sensor or buy

COOLBOT Gen6 2015-2019 (Blue) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07T32HF9H/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_apa_i_fm-8Eb9ZD67YT
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on June 25, 2020, 01:35:57 PM
Wash your glasses with soap and air dry, to add a fog preventing layer on them. Especially useful for wearing masks!
(You can in addition pull the mask up higher and put you glasses above the mask)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: SwellCindy on June 25, 2020, 03:42:20 PM
If you have a mostly empty container ( mayo, PB, etc..) lay it down on its side and spin it, it should bring it all to the top.

We just make sure the cover is sealed tightly, then shake downwards strongly 2-3 times - stuff slides right out.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: pointer on June 25, 2020, 03:50:29 PM
We just make sure the cover is sealed tightly, then shake downwards strongly 2-3 times - stuff slides right out.
Ummmm no sir.
As the world can attest, that does not work.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Chapshnell on June 25, 2020, 03:53:16 PM
I open a banana like a monkey.. I dont break off the top.. I use 4 fingers to pinch the bottom open
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: elazarmn on June 25, 2020, 03:59:45 PM
We just make sure the cover is sealed tightly, then shake downwards strongly 2-3 times - stuff slides right out.
I think he may be talking about those big jars.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on June 25, 2020, 05:11:00 PM
I open a banana like a monkey.. I dont break off the top.. I use 4 fingers to pinch the bottom open
but you must also know how a duck opens bananas..  :P
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mtrasb on June 25, 2020, 06:22:11 PM
Too much fruit with the kid lunch program?  ;)

I just take a jar with a half cup or so of apple cider vinegar (or apple juice), cover it with a piece of plastic wrap held in place with a rubberband, then make holes with a toothpick (large enough for the flies to fly in).  These are dumb insects.  They usually can not find their way out.  Really cool if your jar is glass and you have the stomach for and can watch their entire lifecycle (just over a week).  Let me know how it works for you.

Tzaar baalei Chaim much?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 25, 2020, 06:41:46 PM
Tzaar baalei Chaim much?

+1

THIS LINK IS A JOKE

https://www.peta.org/action/humanely-remove-bugs/
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on June 25, 2020, 11:56:14 PM
Tzaar baalei Chaim much?
Shabbos 110B
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: beeweegee on June 26, 2020, 01:57:33 AM
I open a banana like a monkey.. I dont break off the top.. I use 4 fingers to pinch the bottom open
Username checks out.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 28, 2020, 11:22:16 PM
If you want to insert a few words of Hebrew or Yiddish into your text, and you haven't yet figured out how to do this in the usual way  :-[, go to Google Translate (https://translate.google.com/) and input the English word in the English > Hebrew (or Yiddish) translator. You can copy and paste the answer.

If this doesn't get you the word you want,  use the Hebrew > English translator.  In the corner of the Hebrew side, there's a tiny Hebrew keyboard that you can use to spell the word, then copy and paste.

At least this works on the PC, IDK about the phone app.

(https://i.imgur.com/TqlN7mh.png)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 28, 2020, 11:23:22 PM

goes well with this (but here we are going off topic)

(https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/workaround.png)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: SwellCindy on June 29, 2020, 01:43:19 AM
- Serving & Refrigerating Shabbos Fish -

1 - Always wear disposable gloves when serving, so
a- can directly touch food to 'plate it' nicer / easier
b- hands don't get sticky & don't need to use so many napkins to clean them / don't need to keep washing hands (preventing dry skin)

2 - When storing over Shabbos, use only disposable pans. Not worth storing in a reusable container - washing, removing odor, etc. For a few cents every week, the pan can be tossed in the garbage and no hassle involved.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on June 29, 2020, 01:49:51 AM
Whoever posted here (can't find it now) the hack for screenshots - using the Windows-Shift-S keys - thank you! I started using it, and it's great! I also love the editing pane that you can open after taking the screenshot.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 29, 2020, 10:05:45 AM
- Serving & Refrigerating Shabbos Fish -

1 - Always wear disposable gloves when serving, so
a- can directly touch food to 'plate it' nicer / easier
b- hands don't get sticky & don't need to use so many napkins to clean them / don't need to keep washing hands (preventing dry skin)

2 - When storing over Shabbos, use only disposable pans. Not worth storing in a reusable container - washing, removing odor, etc. For a few cents every week, the pan can be tossed in the garbage and no hassle involved.
This comes in clutch for BBQ especially at a park where you might not have a sink nearby
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on June 29, 2020, 11:27:55 AM
Like reading jokes? Request Kindle samples of joke books from Amazon. You get to read a few chapters of each, and you don't get left in middle of a story like a regular book.

I did this with Uncle John's Bathroom Readers. I read more than a book's worth of content for free, just by requesting samples of all the books.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: SSLPhD on June 29, 2020, 01:16:37 PM
Whoever posted here (can't find it now) the hack for screenshots - using the Windows-Shift-S keys - thank you! I started using it, and it's great! I also love the editing pane that you can open after taking the screenshot.
Is this much different from hitting the Print Screen button to save a screenshot to the clipboard?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on June 29, 2020, 01:28:05 PM
Is this much different from hitting the Print Screen button to save a screenshot to the clipboard?
Absolutely! It's more similar to the Snip-it application, though I like it better. Why don't you try it? I assure you, your keyboard won't zap you for trying.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on June 29, 2020, 01:36:39 PM
Is this much different from hitting the Print Screen button to save a screenshot to the clipboard?
Try using Greenshot.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 29, 2020, 01:39:07 PM
Is this much different from hitting the Print Screen button to save a screenshot to the clipboard?
yes, like this you can choose the area to screenshot, and you can mark it up before copying it elsewhere.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on June 29, 2020, 01:41:24 PM
yes, like this you can choose the area to screenshot, and you can mark it up before copying it elsewhere.
Try using Greenshot.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 29, 2020, 01:42:30 PM

I use greenshot too, for when I want to upload the screenshot to imgur. But if I want to copy the actual image I find win-shift-s faster (plus no need to install anything for it)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moko on June 29, 2020, 01:59:34 PM
- Serving & Refrigerating Shabbos Fish -

1 - Always wear disposable gloves when serving, so
a- can directly touch food to 'plate it' nicer / easier
b- hands don't get sticky & don't need to use so many napkins to clean them / don't need to keep washing hands (preventing dry skin)

2 - When storing over Shabbos, use only disposable pans. Not worth storing in a reusable container - washing, removing odor, etc. For a few cents every week, the pan can be tossed in the garbage and no hassle involved.
why is this "hack" specifically for Shabbos fish and not all food prep? That's what we do...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 29, 2020, 02:01:41 PM
More general hack: For foods that smell, store them in disposable pans (or even ziplocs) instead of containers in your fridge.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moko on June 29, 2020, 02:03:54 PM
More general hack: For foods that smell, store them in disposable pans (or even ziplocs) instead of containers in your fridge.
that's how we store everything. With the price of disposable pans and containers as low as they are, it's not worth using real. Except for the environment of course
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 29, 2020, 02:04:57 PM
that's how we store everything. With the price of disposable pans and containers as low as they are, it's not worth using real. Except for the environment of course
Or buy those cheap deli containers and if it takes more than 20 seconds to wash (depends what was stored in it), just throw it out
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moko on June 29, 2020, 02:32:34 PM

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Or buy those cheap deli containers and if it takes more than 20 seconds to wash (depends what was stored in it), just throw it out
that's how we store everything. With the price of disposable pans and containers as low as they are, it's not worth using real. Except for the environment of course
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moish on June 29, 2020, 02:49:14 PM
But I hate opening the fridge to find foil pans. Much prefer to see glass containers.

Also, why does  everyone's fish smell? Might be worthwhile to invest in fresh fish...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on June 29, 2020, 02:50:14 PM
But I hate opening the fridge to find foil pans. Much prefer to see glass containers.

Also, why does  everyone's fish smell? Might be worthwhile to invest in fresh fish...
By the time shabbos is over it's not fresh anymore :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: pointer on June 29, 2020, 03:19:20 PM

Also, why does  everyone's fish smell? Might be worthwhile to invest in fresh fish...
Can I assume you serve baked fish?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: SwellCindy on June 30, 2020, 12:21:04 AM
why is this "hack" specifically for Shabbos fish and not all food prep? That's what we do...

Hmmm let's see, I find that people typically use lg. utensils when serving food in their own home, they don't necessarily don gloves. However, when serving gefilte fish alongside white fish or salmon with fish sauce, the "fish course" tends to require a bit more (dexterity?) flexibility to serve neatly & I prefer to 'handle' it better - pardon the pun - , hence the gloves suggestion.  Perhaps it's also a personal preference, I wouldn't serve anyone in my household food at a meal that I touched directly, even with spotless hands, not talking about putting cookies in a bag for a child  ::)
With respect to all other minhagim regarding fish at the seudah, it goes without saying... Though if I were plating only say, salmon fillet, I think a turner would do the job just fine and I'd most likely skip the gloves.

In regard to using a disposable pan, I know many who put their cooked fish in reusable containers over Shabbos and wash after. Since years in the kitchen have taught me that fish in particular, even really fresh, even for one day, can leave an odor, I figured I'd point out something that works for me. Also, the more thrifty among us who prefer to wash even food storage items, may not have thought of splurging on a disposable for just this one thing. But you are correct, it may not classify as a "hack" per se, more of a 'dealing with fish'/kitchen/food tip perhaps.

ETA: Boy oh boy the "bold" on DDF is BOLD
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: SwellCindy on June 30, 2020, 12:24:03 AM
@etech0 "challah bags" are my middle name lol...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on June 30, 2020, 12:28:00 AM
@SwellCindy just curious do you also where gloves when cooking or are you willing to touch food then with appropriate hand washing?
Do you wear gloves when setting table as not to touch plates and silverwear? 
I find that fish in a disposable pan will allow the odor to leak into the rest of fridge and prefer a properly sealable container which is dedicated - fish only.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Luvtotravel on June 30, 2020, 01:50:48 AM
Best way to get rid of flies? Fruit flies?
https://www.amazon.com/FlyPunch-Non-Toxic-Fruit-Trap-ounces/dp/B00WMZMHPW/ref=sxts_sxwds-bia-wc-p13n1_0?crid=2LVZ5IGMXQFT&cv_ct_cx=aunt+fannies+flypunch&dchild=1&keywords=aunt+fannies+flypunch&pd_rd_i=B00WMZMHPW&pd_rd_r=d0e31e2c-e936-4b02-896e-73734f4aa203&pd_rd_w=FFs5Q&pd_rd_wg=1zoaY&pf_rd_p=1da5beeb-8f71-435c-b5c5-3279a6171294&pf_rd_r=DB61A9JGT5KH3VPV5X3F&psc=1&qid=1593496207&sprefix=aunt+fa%2Caps%2C342&sr=1-1-70f7c15d-07d8-466a-b325-4be35d7258cc
thank me later. tried every home remedy until i discovered this
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Naftuli19 on July 02, 2020, 10:50:20 AM
Deep Frying Hack:
If you dont want to make any pots dirty and/or you dont know how to control the temp in a pot, you can put oil in to a silver pan and put into the oven at 400` + give it 5-10 min and add ur food.

tried this yesterday and came out great,
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Naftuli19 on July 02, 2020, 10:55:37 AM
I have been doing this for years,

if you have a half full back of snack, fold it inwards from the bottom to push up the chips for easy access and you can also use it as a stand so the bag doesn't fall on its side.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: pointer on July 02, 2020, 11:11:37 AM
Deep Frying Hack:
If you dont want to make any pots dirty and/or you dont know how to control the temp in a pot, you can put oil in to a silver pan and put into the oven at 400` + give it 5-10 min and add ur food.

tried this yesterday and came out great,
Great hack!
Will try.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ckmk47 on July 02, 2020, 11:47:07 AM
Deep Frying Hack:
If you dont want to make any pots dirty and/or you dont know how to control the temp in a pot, you can put oil in to a silver pan and put into the oven at 400` + give it 5-10 min and add ur food.

tried this yesterday and came out great,

I assume it makes your oven all oil-splashed, though.
Or can you cover the pan?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on July 02, 2020, 11:49:30 AM
Deep Frying Hack:
If you dont want to make any pots dirty and/or you dont know how to control the temp in a pot, you can put oil in to a silver pan and put into the oven at 400` + give it 5-10 min and add ur food.

tried this yesterday and came out great,
USE EXTREME CAUTION! If the foil pan bends or if the oil sloshes over the edge, you can CH"V be facing serious burns.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Naftuli19 on July 02, 2020, 12:03:24 PM
USE EXTREME CAUTION! If the foil pan bends or if the oil sloshes over the edge, you can CH"V be facing serious burns.
y would you take it off the rack?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Naftuli19 on July 02, 2020, 12:04:45 PM
I assume it makes your oven all oil-splashed,
At 400` it was fine
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: elazarmn on July 02, 2020, 12:12:41 PM
What do you do with the excess oil (stam shailah)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Naftuli19 on July 02, 2020, 12:17:56 PM
What do you do with the excess oil (stam shailah)
i try to save it and use it for the next frying session (lots of flavor)  but wouldn't store it to long
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 02, 2020, 12:41:48 PM
What do you do with the excess oil (stam shailah)
Sell it to your local mechanic :D
(Another life hack)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on July 02, 2020, 12:42:51 PM
y would you take it off the rack?
You maybe wouldn't, but someone else may. Hence the caution advisory.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 02, 2020, 01:30:38 PM
You maybe wouldn't, but someone else may. Hence the EXTREME caution advisory.
FTFY
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on July 02, 2020, 11:15:35 PM
Want to play pacman?
Google pacman
Type on the google search box “google pacman” and press the “I’m feeling lucky” button. You’ll see google home page with pacman themes and you can play the game also.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on July 05, 2020, 08:14:12 AM
Never knew this until I got this!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on July 05, 2020, 11:51:52 AM
Never knew this until I got this!
no way. Is this real?? That’s cool. Why don’t they put tiny numbers there to let the world know their intention?  :o it’s like fedex running an ad to point out the arrow in the logo 🤦‍♂️
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on July 05, 2020, 12:01:26 PM
no way. Is this real?? That’s cool. Why don’t they put tiny numbers there to let the world know their intention?  :o it’s like fedex running an ad to point out the arrow in the logo 🤦‍♂️
After Googling it, it seems like Solo claims that it is not intentional. But it seems to be pretty accurate measurements. Solo even put out an ad acknowledging it. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/solo-cup-markings/
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Essen est zich on July 08, 2020, 03:33:17 PM
My knife set is going dull. And the knife sharpener that came along with the base does not work.
Can anyone confirm that a knife sharpener rod works?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 08, 2020, 03:45:17 PM
My knife set is going dull. And the knife sharpener that came along with the base does not work.
Can anyone confirm that a knife sharpener rod works?
They do indeed, diamond-coated is the best
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: pointer on July 08, 2020, 03:52:07 PM
My knife set is going dull. And the knife sharpener that came along with the base does not work.
Can anyone confirm that a knife sharpener rod works?
Some rods are not sharpeners. They are honing steel, it wont shave off from your edge, it's for maintenance.
If it's really dull, you should use a sharpener.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Naftuli19 on July 09, 2020, 05:47:02 PM
My knife set is going dull. And the knife sharpener that came along with the base does not work.
Can anyone confirm that a knife sharpener rod works?
If they are expensive knifes and you dont want to be busy sharpening them try out Knife Aid.
https://knifeaid.com/
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mtrasb on July 09, 2020, 06:58:46 PM
Anyone have any fast day life hacks?

It's a little late for before fast prep (hydrate, hydrate, hydrate) but what about during the fast?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 09, 2020, 07:00:59 PM
distractions
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 09, 2020, 07:12:45 PM
Anyone have any fast day life hacks?

It's a little late for before fast prep (hydrate, hydrate, hydrate) but what about during the fast?
AYLOR Pills may be more easily permissible then you think ;)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 09, 2020, 07:13:32 PM
Some people really like caffeine pills
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ckmk47 on July 09, 2020, 08:47:19 PM
Some people really like caffeine pills
I haven't checked recently, but in BoroPark you used to be able to get caffeine suppositories. No eating.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Jellybelly on July 09, 2020, 08:50:13 PM
Some people really like caffeine pills

Just took a caffeine pill for the first time in a tanis, always managed without. But I think I doubled my caffeine intake over the last 3 months.
Took 1 No Doze and BH no headache since!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 09, 2020, 08:59:17 PM
Just took a caffeine pill for the first time in a tanis, always managed without. But I think I doubled my caffeine intake over the last 3 months.
Took 1 No Doze and BH no headache since!
I'm a non-coffee guy, yet still get headaches, any life hack?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Jellybelly on July 09, 2020, 09:01:35 PM
I'm a non-coffee guy, yet still get headaches, any life hack?
Sleep?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 09, 2020, 09:02:25 PM
I'm a non-coffee guy, yet still get headaches, any life hack?
Do you drink tea or coke or snapple? That could still be a caffeine issue.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 09, 2020, 09:04:56 PM
Sleep?
Always made it worse (when waking up)

Do you drink tea or coke or snapple? That could still be a caffeine issue.
not on a daily bases
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yitzgar on July 09, 2020, 09:48:22 PM
I'm a non-coffee guy, yet still get headaches, any life hack?
Probably dehydration
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: pointer on July 09, 2020, 10:32:11 PM
Anyone have any fast day life hacks?

It's a little late for before fast prep (hydrate, hydrate, hydrate) but what about during the fast?
A little late here.

Next time go to the moon.

R' Moshe Sternbuch holds that if you go up to the moon you are exempt from any Mitzvah that has to do with time (Shabbos, Yom tov, Tefillah etc.).

However he does say, that therefore you are prohibited from going up there.
So ask your LOR  ;)

Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on July 09, 2020, 11:48:48 PM
Do you drink tea or coke or snapple? That could still be a caffeine issue.
I only drink cool-aid
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on July 09, 2020, 11:56:57 PM
I only drink cool-aid
Life hack: replace the water in Kool aid with vodka.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yuneeq on July 10, 2020, 01:10:58 AM
Life hack: replace the water in Kool aid with vodka.

Vodka will dehydrate you
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 10, 2020, 08:55:26 AM
Vodka will dehydrate you
So will cool-aid ;)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: srap on July 10, 2020, 10:14:11 AM
FACEMASK hack - you have to try this to believe it!

The cheap, blue, flimsy surgical ones that have a super loose fit around the sides...can be altered easily for a snug fit.
1.  Fold the mask in half horizontally (the long way) [so you have a long thin rectangle]
2.  Tie a knot in the right earloop string where both ends attach to the mask, as close to the mask as possible
3.  Do the same for the left earloop string
4.  On each side, tuck in the open hole above the knot to be under the knot
5.  Fit the mask over your nose and chin now and look in the mirror at the difference

This will actually work with any mask that is loose fitting around the ears.

Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on July 12, 2020, 12:43:13 AM
FACEMASK hack - you have to try this to believe it!

The cheap, blue, flimsy surgical ones that have a super loose fit around the sides...can be altered easily for a snug fit.
1.  Fold the mask in half horizontally (the long way) [so you have a long thin rectangle]
2.  Tie a knot in the right earloop string where both ends attach to the mask, as close to the mask as possible
3.  Do the same for the left earloop string
4.  On each side, tuck in the open hole above the knot to be under the knot
5.  Fit the mask over your nose and chin now and look in the mirror at the difference

This will actually work with any mask that is loose fitting around the ears.
you know what they say-a picture is worth a thousand words... :-X
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moko on July 12, 2020, 07:26:12 AM
FACEMASK hack - you have to try this to believe it!

The cheap, blue, flimsy surgical ones that have a super loose fit around the sides...can be altered easily for a snug fit.
1.  Fold the mask in half horizontally (the long way) [so you have a long thin rectangle]
2.  Tie a knot in the right earloop string where both ends attach to the mask, as close to the mask as possible
3.  Do the same for the left earloop string
4.  On each side, tuck in the open hole above the knot to be under the knot
5.  Fit the mask over your nose and chin now and look in the mirror at the difference

This will actually work with any mask that is loose fitting around the ears.
tl:dr version.... Tie the ear loops for a tighter fitting mask
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mootkim on July 12, 2020, 08:16:50 AM
FACEMASK hack - you have to try this to believe it!

The cheap, blue, flimsy surgical ones that have a super loose fit around the sides...can be altered easily for a snug fit.
1.  Fold the mask in half horizontally (the long way) [so you have a long thin rectangle]
2.  Tie a knot in the right earloop string where both ends attach to the mask, as close to the mask as possible
3.  Do the same for the left earloop string
4.  On each side, tuck in the open hole above the knot to be under the knot
5.  Fit the mask over your nose and chin now and look in the mirror at the difference

This will actually work with any mask that is loose fitting around the ears.
or just twist around the ear loops a bunch of times before putting on your ears
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yesitsme on July 12, 2020, 11:49:02 AM
https://www.thelakewoodscoop.com/news/2020/07/surveillance-video-with-too-many-things-to-carry-this-thief-found-a-solution.html
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: srap on July 12, 2020, 01:06:29 PM
or just twist around the ear loops a bunch of times before putting on your ears
Why do this each time instead of a one time only permanent solution oftying a knot on each side?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moko on July 12, 2020, 01:33:40 PM
Why do this each time instead of a one time only permanent solution oftying a knot on each side?
ohhh... Is that what you meant to write?
FACEMASK hack - you have to try this to believe it!

The cheap, blue, flimsy surgical ones that have a super loose fit around the sides...can be altered easily for a snug fit.
1.  Fold the mask in half horizontally (the long way) [so you have a long thin rectangle]
2.  Tie a knot in the right earloop string where both ends attach to the mask, as close to the mask as possible
3.  Do the same for the left earloop string
4.  On each side, tuck in the open hole above the knot to be under the knot
5.  Fit the mask over your nose and chin now and look in the mirror at the difference

This will actually work with any mask that is loose fitting around the ears.


Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: srap on July 12, 2020, 04:52:26 PM
ohhh... Is that what you meant to write?
If that is how you want to simplify it, then that is the main hack.  Don't forget to tuck in the fabric, though. 
Hey--instead of making fun of me, TRY IT.  It really works!  :D
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ExGingi on July 12, 2020, 06:59:03 PM
tl:dr version.... Tie the ear loops for a tighter fitting mask

Most masks that I've tried since February were too tight and pulling on my ears. I find posts of "better fitting face masks" to be clickbait, as they actually propose to make things worse!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 12, 2020, 07:15:22 PM
If that is how you want to simplify it, then that is the main hack.  Don't forget to tuck in the fabric, though. 
Hey--instead of making fun of me, TRY IT.  It really works!  :D
If you find and post a gif people will be more likely to understand how to do it, instead of looking at the instructions and spacing out halfway through :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yungermanchik on July 12, 2020, 07:18:07 PM
Instead of blowing on hot food for a small child, hold it in front of the A/C vent. It cools it much faster and with much less effort.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 12, 2020, 07:20:02 PM
Instead of blowing on hot food for a small child, hold it in front of the A/C vent. It cools it much faster and with much less effort.
Or in the winter put it on a (drafty) windowsill, or stick it in the freezer for a minute or two.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 12, 2020, 07:21:01 PM
Instead of blowing on hot food for a small child, hold it in front of the A/C vent. It cools it much faster and with much less effort.
https://www.herzindagi.com/health/why-blowing-babys-food-is-a-no-no-article-102462
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mootkim on July 12, 2020, 07:24:03 PM
Instead of blowing on hot food for a small child, hold it in front of the A/C vent. It cools it much faster and with much less effort.
I always do this for myself. Especially with friday afternoon cholent that you always scald your tastebuds on.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yungermanchik on July 12, 2020, 07:32:19 PM
or stick it in the freezer for a minute or two.
I prefer my method to the freezer method because I don't want the steam getting on everything in the freezer before it cools down.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 12, 2020, 08:36:50 PM
I prefer my method to the freezer method because I don't want the steam getting on everything in the freezer before it cools down.
Your food must be really hot!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on July 12, 2020, 08:39:34 PM
I always do this for myself. Especially with friday afternoon cholent that you always scald your tastebuds on.
I do this for my kool aid. The vodka ensures it doesnt freeze
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Naftuli19 on July 13, 2020, 04:17:44 PM
Instead of blowing on hot food for a small child, hold it in front of the A/C vent. It cools it much faster and with much less effort.
Also you can add ice cubes
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ckmk47 on July 14, 2020, 12:25:01 AM
I wave my hand at it.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on July 14, 2020, 11:07:53 AM
I wave my hand at it.
add to wiki ☝
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: CountValentine on July 14, 2020, 11:34:19 AM
I do this for my kool aid. The vodka ensures it doesnt freeze
Try a watermelon also.  ;)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mtrasb on July 14, 2020, 07:36:08 PM
Instead of blowing on hot food for a small child, hold it in front of the A/C vent. It cools it much faster and with much less effort.

The added dust and skin cells cool down the flavor too.
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Post by: yungermanchik on July 14, 2020, 07:57:23 PM
The added dust and skin cells cool down the flavor too.
Does your A/C not have a filter?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yungermanchik on July 14, 2020, 08:31:31 PM
A few things to do with soup chicken:
Shred the chicken and;
1) mix with BBQ sauce (or honey BBQ) and serve in a taco or bun [pulled chicken]
2) mix shwarma spice and oil and mix in and serve in pita with the works ["mock" shwarma]
3) mix with teriyaki sauce and serve over rice
much more of a patchka but
4) mix with diced pastrami and duck sauce and put into a crepe [chicken & pastrami blintz]

Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 14, 2020, 09:33:10 PM
To remove a stubborn bandaid, first use a blow dryer to blow warm air on it for about a minute. The heat will melt the glue and the bandaid will come off easily and painlessly.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 14, 2020, 09:35:56 PM
To remove a stubborn bandaid, first use a blow dryer to blow warm air on it for about a minute. The heat will melt the glue and the bandaid will come off easily and painlessly.
On that note:
Remove your band-aid by night and leave it open to air, to let the wound oxidize and heal nicely.
(Unless it's needed for pressure)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ckmk47 on July 14, 2020, 09:52:00 PM
I use silvadene on most any wound.  It's a prescription cream for burns, but is great to promote healing.
Bactroban, also prescription, works well, too.


Bacitracin, over the counter, is next up.
Many swear by Arnica.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yitzgar on July 14, 2020, 10:07:51 PM
To remove a stubborn bandaid, first use a blow dryer to blow warm air on it for about a minute. The heat will melt the glue and the bandaid will come off easily and painlessly.
Use band aid brand and you will have less issues removing it...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yossig on July 14, 2020, 11:59:40 PM
A few things to do with soup chicken:
Shred the chicken and;
1) mix with BBQ sauce (or honey BBQ) and serve in a taco or bun [pulled chicken]
2) mix shwarma spice and oil and mix in and serve in pita with the works ["mock" shwarma]
3) mix with teriyaki sauce and serve over rice
much more of a patchka but
4) mix with diced pastrami and duck sauce and put into a crepe [chicken & pastrami blintz]
or you can just use chicken bones and then discard it
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 15, 2020, 12:09:53 AM
Use band aid brand and you will have less issues removing it...
As long as it's not the type that you need to replace each time you wash your hands!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 15, 2020, 12:23:15 AM
When flying a budget airline (which charges for water), ask them for ice in the beginning of the flight, they commonly don't charge and it's quit refreshing to suck on. (not to mention the satisfaction of seeing your seatmate's face who just bought water for $4!)

If you actually want it to melt, you may want to do as directed here:
I wave my hand at it.

Life hack #2: NEVER fly a budget airline:)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: SOS on July 15, 2020, 02:20:14 AM
When flying a budget airline (which charges for water), ask them for ice in the beginning of the flight, they commonly don't charge and it's quit refreshing to suck on. (not to mention the satisfaction of seeing your seatmate's face who just bought water for $4!)



Repost

A drink water on Spirit usually costs $3.
But you can get it free by ordering ice cubes (which is the only free thing on Spirit) and wait for it to melt.

This deal will probably die soon once it gets out on the internet. So hurry.
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Post by: Yo ssi on July 15, 2020, 02:36:35 AM
Repost
Just reposting it in it's proper thread ;)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 15, 2020, 10:02:18 PM
Make a custom shortcut to any web-page!

Drag the URL to your desktop to create a shortcut.
Right click the shortcut you created and hit properties.
Under "Shortcut Key" assign your shortcut.
And voilà it's done!

ETA:
Same can be done to any program in windows.
(Be sure to keep that shortcut stored somewhere on your computer or the shortcut won't work anymore.)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on July 15, 2020, 10:08:07 PM
Make a custom shortcut to any web-page!

Drag the URL to your desktop to create a shortcut.
Right click the shortcut you created and hit properties.
Under "Shortcut Key" assign your shortcut.
And voilà it's done!
Can you explain that step?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 15, 2020, 10:13:07 PM
Can you explain that step?
Click "none" and put in the shortcut of your choice.

(https://i.postimg.cc/JhDKdJS6/Annotation-2020-07-15-221244.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moko on July 15, 2020, 10:19:28 PM
Make a custom shortcut to any web-page!

Drag the URL to your desktop to create a shortcut.
Right click the shortcut you created and hit properties.
Under "Shortcut Key" assign your shortcut.
And voilà it's done!
or just bookmark it
Not sure why you'd want to clutter your desktop with ahortcuts
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 15, 2020, 10:22:21 PM
or just bookmark it
2 advantages:
No need to touch your mouse.
It's system wide, so no matter where you are the shortcut should work. (provided it's not overridden by another program)

ETA:
Not sure why you'd want to clutter your desktop with ahortcuts
You can place the shortcuts anywhere on your computer
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 15, 2020, 10:28:54 PM
2 advantages:
No need to touch your mouse.
It's system wide, so no matter where you are the shortcut should work. (provided it's not overridden by another program)
alt-d to reach your browser's url bar
start typing the name of the bookmark and it'll show up, you can use the arrows to select it and then press enter
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 15, 2020, 10:30:48 PM
alt-d to reach your browser's url bar
start typing the name of the bookmark and it'll show up, you can use the arrows to select it and then press enter
With that many steps I'd rather use my mouse.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 15, 2020, 10:45:12 PM
With that many steps I'd rather use my mouse.
Once it becomes second nature it's not that many steps anymore :)
And like this you don't have to memorize which keyboard shortcut you gave it (or run out of shortcut options)
Whatever works!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on July 15, 2020, 11:00:21 PM
Once it becomes second nature it's not that many steps anymore :)
And like this you don't have to memorize which keyboard shortcut you gave it (or run out of shortcut options)
Whatever works!
Lifehack get physical knobs, switches, buttons as USB peripherals
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: SSLPhD on July 15, 2020, 11:02:08 PM
With this many shortcut hacks, I'm wondering if anyone else uses vi / vim / gvim for text editing.  (With LATEX for absolutely gorgeous formatted text.)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Euclid on July 15, 2020, 11:04:19 PM
With this many shortcut hacks, I'm wondering if anyone else uses vi / vim / gvim for text editing.  (With LATEX for absolutely gorgeous formatted text.)
Spotted the academic.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 15, 2020, 11:04:25 PM
Once it becomes second nature it's not that many steps anymore :)
And like this you don't have to memorize which keyboard shortcut you gave it (or run out of shortcut options)
Whatever works!
which leads me to my next hack: ;)

Copy the URL you want to access quickly.
Right click the URL on chrome and hit "Edit search engines...".
Hit "Add" and under "Search engine" give it a name.
Under "Keyword" put in a short word that you'll use as your shortcut.
Paste your URL in the last field (ignore the "%s in place of query"), and hit "Add".

Now type into your chrome URL bar, your keyword and hit enter!
(no need for arrow keys and finding your bookmark)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 15, 2020, 11:11:45 PM
which leads me to my next hack: ;)

Copy the URL you want to access quickly.
Right click the URL on chrome and hit "Edit search engines...".
Hit "Add" and under "Search engine" give it a name.
Under "Keyword" put in a short word that you'll use as your shortcut.
Paste your URL in the last field (ignore the "%s in place of query"), and hit "Add".

Now type into your chrome URL bar, your keyword and hit enter!
(no need for arrow keys and finding your bookmark)
this
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yuneeq on July 16, 2020, 01:33:56 AM
Whenever you have a major life decision, and you aren't sure what you should do, go to google.com (or go to your search bar if it defaults to google), and simply type "flip a coin". All your tough decisions will come to a quick conclusion.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on July 16, 2020, 01:48:50 AM
Whenever you have a major life decision, and you aren't sure what you should do, go to google.com (or go to your search bar if it defaults to google), and simply type "flip a coin". All your tough decisions will come to a quick conclusion.
Are you speaking from experience?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yuneeq on July 16, 2020, 02:10:59 AM
Are you speaking from experience?

I might be exaggerating a bit, but if a 50/50 decision is hard to make, there’s no reason to get stuck deciding about it for a week/month/years. If it’s a 50/50 decision, then it means I’m comfortable with choosing either option. If so, why not simplify the process - flip a coin and just do whatever God decided you should do.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Definitions on July 16, 2020, 02:15:40 AM
I might be exaggerating a bit, but if a 50/50 decision is hard to make, there’s no reason to get stuck deciding about it for a week/month/years. If it’s a 50/50 decision, then it means I’m comfortable with choosing either option. If so, why not simplify the process - flip a coin and just do whatever God decided you should do.
I'm assuming there's some formula to decide what the outcome is in the software. Although there's other factors outside the software that I'm sure affect it too, for example the timing.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yuneeq on July 16, 2020, 02:30:35 AM
I'm assuming there's some formula to decide what the outcome is in the software. Although there's other factors outside the software that I'm sure affect it too, for example the timing.

Correct that there’s no algorithm that’s truly random. However for practical purposes, if a randomizer takes into account the exact millisecond that I pushed a button, it’s random enough for me.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ckmk47 on July 16, 2020, 04:02:48 AM
Sometimes, with the flip of a coin or it's equivalent, you realize you have an opinion and you make a decision.  Sometimes even after the coin toss.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moko on July 16, 2020, 05:32:49 AM
Whenever you have a major life decision, and you aren't sure what you should do, go to google.com (or go to your search bar if it defaults to google), and simply type "flip a coin". All your tough decisions will come to a quick conclusion.
I believe that's how the CDC and WHO created their covid19 policies
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 16, 2020, 08:10:10 AM
Whenever you have a major life decision, and you aren't sure what you should do, go to google.com (or go to your search bar if it defaults to google), and simply type "flip a coin". All your tough decisions will come to a quick conclusion.
or just ask the experts on DDF
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: grodnoking on July 16, 2020, 09:47:37 AM
Whenever you have a major life decision, and you aren't sure what you should do, go to google.com (or go to your search bar if it defaults to google), and simply type "flip a coin". All your tough decisions will come to a quick conclusion.
If there are 4 options you can type "spin a dreidle"
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on July 16, 2020, 10:01:30 AM
If there are 4 options you can type "spin a dreidle"
if you're really not sure you can type "play snake" and get away from it all
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 16, 2020, 10:07:21 AM
If there are 4 options you can type "spin a dreidle"
First decide which option corresponds to which letter though :)
if you're really not sure you can type "play snake" and get away from it all
or
disconnect from your router and you can play the dinosaur game
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Naftuli19 on July 16, 2020, 12:40:58 PM
I might be exaggerating a bit, but if a 50/50 decision is hard to make, there’s no reason to get stuck deciding about it for a week/month/years. If it’s a 50/50 decision, then it means I’m comfortable with choosing either option. If so, why not simplify the process - flip a coin and just do whatever God decided you should do.
Out of 54 Coin flips,

30 Heads
24 Tails
 ;D
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 16, 2020, 01:17:32 PM
Sometimes, with the flip of a coin or it's equivalent, you realize you have an opinion and you make a decision.  Sometimes even after the coin toss.
+1

"When in doubt, flip a coin and then decide what to do"
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 16, 2020, 02:12:51 PM
Another method is to ask yourself: which choice would I regret more not choosing if I were to choose the other one.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on July 16, 2020, 03:16:07 PM
In all seriousness, just ask your rov. You can always look back later and say that I made the right decision, because I followed Daas Torah, even if you think it didn't pan out for you.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yeshivabucher on July 16, 2020, 03:22:37 PM
In all seriousness, just ask your rov. You can always look back later and say that I made the right decision, because I followed Daas Torah, even if you think it didn't pan out for you.
+100 best advice i heard while dating
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 16, 2020, 04:26:58 PM
In all seriousness, just ask your rov. You can always look back later and say that I made the right decision, because I followed Daas Torah, even if you think it didn't pan out for you.
Hopefully the "flip a coin" questions are not the "ask a rav" questions. Like what to eat for breakfast...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 16, 2020, 05:18:12 PM
Like what to eat for breakfast...
If only flipping a coin would solve that!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: EliJelly on July 17, 2020, 12:42:09 AM
Totally off track here. The hack wasn't the idea to flip a coin for decision making, the hack was to google it when you have no coin handy :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 25, 2020, 11:37:22 PM
Use a guitar pick, as a spudger. Generally cheaper and great for getting those electronics open without scratching or breaking them.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ralph91 on July 26, 2020, 08:44:46 AM
If you ever drip candle wax on a suit, take a hot iron and go over the stain with a paper towel on top, you'll see the wax cone right off on the paper towel.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moko on July 26, 2020, 09:20:16 AM
Totally off track here. The hack wasn't the idea to flip a coin for decision making, the hack was to google it when you have no coin handy :)
just catching up a bit. It's golden nuggets like this that keep on DDF  :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on July 26, 2020, 09:27:05 AM
If you ever drip candle wax on a suit, take a hot iron and go over the stain with a paper towel on top, you'll see the wax cone right off on the paper towel.
+1. Works great on carpet as well!

Unfortunately, I know because I was forced to use this hack extensively. I once tripped over the wire of this: Salon Sundry Portable Electric Hot Paraffin Wax Warmer Spa Bath ($66.99) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I4ZS7NA/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71XjVd58hqL._SX679_.jpg) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I4ZS7NA/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yesitsme on July 26, 2020, 12:04:21 PM
Forgot to put salt into your soup no problem just add salt,
but potato kugel mmm?
dissolve salt in a cup of water pour it over the kugel put it in the oven for 350 for a half hour and its all good
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mootkim on July 26, 2020, 04:22:49 PM
Forgot to put salt into your soup no problem just add salt,
but potato kugel mmm?
dissolve salt in a cup of water pour it over the kugel put it in the oven for 350 for a half hour and its all good
interesting. This is once its fully cooked already? You dissolve the same amount of salt you would normally put?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: SwellCindy on July 27, 2020, 11:58:56 AM
Forgot to put salt into your soup no problem just add salt,
but potato kugel mmm?
dissolve salt in a cup of water pour it over the kugel put it in the oven for 350 for a half hour and its all good

Or if you accidentally over-salted soup (or any food that cooks with even a drop of liquid) you can put in a potato, which will absorb it...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 27, 2020, 12:00:55 PM
Burnt soup can sometimes be salvaged with a bit of cinnamon (weird, but works! And worth a try when you have nothing to lose...)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: stooges44 on July 27, 2020, 12:49:34 PM
Burnt soup can sometimes be salvaged with a bit of cinnamon (weird, but works! And worth a try when you have nothing to lose...)


Uhhhh the cinnamon  ???
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 27, 2020, 01:01:07 PM

Uhhhh the cinnamon  ???
Okay. ALMOST nothing to lose. We're talking like 1t - 1T...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: bb1836 on July 27, 2020, 02:13:21 PM
will a frozen water bottle pass through TSA so it can be drunk on a plane when it defrosts?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 27, 2020, 02:17:37 PM
will a frozen water bottle pass through TSA so it can be drunk on a plane when it defrosts?
I've heard to bring empty waterbottles and fill them at the water fountain / sink after you go through security
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: bb1836 on July 27, 2020, 02:23:43 PM
I've heard to bring empty waterbottles and fill them at the water fountain / sink after you go through security
Ya but who wants to use a public water fountain during these times. Plus, they're prob all taped up...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on July 27, 2020, 02:25:42 PM
will a frozen water bottle pass through TSA so it can be drunk on a plane when it defrosts?
Someone posted that they bring frozen J&J cappuccinos.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: bb1836 on July 27, 2020, 02:31:14 PM
Someone posted that they bring frozen J&J cappuccinos.
right. hence my question. wonder if ppl tried this trick with water bottles...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: lcm on July 27, 2020, 03:01:24 PM
Ya but who wants to use a public water fountain during these times. Plus, they're prob all taped up...
I've seen the drinking part disabled but the bottle refill part on
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 27, 2020, 03:19:41 PM
will a frozen water bottle pass through TSA so it can be drunk on a plane when it defrosts?
I believe it can, as long as not too much melts by the time your there.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yonah on July 27, 2020, 04:16:18 PM
will a frozen water bottle pass through TSA so it can be drunk on a plane when it defrosts?

When the TSA first banned water bottles through the gate, a college friend of mine was pregnant, and traveling to Taiwan with her husband. He said that they should try this. I told him I'd love to be a fly on the wall when you try to explain to the TSA that it's really a solid and not a liquid.

Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moko on July 27, 2020, 05:20:24 PM
When the TSA first banned water bottles through the gate, a college friend of mine was pregnant, and traveling to Taiwan with her husband. He said that they should try this. I told him I'd love to be a fly on the wall when you try to explain to the TSA that it's really a solid and not a liquid.
https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/ice

Problem is, not all TSA agents are familiar with this and some will give you a hard time. Not worth the time and effort of trying to show them and escalating to a supervisor.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yesitsme on July 27, 2020, 08:01:21 PM
interesting. This is once its fully cooked already? You dissolve the same amount of salt you would normally put?
yes
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 27, 2020, 08:12:23 PM
https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/ice

Problem is, not all TSA agents are familiar with this and some will give you a hard time. Not worth the time and effort of trying to show them and escalating to a supervisor.
Thanks for the source!
What I find is with global entry their often not as particular.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yungermanchik on July 27, 2020, 08:34:17 PM
or you can just use chicken bones and then discard it
We actually used chicken bones for this past Shabbos' soup (because we weren't going to use the leftover chicken anyway) and while it's not bad, it's a different chicken soup.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yitzgar on July 27, 2020, 08:34:56 PM
We actually used chicken bones for this past Shabbos' soup (because we weren't going to use the leftover chicken anyway) and while it's not bad, it's a different chicken soup.
Try necks
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yungermanchik on July 27, 2020, 08:38:19 PM
Try necks
Why? I'm happy with my regular chicken quarter soup and I get an extra supper out of it:
A few things to do with soup chicken:
Shred the chicken and;
1) mix with BBQ sauce (or honey BBQ) and serve in a taco or bun [pulled chicken]
2) mix shwarma spice and oil and mix in and serve in pita with the works ["mock" shwarma]
3) mix with teriyaki sauce and serve over rice
much more of a patchka but
4) mix with diced pastrami and duck sauce and put into a crepe [chicken & pastrami blintz]
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yossig on July 27, 2020, 08:46:22 PM
right. hence my question. wonder if ppl tried this trick with water bottles...
never had an issue in NYC airports
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: gozalim on July 27, 2020, 08:48:05 PM
Try necks
wings
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yossig on July 27, 2020, 08:52:37 PM
We actually used chicken bones for this past Shabbos' soup (because we weren't going to use the leftover chicken anyway) and while it's not bad, it's a different chicken soup.
for this week add a little fresh ginger, you’ll thank me for this one.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on July 27, 2020, 09:47:07 PM
right. hence my question. wonder if ppl tried this trick with water bottles...
Never had any issues period.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Realshlomo on July 27, 2020, 09:56:07 PM
https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/ice

Problem is, not all TSA agents are familiar with this and some will give you a hard time. Not worth the time and effort of trying to show them and escalating to a supervisor.
I had chummus taken away from me. Agent claimed it's considered a liquid cause it gets you wet. Dont ask.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on July 27, 2020, 09:59:26 PM
I had chummus taken away from me. Agent claimed it's considered a liquid cause it gets you wet. Dont ask.
Life hack: become a TSA agent. You get to have a wide variety of lunch options every day.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: aygart on July 27, 2020, 10:19:43 PM
Try necks

+10000000000000 they give much more flavor than bones or quarters.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Realshlomo on July 27, 2020, 10:25:03 PM
Try necks
Try turkey necks if you really want to be ambitious and try something different.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yelped on July 27, 2020, 10:30:34 PM
for this week add a little fresh ginger, you’ll thank me for this one.
What?? Please no.
I had chummus taken away from me. Agent claimed it's considered a liquid cause it gets you wet. Dont ask.
Happened to me once, too.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: aygart on July 27, 2020, 10:31:50 PM
Try turkey necks if you really want to be ambitious and try something different.
Good or bad that is a different thing that chicken soup.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Realshlomo on July 27, 2020, 10:37:13 PM
Good or bad that is a different thing that chicken soup.
Correct.
That's why I said something different.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: gozalim on July 28, 2020, 05:55:59 AM
Try turkey necks if you really want to be ambitious and try something different.
that's a big soup
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: how on July 28, 2020, 08:00:08 AM
I had chummus taken away from me. Agent claimed it's considered a liquid cause it gets you wet. Dont ask.
they tried to take away Tuna fish from me Claiming its a liquid
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moish on July 28, 2020, 05:33:02 PM
they tried to take away Tuna fish from me Claiming its a liquid
Because there is liquid inside of it.
I was once traveling with someone who had cans of tuna in his handbag and was fully prepared to open it up on the spot, drain the water, and put the tuna straight up in his pocket, but thankfully we were able to send another checked piece.

@Something Fishy
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 28, 2020, 05:35:35 PM
they tried to take away Tuna fish from me Claiming its a liquid
Does it make your matza gebrukts?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 28, 2020, 05:49:38 PM
Because there is liquid inside of it.
I was once traveling with someone who had cans of tuna in his handbag and was fully prepared to open it up on the spot, drain the water, and put the tuna straight up in his pocket, but thankfully we were able to send another checked
That reminds me I once by mistake left my toothpaste in my carry-on, when they discovered it, they pointed to the size printed on the tube and showed how it's over the limit. it was half empty I told them! To no avail..
TSA = Toiletry Search Agency

ETA: The life hack:
Print a replacement 1ml water bottle label, and enjoy a safe passage! (YMMV)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moish on July 28, 2020, 06:25:04 PM
That reminds me I once by mistake left my toothpaste in my carry-on, when they discovered it, they pointed to the size printed on the tube and showed how it's over the limit. it was half empty I told them! To no avail..
TSA = Toiletry Search Agency

ETA: The life hack:
Print a replacement 1ml water bottle label, and enjoy a safe passage! (YMMV)
You can't expect the guidelines to be bent and have the TSA start measuring how much actual liquid is in containers in everyone's handbags. For the sake of efficiency, they should follow the guidelines.   
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on July 28, 2020, 06:27:14 PM
You can't expect the guidelines to be bent and have the TSA start measuring how much actual liquid is in containers in everyone's handbags. For the sake of efficiency, they should follow the guidelines.
True but when it's clearly less it's the guys mood that decides
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moish on July 28, 2020, 06:39:13 PM
True but when it's clearly less it's the guys mood that decides
If I was a supervisor and I saw my unskilled worker making judgement calls on guidelines that pertain to national security, I would fire him on the spot, even if he claimed it was clear to him.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: how on July 28, 2020, 06:58:25 PM
Because there is liquid inside of it.
I was once traveling with someone who had cans of tuna in his handbag and was fully prepared to open it up on the spot, drain the water, and put the tuna straight up in his pocket, but thankfully we were able to send another checked piece.

@Something Fishy
I’m referring to tuna salad. Basically tuna and mayonnaise

The guidelines they told me was anything spreadable.

I escalated to a supervisor. That didn’t help much, but eventually I convinced her
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moish on July 28, 2020, 07:11:11 PM
I’m referring to tuna salad. Basically tuna and mayonnaise

The guidelines they told me was anything spreadable.

I escalated to a supervisor. That didn’t help much, but eventually I convinced her
In that case, for the sake of fellow passengers, I certainly hope they confiscate tuna salad at security, lest one decides to break it open during flight.  :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 28, 2020, 07:11:46 PM
In that case, for the sake of fellow passengers, I certainly hope they confiscate tuna salad at security, lest one decides to break it open during flight.
And you thought it was because of the liquid...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moish on July 28, 2020, 07:13:07 PM
And you thought it was because of the liquid...
Well, there's a smaller chance of someone using a can opener on a can of tuna mid flight, than opening a container of tuna salad. Much smaller.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 28, 2020, 07:14:01 PM
Well, there's a smaller chance of someone using a can opener on a can of tuna mid flight, than opening a container of tuna salad. Much smaller.
pop tops fwiw :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: how on July 28, 2020, 08:53:17 PM
pop tops fwiw :)
Vacuum sealed tuna pouch...



Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on July 28, 2020, 08:54:18 PM
Vacuum sealed tuna pouch...
The question is if the xray scanners can also pick up smells
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on July 28, 2020, 09:02:33 PM
Because there is liquid inside of it.
I was once traveling with someone who had cans of tuna in his handbag and was fully prepared to open it up on the spot, drain the water, and put the tuna straight up in his pocket, but thankfully we were able to send another checked piece.

@Something Fishy
I once had an agent in Portugal confiscate only half of our tuna cans. Go Figure.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on July 28, 2020, 09:07:47 PM
I once had an agent in Portugal confiscate only half of our tuna cans. Go Figure.
He already ate a lot of Hummus so he wasn't that hungry anymore.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on July 28, 2020, 09:15:46 PM
Vacuum sealed tuna pouch...
The only way I travel now with tuna.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mikes@Micro on July 28, 2020, 10:36:34 PM
The only way I travel now with tuna.
Southwest companion pass?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on July 28, 2020, 10:40:48 PM
Southwest companion pass?
Sounds more like scuba diving to me.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on July 28, 2020, 10:47:05 PM
Southwest companion pass?
Correct
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joel2 on August 02, 2020, 07:48:11 PM
Couldn't find anywhere to put a second code
Try opening the cart (before adding any codes) in 2 separate tabs. Add one code to first tab and apply, then add second code into second tab and apply.

Has worked for some websites in the past.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: good sam on August 02, 2020, 08:16:34 PM
Try turkey necks if you really want to be ambitious and try something different.
And unlike chicken, turkey necks are delicious out of the soup.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: RewardsAddict on August 02, 2020, 08:20:21 PM
When making meat patties, most recipes call for grated squash and carrot. A way to make this way simpler is to take squash and carrot from your chicken soup and simply mash it.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on August 02, 2020, 08:21:43 PM
When making meat patties, most recipes call for grated squash and carrot. A way to make this way simpler is to take squash and carrot from your chicken soup and simply mash it.
But then you lose all the nutrients from the veggies.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: lcm on August 02, 2020, 08:27:42 PM
Blend fruit flavored baby food with ice for the easiest smoothie. You wouldn't know.

(Works with bolthouse farms and naked drinks also, but it's way more expensive)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on August 03, 2020, 12:10:43 PM
Need to clear up space in your Google account?
In addition to your Google drive Gmail can use up quite some space.
On desktop, search larger:8M to get any email bigger then 8MB or search has:attachment for all emails with attachments.
Full list here (https://support.google.com/mail/answer/7190?hl=en)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yonah on August 03, 2020, 02:07:26 PM
When traveling together with all of the members of your family, don't pack each person in their own bag, but rather, spread the clothing out across all of the bags in your party. This way if the airline loses 1-2 bags, everyone will at least have 1-2 days worth of clothing as opposed to someone having everything and someone having nothing.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ckmk47 on August 03, 2020, 03:41:19 PM
When traveling together with all of the members of your family, don't pack each person in their own bag, but rather, spread the clothing out across all of the bags in your party. This way if the airline loses 1-2 bags, everyone will at least have 1-2 days worth of clothing as opposed to someone having everything and someone having nothing.
Yet, using an idea from someone up thread, put each day's outfit for each person in its own (ziplock) bag so it's easy to find.       
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on August 03, 2020, 05:22:05 PM
When traveling together with all of the members of your family, don't pack each person in their own bag, but rather, spread the clothing out across all of the bags in your party. This way if the airline loses 1-2 bags, everyone will at least have 1-2 days worth of clothing as opposed to someone having everything and someone having nothing.
I dont think your family would find this at all comfortable.... :o ;D ;D
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yehudaa on August 05, 2020, 11:44:42 AM
Someone just sent me this article and I really like the sound of this hack

https://thementch.com/how-to-use-whatsapp-as-your-personal-reminder-space/

Quote
Here is how you can make your own private space in WhatsApp to forward messages you want to save or simply jot down any thoughts, reminders, and the grocery list.


All you need to do is create a new group and add one person (preferably your spouse), name the group “Notes” or something else, then remove that person, and you now have your own personal space!

Once you send a message to your private group, it will be there for later and when you accomplish the task or note you sent there, you can delete it so not to clog up space.

How is this different than simply using Notepad? When tasks come up within Whatsapp, for example, a colleague asks you to handle “X,” you can simply forward the task to your personal chat. You don’t need to type it up in a separate list.

Tip:
...Pin the chat for easy access.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joeymc on August 05, 2020, 01:17:44 PM
Someone just sent me this article and I really like the sound of this hack

https://thementch.com/how-to-use-whatsapp-as-your-personal-reminder-space/
+1K

I use this all the time
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yuneeq on August 05, 2020, 01:23:14 PM
+1K

I use this all the time

I Just forward it to myself, might be able to do this because I have my name saved in my contacts
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moish on August 05, 2020, 04:04:24 PM
I Just forward it to myself, might be able to do this because I have my name saved in my contacts
I forward to myself even though my name isn't saved
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: chief_mag on August 05, 2020, 04:16:00 PM
I forward to myself even though my name isn't saved
How?
I have my name saved and I still can't forward to myself.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on August 05, 2020, 11:19:19 PM
How?
I have my name saved and I still can't forward to myself.
i think their forwarding in messages not in whatsapp i dont think ur able to whatsapp urself unless u do the group trick. u can text urself though.

Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: lubaby on August 05, 2020, 11:57:14 PM
i think their forwarding in messages not in whatsapp i dont think ur able to whatsapp urself unless u do the group trick. u can text urself though.
Unless something changed, sending yourself a WhatsApp message (without “group trick”) has been available for years..
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: chief_mag on August 06, 2020, 02:36:06 AM
Unless something changed, sending yourself a WhatsApp message (without “group trick”) has been available for years..
Maybe those that started doing so in the early(ier?) days of WhatsApp, can continue their "conversation" with themselves.

I tried to do it when I first downloaded WhatsApp, about 5 years ago (and again today when I read @moish post), and didn't have any luck.

Found out about the group trick 3 years ago, so that was nice...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joeymc on August 06, 2020, 11:38:15 AM
I forward to myself even though my name isn't saved
How?
I have my name saved and I still can't forward to myself.
Maybe those that started doing so in the early(ier?) days of WhatsApp, can continue their "conversation" with themselves.

I tried to do it when I first downloaded WhatsApp, about 5 years ago (and again today when I read @moish post), and didn't have any luck.

Found out about the group trick 3 years ago, so that was nice...
If anyone wants to have themselves as a chat, just do this.

In another chat or in a notepad or wherever, type  wa.me/17181234567 (put your phone number after the / ).

Then, just click on the link you just created and it will open a chat with your number in WhatsApp.

After sending yourself a message, you can pin it in your chats.

Just remember, you can't save a name for this chat.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on August 06, 2020, 11:38:55 PM
Ever wanted to post a picture but some person added their logo to it? (@YitzyS)
Just search google for the image and chances are you'll find it clean :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yuneeq on August 07, 2020, 11:16:04 AM
Ever need your credit card and you don't have your wallet next to you?
On the iPhone, open the photos app, and search for "credit card". It'll pull up any pictures you ever took of your credit cards. And if you're worried about storing cards on your phone, well now you know how easy it is to find and delete them.

Probably works on Android too.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on August 07, 2020, 11:18:11 AM
Probably works on Android too.
Yup another one of those things that Apple copied Google on;)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: SwellCindy on August 07, 2020, 12:26:14 PM
Credit Card not swiping because of scratched magnetic strip? Ask shopkeeper to put card into a thin plastic shopping bag (the ones most stores provide), and swipe. Usually works like a charm!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Mtrasb on August 07, 2020, 12:49:43 PM
Credit Card not swiping because of scratched magnetic strip? Ask shopkeeper to put card into a thin plastic shopping bag (the ones most stores provide), and swipe. Usually works like a charm!
Unfortunately most stores don't provide those bags anymore...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: SwellCindy on August 07, 2020, 05:21:10 PM
Unfortunately most stores don't provide those bags anymore...

 ::) ::)
If you know you're card doesn't swipe get a hold of one & keep it in your pocketbook or pocket ..... until you call the cc company for a replacement
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: myi on August 09, 2020, 05:05:38 PM
This is a great topic! I’m surprised it’s not holding by 100 replies already.
632
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Josef.koney on August 09, 2020, 08:22:12 PM
Maybe those that started doing so in the early(ier?) days of WhatsApp, can continue their "conversation" with themselves.

I tried to do it when I first downloaded WhatsApp, about 5 years ago (and again today when I read @moish post), and didn't have any luck.

Found out about the group trick 3 years ago, so that was nice...
You can use the 'click to chat' app.
In general it's a great simple app which allows you to input a phone number and it sends you directly to the person's WhatsApp page (instead of needing to save the phone number in your contacts and reloading etc...)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: CountValentine on August 10, 2020, 10:11:52 AM
If you think the flapper in your toilet tank is bad.
Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank. See if after a couple minutes the food coloring shows up in the bowl.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on August 10, 2020, 12:32:14 PM
If you think the flapper in your toilet tank is bad.
Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank. See if after a couple minutes the food coloring shows up in the bowl.
BTDT  :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joel2 on August 10, 2020, 12:43:52 PM
When a certain reservation you are trying to book or an award flight and only have 1 ticket left or only 1 at the low price. Try the following:

Open 2 different browsers fill in your info simultaneously and hit submit together at the same moment. (2bm)

Keep in mind
It will will not work all the time but its worth trying.
Always check the cancellation policy before if you weren't successful so you will have the option to cancel.


On a that note

when trying to book a seat at a concert or show and the system only lets you select the bad seats first. Try the following:
 
Select the seats the system gives you (bad) in one browser and you should have that seats for the next 10-15 min in your cart saved to checkout. open another device and now you can select the seats you want as the bad seats you already selected in the first device but didn't check out.


 
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on August 10, 2020, 10:35:00 PM
you can use tongs to serve spaghetti
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: lcm on August 10, 2020, 10:50:08 PM
Snack on craisins as a healthier substitute for sweet and tangy candy
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Jellybelly on August 10, 2020, 11:29:37 PM
Snack on craisins as a healthier substitute for sweet and tangy candy
Belongs here 🙄

https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=344.0
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yesitsme on August 10, 2020, 11:38:31 PM
Since I can't get the masks that I have to fit I use it even though it leaks. The issue is that my glasses fog up.

A trick I learned a few years ago is to take regular dish soap and smear a very thin layer onto the glasses (both sides). Let it dry then buff it out with a cloth/tissue until it's perfectly clear. This will prevent any fogging up until the soap gets washed off.

Works extremely well. Try putting your glasses in the freezer with soap on only one lens for a few minutes and take it out to see the full effect.

Thought I'd share in case anyone finds it helpful.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: lcm on August 10, 2020, 11:42:13 PM


Belongs here

https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=344.0


Very appropriate for your name :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: az on August 17, 2020, 02:44:21 AM
A way to get a little kid to eat a yogurt is to pore it into an ice cream cone. (this can really work for anything)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on August 17, 2020, 09:52:01 AM
A way to get a little kid to eat a yogurt is to pore it into an ice cream cone. (this can really work for anything)
or open the cover a drop, stick a spoon in diagonally, and freeze it. Then it's ice cream :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: lcm on August 17, 2020, 12:48:40 PM
Reusable squeeze pouches
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: CountValentine on August 17, 2020, 01:05:09 PM
you can use tongs to serve spaghetti
That is like saying you can use a fork and knife to eat pizza.  :-[
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on August 17, 2020, 01:11:45 PM
That is like saying you can use a fork and knife to eat pizza.  :-[
How do you serve your spaghetti?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on August 17, 2020, 11:23:13 PM
I just came up with a hack to remember passwords:

Use the same basic password for all sites, but insert the first letter or two of the site name into the password. For example:

Base password: Yitz5!
DDF password: DDYitz5! or Yitz5!DD
Amazon password: AMYitz5! or Yitz5!AM

This way you can have a diverse set of passwords that you will always remember.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ckmk47 on August 17, 2020, 11:37:23 PM
To make the password random, but still remember it, I use the first letter of each word of a sentence.
to use YitzyS's idea:
base password:  I like music at volume 17 >  Ilmav17     (has a number and a capital letter)
DDF:  DDIlmav17
Amazon:  AmIlmav17
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on August 17, 2020, 11:54:05 PM
To make the password random, but still remember it, I use the first letter of each word of a sentence.
to use YitzyS's idea:
base password:  I like music at volume 17 >  Ilmav17     (has a number and a capital letter)
DDF:  DDIlmav17
Amazon:  AmIlmav17
Not a secure idea.
Better use a random password generator in collaboration with a password manager (such as made by google) for more secure and mostly faster experience.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on August 17, 2020, 11:55:03 PM
Life Hack: tell a bunch of internet strangers how to figure out your account passwords :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on August 17, 2020, 11:55:16 PM
To make the password random, but still remember it, I use the first letter of each word of a sentence.
to use YitzyS's idea:
base password:  I like music at volume 17 >  Ilmav17     (has a number and a capital letter)
DDF:  DDIlmav17
Amazon:  AmIlmav17
Okay, so what's the story behind your username?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yesitsme on August 18, 2020, 12:07:07 AM

Use last pass your all set
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on August 18, 2020, 12:07:12 AM
Okay, so what's the story behind your username?
Arm fell on the keyboard and hit Enter after ;D
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yelped on August 18, 2020, 12:54:37 AM
Okay, so what's the story behind your username?
That's easy. Initial of first name and last name of self+spouse+street.

Use last pass your all set
100%. Don't waste your time with easily guessable passwords. If you knew how easy those passwords were to crack....
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Definitions on August 18, 2020, 02:00:33 AM
To make the password random, but still remember it, I use the first letter of each word of a sentence.
to use YitzyS's idea:
base password:  I like music at volume 17 >  Ilmav17     (has a number and a capital letter)
DDF:  DDIlmav17
Amazon:  AmIlmav17
Those password examples are pretty weak.

The only time I'd use similar ideas is for sites that I don't care if someone hacks into.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Definitions on August 18, 2020, 02:20:19 AM
Not a secure idea.
Better use a random password generator in collaboration with a password manager (such as made by google) for more secure and mostly faster experience.

I never looked into password managers too much. It sounds good but I'm hesitant due to what ifs. There's definitely going to be some time when I'll need to know my passwords offhand. I don't know what that situation is though :)
Arm fell on the keyboard and hit Enter after ;D
And here I thought you were one of the two people I heard of with the (nick)name יוסי (like in the gemara).
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moko on August 18, 2020, 05:50:30 AM
Not a secure idea.
Better use a random password generator in collaboration with a password manager (such as made by google) for more secure and mostly faster experience.
and then tbe password manager gets hacked and your back to square one.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yesitsme on August 18, 2020, 07:49:12 AM
and then tbe password manager gets hacked and your back to square one.
last pass is owned by intuit, if intuit gets hacked, i'm am screwed with the rest of the world
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on August 18, 2020, 08:08:49 AM
last pass is owned by intuit, if intuit gets hacked, i'm am screwed with the rest of the world
It's not a matter of if but of when, IMO.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on August 18, 2020, 09:02:24 AM
and then tbe password manager gets hacked and your back to square one.
If Google gets hacked you probably have worse problems to think of..
But go ahead and see how far the reusing the same passwords get you ;)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on August 18, 2020, 09:03:08 AM
If Google gets hacked you probably have worse problems to think of..
It's not a matter of if but of when, IMO.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Jellybelly on August 18, 2020, 09:05:07 AM
last pass is owned by intuit, if intuit gets hacked, i'm am screwed with the rest of the world
That’s why I never used mint.com even though I think it would be very helpful for me. It’s just not worth the risk for me, even if it’s such a small risk
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on August 18, 2020, 09:05:35 AM
It's not a matter of if but of when, IMO.
I think it's comparable to this Bezos line:

Jeff Bezos to employees: ‘One day, Amazon will fail’ but our job is to delay it as long as possible (https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/15/bezos-tells-employees-one-day-amazon-will-fail-and-to-stay-hungry.html)

No company is beyond being hacked, IMO.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on August 18, 2020, 09:07:42 AM

If Google accounts get hacked, you know how many millions of accounts they will have to go through to get to mine? :D
On a serious note, Google is ahead of the game on passwordless authentication, and should hopefully be rolling it out soon. Just be sure to enable 2FA on your Google account btw.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on August 19, 2020, 01:24:29 AM
The HACK (discovered by mistake), when you finish the spend requirement on a co-branded Chase Credit Card (at least Bonvoy, but I think others) and the bonus didn't post yet, If you SM Chase they will put it in manually AND when the billing cycle end the system will also add it automatically, resulting in a double bonus.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Zalc on August 20, 2020, 09:47:28 PM
Those password examples are pretty weak.

The only time I'd use similar ideas is for sites that I don't care if someone hacks into.
I guess it's time to remind everyone about Correct-Horse-Battery-Staple
...

(https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/password_strength.png)

https://xkcd.com/936/ (https://xkcd.com/936/)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yelped on August 20, 2020, 10:01:02 PM
I guess it's time to remind everyone about Correct-Horse-Battery-Staple
...

(https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/password_strength.png)

https://xkcd.com/936/ (https://xkcd.com/936/)
Yup. This is the current NIST guidelines.
and then tbe password manager gets hacked and your back to square one.
Last Pass has had vulnerabilities in the past, but you can have it only store your passwords locally.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Zalc on August 20, 2020, 10:24:50 PM
Yup. This is the current NIST guidelines.Last Pass has had vulnerabilities in the past, but you can have it only store your passwords locally.
It's been a while since this comic came out, it would be nice to update the cracking times given.

How fast can the latest brute force crackers guess?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yelped on August 20, 2020, 10:59:48 PM
It's been a while since this comic came out, it would be nice to update the cracking times given.

How fast can the latest brute force crackers guess?
Depends on your hardware, program, method (wordlist, and others) and obviously password strength.

Put it this way, a password like Billing123 will be cracked in under a second.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justaregularguy on August 20, 2020, 11:09:32 PM
I guess it's time to remind everyone about Correct-Horse-Battery-Staple
...

(https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/password_strength.png)

https://xkcd.com/936/ (https://xkcd.com/936/)
whoa im having a lot of difficulty comprehending this comic. which way do u read it? its 2 rows ? is that what it is? this is complicated man !
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Zalc on August 20, 2020, 11:24:05 PM
whoa im having a lot of difficulty comprehending this comic. which way do u read it? its 2 rows ? is that what it is? this is complicated man !
https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/936:_Password_Strength

There is a reason this website exists as well
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ckmk47 on August 21, 2020, 12:21:32 AM
Depends on your hardware, program, method (wordlist, and others) and obviously password strength.

Put it this way, a password like Billing123 will be cracked in under a second.
How long to crack:
ypaoFimh
or   ypioFimh39
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Definitions on August 21, 2020, 08:31:22 AM
How long to crack:
ypaoFimh
or   ypioFimh39
(https://i.postimg.cc/KYRdhsbd/Screenshot-20200821-082742-Chrome.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Z9zfrHCc)

Second one says 7 months but that is not considered a strong one. I think it just means if it goes through every single variation up until that point but there's ways for it to go quicker
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Definitions on August 21, 2020, 08:33:57 AM
whoa im having a lot of difficulty comprehending this comic. which way do u read it? its 2 rows ? is that what it is? this is complicated man !
You've never seen this comic? I guess you're one of todays lucky 10,000  :D
(https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/ten_thousand.png)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: ckmk47 on August 21, 2020, 10:20:02 AM


Second one says 7 months but that is not considered a strong one. I think it just means if it goes through every single variation up until that point but there's ways for it to go quicker
Wow!
I went to the site and added a "." in the middle of the 2nd password.  Now it says 700 years.
So a symbol in the middle makes it much more secure?

Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on August 21, 2020, 10:30:32 AM
All this talk about passwords reminds me of an anecdote they say about a holy chassidic Jew (don't remember which, maybe someone can fill it in).

The chassid was sleeping one night when his wife woke him up frantic, telling him that someone had apparently broken into their home and was rummaging around looking for money. The impoverished chassid jumped out of bed and said, "wow, let me join him. Maybe I'll find some money!"

This password talk makes me think the same thing. You want my password? Sure, have it. Let me know if you find any money...  ;)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yuneeq on August 21, 2020, 10:46:30 AM
This password talk makes me think the same thing. You want my password? Sure, have it. Let me know if you find any money...  ;)

I know you’re not serious but your credit goes a lot further than your cash.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on August 21, 2020, 10:53:39 AM
I know you’re not serious but your credit goes a lot further than your cash.
I still have credit left? Please, show me how!  :P
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moko on August 27, 2020, 04:01:54 PM
I know you’re not serious but your credit goes a lot further than your cash.
even worse, criminal activity...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on August 27, 2020, 08:22:30 PM
Want a topic to stick out from the list of threads?
Like the first post of the thread, and it will show "Unlike" in a black discernable box:)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on August 28, 2020, 03:56:10 PM
You can make your own Goo Gone by mixing oil and baking soda to make a paste
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: lcm on August 28, 2020, 04:47:23 PM
You can make your own Goo Gone by mixing oil and baking soda to make a paste
Aren't you stuck with oiliness afterwards?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on August 28, 2020, 04:51:06 PM
Aren't you stuck with oiliness afterwards?
Life Hack #2: you can wash that off with soap
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Lurker on August 29, 2020, 08:41:36 PM
Aren't you stuck with oiliness afterwards?
Life Hack #2: you can wash that off with soap

Life hack 2a: hand sanitizer makes Goo Gone gone.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on August 29, 2020, 09:21:34 PM
Life hack 2a: hand sanitizer makes Goo Gone gone.
Next up: how to make your own hand sanitizer!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Definitions on August 29, 2020, 09:57:23 PM
Aren't you stuck with oiliness afterwards?
GooGone is also very oily to the touch
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: lcm on August 30, 2020, 08:31:47 PM
Have hiccups?
Have someone scare the living daylights out of you.
The hiccups will be gone.

HT: Mr J.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Definitions on August 30, 2020, 09:36:43 PM
Have hiccups?
Have someone scare the living daylights out of you.
The hiccups will be gone.

HT: Mr J.
Reminds me of this lateral puzzle:
A man walks into a bar and asks the barman for a glass of water. The barman pulls out a gun and points it at the man. The man says ‘Thank you’ and walks out.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: lcm on August 30, 2020, 09:38:08 PM
Reminds me of this lateral puzzle:
A man walks into a bar and asks the barman for a glass of water. The barman pulls out a gun and points it at the man. The man says ‘Thank you’ and walks out.
That was the source of the hack :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Definitions on August 30, 2020, 09:44:41 PM
That was the source of the hack :)
Aha. I never personally tested out this whole jumpscare thing. However what I used to do was concentrate and try to think of when the next hiccup will come. It stopped after one or two more hiccups with if I recall correctly a 100% success rate.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Definitions on August 30, 2020, 09:48:22 PM
Another random thing that I recall. If you want a few seconds of relief from a stuffed nose when you have a cold. Run up a flight of stairs. Worked every time by me. Lasts for roughly 10 seconds

ETA: I did ask 2 other people to test this out as well. They didn't seem to experience a full clearing although they both did say that it felt slightly better. So YMMV
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on August 30, 2020, 10:29:44 PM
When discussing cures for hiccups, and in deference of @Dan , it would only be respectful for us to mention Calvin and Hobbes (whose creator lives near Cleveland and Dan once... YES, WE KNOW!)



(https://i.postimg.cc/dQyxmgm7/AWl-Wix-CQAA41su.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/mkCpLF23/BVr-B5oa-CYAAg-Kiq.png) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/GhPg6Yfd/Eg-SOj-g-Wk-AILv-Z8.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/qzRG3t05)

(https://i.postimg.cc/65x1HzYM/Eg-TTKy-NXk-AETSp-Y.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/23TwydpW)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Dan on August 30, 2020, 10:35:35 PM
Hiccups are easy. Just keep "force swallowing" more and more air until they stop.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on August 30, 2020, 11:07:42 PM
Hiccups are easy. Just keep "force swallowing" more and more air until they stop.
+1
Or hold your breath as they come (while holding air in your mouth)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Essen est zich on August 31, 2020, 12:11:19 AM
Or take 1 deep breath and using that air complete 12 tiny complete gulps of water.

Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on August 31, 2020, 10:43:39 AM
When encountering a deal with no kosher stores nearby
Life hack: if there's no kosher pizza places around you, just look for store selling the cheapest cans of soda, and enjoy your free drinks!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joel2 on August 31, 2020, 12:46:00 PM
Quote
good idea to keep refreshing in case it’s in someone’s cart and they don’t purchase.
At 11:00 and 3 sec it was 88% claimed, by the time I hit “get deal” 1 sec later, it was sold out.
At 11:08 PM it went back to 92% claimed and I nabbed one.
https://www.dansdeals.com/shopping-deals/electronics/dell/live-11am-et-dell-inspiron-5000-15-6%e2%80%b3-fhd-core-i5-laptop-256gb-ssd-429-99-low-186-99-business-platinum-cardholders/#comment-1490350
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on August 31, 2020, 12:47:12 PM
https://www.dansdeals.com/shopping-deals/electronics/dell/live-11am-et-dell-inspiron-5000-15-6%e2%80%b3-fhd-core-i5-laptop-256gb-ssd-429-99-low-186-99-business-platinum-cardholders/#comment-1490350
11:08PM🧐
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joel2 on August 31, 2020, 12:53:32 PM
11:08PM🧐
Guess he was refreshing the page for 12 hours lol
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on August 31, 2020, 01:01:15 PM
Guess he was refreshing the page for 12 hours lol
After @Dan 's early rollout of the deal, I'm beginning to think amazon actually does work for DansDeals 😉
So confusing 🤣
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Dan on August 31, 2020, 01:23:21 PM
+1
Or hold your breath as they come (while holding air in your mouth)
That doesn't work for me.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Dan on August 31, 2020, 01:24:01 PM
After @jj1000's early rollout of the deal, I'm beginning to think amazon actually does work for DansDeals 😉
So confusing 🤣
ftfy
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on August 31, 2020, 01:25:53 PM
Hiccups are easy. Just keep "force swallowing" more and more air until they stop.
I love those guys who are all macho and like, "hey, I don't answer PMs. If you want me, speak to my agent's lawyer, and maybe I'll have a minute in 3 years to respond," and then you just mention them and they come running in to read what you wrote and stick around in case there's a follow up...

 ;)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on August 31, 2020, 01:29:10 PM
I love those guys who are all macho and like, "hey, I don't answer PMs. If you want me, speak to my agent's lawyer, and maybe I'll have a minute in 3 years to respond," and then you just mention them and they come running in to read what you wrote and stick around in case there's a follow up...

 ;)
and...

BANNED!  :P
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on August 31, 2020, 01:49:40 PM
I love those guys who are all macho and like, "hey, I don't answer PMs. If you want me, speak to my agent's lawyer, and maybe I'll have a minute in 3 years to respond," and then you just mention them and they come running in to read what you wrote and stick around in case there's a follow up...

 ;)
From what I can tell, I doubt there is a single post that Dan hasn't read. (Obviously excluding threads he is barred from)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on August 31, 2020, 01:58:31 PM
From what I can tell, I doubt there is a single post that Dan hasn't read. (Obviously excluding threads he is barred from)
-1
I believe he said somewhere he doesn't.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on August 31, 2020, 01:59:18 PM
From what I can tell, I doubt there is a single post from CV that Dan hasn't read. (Obviously excluding threads he is barred from)
FTFY
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joel2 on September 02, 2020, 08:53:48 PM
When traveling and want to bring along a bottle of kosher wine but are afraid it will break while in transit use the Wine Bottle Protector Bubble Bag (https://www.amazon.com/Protector-Reusable-Inflatable-Transportation-Cushioning/dp/B078LGKLPC) Used it myself many times! (sometimes you can get it for free in the wine stores)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Dr Moose on September 02, 2020, 09:02:53 PM
When trying to up your post count on DDF, make random comments on trip reports "amazing trip" or "wow, looks awesome" and on deals "thanks" or "ordered" etc
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on September 02, 2020, 09:05:25 PM
When trying to up your post count on DDF, make random comments on trip reports "amazing trip" or "wow, looks awesome" and on deals "thanks" or "ordered" etc
thanks, ordered!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Lurker on September 02, 2020, 09:05:37 PM
When trying to up your post count on DDF, make random comments on trip reports "amazing trip" or "wow, looks awesome" and on deals "thanks" or "ordered" etc

Or get into an argument about masks in the Covid board. It's like JS, but it counts, and the argument never ends. The ultimate MS (MP?).
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: lcm on September 02, 2020, 10:57:31 PM
thanks, ordered!
Doesn't work here :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on September 02, 2020, 11:43:32 PM
When trying to up your post count on DDF, make random comments on trip reports "amazing trip" or "wow, looks awesome" and on deals "thanks" or "ordered" etc
What are you supposed to do when you are trying to lower your post count because you are being careful about your post-to-like ratio?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yungermanchik on September 02, 2020, 11:48:03 PM
What are you supposed to do when you are trying to lower your post count because you are being careful about your post-to-like ratio?
Don't do
When trying to up your post count on DDF, make random comments on trip reports "amazing trip" or "wow, looks awesome" and on deals "thanks" or "ordered" etc
and instead give multiple likes on dumb JS posts followed with a post of
thanks, ordered!
and hope for reciprocity! ;)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: SSLPhD on September 02, 2020, 11:48:20 PM
What are you supposed to do when you are trying to lower your post count because you are being careful about your post-to-like ratio?
Have your PR team assess each potential comment for its likeability before posting.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 03, 2020, 07:53:57 AM
What are you supposed to do when you are trying to lower your post count because you are being careful about your post-to-like ratio?
Post corny jokes.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on September 03, 2020, 10:18:31 AM
Post corny jokes.
#TooManyCarbs
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 03, 2020, 10:54:58 AM

That's probably why Biscotti doesn't respond.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on September 03, 2020, 10:35:30 PM
From what I can tell, I doubt there is a single post that Dan hasn't read. (Obviously excluding threads he is barred from)
@Kobe bryant
https://www.dansdeals.com/more/dans-commentary/news-roundup/9-2-20-news-roundup-uae-peace-deal-el-al-covid-reinfection-flight-simulator-737max-rebranding-ransomware-tesla-hack-bonvoyed/#comment-1491015
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 03, 2020, 10:51:10 PM
@Kobe bryant
https://www.dansdeals.com/more/dans-commentary/news-roundup/9-2-20-news-roundup-uae-peace-deal-el-al-covid-reinfection-flight-simulator-737max-rebranding-ransomware-tesla-hack-bonvoyed/#comment-1491015
I'm assuming you were referring to me and not Black Mamba.
Regardless, not sure what you are pointing at, that Dan doesn't read every article in the world?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on September 03, 2020, 10:55:49 PM
I'm assuming you were referring to me and not Black Mamba.
Regardless, not sure what you are pointing at, that Dan doesn't read every article in the world?
Yes. Yes.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on September 03, 2020, 11:05:22 PM
When sharing a ebay link to an item your selling, share the one that eliminates the fees, it should give it to you right after you post the listing (IINM it starts with rover.ebay.com/rover)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 03, 2020, 11:11:25 PM
Yes. Yes.
I was referring to DDF. And I didn't mean literally every post.
@Dan obviously missed this one (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=119409.0)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2020, 11:14:53 PM
I was referring to DDF. And I didn't mean literally every post.
@Dan obviously missed this one (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=119409.0)
https://www.dansdeals.com/airfare-deals/domestic-flights/united-fly-nonstop-newark-puerto-rico-just-33-2-2k-chase-points-way/
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on September 03, 2020, 11:16:52 PM
https://www.dansdeals.com/airfare-deals/domestic-flights/united-fly-nonstop-newark-puerto-rico-just-33-2-2k-chase-points-way/
Lol! Now we know who misses the posts ;)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 03, 2020, 11:18:49 PM
Lol! Now we know who misses the posts ;)
I'm way more likely to miss a DDMS post than a DDF post.
Didn't see that when I searched.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on September 03, 2020, 11:21:41 PM
I'm way more likely to miss a DDMS post than a DDF post.
Didn't see that when I searched.
Then you certainly missed this one (https://www.dansdeals.com/?p=227933&t) ;D

ETA: I'm awaiting the day DDF will be able to send notifications like DDMS!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 03, 2020, 11:26:26 PM
Then you certainly missed this one (https://www.dansdeals.com/?p=227933&t) ;D

ETA: I'm awaiting the day DDF will be able to send notifications like DDMS!
Lol
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 03, 2020, 11:29:38 PM
Then you certainly missed this one (https://www.dansdeals.com/?p=227933&t) ;D

ETA: I'm awaiting the day DDF will be able to send notifications like DDMS!
Maybe you can find this one (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=119410.0)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 06, 2020, 01:24:29 PM
I was referring to DDF. And I didn't mean literally every post.
@Dan obviously missed this one (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=119409.0)
Maybe you can find this one (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=119410.0)
Like I said
https://www.dansdeals.com/airfare-deals/domestic-flights/fly-nonstop-nyc-philadelphia-florida-just-19-1-2k-chase-points-way-plus-pesach-dates-sale/
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on September 07, 2020, 02:53:18 PM
Add ";wap2" at the end of a topic URL, for a more mobile friendly view.
For example regular view
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=117308.0
Mobile friendly view
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=117308.0;wap2

Code: [Select]
;wap2
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yungermanchik on September 08, 2020, 09:28:00 PM
If you have a room temperature bottle (and esp can) that you want to get cold fast, wrap a wet paper towel around it and put it in the freezer. It'll be ice cold pretty quickly.
This one is really great! I've used it so many times since it was posted!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on September 12, 2020, 09:39:21 PM
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=119694
Use separate DansDeals channels for different levels of deal urgency. Then customize your telegram channels, to have all deals labeled "HOT!" or "HURRY!", buzz a massive alarm.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on September 12, 2020, 09:47:41 PM
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=119694
Use separate DansDeals channels for different levels of deal urgency. Then customize your telegram channels, to have all deals labeled "HOT!" or "HURRY!", buzz a massive alarm.
Or write a code "contains=hurry except:contains=clorox  ;)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on September 12, 2020, 09:56:05 PM
Or write a code "contains=hurry except:contains=clorox  ;)
Who said that wasn't already added? ;)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on September 12, 2020, 10:10:20 PM
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=119694
Use separate DansDeals channels for different levels of deal urgency. Then customize your telegram channels, to have all deals labeled "HOT!" or "HURRY!", buzz a massive alarm.
Apparently that wasn't well liked, I'm truly bewildered!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on September 12, 2020, 10:11:42 PM
Apparently that wasn't well liked, I'm truly bewildered!
There are less obvious ways to ask for likes.  ;) (though I'm not innocent in this arena...)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on September 12, 2020, 10:13:00 PM
There are less obvious ways to ask for likes.  ;) (though I'm not innocent in this arena...)
Lol this isn't about likes, check out the link..
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joel2 on September 12, 2020, 10:13:28 PM
Apparently that wasn't well liked, I'm truly bewildered!
No shock at all if you understand the history DDMS and Telegram...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on September 12, 2020, 10:15:11 PM
No shock at all if you understand the history DDMS and Telegram...
Please enlighten me
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Joel2 on September 12, 2020, 10:18:19 PM
Please enlighten me
Just a taste..

1. The squatter should have reached out to me to ask permission to use my name and logo. He has a halachic and legal obligation to do so. Instead he chose to steal it for his own profit.
2. The squatter has been sneaking in his own affiliate links as if they were mine for his own profit.
3. The squatter is sending out MLM/Pyramid scheme links that should never be associated with DansDeals.
4. The squatter has been deleting Tweets letting people know that he is a squatter. But he clearly knows that I am upset by now.

IMHO the squatter is nothing but a thief at this point and I'll continue to publicly protest his usage of my name. In the end though, he'll have to answer to a higher authority.

The real DD channel is at: https://t.me/RealDansDeals
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on September 12, 2020, 10:22:04 PM
Just a taste..
Oh wow, totally didn't realize that. I'll gladly give over ownership of the channel or keep it between friends if @Dan so wishes. I just thought it would be useful for me and I'd share.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on September 14, 2020, 10:31:44 PM
Or write a code "contains=hurry except:contains=clorox  ;)
Apparently that wasn't enough, gotta add "Disinfecting Wipes" or "Disinfecting"  ;)
Then Dans going to make his deals "Disinfecting Hot Camera" ;D
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: yesitsme on September 14, 2020, 11:38:50 PM
Wear a kippa wherever you go, if you get stuck on the road or the bulb is to hot its always good To have on standby
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: koplonko on September 14, 2020, 11:58:23 PM
Wear a kippa wherever you go.
Ftfy
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Thingywingy on September 15, 2020, 12:24:59 AM
If while driving in the left lane, the car in front of you is preventing you from driving more quickly and is slightly behind the car in the lane to the right but without enough room to pass...pull up next to the driver on their right, giving them the impression that you are trying to cut in to pass. 90% of the time they will speed up to prevent you from cutting them off. Then you can switch back to the left lane and pass the car on the right.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on September 15, 2020, 01:13:38 AM
If while driving in the left lane, the car in front of you is preventing you from driving more quickly and is slightly behind the car in the lane to the right but without enough room to pass...pull up next to the driver on their right, giving them the impression that you are trying to cut in to pass. 90% of the time they will speed up to prevent you from cutting them off. Then you can switch back to the left lane and pass the car on the right.
Never really worked for me (especially with 2 truckers ;)), I either flash them or come up close to them.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Thingywingy on September 15, 2020, 02:45:32 AM
Never really worked for me (especially with 2 truckers ;)), I either flash them or come up close to them.
*90% of the time with non-truck :)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Thingywingy on September 15, 2020, 02:47:35 AM
I feel like I am being mean but if you call CS and the person speaks English really poorly, don't bother trying to explain them your complicated problem and get yourself all wound up. Just HUCA.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Lurker on September 15, 2020, 06:51:33 AM
*90% of the time with non-truck :)
Never really worked for me (especially with 2 truckers ;)), I either flash them or come up close to them.

Flashing truckers works 90% of the time.*

*gender-dependant
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: moko on September 15, 2020, 07:26:19 AM
Flashing truckers works 90% of the time.*

*gender-dependant
the other 10% of the time, they run you off the road
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: pointer on September 15, 2020, 11:02:11 AM
If while driving in the left lane, the car in front of you is preventing you from driving more quickly and is slightly behind the car in the lane to the right but without enough room to pass...pull up next to the driver on their right, giving them the impression that you are trying to cut in to pass. 90% of the time they will speed up to prevent you from cutting them off. Then you can switch back to the left lane and pass the car on the right.
This can either be a life hack or it can hack you life...
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Thingywingy on September 16, 2020, 01:06:44 PM
Packing cubes are a game changer.
Do you use compression ones? Who is your goal just organization?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Kobe bryent on September 16, 2020, 01:12:30 PM
+1
They sell packing cubes. I use the amazonbaiscs one
So do I.
Packing cubes are a game changer.
Do you use compression ones? Who is your goal just organization?
Personally I don't. Everything is organized, and naturally more compressed and takes up a fraction of the space. Plus,super easy to pack and unpack on the go.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Luvisrael on September 17, 2020, 11:45:40 AM
Having a stressful day? Go into your car and put on channel 68 on XM radio
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on September 17, 2020, 01:04:37 PM
Having a stressful day? Go into your car and put on channel 68 on XM radio
That's the weirdest music! What is that genre called?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Lurker on September 17, 2020, 01:06:23 PM
That's the weirdest music! What is that genre called?

Who cares? You're not thinking about whatever stressed you out before... Success!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: etech0 on September 17, 2020, 01:07:43 PM
(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/11/0a/55/110a55c8a128d8af2e00e1893654b7ee.jpg)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on September 22, 2020, 07:52:58 AM
Got an Android (or iPhone) and want free Google play credits?

Download the Google Opinion Rewards (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.paidtasks) app, which asks you short surveys and questions. From my experience with rewards anywhere from 10 cents to $1.50!

Be sure to answer honestly, or might find yourself disqualified by Google's trick questions ;)

For iPhone users it's available here (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-opinion-rewards/id1227019728).
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Luvisrael on September 22, 2020, 08:27:31 AM
That's the weirdest music! What is that genre called?
spa lol
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Definitions on September 22, 2020, 09:35:42 AM
Got an Android (or iPhone) and want free Google play credits?

Download the Google Opinion Rewards (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.paidtasks) app, which asks you short surveys and questions. From my experience with rewards anywhere from 10 cents to $1.50!

Be sure to answer honestly, or might find yourself disqualified by Google's trick questions ;)

For iPhone users it's available here (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-opinion-rewards/id1227019728).

(https://i.postimg.cc/3RLNGp10/Screenshot-20200922-093301-Google-Opinion-Rewards.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/7G2q85pq)
I've had it for a while now. The thing is I always forget to buy apps or something with it. I wish there was an app that I can use google play balance to trade in for gift cards or something
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: YitzyS on September 22, 2020, 09:37:26 AM
(https://i.postimg.cc/3RLNGp10/Screenshot-20200922-093301-Google-Opinion-Rewards.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/7G2q85pq)
I've had it for a while now. The thing is I always forget to buy apps or something with it. I wish there was an app that I can use google play balance to trade in for gift cards or something
Just curious how long those surveys take? Did you dedicate months of your life to that, or are they just short quickies?
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Definitions on September 22, 2020, 09:39:17 AM
Just curious how long those surveys take? Did you dedicate months of your life to that, or are they just short quickies?
Under a minute each.
It's usually 1-3 questions. Sometimes it can go as high as 7 questions
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on September 22, 2020, 09:45:00 AM
Under a minute each.
It's usually 1-3 questions. Sometimes it can go as high as 7 questions
+1
I believe my record for a survey is $1.50!
As for spending, it can be applied to any in app purchase. The possibilities are endless..
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: aygart on September 22, 2020, 09:48:29 AM
Under a minute each.
It's usually 1-3 questions. Sometimes it can go as high as 7 questions
Looks like about $10 an hour
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on September 22, 2020, 09:56:54 AM
Looks like about $10 an hour
Post 1 post a day and you'll have plenty of time ;)
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: lubaby on September 23, 2020, 10:23:09 PM
Cross posting:
If you live in an area with no Kosher options on Uber Eats, and you have some free $20 credits to use, there are likely 7-Eleven’s nearby that you can get cases or bottles of soda / snacks / household items / Tylenol etc.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: Yo ssi on September 23, 2020, 11:04:01 PM
Reposting:
FTFY

When encountering a deal with no kosher stores nearby
Life hack: if there's no kosher pizza places around you, just look for store selling the cheapest cans of soda, and enjoy your free drinks!
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: lubaby on September 24, 2020, 12:29:49 AM
FTFY
A: Some people wouldn’t do that due to Ma’aras Ayin.
B: Not everyone wants sugary drinks.
C: 7-11 has a much larger selection of items that people may be interested in.
D: Even in places with Kosher options, it can be more useful to some to get a few free packs of Tylenol / Advil then a free lunch.

My point of posting was, people may not be aware that 7-11 is an available option on Uber Eats (and if you do Pickup instead of delivery, you save on the delivery/service fees as well, getting you more free for your money.
Title: Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
Post by: justmeha on September 24, 2020, 02:01:45 AM
A: Some people wouldn’t do that due to Ma’aras Ayin.
B: Not everyone wants sugary drinks.
C: 7-11 has a much larger selection of items that people may be interested in.
D: Even in places with Kosher options, it can be more useful to some to get a few free packs of Tylenol / Advil then a free lunch.

My point of posting was, people may not be aware that 7-11 is an available option on Uber Eats (and if you do Pickup instead of delivery, you save on the delivery/service fees as well, getting you more free for your money.
once on the subject, alcohol stores are now available on Uber eats. So you can use your discount for a bottle of lechaim