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Food:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When boiling eggs, add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda to the water. Makes them really easy to peel and doesn't affect the taste.
  • 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.
  • Microwave rice from TJ's
  • Open a can of corn,put salt pepper and cheese on top, microwave or oven it (super easy lunch)
  • 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.
  • For chulent of course.. Using only navy beans, chulent mix a big no no.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To cool down baby food without blowing at it (which may add your bacteria to the food) wave your hand at it.
Travel:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When packing a suitcase, put your socks inside your shoes. It will save a little space and stop your shoes from getting crushed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Computers:
  • You can open links a in new tab by clicking with the scroll wheel.

    Quickly toggle between tabs.

    1) Excel and most internet browsers: Ctrl + PgUp/Dn
    2) Google Sheets: Ctrl + Shift + PgUpDn
    3) chrome: control-tab / control-shift-tab
alternatively ctrl+number tab from left
   
  • Widows+V will open up your clipboard with all recent stuff copied.
Every day/Home:
  • 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
  • Open glass jars with rubber gloves, Or a rubber band around the lid.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Stores:

  • Check out at the pharmacy in the grocery store when the regular lines are long.
Perscriptions:

  • 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. When insurance doesn't cover the medication, it's a fraction of the cost. I've seen discounts of 90%
Holidays:
  • 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.

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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #160 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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« Reply #161 on: June 11, 2020, 11:34:26 PM »
one liner to install updates via command line on Ubuntu


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« Reply #162 on: June 11, 2020, 11:37:56 PM »
one liner to install updates via command line on Ubuntu


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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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« Reply #163 on: June 11, 2020, 11:40:24 PM »
Ok ok I went from perhaps tech, to definitely tech needing its own thread..
yup
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« Reply #164 on: June 11, 2020, 11:41:22 PM »
the following combinations do NOT do anything. everything else has a function(go explore!)

windows+y
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« Reply #165 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
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« Reply #166 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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« Reply #167 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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« Reply #168 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.

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« Reply #169 on: June 12, 2020, 12:27:46 AM »
Itís 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)
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« Reply #170 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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« Reply #171 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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« Reply #172 on: June 12, 2020, 02:04:08 AM »
Top hack: reintroduce an old DDF thread to keep up the hype
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« Reply #173 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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« Reply #174 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.
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #175 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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« Reply #176 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?

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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #177 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!
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« Reply #178 on: June 12, 2020, 08:25:05 AM »
Itís 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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« Reply #179 on: June 12, 2020, 08:25:12 AM »
Yes! I've been using this for a while, it's amazing.
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