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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 #520 on: July 15, 2020, 02:36:35 AM »
Repost
Just reposting it in it's proper thread ;)
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #521 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 voilŗ 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.)
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #522 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 voilŗ it's done!
Can you explain that step?

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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #523 on: July 15, 2020, 10:13:07 PM »
Can you explain that step?
Click "none" and put in the shortcut of your choice.


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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #524 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 voilŗ it's done!
or just bookmark it
Not sure why you'd want to clutter your desktop with ahortcuts

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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #525 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
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #526 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
Workflowy. You won't know what you're missing until you try it.

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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #527 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.
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« Reply #528 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!
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #529 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!
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #530 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.)
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #531 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.)
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #532 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)
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #533 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
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #534 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.
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #535 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?
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #536 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, thereís no reason to get stuck deciding about it for a week/month/years. If itís a 50/50 decision, then it means Iím comfortable with choosing either option. If so, why not simplify the process - flip a coin and just do whatever God decided you should do.
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #537 on: July 16, 2020, 02:15:40 AM »
I might be exaggerating a bit, but if a 50/50 decision is hard to make, thereís no reason to get stuck deciding about it for a week/month/years. If itís a 50/50 decision, then it means Iím 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.
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #538 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 thereís no algorithm thatís truly random. However for practical purposes, if a randomizer takes into account the exact millisecond that I pushed a button, itís random enough for me.
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Re: Life Hacks, Post Your Favorites!
« Reply #539 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.
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