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Did you know you can lift the armrest on the aisle seats on American? You should.

I saw a flight attendant do it and had to know the secret. It turns out there’s a button hiding in the “armpit” of the armrest that let’s you life the thing out of the way making boarding and departing far easier (and less snaggy). It seems like this would be more common knowledge, but since it isn’t I wanted to spread the word.

Rather than post pictures, here’s a really clear (and BS-free) video I found of the process:

Laundry Hacks

You wouldn't use one this large, but this is the idea

Here's a bunch of neat tricks I found today how to hack your laundry:

  • Use a small ball of tin foil instead of dryer sheets to eliminate static
  • Toss a ball or yarn or a tennis ball into the dryer for baster drying times
  • Avoid dryer sheets entirely because they leave a film on your lint catcher that can blow out your dryer.

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Simple Fruit Fly Deathtrap

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On Lifehacker today: the fruitfly deathtrap! This is brilliant. Using only a cup, some vinegar, and a folded piece of paper, you can lure and destroy all the fruit flies in your house.


Save on Textbooks

Save some money. Always a good thing.
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Funny that I was just talking about this with someone yesterday, but today there's an article on Lifehacker about saving money on textbooks. I have used their first suggestion, Bigwords.com many times myself though I've often found even better deals by simply looking for a previous edition book. For example, if your class is using the 5th edition, look for the 4th for big savings.

Anyway, if you or someone you know is looking for textbooks, perhaps you should give it a try.

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Landline NOT Required for DSL

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Did you know that you could get DSL service WITHOUT having to have a phone land line with the same company? Probably not since the phone company won't tell you. Check out this article for tips on how to teach the "Customer Service Reps" what and how to do it.

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Top 10 Things You Should Know About Your Credit Cards

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I've seen businesses do 4 and 5 so I guess next time, I'll call them on it.

  1. Unsigned Cards Are Not Valid And Merchants Can And Will Refuse Them
  2. The Maximum Liability For Unauthorized Use Of A Credit Card (not debit even if it's got a credit card logo) Is $50 According To Federal Law
  3. Merchants Cannot Require You To Present ID, Unless Your Card Is Unsigned
  4. Merchants Cannot Require A Minimum Transaction Amount
  5. Merchants Cannot Charge A Surcharge For Using A Credit Card, However, They Can Offer A "Cash Discount"
  6. Many Credit Cards Have Programs That Will Automatically Double The Manufacturer's Warranty And Other Excellent Benefits
  7. Merchants Are Not Allowed To Make You Give Up Your Right To A Chargeback
  8. Merchants Are Not Allowed To Place A Hold For The Estimated Tip
  9. If Merchants Suspect You Of Fraud They Are Supposed To Call With A "Code 10"
  10. If Merchants Break These Rules, You Can Report Them To The Credit Card Company
  11. Read the details for each of these at The Consumerist.


Me on Blogger Radio This Thursday

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This Thursday, I'll be doing an interview on Techtips blog radio. You can listen or call in to talk with me about Identity Theft issues. Link here:


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How to Peel an Egg in 10 Seconds

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This is one of the coolest things I've seen and the best part is that it works! Take a hard-boiled eggs, crack and then tear a little bit of the shell from the top and bottom, blow into it and it pops right out! I was making egg salad yesterday and I found this tip online and tried it right then. 7 perfect eggs in a row.

The only thing this video and others like it doesn't tell you is when to do it (when they're still warm, cooled down, etc). I looked up some info that said to take the hot egg, run it under cold water for a few seconds, and then peel normally.

I combined the two and took my hot egg, ran it under cold water for about 8 seconds, cracked the top and bottom, tore a bit off each end and blew. Perfection.

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Protecting Yourself From Suspicionless Border Searches

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The EFF has an excellent article about how to avoid being searched at the border. Specifically, how to protect your laptop data that courts recently ruled could be searched without warrant.

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Darken Your Windows to Reduce Eye Strain

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I don't know about the accuracy of the claim that a screen with darker colors and more black will reduce eyestrain, but I'm going to try it out. Besides, it looks really cool 🙂

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