By David Peel
Hacking used to mean the covert breaking into someone else’s computer with malicious intent. Remember in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and in War Games when characters hacked into the school’s computer system and changed the records? Hacking.
But lately, it has taken on a new, far less-menacing meaning. A hack is anything that shortcuts a process, or gets you a benefit easier. Here are some popular life hacks:
-Cut down on ink costs when printing by setting text to grey, rather than black and using the “fastdraft” feature.
-Remember you can charge your phone off the USB port on most newer televisions.
-Differentiate near-identical keys by color-coding them with nail polish.
-Freeze bottles of water so you can have easy ice in a cooler throughout the day and drinkable water thereafter, all with no mess.
-For gas pumps without a clip, ram your gas cap in to make it pump while you clean that nasty windshield.
-Tie extension cords together at the junction and they will not pull apart.
-Check your coins. Quarters 1965 or older have silver in them and are worth well more than $0.25.
So, as a lawyer, I got to thinking about LAWHACKS. Are there any tips that might help you in dealing with the law? Here are a few:
-Use a binder clip to affix your insurance card the visor of your cars. No fumbling even after an accident.
-If you are pulled over, roll down your window, place your hands on the top of the wheel and wait. Police officers have scary jobs and you are ensuring them you are not a threat. After all, they may have a call that a car just like yours robbed a bank. You never know.
-Check your Uninsured Motorists’ (UM) coverage on your cars.
Try to carry $100,000 per person or more. This only helps your family and passengers.
-Get it in writing. If you don’t care enough to get a deal in writing then you maybe you shouldn’t complain when you are not paid.
-Never make a decision, or loan money, if you would be ashamed that others knew about. It’s probably a foolish move.
Peel seeks justice for those injured in car accidents, work place incidents, medical malpractice, and nursing homes. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Peel may be reached through PeelLawFirm.com wherein other articles may be accessed.
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