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Re: Life Hacks and Top Tips

If you ever need to get legal advice:
  1. If there are any contracts involved, of any kind, re-read them to be sure you know what they mean. Your signature is binding. The purpose of a contract is, amongst other things, to specify how to end or leave the contract.

  2. Read online to find out the outline of the rules/laws about your topic, especially those which may apply even if the contract did not specify them.

  3. Get all your papers in proper order, chronologically. During the course of the whole legal matter, keep this file up-to-date.

  4. Make your own copies, so that you take a set with you that you can leave with the lawyer if necessary.

  5. Understand that a judge is very rarely a mediator. The judge does not pronounce upon what is fair or wrong, but upon the best arguments presented in terms of the applicable laws.

  6. If you find yourself emotionally drained or confused, try to write out the 10 main aspects of the difficult situation you're facing. Now try to write them again, as if you had no strong feelings about the matter (as a judge might not). See whether it is possible to reduce your list to the 8, or 5, or 3 main things you're trying to achieve, or which you fear that someone else is trying to achieve, to your detriment.

  7. If you're trying to save money, go to one of the free legal advice centres in your town, and while there, write down all that they tell you (or ask them at the start to write it down in the book you've brought along), at the very least ask for the names of the laws and paragraphs that they think are relevant.

  8. Ask whether this legal matter has the potential to influence another, separate part of your life, e.g. your permit situation, or your chances of finding an apartment to rent, or your employment situation, or your marriage, negatively.

  9. Go home and read and consider everything again, quietly, in the light of what you've learnt.

  10. Choose your battles. Decide which parts might be worth writing off, even if you are in the right (too much work, time and money to prove your rights, and/or too great a risk if you are judged to be in the wrong).

  11. If you're going to deal with a non-free lawyer, expect to pay for every minute of his/her time, and every disbursement. Expect to be asked to pay a fee up front.

  12. Because of this, before you start, ask for a clear list of fees and charges. On the basis of those, you can whether you can, or would prefer to, do some parts of the work yourself, or whether you'd prefer to pay the lawyer to take on the whole task for you. Be sure to agree upon the tasks and rates before commencing.

  13. In particular, arrange whether the correspondence is to be on paper, in envelopes, or by electronic, and which will cost more, or less.

  14. Any time that you speak to your lawyer by phone, or see the lawyer, make handwritten notes of what the lawyer says. As soon as that conversation is over, immediately augment your notes from memory.

  15. Request that you get a detailed bill at the end of each month. That way, you'll see how fast (or not) your initial payment is being used up, and will be able to plan for the next phase.

  16. Once a final conclusion is reached, with the lawyer, with the "other party", or in Court, Do Not Throw Any Of The Papers Away. Just file them neatly and set them aside safely. The same is true for anything stored electronically. This applies especially to proof that you have paid money. Sometimes the same matter arises again. Sometimes another matter, later in life, may resemble this one. It will save you time, trouble and money if you can straight away put your finger on the relevant documents.
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Life hack? When in doubt, google[/URL].
Better Life hack? Use DuckDuckGo They don't track you. Still want the Google Results? Just add g! at the end of your search string. You still won't get tracked.
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Old 29.06.2020, 11:54
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The other day I bought some parts for the espresso machine which - as usual today - were wrapped/sealed into hard plastic and I had to fight hard to unwrap them. I mean, there is no getting to them, it is as if the seller does not want you to use the stuff.

I just came across (when trying bowlie's g! trick ) a life-hack for that: Open the side with a tin opener!
As it was amongst 10K other hacks, I found a video that only presents this one hack, in German. Sorry you'll have to suffer an ad at the beginning.

I'll try that next time, which no doubt will be soon as all stuff seems to be wrapped this way now.
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The other day I bought some parts for the espresso machine which - as usual today - were wrapped/sealed into hard plastic and I had to fight hard to unwrap them. I mean, there is no getting to them, it is as if the seller does not want you to use the stuff.

I just came across (when trying bowlie's g! trick ) a life-hack for that: Open the side with a tin opener!
As it was amongst 10K other hacks, I found a video that only presents this one hack, in German. Sorry you'll have to suffer an ad at the beginning.

I'll try that next time, which no doubt will be soon as all stuff seems to be wrapped this way now.
Isn't a pair of scissors quicker and easier? And you don't have to hunt for the right type of scissors...
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Old 29.06.2020, 12:21
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No, that's the problem. That stuff is so hard and thick, no chance.
Then I took pruning shears. Not elegant but it did the trick. Guess next thing would have been the jigsaw.
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Old 29.06.2020, 12:40
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They do it to stop shoplifters, but they sell 90% online. Insanity.
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Old 29.06.2020, 12:49
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They do it to stop shoplifters, but they sell 90% online. Insanity.
I'm not in the habit of shoplifting but if I did I would not feel more guilty by stealing the thing WITH the wrapping.

I just luv life hacks! Therefore I just wasted quite some time on youtube after this thread has been revived. Not all wasted though, as usual.
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Re: Life Hacks and Top Tips

There are many online converters and calculators. I like this one, which spans a wide range: http://www.thecalculatorsite.com/ .

One can combine metric and imperial (whatever you need to think in).

For example, one can calculate the volume that a certain weight of a material will occupy. If you're shopping for catering, you can see that 6kg of potatoes will occupy nearly 8 litres of volume. If you're planning where to put the materials for a home renovation, you can see that 12kg of cement will take up about 24 cubic feet.

Money and cooking are also there, each in many different combinations, as are dates, percentages, steps to miles, etc.
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https://www.reddit.com/r/gifs/commen...eb2x&context=3
Handy tip for putting a plaster on a finger joint.
Note: several people comment that this is tricky to do. Perhaps it's a matter of practice.
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Another option is to make the knotted area wet with few drops of water (or piss on it when hiking) and re-tighten it
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Swiss tax declaration:

If you pay and claim charity donations deductions, pay as many as you want all on the same day through your bank, on a day when you make no other payments.

Then use the banks confirmation sheet(s) of payments to support your deduction. I have used this for the Zurich tax return for many years - always accepted without query and a great time saver...
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More gin, less tonic.
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Re: Life Hacks and Top Tips

Extend the range of your car's key fob by pushing it against your chin. This capacitively couples the fob to your head, which is a pretty good antenna.
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Extend the range of your car's key fob by pushing it against your chin. This capacitively couples the fob to your head, which is a pretty good antenna.
Actually it is raising it above hip level. It would be just as effective if you raised it over your head.
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Actually it is raising it above hip level. It would be just as effective if you raised it over your head.
Hmmm, I'm sceptical, but let's try it.

OK, so my Landrover has a crap range on both key fobs, such that I can never lock or unlock it from more than a couple of metres away, so a perfect test subject.

It's now parked about 5 metres away from the house, and I'm standing on the balcony, therefore the key fob is about four meters above ground. Point it at car, nothing, try and try again, and one time, out of perhaps twenty, it worked. So clearly on the edge of the range. Tried pointing it up, down and sideways to rule out any directional effect, same results.

Touch the key fob to soft tissue under my chin, press, Beep-beep. Yes, it works, opening or closing. Every. Single. Time.

Myth: Confirmed!

I'm gobsmacked.
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Hmmm, I'm sceptical, but let's try it.

OK, so my Landrover has a crap range on both key fobs, such that I can never lock or unlock it from more than a couple of metres away, so a perfect test subject.

It's now parked about 5 metres away from the house, and I'm standing on the balcony, therefore the key fob is about four meters above ground. Point it at car, nothing, try and try again, and one time, out of perhaps twenty, it worked. So clearly on the edge of the range. Tried pointing it up, down and sideways to rule out any directional effect, same results.

Touch the key fob to soft tissue under my chin, press, Beep-beep. Yes, it works, opening or closing. Every. Single. Time.

Myth: Confirmed!

I'm gobsmacked.
That is indeed gobsmacking. And if you raise the fob above your head? Presumably no further advantage over and above that provided by your balcony?
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That is indeed gobsmacking. And if you raise the fob above your head? Presumably no further advantage over and above that provided by your balcony?
Correct.
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Re: Life Hacks and Top Tips

Quite silly stuff, but...

1. when travelling take flip flops with you - not all hotels have slippers, and hotel carpets are typically disgusting.

2. After hard boiling an egg, peel it with a spoon - it works far better than doing it by hand 😬
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How do you peel a hard boiled egg with a spoon?

And what do you do when you are in Casablanca and your bag is in Cairo?
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How do you peel a hard boiled egg with a spoon?

And what do you do when you are in Casablanca and your bag is in Cairo?
Well, at least you can still peel your boiled egg in Casablanca with a spoon.
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