The Jack of all Hacks

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IQAir.Com

After seeing that drone footage of San Francisco go viral last week, it’s yet another stark reminder that we should all probably start to track air quality forecasts the same way we so closely track weather forecasts. To do this, you really need to check out IQair.com. 

written by
Jack
14 Sep 2020

Use "Add to Home Screen" button on Safari mobile app

If there are websites you check a lot on your phone but either the site:

a) Doesn’t have a mobile app

or

b) Has a mobile app that sucks

You can still get quick access to it by saving it as an icon on your home screen.

written by
Jack
10 Sep 2020

Breaking Bad - Ozymandias

Following up to our post on the worst TV episode of all time, the best episode of all-time is a little more straightforward for any avid TV show watcher. IMDB actually has a numerical ranking system for each episode which helps you arrive at the obvious answer: Breaking Bad – Ozymandias

written by
Jack
4 Sep 2020

House of Cards Chapter 73 (Series Finale)

Yes, you can subjectively argue it. And no matter how you argue it, most of you will still probably settle for the obvious choice (The Game of Thrones season finale). But IMDB actually has a numerical ranking system for each episode which helps you arrive at a more objective answer: House of Cards Chapter 73.

written by
Jack
4 Sep 2020

In 2018 the most popular baby name for boys was Liam

Before you think you’re being super contrarian or unique with your choice of baby name, make sure you bookmark this page from the Social Security website if you’re curious to track the most popular ones each year. For 2018, the most popular baby name for boys was Liam.

written by
Jill
29 Aug 2020

In 2018 the most popular baby name for girls was Emma

Before you think you’re being super contrarian or unique with your choice of baby name, make sure you bookmark this page from the Social Security website if you’re curious to track the most popular ones each year. For 2018, the most popular baby name for girls was Emma.

written by
Jill
29 Aug 2020

F.lux App

Download f.lux. It’s free and your eyes (and sleep patterns) will thank you if you have to use your computer at night.

written by
Jack
23 Aug 2020

September 12th

I thought this was a fascinating chart put together by Bo Mcready (@boknowsdata on Twitter) and shared on Reddit.

written by
Jill
23 Aug 2020

August 19, 2020 Reddit Thread

Reddit can be a fantastic source for authentic information and reviews. Sometimes the site even posts some incredibly valuable threads which invoke thoughtful discussion by many. One of those threads happened yesterday when someone asked Reddit, “What simple life hack should everyone know?” Most of the answers were awesome and some were hilarious.

written by
Jack
20 Aug 2020

Google Voice

In most cases you can port your number, indirectly, to a Google Voice account associated with a Gmail account you own. Once that is done, that number is now in your possession and available to use via the Google Voice app or certain landline phones for free

written by
Jack
8 Feb 2020

Justwatch.com

Justwatch.com is a really well designed website and app that allows you to quickly check if a movie you are trying to watch is available to stream on Netflix, Prime Video, Disney +, Hulu, HBO, etc.

written by
Jack
2 Jan 2020

Paypal

Using PayPal wherever it’s an option allows you to easily store and populate addresses/credit card information to any page without having to create a new account for each website.

written by
Jack
24 Dec 2019