Here are this week’s Life Pro Tips.
01. If you lock your keys in your car…
Call your insurance if you have road side assistance. If you don’t through your insurance, you likely have road side coverage through your credit card company. This option is much cheaper or even free compared to a locksmith.
If the above option doesn’t work for you, call your local non-emergency police number. It rings front desk not dispatch and a police officer will likely unlock your door for free, 24/7.
Otherwise you can call a towing company. They will typically unlock your car for less than a locksmith, arrive faster, and are available 24/7.
02. Download Wifi analyzer to improve wifi speeds
This piece of software will help you determine what channel your router should broadcast its Wifi Signal. This improved my wifi speeds by 22x. Here is Wifi Analyzer for Android. For Windows. For Mac users, find “Wireless Diagnostics” under utilities (or just use Spotlight to bring it up). Go to “Window” menu and select “Scan”. This shows you the exact same information.
To change your Wifi’s channel, go to: 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1, this is your login page. 192.168.1.254 is for att. 10.0.0.1 is Comcast. By default the login is either admin / admin, or admin / password or admin / [blank]. My setting is here.
03. If a bee lands on you…
Blow on them to get them off instead of slapping and they won’t retaliate. This also works with wasps and probably whatever other flighty bugs you might have crawling all over you.
04. For People That Drown Their Coffee With Sugar
Before putting the sugar into your coffee, take a small sip of the coffee (without the sugar). Then add a little bit of sugar in. Since your taste buds first tasted your coffee without sugar, this smaller amount of sugar will have a much sweeter taste. You end up using less sugar and having the same effect (Maybe even sweeter!).
05. If you have bad/no cell reception at your home
Get your carrier to provide you a femtocell. A femtocell is basically a little network adapter that takes your internet connection and broadcasts a cellular network around your home. Most carriers will provide these to you for free if you legitimately do not get reliable service at your home.
They won’t give you one for free unless you call and are very persistent that you do not have coverage at your home. You may need to threaten to leave to a different carrier (and be willing to actually do this). It’s a lot more cost-effective for them to send you a free network extender and keep you as a customer than it is to lose you as a customer.