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5 Things You Should Know – Part 279

Here are 5 things you should know.

1. Spraying flies with windex will knock them out of the air rather quickly, allowing you to easily get rid of them.

Plus, you can clean your windows at the same time.

Other things that work:

  • Water in a spray bottle is about as effective

  • Febreze, if you want your place to smell nice at the same time

Windex and Febreze also work to varying degrees on wasps, bees, gnats, fruit flies, moths, and beetles. Febreze apparently is great for killing ants, too.

2. To reduce toner usage, print only after the last page is spooled.


Reduce Stop/Start Cycles: In addition to waiting to change your toner cartridge, you can also avoid using stop/start cycles to further reduce your usage. During the stop/start cycle, the toner will accumulate on the drum even if you are not printing anything. This is a wasteful practice that many people do not even realize their printers are doing. To avoid this, go into your “Printer Properties” tab on your computer and adjust the settings so that your pages will only start printing after the last page is spooled. This will reduce the number of times your printer will stop and start up again, saving you a lot of toners.


To reduce stop/start cycles use the Printer Properties | Advanced tab and tell the computer to start printing after the last page is spooled. Typically this setting is set to start printing immediately to improve user experience and reduce the perceived wait. When you change this setting, your document will start printing when the computer is done generating the entire document, so there will be an initial delay between the time you start your print job and the time the print job starts printing on the printer.

3. Swimming season is approaching, learn the (actual) signs of drowning.

The signs of drowning and common misconceptions are from this article:

  1. Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. The respiratory system was designed for breathing. Speech is the secondary or overlaid function. Breathing must be fulfilled before speech occurs.

  2. Drowning people’s mouths alternately sink below and reappear above the surface of the water. The mouths of drowning people are not above the surface of the water long enough for them to exhale, inhale, and call out for help. When the drowning people’s mouths are above the surface, they exhale and inhale quickly as their mouths start to sink below the surface of the water.

  3. Drowning people cannot wave for help. Nature instinctively forces them to extend their arms laterally and press down on the water’s surface. Pressing down on the surface of the water, permits drowning people to leverage their bodies so they can lift their mouths out of the water to breathe.

  4. Throughout the Instinctive Drowning Response, drowning people cannot voluntarily control their arm movements. Physiologically, drowning people who are struggling on the surface of the water cannot stop drowning and perform voluntary movements such as waving for help, moving toward a rescuer, or reaching out for a piece of rescue equipment.

  5. From beginning to the end of the Instinctive Drowning Response people’s bodies remain upright in the water, with no evidence of a supporting kick. Unless rescued by a trained lifeguard, these drowning people can only struggle on the surface of the water from 20 to 60 seconds before submersion occurs.

Here are the next steps you need to perform if you find someone in this situation. Above all, your safety is your primary concern. Each further step increases your own risk.

  1. Talk. Yell and wave to try to get their attention and talk them back to the edge/shore/boat.

  2. The signal for help. If there is a certified lifeguard around they can help best. They are responsible for the waters and are trained in these situations. Assuming there is no lifeguard around and you are alone, proceed as follows.

  3. Throw. Try to throw a flotation device toward them.

  4. Reach. Reach with the buoyant device or long stick

  5. Wade. Try to get closer in shallower water if available and try to reach or throw a flotation device.

  6. Swim. Provide a buoyant aid directly to the drowning victim with extreme caution. Lifeguards are taught to drive a buoyant aid directly into their arms using their feet. The victim will attempt to latch onto you to save themselves, and it is easier to kick them off. Prioritize your safety and give them an aid before they instinctively latch onto you, the lifesaver.

• If they are too aggressive, swim down. The last place a drowning victim wants to go is further below the water.

• Use physical force if absolutely necessary. It is advantageous in the end to diffuse an aggressive situation.

Again, do not use this in place of a Lifesaving course.

4. If you have trouble sleeping, you should get a weighted blanket. You’ll sleep like a baby.

5. Amazon does, indeed, listen in to your home through your Alexa devices.

They have teams around the globe tuned in for nine hours a day. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-10/is-anyone-listening-to-you-on-alexa-a-global-team-reviews-audio?utm_campaign=news&utm_medium=bd&utm_source=applenews

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