Monday, May 9, 2011

Park in handicap spaces

Did you know in the United States its not an official ADA compliant handicapped spot if the sign is not in the front? The law states the markings must be visible when a car is parked in the spot. So that big wheelchair logo on the asphalt doesnt cut it legally. Its surprising how many handicapped spots don't have the sign in front.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


I'm sorry to inform everyone Your Daily Protip will be going on a 2-3 week hiatus. It's contributing staff will unfortunately be out of town in an area where internet access is spotty at best. For those of you following Your Daily Protip, please do not stop, as we will return with plenty of new tips shortly. Thank you.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Skip straight to your floor on an elevator

Got somewhere to be in a hurry, and don't have time to wait while your elevator stops on every floor for new riders? Or maybe you're just an antisocial weirdo who doesn't want to share an elevator with another human being for 30 seconds. Well here is how you can avoid that nasty inconvenience and skip straight to your floor. This was implemented for police and firefighters to get to their floor immediately in an emergency. All you need to do is press the door close button as well as the button for your floor, and hold them down for a full 5 seconds, and the elevator will go straight to your floor without stopping.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Top 5 coffee "hacks"

Coffee starting to become something you use out of necessity, rather than enjoy?
Want to make the most out of your morning cuppa? Check this link.
Courtesy of the Houston Press.

Definitely try Number 3:

Add a pinch of salt.
What? Yes. Salt. Just a pinch. And use kosher salt; the large crystals work better here. You can either add in a pinch on top of your coffee in the filter or in the bottom of your French press. The salt adds a whole other dimension of flavor and opens up the coffee in the same way that adding salt to desserts and other sweet items works wonders. You'll never drink unsalted coffee again, I promise.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Kill mosquitos with no effort

So you don't like those pesky mosquitoes, especially now that they have the potential to carry the West Nile Virus? Here's a tip that was given at a recent gardening forum. Put some water in a white dinner plate and add a couple drops of Lemon Fresh Joy dish detergent. Set the dish on your porch, patio, or other outdoor area. Not sure what attracts them, the lemon smell, the white plate color, or what, but mosquitoes flock to it, and drop dead shortly after drinking the Lemon Fresh Joy/water mixture, and usually within about 10 feet of the plate. Check this out---it works just super!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Best computer speakers for your money

High-end computer speakers are a waste of money. If space isn't extremely restricted, the best computer speakers are regular stereo speakers, the kind that would be hooked up to a regular stereo or receiver. You can connect your computer to the unit's RCA inputs with a $3 cable from radio shack. Even if you dont have a stereo to use for this, buying one is a lot cheaper than buying high end computer speakers, which can run $200-300.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Paying sticker price for a car is for suckers.

When purchasing a car, pick the model you want from the lot/showroom and take notes (make, model, color, options, price) Ask questions of a sales rep if you need to, but don't enter his office or sign anything. Visit several other dealerships and do the same thing. Take note of the lowest price. Wait a day or so, then call all the dealerships, starting with the highest-priced one, and ask them to meet or beat the lowest price you recorded. They'll all ask you to come to them to discuss the matter, you must refuse. Work your way down the list, then start over with the current high priced dealer. Keep calling until you cant get a lower price.

Alternately, keep hold of a blue book. Be sure the dealer is aware of this. Offer him about a thousand dollars over bluebook value (unless the car is insanely old and cheap) so that he gets a nice commission and you don't get ripped off. Be sure to point out if he doesn't wanna take the deal, the lot down the street will probably will.