Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Web Secret 409: 1,000 hacks
Hack is an interesting word that can connote great evil and great good.
Hacking into a computer network and stealing information: bad.
Hacking something tedious so that it becomes easy: good.
Last year I was flying somewhere for business and steeled myself to stand in a horrifying security line at JFK airport. I showed my ticket and ID to the keeper of the horrifying line when she said "you have TSA pre - go there!" she said pointing to a line that consisted of only two people. I whizzed through security without needing to take off my shoes or unpack my laptop for inspection.
As soon as I got home, I looked up TSA pre and learned that "TSA Pre is an expedited security screening program connecting travelers departing from the United States with smarter security and a better air travel experience. Passengers considered low-risk who qualify for the program can receive expedited screening."
Now truth be tailed, applying to get TSA pre is a pain in the ass. It involves filling out forms and usually making an appointment to go to the nearest airport for an interview.
But once you get it - you have hacked the security line the next time you fly. It makes me giddy with satisfaction every timed I travel by air.
So now, imagine a website that shares hundreds of these secrets to a better life and you have 1000hacks.com.
The hacks consist of a single PowerPoint slide and cover a variety of topics including tech, money, health, and more.
If it can't be communicated in a single slide - it's not on the website.
Hack number 93 in tech: Steps to boost your iPhone's battery life.
Hack number 16 in money: how to keep your credit card secure when ordering from an unfamiliar website.
Hack number 55 in health: 5 second methodology to compare the nutritional value of two foods.
I can hack this.