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7 Helpful Online Services That Make Your Life Easier

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7 Helpful Online Services That Make Your Life Easier

There are so many things that we as a students, workers, business owners, freelancers or even housewives have to manage, and we are constantly looking for tools and services to make our lives easier. Whether that be a tool or service to cope with your workflow, to change your profile picture – or even something as basic as an online service that helps you write – finding the best and most useful services can be difficult.

I have listed some of the best tools and online services you can use to make your life easier trough the most useful websites that you may not know about.

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1. IFTTT

Pronounced as “gift” without the “g,” IFTTT (free) is a very useful online service that simplifies many troubles of modern life. It enables you to synchronize your online experience without any programming knowledge. The service works with more than 100 channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn by involving actions called “receipts” that can be published and shared.

It’s an easy to use website that “makes the internet work for you” by synchronizing your channels, such as; inviting any new phone contact to connect on LinkedIn, updating your Twitter profile picture when your Facebook profile picture changes and saving Gmail messages to Evernote. If your favorite team scores a goal, have IFTTT send you a text alert so you can celebrate.

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2. ManualsLib

Have you recently bought a product and lost it’s manual, or need to fix your washing machine but have misplaced the instruction book? Finding it online can be really easy with ManualsLib. This useful web application can save both time and effort for you by offering a massive collection of PDF files for all types of products. The service is quite easy-to-use with an option of entering your query in the search field. Search results include the product name, model number, description, date, size and the number of pages. It also gives you an option to either read it online or download it to your local system.

3. TED

Definitely, the most well-known addition to this list, the reputation, and fame of TED talks is astonishing in recent years, and they now invited some of the leading successful leaders in the world, including Bill Gates, Richard Dawkins and Elon Musk. TED hosts inspiring talks all over the world, covering pretty much every aspect of human experience and you can find all the videos of these talks on TED website. A useful place to gain more knowledge about any subject that grasps your attention.

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4. Print Friendly

Does exactly what it says. Print Friendly styles any WebPage appropriate for perfect print experience, eliminating the need to formatting and tweaking sites to fit your office or home printer. This website does it all for you, without any stress. It also removes online Ads, website navigation and junk files, so you save paper and ink when you print. It’s free and easy to use.

6. Pikkup

Pikkup is an on-demand moving service that allows you to book a moving truck on-the-spot or schedule to move goods now or later. Users are able to make the background-check and select insured drivers to transport goods to a chosen drop-off spot at their leisure. The smartphone app camera feature helps users to share the size of the load to select the best driver and truck for the job and to give estimate pricing. A live GPS feed provides users with the facility to track the route taken for the destination.

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5. Homestyler

A must visit free Web app intended for anyone in the midst of moving or shifting home, or anyone considering a home remodel. Homestyler is an interactive website that allows you to design a room layout by building it for you, without having the hassle of moving all the furniture multiple times in advance. Numerous other features such as printing the design or sharing it with others in Homestyler will make your life easier.

7. AdvancedWriters

It’s an online site that helps students, writers, teachers, and authors to get unique content, check plagiarism and offers freelance writing jobs. This online service helps people from academia by offering writing services for papers and assignments that students may need assistance with. It also has a messaging system that provides timely information on the jobs available for writers in their areas of knowledge and provides guidance to connect with customers on the go.

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Featured photo credit: Stanley Zimny via flickr.com

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on November 25, 2021

How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

    What Does Private Browsing Do?

    When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

    For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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    The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

    The Terminal Archive

    While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

    Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

    dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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    Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

    Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

    However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

    Clearing Your Tracks

    Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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    dscacheutil -flushcache

    As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

    Other Browsers and Private Browsing

    Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

    If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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    As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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