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Eliminate Your Cable Bill and Watch Everything Online for Free

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Eliminate Your Cable Bill and Watch Everything Online for Free

One of the main recurring monthly expenses we have is our cable subscription, and frankly, most of the channels and programs go unwatched. This lifehack lesson will show you how to reduce you cable bill to zero and find the things you like to watch online for free. As a bonus, reducing your cable bill will also give you more time because it will case you to actively select which programs you really want to watch and reduce a lot of the aimless flicking around that occurs when we have far too many channel options.

This lesson is free for the first week. A subscription for Lifehack lessons costs $4.99 per month and provides access to all previous and future lessons. Here is an excerpt from this weeks lesson.

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The Money

Figure out your monthly budget. It’s a good idea to take a look at your cable bill. Many times people just have their bills automatically deducted out of their checking account don’t really pay attention to how much they’re spending. Take a look at the monthly cost of the cable (or satellite) portion of your monthly bill. Take that amount and multiply by 12. Are you paying for a phone line you never use too? Figure that into the equation.

A quick look at some of the current promotions on some of the cable company sites show by eliminating the cable and phone portion of the bill and keeping the internet, you can save anywhere is from about $60 to $110 a month or more. Keep in mind you’ll need to take into consideration the cost of any kind of termination fees that might apply if you’re in contract.

Your Shows

Something else to take into consideration are the shows you watch pretty religiously. If you can still have access to these shows, making the change to no cable will be a lot easier.

Time Spent Watching

Take a look at how much time you actually spend watching TV every day or even every week. You’ll actually be surprised. While reflecting on what you watch and how often you watch it, look at the services you’re using. Are you using on demand services? Are you watching more TV shows than movies? What channels or networks do you watch the most? Are you using a specific package such as NHL® CENTER ICE® more than the other TV channels? *Do you have an HD TV and do you utilize the HD channels?

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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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