Hacking isn't always a bad thing

One of our favorite blogs that some of us at Team INS follow is Lifehacker. This site isn’t really about hacking, though there are plenty of articles with tech appeal like Add an Instant-Record Button to Your Home Screen and Never Miss the Money Shot or how to turn your iPhone into a universal remote for $10. Lifehacker is really more about imaginative problem solving.

Want to estimate the temperature on a summer evening? Just listen for a cricket, count the number of chirps in 14 seconds, and then add 40 to get the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit. Try it, non-believers.

We love this kind of stuff…like we love MacGyver reruns and like we loved earning scouting merit badges back in the day.

As it turns out, being an imaginative problem solver is a good mindset when you work in communications technology. Our job is to stay ahead of the tech curve and apply some business sense to help our customers leverage the right tools for them– not just push the latest tech toys.

Every customer presents us with unique challenges and with a different set of problems to solve. Training, discipline and hard work are all essential. But sometimes it’s the little hacks that make the difference between success and failure.

That’s what makes it so satisfying to come to work every day at INS. We get to do this for a living.

Now, did you know that you can pit cherries with a chopstick?

Do you have a favorite non-technical hack? Please share it in the comments below, and we’ll round up some of the best in a future post.