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16 Set/09

Apply the "Art of the Small" to Get Tasks Done [Productivity]

Apply the "Art of the Small" to Get Tasks Done [Productivity]

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); You’ve got a myriad ways to procrastinate, but unsurprisingly none of them will help you meet that looming deadline. Next time the distraction urge hits, weblog Zen Habits suggests thinking small instead of not thinking at all. Photo by shermeee. According to Zen’s Leo Babauta, thinking small is less intimidating and therefore creates less friction in your workflow. The more friction you face, the lower the...

12 Set/09

What’s the "Best" Spam Email You’ve Received? [Ask The Readers]

What’s the "Best" Spam Email You’ve Received? [Ask The Readers]

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Whether it’s the surreal stylings of Nigerian scammers or confusing subject lines of pill pitches, spam email can be oddly amusing. We’d like to hear which missives from your spam folder have made you crack a smile. Photo by janet galore. PC World rounded up some of their own best/worst spam messages and published them for your amusement. Included in the “straight to the spam folder” notes was...

9 Set/09

"Up To" and Other Common Car Dealer Phrases to Watch For [Negotiation]

"Up To" and Other Common Car Dealer Phrases to Watch For [Negotiation]

Car dealerships have cultivated countless ways to take you for a ride (pun intended). Foremost among them: the use of industry-specific jargon. Consumer-focused automotive web site Edmunds takes a look at common linguistic lies. Photo by clayirving. A journalist from Edmunds went undercover as a salesman to learn the tactics dealers use to jack up a car’s price. One quick lesson: be on the lookout for the phrase “up to.” If, for example, you offer $300 as your preferred...




31 Ago/09

Snow Leopard Reports Hard Drive Capacity Correctly (in Base 10) [Disk Space]

Snow Leopard Reports Hard Drive Capacity Correctly (in Base 10) [Disk Space]

ZDNet reports that Snow Leopard has changed the way it calculates disk capacity from earlier versions of OS X: now it’s actually accurate, and you can better judge when a disk is really, actually full. When it’s running Snow Leopard, your Mac shows you the same gigabyte count on your drives as appear on the manufacturer’s box, calculated in base 10, and not in base 2, which is what Leopard, all earlier versions of OS X and all current and earlier versions of Windows uses....

31 Ago/09

The Climbing-Wall Fortress [Featured Workspace]

The Climbing-Wall Fortress [Featured Workspace]

We’ve featured a variety of offices here, but this is definitely the first time we’ve featured an office built into a rock-climbing wall. Lifehacker reader Scott Mulder works at Tree Fort Bikes—a sport and bike shop in Ypsilanti, MI—and have quite a novel office. His workspace is inside the top of their climbing wall and has a distinctly tree-fort like appearance. Inside his climbing-wall fortress he has a desk made of particle board that has been sanded and sealed...

30 Ago/09

Make Comfortable Noise-Isolating Earbuds for Less than a Dollar [DIY]

Make Comfortable Noise-Isolating Earbuds for Less than a Dollar [DIY]

Many people don’t want or need to spend hundreds of dollars on premium earbuds, but want to hear the ones they have more clearly. Turn some basic and inexpensive earbuds into a noise-isolating pair with this simple hack. All you’ll need is a pair of earbuds with the plug-on-a-post design, as seen in the video below, along with some basic foam earplugs, and some basic tools like a pair of scissors. Watch the video below to see how to quickly and easily modify the foam earplugs...

30 Ago/09

WinToFlash Turns Your Windows Installation DVD into a USB-Based Installer [Downloads]

WinToFlash Turns Your Windows Installation DVD into a USB-Based Installer [Downloads]

Windows: Want to turn your Windows installation DVD into an installation flash drive? WinToFlash can do that and more. WinToFlash can transfer Windows XP, Vista, and 7 onto a flash drive as well as Server 2003 and 2008. WinToFlash can also transfer Windows Preinstallation Environments to flash drive. The process is simple and mostly obvious. You tell WinToFlash where the installation files you want to transfer are located and either let the transfer wizard take care of things, or specify...

27 Ago/09

What Kind of Camera Do You Use Most Often? [Reader Poll]

What Kind of Camera Do You Use Most Often? [Reader Poll]

As we mentioned earlier today, the iPhone is now the most popular camera on Flickr—a development that’s less a testament to how great the iPhone’s camera is than it is to consumers tending toward using whatever’s handy. Still, we’re curious… Photo by Silvio Tanaka. Beyond always having it on hand, it seems likely that the popularity of iPhone pictures on Flickr has something to do with the ease with which users can upload images to Flickr instantly from...

27 Ago/09

Remains of the Day: Hide Your Passwords "On" a Floppy Disk Edition [For What It’s Worth]

Remains of the Day: Hide Your Passwords "On" a Floppy Disk Edition [For What It’s Worth]

The Snow Leopard gold master build is confirmed, an experimental Firefox extension automatically translates any web page on-the-fly, the Free Software Foundation wants you to trash Windows, and office workers beg for some IT freedom. passwords on floppy disk It’s not as secure as, say, encrypting your passwords with KeePass, but a floppy disk is certainly a clever hiding place. [Hack a Day] Unchain the Office Computers! Slate’s Farhad Manjoo defends the office worker against...

26 Ago/09

How Fast is Your Internet Connection? [Reader Poll]

How Fast is Your Internet Connection? [Reader Poll]

DSL and other high-speed internet services feel like dial-up more often than they should. According to a new study, the U.S. ranks 28th in terms of fastest broadband speeds behind Japan, Sweden, Holland, and other industrialized nations. Where do you rank? The admittedly partisan labor union group Communications Workers of America compiled a list of broadband speeds for U.S. states (and its territories). Based on the data, America’s average broadband speeds clock in at about 5 megabits...

24 Ago/09

Set Up a Persistent-Video "Portal" for Telecommuting Camaraderie [Telecommuting]

Set Up a Persistent-Video "Portal" for Telecommuting Camaraderie [Telecommuting]

Have no place to cowork and working from home has got you down? Set up an office-to-office connection with a friend to recreate the effect of shared office space. Scott Hanselman and his friend Phil Haack both work from home. As anyone who works from home can attest, while there are quite a few benefits, one of the down sides is you no longer have the sporadic conversation and accompanying breaks that comes with simple office interactions. Their solution to home-office isolation was to...

20 Ago/09

And the Most Popular Email Service Is… [What You Said]

And the Most Popular Email Service Is… [What You Said]

On Monday we asked you to share what email service you use, and some 18,000 votes later, the result is overwhelming (if unsurprising): 80% of Lifehacker readers who participated in the poll use Gmail as their go-to email service. That’s a significant deviation from the comScore results we reported on in that post, which put Gmail at third behind Yahoo and Windows Live Hotmail. Still, Yahoo ended up at the second spot with 6% and Windows Live Hotmail at third with 5%. 3% of you roll...

11 Ago/09

DesignYourDorm Takes The Guessing Out Of Moving In [Back To School]

DesignYourDorm Takes The Guessing Out Of Moving In [Back To School]

If you’re heading off to college this year and living on campus, web site DesignYourDorm aims to alleviate the decorating guessing that goes on when moving into a dorm. Just supply your school, residence hall, and room number during registration, and if you’re lucky you’ll get a 3D model of your room. The site doesn’t have replicas of every room in every university in their database, but they allow users to add floor plans, meaning that in time it’ll only...

8 Ago/09

Plan and Install a Low-Voltage Lighting System for Your Yard [Household]

Plan and Install a Low-Voltage Lighting System for Your Yard [Household]

Installing accent and security lighting in your yard shouldn’t require an electrician and lots of expensive labor. Low-voltage lighting systems make it easy to plan and install yard lights without a professional. Why use low-voltage lights over traditional 120-volt residential power? Low-voltage lights are cheaper to run, cheaper to install, and safer to operate. If you hit a line for your low-voltage system with a garden spade, for instance, the biggest concern you’ll have...

7 Ago/09

Microsoft Releases Windows 7 Upgrade Chart [Windows 7]

Microsoft Releases Windows 7 Upgrade Chart [Windows 7]

Today Microsoft made Windows 7 available to their MSDN and TechNet service subscribers, and to help prepare you for the impending release, the company has also produced an official upgrade chart. (Click the image above for a closer look.) According to ZDNet, “the blue boxes are for custom (clean) installs; the green boxes mean you can do an in-place upgrade.” Granted, a chart’s better than nothing, but folks (like ZDNet’s Ed Boot) are also calling it out for being...

7 Ago/09

Remains of the Day: The Bing Jingle Edition [For What It’s Worth]

Remains of the Day: The Bing Jingle Edition [For What It’s Worth]

Kevin talks all about lists with radio station WNYC, coffee shops get impatient with Wi-Fi-loving loiterers, and Bing gets an absurd new jingle. The Bing Jingle Winner is… Bing ran a contest soliciting users to submit their own Bing jingles, and the winner is… the insane video above. [Bing Blog] Life Hacking 101 Kevin talks all about lists with the folks at WNYC. [WNYC] No More Perks: Coffee Shops Pull the Plug on Laptop Users Are your local coffee shops cracking down on...

23 Lug/09

Remains of the Day: Windows 7 Officially Released to Manufacturing Edition [For What It’s Worth]

Remains of the Day: Windows 7 Officially Released to Manufacturing Edition [For What It’s Worth]

Windows 7 is released to manufacturing, Google is building 3D hardware acceleration into Chrome, Amazon buys a whole lot of shoes, and you get a free burrito. Windows 7 Has Been Released to Manufacturing That means Windows 7 is officially in its final form, ready for crazy consumption by early upgraders later this year. [Windows 7 Blog] Google building 3D hardware boost into Chrome Google’s trying to set Chrome apart from the competition with a plug-in that offers hardware-accelerated...

21 Lug/09

MyDefrag Optimizes Files On Your Hard Drive [Downloads]

MyDefrag Optimizes Files On Your Hard Drive [Downloads]

Windows only: Freeware defrag utility MyDefrag not only handles the basic drive defragmentation tasks, it also includes a powerful scripting engine, a screensaver, and a command-line version. MyDefrag is based on the previously mentioned JkDefrag utility, but there’s no regular options dialog for MyDefrag—instead, a set of included scripts handles a variety of defrag tasks immediately, but can be customized to perform much more advanced tasks. For instance, if you wanted to...

17 Lug/09

Position Your Plants and Trees for Optimal Home Cooling [Beat The Heat]

Position Your Plants and Trees for Optimal Home Cooling [Beat The Heat]

Plants and trees can both cool your home and help cut down on your A/C bill, all the more so if you know their optimal positioning spots. Fortunately if you don’t, Bob Vila—yes, Bob Vila—does. For those looking to optimize their energy use during the summer, southfacing trees and plants aren’t the way to go. Instead, position your greenery to the east or west of your home to block low, early, and late day sun. Decidious trees are a good bet in colder climates. Bob...