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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...