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Five Best Text Editors

S Whether you’re a developer or a writer, a good text editor is a must-have on any computer, in any operating system. The humble text editor is great for managing code, writing down quick notes, or just as a distraction-free writing tool. This week, we’re looking at five of the best, based on your nominations. […]

Hider 2 Secures and Hides Files on Your Mac

Mac: Securing your files isn’t always a simple process. Hider is an app that makes the process of hiding away and encrypting files quick and easy. Encrypting files with a free tool like TrueCrypt is relatively straight forward, but Hider 2 makes the process even more painless. Once you create a vault, you only need […]

Reinforce Charging Cable Joints with Paracord

S The end of your laptop or phone charging cable can take a lot of stress when you bend it to plug it in to give your gear some juice. We’ve shown you how to reinforce it with Sugru, but if you want something more durable, attractive, and multipurpose, try some paracord instead. Sugru is […]

Use Seltzer Water for Healthier Cocktails

You know how to choose the healthiest alcoholic drink, but things aren’t that easy when you’re making cocktails. Greatist has come up with eight rules to make drinks healthier, along with a list of non-fattening cocktails. The eight quick tips are a bit of common sense and a bit of “Why didn’t I think of […]

Top 10 Ways to Make the Most of Your HDTV

S You spend a lot of time in front of your TV, but chances are you may not be using it to its full potential. It’s not just about better picture, either—a good TV setup requires the right cables, a good remote, and a lot more. Here are 10 tweaks for creating the ultimate TV […]

You Need a Budget (YNAB) Is Now Free for College Students

This seems to have been somewhat under the radar, but if you weren’t aware, you can get YNAB for free now if you’re a college student. You just send them proof of registration, and they’ll give you a license that you can renew every year you are still in college. Pretty outstandingly generous of them, […]

Holiday Friday Open Thread

Welcome to the Friday open thread! What are ya’ll doing for Passover? Any plans for Easter? 4/20? The weekend in general? Share tips, hacks, and cool things, and ask away on the Friday open thread, hosted by Hackerspace, Lifehacker’s commenter run blog. Interested in becoming an author on Hackerspace? First read this, then post in […]

The 15 Retailers That Offer the Most Coupons

S While a coupon can save extra cash while shopping, some people skip the due diligence of searching for one before checking out. Perhaps they think it takes too much time, or, more likely, that there just won’t be one available that makes it worth it. That’s why we dove deep into our coupon database […]

Do You Sleep Near Your Phone?

We all know we should avoid screens before bed and checking our email in the morning, yet many of us sleep with our phones right next to us. Do you? Over at Apartment Therapy, Kim McCormick did a little experiment where she banished her phone from her bedside for one month, and actually had a […]

Why Recipes Tell You to Slice Meat “Against the Grain”

You’ve probably heard that you should slice meat “against the grain,” but why exactly? And how do you figure out where the grain is? Kenji López-Alt at Serious Eats explains it all. The picture above should give you a good indication of how against the grain (left) looks from with the grain (right)—the one on […]

How Survivorship Bias Skews Your Perceptions and Decisions

We all make decisions based on available information. It’s hard to blame us! That’s all we have. However, selective presentation of successes can make us believe that things like investments, business plans, or opportunities are better than they are. This is called survivorship bias. To take a personal example, the internet is littered with stories […]

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