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The Simple Text Desktop

We’ve highlighted some of Okubax‘s desktops before, but the simplicity of this one called to us. Some simple tools in the center and around the outside, and a solid wallpaper make for a simple but elegant desktop. Here’s how he set it all up. Okubax’s desktop shares a lot in common with the previous Clear […]

Get to the Root of Problems with a Fishbone Diagram

When you encounter a problem, the most effective method of solving it is by getting to the root cause. You can create a fishbone diagram to help yourself determine that. Cause and effect analysis is a great technique for investigating the real issues in any organized system, or solving any problem. A fishbone diagram is […]

The Best Cities for Fast (or Cheap) Internet

Some US cities get much faster internet than others, and US some cities get better deals on internet. These are those cities. If you live in one of these cities—or plan on moving to one soon—Analyst Geneva McNamara at ForRent.com put together a handy graphic to help you determine which internet provider can give you […]

The Eight Most Common Traits of Successful People

Not every successful person gets successful the same way, but they all may still have some traits in common. Here are eight traits that most successful people have as determined by years of research. Lecturer Richard St. John traveled around the world for ten years to conduct face-to-face interviews with successful people like Ben Cohen […]

The Fully Loaded Briefcase

Just because you use a briefcase for work doesn’t mean you have to keep boring old papers in it. Everyday Carry reader Derrick is a customer service rep for FEMA and the organization’s pedigree shows through in his choices for the contents of his bag. The bag is a Ted Baker briefcase. Here’s what’s inside: […]

Salted Teaches You How to Cook with Videos from Top Chefs

Salted is a new membership program with online cooking bootcamps, courses, and tutorials from acclaimed chefs. Through it, you can learn essential kitchen skills and recipes, as well as more advanced techniques. Master specific cooking topics through courses like “Introduction to Mexican Cooking” or “Grilled Cheese Master Class” or just watch individual lessons on things […]

Keep White Clothes Whiter with Bluing Liquid

Liquid Bluing is something you don’t find in many laundry rooms anymore, and it’s kind of a shame. When used properly, nothing else is quite so good at bringing back that crisp, white look to your clothes. Manufacturers use a bit of bluing agent when finishing white clothes because a very slight blue tint actually […]

Clean Speakers With a Lint Roller

The mesh grille on speakers can be a dust magnet. Instead of cleaning them with a rag, try using a lint roller. When you use a rag, you’re more likely to push the dust into the speaker, making it harder to clean. Special “swiffer” cloths should work, but a lint roller takes the dust off […]

Five Best Language Translation Tools

When you need to translate one language to another, either just to communicate or because you’re trying to read something, you have tons of options—they’re just not all that great at capturing what the original language really meant without sounding silly. This week we’re looking at five of the best, based on your nominations. Earlier […]

The Best Cities for Working Parents

For those of us with kids, the needs of our careers and our families aren’t always in sync. This chart lists the top cities for working parents. The cost of raising children can vary by city, but Business Insider and NerdWallet took it a step further, considering the quality of schools and percentage of households […]

Make Beans in a Slow Cooker Instead of Boiling Them

Beans are an inexpensive ingredient, but often need soaking and boiling. Throw them in the slow cooker in the morning and by the time you get home they’ll be ready to eat. We’ve covered how to quick soak beans to shorten cooking time but you can put them in the slow cooker in the morning […]

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