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Train Yourself to Wake Up Earlier One Minute at a Time

Train Yourself to Wake Up Earlier One Minute at a Time

There are a couple ways to get yourself out of bed earlier, but one of the most effective is training yourself over time. If you want to seamlessly move into an earlier wake time, and have the time, you can ease into it by waking up just a minute earlier every day. How to Stop […]

Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free for All Budding Game Developers

If you’ve ever been interested in game development, animation, or digital visualization, the complete Unreal Engine 4 suite is now free for anyone to download and use. Today Epic Games, made it possible for anyone to become a game developer with Unreal Engine 4. The Unreal Engine has been used to develop games on almost […]

Aim to Save for a Third of Your Child’s College to Spread Out Costs

Aim to Save for a Third of Your Child’s College to Spread Out Costs

College gets more expensive every year, making it difficult to save enough to pay for your kid’s entire education. Instead, set your savings goal at one third of what you think their higher education costs will be so that you’re prepared to cover at least that much by the time they leave for school. How […]

The Pocket-Sized Daily Survival Bag

The Pocket-Sized Daily Survival Bag

Bags don’t always have to be big and sit on your shoulders. Everyday Carry reader Sergey shares his pocket-sized bag that’s packed with everything he needs on a daily basis. The bag’s a Maxpedition Micro. Here’s what’s inside: Sharpie Permanent Marker Leatherman Style CS Fenix E05 Flashlight Marco Pencil Ipod Shuffle 4th gen 2gb Opinel […]

Bypass a FileVault Password at Startup By Rebooting From the Terminal

Bypass a FileVault Password at Startup By Rebooting From the Terminal

OS X: FileVault does a great job of protecting your Mac. Every time you boot up, it asks for your password. If you’re troubleshooting or providing remote support, though, entering it every time is a pain. Luckily, you can bypass the password requirement one time with this terminal command. A Beginner’s Guide to Encryption: What […]

Teach Kids About Anger Control With a Thermometer

Teach Kids About Anger Control With a Thermometer

Younger kids don’t always have the vocabulary to express their feelings. That’s why a temper-tantrum is the preferred communication of upset children. Using a thermometer might provide them an alternative. Find the Perfect Word for Your Feelings with This Vocabulary Wheel Find the Perfect Word for Your Feelings with This Vocabulary Wheel Find the Perfect […]

Air Drive Mounts Your Android Device Wirelessly as a Drive Letter

Air Drive Mounts Your Android Device Wirelessly as a Drive Letter

Android and Windows: Transferring files to an Android device is a pain. Air Drive lets you wirelessly mount your Android file system as a drive letter in Windows Explorer. We covered all sorts of ways to move a file from Android to Windows, including over wireless networks. AirDrive shows your Android device and its SD […]

Make a Batch of Caramelized Onions in the Microwave for Large Recipes

Make a Batch of Caramelized Onions in the Microwave for Large Recipes

Caramelizing onions takes a bunch of time to get that sweet flavor and deep color. Typical shortcuts still take valuable space on your stove. Alton Brown shares his secret for doing it in the microwave. Caramelize Onions in 15 Minutes Flat Caramelize Onions in 15 Minutes Flat Caramelize Onions in 15 Minutes Flat Caramelizing onions […]

Peek at Your Work Email Sunday Night To Get a Jump on The Week

Peek at Your Work Email Sunday Night To Get a Jump on The Week

Avoiding work stresses are what the weekends are all about. That means avoiding email. That also means that you get hit with it all at once on Monday morning, though, which is no fun. Checking email on a Sunday night could help you ease into the work week. How to Stop Checking Email on the […]

Try a Computer “Desktop Zero” To Stay Focused on Your Work

Try a Computer “Desktop Zero” To Stay Focused on Your Work

Let’s face it: some of us have messy desktops. If you can’t focus, try a “Desktop Zero” approach to stay productive. We covered how separate logins can keep you productive, but all those icons and windows distract our focus. James Zhang at Wistia gives two simple rules for Desktop Zero: “Remove everything from your Desktop […]

Ask a Hospital for Financial Aid If You Can’t Pay the Bill

Ask a Hospital for Financial Aid If You Can’t Pay the Bill

Hospital bills, even with insurance, can devastate your budget. While you might be able to negotiate your bill, also check into your hospital’s financial aid program to reduce your payments. Each facility has different rules and guidelines to qualify. Those rules are indexed by the federal poverty level. Some places will also factor in other […]

Perform Calculations, Conversions Right In The Chromebook App Launcher

Perform Calculations, Conversions Right In The Chromebook App Launcher

Chromebook’s browser-based operating system may be focused on the web, but its built-in app launcher has a few tricks up its sleeve—like performing calculations and conversions without ever opening up a web page. We’ve covered how Google already does this from the search bar, and OS X’s Spotlight has the same shortcuts. However, you may […]

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