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The SurfShelf Turns Exercise Equipment Into a Walking Desk

We’ve talked about the dangers of sitting all day many times before. Standing desks and walking desks are good solutions, but if you want to use gadgets on your elliptical, bicycle, or other exercise equipment, the SurfShelf does it well. The SurfShelf is a polycarbonate tray that attaches to any piece of exercise equipment to […]

“The Goal Isn’t to Be Frugal Forever”

Being frugal is good. Saving money is such an obvious benefit to our lives that it drives our whole economy. As finance blog The College Investor points out, though, we aren’t meant to stay frugal forever. The whole point of saving money is so that you have some to spend later. Maybe that’s in the […]

How to Contact Executive Customer Service and Get Your Problem Solved

S We’ve all been there: You call customer service, get bounced around, transferred, and dropped. Or worse, your issue never gets resolved even after you talk to someone. You probably know you can escalate to a manager, or even higher, to “executive” support. But at that level, there’s an art to getting what you want. […]

Samsung Gear Fit Review: A Beautiful Wristable Gone to Waste

S Samsung’s Gear Fit had every chance to be by far the best activity tracker you could own. It isn’t. Not by a long shot. And there’s nothing sadder than unrealized potential. What Is It? It’s a stunning fitness tracker slash smartwatch wristable. It counts steps, tracks sleep, displays notifications from your phone, and even […]

Make Dishes You Eat in a Bowl Better with a Dash of Sour Flavors

Peanut butter and jelly. Strawberries and chocolate. Bacon and anything. Some food combinations are just meant to be. Esteemed chef Thomas Keller offers six tips for food synergy, including adding sourness to “bowl foods.” Since food that’s made in a big pot and served in bowls (such as stews and soups) tends to be rich, […]

Avoid Memory Card Corruption with Proper Formatting and Camera Usage

It’s every photo-taker’s nightmare: After taking loads of precious pictures, your memory card is completely toasted. Digital Photography School offers several tips for reducing the likelihood of memory card corruption. Formatting your new card before you use it is one of the most important ones. Even if the card says it’s pre-formatted or ready for […]

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review: Less Is So Much More

S If you can say one thing about Samsung’s Galaxy S line of smartphones, it’s that they consistently pair some of the best hardware with inexplicable software. The S5 scales back Samsung’s bells and whistles, which helps make it easily the best Galaxy phone yet. If only they’d gone even further. What Is it? Samsung’s […]

See Which Folders Are Taking Up Space in Windows 8.1 Settings

Among the other new features in Windows 8.1′s latest update, Microsoft has also added a small rundown of what’s taking up space in your home folder and Recycle Bin. If you want to see what’s taking up space on your computer, you can download an awesome disk space analyzer like WinDirStat and get more information […]

How to Unlock a Treasure Trove of Useful Data from Your Car

S This is 2014. Isn’t it time your car was as smart as your phone? Actually, it is. Your vehicle generates a ton of data and most of us don’t realize it. With the right hardware and apps, you can use that data to save gas, find where you parked, and even diagnose those pesky […]

The Best Cheeses to Eat If You’re Lactose Intolerant

Even if you’re sensitive to most dairy products because of lactose intolerance, that doesn’t mean you have to avoid cheeses and other dairy products altogether. Here’s an easy way to tell which cheeses have low lactose levels: Check the nutrition label. Since lactose is the sugar found in milk, the fewer grams of sugar on […]

Roll Your Own VPN with a Raspberry Pi and OpenVPN

A VPN or Virtual Private Network secures your internet connection from prying eyes and is critical for many of us (especially when traveling or using unsecured wireless networks). With this Raspberry Pi project, you control the VPN. Read Write thoroughly walks you through the steps, from setting up the VPN server on the Pi to […]

Graph Your Expenses to See Where You Can Cut Back

So you’re trying to tighten your budget, and you want to know which expenses to cut first. Money blog Moolanomy suggests graphing your expenses to figure out how to prioritize them. Moolanomy writer Pinyo Bhulipongsanon calls it a “scattergram”—a graph that shows two characteristics. In this case, the characteristics are: frequency and necessity. “When you […]

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