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Don’t Let Bad Grades Limit Your Earning Potential

Some of the best-paying fields of study—like science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)—are also the stingiest when it comes to grading in college. If you get too discouraged by B’s versus A’s, you might miss out on a profitable profession. Interestingly, women seem to be more averse to bad grades than men are, according to […]

What to Do When You Can’t Afford Your Mortgage Payments

S Foreclosure is a scary thought. But many homeowners find themselves at risk of losing their home and credit standing because they can’t make their monthly payments. Here are a few options to consider before you reach that point. Modify or Refinance Your Loan Refinance means you take on a new loan to replace your […]

Rebar Tweaker Hides the Up Button and Search Box in Windows Explorer

Windows 8 brought a few handy improvements to Windows Explorer, most notable the “one folder up” button from previous incarnations of Windows. Explorer Rebar Tweaker is a small program that lets you customize the Windows Explorer address bar. It doesn’t do much, but you can hide the up button, hide the search box, and tweak […]

iOS vs. Android: Which Platform Has Better Tablet Support?

S Android and iOS have both reached a point where their respective app stores are mature enough when it comes to phones. Tablets, however, are relatively new. We decided to take a look at how far tablet support on both platforms have come over the last three to four years of development. Methodology Analyzing tablet […]

Keep Your Fridge Clean from Condiment Spills with an Egg Carton

This ingenious tip comes from legendary food hacker Alton Brown: Use the bottom of an egg carton to keep your fridge shelves clean and hold your inverted mustard bottles (or other condiments). The photo above says it all. Even if you don’t have a collection of different mustards, you could use this to hold salad […]

What the “Heartbleed” Security Bug Means For You

Security researchers have discovered a serious vulnerability in OpenSSL, the cryptographic software library that protects many web sites on the internet. Here’s what that means for you, the average user. There’s a lot of technical information and nuance here, but we’re going to try and make this as simple to understand as possible. If you’re […]

Limit Your Money Decisions to Make Better Choices

We only have so much willpower. To optimize your restraint, Forbes suggests that you limit your financial decisions. The fewer money decisions you have to make, the smarter those choices will be. Let’s say you’ve just resisted the temptation of buying something online. That’s great. But come dinnertime, it might be a little more difficult […]

Enable a Resizable YouTube Player with This Simple Command

A dynamically resizable YouTube player is nothing new. However, Google has added a hidden YouTube experiment that allows you to enable a resizable player without downloading or installing anything. To enable the resizable YouTube player, go to any video on YouTube. Then, open the developer console (Ctrl-Shift-J in Chrome and Opera, Ctrl-Shift-K in Firefox). In […]

The Important Things You Should Do When You Get a New Computer

You’ve just gotten a new computer. Nice! You’re probably excited to tear open the box and set it up, but there are a few boring-but-important tasks that will save you disappointment and even heartbreak (not to mention money) later. Here are a few things you should do whenever you buy a new PC. Save Your […]

Bypass Groupon to Support Local Businesses (or Even Get a Better Deal)

Groupons and other online social coupons are great way of saving money, but they cost the business tremendously. When you pay $25 for a Groupon that gives you a $50 value, the merchant gets around $12.50. If you just mention the Groupon without buying it, you could get a similar deal. Instead of buying online, […]

PSA: Teach Your Friends and Family About “Tech Support” Scams

You’ve probably heard about the popular “tech support” scams making the rounds these days. Someone claiming to be from Microsoft calls you, asks you to accept a remote connection, then they take control of your computer. You may be smart enough to avoid this, but your friends and family might not be—so take this time […]

Do Something Personally Rewarding, Not Productive, for Happy Commutes

A long and tiring commute can eat into your productivity, but that doesn’t mean you should try to be productive while commuting. Instead, do something that makes you happy, says says productivity coach Hillary Rettig. Shortening your commute is the ideal option since it’s also good for your health. But a long commute can make […]

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