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This Chart Tells You Exactly How Much Underwear You Should Pack

When you’re packing for a long trip it’s sometimes hard to determine how many pairs of underwear you need. This chart helps you determine the perfect amount by comparing how many pairs, how many days you’re away, and how many washes will be required. The chart, courtesy of Reed Kennedy at weblog Pack Like a […]

Remove Fresh Paint Fumes with Buckets of Water

If you’ve just painted a room, obviously, it’s going to smell overwhelmingly like paint fumes. To help clear that smell out faster, just place a bucket of water in the center of the room. Opening some windows is ideal, of course, but you may not have that option or you may just want the smell […]

“We Feel Guilty, Do We Not, If Not Busy?”

Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, was a highly productive man and no stranger to great quotes. In his book Zen in the Art of Writing, Bradbury explains why we find ourselves hating work and what leads to our desire to be productive all the time. “Sometimes You Just Have to […]

The Destiny Desktop

Like many people, we’re eagerly awaiting Bungie’s newest title, Destiny. Flickr user Jacob Caughfield is especially excited, and customized his desktop in anticipation. If you like the look, here’s how you can get it too. Jacob says this is his first Rainmeter desktop, but it doesn’t look it—it’s pretty well put together, and it’s clean. […]

Google Maps Adds Biking Elevation, Voice in Navigation Mode, and More

Android: Google updated its Maps app with a bunch of new features today, including elevation for bicycle directions, voice actions in navigation mode, and a slide out menu for Your Places. Android Police describes the new features in more detail, but here’s a quick rundown of what’s new: Voice actions in navigation mode (how long […]

A Dollar Saved in Your 20s is Equal to Ten Dollars Saved in Your 50s

Saving money with compound interest is not a new concept, but G.E. Miller at 20somethingfinance explains why putting away money early is so important in an easy-to-understand way. With the current average annual rate of 8% on investments over 30 years, a dollar now will be ten dollars later. Even if you adjust for inflation, […]

Always Looking Busy Isn’t Necessarily a Good Thing

Generally, when you look busy, it’s a good thing because you’re probably busy doing your work. However, consistently looking busy could make you look overburdened or incapable. You certainly want to look like you’re getting your work done—and we can certainly help you with that if you need it—but you can give off the wrong […]

Drool on Your Keyboard with These Food Wallpapers

Few things unite us all quite as much as the need to eat. So, let’s set aside our differences, come together around the digital dinner table, and collectively salivate over our precious electronics with these delicious wallpapers. Remember, we’re now requesting your participation in the Wallpaper Wednesday series! You’ll find a selection here, but post […]

Add a Power Tool Holster to Your Ladder to Prevent Falling Tools

When you’re using power tools on a ladder at home, the last thing you want to do is have one fall and hit someone below. Instead of creating a hazard by setting it on top, add a holster to the side of your ladder for safer storage. Build.com shows you how you can add a […]

The Custom Mac Pro Workspace

Today’s featured workspace is a minimalist home office with one quirky feature: a carved spot on the walnut desk for the cylindrical Mac Pro computer. Google Translate doesn’t comprehensively translate Japanese architect Takara Maru‘s post on his custom desk, but the pictures may be all you need. It’s a sleek workspace—a standing desk at that—which […]

When to Use Each Different Type of Soldering Tip

Soldering irons have a ton of different tips, and each of them is better suited for different tasks. However, which tips are best suited for what isn’t always obvious, so Instructables user JColvin91 breaks down the best uses for each. JColvin91 talks about five different styles of tips, ranging from a standard general purpose tip […]

Searchr Enhances Search on iOS with Custom Searches, Actions, and More

iPhone: Spotlight is pretty handy on iOS, but it’s not perfect. It’s also not that customizable if you want to add your own services. Searchr is a tool that allows you to do both. At a glance, Searchr makes it so you can easily search through stuff on your phone, just like Spotlight. That said, […]

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