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Quick User Manager Puts Windows Account Control in One Place

Quick User Manager Puts Windows Account Control in One Place

Windows: Windows doesn’t always make it easy to tweak user account settings. Some might even need registry modifications. Quick User Manager consolidates all those settings into one small portable application. We covered ways of enabling these individually, like logging in at startup and changing an account name, but Quick User Manager puts most of them […]

Change Up Your Chili Recipe with a Little Vinegar

Change Up Your Chili Recipe with a Little Vinegar

Many people have a favorite chili recipe. To change things up and add some more flavor, try using balsamic vinegar. Balsamic vinegar improves tomato recipes like barbecue sauce, so adding it to chili isn’t that much of a stretch. The Kitchn suggests adding it at the end of a recipe so you’ll really taste the […]

Hotel My Phone Temporarily Moves Your Number to Another Phone

iOS/Android: It happens to the best of us: you forget your phone when you go out, or it runs out of juice. Hotel My Phone lets you use a friend’s phone, but still use your phone number. When you want to borrow someone else’s phone, all you do is log in to your Hotel My […]

Call Support If You Want a Job at a Tech Startup (or Any Company)

Call Support If You Want a Job at a Tech Startup (or Any Company)

Even if a company has no posted job openings, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a job there. Sometimes you can get your foot in the door by impressing someone in customer service. If you have a great idea to help a company serve its customers better, customer service is right there with you. The […]

Downdetector Tells You if a Web Service or ISP Is Having Problems

Downdetector Tells You if a Web Service or ISP Is Having Problems

iOS/Web: When you can’t get to a web site, you can check if it’s down for everyone. If it’s a web service like Facebook or an ISP, Downdetector gives you a status report. This information saves you time waiting on hold, thinking it’s something with your computer or Internet connection. If it’s a reported outage […]

The Best Headphones Come With a $50 Amazon Credit Today

The Best Headphones Come With a $50 Amazon Credit Today

Pick up the X version of your favorite headphones, with detachable cable, marked down to $155, and with a $50 Amazon gift card thrown in. Keep reading if you still need to know why they’re the best. [Amazon] From our Headphone Co-Op: The M50s have become synonymous with great sound, great value, and also I’m […]

Get Through to Airline Customer Service with a Foreign Number

Get Through to Airline Customer Service with a Foreign Number

Trying to get through to airline customer service during bad weather or after a cancelled flight is a pain. You’ll wait on hold because everyone else is trying to get through. Overseas agents might not be as busy, so give them a call instead. Smart Travel explains that agents in primarily English-speaking countries might be […]

Remove "Authorized User" Negative Ratings from Your Credit Report

Remove "Authorized User" Negative Ratings from Your Credit Report

If you share a credit card with someone, they’ll have to add you as an authorized user. However, if the primary cardholder doesn’t pay the bills, your credit report could take a hit. Credit reporting agencies might be willing to delete that negative history if you ask them. Over at Credit Sesame, they give some […]

Xtra-PC Helps Non-Technical People Install LInux on an Old PC

Xtra-PC Helps Non-Technical People Install LInux on an Old PC

If you still have an old PC, you’re in luck. A new Linux distribution based on Lubuntu will give any old PC a new lease on life, designed for non-technical users and optimized for popular web sites. We covered some ways of installing Linux on an old Windows XP computer before, but Xtra-PC makes the […]

Turn Your Microwave Into a Makeshift Bread Dough Proofer

Turn Your Microwave Into a Makeshift Bread Dough Proofer

Proofing dough in a warm, humid environment can make your bread rise perfectly and keep your bread from baking too dry. You can do this easily at home with a few common kitchen items and your microwave. Professional bakers normally use dough proofers or proof boxes to encourage fermentation of the dough in yeast breads […]

Build a Homemade Electrical Arc Furnace with Lantern Batteries

Build a Homemade Electrical Arc Furnace with Lantern Batteries

If you’re looking for a new project that will let you melt almost any metal you can think of, this homemade electrical arc furnace build is cheap and easy to build. When it comes to homemade metal melting, Grant Thompson—The King of Random—has some pretty awesome builds. This time around, Thompson has a new video […]

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