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Use Wikipedia’s Mobile Site for Easier Split-Screen Research

Accidentally getting redirected to a mobile version of a website on the desktop can be obnoxious. However, as reddit user Holy_Jay points out, Wikipedia’s mobile site makes split-screen reading on the desktop much nicer. To access the mobile version of a Wikipedia page in your desktop browser, you can simply change “” to “” in […]

How to Slipstream Windows Updates Into Your Installation Disc

One of the horrors of reinstalling Windows is the endless amount of software updates and reboots required to get it secure, stable, and current. But there’s a better way: slipstreaming. With a bit of prep, you can create a new installation disc with all the updates included, so everything installs at once. What Is Slipstreaming? […]

The Three Most Important Things Lifehacker Taught Me (Also, Pranks)

After nearly four years and thousands of posts, this will be my last as an official Lifehacker writer. In keeping with the tradition of last days, I have some special stories, secrets, and life lessons to share. Let’s get sentimental! How I Got Here, Why I’m Leaving, and What I’ve Learned S I applied for […]

Stop Telling Yourself You’re Too Busy

Ever feel like you’re overwhelmingly busy? Of course you have. We all do. But chances are, you might not be as busy as you think—and knowing this simple fact can reduce a lot of stress. It sounds silly—after all, you’d think this “trick” would work with anything—but there’s something special about the way we claim […]

Make Matches Waterproof With Nail Polish

S Once they are wet, matches are useless. As a precaution while camping or for any other use, waterproof matches are the way to go. No need to buy special matches though, Food Storage And Survival shows how to make your own with some nail polish. Paint the match heads with fingernail polish. They need […]

Get Rid of “Earworms” by Playing Out the Full Song

S Got a tune stuck in your head? Fire up your favorite music player or YouTube and play the song through to the end to get rid of that “earworm”, suggests Dr. Fredric Neuman, Director of the Anxiety and Phobia Center at White Plains Hospital. It’s worth noting that Dr. Neuman is upfront about this […]

Clean the Cord of Window Blinds With a Liquid Pack

Just in time for spring cleaning, One Good Thing By Jillee shares what is possibly the easiest way to clean dirty cords of venetian blinds—or well, any similar cord. The method borrows from the old trick of cleaning a shower head by tying a bag of vinegar to it overnight. Except here, Jill is using […]

Five Best Personal Finance Tools

S Managing your money and budgeting can be a daunting task, even if you’re a spreadsheet ninja. Corralling accounts, watching your money move, and keeping track of everything can be tough, but there are personal finance tools that make the job much easier. Here are some of the best personal finance tools, perfect for keeping […]

SofaPlay Streams Media from Your Mac to Your TV via Drag and Drop

S OS X: Macs can stream audio and video pretty easily over AirPlay, but if you want to watch/listen to your media on a television you need an AppleTV hooked up to get the job done. SofaPlay offers the same functionality, but with the more widely-implemented UPnP/DLNA standards. If you have a gaming console or […]

Turn Your Bike into a Safe-at-Night TRON-Cycle with EL Wire

S When you bike at night, you need lights and reflectors to stay safe from vehicles and other people who might otherwise not see you. MAKE Projects shows you a really cool way to not only do that, but make your bike look like something out of TRON at the same time. So, first things […]

Your Clever Password Tricks Aren’t Protecting You from Today’s Hackers

Security breaches happen so often nowadays, you’re probably sick of hearing about them and all the ways you should beef up your accounts. Even if you think you’ve heard it all already, though, today’s password-cracking tools are more advanced and cut through the clever password tricks many of us use. Here’s what’s changed and what […]

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