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Ask for Someone’s Opinion to Kickstart a Conversation

You don’t need “lines” and “rules” to strike up a conversation with someone, just a great way to help them open up. Ask them for a recommendation, like a place in town to eat, favorite vacation spot, movie to see, or anything that helps them start talking—and gives you something to engage with them on. […]

The Dad’s Weekend Photography Bag

Being a dad means you’re spending your weekends at playgrounds, museums, or roller skating rinks. Videographer/photographer and Lifehacker reader Mark Henderson shares his loadout for making sure he captures all those special moments as best he can. The bag’s a Freitag Fringe. Here’s what’s inside: Leica M3 w/50mm f/2 summicron @ Eveready case Leitz 35mm […]

You Can Now Play or Pause Chromecast Videos with Your TV’s Remote

The Chromecast can do a lot, but until today, you needed your smartphone to control what you’re watching. If your TV has HDMI-CEC support, though, you can now use your existing TV remote to play or pause videos. Four Things You Didn’t Know You Can Do With Your Chromecast Four Things You Didn’t Know You […]

Set Your Mac’s Sleep Time With A Terminal Command

Terminal commands are great for managing a remote computer, writing scripts, or Automating your computer. Here’s a handy terminal command that lets you set a delay for sleep and overrides system preferences. Automate Just About Anything on Your Mac, No Coding Required Automate Just About Anything on Your Mac, No Coding Required Automate Just About […]

Make Brownies in a Muffin Tin And Get An Edge Piece Every Time

Many people prefer the crispy edges of brownies. They will fight over both the edge pieces, and the size of the brownie cut. Bake your brownies in a muffin tin and everyone will get a perfect individual brownie. The concept here is like a waffle iron: more of the batter crisps up from the heat. […]

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 […]

Chrome Visual History Shows You Your Surfing Habits

Chrome: Tracking your time keeps you productive and lets you identify time wasters. If you spend most of your time in Chrome, Chrome Visual History gives you a pie chart of your surfing history. How to Reclaim Your Time in Seven Days for a More Productive and Stress-Free Workday How to Reclaim Your Time in […]

Five Best Mobile Document Scanning Apps

Scanning receipts while you travel, notes on a whiteboard, or sketches on an envelope can be easy. The best apps for the job take a snapshot, can do text recognition, save your scan to the cloud for future reference on other devices, and more. This week, we’re looking at five of the best smartphone apps […]

Don’t Forget Special Tax Deductions for Military Service

Serving in the military has some unique costs. While you get lots of discounts, you also have a few things you can deduct from your taxes. All the Places You Can Get a Military Discount All the Places You Can Get a Military Discount All the Places You Can Get a Military Discount We’re always […]

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

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 […]

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