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Top 10 Ways to Make the Most of Your HDTV

S You spend a lot of time in front of your TV, but chances are you may not be using it to its full potential. It’s not just about better picture, either—a good TV setup requires the right cables, a good remote, and a lot more. Here are 10 tweaks for creating the ultimate TV […]

You Need a Budget (YNAB) Is Now Free for College Students

This seems to have been somewhat under the radar, but if you weren’t aware, you can get YNAB for free now if you’re a college student. You just send them proof of registration, and they’ll give you a license that you can renew every year you are still in college. Pretty outstandingly generous of them, […]

Holiday Friday Open Thread

Welcome to the Friday open thread! What are ya’ll doing for Passover? Any plans for Easter? 4/20? The weekend in general? Share tips, hacks, and cool things, and ask away on the Friday open thread, hosted by Hackerspace, Lifehacker’s commenter run blog. Interested in becoming an author on Hackerspace? First read this, then post in […]

The 15 Retailers That Offer the Most Coupons

S While a coupon can save extra cash while shopping, some people skip the due diligence of searching for one before checking out. Perhaps they think it takes too much time, or, more likely, that there just won’t be one available that makes it worth it. That’s why we dove deep into our coupon database […]

Do You Sleep Near Your Phone?

We all know we should avoid screens before bed and checking our email in the morning, yet many of us sleep with our phones right next to us. Do you? Over at Apartment Therapy, Kim McCormick did a little experiment where she banished her phone from her bedside for one month, and actually had a […]

Why Recipes Tell You to Slice Meat “Against the Grain”

You’ve probably heard that you should slice meat “against the grain,” but why exactly? And how do you figure out where the grain is? Kenji López-Alt at Serious Eats explains it all. The picture above should give you a good indication of how against the grain (left) looks from with the grain (right)—the one on […]

How Survivorship Bias Skews Your Perceptions and Decisions

We all make decisions based on available information. It’s hard to blame us! That’s all we have. However, selective presentation of successes can make us believe that things like investments, business plans, or opportunities are better than they are. This is called survivorship bias. To take a personal example, the internet is littered with stories […]

The Best Apps for Any Kind of Writing

S Writing is a very personal practice, and as a result you have a million writing-focused apps to choose from. From distraction-free apps that take up your whole screen to feature-packed mainstays like Microsoft Word, we’ve put together a guide to help you choose the writing software that’s right for you. There was a time […]

Intel’s Awesome NUC PC Starter Kits Are On Sale Today

If you’re looking for a super-compact PC with an abundance of power, but don’t want to build it all from scratch, Intel’s Next Unit of Computing boxes might be just what you’re looking for. Today on Amazon, the Intel Core i3 and Core i5 models are marked down to some of their lowest prices ever. […]

Convert Coffee Grounds into Starter Pots for Spring Planting

Coffee grounds work great as fertilizer and insect repellant in the garden. You can combine all these uses into a biodegradable flower pot that can go from the windowsill to the ground without repotting. Sure, you can use old newspaper to create biodegradable pots, but they won’t have the additional benefits that coffee grounds have […]

The SurfShelf Turns Exercise Equipment Into a Walking Desk

We’ve talked about the dangers of sitting all day many times before. Standing desks and walking desks are good solutions, but if you want to use gadgets on your elliptical, bicycle, or other exercise equipment, the SurfShelf does it well. The SurfShelf is a polycarbonate tray that attaches to any piece of exercise equipment to […]

“The Goal Isn’t to Be Frugal Forever”

Being frugal is good. Saving money is such an obvious benefit to our lives that it drives our whole economy. As finance blog The College Investor points out, though, we aren’t meant to stay frugal forever. The whole point of saving money is so that you have some to spend later. Maybe that’s in the […]

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