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Rain Jackets, Explained

Rain Jackets, Explained

For an incredibly simple concept — keeping you dry — rain jackets have evolved into awfully complicated products. Air flow rates, water pressure resistance, durable water repellent coatings, hard shells, soft shells…the list of technical terms goes on. Here’s what they all mean and how you can use them to find the best jacket for […]

The Three Major Types of Product Recalls and How They’re Different

The Three Major Types of Product Recalls and How They’re Different

When product gets recalled, it’s important to pay attention. Your health and safety may depend on how you respond to it. Here are the three major types of recalls you should know about. Follow the FDA’s Flickr Account to Find Out About Recalled Products Follow the FDA’s Flickr Account to Find Out About Recalled Products […]

The Geek-Friendly Day Hike Bag

The Geek-Friendly Day Hike Bag

Being prepared for a day hike requires a good balance of what you need and what you want. Lifehacker reader Random Michelle strikes that balance with her bag. The bag is a High Sierra Diplomat Lumbar. Here’s what’s inside: Canon EOS Rebel Xsi camera OP/TECH USA Pro Strap FlexARMOR X dSLR Camera Case Vaultz Mesh […]

"Prestige Warps Even Your Beliefs About What You Enjoy."

"Prestige Warps Even Your Beliefs About What You Enjoy."

Getting outside approval is reaffirming, especially in your career. But it also means you’re gaining your direction from where other people want you to go—not where you want to go. Y Combinator founder Paul Graham and Brain Pickings’ Maria Popova put it well: Do nothing for prestige or status or money or approval alone. As […]

Google Play Now Offers a Free App of the Week

Google Play Now Offers a Free App of the Week

There aren’t a ton of reasons to use the Amazon Appstore over Google Play, but one key exception is the free app of the day. Until now, Google hasn’t offered any similar type of promotion, but that seems to be changing with a quiet new promotion for a “free app of the week.” Amazon Free […]

Merlin Bird Helps You Identify Birds With Five Simple Questions

Merlin Bird Helps You Identify Birds With Five Simple Questions

iOS/Android: Maybe you’re an amateur bird watcher, or maybe you’re just puzzled by the bird sitting on your fence. A quick online search can help you identify it, but that requires researching countless options and weeding out the right ones. Merlin Bird finds your bird by asking you a few simple questions. For now, the […]

Use the Right Filing Technique To Smooth Surfaces Correctly

Use the Right Filing Technique To Smooth Surfaces Correctly

Filing seems pretty simple. You grab a file, then you just scrape it across the surface until the object you’re filing is as smooth as you want. However, Make points out there’s a couple different methods to choose from. You have two basic methods: straight filing and draw filing. Here’s the difference between the two: […]

Why You Should Never Rely on Postdating a Check

Why You Should Never Rely on Postdating a Check

When you know you don’t have enough money in your checking account, you might think that postdating your check—writing a future date—will keep the recipient from cashing it. Unfortunately, that date that you write on your checks has very little power. According to U.S. law and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, most banks and credit […]

These DIY Bike Signals Are Easy to Make and Last For Ages on One Battery

Being seen when you’re biking is incredibly important, and while we’ve shown you some ways to add signals to your bike before, this method is easy, runs for ages on a single nine-volt battery, is bright as all getout, and is a perfect primer to electronics projects. You’ll need about $20 worth of supplies to […]

PayPal Now Offers Purchase Protection for Digital Goods

PayPal Now Offers Purchase Protection for Digital Goods

We’ve known for a while that using a credit card or PayPal is the safest way to pay for things online. Now, it’s getting a little safer. If you live in the U.S., PayPal will now extend its consumer protection to digital purchases like apps, services, and event tickets. Between PayPal, Credit, and Debit, Credit […]

Why a Return Trip Feels Shorter than the Trip There

Why a Return Trip Feels Shorter than the Trip There

We’ve all experienced the weird phenomenon of a trip home feeling like it takes half the time of the trip out. Over on the Washington Post, they take a look at the science of the “return trip effect” to figure out exactly why that is. There’s a couple possible reasons for the “return trip effect,” […]

Make Plywood Look Like Solid Wood with Some Edge Banding

Make Plywood Look Like Solid Wood with Some Edge Banding

When you want to make some furniture or other decorative pieces, plywood is a much cheaper alternative to solid wood. If you want to hide the fact that it’s plywood, however, you can apply edge banding on the sides to cover up the visible layers. In this video, Bob Clagett on the Make YouTube channel […]

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