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Entries about lifehacks

Jul 19, 2007

5 cleverly designed tools for your bathroom

Need to give your bathroom a stylish and functional upgrade? Check out these 5 useful tools: Toro Tissue Ring The Toro tissue ring is an insanely minimal tissue dispenser. Designer Scott Christensen eschews the ugly cardboard box for a simple stainless steel ring. The ring has exactly the right weight and size to hold down […]

Jul 18, 2007

10 virtually painless ways to kill distractions

Are you spending more time dealing with emails, IMs, phone calls, and random stray files than actually working? You might think those things are just a fact of working in a fast-paced world. But it’s not. Reducing and eliminating pesky distractions isn’t a feat, and you don’t need a 12-step program. Here are ten actions […]

Jul 17, 2007

17 powerful bookmarklets for your iPhone

Here’s a little known secret: bookmarklets work on your iPhone. But wait, what are bookmarklets? Bookmarklets are little pieces of Javascript code that can be saved as ordinary bookmarks in your web browser. They enhance your browsing experience by giving you super-instant access to useful tools and special functionality. There are billions of them, and […]

Jun 26, 2007

15 ways to maximize your lunch hour

In our obsession with productivity, you might think this article is about how to multi-task and use your lunch hour to work more efficiently. It’s not. In fact, your lunch hour should be the least “productive” moment in your day. Lunch is a micro-vacation from work. It should be relaxed, pleasurable, and enjoyable. If your […]

Jun 20, 2007

10 tips for beating blogger's block

You’ve been there. You sit down, ready to write the next killer blog post, only to have your mind go totally blank. Then, your brain clutters up with fluffy thoughts of melted chocolate, lust-inducing iPhones, and unicorns. (Or is that just me?) Even if you don’t blog, you know the agony and frustration of losing […]

Jun 18, 2007

One t-shirt, millions of possibilities

Sick and tired of having the same t-shirt everyone else has? Check out Usman Haque’s Configurable T-shirt. The shirt lets you create your very own design by simply “turning off” pixels with a permanent marker. Here’s the story behind its design: I was asked to design a t-shirt for my country.This presented me with two […]

Jun 13, 2007

Get clearer audio chats on your laptop

Graeme Dollar, a Senior Product Manager for voice services at Yahoo!, has a fantastic trick for reducing annoying audio feedback during voice chats. His tip is specific to MacBook Pro users with Skype, but it can be easily adapted to just about any laptop and audio conferencing service. The trick is to simply change the […]

Jun 10, 2007

Watch free full-screen TV on your Mac

Most major TV networks such as ABC, NBC, and CBS post reruns of your favorite shows on their websites for free viewing. I’ve been happily enjoying these free shows for quite some time. Sadly, most of the sites don’t offer true full-screen viewing without the distraction of the website, browser windows, and other interface elements. […]

May 24, 2007

The lazy way to search Craigslist

I was searching hard and furious for apartments on Craigslist, when I thought, “Gosh, wouldn’t it be a lot easier if I could get my apartment matches via an RSS feed?” Lo and behold, you can.

May 11, 2007

A better way to tame your buddy list

Is your buddy list still out of control? In our debut post, we recommended grouping your buddies by how often you chat with them. Just split your buddies into three groups: Frequent, Occasional, and Rare. Interaction designer Joshua Kaufman liked our idea but favors a better way. Instead of frequency, Joshua divides his buddies by […]

May 10, 2007

San Francisco’s secret parking card

Imagine yourself landing the perfect parking space only to realize you’re totally out of quarters. If you live in San Francisco, you can finally stop digging for change every time you park. Instead of coins, you can buy prepaid parking tickets that work in just about every single meter in the city. Simply slip the […]

May 3, 2007

Shrink long URLs into memorable links

I’m a huge fan of TinyURL, a very clever tool for shrinking long URLs into super-short links. It’s perfect if you want to send an email or text message without the links breaking apart. The links are tiny, but why are they so cryptic?

Apr 26, 2007

Keep your Mac updated with AppFresh

If you like to keep an arsenal of software on your Mac, you know how tedious it is to keep your apps up-to-date. AppFresh 0.4 promises to simplify this process: AppFresh is an utility that keeps all applications on your Mac up to date by checking the internet for new releases and makes downloading and […]

Apr 24, 2007

The New York Times' secret reference trick

I was reading the latest about Sanjaya on the New York Times’ site and accidentally stumbled on a little-known feature: Double-click on any word in an article, and voila! A new window appears with a dictionary, thesaurus, or encyclopedia entry about the word. The Times does explain this little trick, but it’s buried all the […]

Apr 9, 2007

The secrets of a super-slim wallet

Do you remember George Costanza’s mammoth wallet? It was so enormous, he had to stuff napkins in his other back pocket to keep himself balanced when sitting down. After causing back problems, it eventually exploded out onto a street, unleashing a torrent of receipts, coupons, and Irish money. To avoid George Costanza’s fate, here’s how […]

Apr 5, 2007

Firefox gets more del.icio.us

Del.icio.us has just announced a major upgrade to its Bookmarks extension for Firefox. The upgrade sports several new features and a much tighter browser integration: The biggest change is that we now integrate all your bookmarks right in the browser. From the new sidebar you can sort and search your bookmarks instantly, view tag intersections, […]