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Top 10 Creative Ways to Store Your Stuff

Figuring out the smartest places to store your stuff is time well spent—mostly because it results in time you don't spend cleaning. Here's are 10 smart storage solutions for your excess cords, shoes, spices, and all kinds of computer stuff. More »

DIY Rustic Outdoor Retreat

The sun and the heat have finally arrived, and even if you don't have a summer getaway spot by the lake, you can make your own rustic, shaded relaxation spot with some pretty common household or easy-to-find objects. More »
Yesterday - May 28, 2010
Readers offer their best tips for going overseas with your Mac, relieving the pain of Plantar Fasciitis, and searching for deals and giveaways on Twitter. More »

This Week's Most Popular Posts

This week we rebooted your sleep cycle, helped you understand Facebook's new privacy settings, took a tourist-free photo in crowded places, and more. More »

Customize Your Google Chrome Application Icons by Webapp

Google Chrome's application shortcuts turn any web site into a separate item on your Windows 7 taskbar, but unfortunately many sites have low-res icons that make your taskbar ugly. Here's the simple trick to make your taskbar beautiful again. More »

The Surprising Realities Behind What Motivates Us in Illustrated Form

Money can be a powerful motivator, but as studies performed by universities around the country (and this video) explain, rewarding people financially only works to a point. Beyond that, you need autonomy and purpose.

Achieve True Unitasking by Making Distractions Unattractive

Whether your multitasking addiction is triggered by an overwhelming to-do list or just constant distractions, author AJ Jacobs explains the great lengths he went to in order to minimize unproductive multitasking by making it difficult to switch focus. More »

Experimental Build of Dropbox Introduces Selective Folder Syncing

Windows/Mac/Linux: Dropbox is getting ready to unveil selective file and folder syncing to the masses. If you just can't wait to try it, you can enjoy the new feature in their latest experimental build. More »
#grilling

Become the Memorial Day Grill Master

Memorial Day marks the start of the serious grilling season, and there's no better weekend to try your hand at outdoor cooking, or bolster your established grill-master game. More »

Kick Off Your Long Weekend Early in This Week's Open Thread

We've got three glorious days off this weekend here in the States; grab a cold drink and start your long weekend off right in this week's open thread. More »

NerdWallet Picks Your Best Match from Hundreds of Credit Cards

The best credit card isn't the one your bank offers—it's the one that pays back the most and costs the least. NerdWallet, a credit card search and filter app, pulls from over 600 cards to find the best candidate. More »

Welcome New Neighbors with These Neighborhood Etiquette Tips

If some newcomers are moving into your neighborhood and you're not sure what to do beyond the classic "Here's a, umm, pie? Welcome aboard?" gesture, this guide will help with some great pointers on welcoming new neighbors. More »

Train Yourself to Eat Like a Food Snob

What do professional food critics have that you don't? Besides great jobs, they've developed a knowledge base, refined their mouth mechanics, and expanded their vocabulary of food experiences. You can't match them overnight, but you can get started by simply breathing in. More »

DIY Touch-Screen Stylus; New and Improved

Earlier this month we shared a DIY touch-screen stylus for the iPad. That build was clever but unfinished looking. This version is polished and what commercial manufacturers should be bringing to market. More »

Viewer2 Organizes Your Photos with Cloud-Like Tagging and Manipulation

If you've longed to organize your pictures as though sliding and grouping them on a desk, Viewer2 is a novel take on picture organization that feels more like real-world sorting and shuffling and less like computer-based cataloging. More »
Thursday - May 27, 2010

Best Computer Diagnostic Tool?

Computers have (happily) advanced to the point where we spend more time getting work done on them than we do fixing them, you still occasionally need a solid diagnostic tool. What tools do you use to assess what's wrong with your computer? More »

Set a Video as Your Wallpaper with VLC

It won't necessarily increase productivity, but if what you're doing isn't that pressing, passively watching a movie while you work can be relaxing. If you don't have a second monitor to do it on, here's how to put it on your desktop. More »

Remains of the Day: Cell Phone Shock

About 16 percent of Americans find an unexpected charge on their monthly cell phone bill, some "creative" ideas to save money that really aren't worth it, and how the web rewires your brain. More »
#privacy

How to Return Facebook's Privacy Settings to What You Signed Up For

Online privacy expectations are evolving, but whether Facebook likes it or not, a lot of us want the privacy settings we signed up for when we joined the service. Here's how to use Facebook's new privacy controls to regain your original privacy. More »
#videocalling

Fring For Android Is Two-Way Video Calling From the FUTURE

Oh man, oh man, oh man! You can download Fring for Android right now and make two-way video calls—ones demonstrated in all the promises of the future— RIGHT NOW. For Android. More »

Efficiency in a Tiny Apartment

Today's featured workspace is more of a featured living space. Faced with very limited space one Lifehacker reader fit a functional workspace in an apartment a little bigger than a parking space. More »

How to Unlock Your Garage Door from the Outside (and How to Prevent It)

We all have those rare (or not so rare) occasions where we lock ourselves out of our house. While you could learn how to pick your own locks, reader ilovetofu shows us how to open a garage door in seconds. More »
#downloads

Automatic Printer Switcher Changes Default Printer for Different Programs

Windows only: Freeware utility Automatic Printer Switcher maps different default printers to different programs, so you can skip the step of switching to the printer you want every time you print from a different application. More »

Dress Code: How To Pack For Your Vacation

In this installment of Dress Code, we'll take on packing. Even if you're not going away this weekend, chances are at some point in the coming months, you will — herewith, a few tips to avoid bag-bloat and no-skivvies crises. [Jezebel]

Use a Screwdriver as a Stethoscope to Locate Leaks

How-to site wikiHow has a great tip for locating a water leak in your home before calling in the plumber: Use a screwdriver as a crude stethoscope to locate your leak. More »

Gadget and Gear Deals of the Day

Piles of computers, deeply discounted HDTVs—a 60" for $800? That's crazy!—and more await you in today's Dealhacker roundup. Come for the HDTV dreaming and stay for the free goodies. More »
#music

Helpful Tips for Deciding Between Open and Closed Headphones

Tech-loving web site Tested breaks down the two basic headphone types—closed and open—and offers tips on choosing the type that best fits your needs. More »

Examine Daily Routines to Boost Your Mood

Humans are creatures of habit and we adopt bad habits just as easily as good ones. If you're looking for a quick, cheap, and easily applied method of improving your mood you can do so through reflection on your daily routines. More »

Know Which Charcoal to Choose for Grilling

With the long weekend coming up, many grills will be making their triumphant return to their rightful spots in yards and decks. Before you choose your big bag of charcoal, read up on what distinguishes the lump variety from briquettes. More »
#photography

Take a People-Free Photo in a Crowded Place

You're at a popular location and you really would love a photo of the place without all the people in the way. Looks like you're out of luck and you should just buy a postcard, right? Not with this clever trick. More »

Use Velcro to Reinvent Your iPad or Other Tablet

The iPad works great as a handheld media consumption device. With two strips of velcro, though, you can give it an easy-mounted home anywhere you want to keep it handy. This clip shows the possibilities—some more practical than others.
Wednesday - May 26, 2010
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