Mac: When updating Lifehacker’s Mac Pack for 2018, some readers noticed that I didn’t include any clipboard management apps this time around. It’s nothing personal; there were just other apps I thought were more interesting.
It’s been a pretty sweet ride here at Lifehacker, but it’s time I mosey on out of town and ride off into the sunset. Maybe a few of you will be sad to hear I’m leaving. Perhaps some of you are happy to see me go. But me? Well, I’m just happy I got to be here.
When Amazon Prime launched in Australia, much was made about its too-good-to-be-true pricing. Even after the $4.99 introductory offer ends, we'll still only be paying around half of what Americans do. However, it's worth noting that the US service was once priced similarly to Australia.
The Verge at Work is a series about process. We’re not scientists, and we’re not gurus, we’re just trying to get some work done. The solutions presented here are highly personal, and highly personalized. Not the only way, but our way.
Working at an office can be surprisingly unhealthy. Between sitting all day, eating poorly, and enduring never-ending stress, your office can take a few years off your life. Here's how to stay healthy and energetic at the office (and make the day go by faster).
We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives — getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, writing a best-selling book, winning a championship, and so on.
Welcome back to Mid-Week Meditations, Lifehacker’s weekly dip into the pool of stoic wisdom, and how you can use its waters to reflect on and improve your life. This week’s selection comes from the slaveborn philosopher Epictetus. It’s featured in The Discourses:
Pretty much every notes, journal, to-do app, and writing app has a tagging system now. With it, you're supposed to be able to easily organize everything so you can find it instantly, but tags are a bit of an ambiguous idea that are hard to really use well.
Some days the to-do list seems bottomless. Just looking at it is exhausting. We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done. I certainly want the answer.
If you've never done it before, the idea of building a computer from the ground up can seem very intimidating—but it's one of the most satisfying projects a tech enthusiast can take on. Update: We've got a much larger, more detailed, and up-to-date guide on building your own computer here.
How to make your life better? All you need is email. I’ve covered a lot of research on how to make your life better but many people struggle with implementing changes because it seems like a major undertaking. It doesn’t have to be.
Most HDTVs ship with default settings that are meant to look good in store showrooms, but they're not ideal in your home. Thankfully, with the right tools, calibrating an HDTV to your viewing style is easy, and you can do it in less than a half-hour.
Pushbullet, the service that acts as a bridge between your mobile and desktop OSes, sets the gold standard for developer updates. If you haven't used it recently (or ever), this is a great time to check out all the cool stuff it can do.
PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.) Who would have thought that after decades of struggle with procrastination, the dictionary, of all places, would hold the solution.
If you have an old computer with some life left in it, or you're building a do-it-all home server that can store your backups, music, movies, and everything else you need backed up and secure, Amahi is the perfect utility for the job.
Having picked my own path for the last couple of years, there were times when I got completely burnt out as often as once every few days. Like everyone else, I was struggling and I needed to get back on my feet as quickly as possible.
Smartphones, despite their name, are actually pretty dumb. They only do what you tell them to, and constantly inputting information can get tedious.
It’s the time of year where we all give thanks, and among many other things, we here at Lifehacker are thankful for all the free apps out there that improve our lives (and the developers that make them!) Here are 50 of our favorites.
You have a busy life and a to-do list a mile long. Unfortunately simply adding a new task to your to-do list doesn't actually mean it'll get done.
Windows has more great programs than we can count, but some are essential to just about every PC setup. In this year’s annual Lifehacker Pack for Windows, we’re highlighting the must-have downloads for better productivity, communication, media management, and more.
Whether you're the household tech support or just an avid researcher who is always trying to teach friends what you learn, explaining complicated topics is tough. Here's how to do it so people can actually understand you.
Dear Lifehacker, I have a giant pile of important looking documents sitting in front of me, and I have no idea what to do with them. Some of them look pointless, but could be important. Which ones should I hold on to, and which ones should I shred?
Odds are someone is searching the web for you right now, or at least has looked you up fairly recently.
Whether you work at a place that blocks a bunch of web sites, or you can’t access a page because it’s behind a paywall, tech blog Digital Inspiration shows you how to use a couple Google proxy servers to get around those restrictions.
Dear Lifehacker, I want to set up some basic home automation tasks but I've never done anything like this before. How do I get started? For that matter, what kind of things can I do and how much should I reasonably expect to pay?
Say it's Friday, you've had a long week, and you keep nodding off at your desk. Coffee's just not getting the job done on its own, and you really don't feel like dumping vials of miniature energy drinks into your system just to get through a few hours of work.
Welcome back to Mid-Week Meditations, Lifehacker’s weekly dip into the pool of stoic wisdom, and how you can use its waters to reflect on and improve your life. This week’s selection comes from Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger.
How much more could you get done if you completed all of your required reading in 1/3 or 1/5 the time? Increasing reading speed is a process of controlling fine motor movement—period.
There are fewer opportunities to put your social engineering skills to the test better than trying to convince someone you work at their establishment.
Some apps do one thing, and they do it well. Others have a host of clever, hidden uses that you might have never thought of on your own. Here are our favorite clever uses for popular apps.
Interested in learning how to build web sites or improve your web design skills? There's a wealth of resources for you (including our own night school on the topic). Here, in one place is an exhaustive guide to the best tools around, curated by SkilledUp after reviewing over 140 resources available.
Current research shows that some of the most commonly used and seemingly positive phrases we use with kids are actually quite destructive.
We've all hit that point where we can't figure out exactly what we really want to do with our lives. It can come when you're 18 or when you're 50, and it's always a difficult process to work through. It's not hopeless, though! Here are a few ways to help you figure it out.
Can you imagine how awesome it would have been to be an entrepreneur in 1985 when almost any dot com name you wanted was available? All words; short ones, cool ones. All you had to do was ask. It didn’t even cost anything to claim. This grand opportunity was true for years.
We love a good deal and the convenience of Amazon, but not every bargain magically floats to the surface. The online retailer offers several ways to save money that you may not know about, and with a few strategies you can save even more.
For Lifehacker’s 10th anniversary, we spent the last month looking at some of our favorite tips and guides from the past decade. But your favorite posts are just as important as our favorites. Here are the top 10 most popular Lifehacker guides of all time. You can check out the full list below.
Have you crafted a beautiful resume with the perfect typeface? You might be focusing on the wrong aspects of the process, as hiring managers are just looking to find qualified people. Here are five things that people put too much emphasis on that hiring managers actually don't care about.
There are certain problems we all deal with every day, but don’t know why.
Wouldn't it be great if you knew exactly what a hiring manager would be asking you in your next job interview? While we unfortunately can't read minds, we'll give you the next best thing: a list of the 31 most commonly asked interview questions and answers.
Hating exercise isn’t the same as being lazy. Exercise motivation is a complicated subject, but if getting off the couch is the hardest part for you, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to finally start working out, no matter how much you might hate it.
In the past week, Ryan Holiday read seven books, flew from Austin to Atlanta to Miami to Atlanta to LA to Maui, and juggled two demanding jobs: director of marketing at the controversial clothing retailer American Apparel, and partner at creative marketing company StoryArk.
Google’s Chrome browser is packed full of an incredible amount of extensions that add all sorts of functionality. It’s tough to sift through the store to find what’s useful though, so let us save you some time with this collection of our favorite Chrome extensions.
Last week at Google I/O, the company's social network got a big facelift. In some ways, it looks great, but it also introduced a slew of new problems. Enter userscripts to clean things up.
Dear Lifehacker, What is the deal with lithium-ion batteries (the kind found in smartphones and laptops)? I've heard lots of different things about how to take care of them, like that they need to be kept charged between 40% and 80%, or that they should be drained completely and charged to 100%.
There's a fundamental flaw with lots of financial advice: it assumes you have money. For some people, post-bills income just doesn't exist (and that number is only growing). So, when hard times make a 401(k) a non-option, you just can't follow all the advice you get.
I have a confession to make: I work at Lifehacker. I write about how to do things faster, more efficiently, and cheaper for a living. Yet I still fail. I get distracted. I waste money. And I don't follow every tip I've written about. But that's okay.
On countless occasions, you’ve likely said to yourself “I wish I knew how to do ______.” Then, of course, life got in the way and you put it off until you could find the time.
Thinking about Windows Explorer may make you yawn, but you spend a lot of time in it every day. It's your hub for everything on your system, and it has a lot of cool stuff built-in you probably haven't noticed. Here are a few tips and tricks for getting more out of it.
Dear Lifehacker, I get a good 7–8 hours of sleep every night and exercise at least 3 times a week, but somehow I still feel tired every day. What’s sapping my energy and what can I do about it?
When you go shopping for sheets or linens, you'll often see "100% Cotton," "Egyptian Cotton," and other terms used to sell you on the quality of the fabric. They can be confusing at first, but they're actually remarkably easy to understand. Here's what they mean.
Many of us struggle to get enough sleep every night, but is the sleep we get any good? While it’s important to get enough sleep, better sleep is a greater ally than more hours of sleep.
Android: Google Keep is a new app that seeks to save whatever you're currently thinking about so you don't have to remember. Although not the first app to try and solve this problem, Google's integrated Keep directly into Drive to make it easier to use.
We think of negotiation as a game for experienced professionals, but in reality, it's not very hard to do. From getting a salary increase to haggling a better deal on a car, even the shyest amongst us can get what we want out of a negotiation. Here's how.
Building a computer from scratch gives you the perfect machine for your needs, but it can be daunting the first time around. Here's our complete guide, from picking the parts, to putting it together and installing your OS. This Night School series was originally published in 2011.
The first evil skill I acquired was subterfuge. Trying to deceive my parents is one of my earliest memories. I escaped from my crib by removing one of its loose bars and then, after climbing out, put the bar back in—as if to trick my parents that I was still in there.
Most people go through life not really getting any smarter. Why? They simply won’t do the work required. It’s easy to come home, sit on the couch, watch TV, and zone out until bedtime rolls around. But that’s not going to help you get smarter.
Your home folder is the base of operations on your computer, where you throw every document, app installer, photo, and other file you'll need later.