‘I’m John Scalzi and This is How I Work.’ Now, how do YOU work, when writing?

By David Rothman
August 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve already spilled my secret. I write in a recliner—with a reassuringly clicky keyboard on my lap—and use a large-screen TV as a monitor. Works for me. Same for a large desk. John Scalzi, the Hugo-winning SF novelist, takes the opposite tack in the desk department. "My desk is [...]

Of Windows 10 and privacy

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Is Windows 10 a threat to your privacy? How can you protect yourself? Here’s an excellent article looking at the issue. On Lifehacker, Whitson Gordon takes an exhaustive look at the many different features that have been cited as privacy-problematic, and explains what they do and exactly which [...]

How to kill off Chrome RAM hogs: Crash-proofing tips

By David Rothman
May 22, 2015 // 3 Comments

Google’s Chrome browser these days can be the Pac-Man of apps—with an insatiable appetite for RAM. Talk all you want about e-books in browsers and other goodies. But what about the basics? My Chrome was crashing constantly, and even a Google support staffer hadn’t a complete solution for [...]

Humble Bundle releases Android App

By Joanna Cabot
August 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

From the fine folks at Lifehacker comes this intriguing news (Humble Bundle Releases Android App): the Humble Bundle people have just updated their Android app to allow downloads right from inside. As the article explains, the app used to allow only game downloads. Now, you can download music, [...]

What is your summer manifesto?

By Joanna Cabot
June 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Our friends at Lifehacker suggest that summer is the perfect time to get some special things done, and they further suggest that, on the cusp of this fine season, we all sit down and make a list of some things we want to accomplish. The sample list they provide runs the gamut—eat more [...]

How much money is learning a foreign language worth?

By Joanna Cabot
March 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Lifehacker recently highlighted some data from The Economist detailing the return on investment in learning a foreign language: how much more will you earn, over your lifetime, if you make your language skills a factor in your employability? The article assumes a starting salary of $45,000 with a [...]

What's the real secret to reading a lot of books?

By libertyc
June 22, 2013 // 6 Comments

It’s nice to see an article on Lifehacker about reading. But the article’s author, Dan Shipper, struck me as a person who is massively over-thinking it. His strategy for ‘reading a lot of great books’ involved no fewer than three pieces of software, and almost as much time [...]

Are Phones Good Productivity Tools?

By libertyc
May 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Thorin Klosowski poses an interesting question over at Lifehacker: Are phones good productivity tools? Klosowski argues that, for almost every productivity task he needs to accomplish, there is a desktop or tablet app that will do it quicker and more efficiently than his phone. “None of this [...]

Why We Pirate, and Why We Don't

By libertyc
March 15, 2013 // 3 Comments

One of the anti-DRM arguments people often make is that if you make it easy enough for people to buy content legitimately, they won’t need to pirate anymore. Here is a case study in favor of that argument: Thorin Kiosowski over at Lifehacker has a great essay up about why he stopped pirating [...]

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