Mike Winson

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The best online white noise machine

There are various apps that purport to generate white noise, but the free ones I've tried have all been strange or skeevy, and YouTube's a minefield …

Apps

What Is Daylight-Saving Time?

Oh sure, you know what it is ... but do you really know what is going on? There is some interesting physics here.<p>What is Daylight-Saving Time? …

A crypto primer in the form of Ikea instructions

"Idea-instructions" bills itself as "An ongoing series of nonverbal algorithm assembly instructions", with a half-dozen illustrations of popular …

Encryption

15 Tips, Hacks and Tricks to Get the Most Out of Google Photos

Stop worrying about storage limits and scrolling endlessly to find old memories.<p>Many of us have thousands of photos and videos on our phones, and although it’s so easy to take them, it’s less clear how to keep them organized and transfer them to other devices.<p>In the age of cloud computing and …

Mobile Photography

Introducing Guesstimate, a Spreadsheet for Things That Aren’t Certain

Existing spreadsheet software is made for analyzing tables of data. Excel, Google Sheets, and similar tools are fantastic for doing statistics on …

Top 10 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Getting Rid of Clutter Once and For All

Dealing with clutter is a constant battle for many of us. Clutter can creep up on us, it drains us mentally even if we’re not directly thinking about …

ISS Virtual Tour 1.0

Skelton

<b>Skelton Transmitting Station 1942 to 1998 - Over half a century of short wave broadcasting</b><br>© G.P. Lowery<p>Written and compiled by G.P. Lowery in …

Educator's guide

If you're seeing this message, it means we're having trouble loading external resources on our website.<p>If you're behind a web filter, please make …

A Wildly Detailed 100-Year Plan for Getting Humans to Mars

In the summer of 1986, Ron Jones was sitting on a beach in Oahu drawing lines in the sand. It was a few months after the space shuttle <i>Challenger</i> …

Top 10 Simple Things Every Computer User Should Know How to Do

No matter how tech savvy you are, there are certain things every one of us has to deal with when using a computer—and we don’t always deal with them …

Simple Rules of Thumb for Decorating Your Walls

If you don’t have an eye for design, you might not know where to start when it comes to putting art on your walls. You can always go with your gut, …

Why I’m Upgrading to Windows 10

One week from today, Windows 10 will arrive. I’m not going to wait. I’m putting it all on the line, starting today.<p>Today, I’m upgrading my personal …

Lifehacker Pack for Android: Our List of the Essential Android Apps

With over two million apps in the Play Store, Android is home to one of the biggest app stores in the world. Soon they’ll even be on your favorite …

Apps

The science of “hangry”—why some people get grumpy when they’re hungry

Have you ever snapped angrily at someone when you were hungry? Or has someone snapped angrily at <i>you</i> when <i>they</i> were hungry? If so, you’ve experienced “hangry” (an amalgam of hungry and angry)—the phenomenon whereby some people get grumpy and short-tempered when they’re overdue for a feed.<p>But where …

Weight Loss

Eight ways to meet soaring future care home costs

Families typically spend £40,000 on caring for elderly relatives. Try these tricks and loopholes to ease the financial burden<p>Few things destroy family wealth more than paying heart-stopping care home fees, of, typically, £40,000 annually in the South East, to ensure mum or dad see out their days in …

GEGeek Tech Toolkit Fixes Windows Computers and Updates Itself

If you're the person friends, family and coworkers count on to fix their computers, you already know a portable USB toolkit is essential for repairs. …

Drone aerial photography explained: Here's what it is and how to do it - Pocket-lint

If you want to become a drone aerial photographer, you've come to the right place.<p>Have you ever watched a film scene where the camera pans over the …

A eulogy to the NHS: What happened to the world my generation built?

A midwife with a penchant for gin delivered me into the arms of my exhausted mother on a cold, blustery day in February 1923. I slept that night in my new crib, a dresser drawer beside her bed, unaware of the troubles that surrounded me. Because my dad was a coal miner, we lived rough and ready in …

Martin Lewis: My 10 tips for haggling with call centres

At fairs or on the high street, in banks or in call centres, the price quoted isn’t always the one you have to pay. Martin Lewis gives his tips on how to save money with some smart negotiation<p>The Tangier carpet seller promised an ''exceptional, handmade rug, a snip at $1,500’’. Having been shoved …

Electric Shock Current, Where Does It Go?

As we’ve already know, electricity requires a <i>complete path</i> (<i>circuit</i>) to continuously flow. This is why the shock received from static electricity is …

Sleep Test Will Tell You If You Need to Catch More Zs

Everyone can probably benefit from a few extra Zs at night, but is your lack of sleep at the level of sleep deprivation?<p>In a new video from YouTube …

Let's see some babyboomer rage about Generation Jobless

If I were a babyboomer, I'd be furious. That might seem strange coming from someone who blogs about youth unemployment, a topic typically sprinkled with jealous references to how easy our parents had it (admittedly, a temptation I gave into once or twice). But this "us and them" dynamic between the …

Self-assessment: what you can and cannot claim for

<b>If you're employed …</b><p><b>… or receive a company pension, and pay tax through the PAYE system, you can claim:</b><p><b>Mileage allowances</b><p>Staff paid a mileage allowance to use their own car can offset some cash if their employer pays them less per mile than the permitted rate.<p>If you run a car or van and you are …

Money has corrupted us. We no longer understand what it's worth

The house across the street has just gone on sale for £850,000. A bog-standard, late-Victorian, ex-council terrace house in the rough part of Islington, with a yard billed as a garden, costs as much as a street in Middlesbrough or Stoke.<p>When Marx wrote, in his Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts …