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Graham Hill essay in the New York Times: Is minimalism really sustainable?

“The art of losing isn’t hard to master” begins Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “One Art,” which goes on to demonstrate just how hard the art of losing is to …

Minimalism Is the New Luxury Hotness

"Let It Go" is not just a runaway hit song from a highly lucrative Disney movie. It's a minimalist call to arms, a new way of being, a hot trend, and …

Minimalism

Millennials Becoming ‘Minimalists’

Of all the impacts of the Recession, the impact on Millennial attitudes and shopping behavior may be the most lasting.<p>There’s no question, Gen Y has …

The Joel Test For Programmers (The Simple Programmer Test)

A while back—the year 2000 to be exact—Joel Spolsky wrote a blog post entitled: “The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code.” Many software engineers and …

Computer Repair Flowcharts

<b>Sept 5 2009 UPDATE TO POST:</b> The author of these flowcharts, Morris Rosenthal, expressed concern about having his copyrighted material shown here. …

What is the Difference Between Usenet and the Internet?

If you are not familiar with it, you might think of Usenet as a completely different ‘network’ from the Internet, but are they two completely …

How to make your own marshmallows

Marshmallows aren't something the average mom whips up in her kitchen, but maybe they should be. There are a lot of steps, but they're actually easy …

Geek School: Learn How to Automate Windows with PowerShell

In this edition of Geek School, we will be helping you understand the powerful PowerShell scripting language that is built right into Windows, and is …

Beginning woodworking

A standing desk for $22

I've been interested in standing desks for a while. I keep reading things like: he who sits the most dies the soonest. All the options online are …

5 Exercises That Strengthen Your Joints

Flexible joints give us the range of motion that we need to get around in daily life, but that same flexibility can also be a source of weakness and …

inSSIDer Essential

Non-WiFi devices like wireless video cameras, Bluetooth speakers, and cordless phones interfere with WiFi, but basic WiFi scanners can’t see them. …

How PowerShell Differs From the Windows Command Prompt

Windows 7 added PowerShell, a more powerful command-line shell and scripting language than the Command Prompt. Since Windows 7, PowerShell has become …

How to Easily Reset a Computer Back to a Clean State Each Time It Boots

When you’re managing a public computer, you need a special kind of tool. You need a way to reset that computer back to a clean state every time it …

How to Use the Windows Device Manager for Troubleshooting

The Windows Device Manager is an important troubleshooting tool. It displays all your installed hardware devices and allows you to view which ones …

How to Build a Raspberry Pi Retro Game Console

Since its release, the $35 Raspberry Pi mini-computer has been hailed as the perfect all-in-one retro game console. Now, it’s easier to do than ever, …

How to Create the Ultimate Tech-Infused Retro Arcade Coffee Table

Sometimes coffee tables hold coffee, but most of the time they just sit there and look like a required piece of furniture in a room. Instead of …

Raspberry Pi

VideoSecu TV Wall Mount Articulating Arm Monitor Bracket for most 12"-24", some up to 27" LCD LED Plasma Flat Panel Screen TV with VESA 100/75mm ML10B 1E9

• TV Wall mount, compatible with VESA 75x75(3"x3") or 100x100(4"x4")<br>• Fits most 15", 17", 19", 20", 22", 23", 24", 26", 27" (check VESA and …

The How-To Geek Guide to Getting Started with LastPass

It’s all too easy to get sloppy with your password security as the number of accounts and accompanying passwords pile up. It’s time to start letting …

How to Secure Sensitive Files on Your PC with VeraCrypt

If you’re looking for a simple and powerful way to encrypt everything from system drives to backup discs to everything in between, VeraCrypt is an …

Information Systems

How to Create a Test Lab So That You Can Follow the Geek School (Without Breaking Your PC)

Our Geek School articles can get pretty complicated, and there’s no reason to do a ton of crazy stuff on your own desktop PC. Instead, you can just …

How to Delete, Move, or Rename Locked Files in Windows

Windows won’t allow you to modify files that open programs have locked. if you try to delete a file and see a message that it’s open in another …

Wipe, Delete, and Securely Destroy Your Hard Drive’s Data the Easy Way

Giving a computer to somebody else? Maybe you’re putting it out on Craigslist to sell to a stranger—either way, you’ll want to make sure that your …

How to Service Your Own Computer: 7 Easy Things Computer Repair Places Do

Computer repair places like Best Buy’s Geek Squad do a lot of things that you can easily do yourself. Instead of paying for a pricy malware removal …

How To Extend Your Wi-Fi Network With Simple Access Points

Last week we showed you how to extend your network without wires, this week we’re looking at how you can use use an existing hardwire network to …

Wi-Fi

Change Your Wi-Fi Router Channel to Optimize Your Wireless Signal

If you live in an apartment complex you’ve probably noticed more than just the passive-aggressive network IDs that your neighbors use—very likely …

Analyze & Optimize Your Wireless Network with Wi-Fi Analyzer for Android

Wi-Fi Analyzer for Android is the complete package. Not only will it show you the channels used by nearby wireless networks on a slick graph, it’ll …