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40 Foundational Books for Technical Writing

Sep 10, 2010 • beginners, book-reviews<p>I received the following question from a reader:<p>I have semi-transitioned to a new position at my job where I’m …

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Become a Better Writer with These Important Reading Skills First

<i>A lot of people want to improve their writing skills, both professionally and personally. In order to achieve that, a key ingredient is often</i> …

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10 Things to Do Before You Paint

We know that painting is quick, affordable, and easy. But botching a paint job will make the task longer and more expensive. Heed these commonsense tips before picking up a paintbrush or roller.<p><b>Safety First</b><p>Falling at home is a leading cause of unintentional injuries and accounts for more than 8 …

How to Use Google Voice

Google has its own voicemail and call-forwarding service. Here's what you need to know to get started.<p>Google Voice is a powerful platform, and a great way to streamline your digital life. Voice is a convenient voicemail service that also creates a catchall phone number to ring multiple devices. It …

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Reviewed: Razer Ouroboros Gaming Mouse

Not all gaming mice are created equal, as the Razer Ouroboros demonstrates.<p><b>Price:</b> $174.99<p>Though video games are (let's be honest) played as often by grown men as they are by 12-year-olds, most mice are created equal, without concern for the size of the gamer's mitts. Powered by a single AA-battery, …

Decked Out: 6 Simple Backyard Upgrades

Transforming your backyard deck from dull to dreamy is easier—and less expensive—than you might think. Here are six add-on details that can enhance the overall look and usefulness of virtually any new or existing deck.<p>Transforming your backyard deck from dull to dreamy is easier—and less …

When Running 200 Miles Is Easier on Your Body Than Running 100

For the runners of ultramarathons, covering less distance is, surprisingly, more grueling.<p><b>After 200 miles and three straight days</b> of running across the Northern Italian Alps, 50-year-old Gregoire Millet wearily walks across the finish line. The brutal 2012 Tor des Géants is the second ultramarathon …

10 Gadgets Ahead of Their Time

Everyone's a victim of bad timing sometimes. These gadgets brought revolutionary new features to the market. They just did it a little too soon.<p>Everyone's a victim of bad timing sometimes. These gadgets brought revolutionary new features to the market. They just did it a little too soon.

How to Dog-Proof Your Car

Man's best friend is also a great driving companion, but dogs also tend to leave hair on the seats and slobber on windows.<p>I have a dog, a big slobbery one, and although I love taking him with me on car rides, cleaning up the hair on the seats and slobber on the windows afterward almost makes me …

How Will You Replace Google Reader?

The great RSS reader hunt of 2013 begins.<p><b>On October 7, 2005, Google engineer Chris Wetherell</b> launched Google Reader and changed the way we consume news. A stripped-down, simple design with infinite news customizability quickly made Reader the king of the RSS world.<p>For years, though, the company has …

How to Use Google Plus

While Google Plus isn't quite in the same league as Facebook, it's growing fast—in May 2013, Time reported that Google Plus had approximately 190 million active members. Ready to sign up? Learning how to use Google Plus is easy, especially if you already have a Google account.<p><b>Adding Yourself to</b> …

With a Bang: The Science of Fireworks

You've probably set off a firework or two in your time, but do you know how fireworks work? This Fourth of July, we'll burn our way through a few common examples of every stripe, flash, and boom. You've seen the lights. Now know the science.<p>You've probably set off a firework or two in your time, …

What's the Best Language for a Beginning Programmer?

More and more high schools are teaching computer programming. But what's the best language for students just getting started?<p><b>PRINT "Hello World"</b><p>There was a time when you could type those words into any home computer and get it to say "Hello World," because virtually all of them came with BASIC …

How to Make Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts

Save yourself a few mouse clicks by learning to customize the shortcuts in your operating system.<p>I use the keyboard shortcuts for cut, paste, and copy all the time on my computer. They're real timesavers, and I'd love to have a lot more of them. Is there any way to make my own shortcuts with my …

How to Build the Outdoor Space of Your Dreams

Don't settle for a blase backyard deck. To put together an outdoor space you'll want to hang out in all year, start with a vision and then dive in.<p><i>Sonja Lovas/Flickr</i><p>My favorite long-term housing trend is the move toward bigger and better outdoor living spaces. And I'm not alone in my love for crazy …

Model Your Renovation in 3D With SketchUp Make

Fall in love with this handy new 3D modeling tool.<p>I might have found my next favorite tool. SketchUp Make, released last month, is 3D design software that you've probably heard of. If you're like me, you might have even tried it.<p>Various versions of SketchUp have been around for more than a decade, …

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15 Secrets to Cleaning Your Home in Half the Time

No need to block off a full day for cleaning.<p>No need to block off a full day for cleaning.

7 Gadget Predictions Sci-Fi Authors Got Right

Looking back 30 years or more, these sci-fi authors predicted a dystopian (or, in some cases, a utopian) society. Some of the dialogue seems dated now and the plot devices overly quaint, but these writers nailed a few things.<p>Looking back 30 years or more, these sci-fi authors predicted a dystopian …

A Solar Tree Grows in Your Neighborhood

With the price of photovoltaic panels dropping, be on the lookout for creative new ways for homeowners to use solar power.<p>On a recent family summer road trip we found ourselves driving through the mountain town of Cherokee, N.C., which lies just outside the southern main entrance to the Great Smoky …

Carnival Contrivances: A Brief History of the Carousel

Whether running on human, steam, or electrical power, carousel have been delighting summer crowds for more than a century. Take a rotating ride into mechanical history.<p>Whether running on human, steam, or electrical power, carousel have been delighting summer crowds for more than a century. Take a …

Thwart Car Thieves With a Hidden Kill Switch

One clever way to keep your car from being stolen: Put in a kill switch (or better yet, several of them) that can cut off the flow of electricity in your car.<p>I have a pickup I absolutely love, and would like to prevent it from being stolen. Have any ideas to make it theft-proof?<p>Car theft is a …

4 Ways to Cut Down Your Stuff Without Going Insane

You may not be a capital-H hoarder, but chances are you've got more stuff packed away than you really know what to do with. If it's time to reduce the clutter, start here.<p><i>Lars Plougmann/Flickr</i><p>I recently read an article on Lifehacker Australia about the process of downsizing your home—and how to do …

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5 Things We Can Learn From Sounds We Can't Hear

Infrasound is the span of low-frequency sounds that fall below the hearing range of humans. While these sounds escape our ears, scientific instruments can detect themand tell us some interesting things about the planet.<p>Infrasound is the span of low-frequency sounds below 20 Hz that fall below the …

Articles about compact wooden home japan on Dwell.com - Dwell

A distinctive wooden pattern lines the walls, floors, and ceilings of this compact home in Japan.<p>A New Zealand family taps into the creative capital of architecture students to make their dream home a reality.<p>Two interior designers convert an old concrete garage into a cozy home for a family of …

Articles about modern storage solutions 5 smart built ins and closets on Dwell.com - Dwell

For a Toronto couple with a love of minimalist Japanese architecture, a sleek, storage-packed kitchen was the first priority in...<p>Grid-scale storage may be revolutionizing the market for clean energy.<p>Whether you're looking to add storage to a small space or seeking a distinctive wall hanging, the …

Modern Etiquette: Navigating Food Allergies + Dietary Restrictions

<i>Illustration by Anna Emilia</i><p>I’ve been fortunate to eat a lot of truly delicious meals lately and it made me think about all of the things that go into …