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OS X El Capitan: How Apple Will Make IT Happy

With OS X El Capitan, Apple is touching on the right enterprise features that business users and IT administrators want, including security, …

40 Key Computer Science Concepts Explained In Layman’s Terms

Software developer Carl Cheo, founder of technology blog Carlcheo.com, knows what he’s talking about when it comes to computers! So, to help those of …

Access a Mac's Specific System Reports with a Terminal Command

Macs all come packed with the System Information app, which is great for getting all kinds of information about your computer. Unfortunately, it's …

Eight Terminal Utilities Every OS X Command Line User Should Know

The OS X Terminal opens up a world of powerful UNIX utilities and scripts. If you're migrating from Linux, you'll find many familiar commands work …

Build a Super Efficient, Portable Wood Burning Stove

If you're looking for a cheap, efficient stove you can take camping, William Abernathy at Make can show you how to make one out of an aluminum …

Re-Create OS X's Recovery Partition If You've Removed It

If you've deleted the recovery partition on your Mac, you might find yourself unable to use certain features, like FileVault and Find My Mac. …

Operating Systems

How to Make Your Own Bulk App Installer for OS X

The worst part about setting up a new Mac is finding and downloading all your software. It's time-consuming, boring, and usually feels like a waste …

Make a DIY Custom Drink Dispenser for Your Fridge

Only neanderthals take their juice bottle out of the fridge, pour a glass, and place it back in the fridge. The evolved life hacker attaches a tap to …

Build Your Own Advanced Gmail Filters with Scripts

Google gives you a bunch of options for setting up filters to organize your email, but it lacks a few settings to make it seriously powerful. Digital …

Walmart Product Reviews | Best and Worst Walmart Products - Consumer Reports News

Walmart is known for value, but there are also plenty of top-performing products on its sprawling shelves. Then again, you could easily end up with a …

Costco Shopping: Winners and Losers - Consumer Reports News

Joining Costco can lead to big savings in your household budget. But you need to shop strategically, or that oversized shopping cart will fill up, …

How To Enter Extensions For Conference Rooms In Contacts App [iOS Tips]

We’ve all had to do it: make those conference calls to services that require you to enter in a code, or a room number, or what have you.<p>If you call these numbers frequently and want to save a little time, you can enter in the extensions and codes into your Contacts app, but you’ll want to code in …

Apps

Chameleon Optimizes Non-Apple SSDs on Macs

Mac: With the release of OS X 10.6.8, Apple introduced TRIM support for its solid state drives that makes the drive a little faster. Apple's …

Solid State Drive

How to Slipstream Windows Updates Into Your Installation Disc

One of the horrors of reinstalling Windows is the endless amount of software updates and reboots required to get it secure, stable, and current. But …

Linux

How To Reset Your Password Without A System Disk [OS X Tips]

Have you lost your Mac password? Are you unable to get into your computer because of it? Apple lets you restore your password if you have the system disks that came with the computer, or–if you have a newer non-optical disk machine like a Macbook–with the built-in system recovery mode.<p>If you aren’t …

HomeMade Modern EP30 The Flip Desk

In a small apartment, a desk is used for many things. It's often more than just a workstation. It can double as a craft table, a dinner table for …

Clockwise Makes Automating Tasks on Your Mac Simple

Mac: You have a ton of ways to automate different tasks on your Mac, but Clockwise might be the easiest option for people who want a way to schedule …

App Store

iBetterCharge Monitors Your iPhone's Battery from Your Computer

Mac/Windows: If you keep you iPhone in your pocket all day long, it's easy to lose track of how charged your battery is. iBetterCharge is a desktop …

Gear & Gadgets

How to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring Planting

Even as the East Coast continues to dig out of its latest snowpocalypse the country's more hospitable climes are already beginning to thaw out. And …

Gardening

The Best Home Remedies for Any Ailment, Backed By Research

Home remedies are awesome ways to fix common little problems like hangovers, headaches, acne, and just about everything else. But how much research …

Home Remedies

How to Rip a DVD to Your Computer

Say you have a movie on DVD, but you want to watch it on your phone, tablet, somewhere else. You can “rip” that DVD—or turn it into a movie file on …

Use a Lemon to Make Cleaning the Microwave Easy

Nobody likes cleaning out that gross, crusty, burnt-on foodstuff in the microwave. To make that process a bit easier, The Kitchn suggests using a …

8 Tricks and Downloads that Make Netflix Even More Awesome

Netflix is one of the few internet services that is hard to improve upon. For a small fee you can binge watch a huge library of movies and television …

Rotten Tomatoes

A Bigger Screen for Less Money: Use a 4K TV Instead of a Monitor

There are lots of great computer monitors out there, but if you want more screen real estate without spending more money, a 4K television could be …

Televisions

Tranquility Gives You​r Mac a One-Click Night Reading Mode

Mac: Trying to look at a bright screen at night sucks and it's annoying for pretty much everyone around you. Tranquility is an app that puts an …

Monochrome

Turn an Old PC Into a NAS, VPN, Media Streamer, and More with Amahi

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 …

Linux

Google Tips and Tricks Every Student Should Know

Whether you're a student in college (or earlier) or a lifelong learner, Google is an essential tool for learning. Here are a few tips for using …

​What Is "Mindfulness," and Why Is Everyone Talking About It?

Dear Lifehacker,<br>I keep seeing the word "mindfulness" everywhere, tied to everything from losing weight to being more productive. But what does this …

Mindfulness

Cut These Vague, Cliched, and Meaningless Words from Your Resume

Most resumes have to make it through an automated keyword sorter before they even stand a chance at getting a brief glance (an average of 6.2 …

Employment