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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Dec 30, 2019. 9 comments

The Best Tiny Hacks of 2019

The Best Tiny Hacks of 2019
Best of LifehackerBest of LifehackerWhether we’ve made a complicated recipe absurdly simple, illustrated how to survive a natural disaster, or explained a political crisis in terms even your great-grandma would understand, these are some of our favorite stories from the past year.

Tiny hacks may feel, well, small, but they can change your life in big ways. Here are the best little life hacks...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Dec 20, 2019. 8 comments

In Memoriam: The Apps and Services We Lost in 2019

In Memoriam: The Apps and Services We Lost in 2019

The Wii Shopping Channel will never see another update day. iTunes was stripped for parts. MoviePass has been snuffed out like a candle in the wind, burning at both ends, being thrown at a customer’s face. Let us remember the apps and services we lost this year.

Google, as usual, killed a lot of services this year, including some you’ve actually heard of, like the Inbox app and Google+. Google...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Dec 19, 2019. 16 comments

There's a Better Way to Load a Case of Soda Into Your Fridge

There's a Better Way to Load a Case of Soda Into Your Fridge

When you’re filling your fridge with beer or soda or water that hurts, it is traditional to prop the box open on the counter and transfer one or two cans at a time onto the shelf, standing and squatting over and over like a dick.

Or you shove the whole case in there, and every time you go for a soda, you have to root around in the box with your hand, like you’re Paul Atreides taking the Gom...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Dec 18, 2019. 10 comments

The Best Apps for Solving a Rubik's Cube

The Best Apps for Solving a Rubik's Cube

A Rubik’s Cube or “magic cube” can be configured over 43 quintillion ways, and every configuration can technically be solved in 20 moves or less. In practice, the most expert human cube solvers usually need more than 40 moves. But these mobile apps can solve it faster—or they can teach you how to solve like an expert. Here are the best ones.

There are a lot of cube solver apps, and each one...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Dec 18, 2019. 12 comments

'Iloveyou' and the 24 Other Worst Passwords of 2019

'Iloveyou' and the 24 Other Worst Passwords of 2019

Don’t use bad passwords. Not even for stupid stuff. Because the dumb social network you join today might add a wallet or a cloud service or a camera some day, and before you know it, the only thing stopping someone from draining your bank account and spying on your home is the word “dragon.”

“Dragon” was the 23rd most-popular password in 2019, according to SplashData, makers of the password...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Dec 17, 2019. 7 comments

How to Change Your Boss’s Mind

How to Change Your Boss’s Mind

A lot of advice about persuasion assumes a relatively equal power dynamic. But sometimes you need to persuade someone higher up than you in a hierarchy: your boss, their boss, a project leader. For that you need four specific strategies: focus on common goals, get to a neutral space, let them build your case with you, and know your next steps. This approach is effective in a workplace, or in...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Dec 16, 2019. 23 comments

Reddit’s Favorite Mindblowing Facts of All Time, Fact-Checked

Reddit’s Favorite Mindblowing Facts of All Time, Fact-Checked

Redditors love to ask each other for their favorite fun, mindblowing, counterintuitive, or disturbing facts. Every few months a new “fun fact” thread ends up on the front page of Reddit, and thousands of people pitch in with their favorites. I looked at years’ worth of threads, collected the very best facts, and verified them.

I selected only facts that were so cool and surprising that I had...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Dec 13, 2019. 5 comments

Turn Your iPhone Into an iPod With Rewound [Updated]

Turn Your iPhone Into an iPod With Rewound [Updated]

Updated: 12/16/2019, 10:50 a.m. ET: After the Rewound app became wildly popular, Apple pulled it from the iOS App Store. The app creator is directing fans to Rewound.app for future updates, but as of publication time, that site is apparently overloaded.

iOS: Here’s a silly thing to do on a Friday. Download Rewound, and listen to your Apple Music library (streaming or owned) through an old...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Dec 12, 2019. 10 comments

What to Watch on Netflix in January 2020

What to Watch on Netflix in January 2020

Next month on Netflix, Bojack Horseman and Anne with an E both wrap up. Sabrina, Sex Education, Hip-Hop Evolution, The Inbestigators, and Grace and Frankie return. There’s a new Tyler Perry movie, and comedy specials from Alex Fernández, Fortune Feimster, and Vir Das. Germany gets its own Nailed It! 

Netflix will lose American Psycho, Æon Flux, Grease, Panic Room, Revolutionary Road,...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Dec 10, 2019. 10 comments

Introduce Yourself Like Inigo Montoya

Introduce Yourself Like Inigo Montoya

Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. I work downstairs in business development. Can I pitch you some ideas over lunch?

Ally McLean, CEO of mentorship program The Working Lunch, invented a clever mnemonic for properly introducing yourself inspired by the honorable swordsman in The Princess Bride.

To introduce yourself to people more confidently and meaningfully, you should model your introduction...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Dec 05, 2019. 13 comments

Ask This Instead of 'Any Questions?'

Ask This Instead of 'Any Questions?'

I come from a quiet people. My classmates and I were always bad at asking questions of the teacher, or recognizing that we had questions. I wish I’d had someone like historian and professor Jacqueline Antonovich, who recently tweeted a trick for encouraging her students to pipe up. She simply rephrases the prompt “Any questions?” to “What questions do you have for me?”

“Any questions?” might...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Dec 04, 2019. 1 comments

How to Tag People in an Email

How to Tag People in an Email

If you’re emailing multiple people at once, and you need different people to pay attention to different parts, you should tag each of them. Write “@name” for each person or team, and put their names in bold. Ideally, put all these requests in a list, so people can scan down the left for their name.

Coder Lazarus Lazaridis, in his list of five concrete techniques for writing better emails,...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Dec 04, 2019. 6 comments

Where to Get Free Cookies on National Cookie Day 2019

Where to Get Free Cookies on National Cookie Day 2019

Wednesday, December 4 is National Cookie Day, and companies are handing out free cookies to the public, which sounds like something a boomer says on Facebook. The following chains are offering free cookies with no purchase necessary.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: Free pizookie when you register for a rewards account.Cheryl’s: Free cookie.DoubleTree: Stop by the hotel for a free cookie (which...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Dec 03, 2019. 8 comments

How to Keep a Cat Off a Christmas Tree, According to Reddit

How to Keep a Cat Off a Christmas Tree, According to Reddit

Cats love Christmas trees. A lot of them love messing with the tree, even climbing it. They’ll knock off the ornaments, make needles fall, and even topple the tree. I looked through Reddit, where every user owns two hundred cats, digging through years of posts for the best advice on keeping cats from ruining Christmas trees or hurting themselves.

Buy or make a tree skirt

A store-bought tree...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Dec 02, 2019. 22 comments

You Should Know These Industry Secrets

You Should Know These Industry Secrets

Coder Myk Bilokonsky asked Twitter for things “that everyone in your field knows and nobody in your industry talks about because it would lead to general chaos.” The answers came from all over, and they range from life-altering to useless. Some are cold hard facts, some expert analyses, some are unfounded opinions. Here are the most interesting, shocking, and informative.

Myk’s own answer is...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Nov 27, 2019. 12 comments

Everything You Like Is Propaganda

Everything You Like Is Propaganda

A state-funded Russian propaganda agency is sowing discord in America through schmaltzy feel-good social media accounts, say researchers at Clemson University. These accounts, they claim, share clichéd “heartwarming” and “makes you think” content that sometimes goes viral. Then they slip in news that might be designed to “serve Russia’s interests in undermining Americans’ trust in our...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Nov 27, 2019. 8 comments

How to Read Medium Articles for Free

How to Read Medium Articles for Free

Medium, the blog platform/publisher that once wanted to revolutionize online media, has put its content behind a $5/month paywall. After a couple of free articles per month, you can’t read anything else without paying up. Unless you use Twitter.

Since February, Medium articles have been free when you visit them from Twitter. So if someone tweets a Medium piece or sends it in a direct message,...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Nov 26, 2019. 24 comments

Don't Text 'OK'

Don't Text 'OK'

If someone asks you a question online or over text, do not respond with “OK.” or “Yes.” You might use “sure” or “yep” without punctuation; you should probably add an exclamation mark. Otherwise you might sound passive aggressive, dismissive, or angry. There’s a good reason for this.

While I thought everyone knew this by now, at least one New York Times reader needed to be told. Advice...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Nov 26, 2019. 13 comments

The Difference Between a Reason and an Excuse

The Difference Between a Reason and an Excuse

“I can’t fucking stand people who don’t know the difference between a ‘reason’ and an ‘excuse,’” says redditor raspberrykoolaid, talking about those repugnant people who can’t sympathize with any problem they haven’t faced themselves, and think that everyone else is just offering excuses. You don’t want to be one of those people. But you also don’t want to be a sniveling disappointment. Your...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Nov 25, 2019. 6 comments

How to Inflate a Balloon

How to Inflate a Balloon

We all miss one or two life lessons. Some people, like Lifehacker reader

izzysanime , never learned how to blow up a balloon. It’s actually kind of tricky until you learn it! So we’ll teach you. What's the Most Basic-Ass Life Skill You Never Learned?

Twitter users recently admitted to the most basic things they never learned to do: blow up a…

Read more 1. Stretch it first

By blowing air into a...

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