Articles on Life Hacks

Defining Success: If You Don't Know What You Want, You Won't Know When You've Gotten It

When it comes to your life, what do you want? If you can't answer this question, you won't ever know when you've been successful.

Tactics for avoiding the thumbprint-for-cash request

Does providing a thumbprint or fingerprint to cash an honestly-received check make you feel like a criminal? The practice adopted by many U.S. banks to protect itself and its custo

Private foundations for ordinary folks

There are a lot of advantages to having a private foundation to use as the vehicle for your charitable giving. Sadly, the tax laws make setting up a private foundation impractical

What Is Your Best Productivity Advice?

I've found that the most effective productivity trick is simply to get enough sleep. I know it took me a long time to get out of that college mentality of sleeping late, taking nap

Beating corporate America at its own game

For almost a month now, I've been having some problems with the usually-reliable I love Amazon. I always have. That's why I decided to buy my living room lamps there,

The Student Who Created a PR Nightmare Via Wikipedia

Virgil Griffith created a program called Wikipedia Scanner that lets you know who has been editing articles on Wikipedia and what they've been removing.

The $25 gadget that keeps my home and family safe.

How much would you pay to sleep soundly at night, knowing your home is secure and your family is much safer? Well, I'd pay anything to be honest. But after my lockbumping post back

Share your brilliant burst (or dashed dream) as a consumer advocate

Ever protested an unfair retail policy, pointed out that an advertisement is misleading, organized a boycott, or somehow advocated for yourself or another consumer? Whether you won

How to Erase Your Medical Debt

As most of you know, the cost of healthcare in the United States is outrageous! (Sicko, anyone?) For those lucky enough to have good medical insurance, an illness or an injury does not become a financial burden. [more]

Almost 2000 uses for a can of WD-40

My dad always sang the praises of WD-40. "It's not just for a squeaky hinge or a rusty bolt" he'd say. Alas, my memory is not all that sharp and I couldn't quite remember how

Your cell phone number is no longer unlisted

My cell phone is my only phone, which saves me quite a bit of money every month. Telemarketers don't have the number. Which is good, because I hate wasting airtime telling telemarketers what they can do to themselves. [more]

Tricks of the trade: Share an insider's tip about your profession!

Have an insider tip you normally don't tell the public about? Here is your chance to share the tricks of your trade. Whether you have a friendly tip or a soylent-green kind of

How to be charming

What makes someone charming? Is it their bearing, their countenance? Is it their sparkling conversation? Their dazzling personality and razor-sharp wit? You might be surprised to know that it's really none of the above. [more]

Mind Control Guru Can Pay With Blank Sheets of Paper

Using the power of your own mind against you is quite a scam and requires little to no set up, no partners, and no real props. See how Derren Brown does it.

Laws the Leg-Breakers Don’t Want You to Know About

Gone are the days when debt collectors only hassled the lazy, financially inept, or the completely downtrodden and hopelessly unlucky. [more]

My favorite electronic gadget hacks.

As many of you may have guessed, I'm a Metacafe junkie. I love that place. It's a great resource for those "how to" videos that make life easier, cheaper and quite often, more fun. [more]

High tech for mass transit

The local bus company where I live has started providing a bunch of high-tech aids to riders. The coolest one is sophisticated trip planning. In a web browser, enter your starting point, desired destination, and departure time. [more]

Quickly Remove Scratches From CDs and DVDs

Here are the results of my exploration to remove scratches from my CDs and DVDs, complete with my own experience with each remedy.

Frugal travel with Esperanto

Travel presents the classic conundrum: If you have the money you don't have the time, and if you have the time you don't have the money. You can travel on the cheap if you have friends or relatives that you can stay with. [more]

Money-saving travel hacks from your own home

Your flight is leaving in less than an hour. Your bag is less than packed. And you're less than thrilled about the day's developments. But, you can still look like you planned ahead, thanks to a few household items in your kitchen. [more]