How Long Will My Hard Drives Really Last?

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I know hard drives can fail, but how long do they really last? Will they last longer if I don’t use them as often? » 4/27/15 10:00am Yesterday 10:00am

Glass Planner Puts Your To-Dos and Calendar Into One GTD-Powered App

iOS: Glass Planner is a free hybrid calendar and to-do app that makes sure all of your to-dos show up right when you need them to, and you never miss an alert when you have an event or a to-do. You get an agenda-like view of all of your to-dos and appointments, and adding or arranging new items is quick and easy. » 4/27/15 4:30am Yesterday 4:30am

Five Best Everyday Carry Knives

A trusty knife is indispensable. Whether you just use it to open boxes and packages, trim or strip cable, cut rope for camping or any outdoors activity, or just like having one in case you need one, you have tons of options. This week we’re looking at five great options, based on your nominations. » 4/26/15 8:00am Sunday 8:00am

This DIY Monitor Stand and Built-In USB Hub Is Cheap and Easy to Build

One trip to IKEA (and maybe an Amazon order for the USB hub) and this monitor stand can live on your desk, charging your devices, offering easy to reach USB ports, and making your display just a little more ergonomic all at the same time. Here’s what you’ll need to build it. » 4/25/15 12:00pm Saturday 12:00pm

I know I said it several times in the post, but we got hundreds - seriously, hundreds - of nominations for this, and it was great to see. Clearly many of you are into this, and have tons of opinions on what makes a good EDC knife and what doesn’t, and which ones are the best ones to buy. » 4/24/15 4:02pm Friday 4:02pm

How to Combine Multiple Internet Connections Into One Super Fast Pipe

You may not realize it, but you probably use multiple internet connections every day: your home network, your phone, and even hotspots and other devices. The downside: you can usually only use one at a time. Imagine if you could combine them all into one huge pipe that delivers faster downloads, smooth streaming,… » 4/22/15 8:30am Wednesday 8:30am

Most Popular Ebook Reader: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Which ereader delivers the best reading experience, access to books, and bang for the buck isn’t a simple question. Last week we asked you for your favorites, then looked at the five best ebook readers. Now we’re back to tally up the votes and crown your favorite. » 4/21/15 2:30pm 4/21/15 2:30pm

Don't Buy Expensive Knife Sets: These Four Knives Are All You Need

It can be tempting to buy a knife block, or buy a set for a friend who’s into cooking as a housewarming gift. Don’t do it. The money you spend on a knife set packed with subpar knives could be used to buy fewer excellent knives that will last a lifetime. Here’s why you should steer clear, and what you—or your… » 4/20/15 10:00am 4/20/15 10:00am

GoConqr Lets You Study, Save, and Share Notes, Flash Cards, and More

Web/Android/iOS: GoConqr gives students and teachers a place to upload and organize class notes, flash cards, mind maps, quizzes, and more. Whether you’re a student using it to learn or a teacher using it to distribute materials to a class, there are tools to help you find what you want to know. » 4/20/15 4:30am 4/20/15 4:30am

Five Best Ebook Readers

If you like taking your books on the go, you’ve never had more options. The best ereaders are slim, have batteries that last for weeks, and come in both e-ink and color varieties, have multiple screen sizes to suit you, and come at different price points. Let’s look at five of the bes, based on your nominations. » 4/19/15 8:00am 4/19/15 8:00am

Use Leftover Ramen Seasoning in Eggs for a Flavorful, Fluffy Omelette

Making ramen with your own seasonings lets you ramp up an instant product to tasty heights, but if it leaves you with seasoning packets with no obvious use. Chef David Chang has a great application in this video: The ramlet—a properly prepared French omelette, seasoned with ramen packets. » 4/19/15 7:00am 4/19/15 7:00am

Stop Searching for the Barcode to Get Through Self-Checkout Faster

The self checkout at the grocery store is amazing, and if you want to speed up your self-scanning game, here’s a tip: Stop looking for the barcode, just swipe it. If you get good at it, you can walk out with a cart of groceries in less time than it would take a checker to scan and bag them for you. » 4/18/15 12:00pm 4/18/15 12:00pm