A Beginner’s Guide to BitTorrent

From your geeky roommates who eat up your internet connection at all hours of the night to your luddite family members, nearly everyone knows what BitTorrent is nowadays. They might not be able to describe how it works, or even legal ways they can use it, but they know it exists. (If you’re a little geekier, you…

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A Beginner’s Guide to BitTorrent

From your geeky roommates who eat up your internet connection at all hours of the night to your luddite family members, nearly everyone knows what BitTorrent is nowadays. They might not be able to describe how it works, or even legal ways they can use it, but they know it exists. (If you’re a little geekier, you…

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How to Pick the Best Light Bulb for Every Room

The lighting in a room isn’t just part of the decor; it can affect everything from your sleep schedule to your brain power. So it’s understandable that you want your home, the place you presumably spend a big chunk of your life, to be lit nicely. But there are so many different options to choose from!

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How to Start Your Own Podcast

Podcasts are now firmly established parts of pop culture, and chances are you probably have a favorite (or seven) that help make your commute more bearable. And while every armchair broadcaster with a voice recorder app is eager to get in the game, creating a professional-sounding podcast isn’t as simple as it might…

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How to Decorate a Bookshelf with More than Just Books

Sure, bookshelves are for books. There is no denying that. My preferred look for a bookshelf in an office is the simplest design: all books from left to right, top to bottom. But bookshelves in living spaces can serve as both a functional space and a centerpiece of your home design.

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Imperfect Pasta is the Secret to Perfect Pasta Salad

Like other entries in the “carbs coated in mayo” category of side dishes, pasta salad is incredibly polarizing. When it’s good, I can’t stop eating it; when it’s bad, it’s inedible. I’ve found that the secret to really good pasta salad isn’t homemade mayo or a good jar of pickles—it’s really bad pasta. Specifically,…

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Imperfect Pasta is the Secret to Perfect Pasta Salad

Like other entries in the “carbs coated in mayo” category of side dishes, pasta salad is incredibly polarizing. When it’s good, I can’t stop eating it; when it’s bad, it’s inedible. I’ve found that the secret to really good pasta salad isn’t homemade mayo or a good jar of pickles—it’s really bad pasta. Specifically,…

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How Not to Email Customer Support

Nobody likes waiting on hold to talk to customer support, but for some reason, waiting for an email reply can be even more frustrating. Angrily smashing that “reply” button before you get a response might feel satisfying in the moment, but it actually decreases your chances of a timely resolution.

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How to Enable ‘Developer Options’ on Your New Galaxy S10

Samsung’s brand-new Galaxy S10 arrived Friday, and I have little doubt that many day-one buyers spent all weekend fiddling with a smartphone that “comes the closest to making all those dollars worth it,” as our colleagues at Gizmodo describe.

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Use Soap Before Water to Clean Greasy Hands

Everyone knows that the traditional hand washing procedure: get your hands nice and wet under running water, add some soap, and scrub away. Unfortunately, if your hands are coated with a thick layer of grease, the usual method might not cut it—but reversing it sure will.

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