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Create Font Based on Your Handwriting

Create font based on your very own handwriting. Just a few years ago, creating a font took months of work by a graphic designer. Today, you can create a font based on your own handwriting, the easy way. High tech meets low tech at a website that will walk you through the […]

Get Emojis on Your Laptop

Get emojis the simple way on your laptop or desktop–whether you use a Mac or PC. From the folks at Pocket-Lint.com, here are the shortcuts you need: “For Mac: Press control+command+spacebar to get the emoji menu. For PC: Windows 7 users can paste emoji from getemoji.com, while Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users […]

Smartphone Shortcuts for Happy Texting

Smartphone shortcuts make life easier every day–hence, the term “happy texting.” When you are texting and get to the end of a sentence, you don’t have to click for a period, then make a space and then capitalize the beginning of the next word. (Phew! It’s tiring just thinking about it.) […]

Desk Organizing with Low-tech Fun

Desk organizing at work doesn’t have to be boring. Update your high-tech work area with a low-tech favorite: Legos bring a bit of vintage fun to your workspace. First, attach a long Lego piece to the side of your desk (make it the same side where your laptop charges). You can attach […]

Use Pantyhose to Make a Lens Filter

Use pantyhose to create a lens filter for your iPhone or Smartphone camera. For a soft, hazy look, use a regular pair of pantyhose; wrap it around your phone, making sure to cover the photo lens. You can use a lighter shade for a softer look. In fact, stockings come […]

Tinted Sunglasses Make a Great Lens Filter

Tinted sunglasses make you look cool, and can do the same thing for your photographs. When the sun is particularly bright, photos can look washed out and over-exposed. Professional photographers carry lens filters with them for just this type of situation. Now you can make your own DIY lens filter […]

DIY Tripod for Your iPhone or Smartphone

A DIY tripod for your phone is simple to make. All you need is a little cardboard and a pair of scissors. Cut and shape the cardboard, as shown here. (The tripod should stand on its own securely before you put your phone in it.) Now you can take pictures […]

DIY Lens Filters in a Rainbow of Colors

DIY lens filters are so easy to make you might not buy a professional lens filter ever again. Start with some transparent folders that your kid brother has in his backpack. Cut a small circle from each color. Use a hole puncher and punch a hole near the edge of […]

Get WiFi Passwords on Foursquare

Get Wifi passwords the easy way while you’re traveling (or in your own home city!). People often post where they are, what they’re doing, and even the passwords that are helping them do it. The next time you visit a café in a foreign country, or a distant city, or […]

Battery Hack When You’re in a Pinch

A battery hack for anyone and it’s so simple that you’ll be glad you read this. Let’s say you need a double A (AA) battery and you don’t have time to run to the store… because it’s right in the middle of your child’s birthday party, or you need to take […]

A Pen Spring Will Protect Your Charger Cords

A pen spring is that little spring inside a ball-point pen–you may remember them from grade school, when they were often used to make tiny rocket launchers. Wrap two springs around a charger cord: one at the end that plugs into the outlet, and the other at the end that plugs into […]

Organize Your Cords with Binder Clips

Most of us have a lot of cords hanging around: power cords, USB cables and charger cords, to name a few. If you’re tired of sorting through all the cords on your desk every time you need to use just one of them, try this simple hack to organize your cords: […]

DIY iPhone Speakers Using a Toilet Paper Roll

When you’re on the go (yes, that pun was intended!) and you need a super-simple speaker for your iPhone, try this hack that’s about as cheap and easy as it gets: make a speaker from a toilet paper roll! You’ll need an empty roll. Use a knife to make a […]

For Travel Peace of Mind: Scan Your Docs

Before you travel, scan or photograph each of your important travel documents–your tickets, itinerary and of course your passport. That way, if you… lose your passport, drop your tickets while you’re in line or use the back of your itinerary to make a shopping list, you’ll still have an image of each. […]

Save Some Money, with Honey

Save some money at the holidays and all year around. One of the all-time great hacks–in terms of saving time–is online shopping. What did we even do before we could log in, compare prices, buy, and ship the perfect gift? Today, you can shop the world from your laptop (or […]

Organize Small Cords with Used Gift Cards

Organize small cords the easy way: wrap them around used gift cards. Gift cards are sturdy and sleek, perfect for keeping the cords from tangling into a huge mess. Do you have a lot of small cords—one for your headphones, another to charge your phone, and one to charge your vape […]

Where Did You Park? Hint: It’s on Google Maps

Where did you park? And who took your car? When you walk out of a business meeting, or leave a restaurant after a great meal with friends, the last thing you want to do is spend an hour looking for your car. You may wonder, “Did it get towed?” “Was […]

A Can Opener Opens Plastic Packaging

A can opener is all you need to open hard plastic packaging… So frustrating! You’ve brought home the latest gadget and you really want to use it, but the hard plastic packaging it came in will not cooperate. Scissors don’t work well and knives are dangerous and can easily slip, […]

Cell Phone Hack that’s Simple and Free

A cell phone hack that allows low-tech to meet high-tech: when you want to amplify the sound coming from your mobile phone (and don’t have that little speaker ball handy), just set the phone in a ceramic bowl. Simply grab a bowl from your kitchen cabinet, but make sure it’s ceramic, […]

A Clean Keyboard Via a Sticky Note

A clean keyboard is a thing of beauty. It also prevents your keys from sticking. When little tiny crumbs, specks of dirt, and dust get suck between the keys on your keyboard, you can try one of those very cold cans of… what is in those cans, anyway? There’s an easier […]

Fix DVD Scratches with Car Wax

Fix DVD scratches the simple way, with car wax. Don’t throw away that scratched DVD (or CD or Wii disk) just because of a few scratches! You can use car wax to fill in scratches and make your disc playable once again. First, clean the disk in warm water and […]

Sort Power Cords the Easy Way

Sort power cords without buying a single new organization tool. Everything you need is there right now: take a look at the top of your loaf of bread. That plastic tag that you probably throw away every week is the perfect size to wrap around each and every cord that […]

Charge Your Phone Quickly with this Hack

Charge your phone the quick and easy way. It seems that phone batteries get low at the worst possible times. Charging can take a while, depending on the type of phone you have and the apps running on it. What to do? Convince your phone that it’s going on vacation […]

Elevator Button Hack that Really Works

Elevator button mischief has been happening as long as there have been elevators and kids (and that guy from accounting who thinks it’s funny to slow you down). It seems like this happens only when you’re running late: you step into an elevator and see that someone has pushed every button. […]

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DIY Vacuum Extension with a Paper Towel Tube

A DIY vacuum extension can come in handy when the parts that came with your vacuum just aren’t doing the trick. Let’s say you want to reach all the way under your couch or bed, or behind the t.v., without having to move the furniture around. You can make your vacuum […]

Keep Earrings Together with a Button

Keep earrings together when you travel, so you won’t have to rifle through your bag when you’re getting ready for a big event. It’s easy: just use a simple button. Insert each earring through a buttonhole and attach the back. If the earrings are “French wire” style (with no back), […]

Pack Half in Your Luggage, Half in Your Partner’s

Pack half of what you’re bringing on vacation in your luggage, and the other half in the luggage of your travel partner. And, your partner should do the same: half of his stuff in his bag, half in yours. That way, if one bag gets lost or delayed, it won’t […]

Keep Ice Cream Soft and Ready to Eat

Keep ice cream soft and ready for the whole family to enjoy with one simple trick: a freezer bag. No one likes to wait for ice cream to soften–especially kids! When you bring your favorite frozen confection home from the store, put it in a Ziploc bag before you put it […]

Keep Basil Fresh the Simple Way

Keep basil fresh for up to a week with a simple cup of water. This method is similar to keeping a bouquet of cut flowers fresh. First, trim the stems of the basil with a sharp knife. Then, place the bunch into a glass of water. Cover with a plastic […]

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Desk Organizing with Low-tech Fun

Desk organizing at work doesn’t have to be boring. Update your high-tech work area with a low-tech favorite: Legos bring a bit of vintage fun to your workspace. First, attach a long Lego piece to the side of your desk (make it the same side where your laptop charges). You can attach […]

DIY Lens Filters in a Rainbow of Colors

DIY lens filters are so easy to make you might not buy a professional lens filter ever again. Start with some transparent folders that your kid brother has in his backpack. Cut a small circle from each color. Use a hole puncher and punch a hole near the edge of […]

Use Pantyhose to Make a Lens Filter

Use pantyhose to create a lens filter for your iPhone or Smartphone camera. For a soft, hazy look, use a regular pair of pantyhose; wrap it around your phone, making sure to cover the photo lens. You can use a lighter shade for a softer look. In fact, stockings come […]

Create Font Based on Your Handwriting

Create font based on your very own handwriting. Just a few years ago, creating a font took months of work by a graphic designer. Today, you can create a font based on your own handwriting, the easy way. High tech meets low tech at a website that will walk you through the […]

DIY Tripod for Your iPhone or Smartphone

A DIY tripod for your phone is simple to make. All you need is a little cardboard and a pair of scissors. Cut and shape the cardboard, as shown here. (The tripod should stand on its own securely before you put your phone in it.) Now you can take pictures […]

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Fix DVD Scratches with Car Wax

Fix DVD scratches the simple way, with car wax. Don’t throw away that scratched DVD (or CD or Wii disk) just because of a few scratches! You can use car wax to fill in scratches and make your disc playable once again. First, clean the disk in warm water and […]

Battery Hack When You’re in a Pinch

A battery hack for anyone and it’s so simple that you’ll be glad you read this. Let’s say you need a double A (AA) battery and you don’t have time to run to the store… because it’s right in the middle of your child’s birthday party, or you need to take […]

A Can Opener Opens Plastic Packaging

A can opener is all you need to open hard plastic packaging… So frustrating! You’ve brought home the latest gadget and you really want to use it, but the hard plastic packaging it came in will not cooperate. Scissors don’t work well and knives are dangerous and can easily slip, […]

Get WiFi Passwords on Foursquare

Get Wifi passwords the easy way while you’re traveling (or in your own home city!). People often post where they are, what they’re doing, and even the passwords that are helping them do it. The next time you visit a café in a foreign country, or a distant city, or […]

A Pen Spring Will Protect Your Charger Cords

A pen spring is that little spring inside a ball-point pen–you may remember them from grade school, when they were often used to make tiny rocket launchers. Wrap two springs around a charger cord: one at the end that plugs into the outlet, and the other at the end that plugs into […]