This month we showed you the best times to buy anything, all year round, highlighted a better way to tie your shoes, discussed some problems with the Apple iPad, and a whole lot more. Here’s a quick look back.
- The Best Times to Buy Anything, All Year Round
You’re always hearing about off-season, post-peak times to save money on purchases and food, but it always arrives too late. We’ve compiled a timeline and lots of best-time-to-buy suggestions into one post to help you plan a more frugal 2010.
- The Problem with the Apple iPad
Yesterday, Steve Jobs worked his charm, attempting to wow the world with the Apple iPad, a new, super-slim computer he touted as the missing link between iPhones and laptops. It’s an undeniably beautiful device, but it also represents some serious problems.
- Five Best DVD-Ripping Tools
You pay good money for your DVDs, but they’re hardly the only format you need these days. These five ripping tools ensure you can back them up, keep them on your media server, and load them on your favorite portable player.
- Ditch the Granny Knot to Tie Your Shoes More Efficiently
The difference between shoes tied with a balanced, neat, and self-tightening knot versus those tied with an unbalanced, sloppy, and loose knot, is all in how you make your first loop.
- Pack a Gun to Protect Valuables from Airline Theft or Loss
If you don’t like your bags being out of your sight and it makes you uncomfortable to think that airline workers are rifling through your stuff, you can take advantage of the TSA’s own security rules by-eek-packing a gun.
- How to Put Your PC to Good Use While You’re Sleeping
The great part about your computer is that—unlike you—it doesn’t require any sleep. Take advantage of your PC’s insomnia by automating time- and processor-intensive tasks while you’re counting sheep.
- Your Passwords Aren’t As Secure As You Think; Here’s How to Fix That
If you allow applications to save your passwords, anyone with physical access to your PC can decode them unless you’re properly encrypting them—and chances are pretty good you’re not.
- Five Best Email Clients
Email as a technology has been around for decades, and thanks to wide spread adoption and popularity, it isn’t in danger of disappearing. Check out the five most popular email clients to help you wrangle your email.
- Browser Speed Tests: Firefox 3.6, Chrome 4, Opera 10.5, and Extensions
Firefox 3.6 is out, Chrome’s stable version got a big upgrade, and Opera 10.5 is inching toward release. It’s a great time for us to break out the timer, process manager, and code tracker for some up-to-date browser speed tests.