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How to kill off Chrome RAM hogs: Crash-proofing tips
May 22, 2015 | 4:52 am

chrome ram hogs pac-man imageGoogle’s Chrome browser these days can be the Pac-Man of apps---with an insatiable appetite for RAM. Talk all you want about e-books in browsers and other goodies. But what about the basics? My Chrome was crashing constantly, and even a Google support staffer hadn’t a complete solution for my HP Pavilion---overwhelmed despite 8GB of RAM. I’d vaguely heard of the Great Suspender, a Chrome plug-in which tidies things up a bit by dumping tabs that you have not used in X amount of time (yes, you can adjust that value). And there is also OneTab to help you manage in a...

Humble Bundle releases Android App
August 15, 2014 | 1:50 pm

Humble BundleFrom the fine folks at Lifehacker comes this intriguing news (Humble Bundle Releases Android App): the Humble Bundle people have just updated their Android app to allow downloads right from inside. As the article explains, the app used to allow only game downloads. Now, you can download music, books and audiobooks too and send them to an app like Play Books for use and enjoyment. Very slick, Humble Bundle. Now, where is the iOS app?...

What is your summer manifesto?
June 24, 2014 | 10:23 am

summer manifestoOur friends at Lifehacker suggest that summer is the perfect time to get some special things done, and they further suggest that, on the cusp of this fine season, we all sit down and make a list of some things we want to accomplish. The sample list they provide runs the gamut---eat more vegetables, be active, spend more time outdoors and so on, all the way up to reading great books and challenging yourself with intellectual pursuits. As a teacher, I am blessed to have a less structured summer, but that doesn't mean I plan to stay idle and not earn...

How much money is learning a foreign language worth?
March 25, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Lifehacker recently highlighted some data from The Economist detailing the return on investment in learning a foreign language: how much more will you earn, over your lifetime, if you make your language skills a factor in your employability? The article assumes a starting salary of $45,000 with a 2% bump for the language skills and an annual 1% raise, which I suppose is possible although I've never seen it. Anecdotally, I do use a second language in my work---I teach French as a Second Language. But knowing the French is a pre-condition of the job. I don't think I get paid...

What’s the real secret to reading a lot of books?
June 22, 2013 | 2:10 pm

readingIt's nice to see an article on Lifehacker about reading. But the article's author, Dan Shipper, struck me as a person who is massively over-thinking it. His strategy for 'reading a lot of great books' involved no fewer than three pieces of software, and almost as much time spent on book-keeping as on the reading itself. Shipper identifies the 'obstacles' of reading as follows: • Keeping track of the books you want to read • Refining the list down to ones you’re going to read in the near feature • Actually reading them  Retaining the important parts He then proceeds to list a variety of software tools he uses...

Are Phones Good Productivity Tools?
May 1, 2013 | 10:15 am

productivityThorin Klosowski poses an interesting question over at Lifehacker: Are phones good productivity tools? Klosowski argues that, for almost every productivity task he needs to accomplish, there is a desktop or tablet app that will do it quicker and more efficiently than his phone. "None of this is to say that I don't appreciate a smartphone for what it is," he hastily reassures us. "I still take pictures all the time, I listen to podcasts, dink around on Twitter, and look up oddball questions in the browser. But none of those things are actually productive." I suppose that for me, it all comes...

Why We Pirate, and Why We Don’t
March 15, 2013 | 1:05 pm

pirateOne of the anti-DRM arguments people often make is that if you make it easy enough for people to buy content legitimately, they won't need to pirate anymore. Here is a case study in favor of that argument: Thorin Kiosowski over at Lifehacker has a great essay up about why he stopped pirating media and started paying for it legitimately. Kiosowski begins by explaining why he pirated to begin with, namely that at the time, 'legit' digital media was confusing, expensive and failed to provide a good experience. He then lists three things that changed his mind:  He stopped feeling the need to own...