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Welcome, Lifehackers, to our next Hacker Challenge! Each week, we issue a new challenge.
Lifehacker's been around for a few years, so every week we like to round up some of our favorite posts—new and old—on a particular topic. Here's a look back at our most popular top 10 lists of 2011. Top 10 Gaming Hacks and DIY Projects We love our games and consoles, but there's a big world that lies beyond the product you pull out of the box.
If you're like me, you like loud music...but your neighbors probably don't. Steve Guttenberg over at The Audiophiliac shares a few tips for isolating sound on the cheap. A truly soundproof room can cost thousands of dollars, and while you won't be able to keep all that noise out with the DIY method, you can certainly do a lot to help. One of the best things, Steve says, is using some weather-stripping foam tape on your doors:
Readers offer their best tips for getting rid of spare change, reminding yourself to do something with a timed playlist, and changing your Windows theme when you go on battery power. Don't like the gallery layout? Click here to view everything on one page. Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they're a bit too niche, maybe we couldn't find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn't fit it in—the tip didn't make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favorites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share?
This week we debunked a fistful of body myths, cracked (and secured) our Wi-Fi networks, learned a little about how to get the longest lifespan from our gadgets' batteries, and more. Here's a look back. 10 Stubborn Body Myths That Just Won't Die, Debunked by Science
Facebook's new, awesome Timeline feature is rolling out to everyone, and a few early adopters have discovered a neat trick where you cut your profile picture out from your cover photo, for a very cool picture-in-picture effect. Here's how to do it. There are two main methods to this trick: one for those that have Photoshop (which we found via our friends at Gizmodo ), and one for those that don't. Here's how they both work.
There's nothing inherently wrong with a product you buy off the shelf, but there's definitely something awesome about hacking it to make it better. This weekend, throw your warranties aside and bring something new to the things you already own. Hack Your Computers Your computers are prime targets for a few great upgrades. For starters, you can boost your speed by overclocking your processor .
Common sense (and your irrational compulsion to, you know, keep your job) says drinking at work—or working when you're groggy—are bad news. But as Wired's Jonah Lehrer points out, recent studies reveal that being sleeping and/or drunk is great for creativity . Here's why: When you're solving problems, your brain is built to shine a spotlight on what it considers relevant, ignoring ideas and connections that aren't likely solutions to your problem. This is a good thing, since without that focus your mind would be flooded with loads of irrelevant information when attempting to solve a simple task, and for what Lehrer calls standard analytic problems, that kind of focus is essential. When it comes to creative problem solving, however, your brain does better without that focus.
This impressive, large shelving unit with built-in desk is something you can make yourself out of plumbing pipes and pine planks for about $200. Morgan Satterfield of The Brick House offers step-by-step directions for creating this massive storage unit. The unit measures 8'8" by roughly 7'6" and 11 1/4" deep.
When should you use "who" or "whom"? "Which" or "that"? You don't need to be a grammar geek or a professional writer to want to know. This list of common grammar mistakes can help you strengthen your writing for work and in your personal correspondence.
Most cameraphones or point-and-shoots don't offer manual control, so you have to rely on the camera's sensors to determine the best combination of aperture, shutter speed, and focus. These sensors aren't the smartest things in the world, though, and if your picture doesn't turn out how you'd like—or if you're just going for something a little more artistic—it's possible to get the photo to turn out exactly as you want by "fooling" the camera. Here's how.
If your mouth feels like it catches fire when you taste even mildly hot foods, don't worry. These tolerance-building tips from Serious Eats may open up a world of new and vibrant flavors for even the biggest spice wimps (like myself). One technique to try is to substitute whole chiles instead of ground spices in recipes. Buy fresh whole chiles and de-seed them and remove the inner ribs, using gloves while doing so:
It's common that once we perfect a task with practice, we tend to stop trying at it. However, a new study from the University of Colorado Boulder suggests that even after learning a task, whether it's tennis or playing music, continued practice leads to more efficient behavior. We all know the mantra of "practice makes perfect," but chances are, once you've really nailed a task, you probably start to move onto new ones. For instance, if you get your backhand down in tennis, you'll move onto another skill. The authors of the study suspect that continued practice leads to both more efficient movements and thinking.
We talk about coffee a lot at Lifehacker, and most of us are pretty serious about making sure we get at least one cup in the morning. If you're serious about your morning brew—enough that you want to make sure it's on the way as soon as you wake in the morning (and you're a little on the lazy side), this DIY remote-operated coffee machine is the perfect hack for you. Yes, we realize that it's still drip coffee, and yes, we realize that you have to be pretty lazy to not just get up and walk over to the coffee machine and press a button, but Instructables user biochemtronics built this remote controlled coffee machine for his wife, whose machine broke, likes her coffee freshly brewed, and gets up at different times on different mornings, so a new machine with a timer wouldn't do.