Life Hacks – Spoken Edition show

Life Hacks – Spoken Edition

Summary: Daily weblog on software and personal productivity recommends downloads, web sites and shortcuts that help you work smarter and save time. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at


 Quitting Your Job Doesn't Mean You're Too Weak to Handle It | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 137

Some of the worst jobs you’ll ever work will try to tell you that “You’ve gotta be tough to work here!” They’ll make you think you’re too weak if you feel like you have to quit for your mental health. This is very rarely true. The Misconceptions About Mental Illness We Need to Unlearn The Misconceptions About Mental Illness We Need to Unlearn The Misconceptions About Mental Illness We Need… Mental illness isn’t like a sinus infection.

 Turn On Notifications In Google Opinion Rewards to Never Miss Free Money | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 93

If you’re not using Google Opinion Rewards, you should check it out. It’s a quick way to get free money for answering a few questions. If you do have it, turn on this setting so you’ll always get notified when there’s a new survey. Google Opinion Rewards does a decent job of letting you know that there’s a new survey available, but sometimes it’s easy to miss the notifications. Since the surveys expire, if you miss it, then that’s money down the drain.

 Turn Empty Liquor Bottles Into Beautiful Oil Lamps | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 91

I don’t know about you, but I am loathe to throw away my empty liquor bottles. They’re just so pretty, and tossing them in the recycling bin makes my heart sad. Luckily, Food52 has a brilliant use for your empties: turn them into oil lamps. Honestly, this tip couldn’t be more appropriately timed. Valentine’s day is rapidly approaching, and I can think of few light sources that are sexier than an oil lamp made from pretty amaro bottle.

 Researchers Issue Security Warnings About Several Popular Android VPN Apps | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 163

A study by researchers from Data61/CSIRO, UC Berkeley, UNSW Sydney, and UCSI finds that several popular VPN services on Android open up a variety of security holes, including injecting JavaScript for ads and tracking services, traffic redirection to commerce sites, and more. VPNs are useful for encrypting your web traffic or getting around regional restrictions. Most of these VPN services require a subscription, but many also offer free options.

 How Often You Should Clean the Most Commonly Neglected Parts of Your Home | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 692

You probably do the basic stuff when you clean your home, like wiping down counters and washing sheets, but some things undoubtedly get forgotten. This visual guide can help you establish a regular cleaning schedule for the stuff that tends to fall by the wayside. The guide, from housewares provider Moshells, shows you the parts of a home that often go neglected, and how often you should actually give them some attention.

 Prep These Make-Ahead Breakfast Bowls for Faster, Easier Mornings | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 95

Breakfasts that you can make ahead of time in bulk, like burritos or mini omelets, give you a quick, filling breakfast for any morning. Breakfast bowls are another make-ahead option that also offers tons of variety. Here are the four things to keep in mind for better breakfast bowls. It may seem like a lot of prep work, but the beauty of breakfast bowls is that they’re easy to make in batches, simple to assemble and transport, and they’re filling.

 Test Sleeping Pills at Home, Where You're Safe, Before Your Next Flight | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 61

Light sedatives are one way to make flying easier if you have travel anxiety, are switching time zones, or just want to beat jet lag at its own game, but you should try them out at home before you hop on the plane. Here’s why. Sedatives—whether they’re over the counter or prescription sleep aids, all come with the unfortunate side effect of light nausea on some people, and you don’t want that to be you.

 The First Builds of Lineage OS, CyanogenMod's Successor, Are Now Live | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 87

While CyanogenMod, the most popular custom ROM for Android, may be dead, its spirit lives on in Lineage OS. Now, the first builds of that ROM are available for the Nexus 6P, 5X, and a few other devices. CyanogenMod Is Dead, and Its Successor is Lineage OS CyanogenMod Is Dead, and Its Successor is Lineage OS CyanogenMod Is Dead, and Its Successor is Lineage… CyanogenMod was the biggest, most widely used custom Android ROM.

 RansomFree Proactively Protects Your Computer Against Ransomware Attacks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 106

Windows: RansomFree is a new tool that promises to stop ransomware attacks before they can get busy encrypting all of your data. Instead of watching specific processes or trying to use signatures to identify ransomware, it observes the behavior of running processes instead, warning you when something’s up.

 Three Common Misconceptions About Histograms in Photography | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 94

If you’re a relatively experienced photographer you probably have a basic understanding of your camera’s histogram, the graph that acts as a visualization of the light in a scene. But it’s commonly misunderstood and often misused. Basically, the histogram represents all the light in a scene, with the left side of the graph reflecting shadows and the right side showing highlights (with midtones in the middle).

 Steam Quietly Adds the Ability to Move Game Install Folders | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 73

While you’ve been able to change the default install folder in Steam for a while, moving games you’ve already installed has been a pain. Valve seems ready to fix that with a new feature that lets you move games with a couple clicks. The new feature is reportedly showing up for several users in the latest Steam client update, though I was unable to confirm on my own account. This may be a quiet rollout that Steam is testing.

 Roll Your Own, Self-Hosted Image Gallery with Chevereto | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 141

For many people, Google Photos, Flickr, and other cloud-based image hosting services are perfect for backing up photos, sharing them, and organizing them into galleries. If you’d rather use a self-hosted solution you control, or maybe use one in addition to those cloud services, Chevereto is worth a look. Five Best Image Hosting Web Sites Five Best Image Hosting Web Sites Five Best Image Hosting Web Sites Taking photos and uploading them to the web has never been easier.

 Use the Obviousness Test to Spot Garbage Science News | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 118

News based on bad science is everywhere, but you don’t have time to verify every single claim about wine’s weird properties or a new, suspicious way to lose weight. To quickly filter the garbage, ask how obvious the test’s conclusions are. As astrophysicist Michael J. I. Brown explains, if a study’s conclusions are so obvious that someone must’ve thought of it before, then they probably did.

 This Map Guides You to Great Photography Hotspots Around the World | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 101

From overseas tourist destinations to your own neighborhood, there are beautiful spots to photograph all over the world. This interactive map shows you where people are taking pictures worldwide.

 The Google Assistant Commands that Work on Google Home, Pixel, and Allo | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 237

Google Assistant is a powerful tool, but it doesn’t work the same way the Pixel that it does on Google Home, and both are different from the Android phone you already have. We’ve put together a chart to help clear up what each devices can do. Google Assistant is the new name for the personalized voice assistant running on new phones like Google’s Pixels, Google Home, and as a chatbot inside Google’s new messaging app Allo.


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