Build A DIY Sliding Door Bookshelf To Hide Your Secret Lair

I don’t know about you, but I will never outgrow my child-like desire to have secret passages and hidden rooms in my house. This sliding door bookshelf may be one of the most clever and least destructive ways to accomplish this we’ve seen yet.

Turn Brown Paper Into A Realistic-Looking Faux Wood Floor

Look at this gorgeous wood plank floor. Except, wait. The floor is actually made from brown paper.

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Ask LH: Does My Home Media Centre Need A Separate Network?

Hey Lifehacker, I’m considering using a iPad mini as a dedicated media ‘hub’, using Airplay to send Plex, YouTube and other content to a gen 3 Apple TV. Currently I’m using an Airport Extreme for Wi-Fi, along with a separate NetComm modem for internet connectivity. Is there any advantage to creating a second dedicated Wi-Fi network just for my media needs, or can I stay with the one network?

Briefly: Game of Thrones Meets Amazon, goCatch Two-Up Discount

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including Amazon Prime’s HBO shenanigans and a goCatch ANZAC discount.

Dealhacker: iTunes, PlayStation Network and Skype Cards On Sale

With another long weekend looming it’s a good time to kick back and enjoy a new movie or some new music. Fortunately, there are lots of gift cards on sale this week so that you can get your hands on some discounted tunes or movies -– and even some cheap calls to loved ones.

Blood Alcohol Finder Estimates Your BAC Over Time Based On Your Drinks

Android: It’s not easy to gauge your blood alcohol content without a breathalyser. Blood Alcohol Finder for Android helps you get in the ballpark by estimating your BAC levels based on your size, gender and amount you’ve been drinking over time.

Scanbot Scans And Uploads Multipage PDFs Directly To The Cloud

Android: In the future, paper (much like running) will only exist for recreation, for fun. In the meantime, we still have to deal with annoying contracts, memos and receipts. All of which can be scanned instantly and uploaded directly to Dropbox, Evernote and more with Scanbot, previously available for iOS but now on Android as well.

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Synchronise Your iTunes Library With Spotify With A Click

Spotify recently introduced a new “My Music” section that allows you to save albums and tracks you find in Spotify to your own personal library. That’s great, but if you want to mesh that library with your local files, you need to do that manually.

Archived Data: Lessons Learned from NASA

With the amount of data we store increasing at an exponential rate, many of us turn to archiving technologies as a way of protecting the most important information. I have a pile of CDs and DVDs with photos on them but none of my computers have an optical drive. NASA found itself in the same situation.

Schedule A Recurring Appointment With Yourself To Assess Your Finances

Few among us actually enjoy dealing with the paperwork and self-assessment involved in managing our money. Finance blog Five Cent Nickel suggests treating your money like you would the doctor or dentist: keep a recurring appointment with yourself.