Lots of people have a little booze before bed to help them get to sleep — but while a night cap may help in the dozing-off department, too much alcohol can actually do a number on the overall quality of your shuteye. Let's take a look at some of the important differences between drunk sleep and sober sleep, including why it's so damn hard to sleep in after a tipple-tastic night on the town.
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When he's not blowing things up, making models, or otherwise holding the job you wish you had, Adam Savage is serious about personal projects. We chatted with him about MythBusters, managing time, and other geeky stuff. Photo by ensceptico.
Google search has been on a roll lately, and today brings yet another addition—an "options" panel that switches your results to reviews, forum posts, recent items and a timeline, and even a nifty "Wonder Wheel."
Firefox only (Windows/Mac/Linux): Close'n Forget, one of the runners-up for Mozilla's Best Firefox 3 Extensions, has updated to, well, actually work more often, erasing any site's cookie/history/AwesomeBar evidence from Firefox with one button click. We've never featured Close'n Forget as its own download 'round these parts, but, then again, back when it made an appearance in the awards round-up, a handful of commenters were saying it just wouldn't close a tab, or wasn't offering enough customisation. A few bug fixes and updates later, and Close'n Forget seems to really do its intended work. After installing, right-click your toolbar and hit "Customize" to add its tiny X icon to your button array, or right-click any page to get a "Close and erase cookies for current site" option. If you want to go deeper than just that page's cookies, check out Close'n Forgets privacy-plus options:
Windows/Mac/Linux: Vuze—one of the most popular BitTorrent clients around—has just added a killer feature that allows you to easily transcode any download so its playable on your iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, PS3, and Xbox 360. We've always been partial to uTorrent for its light footprint—and a little hard on Vuze for its relative bloat—but this update in Vuze is seriously cool, especially for people looking to watch their downloaded videos somewhere other than their desktop. Once a file is downloaded, you can simply drag and drop the download to the device you want to play it on. Smart and simple.Vuze
It's probably the most important and debated piece of software on the modern computer. See how your fellow readers get around the net in this week's Hive Five. Picture background created with WEB2DNA Art Project.
Microsoft made a few quiet but great changes to its kid-proofing SteadyState tool for Windows 7, changing the name to Guest Mode and trimming it into a dead-simple way to protect your PC from anyone's error-prone fingers.
Microsoft recently announced POP3 support for all Hotmail users, finally freeing your email to be used anywhere—even from the vastly superior Gmail. Over at the How-To Geek site (my other home), the Mysticgeek blog walks through the process of setting up Hotmail access using Gmail's POP3 checking capability—including sending email using your Hotmail email address directly from Gmail. The setup process is fairly simple and nothing to new to most Lifehacker readers, but it's a great guide to send to your less tech-savvy friends and relatives to help them consolidate their email into a single inbox. Hit the link for the full walk-through, then check out how to use Gmail's multiple inboxes to manage multiple addresses, or you can always just use Gmail's email switching tools.How to Send and Receive Hotmail from Your Gmail Account
Given the amount of publicity it has received, it's mildly disconcerting to realise that there are only three airlines (Qantas, Singapore and Emirates) actually letting the general public fly on the Airbus A380. If you want to test out the mega-plane, you'll need this list of flights which offer A380 service.
Some people were born to haggle, negotiate, cajole, whatever you call it. The rest of us need some guidance. Here are 10 great negotiating tactics to use next time you want to get more for less. Photo by maveric2003.
Naked DSL — a broadband connection via a phone line but without paying a line rental fee for the associated voice service — is an increasingly popular strategy for saving money on communications costs. Going naked can help cut down your monthly bills, but before taking the plunge there are some key issues you'll need to consider.
Now that you can export and import email filters with Gmail, we've decided to compile some of our favourite filters for organizing your inbox into a single, handy download. Come and get it!
Windows only: The built-in tool for dealing with unknown file types in Windows simply doesn't work. Openwith.org does, and it points you, or your less free-software-savvy friends, to downloads that fit the bill. If you've ever received an urgent email reply (or phone call, or text message) from a parent, friend, co-worker, or anyone else who needs "HELP!" because "this file won't open when I double-click!"—you've turned to the right download. Openwith.org installs an option on the right-click menu for files without an icon and associated program, reading "Openwith.org - How do I open this?" Choose that option, and the Openwith app launches, showing a brief file type description at the top and offering links to download free applications to handle that file. If one is already installed on the system, but maybe not the default handler, Openwith.org knows that and offers to open the file with it.
Ever written out detailed schematics so visiting friends or family members could operate your home theatre setup? It's annoying, right? Web site Designing Interactions highlights an incredibly simple but surprisingly workable solution.
It's a bit silly and, you know, ugly, but the simplicity and effectiveness is undoubtedly a win. Just grab a piece of paper, cut a few holes where necessary, label, and you're done. No, this isn't necessary for the remote wizards in the audience, but it's a great idea for quickly dumbing down your remote for anyone to pick up and use.Chapter 4 - Adopting Technology