Some think that being poor is simple. You don't have enough money to buy a lot of stuff, so you're forced to buy less stuff. But that's not really how it works. When you're broke, you can't do all the little things that will improve your budget over the long run. It actually costs more to be poor.
Working in the IT department is often a thankless job. You're like the invisible behind-the-scenes worker who is only noticed when something breaks -- and then you're blamed for it. Here are seven misconceptions about tech support reps and the IT department you should know so you can work better with the IT guy or gal.
Three years after co-founding Fitocracy, we launched a new online coaching service to start bringing in money. We needed a way to hook people in, but no one seemed interested.
Ahhh, the elusive six pack. For many, it's the holy grail of fitness. But does your life really change after you've achieved one? Let's take a look at the ways that getting a six pack changes your life and when it's really just fool's gold.
People say that "everyone should work retail or service at least once in their lives". I couldn't agree more. Like many people, some of my first jobs were retail service gigs. One in a department store, another in a bookstore. I've long since moved on, but I learned a lot about the nature of people -- and how that battle between selfishness and empathy is something we all struggle with, every day.
Over the last few years, we've heard a lot about the critical differences between introverts and extroverts. We all heaved a collective sigh as we read personality descriptions, thinking, "that's me!" But like many personality stereotypes, these aren't very useful for understanding ourselves.
Last weekend, I went to Dragon Con, the biggest geek party in Atlanta, to party it up with other nerds. On Saturday, I took a break to freak out, question my worth as a human being, and cry until I was exhausted. Then back to the party. This is what my life is like with an anxiety disorder.
Every year, when a new tech product is announced, the world divides into two kinds of people: people who line up to buy the New Shiny Thing, and people who rant about how New Shiny Thing sucks. Both of those groups of people are chumps. Loyalty to a brand -- whether it's love or hatred -- is a poison that makes you stupid.
Most of us own too much junk. But after a couple of interstate moves in just as many years, I've learned the value of owning less.
If you're overweight, you've probably heard the adage just "eat less, move more". Unfortunately this saying will do nothing to help you progress. Here's why.
Years ago, I started a brand new job, and I was contracted on terrible project. There was no real work to do, so instead of technical writing -- my actual job -- I spent my time getting coffee for people and making copies. Rather than ask my boss about this, I kept it to myself. Weeks later, she confronted me, puzzled: "Why didn't you speak up?"
We get it: No one likes Facebook. Twitter is full of trolls. Social networks can be a pain, but they're also great ways to stay in touch with friends and talk to new people. Even so, every few weeks we hear from someone who wants to just "quit" Facebook altogether. Here's why that's a silly idea, and what you can do instead that will make you just as happy.
Yesterday, Google announced YouTube Red. Google, blissfully unaware of what goes on in Incognito Mode, apparently thought that this was a good name for a service. It is not the first time that Google has made flagrantly terrible choices in naming stuff.
For years, the only decent way to buy a phone was from your carrier. Those days are behind us. Now, in many circumstances, it's just as easy and usually better to buy your phone outright and ditch the contracts forever.
If you've ever read five words about personal finance, they were probably "spend less than you earn." It's popular because it's simple. In fact, it's too simple. It's the smallest piece of a big puzzle with lots of complicated parts. It's time we taught those instead.
When I was four, my mum opened up a shoebox in our closet and pulled out something I'd never seen before: a crisp, beautiful $US100 ($137) bill. Naturally, I shouted, "A HUNDRED BUCKS?!" She immediately put her hand over my mouth, whispering, "You want the whole world to hear? They might rob us and we'll have nothing!"
I love free apps. Who doesn't love getting something for nothing? There's just one problem: on the other side of that download link, every developer has to choose whether to charge money for their app, or offer it for free and find some other way to make money. And when we refuse to pay, we make that decision for them. We've created a demand for bundled crapware.
I have a confession to make: I work at Lifehacker. I write about how to do things faster, more efficiently, and cheaper for a living. Yet I still fail. I get distracted. I waste money. And I don't follow every tip I've written about. But that's OK.