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Didn't get enough sleep last night? Grab a quick midday nap just after a cup of coffee. From Wired's How To wiki:

Scientists say that a successful midday nap depends on two things: timing and (no kidding) caffeine consumption. Experiments performed at Loughborough University in the UK showed that the sleep-deprived need only a cup of coffee and 15 minutes of shut-eye to feel amazingly refreshed.


ExtremeTech has published an overclocking guide for those who want to get every last drop of speed out of their computer. I liked the fact that the article talks you through how to work out which components in your PC are overclockable, and then goes on to explain how to do an 'overall overclocking' of all those components.

But I do have to giggle at an article which starts off saying: "Once upon a time, overclocking was considered a risky and dangerous thing to do... Now, it's almost insane not to." and then goes on to issue warnings like:

"When you overclock a PC, it's never truly stable. The PC was not designed to run with different things at different clock rates that aren't necessarily compatible with each other. What you gain in performance you lose in piece of mind: This thing could crash at any moment."

I guess it's horses for courses. I don't want an Top Gear car which might get insane speeds for a whole 60 seconds before turning into a cartwheeling fireball o'death.. nor does overclocking really appeal to me. I don't have high performance needs, and I don't want to sacrifice reliability. Your mileage may vary, of course. If you overclock I'd be interested to hear why, and how much it affects your system reliability.

ExtremeTech Overclocking Guide

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


Next time you forget the combination to your Master padlock (you know, the one you bought because it's bulletproof), follow DIY web site wikiHow's step-by-step instructions for cracking a Master-brand combination lock.

...there are 64,000 possible combinations on a standard 40-number Master Lock. With this method, however, you can quickly narrow that down to 100 combinations, a workable number to try if you've got the time and the inclination to give it a shot.

That makes this a workable solution for anyone with plenty of time on their hands for cracking the lock combo, but not necessarily the most efficient choice for the casual burglar. If you've given this method a try, let's hear how it worked for you in the comments. If you need to pick a traditional lock, we've got you covered there, too.

How to Crack a "Master Lock" Combination Lock


Wired magazine's How To Wiki has a short and sweet article on how to make your emails more efficient with a defined structure. Here's what the perfect email consists of: brevity, a set context, clear requests, and a deadline if necessary. How do you make your emails more efficient - what's your secret sauce? Thoughts in the comments.

Write a perfect email


Life Coaches Blog, a practical self-improvement site, has an article on how to make your critical voice - you know, that inner jerk who lets you know exactly how much you suck - more useful. Those of us who struggle with self-criticism will especially appreciate this little tidbit:

That's when someone, say someone like me, has to yell (inside) 'stop!' and remember that the only real use for my critical voice is to help me spot my mistakes so I can learn from them.In other words, to make real the principle that 'there are no failures, only learning experiences'.

Good advice, that's for sure. What do you do when that inner jerk tries to get the best of you? Thoughts in the comments.

The Only Real Use for Your Critical Voice