We spend a lot of time sitting at our desks every day, and while it may not look like it, it can wreak havoc with our bodies. Here’s how to set up a healthy, ergonomic workspace to keep you comfortable and injury-free. Some of you may not realize how unfriendly your workspace is to your body, while others of you have already started experiencing repetitive strain injury (RSI) from an improperly set up desk. A number of different factors can cause injuries (yes, even at a desk), and they may not always be obvious—for example, slouching and keeping your shoulders tense can not only cause pinched nerves in your shoulders, but even hurt your wrists. If you haven’t given a lot of thought to the comfort of your workspace, it’s probably time to give it an ergonomic makeover. Here are the most important things you’ll want to go through and change—both in your office hardware and in what you do when you’re working. For the purposes of this guide, … [Read more...] about How to Ergonomically Optimize Your Workspace
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Best of Lifehacker Whether we’ve made a complicated recipe absurdly simple, illustrated how to survive a natural disaster, or explained a political crisis in terms even your great-grandma would understand, these are some of our favorite stories from the past year. I kicked off this Tech 911 column during my very first month at Lifehacker, and I’ve had a blast coming up with answers—occasional guesses, but mostly well-researched opinions—for your many tech questions. Keep on sending any and all tech questions you have to my email address or or post them in the comments below so I have a big batch of problems to solve for 2019. In the meantime, here’s a look back at some of the most popular tech dilemmas Lifehacker readers shared this year. How to Handle Email Spam From Yourself Why Does My Network Switch Keep Dropping Gigabit Speeds? Why Does My Laptop Kill My Wifi? Should I Ditch My ISP and Just Share My Phone’s Data Connection? … [Read more...] about The Best Tech 911 Posts of 2018
We’re turning the lens around for this week’s Tech 911. Lifehacker Managing Editor Virginia Smith posed a question in our internal Slack channel that cuts wide and deep: “It’s safe to delete photos from my iPhone, right?” The answer is a bit more complicated than you might think—and can have disastrous consequences if you get it wrong. Do you have a tech question keeping you up at night? Tired of troubleshooting your Windows or Mac? Looking for advice on apps, browser extensions, or utilities you can use to accomplish a particular task? Let us know! Tell us in the comments below or email [email protected] It’s incredibly safe to delete photos from your iPhone. If your iPhone’s space is filling up, if you don’t like the composition of a shot, or if you’ve offloaded your photos to another service or storage device, delete away. Your smartphone won’t mind. Of course, by “safe,” you’re actually … [Read more...] about Why Did iCloud Delete All of My Photos?
We check out a lot of apps at Lifehacker, and we’ve recently written pretty big roundups of the must-haves for Android and iOS. Still, there’s a lot out there, and that can make it difficult to find the best app for whatever it is you’re trying to do. For this week’s Tech 911 column, we’re answering an app-themed question from Lifehacker reader John: “I’ve been a long time user of Google News because I love being able to swipe through each post and stop on the ones that interest me. However, ever since that UI update that made everything white, I’ve noticed it stopped syncing properly in the background. Like I literally have to keep the app in the foreground as it downloads or it won’t download all the posts properly. If I read Lifehacker on Google News while online, it now seems to load unnecessary menus (or something) that makes my phone lag. Do you have an alternative to suggest?” Hmm. I don’t really use many … [Read more...] about What’s the Best App for Reading the News?
Every week, we share the shortcuts, workspaces, and productivity tips of our favorite experts. This week, we’re going behind the scenes at Lifehacker. I’m Levi Sharpe, and this is how I work. Name: Levi SharpeLocation: New York CityCurrent Gig: Podcast producer, Gizmodo MediaCurrent mobile device: iPhone 7Current computer: MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, mid 2014)One word that best describes how you work: Awesome First of all, tell us a little about your background and how you got to where you are today. I got my undergrad degree in Philosophy and in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. Afterward, I moved to New York City for a girl and with no career goal in mind. I spent all of my money on the move and buying a pair of boots and a peacoat, because I moved during the blizzard of 2010 with some canvas Vans and a thin corduroy jacket. That’s when I realized that New York doesn’t want people to live in it, but we do for some reason, … [Read more...] about I’m Levi Sharpe, Lifehacker Podcast Producer, and This Is How I Work