Why Is Wi-Fi Coverage So Bad in My House, and How Can I Fix It?

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For reasons unknown to me (Physics? Global warming? Witchcraft?), my router's reach is terrible. My house has all kinds of Wi-Fi dead zones, and I have no idea why. What could be the cause, and how can I fix it? » 9/30/14 6:32pm Yesterday 6:32pm

How to Sharpen Your Garden and Workshop Tools

Fall is a great time to take stock of your gardening and other bladed tools, and get them in pristine shape before they're put away for the season. Sharpening tools like shovels, hoes, pruning shears, knives, and chisels can make a world of a difference in how they work. Here are some tips for sharpening the most… » 9/30/14 6:28pm Yesterday 6:28pm

Five Best To-Do List Managers

Finding the right tool to track your to-dos is highly personal, and one person's best is another's junk—but there are some that are better than others. The best offer great syncing and scheduling options, great apps, notifications and reminders, or just the right mix of features and flexibility that make it easy to… » 9/27/14 2:20pm Saturday 2:20pm

Top 10 Ways to Find the Best Place to Live

Where should you move to? Where will you feel at home? These are complicated questions with many variables to consider, so today we're taking a look at tips on finding the right neighborhood (or city or state) for you, and maps and statistics that might reveal why some areas would be more or less attractive than… » 9/26/14 2:27pm Friday 2:27pm

Privacy Badger Protects You from Online Tracking

Firefox/Chrome: You already know that everyone is out to track what you do on the internet, and there are tons of great tools to protect yourself. Well, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is jumping into the fray with Privacy Badger, an new add-on that analyzes and blocks third-party tracking automatically. » 5/12/14 9:54am 5/12/14 9:54am

The Best Tip For Buying a Used Car: Talk To The Seller

I've purchased a lot of used cars. Handfuls of used cars, if you want to get technical about it. So many used cars that I now consider myself, Doug DeMuro, to be a bona fide used car expert. This means that I am able to provide excellent used car tips to readers like you; truly informative tips such as: FOR GOD'S… » 4/03/14 1:48am 4/03/14 1:48am

Most Popular VPN Service Provider: Private Internet Access

When you need a good VPN, whether it's for security on unfamiliar networks or staying anonymous and private, you have plenty of options. Last week we asked you for your picks, then looked at the five best VPN service providers. Now we're back to crown our winner. » 3/30/14 12:08pm 3/30/14 12:08pm

Add Your Car as a Contact in Your Phone to Save Important Info

Your car is a giant box of information that you need to keep sorted for one reason or another. Year, make, model, VIN, last oil change, next oil change, engine size, etc. Keep that info straight by adding your car to your phone's contact list. » 3/30/14 8:30am 3/30/14 8:30am

The Best Tools Hidden in Windows' Command Line

While it may not always be the best choice in Windows, there are certain things you can only do from the command line. We've talked about a few command line essentials before, like using tracert to troubleshoot a flaky Internet connection and using recimg to create a custom Windows recovery image. Here are a few more… » 3/30/14 8:29am 3/30/14 8:29am

I'm a Telemarketer. Here's How to Get Rid of Me

I've worked for a telemarketing company for two years and made a lot of unwanted calls. I have to keep making them because most people don't know how to get rid of us, but the right approach can make all the difference. Here's how you can get rid of telemarketers like me and save us both a lot of time. » 3/30/14 4:31am 3/30/14 4:31am

Remember the 90 Minute Rule to Ensure a Refreshing Night's Sleep

It seems more nightmarish than ever to get a decent night of sleep and feel good after it. If you'd like to wake up refreshed every morning instead of groggy and grumpy (no matter how little you might sleep), remember the 90-minute rule. » 3/29/14 5:46pm 3/29/14 5:46pm

Shatter a Car Window with a Sparkplug in an Emergency

If you're stuck in a sinking car, or outside your car and desperately need to get inside, you have plenty of ways to break that window, but one of the best might be right there in your car anyway—a simple sparkplug will do the trick with ease. This video from National Geographic shows you how it works. » 3/29/14 5:41pm 3/29/14 5:41pm

Top 10 Ways to Make Your Boss Love You

Unless you're lucky enough to work for yourself, we all have a boss we have to answer to. Provided they're not the devil incarnate, there are quite a few ways to ensure you two have a good relationship. Here's what you should keep in mind. » 3/29/14 5:35pm 3/29/14 5:35pm

Five Powerful, Built-In Windows Tools You Might Not Know About

Even if you live in Windows, you may be surprised to find that it includes some rather powerful built-in tools for helping you monitor your system and troubleshoot when things go wrong. We've taken a look at Windows' dark corners before and at some awesome features you may have forgotten about. Here are a few more of… » 3/24/14 3:03pm 3/24/14 3:03pm