Sun, 03 February 2019
VERDICT: Fun and informative resource to help you take shortcuts in your daily life.
What is it?
Lifehacker is a hub of productivity tips, tricks and downloads. It’s basically an archive of all the information it would be incredibly useful to know, but nobody ever really teaches you. Aside from productivity, it also covers topics such as money-saving tips, clever uses for household items and so on.
Lifehacker is a very diverse site. You will find a variety of subjects, tutorials, videos and other stuff that you may find in other places, but not in such a collection as this. You can find news and technology also mixed in with walkthroughs and great photos. The inventions and tips to bypass strict and accepted conventions are riveting, amusing and will change the way you go about daily life.
There’s so much content on the website that it can be hard to find posts on specific topics. There is an index, but it doesn’t work nearly as well as it should and the introduction to the top-performing posts and tips could be much more detailed.
Have I Been Pwned? collects the email addresses and usernames exposed by various high-profile hacks to let you know if your personal data has been compromised. Simply enter an email address or username you commonly use and the site will cross-check it against recent data breaches, telling you which companies leaked your data and which types of data have been leaked.
Mental Floss is a super-addictive online magazine with articles covering a really wide range of topics. The pieces are well written, well-researched, and usually on topics that don’t get a lot of airtime. Best of all is the ‘Big Questions’ section, which tackles weirdly intriguing questions like why shells sound like the ocean and why yawns are contagious. Readers can even submit their own big questions after they’ve spent hours getting lost in seas of facts.