Rank #1: How to Customize Your Background in Microsoft Teams Video Calls
Apr 22 2020
Rank #2: Avoid Food Waste With an 'Eat This First' Shelf
Feb 14 2020
Rank #3: This is the Smartest Zoom Hack We've Seen Yet
May 18 2020
Rank #4: Use Out of Office Messages Even When You're Not on Vacation
Mar 13 2020
Rank #5: Skip Grocery Delivery, If You Can
Apr 01 2020
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Mar 05 2020
Rank #7: These Free Mobile Games Can Help You Cope With Cabin Fever
Mar 24 2020
Rank #8: You Can Virtually Tour the Winchester Mystery House For Free While It's Closed Due to COVID-19
Mar 30 2020
Rank #9: The Internet Archive's VHS Vault Is a 1990s Pop Culture Goldmine
Mar 10 2020
Rank #10: How to Tell if an iPhone Bug Is Eating Up Your Data Plan
Mar 25 2020
Rank #11: What's the Fastest Way to Get Through a Traffic Jam?
Mar 12 2020
Rank #12: Make Sure You Don't Look Like a Big Weirdo Before Jumping on That Conference Call
But how sure are you that you actually don’t look terrible or that there isn’t something embarrassing in view behind you? Don’t you want to check one last time before hopping onto that Zoom call? You should probably check.
Hand Mirror is a Mac app that lives in your toolbar and allows you to perform a quick one-step check on the view from your webcam. Click the little mirror icon to instantly open a widow that offers a peek at whatever your webcam can see right now, allowing you a chance to smooth down your cowlick or move your underwear off of the bed behind you.
It’s a pretty simple idea—so simple the App Store rejected it, according to designer Rafael Conde—which is why it’s so useful. Especially if, like me, you constantly mix up your keyboard shortcuts and end up searching in an active window instead of opening Spotlight. Or if you’re constantly getting pulled into a call right after eating, I dunno, a pile of raw kale.
Mar 31 2020
Rank #13: Uninstall These VPN and Ad-Blocking Apps That Spied on Your iPhone or Android
Mar 20 2020
Rank #14: You Can Get Two Months of Stadia Pro For Free Right Now
Apr 27 2020
Rank #15: How to Reward Yourself Without Spending More Money, According to Reddit
Feb 18 2020
Rank #16: How to Help Your Kids Build Self-Esteem
Mar 02 2020
Rank #17: Find Out How Long Your Toilet Paper Stash Will Last With This Site
Assuming you have a pretty decent stash at home, the website “How much toilet paper” is going to be your new best friend over the coming weeks and months. As you hunker down during all things coronavirus, the site will help you get a quick estimate of how much your stash will last.
Of course, there are plenty of variables at play, here. First and foremost are the aforementioned bathroom habits; if you act like you’re trying to take the finish off a table with sandpaper, you’re probably burning through number of extra (and unnecessary) rolls. You’ll definitely want to click on the site’s “Advanced Options” to increase your “average number of wipes per trip” and get a more accurate result (you savage).
That’s also important for managing all the crazy configurations of rolls you can buy. The mega and ultra and super-mega and gargantua rolls usually say on the packaging what they’re equivalent in “normal rolls” happens to be, so make sure you adjust accordingly. And while none of us know how long our various quarantines will last, you can at least put in a decent estimate—30 days?—to see, percent-wise, how long your stash might last.
Is this website silly? You bet. Do you probably have a good idea of how long your TP might last? Sure. But since you probably have a lot of time to kill while you work from home—and I have seen friends get meticulous about tracking every bit of food and possibly sold-out supplies in their house—why not spend a little time with the world’s most precise calculator of toilet paper?
My advice? Screenshot your advanced options, then you don’t have to recalculate them when you revisit the site, which resets to defaults upon each load. That way, you can knock off your roll count without having to waste even more time thinking about how much you deal with your butt each day.
Mar 23 2020
Rank #18: Get Notified When a Grocery Pickup Slot Is Available
I have bad asthma that makes it difficult for me to wear thick masks for a prolonged period of time, transforming every grocery aisle into a potential war zone. Food shopping still has to happen though, a fact that has resulted in some creative dining at my house, courtesy of the local bodega that stocks a limited selection of grocery items.
Getting a delivery or pickup window on grocery store sites is increasingly difficult, so much so that Amazon has started a waitlist for new customers to sign up to use its service in order to control the demand.
If you’re like me and need to get groceries from a larger store without going inside, the new service Curb Run might be able to help. After you sign up and agree to receive texts, the site will let you know when a curbside pickup option is available at a grocery store near you.
The idea here is that you’ll already have filled your cart on the grocery store website of choice, including your payment info. You can then set up an alert on Curb Run indicating how far you’re willing to travel for groceries, what store you want to get them from and what day you’d ideally want to pick them up. Enter your phone number you’ll receive an automated text when the site locates a curbside pickup option available.
Unfortunately, the site only works with large chains—and not all of them—but it supports a pretty healthy list of familiar brands, including Wegmans, Safeway, Albertsons, Food Lion, Vons, Smith’s Fry’s, Ralphs and Fred Meyer.
I gave it a test drive this morning and received a text about available curbside pickup options 20 miles from my house roughly 15 minutes later.
That text doesn’t save you a spot, it’s merely lets you know one exists. Once you get that notification, it’s up to you to quickly load up that grocery store’s site and complete your transaction—hopefully before someone else snags the available pickup time. That means the best way to pull this off is to have the page open and ready to go and keep your eye on your phone so you can pounce quickly as soon as the text alert chimes.
It’s not a foolproof system, but if you’ve been trying for a while, it might be just what you need to finally make eggs and milk happen.
Apr 29 2020
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May 11 2020
Rank #20: If You Want Grocery Delivery, Get on the Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Waiting Lists Now
Apr 21 2020