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Back Up Windows 10 Before Installing the October Update or Risk Losing Your Files Back Up Windows 10 Before Installing the October Update or Risk Losing Your Files

We are scratching our collective heads as to how the Windows 10 October Update ever made it past Microsoft’s QA teams. According to numerous reports, something about the update could delete the contents of your Windows 10 user folders—you know, your documents, photos, music, videos, et cetera.

The Best Minneapolis-St. Paul Travel Tips From Our Readers The Best Minneapolis-St. Paul Travel Tips From Our Readers

It’s time to eat a Juicy Lucy and avoid the Mall of America! You gave us your best Twin Cities travel tips in the original comment thread, and here are the highlights.

How to Privately Play WhatsApp Voice Messages  How to Privately Play WhatsApp Voice Messages 

WhatsApp Messenger (iOS, Android) is a free messaging platform that you can use to send messages, voice notes, and photos to your friends; ring them up for a quick video call; or send secrets.

How to Get Started Playing 'Fortnite Battle Royale' How to Get Started Playing 'Fortnite Battle Royale'

If you haven’t played Fortnite yet you probably know someone who has. The free battle royale-style game is pretty much unavoidable in 2018. Kids can’t stop playing it. Even rappers and NBA players are getting in on the action.

How to Tie Your Shoes With One Hand

Most of us learned how to tie our shoes a certain way using both of our hands. A story about a bunny that goes into a hole or something? Whatever. You don’t need two hands to tell that tale. Here’s how Team U.S.A Paralympic athlete Megan Absten gets her shoes on before a big race, using just one hand.

Here’s What You Should (and Shouldn’t) Do Behind the Wheel of a Tesla Here’s What You Should (and Shouldn’t) Do Behind the Wheel of a Tesla

I’ve always wanted to drive a Tesla. Silent electric motors, instant torque, and autonomous driving capabilities? Sign me up. As luck would have it, during my Christmas vacation spent at my partner’s parent’s home, I was able to drive their Tesla Model S for a week. The experience was, in a word, magical—primarily…

How to Cook in Someone Else's Kitchen How to Cook in Someone Else's Kitchen

Thanksgiving draws ever nearer, bringing with it the annual “oh God, I have to cook in Grandma’s kitchen on Thursday with three other people” panic attack. If you’re cooking in someone else’s kitchen this year, here’s how to make it less stressful.

How to Set Up Your Surface Pro’s Pen How to Set Up Your Surface Pro’s Pen

The Microsoft Surface line of laptops, desktops, and convertible notebooks all feature an optional Surface Pen—Microsoft’s stylus that lets you write, draw, and annotate documents and images. It works fine right out of the box, but if you find yourself at all frustrated with its functionality, you can customize it to…

If You Work Out on Your Lunch Break, What Do You Do for Lunch? If You Work Out on Your Lunch Break, What Do You Do for Lunch?

If your mornings and evenings are hectic (mine sure are), lunch break workouts are a convenient way to get in some exercise. But then when do you eat? We have a few strategic suggestions.

Say "Bye-Bye" To Bad Pie With These Easy Fixes Say "Bye-Bye" To Bad Pie With These Easy Fixes

Welcome back to Sunday Sustenance! As we have discussed before, apple season is finally here, just in time for me to get obsessed with pie making. However, it turns out that, while I am very enthusiastic, I am not “good” at making pies, and have seen a very wide gamut of failures over the last two months. Overcooked…

Sweet Google Maps Trick Lets You Measure Distances 'As the Crow Flies' Sweet Google Maps Trick Lets You Measure Distances 'As the Crow Flies'

It’s easy to use Google Maps to see how far your office is from your favorite restaurant, or how long it’ll take to drive from Los Angeles to New York. Estimating the distance between two locations without relying on winding roads messing up your estimate, however, is a bit more complicated. Sure, you could try and…

Use Your iPhone’s Battery To Learn Where Your Time Goes Use Your iPhone’s Battery To Learn Where Your Time Goes

We’ve all done it. Thrown ourselves onto the couch, phone in hand, determined to like only a few Instagram pictures of dogs in backpacks and inspirational calligraphy work. Three hours later, you realize you’ve done nothing but make yourself feel a little bit sadder (your calligraphy work is just fine, by the way).…

These Reader-Approved Unitaskers Will Make Your Kitchen a More Pleasant Place These Reader-Approved Unitaskers Will Make Your Kitchen a More Pleasant Place

Single-function kitchen appliances don’t usually get a ton of love, but when we asked you all for your favorites, you had some very enthusiastic product recommendations. Some were old favorites of mine, but some of you managed to suggest items that we had never even heard of. Below are some of our favorites.

Change Your Screen to Grayscale to Combat Phone Addiction Change Your Screen to Grayscale to Combat Phone Addiction

Former Design Ethicist at Google and founder of the non-profit Time Well Spent Tristan Harris has been making the rounds lately, talking about how technology is engineered to be addictive and hijack our attention. He’s pretty persuasive, comparing the lure of your phone to the that of a slot machine.

Tape That Allen Wrench to the Bottom of Whatever It Came With Tape That Allen Wrench to the Bottom of Whatever It Came With

There’s never an Allen wrench around when you need one, which is why they come with nearly every Ikea item. But years down the line, when you need to disassemble that TÄRENDÖ or even tighten a few bolts, it’s disappeared again.

What's Cooking? How Do You Celebrate Pi Day? What's Cooking? How Do You Celebrate Pi Day?

Hello, and welcome to What’s Cooking?, the weekly open thread where you get to share all of your brilliant thoughts, advice, recipes, and opinions on all things edible. I’ll be giving you topics to discuss among yourselves, but don’t feel beholden to them; this is your space to chat about food with like-minded…

Cover Citrus Fruit With a Bit of Plastic Wrap for Mess-Free Squeezing Cover Citrus Fruit With a Bit of Plastic Wrap for Mess-Free Squeezing

A squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice can enliven almost any dish, but these squirts of citrus have a way of making their way onto tables and into eyes. Luckily, Alton Brown has a clever trick for getting the juice exactly where you want it; you just need a piece of plastic wrap.

This Nacho-Stacking Method Ensures Every Bite Is Just as Delicious as the First This Nacho-Stacking Method Ensures Every Bite Is Just as Delicious as the First

Nachos are one of the world’s most perfect foods, but some attention must be paid to format. To ensure every single bite is just as cheesy and delicious as the first, you have to know how to stack them.

Learn How to Win at Carnival Games With This Handy Guide Learn How to Win at Carnival Games With This Handy Guide

As simple as they are, carnival games can be some of the most expensive fun you can have. If you want to increase your odds of winning that giant stuffed panda bear for your sweetheart, this guide is for you.

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