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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

Standing desk with "invisible" data storage

Materials: IKEA Lagan countertop Description: I needed to improve my living room work place so I made a standing desk out of an IKEA Lagan countertop that I cut to the right size. The problem was that I needed room for four of my external hard drives and I did not want them to take any space on the desk and there weren't much other space I could use either.

Banks Are Not Your Friends

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. – Thomas Jefferson Thanks to William Grootonk for the image. Yesterday, I was stunned to read a news report about how Freddie Mac denied people the ability to refinance, then made investments that earn them more money if people are unable to refinance.

20 Best Online To Do List Apps for Freelancers

To do list task managers and full productivity software is essential to a freelancers business.

How to Choose a Good Bank as a Freelancer

When you’re looking at banking options for yourself as an individual, you need different things than you need as a freelancer. A personal bank account is usually part and parcel of building a larger relationship with your bank.

How and Why I Sold Get Rich Slowly

When I started Get Rich Slowly — on 15 April 2006 — it made very little money. It earned a few pennies per day. Slowly, the income grew. A few pennies per day turned into a few dollars per day, and that turned into tens of dollars per day. Eventually I was making enough money from this site that I could quit my day job to blog full time.

How to Make the Most of the Mundane

“The opportunity to find wonder in the midst of our everyday lives transforms the agony of the struggle into the adventure of becoming.” – Kim Thomas Do you wish your life were more exciting? I’m guessing the answer is “yes.” It probably feels like you have so many mundane things to do.

7 Lessons from a Broken Heart

Photo by Rosie Hardy Editor’s Note: Even though this story contains life lessons from a broken heart (a painful break up), it’s lessons are applicable to many other life situations. I highly recommend reading this, even if you are not going through a broken heart.

Goliat drawer unit bench

Materials: 2 Goliat drawer units, thick foam, upholstery material, 2 sided sticky tape Description: 1. Remove the casters from the 2 Goliat drawer units 2. Put them next to each other in a corner 3. Make a pillow case from upholstery material to cover the thick foam cut out to match the size of the surface of your soon-to-be bench 4.

Capsul8 – Preview for Productivity501 Readers

When you get a newspaper, you can cut out an article and come back and read the same thing later. It doesn’t change after you read it. The web isn’t like that.

Focus on Reliability and Fuel Efficiency (29/365)

The last two weeks have focused on appliances. Now, we’re going to shift directions and take a deeper look at automobiles. Let’s take a look at two hypothetical cars. You’re looking at a class of cars that, according to the data you’ve researched, get to 150,000 miles pretty reliably before significant problems set in.

The 4 Qualities of a True Statesman

Here in the United States, the inauguration of our next president is a year away, and the Republican primary season is in full swing. Journalists and pundits dissect the candidates’ every speech, appearance, and debate, analyzing what they did right or wrong, and who is waxing and waning in the polls.

Spoka light controlled from Android phone

Materials: Spoka night light, Android phone, ATtiny microcontroller, bluetooth board Description: It's about a simple idea: take a cheap 3 colours Ikea Spoka night lamp, hack it by replacing its original MCU and adding a cheap serial bluetooth device and then write a simple Android app to control the lamp remotely from your phone!

Finding the Courage to Stay the Course

Anytime you decide on the pursuit of an important goal, you’ll be faced with a series of challenges. Peaks, valleys and plateaus are par for the the course. But the thing that separates the people who make it from the ones that don’t is the courage to stay the course.At the start of any new endeavor most of us look forward to every single day with a child like excitement.

Would You Want A "Permanent Smell Collection" Like Andy Warhol's?

I've become transfixed with the power of the sense of smell, and I've also been on an Andy Warhol bender lately—not looking at his art, which I don't particularly admire, but reading his writing and his interviews.

How You Should Use Google+ for Your Business

Chris Brogan is the author of the new book, Google+ for Business: How Google’s Social Network Changes Everything. As a Google+ skeptic (heck, I’m skeptical of all new social media) I was interested to learn more, so I sat down and watched this video where Michael Stelzner of Socialmediaexaminer.com interviewed Brogan about how Google+ can help small businesses. As a freelancer, you are r