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By The FLS Team

Using Different Passwords

Recently some hackers got a hold of a list of usernames and passwords for a dating site.  By itself, this wouldn’t have been too big of deal.  However, many of the victims were using the same password on other sites.  This gave the hackers access to many Facebook, MySpace, AIM and GMail accounts. The hackers then did everything they could to embarrass the victims by posting things onlin

Recovering from an e-mail interruption

The October issue of Real Simple magazine quotes a Microsoft and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study that claims it takes 17 minutes “for a worker interrupted by e-mail to get back to what she was doing.” If this statistic is true, and I know from experience that there is a refractory time after any distraction, it is strong evidence against leaving the notification alert

Addition by Subtraction: The Benefits of a “Fall Cleaning”

One of my favorite activities during a year is spring cleaning. After a long winter of being stuck inside and intimate with our possessions, the arrival of warm spring weather makes me throw open the windows to let the breeze blow through and just start tossing accumulated junk.

Background Checks & Security Clearances

Every so often, I come across a request for a freelancer who can pass a background check or has a security clearance. The background check is more common: especially with clients more used to working with full-time employees, it’s standard practice to ask a freelancer to submit to a background check.

11 Ways to Spice Up Your Emergency Fund

This article is by Adam Baker, a GRS Staff Writer. In addition to writing for Get Rich Slowly, Baker blogs over at Man Vs. Debt, where he discusses ways to simplify your financial life. A thriving emergency fund is an essential piece of a healthy financial picture. You’ve heard this a million times before.

Varde work bench

Minor hack but big impact. Nice work on the workshop remodel, Brett. "My recent project, altho' there's not too much 'hacking' going on, there is some. I used two Varde free standing kitchen units in my recent workshop remodel. I needed a sturdy bench, so I was able to use a single 57"span of extra Varde counter-top to span across the two units giving a strong bench to work on.

Organizing your job search

My sister-in-law recently finished a graduate program in documentary film making and has spent the past three weeks looking for her next project.

How to Make Great Packed Lunches for Work

A lot of us are in the habit of buying lunch out each day. I don’t mean we’re all enjoying three-course lunches with wine – for most people, it’s just a sandwich and maybe a bag of chips and a drink from the nearest store.The problem is, when you’re sinking a few dollars on lunch five days a week, every week, the cost soon adds up.

Practice Safe Design. Always Use a Strategy.

A look at single largest problem that continues to hinder interactive design: designers allow their work to be led by technology or production techniques,…

Value Propositions that Work

Do you agree that these four value propositions are the only way to grow a successful business?

So You Want My Job: Veterinarian

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. When man’s best friend gets sick, veterinarians like Richard McAroy are the ones who are there to get them back on their paws again. Mr.

How to Be Childlike

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” - Pablo Picasso Post written by Leo Babauta.

Finding Financial Values

What is important to me? How do my values influence my financial decisions? These are some of the key questions I’ve begun to ask as I move deeper into the “third stage” of personal finance.

Never Eat Alone: Managing the Gatekeeper

This is the fifth of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail.

Ten Tips for Getting Along with Your Mother-In-Law.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 10 tips for getting along with your mother-in-law (or your in-laws, generally). I’m extremely lucky with fate as it relates to my mother-in-law and father-in-law. We get along very well, which is fortunate, because we live right around the corner from my in-laws, and I mean right around the corner.