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By Trent Hamm

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: January 30, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

Weekly Round-Up: January 30, 2010

The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man Is Available Again! The second print run of our first book, The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man is now out and available in bookstores, on Amazon.com, and directly through the site.

The GRS Garden Project: January 2010 Update

It’s been a l-o-n-g time since Kris and I gave an update on our garden project. I’ve been too wrapped up in writing a book to pay attention to anything else. Now that I’ve pulled my head out of the sand, I can finally devote some time to other projects — like the garden. To be honest, we’ve done nearly nothing in the yard since October. Literally.

Three uncluttered activities you can do on a lazy Saturday

All along the east coast of the U.S. today, we’re getting blanketed with snow. As a result, I’ve declared that I’m not leaving the house unless it catches on fire.

The Side Business Question: What Is Your Time Worth?

Bob writes in: I’m in my mid twenties, worked doing tech support all through college, and worked out of college as the IT director for a political campaign of 120 staffers. I now have left to a job that fits my interests a little bit better, but clearly still have a lot of IT skills.

WSJ Career Writer, Alexandra Levit Talks New Job, New You

Last week, Wall Street Journal career columnist and five-time author, Alexandra Levit, swung by NYC and I had a chance to grab a cup of coffee and ask her about her new book, “New Job, New You.” During our conversation, I own up to the fact that I didn’t actually want to read the book, having been a bit overwhelmed by career books last year.

The Lack rack hack

This LackRack hack is from the eth0 community in the Netherlands. They have an interesting hack to house a modular datacentre, sneakily under a Lack side table. Now, if only there's a solution for all those wires! "The LackRack is the ultimate, low-cost, high shinyness solution for your modular datacenter-in-the-living-room.

A Real Story about Priorities

Jill writes in: I don’t earn much and am consequently unable to save much and what little I save is often wiped out by breakdowns (e.g. household stuff), minor illnesses and other emergencies.

Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man Is Available Once Again!

As explained last month, our publisher was not prepared for the popularity of the our first book, The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man. Two weeks before Christmas the first print run of books sold out. It takes awhile for a publisher to print another run, but the second print run of the book is now out.

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: I’ve Got One of the Recalled Toyotas. Now What?

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we tell you what you need to know if you're driving a recalled Toyota, how to keep your budget under control when guests come to stay, and how much it really costs to have sick kids in your home. 5 Top Articles I’ve Got One of the Recalled Toyotas. Now What?

Can You Learn to be Self-Disciplined?

A lot of people have quite a fatalistic attitude towards self-discipline. They see themselves as essentially undisciplined people who lack the stamina to follow through on their decisions. They might talk about a “procrastination problem” or “no will power”.

Ask Unclutterer: Messy mail

Reader Sandra submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: Could you please do an article on how to keep mail organized? I considered myself pretty much clear of clutter, except for my mail. It’s driving me crazy.

Trainwreck Blogger JV Pitches: What Not To Do

I’ve written about how to pitch a blogger on covering a story, post, product or book. But, there’s another kind of pitch that’s becoming more and more popular as bloggers explore ways to generate income by promoting or reviewing other peoples’ products—the promotional joint venture or “JV” pitch.

Workspace of the Week: A simple study

This week’s Workspace of the Week is IJMFlickr’s home office: The simplicity of the desk, well-organized storage, and cable management instantly caught my eye in this office. Definitely check out the additional photos in the set of the media armoire (an impressive setup) and other views of the room.

Frugality and Being Social

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend of mine about some of the things I write about here on The Simple Dollar. Even though she’s struggling with some serious debt issues, she told me flatly that she didn’t want to take most of the advice given on The Simple Dollar.