The Best Smart Home Products for Lazy People

by Holly Wade

The Best Smart Home Products for Lazy People

Have you begun turning your home into a "smart home" yet? I have the pleasure of living with someone who is very invested in the world of smart home products, and he's always looking to try something new to make us lazier and lazier. Newsflash: it's working. We no longer get up to turn off the lights, we don't pull our phones out to play music and we don't even reach for the remote to turn the TV off. Whether you're striving to enjoy your laziness or simply want to embrace the technology available to make your house an ecosystem of connected device, this list of the best smart home products is perfect for you. 

Don't worry, it's not actually like that Disney movie Smart House that made me terrified my house was going to turn on me...at least not yet. When adding more products to your home's ecosystem, just make sure to use all of your privacy settings, and hopefully you won't have to worry about your technology turning on you, ha!

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How to Give Your Laptop the Deep Cleaning It Deserves

by M.E. Gray

How to clean your laptop

If you're sitting at your laptop right now, I want you to look down at your keyboard. Get really close. Close enough so you can take a peek under the keys. Now look at the screen. Move from side to side to get different angles. How's it looking? If your computer is like mine was before I cleaned it, then you're probably noticing a bunch of greasy fingerprints mixed with crumbs from lunches past. Real talk: When was the last time you actually cleaned your laptop? There's no shame if the answer is "never," and luckily it's a pretty quick clean. If your QWERTY is crusty, keep reading to learn how to clean your laptop at practically no cost.

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How My Family Lives Without Cable & Stays Entertained

by Jennifer Farley

How My Family Watches Television Without Cable

Heads up: this is not a post about how our family doesn't watch TV. We are a busy family, like any other, but we do love to watch our favorite shows and sports. Instead, I want to share how our family manages to enjoy television with out spending a ton of money on cable TV service each month.

We decided to cut the cord nine years ago, and haven't looked back. We've had to adapt our methods as networks and subscriptions have changed, but I don't think we missed anything we have really wanted to watch. Here is how we do it today. 

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A Solar Powered Laptop?

by Chris Gardner

So, Apple has apparently captured the technology to power their portable electronics with el sol. So states Inhabitat: "Apple just filed a patent to infuse their hand-helds and computers with a thin film of solar cells, paving the way for a new generation of gadgets with battery life boosted by the sun. The patent approaches the prospect from every angle, with schematics to stack...

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Edit and Finalize your Photos with Free Alternatives to Photoshop.

by Chris Gardner

Adobe Photoshop is the premier photo-editing software, but it carries a heavy price tag for the casual user. Instructables user TechnoGeek95 offers several free alternatives to Photoshop to import, edit, stylize, and publish your photos. The tips highlight several (though mostly PC-only) freeware and online tools that get your photos looking sharp, organized, and viewable by all.

 

Edit and Finalize your Photos with Free Alternatives to Photoshop.
Among the options:

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How should I connect my laptop to the television?

by Chris Gardner

There are probably geeky communities in which I could ask this, but I hope some of the Curbly technogeniuses might have some ideas:

So, I just got a new Mac Book Pro, and I'd like to hook it up to my LCD television. (To get better use out of it, since we rarely watch TV [it was a Christmas gift]). I'd like to use the larger viewing area for Photoshopping and hopefully some video editing in the future...and of course, Curbly posting!

How should I connect my laptop to the television?

The TV has a...

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10 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Home Office Cheaply.

by Chris Gardner

Whether you're writing your next novel, balancing your checkbook, or simply creating a killer Curbly post, it's essential to be inspired and motivated by your workspace. Here's ten ideas for making your home office a creative haven on the cheap.

 

10 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Home Office Cheaply.

 

  1. Buy a Plant
  2. Get a Recycling System
  3. Tidy Up the Wires
    • Bind cords together
    • Clamp long running wires to walls
    • Get retractable cords.
  4. Add a Filing Cabinet
  5. Organise Your Desk
  6. Get some Colour
  7. Get a Clock
  8. ...

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11 Cool Photo Crafts.

by Chris Gardner

Making stuff is always way more fun when you're using the images of your friends and family as source material. Here's eleven clever projects that allow you to use your own digital photos to create beautiful artwork and fun crafts.

11 Cool Photo Crafts.
  • KidGrid: DIY Photo blocks
  • Customized party gear
  • Make photo magnets
  • Personalized mini-stickers
  • Custom coloring books
  • Create your own pop art
  • DIY Photo mobile
  • Bookplate stickers
  • Personalized baby books & scrapbooks
  • Photo puzzle

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