Generating a Bunch Of "Internet Noise" Isn't Going to Hide Your Browsing Habits

Earlier this week, Congress shut down a measure that would have required ISPs to get your approval to log and sell your browsing habits. Now, everyone’s freaking out and looking for solutions. One of those solutions is to attempt to obfuscate your browsing by creating random noise. Sadly, that’s not going to do much.

The Photo Tips That Finally Clicked and Made Me a Better Photographer

I have tried and failed to get into photography several times in my life. I like the idea of taking beautiful photos, but all the rules, settings, and tricks seemed impenetrable. Within the last year, some of those basics finally clicked in my head, and I “got” it. Here’s what did it for me, so you don’t have to…

Why You Need Boredom, Distraction, and Procrastination in Your Life

Most of us—no matter how many time-saving techniques we employ—don’t have enough time to waste. But productivity comes at a cost: having that down time is extremely beneficial. We fight against boredom, distraction, and procrastination all the time, but that doesn’t mean you should get rid of them completely.

How to Balloon Map Your Neighborhood, Google Maps Style

Ever felt like Google Maps doesn't provide enough detail of the aerial view of your neighborhood? Ever wanted to make your own maps or participate in a little homegrown science? Balloon mapping is a cheap way to take aerial pictures for all sorts of purposes—even events like weddings, graduations, or parties—and it's…

The Difference Between Your Mac's Various Wait Cursors

Nobody likes to see the beach ball (aka pinwheel, aka the spinning pizza, aka spinning wait cursor) in OS X, but have you ever wondered why you see different ones from time to time? Or, when things get real weird, you’ll sometimes see a ticking watch? It turns out that the answer has to do with the app you’re working…