Avoid Taking the Blame for a Colleague's Mistake

Working on a joint project with a less-than-competent colleague can lead to less-than-stellar results. In order to avoid sharing in the blame where you weren't in charge, the Harvard Business Blog suggests making sure to distinguish your contributions from theirs. » 10/09/09 3:00pm 10/09/09 3:00pm

Use a Sideways Pyramid to Increase Your Savings

The bum economy has been torture on retirement savings, and even folks who thought they'd saved well for retirement are considering going back to work rather than withdrawing funds in a down market. Finance web site Kiplinger suggests an alternative. » 10/09/09 11:30am 10/09/09 11:30am

Reduce Wear and Tear by Using Outdoor Furniture Inside

If you've got kids, rowdy roommates, or find you're just spill-prone, odds are your furniture sees some serious wear and tear. Personal finance weblog Wise Bread suggests getting more mileage out of your indoor furniture by buying outdoor pieces. » 10/08/09 3:00pm 10/08/09 3:00pm

Jinni, the Pandora-for-Movies Service, Opens for All Users

Earlier this year, we highlighted the then closed-beta Pandora-inspired movie recommendation web site Jinni. Now the service is open for anyone looking for a good flick to fit their mood. » 10/08/09 2:00pm 10/08/09 2:00pm

Master Their Rules of Engagement to Get on Well with Colleagues

Part of creating a copacetic work environment is learning to work well with colleagues. The real secret, according to BusinessWeek, is to ditch your expectations and accept that some people live by a very different set of rules. » 10/08/09 11:30am 10/08/09 11:30am

Find the Right Credit Card Based on Your Needs and Habits

Distinguishing among credit card offers can be a harrowing experience, which is where Consumer Reports' handy chart detailing various no-fee cards worth signing up for comes in handy. » 10/07/09 5:00pm 10/07/09 5:00pm

Think Your Way to Sharper TV Picture Quality

Don't have the money to shell out for a new HDTV? No problem. A new study says that simply shifting your expectations concerning picture quality can help enhance your viewing experience—if self-deception is something you can accomplish easily enough. » 10/07/09 2:00pm 10/07/09 2:00pm

Think "Meat and Potatoes" to Cut Down on Excessive Spending

In a bear economy, frugality is key. Part of this waste not, want not mentality is learning or reminding yourself not to purchase extraneous items. The "meat and potatoes" rule can serve as a useful reminder. » 10/07/09 12:30pm 10/07/09 12:30pm

Google Experiments with a Single-Word, Fading Homepage

Google is reportedly experimenting with a new fading homepage design in an effort to create a cleaner, simpler interface. » 10/06/09 2:30pm 10/06/09 2:30pm

Tackle Out of Bounds Interview Questions by Rephrasing Them

It's one thing to successfully navigate through the minefield of standard interview questions, but what if a prospective employer intentionally or inadvertently tosses an out-of-bounds question your way. Yahoo Jobs offers three ways to handle the illegal questions. » 10/06/09 2:00pm 10/06/09 2:00pm

Do You Count Calories?

If you're looking to lose a few pounds or concerned about your health in general, a new study has found that posted calorie counts don't promote healthier habits, and that counters who use them often consume more calories than those who don't. » 10/06/09 11:00am 10/06/09 11:00am

Enhance Morning Runs By Ditching the Snooze Button

A pre-work run can help energize the rest of your day. To help make sure you get the most out of yours, resist the urge to hit the snooze button before getting up. » 10/06/09 6:00am 10/06/09 6:00am

Steam Scrambled Eggs with an Espresso Machine

If your morning scrambled eggs are coming up short and you happen to have an espresso machine handy, the next time you decide to cook up a batch, steam scramble your eggs for a delightfully creamy concoction. » 10/05/09 12:30pm 10/05/09 12:30pm

Combine Policies to Save Money on Insurance

Depending on where you live and how clean your driving record is, getting car insurance can burn a sizeable hole in your pocketbook. To help reduce the cost, try doubling (or tripling) up on other policies. » 10/05/09 11:00am 10/05/09 11:00am

Ditch the "Fake It Until You Make It" Mentality Concerning Wealth

You can't judge a book by its cover. You know this if you've watched a fancy vehicle pull up to a much-less fancy-abode. The takeaway lesson? Being rich and appearing rich are two very different things. » 10/03/09 3:30pm 10/03/09 3:30pm

Use Daily Cleaning Frenzies to Triage a Messy House

Work and other responsibilities can leave household chores off the must-do list. Rather than holding out until visitors or calamity demand too much work, try incorporating a daily "cleaning frenzy" before the situation gets dire. » 10/03/09 2:00pm 10/03/09 2:00pm

Focus Your To-Do List with a "Skydiving List"

To-do lists may work for some, but for others they're an overwhelming reminder of everything yet to be done. Fed up with his to-do list, Slate's John Dickerson suggests "blow[ing] up" the to-do list and figuratively going skydiving instead. » 10/02/09 3:00pm 10/02/09 3:00pm

Identify and Redirect Triggers to Change a Habit

There's a reason why resolutions go bust: Listing your goals is generally much easier than seeing them though. To that end, productivity weblog Zen Habits has created a cheatsheet for habit changing, including pinpointing habit triggers. » 10/01/09 3:00pm 10/01/09 3:00pm

Improve Your Writing by Setting the Right Tone

Whether you're a novelist or just a prolific email-er, you write every day to communicate. If you're looking to improve your writing, try incorporating the right pitch to better connect with your audience. » 10/01/09 11:00am 10/01/09 11:00am

Performance Tests Show Windows 7 "Marginally" Faster than Vista

Windows 7 will officially be released on October 22, but PC World has already given the new operating system a side-by-side spin with Vista and concluded that it's only "marginally faster" than its older sibling. » 9/30/09 3:00pm 9/30/09 3:00pm