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Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Best Oven Safe Food Storage Containers For Easy Meal Prep And Storage

Looking to downsize, organize, and optimize your kitchen? Oven safe containers can replace some of your dishes, make prep easy, and make cleaning a breeze.

Most kitchens are filled with cheap, plastic Tupperware for storing and reheating leftovers. But that’s about all the use that you’ll get out of a plastic container. But just think, if you had oven safe containers, then you could prep, bake, refrigerate, and reheat using a single container. You can also use oven safe containers to help organize your cluttered fridge, or to replace some of your dishes.

But not all over safe food storage is created equal, and some containers may be more useful to you than others. For example, if you’re looking to organize your fridge, then you’ll want to buy a uniform set of rectangular containers. That way, you won’t waste a bit of space. If you’re trying to bring your lunch to work every day, then you’ll want a container that has a strong lid — maybe even a lid with a steam valve.

There’s a lot of variety in the world of food storage containers, so we’ve taken the time to find the best oven safe sets for everybody’s needs. Some of these sets may seem a bit expensive, but keep in mind that a good set of ovens safe containers will serve you for years and years, so the investment’s well worth it.

Pyrex 18-Container Storage Set ($35)

If you’re trying to build or replace your storage collection, then why not go with the king of food storage? Pyrex, a brand that’s become synonymous with oven safe containers, makes fantastic containers that are easy to use, clean, and store. And since Pyrex lids are replaceable, you can expect to use their containers for years and years.

Just keep in mind that these Pyrex containers are kind of the everyman’s storage. They’re not specifically designed for organizing your fridge, or prepping meals, or for taking steaming hot food on the go. If you’re looking for storage containers that are especially great for organizing, then you need a set of uniform rectangular containers. If you want tupperware that can replace your bakeware, then you should look for large, handled containers. See what I mean?

Anchor Hocking TrueSeal 10 Container Set ($19)

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Geek Trivia: The V In DVD Stands For What?

The V In DVD Stands For What?

  1. Video
  2. Vertical
  3. Volume
  4. Versatile

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Best Window Candles For Making Your Home Festive And Cosy

Window candles are a great and classy way of making your home look cosy and festive at this time of year. We’ve looked at the best electric and battery operated window candles out there.

Now, of course, you can use conventional candles and they’re certainly traditional and warm, but it’s useful to have electric ones too. You don’t have to worry about any fire risk, smoke, or wax melting on top of anything important. Sure, the great smell isn’t there but it’s a small price to pay for safety, especially if you have young children in your home this Christmas.

None of these window candles are super smart so we suggest pairing up the corded options with a Sonoff S31 Smart Plug. We covered it earlier in the year and it’s a great solution for all your automation needs.

Here are our favorite window candles for creating the festive spirit in your home.

Enchanted Spaces Set of 10 Flameless White Taper Window Candles ($57)

The Enchanted Spaces Set of 10 Flameless White Taper Window Candles is a fairly elegant set of white candles. Each candle looks like a traditional looking candle that you might place as a centerpiece at the dinner table, or simply scatter around your living space to create a nice light during the dark evenings.

Each candle requires 2 batteries so it’s fortunate that the candles switch off automatically after 5 hours. There’s a remote too so you can easily turn them on or off at your leisure.

Good Tidings LED Christmas Window Christmas Candle with Sensor ($11)

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Best Sites for Finding Song Lyrics

Have you ever discovered that you’ve been singing one of your favorite songs incorrectly all along? Instead of being embarrassed in front of your friends, it’s easier to use one of the lyrics searching website discussed below and find the actual lyrics of the song.

Google: Quick Results for Popular Songs

google find song lyrics

Sometimes, all you want are the lyrics of the song, fast. In that case, your best is to search the song name + lyrics (the song lyrics) on Google. If it’s a popular song, Google will likely display the lyrics of the song inside the search results, and you won’t even have to go to another website. It may be a hit or miss for some older or less popular songs, for those, use of the other sites instead.

Genius.com: For the Broadest Selection of Songs

genius find song lyrics

Genius.com is a crowdsourced lyrics search website and a musical publication. It covers new music releases and music related news apart from hosting lyrics. It claims that it has the biggest collection of music lyrics and music knowledge. You can search for lyrics by entering the song name or the artist name in the search field and Genius.com will retrieve relevant results. You can then click on any song to reach the lyrics page, which will contain the lyrics, a song preview (from Apple Music), and additional information about the album and the artist. Popular songs will also have the lyric translations into a few different languages—also contributed by the community.

Azlyrics

azlyrics find song lyrics

AZLyrics does one thing and does it well, i.e., find lyrics. It’s one of the simplest websites to find lyrics for a variety of songs which works well on desktop and mobile. You can search for specific lyrics or choose from the ‘What’s Hot?’ section. The lyrics are presented in a non-distracting, simple-to-read manner, and you will also find the link to purchase the song on the same page. AZLytics is free to use and ad-supported, but the ads are minimal and non-intrusive, which makes searching for lyrics a pleasant experience.

 

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Geek Trivia: Which Space Probe First Successfully Transmitted Photos Of The Lunar Surface?

Which Space Probe First Successfully Transmitted Photos Of The Lunar Surface?

  1. Mariner 10
  2. Giotto
  3. Lunar 16
  4. Ranger 7

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Friday, December 14, 2018

How to Add Images to a Header or Footer in Microsoft Word

Headers and Footers in a Word document are useful for adding dates, page numbers, and whatever other text you want. You can also place images in your header and footer, which is handy for adding, for example, a company logo. Here’s how to do it.

First, we need to add a header or footer. If you just want to pop open the header or footer area and do your own thing, all you have to do is double click in the areas at the top or bottom of any page in your document.

Word also features some built-in header and footer designs you can use to get a jump start on things. To use them, switch to the “Insert” tab and click either the “Header” or “Footer” button.

Insert Header or Footer

This opens a drop-down menu with several built-in layouts, so select whichever you like. Here, we’re going with the first header option, which is a standard blank header.

Blank header

You can type text if you want or, if you only want an image, highlight the sample and delete it.

highlight text area

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Don’t Trust Your Money to an Online Bank That Isn’t FDIC Insured

Robinhood, a popular investing app, just announced a checking account with 3% interest, and it’s already in hot water. Robinhood is just the latest app to want your paycheck and all your cash without providing insurance if the company fails.

FDIC insurance is pretty simple. Bank balances up to $250,000 are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which is backstopped by the US government. The FDIC was created in 1933 during the Great Depression to restore Americans’ faith in the banking system that had just failed. Since then, it has never failed to pay up. Whenever an FDIC-insured bank goes out of business, the FDIC steps in and makes sure you get every last cent of your money. No one has lost a penny of an FDIC insured bank account in 85 years.

But now some technology startups think they don’t need FDIC insurance on their banking products. After all, what are the odds a startup will go out of business?

Companies don’t normally fall flat on their face like Robinhood does. Robinhood announced that its new checking and savings product would be insured by the SIPC. That’s the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, a private organization that insures investments. The very next day, the head of the SIPC said he had serious concerns and didn’t think the money is protected by the SIPC. Robinhood would not comment publicly on his comments.

In other words, if Robinhood goes out of business, you could lose all the money in your Robinhood “bank account.” Do you really want to depend on a startup not going out of business?

Robinhood is just the latest example, but there are others. Square Cash wants you to deposit your paycheck into its app. But Square Cash doesn’t provide FDIC insurance for all the money you store there, as Walt Mossberg pointed out on Twitter. Until Square Cash gets that FDIC insurance it’s pursuing, you should avoid using it as a bank account. It’s a great app for sending money to people, but don’t keep all your money in it.

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Game Over: Nintendo is Discontinuing the NES and SNES Classic

Oh boy. If you’ve been pondering picking up one of Nintendo’s Classic consoles—the NES Classic or SNES Classic—you may want to pull the trigger on that decision soon. After the holidays, Nintendo will stop selling both.

If you followed the NES Classic drama at all, you probably remember that Nintendo sold out of the console pretty damn quickly when it was first released. At that point, it was almost impossible to buy one without spending the insane price resellers were asking. Nintendo seemed to have learned its lesson during that debacle because the re-released NES Classic and SNES Classic both had plenty of stock available.

But as they say, all good things must come to an end. While there isn’t a firm date on when we can expect Nintendo to stop producing these consoles, it probably won’t last very long into 2019 (if at all), so now’s the time to buy if there ever was one. Otherwise, you’ll have to pick up a Switch and buy into Nintendo Online. Or, you know, roll your own retro gaming machine.

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Discord Steps Up to Epic and Steam Game Stores with a 90/10 Developer Split

Recently Fortnite publisher Epic made a splash in the world of PC gaming by introducing its own game store, with a competitive 88% share of profits going to developers. Now Discord is going one better with an even more generous split.

Discord is best known as a game-focused chat and VOIP app, but the company has been selling indie games on its own digital storefront for a few months as well. The company announced today on its blog that, beginning next year, the store will give a full 90% of the price of games directly to developers. That beats Steam’s 70/30 split by a huge margin and steals the thunder from Epic, which has been wooing independent and mid-sized developers to its newer store at a steady pace.

Discord was forthright in its announcement, saying that it needs only 10% of a game’s price to cover operating costs…an implicit condemnation of Steam’s more profitable pricing model.

So, we asked ourselves a few more questions. Why does it cost 30% to distribute games? Is this the only reason developers are building their own stores and launchers to distribute games?

Turns out, it does not cost 30% to distribute games in 2018. After doing some research, we discovered that we can build amazing developer tools, run them, and give developers the majority of the revenue share.

With hundreds of millions of gamers already using Discord’s communication tools instead of many PC games’ built-in chat systems and growing use in more general communications applications, the company is well set up to gain a huge audience right away. That’s the same approach Epic is taking: Fortnite is its Trojan horse, allowing it to add a game store to software that’s already on a huge amount of gamer desktops.

2019 is shaping up to be a knock-down, drag-out price war to woo publishers and developers to the most lucrative storefront. Steam is still in the lead by an order of magnitude, but they’ll need to offer more money or see some of their biggest clients wander to friendlier alternatives.

Source: Discord via The Verge  



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