Welcome to the weekly open thread where Lifehacker (and Hackerspace) readers share tips & tricks, seek advise, or just stop by to say “hello” and talk about whatever’s going on. Working on a project, or got any fun weekend plans you want to share? This is the place for that.

Hackerspace is the reader run sub-blog of Lifehacker, and the open thread is a great way to get to know everyone, and give or get some advise or just shoot the breeze. If you’d like to be able to write on Hackerspace, make a request in the comments, maybe include links to things you’ve written, and you should be good to go, there’s even a handy guide.


It’s been a pretty busy and active week around here. Moon continued offering tips on Windows 10 like how to run old programs and creating a repair disk. And brought up a possible issue for discussion. Elena offered advise on beating the odds and how to save money (which in my case would require beating some odds too). And William Rand waxed philosophic on what makes something obsolete, and suggested some free alternatives to Microsoft Office.

I tried to go with a more personal touch on the gif, so it’s homemade, with video taken using my Nexus 5, and the very helpful but poorly named Android app Gif Edit Maker video.

And lastly, before we get started, a plug for a site about cats. People on the internet like that, right?