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Update to the GTD for Students Post

While perusing through our archives, I noticed a post that could use some refreshing. While Chris recently outlined GTD for students on Lifehacker, I still operate a much more barebones system. In the past, I was using my old school cellphone and a PocketMod, but I’ve since then upgraded to Remember the Milk and an ...

Building the Ultimate Dorm Room, For Reals

an class="thumbnail-image-float-right ssNonEditable">This is my setup. Note the second monitor and external keyboard.

So we here at HackCollege get emails every so often from companies pitching the latest product to make your dorm room the "ultimate dorm room." Whether it's Target trying to sell you Tupperware containers in your favorite shade or a Web app that helps you cram as much stuff into your 8' x 10' shared space, there's no shortage of messaging convincing you you need the "sickest" room. To them I say: go screw yourselves. There's been a culture of consumerism has recently uncovered this back-to-school-you-need-three-more-couches season.

This post will talk about what really makes a comfortable dorm living space and how to get by with the last amount of shit in your room.

How to Install a Hardwood Floor in a Dorm Room

This is a post in our 2009 Back to School series. You can see all of the posts here. Every once in a while we get guest post requests from odd sources. My younger brother, Blake, recently installed a hardwood floor in his dorm room at Notre Dame. I thought it was rather excessive, but it ...

Vote for Our SXSW Panels (and Our Friends’!)

So it’s that time of year again. South by Southwest (SXSW), the most ballering of baller conferences out there, has released their list of potential panels through their PanelPicker website. I was on a panel last year concerning education and it was a ton of fun. This year, I’ve submitted a few panels for consideration. ...

Dealing with a Ticket as a Student

An $800 fine over your computer glitch? Thanks LA Superior! This is a post in our 2009 Back to School series. You can see all of the posts here. Unfortunately, there are times in school when you are caught doing something stupid. Sometimes alcohol might be involved, sometimes you might be in a rush. I ...

Lifehacker Back to School Roundup

So we were contributing plenty of posts to Lifehacker for their back to school series this week and we saw the traffic to prove it. Welcome new Lifehacker readers! For those of you that missed the series, you can catch it over on their site. Here are all the links! Welcome Back to School Stock ...

College News Roundup for the Week of July 19, 2009

Harvard Prof Ignites a Race War For some reason or another, this issue has percolated to the top of every newspaper’s mind this week. Harvard profs know how to make a big stink out of localized incidents. It doesn’t quite help that Barack threw in his two cents either. And now Barack’s inviting everyone involved ...

It’s Friday and This is Funny: Photoshopping Diversity

Does your school Photoshop diversity into their pamphlets? We all know this practice has been going for a while at schools with photographers that just can’t plan ahead… 11 Photos Where Black People Were Awkwardly Photoshopped In or Out [via 11 Points] When it’s too tough to have a diverse campus, let Photoshop do the work!

My Weekend with the dv2

We packed the house.So we just wrapped up the HackCollege party in LA this last weekend. To say it was a success would be an understatement. So the question is: how did some broke, delinquent college students manage to throw a party with an open bar? The answer: HP helped us out. In the face ...

We’re in a Documentary!

I’m super-excited to announce today that Chris and I have an appearance in You 2.0: A Documentary on Lifehacking. The documentary has been more than a year in the making by a recent Florida State graduate, Joey Daoud. I had the pleasure of meeting Joey as he was on his whirlwind through San Francisco getting ...

This Week in College News for the Week of 6/28

Arizona State Sued for Using the Kindle (via eSchoolNews) Because the Amazon Kindle is not easily accessible by the blind, the National Federation of the Blind and the American Council of the Blind sued Arizona State earlier this week. I may sound a little harsh, but what prohobits the sight-impaired to using old-fashioned technology that ...