Gmail doesn't display a true message count by default, because Gmail uses the conversation view. Turn the conversation view off to see the real number of individual messages in your Gmail account.
Windows/Mac: RAW photo files are much larger than JPEG files and can be slow to load. FastRawViewer opens RAW files quickly so you can view the image and EXIF data right away.
Pressing the Mac power button in OS X Mavericks puts your Mac to sleep. A simple Terminal command can change it to display the shutdown dialog instead.
Cooking with dried beans instead of canned beans has its advantages. Find the right soaking times for a variety of beans with this handy little cheat sheet by WonderHowTo.
Sharing your laptop's Internet connection isn't hard, but you need two network cards to do it. If your laptop only has a single wireless card, add a second wireless adapter to turn your laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Android: Regular timer apps typically count down in hours, minutes, and seconds. Downcount keeps track of important events by displaying them in a daily countdown.
A lot of things can cause eye strain at the computer, but dryness is a big factor. Maintain a good humidity level to avoid exacerbating your eye strain.
Animations look nice when navigating your phone or tablet, but they can cause delays and even slow down lower-powered devices. Disabling them can improve your Android device's performance.
Filters are a lot of fun to play with, but at the end of the day, nothing quite beats a clean, filterless photo. If you've already applied a filter in iOS 7's Photos app, you might not realize that you can restore it back to its original shot in just a few steps.
When ice builds up in your freezer, defrosting it is a tedious and time-consuming job. Coat the freezer walls with cooking oil before it frosts over to make it easier to clean up.
Mac: VirusTotal, the awesome malware checker that scans files using over 50 different antivirus programs, is finally available on the Mac—so you can check suspicious files against tons of databases.
A dirty stove hood filter can attract pests and decrease indoor air quality. A weekly cleaning in a dishwasher will help keep it clean so it doesn't block the vent and keep the fan from doing its job.
Windows/Mac: You can create checklists in Evernote, but manually entering a checkbox for every item is a chore. Here's how you can quickly turn a normal list into a checklist.
iOS: Figuring out how much to tip can sometimes get confusing, especially when you need to split the bill with more than one other person. Gratuity for iOS is a good-looking app that calculates the tip amount for you and even splits the bill.
ATM scammers use tiny cameras and skimmers to trick you into revealing your PIN number. You can avoid them by using ATMs inside the banks and asking for cash back when you use your debit card inside a store.
Windows: Optical drives are noisy. RimhillEx slows down the read speed of your CD or DVD drive to keep the noise down.
Android/iOS (Select Cities): Don't have time to run out of the office to grab a bite to eat? Or just feeling lazy, but need that carton of milk from the grocery store? Postmates will take your order and deliver it to you in under an hour.
Sometimes it's difficult to get started on a task or project because we're either intimidated by it or waiting for the perfect moment. Vincent van Gogh was able to achieve his goals, in part, by taking action and not waiting.