Alan Henry, WIRED

Alan Henry


New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Alan:

Help! How Do I Make Friends When My Coworkers Are Behind a Screen?

Guest columnist Alan Henry offers advice for putting yourself out there online. → Read More

Help! How Do I Make Friends When My Coworkers Are Behind a Screen?

Guest columnist Alan Henry offers advice for putting yourself out there online. → Read More

Why You Should Keep a Soap-Filled Dish Wand in the Shower

It’s better to keep your shower clean than to wait until you can’t ignore the mess anymore, but that doesn’t make sticking to a regular cleaning schedule any easier. Whether you like to clean as you go or just want an easier way to scrub down the walls, consider keeping a dish wand—you know, the kind where you fill the handle with soap—in the shower so you have no choice but to use it. → Read More

You're Probably Using Way Too Much of These Household Products

Most people spend a good amount of money on things like laundry detergent, dishwasher soap, and other consumables. Saving money on them doesn’t have to mean switching brands or waiting for a sale—you can just use a lot less product and still get the same results, if not better. Here’s how much you actually need to get the job done. → Read More

Why You Should Think Twice About Buying a Home with a Swimming Pool

Home renovation and real estate shows almost always paint backyard pools in a positive light, but they come with significant maintenance, repair, and insurance costs that you may not think about when you’re buying a home. Whether you plan to install a pool—which is a bad idea if you’re trying to make your money back via increased property value—or you’re looking at purchasing a home that already… → Read More

Everything You Should Know Before You Bring a Dog Home for the First Time

Owning a dog is so full of challenges that bringing one home might seem like the easy part. But there’s a lot more to it than buying food, toys, and a leash. Here’s what you need to know to make your dog’s homecoming as happy as possible. → Read More

Rescue Your Cast Iron From Rust With Vinegar

Cast iron skillets are great for everything from breakfast to baking, but the downside is that they do require a little more maintenance than your average pot or pan. We’ve discussed several ways to season cast iron here at Lifehacker (including some that go against the “accepted wisdom”), but what if your roomie let your cast iron soak in water overnight, or heaven forbid, put it in the… → Read More

Free Yourself from Recipes With a Few Golden Cooking Ratios

Following a recipe is a great way to get started in the kitchen. However, once you’ve gotten the hang of combining ingredients, you can employ a few choice ratios that govern dozens of different dishes—and free yourself from the restrictions of recipes altogether. Here’s how it works. → Read More

Five Foods You Can Do Almost Anything With

If you’re just learning to cook or you’re on a tight budget, it’s a good idea to make your pantry staples a set of ingredients that you can mix and match into multiple dishes without getting bored of them. They don’t have to be a huge part of each meal, but they can offer you enough flexibility that you’ll never be short on meal ideas. Here are a few with those properties. → Read More

Bring Three Key Stories With You to Your Next Job Interview

The next time you’re preparing for a job interview, instead of trying to rehearse answers to dozens of common questions, think of three sweeping stories that describe times you did great work, worked successfully with difficult people, or rose to a challenge. Real stories and tangible conversations go farther than stock answers anyway. → Read More

How Do I Choose the Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones?

The pandemic has sent many of us home to work amongst the noise of our neighborhoods, pets, and loved ones. Whether your building is under construction, the dog barks incessantly, or kids are taking online classes nearby, a solid pair of headphones are a great way to keep outside noise out and your music in. And noise-cancelling headphones are an important option to consider. → Read More

The Difference Between Perfume, Cologne and Eau de Toilette

If you’ve ever been stuck in an airport with a duty free shop or explored the makeup and beauty section of a department store, chances are you’ve perused their selections of fragrances. And you probably noticed that they come in a lot of forms, including perfume, cologne and eau de toilette. Great, but what’s the difference between these products? All fragrances are largely the same, but they’re… → Read More

How to Automatically Mute Yourself in Zoom Meetings

One checkbox is all it takes to make everyone's life–including yours–easier. → Read More

How to Build the Perfect Pump-Up Playlist

Research shows that music makes a lot of us feel more inspired and productive. Here are some tips on finding your flow—and some tracks to get you started. → Read More

The Best Password Managers

Last week, we asked you to fill us in on your favorite password managers. After combing through your responses, testing out a few new ones, and getting a sense for what other popular picks may be out there, we’ve come up with a list of the five best password managers available. → Read More

How Can I Stop Getting Mail Addressed to Someone Else?

Nearly everyone has at some point received a letter or magazine meant for someone else. Instead of just tossing it, however, there are ways to make sure that mail gets back to its intended recipient—and stops cluttering up your inbox. In this edition of Ask Lifehacker, we’ll show you how. → Read More

The Right Way to Parallel Park, Step-by-Step

Parallel parking can be a a challenge for even the most seasoned drivers. Thankfully, over at Quora, Yishan Wong offers this step-by-step breakdown of how to parallel park perfectly every single time—and he’s spot on. → Read More

The Gear You Need for a New Year (and a New You)

You need resolve more than equipment to make your resolutions real, but a few special things can keep you inspired and use those gift cards you got for the holidays. → Read More

7 Ways to Make Tech Work for You in 2019

It's a digital life. → Read More

What We Can Learn About Online Privacy From Climate Change

Real action to protect privacy hinges on big institutions, to the point that small, individual measures pale in comparison. But there are still ways to act. → Read More