Apart from Google alternatives, it’s nice to see search engines designed specially for children and teenagers. Credibility, safety, and an orientation to learning are the common themes of these relatively new sites. Here are some.

Online clutter is annoying, but we spend many hours a week surfing anway. Here are some Firefox add-ons to help with getting more done while we browse!

“Learn more” add-ons

Should you listen to music while working?

Well, it's an individual preference. While it is scientifically proven that listening to music enhances your ability to focus and concentrate, some individuals work better in complete silence.

Those of us who have given a serious thought to using some other search engine—other than Google, that is—have usually ended up staying with Google. It's a habit.

Search is harder in 2010 than it was in, say, 2006, even though search engines are better. But we can help the search engines help us!

It’s hard to find good information without wasting too much time, so here are some broad search tips we’ve been using for a couple of years now.

1: Click first, read next.

Lifehacker started off as a site that helped non-geeks get along with computers. With the now-famous “geek to live, don’t live to geek” motto, it provided answers, tips, and tutorials for software and online stuff—anything to do with computers.

Just four or five years ago, "productivity tools" was only a category of software.

We wrote about self-directed learning a couple of months ago. We like the idea, and we also like the buzzword!