Category Archives: Storage

Here’s One of the Best External Hard Drive Deals We’ve Ever Seen

Update 4/10: It’s back, but probably won’t last long, if the last time was any indication.

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Store Tea in Airtight Containers to Extend Shelf Life and Keep Flavors Intact

Store Tea in Airtight Containers to Extend Shelf Life and Keep Flavors Intact

If you’re a stickler for a quality cup of tea you might want to obsess over more than just your brewing method. How you store your tea can affect its flavor and shelf life, and different teas have different shelf lives.

Tea won’t go “bad” per se, but its flavor will go flat over time and it can also absorb flavors from its surroundings. Brian Keating, author of How to Make Tea: The Science Behind the Leaf, explained to Food52 that most black tea can last for about two years with proper storage:

“The most important thing you can do to extend the life of your loose leaf tea is to pack it in an airtight container and do your best to protect it from changes in temperature—anything between 60° F and 80° F is safe.”

Individually-wrapped tea packets that aren’t sealed in plastic or aluminum packets should be stored in the same way as loose leaf tea. Of course, you can be much lazier with sealed tea bags (like the Twinings packets you might buy at your local grocery store) because they’re airtight and don’t require special storage. For more tea tips read the rest of Brian’s conversation with Food52.

Yes, Your Tea Has a Shelf Life (+ How to Extend It) | Food52

Photo by Susana Fernandez (Flickr).

Turn These IKEA Bed Slats Into Versatile Wall Storage

Turn These IKEA Bed Slats Into Versatile Wall Storage

Installing wall storage is useful, but hard to do without putting a ton of holes in your walls. Use IKEA’s $10 SULTAN LADE bed slat set to give you lots of wall storage options with only a few holes needed to install the whole thing.

If you have an old set of slats from a bed frame you’re getting rid of, this is a great way to recycle it. Otherwise, $10 isn’t a lot to spend for the versatility you get here. You’ll want to hang the slats against the wall from two hooks that can handle a reasonably heavy load (depending on what you want to hang from the slats). Before hanging up the slats, you can customize it with paint, some extra hooks drilled into the slats, or even baskets attached for holding even more items. You can also hang blankets, clothes, and magazines directly over the slats. You can put this project anywhere you need extra storage, from your kitchen to bathroom to living room to your patio.

IKEA Hack – DIY Utensilo mit Lattenrost SULTAN LADE | Ich Designer

Image from Kristina Steinmetz of Ich Designer.

Personalize Cheap Plastic Storage with Patterned Paper Inserts

Personalize Cheap Plastic Storage with Patterned Paper Inserts

Plastic drawers are great for storage. They’re easy to clean and move (especially if they have wheels), but don’t look the best. If you have plastic storage that’s an eyesore in your home, here’s how to give it a facelift.

You probably already have everything you need: cardboard, patterned paper (like wrapping paper), glue, and scissors. Depending on your drawers, you may also need a bit of tape to secure the insert to the front of the drawer.

Once you have all your supplies, cut the cardboard so that it covers the front of the drawer. Cut the paper for each insert, leaving about two inches extra (beyond the size of the cardboard) on each side. Fold the paper over the cardboard, gluing the extra onto the back of the cardboard. Slide into the front of your plastic drawers and secure with tape if needed. If the sides of your drawers are visible too, you can make inserts for each side of the drawer using the same process.

How to Upgrade Plastic Drawers | Oh Oh Blog

Image from Oh Oh Blog.

IBM’s optical storage is 50 times faster than flash

Flash storage is too slow for your device's main memory, but RAM is expensive and volatile. Thanks to a breakthrough from IBM, phase-change memory (PCM) might one day replace them both. The crystal-based storage has been used in optical disks and oth…

Dropbox will now show all your files locally without using any disk space

Dropbox will soon be adding support on both Windows and OS X for placeholder files that create a full view of your cloud-synced files, even if they’re not available locally.

OneDrive (or rather SkyDrive, as it was called then) in Windows 8.1 was a significant step forward in improving the cloud storage experience for desktop users thanks to its novel handling of cloud-synced files. Within Explorer and at the command prompt, every file stored on OneDrive was shown, even if it wasn’t synced locally. Double-clicking a file (or using File… Open within an application) would automatically download it so that it could be read and edited as normal.

This system provided a great increase in usability, especially on machines with limited local storage. Instead of requiring you to pick and choose which files or folders to sync manually in order to avoid filling the local disk, you could see all your files and folders in your OneDrive folder. Only the ones that you actually opened locally would occupy their full size; everything else was shrunk to a few bytes of metadata.

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4U Storage Pods offer 240TB of storage for 3.6¢/GB

That’s a lot of hard disks. (credit: Backblaze)

For the last few years, we’ve looked at the hard disk reliability numbers from cloud backup and storage company Backblaze, but we’ve not looked at the systems it builds to hold its tens of thousands of hard disks. In common with some other cloud companies, Backblaze publishes the specs and designs of its Storage Pods, 4U systems packed with hard disks, and today it announced its sixth generation design, which bumps up the number of disks (from 45 to 60) while driving costs down even further.

The first design, in 2009, packed 45 1.5TB disks into a 4U rackable box for a cost of about 12¢ per gigabyte. In the different iterations that have followed, Backblaze has used a number of different internal designs—sometimes using port multipliers to get all the SATA ports necessary, other times using PCIe cards packed with SATA controllers—but it has stuck with the same 45 disk-per-box formula.

The new system marks the first break from that setup. It uses the same Ivy Bridge Xeon processor and 32GB RAM of the version 5, adding extra controllers and port multipliers to handle another 15 disks for 60 in total. The result is a little long—it overhangs the back of the rack by about four inches—but it’s packed full of storage.

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Use Your Steamer Basket to Store Onions and Garlic

Use Your Steamer Basket to Store Onions and Garlic

If you have a bamboo steamer basket and not much storage space in your kitchen, make your steamer basket pull double duty by storing onions, garlic, and shallots in it. Here’s why it’s perfect for the job.

Bamboo steamer baskets are designed to allow air (and steam) to flow in and out, which is also the perfect environment to store onions and garlic. They’ll stay protected and cool, keeping them fresh for when you want to cook with them. You will have to brush any loose skins out of the basket before using the basket itself for cooking again, but making the most of your storage space is worth the few extra seconds cleaning.

Steamer Storage | Martha Stewart

The Best Way to Wrap a  Sandwich for on the Go Eating

The Best Way to Wrap a  Sandwich for on the Go Eating

Do your sandwich a favor and do more than just toss it in a plastic baggie. Wrap it like this with a sheet of wax paper and keep it from getting crushed in your lunch bag. It won’t leak, it’ll stay dry, and it’s perfect for eating on the go without a mess (or saving one half for later.)…

You can use waxed paper, parchment paper, or even foil if you prefer. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Tear about a foot of paper and place it on a flat surface with your sandwich in the middle. The top of the sandwich should be facing away from you.
  2. Bring the top and bottom edges of the paper together over the sandwich and fold down in half inch increments until the paper is flush with the sandwich. This helps the sandwich stay secure in the paper during transport.
  3. Fold the sides of the paper into triangles, creasing the bottom of the triangle where it meets the side of the sandwich. Fold under the sandwich. Tape the points of the triangles together if you like.

Sound familiar? That’s how most delis and other sandwich shops wrap flat sandwiches. Cut your sandwich in half if you like to eat it that way, or you think you might not finish the whole thing. Wrap in a layer around the whole thing to keep the halves together. If you prefer a reusable option, there are plenty of cloth sandwich wrappers you can buy online (like this one from Amazon). For a step-by-step visual guide, check out the link below.

How to Wrap Your Sandwiches for Better Eating on the Go | Serious Eats

Image by Vicky Wasik.

Save Big On Select RAM and Flash Storage Products, Today Only on Amazon

Save Big On Select RAM and Flash Storage Products, Today Only on Amazon
Crucial/Lexar Gold Box

Amazon just kicked off a Gold Box deal on select Crucial and Lexar “memory” products, which in this case refers to both flash storage solutions and RAM.

Inside, you’ll find a 960GB SSD for just $200, 8GB of RAM for as low as $22, an iOS compatible flash drive, professional grade SD cards, and more. As with all Gold Box deals though, these prices are only available today, and the most popular products could sell out early.…………

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