Monday, January 21, 2008

Flickr

Two years ago on Lifehacker, guest writer Eszter Hargittai taught you how to find amazing photographs on Flickr.


Capture and Share Images Instantly with Skitch

Mac OS X only: Dead simple screenshot and image-sharing service Skitch, formerly in private beta, is now open to anyone to download and try out. Skitch is a Mac desktop application that talks to a webapp: sign up for a free account at Skitch.com, install the app, and publish, share, screengrab, and annotate images from your Mac instantly. Great for sharing and discussing images with friends and co-workers online, it’s hard to explain just how easy Skitch is to use, so hit the play button above to see it in action. I just started playing with Skitch, and in about 15 seconds I took a screenshot of my desktop, annotated it, and uploaded it to my public Skitch page. Neat. Skitch is a free download for Mac only. (We can’t wait to see this one for Windows.)

Skitch.com [via doctorparadox]


Get a free ID tag for your pet

If you have pets, you know how stressful it can be if they wander off your property leaving you wondering if they’re safe and whether they’re coming back. A free ID tag from the National Pet Register can help people identify your pet if it gets lost – and it has a phone number they can call which is staffed 24/7. The National Pet Register is a not-for-profit service run by the Lost Dog’s Home. When you sign up, you will need to click to say that you agree to them giving out your contact details to the person reporting the ID number of your lost pet, so they can contact you. Your tag, which clips onto your pet’s collar, should be mailed within two weeks. You can update your contact details on their website if you move house.If you’ve been weighing up the benefits of microchipping your pet but can’t afford to get it done just yet, I highly recommend that you sign up for this free service, now. Save yourself some stress if your pet goes walkies. :)


Take a cheap holiday by exploring your own city

If lack of time or money is making it hard for you to plan a holiday, here’s an excellent, cheap idea from the Wise Bread blog – turn your own hometown into a holiday destination by exploring it like you’re a tourist. It can be as simple as walking out your front door and walking in a direction you don’t usually go – or you can create a list of picturesque suburbs or touristy destinations you haven’t ever taken the time to visit.My suggestions are: buy a cheap eats guide for your town and act on some of its recommendations. Check out your local bookshop or library for a cool looking walking guide (for example Sydney’s Better Read Than Dead bookshop has published its own Historic Newtown Walking Map). Swallow your pride as a local and check out a free or cheap tourist attraction that you’ve never tried – for example take the ferry to Watson’s Bay for a day trip with fish and chips.If you follow some of these suggestions – or the excellent ones from Wise Bread – any old weekend can be turned into a holiday where you get to experience something fun and get to know your own city better. If you have any suggestions for cheap ways you have found to enjoy and explore where you live, please leave them in comments.

Walking into the Spirit of Travel [Wise Bread]


APC recommends its Top 5 free open source computer games

APC magazine has posted its list of the Top 5 free open source games, along with a list of other free games which come highly recommended. Top of the list is a Super Mario-inspired 2D platform game called Secret Maryo Chronicles. Also on the list are a couple of strategy games, including Free Civ and a first person shooter called Alien Arena. As a bonus they’ve got a list of ‘runners up’ and a list of ‘free but not open source’ games including Sam and Max Episode 4. Should be plenty to chose from if you’re looking for a free game to chew up some of your downtime.

Top 5 best (free) open source games [APC]


Get a free copy of ZC Video Converter software

The Giveaway of the Day website is featuring ZC Video Converter software today – it offers “one click format conversion” for a range of video files including AVI, DivX, XviD, MPEG, WMV, MOV, RM to any output format you want. System requirements are: DVD writer drives, 256M or more memory, 5GB or more free disk space and DirectX8.0 or higher.I haven’t tried it yet but figured it can’t hurt to have software available for converting video to DVD format. The giveaway is on for about 6 1/2 more hours if you’re interested.

Giveaway of the Day


Capture and Share Images Instantly with Skitch

Mac OS X only: Dead simple screenshot and image-sharing service Skitch, formerly in private beta, is now open to anyone to download and try out. Skitch is a Mac desktop application that talks to a webapp: sign up for a free account at Skitch.com, install the app, and publish, share, screengrab, and annotate images from your Mac instantly. Great for sharing and discussing images with friends and co-workers online, it’s hard to explain just how easy Skitch is to use, so hit the play button above to see it in action. I just started playing with Skitch, and in about 15 seconds I took a screenshot of my desktop, annotated it, and uploaded it to my public Skitch page. Neat. Skitch is a free download for Mac only. (We can’t wait to see this one for Windows.)

Skitch.com [via doctorparadox]


Make your Wii controller into a gun

Design student Chung Da made this elegant looking plastic handle for a Wiimote controller to convert it into a zapper or gun. He used sheets of plastic acrylate but says you could easily use the cardboard from a cereal box. A couple of elastic bands holds it in place so it can easily be removed once you’re finished playing shoot em ups and want to return to something less violent on the Wii, like cow racing.You can download a PDF template for the gun handle from his website.

DIY Wii Zapper/Gun [Chung Da][via Make]


Use airplane cutlery to stock up your picnic basket

An Intrepid Lifehacker tipster emailed me this morning with a handy idea for stocking up on airline cutlery to stock up your picnic basket!

“The plastic cutlery Qantas give you is bloody good. The knives are sharp. The forks have tines that won’t bust. All dishwasher-proof too.

We pinched the cutlery off our meal trays and … hey-presto … one eight picnic cutlery set!”

I like your thinking. Thanks for the tip, Simon. :)


Suck Less at Photoshop

Screencaster Donnie Hoyle says you suck at Photoshop, and offers a few hilarious NSFW tutorials that contain some naughty words (so don’t watch ‘em in front of the children.) Above he covers distortion, warp and layer effects. After the jump, two more show you how to cover your mistakes, and use the clone stamp.