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Last Week's Best Posts

You wanted iPhone apps for work, you wanted HTML5 and you wanted to save money on booze. Kick off your Lifehacker Monday by making sure you didn’t miss any of the biggest posts from last week:

  • When Your Universal Adaptor Doesn’t Fit
    A universal adaptor lets you charge your travel gadgets anywhere in the world, but there’s one hidden trap to watch out for.
  • Get The Most From Your Point-And-Shoot Camera
    Just because you’ve got a relatively inexpensive point-and-shoot camera and not a $US1500+ DSLR rig doesn’t mean you can’t take awesome photos. Here’s a look at how you can elevate your regular old point-and-shoot shots to greatness.
  • Tableau Public Brings Your Boring Data To Life (Windows)
    Free application Tableau Public creates beautiful visualizations from your data and lets you publish them to the web, where users can interact with your charts and graphs with live updates.
  • Does Buying Booze When You Land Cost More?
    Duty-free shopping is often a trade-off between savings and convenience, but the penalty for buying when you land isn’t necessarily as large as you think.
  • Can I Play HTML5 YouTube Videos In Firefox Right Now?
    Dear Lifehacker, I’ve read about how HTML5 will change the way I use the web, but it seems like the biggest example of HTML5 in action is on sites like YouTube—which don’t support my favourite browser, Firefox.
  • SecondBar Puts A Menu Bar On All Your Mac’s Monitors (Mac)
    Multiple monitors do great things for your desktop space, but your menu bar sticks to one screen. If you’re looking for more menu access, free utility SecondBar puts one at the top of each monitor.
  • The Best iPhone Apps For IT Workers
    Trying to convince your boss that being allowed to use an iPhone at work doesn’t simply mean non-stop games of Flight Control? Techworld has assembled a handy slideshow of 10 iPhone apps that are firmly aimed at IT professionals, rather than highlighting the often-frivolous nature of the iTunes App Store.
  • Restore A Scratched-Up iPhone With Sandpaper
    iPhones are scratch-resistant, but life throws some tough stuff at our phones. One MacRumors user, owning a phone that looks pretty beat, demonstrates the full process of restoring his phone with sandpaper and a new LCD kit.
  • Mini Wide Fullscreens Gmail, Is Very Netbook Friendly (Firefox/Chrome)
    Small netbook screens make you really appreciate every last pixel on your device. The Mini Wide userscript for Gmail adds a “netbook mode” shortcut to Gmail that removes navigation and ads for a streamlined, netbook-friendly, message-focused view of your inbox.
  • Use Professional Project Managers To Organise Your Own Life
    Can’t find the right tool to get your own life organised? The pro-level software you use at work might prove to be the optimum solution.
  • Turn A Hoodie Into An Improvised Laptop Bag
    If you like getting the most use out of your possessions as possible, this guide will help you turn a hooded sweatshirt into a laptop bag, baby carrier, and more.
  • Launchy 2.5 Beta 2 Improves Performance, Lands On Macs (Windows/Mac/Linux)
    Launchy, the little application launcher that could, has introduced a Mac version with its latest beta. Bug fixes, performance overhauls, and new shortcuts and controls are also baked into this beta for every system.
  • Five Best VPN Tools
    VPN software lets you join private networks as though you’re sitting at a local computer on that network, giving you access to shared folders and tons more handy stuff.
  • Windows 7 Taskbar Thumbnail Customizer Tweaks Your Superbar (Windows 7)
    Hailing from the camp of “software that does exactly what its name implies”, Windows 7 Taskbar Thumbnail Customizer fine-tunes the size, spacing and margins of your Windows 7 Superbar previews.
  • Staying Motivated At Work With A Status Board
    Panic is a software company that makes useful tools like my personal favourite, Transmit for the Mac. They’ve also made a beautiful project status display that keeps their team on top of what they’re working on and keeps everyone motivated.
  • FeelHome Gives Easy Remote Access To Your Files Across Platforms (Windows/Mac/Linux)
    If you would like to easily access, edit, and save files across multiple computers, free application FeelHome allows you to share files across operating systems and over the web.
  • Save Water-Damaged Books, Docs By Putting Them In The Freezer
    Next time you drop a book in the bath or end up with an otherwise water-damaged periodical, document, or photograph, reader pearce.kilgour recommends a simple solution:
  • SuperbarMonitor Puts System Monitoring Right On Your Windows Superbar (Windows 7)
    If you like visual indicators for things like disk capacity, battery life, memory usage and speaker volume, and you like them prominent and easy to find, SuperbarMonitor puts easy to read indicators right on your Superbar.
  • Twice-Monthly Half Mortgage Payments Might Save You Money
    Some financial planners advise making two half payments on your mortgage each month instead of one full sum. The idea is that homeowners will save thousands of dollars over the years in interest payments.
  • How To Make Your Personal QR Code
    Ever since I installed a barcode-scanning app on my phone, I see QR codes everywhere-so naturally I wanted one of my own. If you’re a barcode-scanning fool, the QR code to the left links to my personal web site.