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Sometimes, the weekend is about just having time with your friends and family. Sometimes it's about watching strangely reformed 90s pop bands. And sometimes it's about catching up with the best tech hints from the past week on Lifehacker:

Work out how much international carry-on luggage you can get away with If you're a Commonwealth Bank customer, check out the mobile NetBank site Pick a better bank account with Fumzup Teach your keyword bookmarks not to misbehave Equip your BlackBerry for voice search

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I'm going to spend part of the weekend photographing restored steam trains, at which point our recent post about taking HDR photos might well come in handy. Here's some other tips from the past week that could prove useful if you get a spare minute:

Try out the five-minute prison workout Buy some discount iTunes cards at Woolies before the sale ends Download IE8 before the Windows Update rush starts Video your elderly relatives to get a chance of putting them on the ABC If you're tempted by Nokia's Comes With Music, which officially launched on March 20, check our cost benefit analysis before coughing up

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Tom Baker likes to spend his weekend mowing lawns and babbling, but there's plenty of other ways to fill in those precious 48 hours. If you've got an inclination to get a bit more techie, check out these ideas from Lifehacker you may have missed during the week:

Find yourself a suitable surfing beach on your mobile phone Consider whether naked DSL could save you money Turn your digital camera into a pinhole camera, for nostalgia's sake Create weird URL shortcuts Benchmark your hard drive (and work out if it's too blame for all those appalling performance problems)

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Naturally, we're not opposed to a cocktail or two. But if you do feel the urge to plonk yourself in front of the PC this weekend, here are five ideas from the last week on Lifehacker that you might care to explore:

Find out if there's any caf├ęs near you with free Wi-Fi using Laptopfriendlycafes.com Get that nightclub experience without leaving home by checking out Awdio's live streaming from clubs Get less distracted next week by setting up a tangents log Back up your DRM-protected music by burning it to CD — after all, even Microsoft says it's OK Check out the revamped version of Lifehacker favourite Foxmarks, now known as Xmarks

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For a large portion of the Australian population, plunging into an ice-cold pool is obviously the preferred option. But when you venture back inside and pray the air conditioning is still working, you can also try out these life-enhancing tech tips from the last week on Lifehacker:

See if offline Gmail has showed up in your account yet (no luck for me so far) Find the perfect PC wallpaper with a sneaky Google trick Check if you're following Australia's top Twitter users Make sure your in-ear headphones are working properly Find out if buying a movie ticket via your phone actually saves any time

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We're sure you've got the patriotism/BBQ/concert side sorted, but if you get some spare time over the long weekend, here's five ideas from the past week worth following up:

Set up a GiveDo.com search for your favourite charity Get your pet a date with MyPetNeedsLove Try out Plinky as a means of maintaining your web presence Start using SpendingDiary to avoid personal fiscal chaos Find the best of Twitter on EpicTweet

Lifehacker will continue to publish US posts over the weekend; normal Aussie service will resume on Tuesday.

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Whether next week is bringing Linux goodness in Tasmania, the dreaded return to work or yet another round of "haven't the school holidays ended yet?", get a sense of accomplishment by catching up with these tips from the last week:

Make sure your computer doesn't catch fire in the summer heat Test out YouTube TV on your Wii or PS3 Log into that old Hotmail account and set it up for POP3 access Try out the Windows 7 beta on your Mac and see how the other 90% will soon live Set up some nifty multi-monitor wallpaper

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If you haven't already done your shopping, let's face it — you're going to suffer (though our Christmas Gift Guide will help). But here's some tips from the last week you can follow up when you struggle home exhausted:

Mess up your Flickr account by adding Santa imagery to selected pictures Design a calendar to include on your out-of-office message Find some cheap books for holiday reading with Booko Find out how little your local member cares about Internet censorship, then write to them explaining why they should be more concerned Whatever your preferred browser, make sure it's fully patched

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Get in the swim of things by catching up with these key productivity tips from the last week:

Try and win a bunch of stuff from Lifehacker by taking part in our reader survey (there's a Sony Bravia TV and shopping vouchers up for grabs) and our Mozo competition (with $500 for your credit card bill on offer) Turn your caps lock key into a mute button Use your Christmas shopping online discount codes wisely Go nuts watching programs on ABC iView (assuming your ISP has joined the growing list which don't include its content in your caps) Upgrade your copy of Google Chrome and see if you can spot the difference between the beta and non-beta releases

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When you're not in the mood to be social, get productive instead with these tips from the past week:

Take advantage of 25GB of free online storage from Microsoft (though you should keep an eye on your upload limits) Clean up Google by getting rid of SearchWiki Indulge yourself and order an Agora Android phone Get any last-minute Christmas parcels wrapped so you can send them on Monday Kickstart an exercise routine just in case you get fired (and if you're heading to the beach, check if there's a surf lifesaving patrol on duty

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When you're not busy overloading on Christmas shopping and chilling out, spend some quality time with your PC and try out these tips from the past week:

Make yourself an iPhone dock out of cardboard (or jailbreak your new 2.2 firmware if you don't feel like messing with cardboard) Annoyed by Google's new SearchWiki buttons? Get rid of them! Tweak your system and pretend you're running Windows 7 Check out some web sites to help sort the pre-Christmas finances Curl up and read a free ebook

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The working week is over! But add some organising spice to your leisure time by following up these tips from the past week on Lifehacker:

Download the upgraded Xbox experience (if you haven't already) Dig up strange people from your past with Pipl Find an environmentally sound way to dispose of your old tech Play with Google SearchWiki and see if it makes your search experience any better, and use Let Me Google That For You to reduce Google hassles from others Find somewhere new to hide your loose cash at home