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Tretflix Is A Ready-To-Install Downloading PC Packed With Usenet Tools

Usenet is a great resource for lots of different things, and we’ve talked about a number of great apps to use to get the most out of Usenet. Tretflix is a custom, ready-to-install operating system that wraps them all up into an easy-to-use package. All you do is provide the hardware.


Office Updates: Word Online Improves Comments, Excel Stops Mangling VBA

The free online versions of Word and Excel don’t have all the features of the paid version, but they’re steadily coming closer. The latest batch of updates includes improved comment support in Word and the ability to correctly open spreadsheets which include VBA code in Excel.


How To Slipstream Windows Updates Into Your Installation Disc

One of the horrors of reinstalling Windows is the endless amount of software updates and reboots required to get it secure, stable and current. But there’s a better way: slipstreaming. With a bit of prep, you can create a new installation disc with all the updates included, so everything installs at once.


StorageStatus Monitors Your Hard Drive's Power Consumption

Mac: StorageStatus is a small utility that lives in your Mac’s menubar and monitors storage devices — both internal and external. It will tell you what’s active and if there’s any unusual activity you ought to be aware of.


Ask LH: What Matters Most When Buying A Cheap PC?

Hi Lifehacker, I am in the market to buy a cheap PC for home use. I’m looking for something inexpensive, but am having a hard time understanding the jargon PC stores are throwing at me. What should I really be looking for?


AppChooser Cleans And Customises Android's 'Share' Menu

Android’s universal share menu is awesome, but it can become cluttered really quickly. AppChooser lets you customise and clean up the share menu to your heart’s desire.


Fokus Highlights Selected Text On The Web And Dims Everything Else

Chrome/Firefox: Much as how Turn Off The Lights lets you focus on your videos and dims everything else in a web page, Fokus highlights selected text and darkens the rest of your Chrome or Firefox window.


Switch Passive Learning Tasks To Active Ones For Better Studying

When you have to study a lot, your focus can waver. In such cases, the kind of studying you do can have a big effect on how much you learn. Scott H Young, author of Learn More Study Less, suggests switching from passive learning to active learning tasks to make better use of shorter study hours.


How To Move 'Unmoveable' Files When Shrinking Windows Partitions

Shrinking a partition in Windows is not something one does often, but when it comes to creating a disk image for a new SSD, or splitting a drive’s space into multiple sections, you’ll probably need to do some resizing beforehand. Unfortunately, Windows doesn’t always play nice when you fire up Disk Management and hit the “Shrink” option — despite having a load of free space, you’ll often find a significant discrepancy in the area you can reclaim.


Track Every Small Progress For A Successful 'Done List'

The “Done List” is a popular productivity method for those who prefer to track their achievements than make task lists. 99U reminds us that it’s not just about what you achieve though; these lists should include all progress you make.