Kick off your Lifehacker Monday by making sure you didn’t miss any of the biggest posts from last week:
- Dear Lifehacker: Can I Survive University With Just A Laptop PC?
“I’m considering going down the laptop route however feel that there are times where paper will be necessary. Is all electronic the way to go?”
- Five Best System Tray Applications
The Windows system tray can be so much more than a parking lot for programs you don’t want cluttering up your task bar.
- Freeview Doesn’t Want To Share Its EPG
“Freeview won’t be compatible with current TVs and boxes — you’ll need a Freeview box to access that, though some manufacturers may offer firmware upgrades to make it possible.”
- Google Earth 5.0 Beta Released, Looks Incredible
Windows/Mac/Linux: Google’s 3D mapping application Google Earth has just released version 5.0, adding historical imagery, maps of the ocean’s floor, and even better features for touring the world from your desktop.
“In recent weeks, several readers have emailed us to sing the praises of the ANZ Money Manager site, which works with a wide range of Australian financial institutions.”
- GNOME Do’s Smart Dock Takes App Launching To Another Level
A new version of the quick-firing Linux keyboard launcher GNOME Do landed last week, bringing with it a “theme” that acts as a whole new desktop interface.
- Make Ubiquity Your Ultimate Firefox Commander (Firefox)
One of the niftiest Firefox add-ons to come out of Mozilla Labs is Ubiquity, a natural language commander that adds killer functionality on-page in Firefox. Let’s take a closer look.
- DesktopGaming Has Killer Retro Gaming Wallpapers (Desktop Customisation)
The DesktopGaming web site has created hundreds of retro gaming wallpapers by ripping screenshots from emulated games-and then spicing them up with some Photoshop goodness to fit today’s giant monitor sizes.
- Fences is a Seriously Awesome Desktop Icon Organiser (Windows)
Desktop icon organiser Fences arranges your cluttered desktop icons into containers so you can clean up the mess into useful groups of shortcuts-or optionally hides them altogether.
- bitRipper is a Dead Simple Solution For DVD Ripping (Windows)
If all you want is computer-playable video off your DVDs, bitRipper is the most simple, click-one-button-and-you’re-rolling solution we’ve seen. You can change your rip’s audio and video parameters, but you don’t have to.
- Skype 4.0 Finalises Video Chat, Bandwidth Improvements (Windows)
Skype 4.0 is officially out, and it features all the really big video windows and Outlook and problem-reporting tools from last year’s betas. It also beefs up Skype’s handling of bandwidth.
- Google Redesigned Updates, Adds GReader Redesigned (Firefox)
The crafty skinners at Globex Designs have officially released Google Redesigned 0.2, a Firefox extension that gives a whole-cloth new look to Gmail, Google Calendar, and, new to this release, Google Reader.
- Free Disk Analyzer Finds The Largest Space-Wasting Files (Windows)
File space usage application Free Disk Analyzer quickly and easily finds the largest files that are wasting space on your drive.
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