Kick off your Lifehacker Monday by making sure you didn't miss any of the biggest posts from last week:
- What To Check When Considering Naked DSL
"Naked DSL -- a broadband connection via a phone line but without paying a line rental fee for the associated voice service -- is an increasingly popular strategy for saving money on communications costs. Going naked can help cut down your monthly bills, but before taking the plunge there are some key issues you'll need to consider."
- Ten Must-Have Gmail Filters Available For Download (GMail)
Now that you can export and import email filters with Gmail, we've decided to compile some of our favourite filters for organizing your inbox into a single, handy download. Come and get it!
- Four Experimental Firefox Extensions We're Into
Every so often, Lifehacker rounds up Firefox add-ons that are too new for official approval, but seriously neat-looking. This batch can automate download management and image uploading, queue up MP3s, and manage Gmail tasks anywhere.
- Find Free Transport In Most Australian Capital Cities
" Australia's different capital city public transport systems don't have much in common -- but many of them do offer free bus services in their CBD areas (along with the occasional no-cost tram or train). Check out our comprehensive listing to save money (and traffic jams) the next time you're in an unfamiliar city."
- Simple User-Interface Trick Makes Your Remotes Idiot Proof
Ever written out detailed schematics so visiting friends or family members could operate your home theatre setup? It's annoying, right? Web site Designing Interactions highlights an incredibly simple but surprisingly workable solution.
- How Are You Finding The New Look Facebook?
" It doesn't seem that long ago since Facebook's major redesign caused so much controversy, but now the social networking giant is at it again, with a slightly refined design which looks like nothing so much as a Twitter clone."
- Put Google Calendar And Notes On Your iPhone Wallpaper (iPhone/iPod Touch)
Two free apps for the iPhone and iPod touch give users the ability to add any text they'd like, or their upcoming Google Calendar appointments, to their home/unlock screens. Check out how they work in screenshots.
- BackTrack Is A Security-Focused Live CD Packed With System Tools (Linux Live CD)
BackTrack was the winner of our recent Hive Five for best Live CD, so we decided to take it for a test drive and show off a few of the features for everybody else.
- Avoid Mediocre Portraits With These Tricks
You have a camera and a willing subject, but you're not sure how to break your portraits out of the flat blandness that plagues many snapshots. Avoid boring compositions with these tips.
- Songbird 1.1 Grabs Album Art In One Step, Runs Lighter And Faster (Windows/Mac/Linux)
The free, multi-platform iTunes assaulter (if not quite killer) Songbird busts out great improvements for a 1.1 version, including a one-click album art grabber, performance improvements, and loads o' little tweaks.
- iTunes 8.1 Parties With iTunes DJ, Genius For TV And Movies (Windows/Mac)
While the timing is mainly meant to support the new, ridiculously small iPod Shuffle, iTunes 8.1 adds a few other cool features.
- New Windows 7 Build (7057) Hits BitTorrent (Windows)
A new build of Windows 7 appears to have shown up on the BitTorrent scene-build 7057. From first impressions over at Neowin, the build features some UAC fixes, improved superbar resizing, and some nice user interface updates like new user icons, wallpapers, and a snazzy new logon and shutdown dialog.
- OpenWith.org Tells Your Mum How To Open That File (For Free) (Windows)
The built-in tool for dealing with unknown file types in Windows simply doesn't work. OpenWith.org does, and it points you, or your less free-software-savvy friends, to downloads that fit the bill.
- UBitMenu Brings The Microsoft Office 2003 Menu Back To Office 2007 (Windows)
We love Office 2007's ribbon for its impressive keyboard shortcut integration, but for those of you who miss the Microsoft Office 2003 menu that's entrenched in your muscle memory, UBitMenu can help.