Last Week's Best Posts

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Kick off your Lifehacker Monday by making sure you didn't miss any of the biggest posts from last week:

  • What Hotels Get Wrong For Business Travellers
    Hotels mean never having to make the bed and pizza that’s a phone call away, but there are plenty of downsides too. Here’s the top five things hotels across the globe should fix to make business travel a more pleasant experience.
  • Top 10 Must-Have Firefox Extensions, 2009 Edition Last time we compiled our must-have Firefox extensions, it was two years (and one browser version) ago. Our new list keeps some, tosses others, and remains our go-to, Grandmaster list of the best Firefox add-ons.
  • Half-Open Patcher Speeds Up BitTorrent Downloads (Windows) Did you realise Windows only allows 10 outbound connection attempts at a time? A simple patching utility can fix the problem and speed up your BitTorrent downloads.
  • Top 5 Ways To Save Money On iTunes
    Variable pricing might not have made much difference to what’s on sale in the iTunes store, but there are ways you can get music without endlessly coughing up $1.69 a track.
  • Six Best Portable Operating Systems Why restrict yourself to merely carrying around your data on a thumb drive? Take your entire operating system on your flash drive with the excellent portable operating systems you'll find inside this week's Hive Five.
  • Tonido Keeps Cloud Computing Local (Windows/Mac/Linux) If you're interested in the idea of cloud computing and remote access to your files but a bit paranoid about putting your data on some third party server, Tonido is a great compromise.
  • Seven To Offer Heroes Download Prior To Australian Broadcast
    Channel Seven is going to allow viewers to download the season opener of Heroes a week before it gets broadcast on April 23. It’s a welcome change, but still leaves Aussies lagging well behind the rest of the world in online TV options.
  • Side Businesses You Can Start In Your Spare Time If you're not sure what might make for a good side gig, The Simple Dollar has 50 suggestions.
  • SEAMonster Resizes Your Images With Pixel Microsurgery (Windows) SEAMonster harnesses the power of seam carving to micro-edit and resize your images while keeping important elements intact and undistorted.
  • What You Should Do When Your Internet's Out It's going to be a long wait for the NBN, and even if that eventually makes the Internet faster, there’s still going to be the odd occasion when you can’t get connected We've got suggestions for the best uses of time when a disconnection happens.
  • Back In Time Does Full Linux Backups In One Click (Linux) Back In Time, a Linux backup app inspired by Macs' Time Machine and offering the same kind of no-worry, space-saving snapshot protection, is worth adding to your must-install list.
  • AlternativeTo Suggests Software Alternatives Whether you're looking for an alternative to expensive commercial software or just trying to get a feel for what's out there, AlternativeTo is a handy service for finding software alternatives.
  • BeatScanner Analyses Your Music's BPM to Build Perfect Workout Playlists (Windows) Point free application BeatScanner at your music library to determine the beats per minute (BPM) of each track, then build playlists based on BPM for the perfect workout mix.
  • The Importance of Monitoring Your Online Reputation These days, if you want to know more about someone, the first thing most of us do is Google them. It shouldn't come as a surprise, then, that monitoring your online reputation is extraordinarily important.
  • LMMS Turns Your Desktop Into A Music Sequencing Monster (Windows/Linux ) LMMS puts a powerful set of music-making tools into one window, letting those who can't swing a home studio roll samples, bass grooves, synths, and other effects into high-quality audio files.
  • Turn An Old Web Cam Into A Household Spy Camera If you have an old web cam laying around, you can turn it into a functional spy cam with only a bit of hardware handiwork.
  • OutlookDeck Cuts Through Busy Inbox Noise (Windows) Email search utility OutlookDeck brings a completely new interface to searching Outlook-multiple persistent search folders on the screen at a time.
  • One Dozen Super-Useful (And Free!) Android Apps Six months ago we pointed out the best Android apps to boost your mobile productivity, but since then more free applications have appeared in the Market that offer useful features you don't want to miss.
  • Google Fx Adds Loads Of Features To Google Search (Greasemonkey) User script Google Fx adds a ton of features to the Google search interface-from related searches and Wikipedia results to thumbnail previews and search suggestions.

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