Last Week's Best Posts

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

  • Making The Most Of The Microsoft Office 2007 Ribbon
    Microsoft’s Ribbon interface represents a radical change from standard menu-based applications, but if you’re a regular user of Office 2007, you need to come to grips with it. Here’s some handy strategies to make the transition easier.
  • Upcoming Tech That Will Rock Your World Major announcements from Google, Microsoft, and Apple in the last few weeks have techies flipping out about the awesomeness coming to our browsers, pockets, and desktops in the very near future.
  • Safari 4 Leaves Beta, Calls Itself "World's Fastest Browser" (Windows/Mac) Apple's Safari 4 web browser left beta today, boasting itself as "the world's fastest web browser."
  • Windows 7 Reality Check: It Can Still Suck Big Time
    There’s a prevailing opinion that Windows 7 is a big improvement on Vista — but my own experience of the Windows 7 RC so far suggests that it can be just as bad, if not worse.
  • Lifehacker Speed Tests: Safari 4, Chrome 2 And More Safari, Chrome, and Internet Explorer all reached new final versions of recently, while Firefox and Opera pushed their own web browsers into almost-there betas.
  • LiberKey Installs 200+ Portable Applications (Windows) If you read over our guide on turning spare thumb drives into feature packed giveaway drives and you wished there was a huge pack of portable software you could just download, this is it.
  • Credit Cards: The More You Fail, The Worse It Gets
    A new study shows that Australians are surprisingly good at using credit cards intelligently — but if you’ve had problems with credit card debt in the past, the chances are good that it’s going to happen again.
  • The Google Wave Highlight Reel We haven't been invited to try out Google Wave (yet? pretty please Mister Google?), but based on the 80-minute demonstration video, we're jazzed about it.
  • Fedora 11 Released And Ready For Download (Linux) The popular Linux distribution Fedora (you know, the one that isn't Ubuntu) has just released a new major version, Fedora 11, around six-and-a-half months after the release of Fedora 10. The changelog is extensive, but the screenshot tour shows an alluring operating system.
  • Five Best Alternative File Copiers If you do any serious file copying on a Windows system, you'll quickly discover that there are substantial limitations to the default file copier. Ease your file copying frustrations with these five alternative copiers.
  • Meta-iPod Cleans And Repairs Your iTunes Library (Windows) The bigger your iTunes library, the more difficult it is to locate and fix problems that arise, whether you're faced with ratings gone awry, missing or duplicate tracks, or missing album art. That's where diagnostic tool meta-iPod comes in.
  • Top 10 Wallpaper Tools & Tweaks A good wallpaper provides a pleasant backdrop to productivity. A great wallpaper changes your whole computer experience. See some of the best image sources, software, and usability tweaks we've come across and rolled up for your downloading pleasure.
  • Mozilla Updates Firefox Add-Ons Site With Collections (Firefox) Wouldn't it be nice if you could click one link and have all your favourite add-ons automatically installed on a new copy of Firefox? Mozilla makes it so with Collections, the newest feature of a revamped add-on site.
  • Ditch Crunches For Push Ups And Save Your Back A thousand crunches a day is the path to washboard abs right? More like the path to debilitating back pain.
  • PulpTunes Offers Dead Simple iTunes Streaming (Windows/Mac/Linux) Streaming your iTunes collection doesn't sound like an easy task, but PulpTunes makes putting your music library on the web a two-click affair.
  • Load Your Wii Games From A Hard Disk, Part II Last week we shared a great hack to let you back up and play your Wii games from an external hard drive. That hack has been made easier by eliminating the need for a Wii downgrade.
  • ViGlance Converts the Vanilla Taskbar Into A Windows 7-Like Superbar (Windows) If you've been holding out for the official release of Windows 7 but want to get your hands on that superbar, ViGlance is the one-step answer.
  • Desk Topmost Floats Your Desktop On Top (Windows) When you need to access your desktop, it's just a quick WIN+D away, right? Sure, if you don't mind stuffing everything back into the taskbar. Desk Topmost pulls up your desktop for quick file access.
  • Moovida Media Centre Is A Simplified Big-Screen Player (Windows/Linux) Elisa, the clean, straightforward media centre we previously toured, has grown into something else-namely Moovida, a similar but more advanced and TV-focused media centre. Take a look at what's new in this brief screenshot tour.
  • NasBackup Makes Incremental Backups Easy (Windows) NasBackup is an easy to use interface for the powerful rsync backup utility.

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