Last Week’s Best Posts

Last Week’s Best Posts
winnerdogKick off your Lifehacker Monday by making sure you didn’t miss any of the biggest posts from last week:
  • How Do Your University’s Online Services Rate?
    Online services for everything for registration to course materials are a critical part of the university experience. Which institution in Australia has the best options?
  • Turn A Bookshelf Into A Secret Passage
    Who hasn’t dreamed of having a mystery-story-style secret passageway? While a trick bookshelf is pretty awesome in itself, this secret passage hides a home office with clever style.
  • Get Google Gears Up And Running In Firefox 3.5 (Windows/Mac/Linux)
    Most developers did a bang-up job preparing their extensions for the Firefox 3.5 update, but on the Firefox 3.5 release day, one very popular extension didn’t make the cut: Google’s browser plug-in, Gears.
  • How Unit Pricing Will Help You Save On Shopping
    Supermarkets will soon have to provide “unit pricing” to make comparison shopping easier. Which stores have to feature them, and what quirks should you watch out for?
  • Nine Must-Have Features We Want To See In A Google OS
    What’s inside Google’s just-announced Chrome Operating System? How does it work, exactly? Nobody outside Google knows. We can, however, build a dream operating system from the ground up, and that’s what we’re doing with some help from the hive mind.
  • Windows 7 ISO Verifier Ensures Your Downloads Are Legit (Windows)
    The final RTM release of Windows 7 should be released later this month, and blogger and developer Long Zheng has created a small application designed to verify that your download is the real thing.
  • What Do You Need At Your Seat?
    On a long-distance air journey, you have to balance the need to keep yourself entertained with not crowding out your limited space. What’s on the essential list for stuff to keep at your seat during a flight?
  • Set Up “Push” Gmail On Your iPhone
    Despite iPhone 3.0’s push notifications and previously mentioned Google Sync’s contacts and calendars syncing chops, push Gmail still hasn’t come to the iPhone. But with the Prowl iPhone application, you can now push Gmail notifications—and then some—to your iPhone.
  • Cameras Improves The Way OS X Deals With Connected Cameras (Mac OS X)
    Never been entirely happy with the way your Mac reacts when you plug in your various camera-sporting devices? Wish it could do something different when you plug in your iPhone versus your DSLR? Cameras can help.
  • VLC Hits 1.0 With Better Playback And File Support
    Windows/Mac/Linux: VLC Media Player, the open-source solution to media players that can’t play your media files, reaches the 1.0 milestone today. What’s new?
  • HideTab Is A Boss Key For Your Browser (Firefox)
    Firefox extension HideTab minimises open tabs into an icon on the status bar-and even adds a shortcut key to instantly hide everything.
  • How To Send Back Restaurant Food
    It’s never fun to be a squeaky wheel, but whether you’ve been served an overcooked, undercooked, or just plain wrong dish, there’s a proper and improper way to let your waiter know that you’re less than satisfied with what’s on your plate.
  • Better Gmail 2 Updated For Gmail’s Label Enhancements (Firefox)
    Google’s recent improvements to Gmail’s labels broke one of Better Gmail 2’s most-loved features: Folders4Gmail. Folders4Gmail displays labels with slashes in them as subfolders of a parent label, and I must say, I’ve missed it a whole lot this week.
  • WEP Cracking Redux: Beyond The Command Line
    Last week we showed you how to crack a Wi-Fi network’s WEP key using a live CD and some command line fu. Today we’ve got other cracking options—but more importantly, clarification on the point of all this.
  • VLC Portable 1.0 Puts Multi-Format Playing On Thumb Drives (Windows)
    If you’re eager to try out VLC 1.0’s new features, or find yourself at a lack for decent media players at others’ computers, PortableApps has bundled VLC’s latest release in USB-drive-friendly form.
  • Five Best Online Image Editors
    Editing your images on a desktop image editor might be ideal, but sometimes you’re away from your home workstation and need to do some impromptu editing.

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