Kick off your Lifehacker Monday by making sure you didn't miss any of the biggest posts from last week, covering everything from PC building to petrol discounts:
- Organising Secrets Of A Google Tasks Developer
Google Tasks’ recent emergence from Google Labs has attracted plenty of discussion and criticism, but not much of that mentions that it originated in the company’s Sydney labs. Lifehacker chatted with local Google software engineer Michael Lancaster about how it came about, why it appears to lack a few key features, what’s ahead for Tasks, and how he uses it to maximise his own productivity.
- The Computer Hardware Chart Identifies Your PC's Parts Whether you're a first-time computer builder or a seasoned pro, deviantART user Sonic480's computer hardware poster, which helps you identify countless different types of hard drives, RAM, ports, CPU sockets, power connectors and more, is a great reference.
- VLC 1.0 Records Video From DVDs Have you ever wanted to save a segment of video from your favourite DVD for watching later without fast-forwarding all the way through the movie? VLC 1.0 adds a new "Record" feature to help you.
- Will We See More Massive Petrol Discounts?
The ACCC has ruled that petrol promotions by Coles and Woolworths didn’t break competition law, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to see lots more “40 cents off per litre” discounts.
- Mozilla Releases Initial Design Mockups For Firefox 3.7 Firefox 3.5 was only officially released late last month, but the Mozilla team has already introduced its initial Windows theme mockups for Firefox 3.7, featuring glossy, translucent buttons and a host of other potential new features.
- How To Deal With An Overloaded Email Inbox
Despite the proliferation of other communications methods, email remains the defining application of the Internet age — and a huge source of frustration when you feel like you’ve got more messages than you can cope with. Here’s some time-honoured tactics for trying to clean out an inbox that’s overloaded with unread emails.
- Position Your Tongue Properly To Look Good In Photos We live in a culture of oversharing, so odds are someone, somewhere will be snapping and posting photos taken of you at various events. To help ensure you look your best, heed where you position your tongue.
- Travel Etiquette Site Explains How to Behave in Different Countries Every culture has its distinct customs and traditions. Web site Travel Etiquette breaks them down by country to help teach you how to behave before you head off on your trip so that you can represent yourself and your home country well.
- IP Hider Accesses Hulu, Other US-Only Content From Outside The US (Windows) Previously mentioned proxy application Hotspot Shield used to be the go-to option for accessing US-only content from outside the US, but now that popular sites like Hulu are wise to Hotspot Shield, give proxy application IP Hider a try.
- Firefox 3.7 Theme Makes Your Browser Look Awesome (Windows) Mozilla released their version 3.7 theme mockups only a few days ago, but you don't have to wait for the 3.7 release to enjoy them—a motivated user already created a lookalike theme that you can install now.
- Usbuntu Live Creator Makes Bootable Linux USB Drives (Windows) Free application uSbuntu Live Creator installs a Live CD from an ISO image onto your USB flash drive—much more useful, portable, and easy to deal with than carrying around a CD.
- MetatOGGer Automatically Identifies, Tags Your MP3s And More (Windows) Free application MetatOGGer is an advanced MP3 (and OGG Vorbis, FLAC, Speex, Musepack, Windows Media, WavPack, and Monkey's Audio) tag editor that can automatically tag your music by creating audio fingerprints and comparing them with online database, MusicBrainz.
- Thunderbird 3 Beta 3 Available For Download (Windows/Mac/Linux) Mozilla has just released a new beta version of their desktop email application in the form of Thunderbird 3 Beta 3, adding better Gmail integration, smart folders, and more.
- MyDefrag Optimises Files On Your Hard Drive (Windows) Freeware defrag utility MyDefrag not only handles the basic drive defragmentation tasks, it also includes a powerful scripting engine, a screensaver, and a command-line version.
- Drive Manager Provides A Detailed Overview Of Your Drives (Windows) A plethora of tools are available for checking drive information, status, and health, but Drive Manager conveniently rolls a multitude of such features into a single application that covers a variety of needs.
- UTube Ripper Saves And Converts YouTube Videos (Linux) Video downloading utility UTube Ripper saves a copy of your favourite YouTube videos for your offline viewing pleasure, even converting them into a non-flash format.
- Skype 2.8 For Mac Adds Screen Sharing, Wi-Fi Access And More (Mac) Back in January Skype released a beta version of the popular VoIP application that added screen sharing tools, integration with Wi-Fi access service Boingo, better audio and video, and several other improvements. Today Skype 2.8 was released, officially rolling these improvements into the stable release of Skype.
- Web Video Downloader Grabs Video And Flash Games (Firefox) We've all come across a video or flash game we'd like to save for posterity or at least for future goofing off. Web Video Downloader makes it easy to snag video and games off the web.
Use The Stranger Test To Reduce Impulse Purchases When faced with a purchase, many people fall into the trap of only considering that they want it and can afford it—but that doesn't mean they should buy it.