Last Week's Best Posts

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

  • Persistence Is Key To iPod Music Copying
    Want to copy a song from your iPod back onto your PC? You’ll need some specialised software, and potentially infinite patience. Here’s the lowdown on what you need to know.
  • Top 10 Tricks MacGyver Would Be Proud Of When they draw up the Complete History of Lifehacking, Angus MacGyver will certainly merit a chapter. We pay tribute to the creative can-do secret agent this week with 10 tricks that make extraordinary use of truly common objects.
  • "Vacuum Places Improved" Speeds Up Firefox With A Click Of Your Mouse (Firefox) Earlier this week we showed you how to speed up Firefox by vacuuming your fragmented database regularly using a copy-and-paste Error Console command. Sounds like a pain, right? Vacuum Places Improved handles it for you with a mouse click.
  • Don’t Get Ripped Off With Foreign Currency
    Travelling means dealing with unfamiliar currencies, and if you’re not careful you can spend a lot more than you expect because of the relative differences in value. Here’s some tips to ensure you don’t end up blowing your budget.
  • Prep Your Mac For Snow Leopard An operating system update like this Friday's release of Mac OS X Snow Leopard is a perfect time to clean up your computer and start fresh. Let's prepare your Mac for this weekend's 10.6 upgrade.
  • OfficeTab Adds Tabs To Microsoft Office (Windows) Windows only: Microsoft Office plug-in OfficeTab adds tabbed document support to Excel, Word, and PowerPoint-one can only wonder why Microsoft doesn't include this feature by default.
  • Is Premium Economy Worth The Money?
    Airlines are finding it harder than ever to make money, so the introduction of premium economy cabins is an obvious step to try and wring a few more dollars out of intercontinental travellers. But can they justify the inflated price tags?
  • Make Firefox Faster By Vacuuming Your Database Firefox tip: Firefox 3.0's Awesome Bar added all kinds of features to the 'fox, but unfortunately it's also created some performance issues—for example, by upping the default history time, leading to larger, fragmented databases.
  • Stellarium Turns Your Computer Screen Into A Planetarium (Windows/Mac/Linux) Whether you're a die-hard astronomy buff or someone who'd just like an idea of what constellations are where, Stellarium is a fantastic tool for viewing the night sky from the comfort of your home.
  • Lock A Deadbolt From Outside The Door Ever needed to lock the deadbolt behind you but didn't have a key to the door? Admittedly, this isn't a problem you'll get into every day, but Instructables user Hextor has a clever solution should you ever find yourself in this situation.
  • LicenseCrawler Retrieves Licence Keys For Backup (Windows) LicenseCrawler is a portable and free tool for retrieving serial numbers and product keys from your computer. A simple scan with LicenseCrawler ensures you'll never be left trying to reinstall software without the proper key.
  • Complete Guide To Making Outlook Faster (Than Molasses) If you are stuck using Microsoft Outlook to send those reports at work, you've already experienced just how painfully slow it can get—but with a few quick tips you can make it usable again.
  • ChromePlus Is An IE-Tab And Mouse-Gesture Sporting Chromium Build (Windows) We're still waiting for serious extensions to hit the still-young Google Chrome browser, but if you're dying for more advanced Chrome functionality-like mouse gestures, link dragging, IE tabs, etc.-a tweaked Chrome build called ChromePlus is worth a look.
  • Grab Mac OS X Snow Leopard's Wallpaper For Your Desktop Classic art, serene natural landscapes, remixed Mac images, and actual snow leopards—the wallpapers from Mac OS X 10.6, a.k.a. Snow Leopard, are in the wild, and you can grab them at full resolution for your own desktop.
  • Import Facebook Phone Numbers Into Your Google Contacts (Google Sync) Android users, iPhone users (anyone using Google Sync, in fact), and Google Contacts users in general with Facebook friends who list their phone number in their profiles will love this:
  • The Definitive Guide To Backing Up And Ditching Your Discs Whether you're moving, short on cash, or running out of storage space, you've got plenty of reasons to ditch your physical media. Hard drives are cheap; here are our recommended methods of saving, selling, and trading your CDs, DVDs, and video games.
  • Icon-Only PermaTabs Collection Streamlines Your Minimal Gmail, Google Reader Tabs (Firefox) Last week we showed you how to set up space-saving, permanent Gmail and Google Reader tabs in Firefox, a process requiring four Firefox extensions to get up and running. Now it's a touch easier.
  • Tech Support Cheat Sheet Reveals The Secrets Of Troubleshooting If you read Lifehacker, chances are you've been designated as your family's de facto IT person, and you've probably spent more than your fair share of hours troubleshooting applications you know no better than the person asking.
  • Process Hacker Is A Powerful Task Manager Clone (Windows) System information utility Process Hacker is an open-source, portable task manager clone with loads of powerful features.
  • The Floating Shelves And Hidden Cables Workspace Today's featured workspace is a great example of how, with some careful shopping and thoughtful layout, you can create an uncluttered and tidy workspace without a huge budget.Lifehacker reader msweston took some basic building blocks from IKEA and assembled them into a sleek workspace.
  • Five Features We Want To See In Firefox It's no secret that Firefox has long been our favourite browser, but much has changed recently. The browser landscape is increasingly competitive, so with that in mind, we'd like to suggest a few features and improvements we're desperate to see from Firefox.
  • Notalon Helps You Take Cornell-Style Notes (Windows/Mac/Linux) If our talk about Cornell-style note taking caught your eye and you wished there was an easy to use application for taking them, you'll want to check out Notalon.

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