Kick off your Lifehacker Monday by making sure you didn’t miss any of the biggest posts from last week:
- Commercial TV Scheduling Is A Joke
It’s not likely to be news to anyone who has grappled with what passes for an electronic program guide in Australia: a survey confirms that the commercial networks completely suck when it comes to broadcasting shows when scheduled.
- How To Build A Hackintosh With Snow Leopard, Start To Finish
Two years ago, I detailed how to build a Hackintosh for under $US800—then covered how to do the same with less hacking. Now that Snow Leopard’s out, we’re revisiting the Hackintosh, building a Hack Pro from scratch.
- WinToFlash Turns Your Windows Installation DVD Into A USB-Based Installer
Windows: Want to turn your Windows installation DVD into an installation flash drive? WinToFlash can do that and more.
- Be A More Productive Traveller On The Road
If you’re hitting the road for business rather than pleasure, then the right combination of organising tricks and useful technology can make all the difference. Here’s our top tips for getting more done on the road.
- Five Best Disk Defragmenters
Your computer’s a busy beaver, rapidly accessing and utilising files all in the name of bringing you what you want, when you want it. Sometimes it needs a little help tidying up, and that’s where these five disk defragmenters come in.
- Songbeat 360 Brings Back Seriously Easy Music Downloads
Windows/Mac/Linux (Adobe Air): Songbeat, the search-and-click MP3 downloading app of, erm, questionable legal standing, has returned as a cross-platform Adobe AIR app. Just like before, it’s like an old-school Napster for one-off MP3 grabbing, with one small caveat.
- Wikipedia Editing For Beginners
Spotted a stupid typo or a factual error on Wikipedia? Don’t just laugh or say “that proves you can never trust the Internet” — get in and correct it yourself
- Browser Speed Tests: Chrome 4.0 And Opera 10 Take On All Challengers
Opera 10 final is out, Chrome just turned one year old, and Firefox 3.5 has settled into stability. It’s time once again to break out the timers and speed test today’s web browsers.
- Opera 10 Final Available For Download
Windows/Mac/Linux: Opera 10, which we’ve had in beta and release candidate forms already, officially hit the net today, bringing its Turbo compression, new interface, and visual tab bar to the browser feature battle.
- What’s Happened To Your Salary In The Last Decade?
Chances are good that you’re making more money now then you were just before the millennium turned — but are you keeping pace with the average Australian?
- Use Firefox To Fix The Web’s Biggest Annoyances
If you’ve spent more than 5 minutes browsing around the web lately, you’ve no doubt dealt with greedy webmasters assaulting their readers with awful ads and more—but Firefox makes it easy to take back control.
- Microsoft Offers 90-Day Trial Of Windows 7 Enterprise RTM
Disappointed you missed out on taking Windows 7 for a spin? Want to put it through the paces before committing to purchasing it? Microsoft is offering a free 90-day trial of Windows 7 Enterprise, no strings attached.
- Snow Leopard’s Four Best Improvements (For Civilians)
Most of Mac OS 10.6’s changes are deep in its underpinnings for developers to put to good use. But what do the rest of us get out of Snow Leopard? Modest, but nice, improvements to the everyday Mac workflow.
- Helvetical Turns Google Calendar Into A Thing Of Beauty
Firefox/Chrome/Opera/IE: I’ve never found Google Calendar to be particularly unattractive—until I compared it to the sleek, clean look of Google Calendar with the Helvetical user script, that is.
- $6 IKEA Coat Rack Offers Solid Cable Management
Weblog BitsOfMyMind shares a very simple idea that turns an inexpensive coat-hanger rack into a simple and streamlined cord management solution.
- Browser Chooser Asks You Which Browser To Open New Links In
Windows only: The browser wars are in full swing, and many of us are running multiple browsers on our computers for various tasks. Browser Chooser makes it easier for you to direct new links into your preferred browser each time.
- TweetMyMac Remote Controls Your Mac Via Twitter
Mac OS X only: Inspired by previously mentioned TweetMyPC, free application TweetMyMac remote controls your Mac from anywhere you can access Twitter, allowing you to restart and shutdown your computer, take a screenshot, open a torrent, and more.
- TabNavigator Brings Alt+Tab Style Navigation To Firefox
Firefox: Looking for a visual way to quickly navigate between tabs in Firefox? TabNavigator brings Windows-style Alt+Tab switching to Firefox.
- eBook Library Organises And Indexes Your Books
Windows/Mac: Looking for a way to organise your ebooks, perhaps due to an influx of reading material thanks to Google making millions of public-domain books available? Sony’s eBook Library can organize your ebooks whether you have a Sony Reader or not.
- Weave 0.6 Updates With New Look, Performance Boost, Personas Sync
Firefox only (Windows/Mac/Linux): Mozilla’s in-house syncing extension, called Mozilla Weave, updated today with a new, polished UI for setting up and configuring your sync preferences, “major performance improvements,” better error handling, and support for syncing Personas, Firefox’s on-the-fly theming add-on.