Last Week's Best Posts

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

  • Picking The Best Airline Seat
    Whether your trip is a globe-straddling epic or a simple capital city hop, being in your preferred seat can make all the difference. Fortunately, there’s plenty of resources online to help with seat planning.
  • Install Snow Leopard On Your Hackintosh PC, No Hacking Required Two weeks ago I detailed how to build a Hackintosh with Snow Leopard, start to finish, with a little Terminal work. If you're not comfortable with command-line hacking, you can now install Snow Leopard on your Hackintosh with just a few point-and-clicks.
  • Google Chrome 3 Brings More Speed And Features To The Stable Release (Windows) Chrome turned one year old just a couple weeks back, and as a belated celebration, the folks at Google have just pushed out a brand new stable release in the form of Google Chrome 3.
  • The Telstra Split 101
    Yesterday’s announcement that Telstra will be forced to split its existing infrastructure business from the rest of the company is going to be fodder for news journalists and communications junkies for months to come. But what difference will it make to the average Internet user?
  • Five Best Virtual-Desktop Managers Long before multiple monitors were popular (or financially feasible), there were virtual desktops — applications that allow you to swap your entire workspace with another for easy compartmentalisation of your work.
  • Don't Panic! Hides Windows From Onlookers (Windows) Have some windows you might need to stash in a hurry? Don't want your boss to catch you goofing off? Everyone needs a break now and then and Don't Panic! will help you keep your breaks discreet.
  • Dodgy Ad Techniques That Telcos Can’t Use Anymore
    Advertisements for phone services are often rife with fine-print details and sneaky conditions, but new regulations should curb the worst excesses.
  • Use Dropbox For More Than Just File Syncing Ever since Lifehacker turned me on to Dropbox, it's become one of the most essential pieces in my daily workflow. Sure it syncs files extremely well, but Dropbox is an excellent tool for so much more.
  • Helvetimail Gives A Minimal Facelift To Gmail (Firefox/Chrome/Opera/Safari/IE) Gmail's already got several great themes, but if you've never been satisfied with Gmail's clutter, the Helvetimail user script transforms Gmail into a Helvetica-based, stripped-down interface.
  • Top 10 Tactics For Protecting Your Stuff We've offered up a wealth of tips on locking down your data, but old-school, straight-up stealing is another matter entirely. Try these 10 tips on securing, disguising, tracking down and hiding your goods so they don't get nicked.
  • Google Earth 5.1 Speeds Up Your World Browsing (Windows/Mac/Linux) Google Earth, the software package that lets you play Superman and find food and other spots of interest from hundreds of metres overhead, has released a 5.1 version that skims the globe a bit more smoothly.
  • Five Features We Want To See In iTunes Last week Apple released iTunes 9, and while the update brings a few nice feature improvements here and there, the popular desktop music player still has a lot of room for improvement.
  • SimplyIcon Makes Icon Creation A Snap (Windows) If you don't want to spend time micro-designing an icon and you've already got a source image, SimplyIcon makes creating your buttons and icons a drag-and-drop matter.
  • "Should I Buy It?" Flowchart Helps You Make Smarter Purchases Advertisers would have us believe that we need a lot of things that we really only want, and that brand names are always better. This simple purchasing flowchart walks you through your purchasing decision-making process to help you make the smart choice.
  • Digsby Sees The Light, Removes (Some) Bundled Crapware (Windows) It's been a month since we showed you how Digsby was using your PC to make money, and today they've responded with a new version that actually bothers to ask your permission before using your PC.
  • Five Hard-To-Kill Houseplants For Your Home Or Workspace Plants can transform your home or workspace into a more peaceful, tranquil and beautiful place, but if you're not good with them, your improved space can quickly turn into a depressing chamber of death. The solution: Get some more resilient plants.
  • Silence Of The Foxes Creates Custom Firefox Installations (Windows) If you hate installing all your Firefox extensions, plugins and custom tweaks when you do fresh system installation, Silence of the Foxes will build you a custom and silent Firefox installation.
  • Remove Splinters Using A Banana Peel Bananas are a good source of potassium, but turns out the peels can do more than just store the fruit. Apartment Therapy outlines seven ways to put used peels to work, including removal of those inconvenient splinters.
  • Hotspot Shield 1.3 Works With Hulu Again... Sometimes (Windows/Mac) Hotspot Shield is a lot of people's go-to application for accessing US-only content, including the popular video site Hulu — until Hulu blocked the app from working, that is. The latest update hopes to work with Hulu yet again.
  • Layar Brings Semi-Augmented Reality To Your Android Phone (Android) "Augmented Reality" is a buzz phrase gaining a lot of notice lately. Free Android app Layar, one of the first full-featured AR apps for Android, layers helpful, location-specific data on top of whatever you're looking at through your device's camera.

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