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:

  • Enhance Your Wi-Fi Network Security
    Wireless networks free you up to use your laptop wherever you want at home, but they can represent a major security risk if you don’t set them up properly. Here’s some easy but often-neglected ways to enhance the security of your home (or office) Wi-Fi network
  • Top 10 Underhyped Webapps, 2009 Edition As with rock music, video games, and other awesome pursuits, great web applications often don't get enough credit for what they do well. We're revisiting and updating our favourite underhyped webapps to give a new crop of contenders their due.
  • Picasa 3.5 Organises Your Photos With Facial Recognition (Windows/Mac) Google's free desktop photo organiser is stepping up to iPhoto's killer feature by adding face recognition and syncing it with Picasa Web Albums, making it easy to send Uncle Bob every single photo you've got of Aunt Marla.
  • Chime Lets Aussies Update Twitter Via SMS
    The lack of SMS integration is a perennial complaint for Australian Twitter users. Chime goes a fair way to solving that problem, letting you update your Twitter status via an Australian phone account.
  • Unplug Your Laptop Regularly (When In Doubt) A friend replaced her laptop's battery after only two years because it wouldn't hold a charge. I suggested she shouldn't keep her laptop always plugged in, but I wondered—was this outdated geek lore, rendered obsolete by modern batteries?
  • Evernote 3.5 Beta Brings Tons Of Tiny Fixes To Windows (Windows) If you're a happy Evernote desktop user and only wish it looked nicer, moved faster, and was smarter about how it handled your organisation tools, the just-released 3.5 beta will make you very happy.
  • What Are The Unwritten Ground Rules At Your Workplace?
    Any large workplace will have policy documents that cover everything from who cleans the kitchen to what you’re allowed to look at online. However, surviving (let alone thriving) in the job requires knowledge of the rules that aren’t written down.
  • Building The Ultimate Dorm Desk When you're a DIYer with a desire to build an epic desk for your dorm room, it helps to have access to good tools and materials. One Lifehacker reader used great gear and forward-looking design to craft an ultimate dorm desk.
  • PhotoLapse Makes Time-Lapse Movie Creation A Snap (Windows) PhotoLapse is a tiny and portable application for stitching together images into a time-lapse video. Point it at a folder full of pictures, and you're mostly done.
  • Save Money On Shampoo By Using Detergent
    Hairdressers, chemists and supermarkets offer an ever-growing and costly choice of ways to wash your hair, but there’s a much cheaper solution lurking beneath your kitchen sink.
  • Five Best Time-Tracking Applications Where does the time go? Whether you need to know for billing purposes or just want a better idea of how your work day is split up, you can always answer that question with a good time-tracking application.
  • Google Chrome Dev Channel Boosts Mac And Linux Versions (Windows/Mac/Linux) Yesterday afternoon, the Google Chrome team released another update with performance gains for platforms, but Mac and Linux users will see the greatest boosts and new, useful functions.
  • Master The "Why Hire Me" Story To Land A Job So you've finally landed that job interview. Now it's time to seal the deal with a killer interview. How? For one, try mastering your "Why hire me" story.
  • Thunderbird 3 Beta 4 Available For Download (Windows/Mac/Linux) Mozilla has released a new preview version of their desktop email application in the form of Thunderbird 3 Beta 4, adding a new email search, smart folders, and more.
  • RemainInPlay Offers 20 Years Of Free Retro Games If you're hankering for some nostalgic video game action this weekend, you're in luck. Check out this selection, spanning the last 20 years or so, of commercial games released as freeware.
  • Apple Releases iTunes 9.0.1 Update (Windows/Mac) Two weeks after releasing iTunes 9, Apple has pushed out a small update to the popular music player in the form of iTunes 9.0.1. The update addresses several bugs and improvements, but doesn't offer any significant updates (not surprising considering iTunes 9 just came out).
  • The Best Sounds For Getting Work Done The right kind of sound can relax your mind, hone your focus, drown out distractions, or get you pumped to kill your to-do list. We've assembled some research and free resources to help you create your own best workspace soundtrack.
  • Google Chrome Frame Turns Internet Explorer Into A FrankenChrome Browser (Chrome) Google today released a new browser plug-in called Google Chrome Frame that creates an unholy union between Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, rendering web pages in IE using Chrome's rendering engine.
  • Nine Workspaces Where Famous Folks Get Stuff Done Whether you prefer the clean minimalism of Steve Jobs and 37 Signals or the creative chaos of Tina Fey and Pixar, there's a lot to learn from the workspaces of the well-known. We present nine such spaces here for inspiration.
  • FeedDemon 3.0 Final Is An RSS Addict's Best Friend (Windows) The official 3.0 version of FeedDemon, the desktop feed reader that synchronises with Google Reader, is now available, bringing with it many, many fixes, features, and updates for lovers of all things RSS.

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