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:

  • First Look At Foxtel Downloads
    Foxtel’s download service, which offers free 7-day downloads to existing subscribers, went live today after a few teething glitches. Here’s a first look at what it offers.
  • Google Wave First Look If you're not one of the 100,000 lucky users who gets an invitation to Google Wave today, don't fret. You can check out Google Wave right here.
  • XPize Polishes Windows XP's Interface (Windows) Just because you're still rocking Windows XP, or you've recently picked up a Netbook that zips along nicely with XP installed on it, doesn't mean you need to miss out on the polished graphics of newer Windows versions.
  • What Happens To Your Luggage Once It’s Checked In?
    Travelling by air without checked luggage is often a sensible goal, but sometimes you have no choice but to stow your bags in the hold. What happens to them once you’ve handed them over to a hassled check-in clerk?
  • Pollux Automatically Cleans And Tags Your iTunes Library (Mac OS X) Free beta application Pollux analyses the audio fingerprint of tracks in your music library and corrects the song's title, artist, album, art lyrics, and more. It's simple to use and it works very well.
  • Is Sony’s Two Year Warranty Extension A Gimmick?
    Sony’s offer of an extended three-year warranty on new Bravia TVs sounds like a good bargain. While we’d never advise turning down an offer of extra protection, the deal, like many warranty extensions, might not be quite as tasty as it first appears.
  • Top 10 Ways To Get More From A Cameraphone The best camera, the saying goes, is the one you have with you. Whether that's an impressive iPhone 3GS or a $US20-with-2-year-plan flip model, you can pull off great shots and make life easier with these cameraphone tactics.
  • Try Out A Fan-Made "Chrome OS" Linux Build (Windows/Mac/Linux) The official, actually-made-by-Google Chrome OS won't hit netbooks until late 2010, but you can try out a custom-built Linux distribution that's somewhat stripped down and puts Google's browser at the centre of everything.
  • How To Choose The Fastest Line At The Market One of the more frustrating parts of grocery shopping is waiting in line, and determining which line will get you through the quickest somehow becomes a big deal.
  • Microsoft Security Essentials Free Antivirus App Leaves Beta (Windows) We took a first look at Microsoft Security Essentials, the free antivirus application from Microsoft, back in June, but today Microsoft Security Essentials has left beta and is ready for your PC.
  • 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.
  • LAlarm Turns Your Laptop's USB Port Into An Alarm (Windows) LAlarm uses the USB port or power port of your laptop as a sensor to detect when your laptop has been disturbed.
  • The Triple-Monitor Haven Who doesn't want a few more pixels of screen real estate? Today's featured workspace sports triple 26" monitors and has more than enough space to go around.
  • Five Best Twitter Clients Twitter has risen to prominence as the most popular place to share your thoughts in short snippets. If you're underwhelmed with the Twitter web site and looking for more features, you'll definitely want to check out the five Twitter clients showcased here.
  • PeerBlock Protects Your Privacy With Less Annoyance (Windows) Previously mentioned PeerBlock-a fork of the inactive but still popular Peer Guardian 2-has just released an update complete with various bug fixes and a signed driver that should eliminate some Windows 7 and Vista UAC annoyances.
  • VLC Issues Security Update, Support For 64-Bit OS X (Windows/Mac/Linux) VLC-the most popular video player among Lifehacker readers-just released an update to version 1.0.2. The update addresses a serious security issue, adds 64-bit support for OS X, and fixes several bugs.
  • Dropbox Comes To The iPhone And iPod Touch iPhone/iPod touch only: Dropbox, one of our favourite cross-platform file-syncing tools, has now made its way to the iPhone and iPod touch, complete with offline file viewing.
  • Gmail Notifier Keeps Track Of New Email (Windows) System tray utility Gmail Notifier tells you when you have new email messages, allows you to check multiple accounts, and lets you read, delete, or mark the messages as read right from the notification utility.
  • Google Reader Absolutely Customizable Micro-Manages Google Reader's Interface (Firefox w/ Greasemonkey) Previously mentioned Stylish script Google Reader Absolutely Compact removes a lot of the Google Reader interface to get more on-screen, but for some it takes away too much. Google Reader Absolutely Customizable lets you choose what to hide.

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