Last Week's Best Posts

You wanted new ways of watching TV, you wanted to learn to program, and you wanted to play around with bootloaders. Kick off your Lifehacker Monday by making sure you didn't miss any of the biggest posts from last week. Picture by revdancatt

  • How Will Channel BT Fund Itself?
    Recent discussions have made it clear that downloading shows via BitTorrent is by far the most popular way for Lifehacker readers to watch television. The advantages are obvious and often-discussed, but there’s a question that doesn’t get asked so often: in a ‘Channel BT’ universe, how is production of TV shows going to get funded?
  • Programmer 101: Teach Yourself How To Code You've always wanted to learn how to build software yourself—or just whip up an occasional script—but never knew where to start. Luckily, the web is full of free resources that can turn you into a programmer in no time.
  • XP Quick Fix Plus Repairs Common Windows XP Errors (Windows XP) If your Windows XP installation is acting up, sometimes a fix is as simple as tweaking a registry key. Rather than muck about in your registry looking for it, use XP Quick Fix Plus to patch things up.
  • Bargain Hunters Need Some Common Sense
    There’s nothing more satisfying than scoring a too-good-to-be-true deal online — and there are few things more annoying than finding out that the deal isn’t going to happen. However, it’s still important to keep a sense of proportion about these things.
  • Five Best Antivirus Applications Computer viruses are increasingly sophisticated and pervasive. If you can't afford to run your computer without some sort of antivirus software installed, check out these five popular options to protect your PC.
  • Speccy Gives You Detailed Information About Your Hardware (Windows) Planning an upgrade soon? Save yourself the web searches for your specs and download Speccy. Speccy does a quick scan of your machine and gives you a complete rundown of every piece of gear that's in your computer.
  • Create A List Of Files In Windows
    Windows might have some fancy tricks up its sleeve, but easily generating a list of files in a given directory isn’t one of them. For that, your best bet is heading back to a good old-fashioned DOS prompt.
  • Stop Paying For Windows Security; Microsoft's Security Tools Are Good Enough When it comes to keeping your Windows PC secure, all of the scare tactics and overblown virus stories out there make it hard to feel safe online. The fact of the matter is that you don't need to pay for Windows security.
  • Firefox 3.6 Beta 2 Available For Download (Windows/Mac/Linux) Less than two weeks after they released the first beta, Mozilla is back with Firefox 3.6 beta 2. This release includes over 190 bug fixes from beta 1, in addition to the already existing performance boosts and support for one-click themes.
  • Top 10 Clever Fixes For Your Broken Stuff Buying a replacement isn't always the necessary solution when your stuff goes on the fritz. Fix common problems or altogether broken gear with these clever repair methods.
  • OpenSUSE 11.2 Integrates A Slick KDE Desktop (Linux) OpenSUSE 11.2, the latest Linux offering from the Novell-backed project, updates the core components of its GNOME desktop and apps. What's really intriguing, though, is the integration of KDE 4.3, which looks snazzy and, seemingly, works better than previous versions.
  • The Gaia Desktop Reader Sweetshop Union's Windows 7 desktop has been completely transformed with the Gaia09 skin for Rainmeter, complete with widgets, wallpaper, and a visual style to match.
  • Panda Cloud Antivirus Available For Download (Windows) Panda Cloud, the constantly updated, cloud-run antivirus app that promises almost real-time protection from burgeoning web threats, is out of beta and available for a free download.
  • Paint.NET Releases Big Update, Still A Killer Photoshop Alternative Windows only: Paint.NET is a free, fast, and powerful image editor for Windows. It's a giant leap above Microsoft Paint, and a serious alternative to bigger, bloated (for most users, at least) image editors like Photoshop or GIMP.
  • Comodo EasyVPN Creates A Virtual Private Network In A Few Clicks (Windows) Free application Comodo EasyVPN creates a virtual private network between your computers for a hassle-free, secure private network. That means you can access, for example, anything on your home computer from work as though you're on the same local network.
  • Tom's Planner Is An Impressive, Intuitive Project Scheduling Tool If your work life's all laid out in Gantt charts but you're not happy with the tool you're using, check out Tom's Planner, a web-based project scheduling and collaboration tool.
  • Magnetiser Downloads Torrents When No Torrent File Is Available (Firefox) If you've used a BitTorrent search engine that lists lots of torrents but doesn't actually host any torrent files (like Torrentz), most of the time you still have to go to other third-party sites for the download. Not so with Magnetiser.
  • Grab The MacHeist nanoBundle For Free If you're a fan of the free OS X software offered at MacHeist, you'll want to scoot over there to grab some free software before their software giveaway expires.
  • App Tabs Creates Permanent, Icon-Only Tabs, Firefox 4.0-Style (Firefox) Firefox extension App Tabs creates permanent, space-saving webapp tabs in Firefox with the click of a mouse. We've detailed how to set up permanent webapp tabs before, but this extension greatly simplifies the process-already slated for Firefox 4.0.
  • Happy Birthday: A Look Back At Five Years Of Firefox Five years ago, an open-source browser called Firefox—one that didn't ship with your computer—was available as a 1.0 download. To say it's changed the world's web experience is understatement.
  • EasyBCD Makes Tweaking Your Windows Bootloader a Snap (Windows) If you're running multiple operating systems-and if you weren't before the release of Windows 7 you most likely are now-EasyBCD is a simple application for tweaking your bootloader through a clean GUI and well-detailed prompts.
  • Dual-Boot Windows 7 And Ubuntu In Perfect Harmony Windows 7 and Ubuntu, despite their opposing missions, can get along like best pals on a single computer. Here's how to set up a dual boot system that lets you enjoy the best of both worlds in perfect harmony.


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