Last Week's Best Posts

You wanted Office 2010, you wanted backup advice and you wanted to make 000 calls. Kick off your Lifehacker Monday by making sure you didn't miss any of the biggest posts from last week:

  • Grey Market Phones Might Be A 000 Risk
    If you want a particular phone model (or colour) that hasn’t been released in Australia, then buying it as a “grey market” import can seem like an appealing way to solve the problem. But as well as not getting any local warranty support, you might run into trouble when it comes to making 000 emergency calls.
  • Five Best Online Backup Tools Local backup is a useful and necessary part of securing your data against catastrophe, but with the advent of broadband and inexpensive online storage, you've got little reason to not back up critical files to the cloud as well.
  • Chrome OS Virtual Machine Build Ready For Your Testing (All Platforms) If you're aching to try out Chrome OS after taking a glimpse earlier today, friendly power user Mark Renouf has compiled a VMware image of Chrome OS for testing out in your virtual machine environment.
  • Project Cleanup: Reclaiming My House After Domestic Disaster
    Getting your home more organised is one of those tasks that’s easy to put off endlessly, but after a pipe bursts and floods the entire place, you don’t really have much choice. Welcome to Project Cleanup
  • You're Backing Up Your Data The Wrong Way Time and time again, people tell me that they've bought an external hard drive to back up their pictures, music, and documents. Great, right? Sadly, that's not always the case.
  • Sumatra 1.0 Is A Blazing Fast Replacement For Adobe Reader (Windows) The Sumatra PDF Viewer is a tiny, open-source, portable, and, most of all, lightning-quick replacement for the bloated Adobe Reader we've all learned to replace. It's only a 1.2 MB download, so why not give it a try?
  • Why A 3% Pay Rise Isn’t All Bad News
    The average growth in pay for a typical Aussie worker over the past year is under 3%. That makes careful financial planning essential, but there should be light at the end of the tunnel if you’re patient.
  • Build A Powerful Boxee Media Centre Adam thinks XBMC is the best media centre around, but I roll with Boxee for its awesome streaming web content. Here's how I turned a relatively cheap yet powerful home theatre PC into a DIY Boxee Box for my HDTV.
  • Growl For Windows Updates To 2.0 (Windows) Open source notification system Growl for Windows has finally hit the 2.0 milestone, and with it comes a ton of new features that let you further customise the way you receive your pop-in corner notices.
  • Finding A Good Value DSL Plan
    Naked DSL has lots of attractions: no line rental fees and cheaper calls via VOIP. But sorting through the range of plans on offer can be a time-consuming process.
  • Pingtest Assesses The Quality Of Your Internet Connection You'll find an abundance of tools to test your internet connection speed but what if you want to test the quality and reliability of the connection? Pingtest gives you feedback on your connection.
  • Google Tasks Client Puts Tasks (Or Any Google App) On Your Desktop (Adobe Air) We've written about a lot of desktop clients that are essentially site-specific browsers (SSBs), but free AIR client Google Tasks helps you consolidate your clients by allowing access to most Google apps in mobile form.
  • Increase The Quality Of Cheap Vodka With A Water Filter Save yourself some money and improve the quality of a bottle of cheap vodka with a little at-home filtration.
  • Fedora 12 Available For Download (All Platforms) The final release of Fedora's 12th edition, code-named Constantine, is available for download. Want much better Bluetooth, the latest network and chat apps, and CPU and graphics efficiencies? Grab a live CD or USB image and give it a go.
  • Office 2010 Professional Beta Available For Download Windows: Wanna give Office 2010's online document syncing, Windows 7 taskbar integration, and killer quick steps a go? Microsoft has thrown open the doors on a free beta of Office 2010 Professional—for those who can wait out the download.
  • MyPorts Gives You Detailed Information On Open Ports (Windows) We've talked about ways to portscan your computer before, but if you're looking for a simpler solution to secure your connection, free utility MyPorts shows you what open ports are being actively used and which may be unnecessary.
  • The Treehaus Workspace You won't find a law that says a workspace has to be in a grey fabric-covered box or a white-walled room. Today's workspace proves that with the beautiful, airy openness of a childhood tree house.
  • Adobe Flash 10.1 Beta Brings Hardware Acceleration To Web Videos (Windows/Mac/Linux) Adobe is offering up a "prerelease" of its inescapable Flash software, adding in GPU acceleration for H.264 video in Windows, multi-touch support, and bug fixes. Anyone with Adobe AIR apps can also grab a 2.0 prerelease of that platform.
  • Make A Moss Terrarium For Low-Maintenance Greenery If you want some greenery in your home or office but you're not too keen on, or skilled at, tending a high-maintenance plant, a moss terrarium is a hassle-free bit of greenery you practically have to try to kill.

  • Make Better, Less Messy Bacon In A Waffle Iron You love bacon, but cooking it in a pan is tough to time and leaves you with scalding-hot grease to dispose of. The microwave? Please. Food science miracle worker Alton Brown shows how a waffle iron makes the best bacon.
  • SyncToy 2.1 Update Speeds Up Windows File Syncing (Windows) Microsoft's SyncToy is a simple but effective tool for mirroring folders across hard drive locations, networks, or USB devices. With a 2.1 update, it's been retooled to run faster, back up configurations, and handle errors much better.

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