You wanted this year's best free software, you wanted to take better pictures and — above all — you wanted proposed Internet censorship laws kicked to the kerb. Kick off your Lifehacker Monday by making sure you didn't miss any of the biggest posts from last week:
- How To Protest Against Internet Censorship Laws
It’s clear Lifehacker readers think the plan to make Internet censorship mandatory in Australia in 2010 is a deeply stupid idea. While there may be ways of working around the filter, not having the filter would clearly be a better idea. How can you effectively make your views known?
- Most Popular Free Windows Applications Of 2009 We've featured hundreds of free Windows applications over the course of 2009 that we hoped might bolster your productivity, workflow, or your PC usefulness in one form or another.
- Memory Fox Manages Firefox's Memory Use, Aims to Keep It Low (Firefox w/ Windows) While travelling the internet, sometimes we don't realise how much memory our browser is hogging until it starts acting sluggish, hangs, or crashes altogether. Firefox extension Memory Fox optimises your memory so you can surf without slowing down.
- Ways To Bypass The Internet Filter
We won’t see mandatory Internet filtering until mid-2010, but even without the details still being worked out, it’s clear that anyone with a modicum of technical know-how will be able to bypass it.
- Most Popular Photography Hacks Of 2009 Whether making your own lens hood to create custom bokeh, breathing like a sniper to get a blur-free photo, or angling your body to look the best in pictures, we shared some great photography hacks this year.
- VirusTotal Uploader 2.0 Instantly Scans Files For Viruses Against 41 AV Apps (Windows) Previously mentioned VirusTotal Uploader automatically uploads any file to online virus scanner VirusTotal, scanning it for viruses with 41 different popular antivirus applications-and now it's even better and faster, with instant hash checking, letting you skip uploads altogether.
- A 2010 Wishlist For Australian TV Networks
It's tough making money in TV these days, and new technology threatens to disrupt the entire business model the box has long been based on. But that’s no excuse for not doing a better job. Here’s five things the local TV networks (especially the commercial ones) could do to make life sweeter for everyone in 2010.
- Most Popular Free Mac Downloads Of 2009 Nothing beats finding just the right application to fill a common need, fix a problem, or boost your productivity. Give yourself an early present this holiday season with 15 of the most popular Mac downloads of 2009.
- Get The Classic Network Activity Indicator Back In Windows 7 (Windows) If you miss having a network activity icon that actually indicates if your network is active or not, this handy little hack will swap the static Windows 7 icon for the classic version.
- Five Best Startup Management Tools You boot up your computer and you wait, and wait... and wait, as all sorts of programs, helper apps, widgets, and remnants of forgotten installations load. Grab one of these five popular startup managers and beat back the startup clutter.
- Firefox 3.6 Beta 5 Available, Faster And Less Buggy (Windows/Mac/Linux) If you've been riding the Firefox 3.6 beta train, Mozilla just pushed out the whopping fifth beta of Firefox 3.6-with over a hundred bug fixes to improve performance, stability, and security, along with several all-around improvements.
- T3Desk Brings 3D Eye-Candy To Your Windows Desktop Windows only: If you want a little extra eye-candy in your Windows management, T3Desk is an alt-tab alternative that gives you 3D windows arrangement and more.
- Googsystray Notifies You Of New Activity Across Google Services In One System Tray App (Windows/Linux) Google has so many different services these days that installing a notification app for each one gets cumbersome quickly. Free system tray utility Googsystray watches Gmail, Google Voice, Calendar, Reader, and Wave so you can set it and forget it.
- Understanding The Windows Pagefile As a tech writer, I regularly cringe at all the bad tweaking advice out there, and disabling the system pagefile is often a source of contention among geeks. Let's examine some of the pagefile myths and debunk them once and for all.
- LogMeIn Express Makes Screensharing Simple (Windows) LogMeIn Express is a screensharing tool from the makers of the popular remote-desktop software, LogMeIn. With this new offering, sharing your desktop is as simple as sending your friend or associate a URL.
- Bodega Is A One-Stop Shop For New Apps For Your Mac (Mac) Trying out new software is fun. Digging around all over the internet to find cool stuff-not so much. Bodega is a download that does makes quick work of finding new apps for your Mac.
- Multifox Makes Using Multiple Accounts Simple (Firefox) It's easy to accumulate multiple profiles on various services. If it's always annoyed you to have to perform browser-acrobatics to use your two Gmail accounts or other services, check out Multifox and never be hassled by multiple logins again.
- Google Wave Desktop Notifier Keeps You On Top of Your Wave Inbox (Windows) Google Wave has a lot of potential, but it's also another inbox to keep track of. Google Wave Desktop Notifier is a small system tray application that will let you know when you've got new messages in your inbox.