You wanted US travel tips, you wanted home networking ideas and you wanted a Nexus One (which you can't have, unfortunately). Kick off your Lifehacker Monday by making sure you didn't miss any of the biggest posts from last week:
- Five Traps To Avoid When Travelling To The USA
Recent changes to security regulations for US-bound flights highlight the fact that travelling to the US can involve unexpected experiences, even for frequent travellers. Here’s five things to remember if you’re planning a trip to the USA.
- Resolved: Keep Your PC Clean, Safe And Backed Up In 2010 It's the start of a new decade, and while you're busy making resolutions for yourself, you shouldn't forget about your PC. We suggest making a resolution to keep your PC clean, safe and backed up for 2010.
- Boxee Beta Officially Available for All Platforms (Windows/Mac/Linux/Apple TV) Windows/Mac/Linux/Apple TV: Boxee-the XBMC media centre spin-off that took web video by storm-has just released its first public beta into the wild. The new release comes with a new look, improved features, and a few new tricks up its sleeve.
- Survival Tips For Australian Freelancers
Gina’s recent post on starting out as a freelancer attracted quite a few emails to Lifehacker AU headquarters, with several readers asking for some more specific advice on competing as an Australian freelancer. Here’s some thoughts to get you started
- Top 10 Mind Hacks For Making Your Resolutions Stick Nothing but the strength of your convictions can keep a self-improvement promise going for at least 365 days. You can, however, boost your chance at success and outwit your worst habits with some motivational devices and clever thinking.
- Sleep Cycle Analyses Your Sleep Patterns for a Better Wake-Up (iPhone/iPod touch) iPhone only: Getting jolted awake by your alarm in the middle of a great dream is a drag. The Sleep Cycle app watches your slumbers and wakes you when you're lightly dozing, instead of right before you win the lottery.
- No Nexus One For Oz Any Time Soon
Google’s new Nexus One phone has been all over the news today, but the news for Aussies isn’t all that good: you can’t buy the phone direct from Google right now, and the only commitment the Big G will make to a release date is “soon”
- WineBottler Turns Windows Programs Into Standalone OS X Applications Mac only: Wine has always been popular among Linux users for running Windows programs, but Wine is available for Mac, too—and now, free utility WineBottler can "bottle" Windows programs into separate application bundles that run as standalone Mac apps.
- Enna Ia An Attractive Linux Media Centre Application (Linux) Linux only: Previously mentioned media centre GeeXboX has finally released a stable version of their new interface, called Enna. Used with GeeXboX or as a standalone application, it handles all your music, photos, videos, and even ebooks-with style.
- What's The Best Way To Share Files Across Multiple Home Computers? Dear Lifehacker, We're a large family with several computers in our home. What's the best way to share files across our home network rather than putting them on thumb drives and running from PC to PC?
- Digital Janitor Automatically Tidies Up Your Windows Folders (Windows) Windows only: Organising the eleventy-billion files you've got stuffed into folders on your hard drive is about as much fun as watching cheese go moldy. Freeware utility Digital Janitor automatically sorts your files by type and puts them where you want them.
- Web 2.0 Suicide Machine Offs Your Online Identity Sure, joining Twitter and Facebook seemed like a good idea at the time, but maybe you've changed your mind and want your life back. Web 2.0 Suicide Machine erases your persona like you were never there.
- Firefox 3.5.7 Update Addresses Stability Issue, Tweaks How Updates Work (Windows/Mac/Linux) Firefox users, expect your browser to prompt you with a minor update sometime in the next day or so; Mozilla has just released Firefox 3.5.7, a tiny update addressing a common stability issue and changing the way major updates are presented to users.
- How to Survive A Job That Makes You Miserable The economy being it what it is, jobs aren't exactly growing on trees. If you're stuck in one you hate, here are a few ideas to make it bearable until something better comes along.
- Skype 4.2 Beta Makes HD-Quality Video Calls (Windows) For some head-scratching reason, Skype didn't mention a major upgrade to its recent Windows beta when it dropped in early December. That would be the ability to make 720p, HD-quality video calls if your video hardware supports it.
- Chrome Dev Channel Updates For All Platforms, Adds Extension Support For Macs (Windows/Mac/Linux) Windows/Mac/Linux: If you're living life on the bleeding edge of Google's Chrome browser, good news: Google just pushed out an update to the dev channel, improving HTML5 audio and video for all platforms, bringing extension and bookmark sync to Macs, and more.
- Facebook For iPhone Gets Push Notifications, Contact Sync (iPhone/iPod touch) iPhone: If you're a Facebook user who also happens to own an iPhone, the social network's iPhone app is one of the best out there, and today it got a little better, adding push notifications and contact syncing to your Address Book.