You wanted media centres, you wanted BitTorrent and you wanted SA Internet commenting rules do get ditched (which, fortunately, happened). Kick off your Lifehacker Monday by making sure you didn’t miss any of the biggest posts from last week:
- SA Internet Forum Rules Are Chilling, Unworkable
Proposed national Internet censorship laws are reason enough to protest, but South Australia seems determined to make things even worse, with a new law covering what forum posters can say during an election campaign.
- Which Media Centre Is Right For You: Boxee, XBMC, And Windows Media Centre Compared
Want all your downloads, streaming video and other techie media stuff on your TV? Wondering which media centre works best for you? Here’s a look at the biggies in chart and Venn diagram form, followed by some lengthy breakdowns of each.
- uTorrent 2.0 Brings Performance Updates, Bandwidth Control, UDP Support And More (Windows)
uTorrent is far and away the most popular BitTorrent client among Windows users, and they’ve recently pushed out a shiny new 2.0 release, bringing with it bug fixes, performance improvements, UDP support, automatic bandwidth regulation, and more.
- Why MyZone Isn’t Good News For Public Transport Users
Sydney is about to introduce a new fare system for public transport, but despite claims to be simpler, MyZone doesn’t offer significantly better value or encourage people to use the system.
- Five Best Public BitTorrent Trackers
A great BitTorrent client is all well and good, but you need a great tracker to get the actual torrent files and stoke the bandwidth burning fire in your client of choice. Here’s a rundown of five of the most popular options.
- Google Map Buddy Generates High Resolution, Full Size Area Maps (Windows)
Want a wall-sized satellite view of your neighborhood? A full-page street map of the town you’re visiting? Google Map Buddy, a free, portable map maker, grabs data from Google Maps and arranges it exactly how you want it.
- Basic Wikipedia Lessons For Naomi Robson And Max Markson
A few months back we ran a basic guide to Wikipedia editing for beginners. In the wake of a scandal this week involving presenter Naomi Robson and her manager Max Markson, it seems worth revisiting the topic of Wikipedia policies.
- Skip The Raise, Ask Your Boss For These Perks Instead
If your company is already tightening its belt, it might not do much good asking for a raise during your next performance review. Instead, consider asking for other perks that might be almost as good as cash in your pocket.
- After the Deadline Brings Better Grammar and Spellchecking to Firefox (Firefox)
Firefox: As you make the rounds commenting at your favourite blog or composing a lengthy email, avoid misspellings or a bad turn of phrase with After the Deadline’s excellent grammar and spellcheck Firefox extension.
- Fact And Fiction: The Truth About Browser Cookies
Browser cookies are one of those technical bits of web browsing that almost everyone has some awareness of. They’re also probably one of the most misunderstood aspects of browsing.
- iPhone OS 3.1.3 Update Available For All iPhone And iPod Touch Models (iPhone/iPod touch)
Apple just pushed out the iPhone OS 3.1.3 software update, featuring various minor bug fixes and improvements, including improved accuracy of reported battery level on iPhone 3GS and resolved issues with third-party apps not launching.
- Become A Gmail Master Redux
Gmail is easily the most popular email application among power users, and with good reason: It’s an excellent app. But if you haven’t gotten to know its best shortcuts, tricks, Labs features, and add-ons, it’s time you made Gmail sing.
- TouchMouse Controls Your Computer’s Mouse And Keyboard via iPhone Or iPod Touch (iPhone/iPod touch)
TouchMouse is a free application for the iPhone/iPod touch that, when paired with its accompanying control software on your Mac or Windows computer, turns your touchscreen into a mouse and keyboard.
- Remove a Stripped Screw With A Rubber Band
The head of the screw you stripped while you were hanging that shelf may not have seemed like a big deal at the time-until you needed to unscrew it, that is. Next time you’re having trouble, try a rubber band.
- How To Clip, Sort And Cite The Entire Web With Zotero (Firefox)
If you’re looking for a way to organize all the information you find and research you do online, and you’ve had enough with bookmarking, copying and pasting, and cobbled-together techniques not cutting it, Zotero is a comprehensive information manager for Firefox.
- Top 10 Tips And Tools For Freelancers
Freelancing isn’t something you should just jump into, but it makes sense for a good number of workers. If you’re looking into, or getting started with, working on your own, here are 10 resources we think every freelancer can learn from.
- Taskbar Eliminator Ditches Your Windows Taskbar
If you use a 3rd-party application dock in place of the Windows taskbar, you may have noticed that you can’t completely get rid of the taskbar. Taskbar Eliminator helps you turn it off and keep it out of the way.
- Take A Second Shot At Understanding Maths
Mathematics tends to bisect people into either fascination or annoyance. If you’re in the latter camp, or actually like math but can’t quite get a hold of it, a Cornell professor is blogging a kind of re-introduction to maths for adults.
- CreaWriter Is A Distraction-Free Writing Space Complete With Relaxing Ambient Noise (Windows)
If you checked out the Mac-only Ommwriter and were disappointed that there wasn’t an equivalent tool for Windows, you’re in luck. CreaWriter is a distraction free writing tool that lets you customise your writing experience.
- Trillian Alpha Brings Its Multi-Protocol IM To Macs (Mac)
Trillian, the slick-looking multi-protocol IM client that kinda-sorta won our Hive Five for best IM app, has launched an early alpha for Mac OS X. It’s not close to feature-complete, but it does look like Trillian.