Last Week's Best Posts

You wanted airport shopping bargains, you wanted more TV choices and you wanted Google Buzz to behave itself or get the hell out. Kick off your Lifehacker Monday by making sure you didn't miss any of the biggest posts from last week:

  • What To Buy When Airport Shopping
    Modern-day airports often look more like shopping malls than anything else, but that doesn’t mean buying stuff there is a sensible idea. What’s worth purchasing at the airport, and what should you leave for another day?
  • Stop Google Buzz From Showing The World Your Contacts Whether you call it a huge privacy flaw or just an annoyance, Google Buzz can put the contacts you automatically follow—a.k.a. those you most frequently email or chat—on a public profile page. Here's how to undo that.
  • iPhone Explorer Turns Your iPhone Or iPod Touch Into A Disk Drive (Windows/Mac) Unfortunately the iPhone and iPod touch lack the ability older iPods had to run in Disk Mode. That's where iPhone Explorer steps in, allowing you manually manage files on your device, or just use it as a flash drive, without jailbreaking.
  • Beginner’s Guide To Smart Phone Platforms
    Smart phones are becoming an increasingly common choice even for casual users, but the whole area can seem confusing and overwhelming for new buyers. Lifehacker 101 guides you through the main platforms available.
  • Hide/Remove Google Buzz Updates From Your Gmail Inbox If you just don't have the bandwidth to manage one more set of social notifications automatically hitting your Gmail inbox, you may not be all that excited about this morning's Google Buzz announcement. Luckily banishing Buzz from your inbox is easy.
  • Data Crow Is A Cross-Platform Manager Of All Your Media (Windows/Mac/Linux) Data Crow doesn't just catalogue your movies with IMDB look-ups, organise your MP3s and CDs with discographies, or handle pictures. It handles all three, plus contacts, software, books, and much more, and runs on any system.
  • Which Prepaid Plans Offers The Best Text Deals?
    Every telco has some form of bundle to entice prepaid customers, but keeping track of who offers what can be tricky. Here’s the pick of the bunch amongst current prepaid text offers.
  • Google Buzz Explained Google today announced a new service, Google Buzz, that automatically brings social networking into Gmail and the rest of the Google-sphere. Whether or not you're big on social networking sites like Twitter or Facebook, Buzz offers a somewhat new and intriguing approach.
  • OpenOffice.org 3.2 Improves Startup Times, Office 2007 Compatibility (Windows/Mac/Linux) The latest version of OpenOffice.org, the free and open-source office suite, improves startup times by over 40 percent (by some tests), improves importing and support for password-protected and 2007 office files, and improves many areas of the Calc spreadsheet.
  • LookInMyPC Is A Must-Have Tool For Computer Troubleshooting Windows only: LookInMyPC generates a complete report of what's going on in a computer-from hardware to software, and everything in between. After playing around with it, this writer wouldn't start troubleshooting a PC without it. I'm not kidding.
  • PwnageTool 3.1.5 Jailbreaks iPhone 3.1.3 (Mac) Last week Apple pushed out a minor update to the iPhone OS, and, naturally, the update re-jailed any jailbroken devices. Yet again, the iPhone dev-team is back with a new version of PwnageTool that's compatible with the latest update.
  • TVGorge Brings Dozens Of Location-Blocked TV Shows To Users Worldwide If you're outside of the US and sick of not being able to see good TV online or just tired of waiting for Hulu to get your favourite shows, you'll want to check out TVGorge and its huge archive of shows.
  • Easy Poster Printer Slices And Dices Your Posters For Standard Printers (Windows) If you want to print a large image off your home printer and be able to reassemble it, it takes some enormous photo editing cut 'n crop patience-or a copy of Easy Poster Printer.
  • Recycle Wine Bottles Into Swanky Cups Dropping off your bottles to be recycled is great and all, but with this DIY solution you'll be able to recycle them in-house into decorative cups and organisers.
  • How to Open A Locked Interior Door When You've Lost The Key If you have a lot of interior doorknobs with key locks on them, sooner or later you're bound to lose the key or lock them inside the room. Here's what to do to get back in.
  • UltraDefrag Is A Portable And Open-Source Disk Defragmenter (Windows) If you like your software open-source, you'll definitely want to check out UltraDefrag, a snappy open-source Windows disk defragmenter.
  • Firefox 3.7 Alpha Is A Really Rough Look At Firefox 4.0 (Windows/Mac/Linux) It doesn't look that different, and the version number is certain to change, but Mozilla is offering a "Developer Preview" of the rendering engine inside Firefox 3.7, which will actually become 4.0. If you're down with unstable alphas, it's all yours.
  • Brewtarget Helps You Create And Manage Your Homebrew Recipes (Windows/Mac/Linux) Brewtarget is a free, open-source application designed to help homebrew enthusiasts create and organize their beer recipes.
  • Pinta Brings Paint.NET's Just-Enough Image Editing To Every Computer (Windows/Mac/Linux) If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the coders of Pinta love the heck out of the Windows-only image editor Paint.NET. Luckily, they also want to make it available on every OS, and are faithful to its just-enough interface methodology.

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