Last Week's Best Posts

You wanted browser choices, you wanted photography tips and you wanted to talk about fries. Kick off your Lifehacker Monday by making sure you didn't miss any of the biggest posts from last week:

  • Use Photography To Overcome Shyness
    Taking photographs isn’t just a great way of recording experiences — according to veteran photographer David Hurn, it’s also a useful way of overcoming shyness.
  • Which Browser Should I Use: Firefox Or Chrome? Dear Lifehacker, I've been a huge fan of Firefox for years (prompted in great part by Lifehacker's recommendation), but it seems like Google Chrome has made huge strides lately. My question: Which is better, Chrome or Firefox? Which should I use?
  • ZeuApp Downloads 82 Awesome Open Source Apps (Windows) If you're setting up a new system or helping a friend to see how much great free and open source software exists, ZeuAPP is a portable installation tool for nearly a hundred applications.
  • How Unhealthy Are Australia’s Takeaway Fries?
    “Do you want fries with that?” The answer should always be no, but just how unhealthy are those side servings when you do decide to indulge? We rank the options from Hungry Jack’s, KFC and McDonald’s.
  • Top 10 Remote Control And Streaming Tools Streaming recorded TV to your hotel room. Grabbing files off your home computer from work. Checking on the dog walker. Your computer can do amazing things while you're nowhere near it, and these 10 killer remote access apps help you do them.
  • Incredible StartPage Customises Google Chrome's New Tab Page (Chrome) Google Chrome extension Incredible StartPage changes the start page to a three-panel view of your your favourite bookmarks, closed tabs, customisable colour schemes and a place to quickly add notes and send them to Gmail.
  • Is Being Burgled An Excuse For Piracy?
    The entertainment industry constantly tells us that downloading pirated movies and TV shows is a form of theft, but viewers often seem to operate with a parallel attitude: that theft is a reasonable reason for piracy.
  • Five Best Offline Backup Tools Online backup has many benefits—safety from local catastrophe, storage on professionally maintained servers, etc.—but economy, control, and 100% guaranteed privacy aren't among them. Check out these five popular tools for making safe and sound local backups.
  • MakeMKV Rips DVDs And Blu-Rays With Just Two Clicks (Windows/Mac/Linux) It's still slim pickings when it comes to finding a good freeware application for ripping Blu-Ray discs, but ripping and converting tool MakeMKV is free for as long as it's in beta-and it's undoubtedly the simplest ripper around.
  • Five Ways To Save Money On UK Travel
    More than a century after federation, the UK still remains a popular destination for Australians, whether to catch up on Anglo-Saxon ancestry or just enjoy some of the world’s most populous and diverse cities. Here’s some ways to make the journey more affordable.
  • First Look At Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Beta You want change? Ubuntu 10.04, the next long-term release of the free operating system, is full of change. Window buttons are on the left, default apps are replaced, the theme is new, and many more upgrades are worth exploring.
  • Stalled Printer Repair Cancels Print Jobs Without Waiting Years, No Batch File Required (Windows) Last week we highlighted a batch script capable of cancelling a stalled print job without waiting years. Free, lightweight utility Stalled Printer Repair covers the same territory, only better.
  • The Complete Guide To Ripping And Converting Flash Videos Whether you want to save and watch a Flash video offline, convert a Flash music video for your MP3 player, or do something else entirely, learning how to rip and convert Flash videos is a useful skill. Here's how it works.
  • AVG Rescue CD Cleans Your Infected Windows PC (Windows) There's any number of great antivirus tools that help protect your PC from viruses, but what about when you encounter an already-infected PC? Your best bet is a boot CD, and the free AVG Rescue CD cleans viruses easily.
  • The Complete Guide To Fixing Google Contacts Google Contacts needs to get better. Google and Gmail devotees regularly deal with duplicate contacts, sync abnormalities, over-stuffed contact groups, and other problems. Here are our best methods for fixing those annoyances yourself until Google does for real.
  • DVDStyler Burns Virtually Any Video To DVD (Windows/Linux) Burning any old video file to a playable DVD is a bit of a hassle. We've always liked using DVD Flick for tackling the task, but DVDStyler is another great option with a bit more focus on nice menus.
  • Snake Oil Chart Highlights The Worth (Or Lack Thereof) Of Supplements We've all got that friend or family member that swears by a supplement promising to stave off colds, cure headaches, or fix some other malady, but often they're little more than snake oil. This Snake Oil chart matches supplements to scientific support.
  • Scott's Gmail Alert 4.0 Only Notifies You When You Want It To (Windows) Scott's Gmail Alert 4.0 is a feature-packed Google Calendar and Gmail notification tool, offering great looks and a wide array of customisable options, including the ability to only schedule notifications only during pre-defined times. Distractions begone!
  • How I Mastered The Power Nap Daniel Tenner has spent a lot of time thinking about (and taking) naps. What follows is his experience learning to master 20 minute power naps even though he normally takes 30 minutes to fall asleep.
  • How To Automatically Sync Any Song You Download To iTunes iTunes has never been great at automatically syncing new songs or folders of music, but with a little finesse and the latest version of iTunes, you can automatically sync any new music you download to iTunes, with relative ease.
  • ThickButtons Predicts And Enlarges Letters For Better Android Typing (Android) One of Android's biggest weaknesses, at least compared to the iPhone, is its on-screen keyboard. ThickButtons tries to improve Android's typing experience by guessing what words you might be typing and enlarging the next letter you'll type, and it (mostly) succeeds.

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