You wanted Windows 7 tweaking, you wanted iPad preparation tips and you wanted to take part in our clutter clearout special. Kick off your Lifehacker Monday by making sure you didn’t miss any of the biggest posts from last week:
- Does Ubuntu’s New Window Design Bite?
Ubuntu Lucid Lynx introduced many design changes, including moving menu buttons from the right of windows to the left. Was that a sensible move
- Five Best Windows 7 Tweaking Applications
Windows 7 has been well received both critically and on the street. And while Lifehacker readers love Windows 7, a well-built OS isn’t a perfect OS. Check out these five applications that tweak Windows 7 and customise it to your heart’s content.
- CloudApp Instantly Shares Any File, Is My New Favourite Timesaver (Mac)
Drag and drop any file to free menu bar utility CloudApp, and it uploads the file to the internet and instantly inserts a link to the file in your clipboard. Quickly sharing a file just became a one-step process.
- Taking Wasteful Packaging To New Heights
If you’ve ever purchased commercial software, you’ll know how much space gets wasted boxing up a single optical disc. But even software vendors are put to shame by the space-wasting potential of Livescribe pen refills
- How to Use Gmail’s Attractive New Tablet-Friendly Interface On Your Regular Old Computer
Google just rolled out an excellent new two-pane Gmail interface for tablets like the iPad, and whether or not you’re buying one, it’s a cool big-screen version of Gmail some people may want to use on their desktops. Here’s how you can.
- Antenna Brings You Streaming Radio From Around The World (Windows/Mac/Linux [Adobe AIR] )
Streaming radio stations abound, but finding them is one thing and enjoying thousands of them with a polished interface and all in one place is another. Antenna is a sleek Adobe Air-based radio tool that makes streaming radio fun.
- Ask Lifehacker: Which Surge Protector Would You Recommend?
Dear Lifehacker, Every time I turn a light or appliance on/off, the sound from my LCD TV cuts out for a second or so (picture remains fine). I have my TV, PS3 and stereo hooked up via a basic surge protector board but was wondering whether upgrading to a more robust surge protector (probably with the eco/green power saving capabilities) would solve this annoyance
- Start To Finish Guide To Whipping Your Music’s Metadata Into Shape
Most of us have spent years building up our digital music libraries, along with tons of missing, mismatched and incorrect tags on your music over that time. Here’s a step-by-step guide for organising your entire library, once and for all.
- Partition Wizard Manages And Fixes Your Hard Drive For Free (Windows)
Partition Wizard does everything you’d probably need a partition tool to do, and does it on 32 and 64-bit systems. That alone puts it ahead of some other Windows-based partition tools. The bootable CD and simple controls are a nice bonus.
- How to Automatically Clean and Organise Your Desktop, Downloads
Chances are your computer’s desktop and other folders aren’t cluttered because you like it that way, but because you don’t want to spend time organising every file that hits your hard drive. Automate your file organisation and stay clutter-free without the effort.
- D-Fend Reloaded Brings Your Favourite DOS Games To Windows (Wndows)
Although some versions of Windows have a DOS emulation mode, they leave much to be desired in regard to game support. D-Fend Reloaded gives great DOS games their proper treatment in Windows. Here’s how to install it and play free games.
- The Best Design Tools For Improving Your Home
Wandering around a hardware store until inspiration strikes is a terrible idea. If you’ve got a loose idea for a redesign, re-arrangement, or physical improvement to your house, apartment, or even a dorm room, we recommend these computer planning tools for the job.
- File Blender Converts Files With Drag And Drop Ease (Windows)
File Blender is a free and portable interface for more than a half-dozen tools. Drag and drop everything from pictures to music to File Blender and convert it to something new.
- Hone Your Eye for Fake Online Reviews
Online reviews have changed the way we shop, and mostly for the better. We’re certainly more informed consumers, but online reviews aren’t always trustworthy. Savvy consumer blog Consumerist offers a few tips for spotting fake online reviews.
- Miro Video Converter Easily Converts Video for Android, PSP, Apple (Windows/Mac)
Miro Video Converter quickly and easily converts video on-the-fly for popular devices, with presets for your PSP, Android phone or Apple device.
- From the Tips Box: USB Cables, SD Card Labels, Shower Cap Uses
Readers offer their best tips for squeezing USB cables into tight places, labelling SD cards, and clever kitchen uses for shower caps.
- Windows 7 Start Button Changer Swaps Start Button Icon (Windows)
If you enjoy tweaking your OS right down to the little things like the start button icon, Windows 7 Start Button Changer makes it simple to swap the stock icon set for a new one.
- How To Analyse, Clean Out And Free Space On Your Hard Drive
Hard drive space is cheaper than ever, but as Parkinson’s Law dictates, your data (and, let’s face it, BitTorrent addiction) somehow expands to fill your space available for storage. Here’s a few simple but effective ways to clean out your hard drive.
- Process Explorer Updates With More Great Features (Windows)
Superior Task Manager replacement Process Explorer continues to improve on an already impressive set of features, this time with more informative tooltips, .NET process information, and other fixes.
- Split Screen Slices Your Chrome Window Into Two Panes (Chrome)
Split Screen takes advantage of the expansive view offered by wide-screen monitors and splits the viewing pane into two separate panels for side-by-side browsing.
- Firefox Lorentz Beta Isolates Plug-In Crashes (Firefox [Windows/Linux] )
Mozilla has released a beta version of Firefox Lorentz, an update to Firefox they announced earlier this year. Lorentz brings a Chrome-like process isolation to Firefox, containing messy plug-in crashes.