Last Week's Best Posts

You wanted to put Facebook at arm's length, you wanted Google to get more local and you wanted to point out that Canberra is expensive. Kick off your Lifehacker Monday by making sure you didn't miss any of the biggest posts from last week:

  • When We Buy Supermarket House Brands (And Why We Don’t)
    Supermarkets are increasingly spurning outside suppliers in favour of their own house brands. But just how willing are we to buy them?
  • How To Quit Facebook Without Actually Quitting Facebook With all the privacy issues surrounding Facebook, many people are considering quitting the site altogether. If you're not ready to take it that far, here's how to avoid the privacy breaches without completely deleting your account and losing touch with your friends.
  • Unshake Makes Blurry Photos Passable (Windows/Mac/Linux) Sometimes, you just have to take a picture of what's in front of you but you're stuck with low light and a mobile phone camera. Free utility Unshake makes those photos somewhat presentable by toning down the blur.
  • Make The Firefox Search Box Give You Australian Google Results
    The search box in Firefox is a handy tool for finding information, but if (like most of us), you’re using it to access Google, you may not get quite the results you expect. Here’s how to fix your Firefox for a more Australian emphasis.
  • The Cleverest Geeky Windows Tricks Everyone Should Know Anyone can sit down at a Windows PC and get along fine, but with the right tips and tricks, you can get around much faster. Here's a handful of clever tricks to boost your Windows skills (and show off to friends).
  • Droopy Creates Instant Servers For Large File Trading (Windows/Mac/Linux) Droopy is a Python script that creates a miniature, one-shot web server that lets anyone upload files through a web page straight to your computer, no matter the size.
  • Want To Make Money In Tech? Move To Canberra
    OK, it’s cold and the roads are confusingly circular and the airport bus is not all it could be. But if you’re hoping to exploit your tech skills and earn some bucks, Canberra looks like the place to be right now.
  • Top 10 Ways To Upgrade Your Morning Routine Never feel like there's enough time in the morning? Find yourself struggling to get up or into work mode? We know the feeling. Try out these tips on waking up, getting energized, and getting things done in the early hours.
  • RouterPassView Recovers Lost Router Passwords (Windows) RouterPassView is a freeware application that taps into a router's configuration file, allowing you to recover important data like router login information, wireless network keys, and more in the event any of that important information goes missing.
  • Why Google Public DNS Sucks For Aussies
    Google Public DNS is designed to speed up browsing, but depending on the kind of content you want to access, it can often have the reverse effect
  • ReclaimPrivacy Bookmarklet Rates Your Facebook Exposure Levels Facebook's privacy settings are notoriously complex, and the results of changes hard to see instantly. ReclaimPrivacy.org has a handy bookmarklet that shows which potentially insecure and privacy-invading settings are enabled on your Facebook account when you click it.
  • Jalapeno Keyfinder Retrieves Lost Serial Numbers (Windows) Jalapeno Keyfinder retrieves serial numbers for a variety of programs on your PC-and even for most versions of Windows-so it's not such a big deal next time you misplace your serial number and need to reinstall.
  • How To Install A Solid-State Drive In Your MacBook Solid-state drives (SSDs) come with all kinds of perks over your standard hard drive, not the least of which involves serious speed boosts for your computing. Here's how I installed an SSD in my MacBook Pro.
  • Office 2010 Trial Extender Activates Office 2010 For Up To 180 Days (Windows) If you want to squeeze all the use out of Office 2010 before you're required to pony up for a licence, free utility Trial Extender will extend the free trial period up to 6 months, no command-line work required.
  • Five Best Bookmark Management Tools The web—and web browsers—evolve extremely quickly, but if there's one web browsing feature that's stood the test of time, it's browser bookmarks. Manage your bookmarks effectively and efficiently with one of these five bookmark management tools.
  • Mozy 2.0 Boosts Upload Speeds And Backs Up To External Drives (Windows) Backing up to an external USB drive is fast, but backing up to a web-based server is (literally) fireproof. Mozy 2.0 aims to split the difference, offering both faster cloud-based system backup and a new USB drive backup tool.
  • WiFi Stumbler Scans Local Wi-Fi To Find An Interference-Free Channel If you've been having trouble with your wireless signal the culprit might be interference from other wireless routers in the area. Free web-based tool WiFi Stumbler will show you which channel is least likely to cause interference.
  • LiteSwitch X Makes Mac's Application Switcher Far More Useful (Mac) By itself, the Command-Tab Application Switcher can move back and forth between open programs. With LiteSwitch X installed, you can force quit applications, drag files onto them for opening, and even include background applications in your switching.
  • Early Screenshots Show Chrome OS With A Cover Flow Style They're design ideas that could change, from early builds of an OS that's not released. But peeking around the early design ideas for Chrome OS reveals what kind of netbook experience Google's shooting for when it eventually comes out.
  • MyLock Is an Alternative Lock Tool for Android Phones (Android) If you're unhappy with the default unlock mechanism and screen on your Android phone-more than a few users are!-myLock replaces the default unlocker with a feature-rich alternative which includes auto-unlocking and more.
  • GameSave Manager Backs Up and Restores Hundreds of Games (Windows) If you've figured out a good way to back up everything but your games, you'll want to check out GameSave Manager. GameSave Manager backs up nearly 500 games for safe keeping and easy restoration.
  • MetaX Automatically Tags Your Movie Files for Library-Ready Organisation (Mac/Windows) If you're not too keen on buying movies from the iTunes Store but would like to organise your movies in a program like iTunes, MetaX will save you the time of manually tagging everything by fetching metadata from the net.

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