It's no surprise to learn that everyone wanted to know about iPad SIM plans and what you could actually do with an iPad, but Lifehacker readers also had a thirst for Chrome's future, Acrobat alternatives and sleep techniques. Kick off your Lifehacker Monday by making sure you didn't miss any of the biggest posts from last week:
- The Complete Australian iPad SIM Plan Guide
So you’ve got an iPad on order, you’ve snagged one early on eBay or you’re thinking about buying one. Unless you get a Wi-Fi only model, you’ll also want a 3G micro-SIM to help you use the device on the go. To help you choose the best one for your needs, here’s a comprehensive guide to all the plans available in Australia.
- How to Reboot Your Sleep Cycle And Get the Rest You Deserve Nothing can stand in for a good night's sleep. Today we're not going to show you how to scrape by with less sleep; instead, we're going to help you reboot your sleeping habits so you get the sleep you need (and deserve).
- Google Chrome Updates With Stable Release, Finally Leaves Beta On Mac And Linux (Mac/Linux) If you've been waiting for a stable Google Chrome release before trying it out on Linux and OS X, today's your lucky day: Google has finally promoted Chrome to the stable channel, and it was worth the wait.
- Google Chrome’s UI Designer Reveals Its Future
Google’s Chrome browser is proving increasingly popular, while work continues on the Chrome OS project to build a minimal, browser-based interface for netbooks. Lifehacker spoke with Chrome user interface design team developer Glen Murphy — an Aussie now working at Google HQ in California — to discuss the future directions Chrome and Chrome OS will take, why the Chrome Web Store is so important, and the relative important of touch screens and keyboard shortcuts.
- Top 10 Privacy Tweaks You Should Know About With all the talk lately about Facebook's flawed privacy systems, it's a good time to consider what you're making available elsewhere on the web and on your system. These 10 settings tweaks and setups make your web life a little less public.
- Fedora 13 Released With Automatic Printing, Open 3D Drivers (All Platforms) The Fedora Desktop Project rolled out its lucky number 13 release, adding a few nifty features to the Linux system. Plug-and-go printer support, open drivers for Intel, ATI, and NVidia hardware, and a crafty new desktop shell to try out.
- Five Things To Do When You Get Your New iPad Home
If you were lucky enough to pre-order before the first batch ran out, or braved the queues at retailers around the country, you’re now the proud owner of an officially-released-in-Australia iPad. Here’s five things to do to make your new gadget more useful.
- Take A People-Free Photo In A Crowded Place You're at a popular location and you really would love a photo of the place without all the people in the way. Looks like you're out of luck and you should just buy a postcard, right? Not with this clever trick.
- Media Center Studio Customises Windows 7 Media Center's Look (Windows) Media Center Studio allows you to create your own custom themes for Windows Media Center, allowing you to create a cooler, more customised WMC look more akin to what you'd expect from popular media centre XBMC.
- Nitro PDF Reader Is The Only PDF Software You’ll Need
Everyone needs to access PDF files now and again, but Adobe’s Reader software is hideous to install and update and a major security risk. There are lots of free alternatives for reading PDFs, but the newly-released (and equally free) Nitro PDF Reader gives them a serious run for their money, letting you read, edit, create and save PDFs, without annoying crippleware features or intrusive adware.
- Five Best Personal Web Hosts The web's full of services happy to host your photos, blog posts, and other online data, but if you're control- or privacy-minded, you can do better. If you're thinking about hosting your own site, check out these five popular personal web hosts.
- uTorrent Falcon Remote Controls Your BitTorrent Downloads from Any Browser (Windows) The popular BitTorrent client uTorrent released a beta build of uTorrent Web Beta, a no-configuration tool that allows you to remotely access and control uTorrent from any web browser.
- A Guide To Facebook's New, Simpler Privacy Controls If you haven't quit Facebook yet, then it's time to take another look at your privacy settings, which, as promised, are now less of a huge maze. Here's the lowdown on how to work the new system.
- Viewer2 Organises Your Photos With Cloud-Like Tagging And Manipulation (Windows) If you've longed to organize your pictures as though sliding and grouping them on a desk, Viewer2 is a novel take on picture organisation that feels more like real-world sorting and shuffling and less like computer-based cataloging.
- See A 10-Year-Old Fix An iPhone Screen For $US22 Before you shake off the idea of repairing your cracked iPhone screen yourself with a kit, consider Brett. The crafty 10-year-old repaired the cracked screen on his father's 3GS with a $US22 mail-order kit, giving all of us a little more confidence.
- TrashMe Is A Full-Featured Uninstaller For Mac (Mac) There's no shortage of uninstallers for Mac OS X, but they all are basically the same drag-and-drop interface. TrashMe brings something new to the table, allowing you to also choose and search for apps from a list.
- Fix The Web's Biggest Annoyances With Google Chrome The internet is undoubtedly a wonderful place, but let's face it: some web sites are only too happy to serve up annoying ads, unnecessarily heavy Flash elements, and all-around user-unfriendly experiences. Here's how to make your browsing experience as annoyance-free as possible.
- Nautilus Elementary Simplifies File Browsing In Linux (Linux) While lots of people like advanced file browsers like previously mentioned Total Commander or Path Finder, sometimes the explorer can get overwhelmingly complicated. Nautilus Elementary is a mod that compacts and streamlines Nautilus in GNOME to make file browsing easier.
- Lodge Complaints That Get Results By Asking A Simple Question We've all had the occasional complaint with customer service, but we haven't all enjoyed the fruits of a successfully lodged customer-service complaint. The New York Times' resident haggler rounds up a handful of tried and true reader-complaint methods that get results.
- GetFoldersize Analyses Disk Usage sans Flashy Eye Candy (Windows) If you just want to do a folder size analysis without all the radial graphs and eye candy that many popular folder scanners sport, GetFoldersize gives you the information you need in a simple and straight forward interface.