It's been an interesting 17 days, but Election 2010 is more or less officially over with the news that a coalition of Labor, the Greens and three independents will, at least for now, be in control of the Federal Government. Whether you're ecstatic or despondent, breathe out and then get on with the rest of your life. To help that process, here's some projects to fill your time now that you're not following every political move on Twitter.
From a technology perspective, there have been two key issues in this election: Internet filtering and the National Broadband Network. With the Greens controlling the Senate from July, we're unlikely to see the former, and with the NBN cited as a key factor for the two independents who have granted Labor a minority government, we're probably going to get the latter.
But all of that will be covered elsewhere. Here's five ideas from the Lifehacker archives for projects you can get on with now that the election is (more or less) done and dusted.
5. Learn how to download torrents anonymously
Faster Internet will make it more tempting to access peer-to-peer content, but that won't make it any more legal. If you're planning on forging ahead with downloads anyway, check out some options for keeping your IP address hidden from the world.
4. Reinstall your operating system
Even if much of your computing is done in the cloud, reinstalling your operating system can eliminate performance issues -- and that applies whether you're a Windows-head, a Mac lover or a Linux guru. Read through our guide to getting ready for a fresh install and make your computer sing.
3. Get on with the spring cleaning
2. Build a Hackintosh
It's geeky and it's fiddly, but getting the Mac experience on a piece of hardware you've assembled yourself is also the ultimate hacker thrill. Dive into our comprehensive guide to building yourself a Hackintosh.
1. Install all the software in our Lifehacker Packs
No matter what platform you prefer, our Lifehacker Pack collections of the best free software will make your day-to-day computer experience better and more productive. We've got lists for Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone and Android. Go forth and install.