Mirror Your Mac on a Bootable External Drive

Mirror Your Mac on a Bootable External Drive

If and when that terrible day your Mac dies finally catches up to you, you can be back up and running with all your applications, settings and data in under 5 seconds with a bootable system clone. By mirroring your entire Mac’s hard drive to an external FireWire drive, you…

Determine What Type of Memory Your Computer Has

Determine What Type of Memory Your Computer Has

A memory upgrade’s the best way to speed up that slow computer, but the RAM stick aisle at your local computer parts retailer is a cold and scary place. A little pre-research is in order: the How-to Geek details how to use either System Information for Windows or Crucial’s online…

Announcement

Twitter users, now you can follow Lifehacker US the microbloggin’ way. Get our top stories plus a sprinkling of meta-commentary on the more ambitious days in your favourite Twitter client. Thanks, Ahsan!

Create an Instant Web Site with Jottit

Create an Instant Web Site with Jottit

Webapp Jottit offers no-registration, one-click web publishing wiki-style plus lots of neat advanced features. One part Twitter (just a text box), four parts wiki, Jottit supports special markup for links, images and videos and tracks page revisions. Once you create your first page on Jottit, you can pick a custom…

Deal with online copyright infringement

Search engine optimisation site SEOmoz has a useful video tutorial on the steps you can take to combat online copyright infringement. As presenter Scott says, it’s not uncommon to find your website content has been lifted by other sites – and it can be really annoying if someone’s getting hits…

Google Election site now live

Google Election site now live

On Thursday we gave you a roundup of Federal Election websites, and told you Google’s election website was launching on Friday. It’s launched, and it’s cool. Check it out. Google’s 2007 Federal Election website Thanks for the link, William.

Use Charcoal to De-Stinkify Your Fridge

Use Charcoal to De-Stinkify Your Fridge

The UK show How Clean Is Your House is chock-full of useful tips, including this doozy: For use in empty refrigerators/freezers – good for when you are moving out. The ladies filled a normal baking tin with unlit, plain (with no fuel or other products added) charcoal briquets and let…

Five Tools to Capture Your Thoughts

Five Tools to Capture Your Thoughts

One of the best productivity tips I’ve found—courtesy of David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done—is keeping “buckets” for your ideas. In other words, you want to have reliable, fail-proof system to record your thoughts whenever or where ever you might find yourself. I’ve tried a number of different capture tools…

Get Better Sleep When You Fly

Get Better Sleep When You Fly

Sleeping and flying to some people might seem to be an impossible feat; however, search directory Mahalo’s got a good list of tips that can help you grab those elusive z’s. For example: booking the right seat plays a huge part in getting your best sleep, as does avoiding alcohol…

Use Google Maps as an Address Book

Use Google Maps as an Address Book

Parent Hacks has a nice Google Maps hack: Every time my son gets invited to a friend’s house or a party, or if I even just pick up someone to take with us somewhere, I go to Google Maps, print up a copy of a map to their house, write…

Ten Features You Might Not Be Using

Ten Features You Might Not Be Using

The official Gmail blog has compiled their picks for the top 10 least known Gmail features. Of course, Lifehacker readers tend to be email ninjas, so this list might be a bit on the old-hat side to you. However, I found it a good refresher (conversation update notification, offline chat)…

Queue Downloads at the Command Line with DQ

Bash programmer Jason Hutchinson built a command line download manager called Download Queue (or DQ) based on Lifehacker’s own todo.sh script. In short, you set up a text file called queue.txt, and add the URLs to download one per line, and DQ does the rest, handling filters, automatically continuing broken…

Schedule Gcal Events with Launchy and the Google Calendar Plug-in

Schedule Gcal Events with Launchy and the Google Calendar Plug-in

Windows only: Add events to your Google Calendar on-the-fly with the Google Calendar Launchy plug-in. To install, download the gcal.dll file from SourceForge and copy it into your plugins directory (C:\Program Files\Launchy\Plugins). Then restart and invoke Launchy, right-click the command window, and click Plugins. Tick the gCal checkbox, then click…

Corral Your Cables with Pipe Insulation

Corral Your Cables with Pipe Insulation

The Unclutterer weblog highlights a simple method for cleaning up your cable mess on the super-cheap with foam pipe insulation. Just cut the insulation to size, slice down the length, and insert your cables. It’s not that we haven’t covered tons of cord

Transform Your Classic Xbox into a Killer Media Center

Transform Your Classic Xbox into a Killer Media Center

Don’t ditch your classic Xbox just because you can’t play Halo 3 on it: nowadays it’s easier than ever to transform that old neglected console into a Unix-based media command center. While early Xbox hackers had to pry open the black box to solder on a modchip, today a software…

Birthday

Ten years ago on September 15, 1997, Stanford grad students Larry Page and Sergey Brin registered the domain name google.com.

Get Weather Forecasts in Your RSS Reader from AccuWeather

Get Weather Forecasts in Your RSS Reader from AccuWeather

Popular weather web site AccuWeather’s RSS Center builds RSS feeds of your local weather so you can get your latest weather forecasts delivered to your RSS reader. It’s nothing big, but if you live in your newsreader, this is one more bit of info you can get directly in your…

Games console roundup by Zero Punctation

Games console roundup by Zero Punctation

Here’s a video roundup of the new generation of games consoles, in video review format by a fast talking brit who mashes up hilarious South Park-esque graphics with lashings of gratuitous insults and fanboy baiting. It’s good fun, especially when it goes beyond the obvious to talk about things like…

Stop Living Paycheque-to-Paycheque

Stop Living Paycheque-to-Paycheque

The stress of living paycheque-to-paycheque got you down? If your palms get sweaty every time you glance at your bills, web site The Motley Fool offers five smart tips for ending the madness. You’re suffering from Paycheque-to-Paycheque Syndrome, a malady that can affect anyone — regardless of income — who…

Dual boot

You thought your rig with Vista, XP and Linux was badass? Try installing 145 operating systems on one PC.

Lessons from the Morning Run

Lessons from the Morning Run

Runner Baron VC says things he learned while running apply to life in general: Focus on Small Victories, the War will Follow: If you’re going to stick to a program you need to know your limits. The classic “good pain” versus “bad pain” is one. If you don’t listen to…

Use a Screensaver as Desktop Wallpaper

Use a Screensaver as Desktop Wallpaper

Linux users: You can embed a screensaver as the destop background with two terminal commands. Tech blogger Prashanth Ellina demonstrates how you can create a “video wallpaper” by temporarily removing the nautilus desktop and replacing it with an xscreensaver. An embedded screensaver is light on memory usage, but won’t play…

Merge Your Map on Yahoo Maps with MapMixer

Merge Your Map on Yahoo Maps with MapMixer

Yahoo launches new webapp MapMixer, which blends an existing map image with Yahoo Maps. Handy for overlaying a static public transportation system, campus or hiking trails map onto a fancy-pants dynamic Ajax map, MapMixer’s essentially an easy-peasy mashup maker for anyone with a map digital image (or a scanner). Just…

Google and Vodafone tools for sports fans

Just in time for the Twenty20 World Championship, the official Google blog has announced a new tool which simplifies the search for cricket results: Just type [cricket]in a Google search box and you’ll see a brief score of all the current cricket matches. A single click will also give you…

One Year Ago on Lifehacker

Gmail Tips and Tricks Monster Roundup“Ever since I bought my first Gmail invite for five dollars off eBay over 2 years ago, I’ve been all about squeezing every last productive drop I can out of Gmail.” Geek to Live: Tech support with UltraVNC SingleClick“Grandpa called from Florida, and he needs…

Follow Seinfeld’s Advice at Don’t Break the Chain

Follow Seinfeld’s Advice at Don’t Break the Chain

Webapp Don’t Break the Chain, inspired by Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity secret, tracks how many consecutive days you’ve achieved a specific goal. Two other Seinfeldian chain calendars have sprung up since that article (one at SmarterFitter, one at

Quickly Track Flights with Google Search and Earth Integration

Quickly Track Flights with Google Search and Earth Integration

Tracking a flight in your browser or in Google Earth has never been easier, thanks to Google’s integrated search results for flight information. Just enter the flight number of a flight in progress (like AA 34) into your Google search box. Google recognises the flight name and provides links to…

Top 10 Wikipedia Tricks

Top 10 Wikipedia Tricks

Without a doubt, Wikipedia is one of the most useful and amazing sources of information on the internet—but chances are you aren’t using it to its full potential. Thanks to its freely available content base, lots of Wikipedia-related projects have sprung up that offer easy access to information every which…

Seventeen Uses for Tennis Balls

Seventeen Uses for Tennis Balls

There’s more to tennis balls than just the sport. For starters you can unlock your vehicle and babyproof your house. The DIY Life weblog lists another 17 nifty applications for tennis balls including bottle openers, dog toys, free weights and more.

Bring the *nix “ls” to Windows with GNU ls

Bring the *nix “ls” to Windows with GNU ls

Windows only: Freeware app GNU ls brings the common ls terminal command for *nix to the Windows command prompt. Though subtle, this very lightweight download will bring you the nuances of the *nix terminal to Windows. If you’re a heavy command line user or a heavy batch scripter, you’ll appreciate…