Giveaway – Pixar: 20 years of animation exhibition

Giveaway – Pixar: 20 years of animation exhibition

The Pixar love-in continues here at Lifehacker AU with our second giveaway – tickets to see the Pixar: 20 years of animation exhibition at ACMI (the Australian Centre for the Moving Image) in Melbourne. The exhibition, made up of artwork and digital media borrowed from the Pixar Animation Studios archives,…

Microsoft Office Tips Roundup

Wrap Text as You Type in Excel with Alt-Enter Search and Replace Word Formatting Compare Two Word Documents for Differences Disable Annoying MS Word Features View Two Areas of Your Spreadsheet at Once Go Back to Where You Left Off in a Word Document Change Case in MS Office Apps…

Delay Sending Emails and Save Embarrassment

Delay Sending Emails and Save Embarrassment

Ever hit the Send button on an email and realise a few seconds later that rather than complaining to your coworker about your boss’s impossible dictates and ugly ties, you hit Reply All and complained to your entire company, boss included? If you’re using Outlook, the How-To Geek weblog details…

Easily Install iPodLinux

Easily Install iPodLinux

Linux users: Install iPodLinux on your iPod without losing any of your existing content with a script introduced by Mike’s Ubuntu Blog. The script automatically partitions your iPod’s hard drive and installs a boot partitioner with just three terminal commands. wget http://de.dataghost.com/ipl/dg-installer/dg-linux-installer-20070311.tar.bz2 tar -jxf dg-linux-installer-20070311.tar.bz2 sudo ./installer.sh I installed iPodLinux…

FTP File Transfer Across Platforms with Filezilla 3.0

FTP File Transfer Across Platforms with Filezilla 3.0

Windows/Mac/Linux (All platforms): Formerly Windows-only free, open source FTP client FileZilla upgrades to version 3.0, adding cross-platform support and a few small feature updates, most notably an improved transfer management window. If FileZilla has been your FTP client of choice on Windows but you’ve been forced to find an alternative…

Clean Your Home in 19 Minutes

Clean Your Home in 19 Minutes

You can keep your home spotless in 19 short minutes a day by following CNN Living’s room-by-room roadmap to cleanliness. For example: Bathroom, 2 minutes daily • Wipe out the sink (30 seconds). Wipe the toilet seat and rim (15 seconds). • Swoosh the toilet bowl with a brush (15…

Time Your Work Sessions with Instant Boss

Time Your Work Sessions with Instant Boss

Windows only: The Instant Boss timer application sets up a number of work dashes with breaks. Especially useful for practicing Merlin’s 10+2*5 procrastination hack, you commit to working a certain amount of minutes, then you get a break, then the Instant Boss tells you to “Get back to work!” I’m…

Use HTTP Headers to Find Flash-based Media

Clever web developer Rafael describes how he used the Live HTTP Headers Firefox extension to download the MP3 behind a Flash player: What the liveHTTPHeaders extension does is show you the browser’s http requests. I use it a lot in web development work to make sure that Flash is requesting…

Take Notes Online with NoteSake

Take Notes Online with NoteSake

Free webapp NoteSake makes taking and saving notes online easier than ever. The interface is much like Notepad on steroids: a regular text editor that sports features for extra formatting goodness, such as the ability to recognise *bold* and _underline_ formatting. You can also designate the appropriate course and tag…

Best Comment Thread Roundup

Run Multiple Versions of One Programjunkan says: “This is wonderful! Will try this out.” Forty Free Alternatives to Windows Applicationsrich bradshaw says: “More people need to know about these applications.” Are You On Autopilot?riazm says: “Does anyone else want to strangle themselves when they read about self improvement?” Make Fast…

Customise Your Dual Monitor Wallpaper with DisplayFusion

Customise Your Dual Monitor Wallpaper with DisplayFusion

Windows XP and Vista only: Dual monitor utility DisplayFusion can set different wallpaper images for each of your desktops or stretch an image across desktops. Choose one of your own images or search and browse Flickr photos for new wallpaper images right inside DisplayFusion. (I recommend searching for “panoramic” images…

Skype

Skype fans, turbocharge your internet telephony setup with 50 enhancements for Skype.

Growl Upgrades to Version 1.1

Growl Upgrades to Version 1.1

Mac OS X only: Open source system-wide notification software for Mac, Growl, gets an upgrade to version 1.1 with a new feature that smartly positions multiple notifications. Assign custom styles, sounds and screen positions per application in Growl 1.1, which will place new notifications where there’s available screen real estate….

Fifteen Last.fm Power Tweaks

Fifteen Last.fm Power Tweaks

One of the best ways to discover new music online is with Last.fm, a music recommendation community. Last.fm serves you up new tunes based on a marriage of your unique preferences and the rest of the huge Last.fm community. Last.fm is a pretty simple way to listen to tunes, but…

Filter By File Type in Windows Explorer with QT ToolBar

Filter By File Type in Windows Explorer with QT ToolBar

Windows only: Freeware application QT ToolBar adds quite a few file manipulation and filtering techniques to Windows Explorer. With QT ToolBar you can enter a specific file extension and select all similar files in bulk. Additionally, QT ToolBar adds a few buttons to the interface that will copy an entire…

Get the Most Out of College

Get the Most Out of College

Now that most students are back in college, the Students’ Blog has written up a few great tips to get the most out of academics while still having a great time socially. Since most students are finally on their own after so many years, it could be hard to find…

Help Rewrite <i>Lifehacker</i> the Book!

Help Rewrite Lifehacker the Book!

Just like software, books get upgrades too: I’ve been tasked with the job of expanding and revising Lifehacker the book to a shiny new second edition due out in the spring of 2008. But I need your help. As I dive deep into revising this monster, I want to hear…

Lifehacker on RRR radio

I’ll be a guest on Melbourne community radio station RRR’s computer show Byte into It on Wednesday, 19 September. Hosted by Phil Wales, the show is broadcast on Wednesday nights from 7pm to 8pm. If you’re not in Melbourne, fear not. You can listen to RRR streaming online, or download…

Run Multiple Versions of One Program

Run Multiple Versions of One Program

Manage multiple versions of one program at the same time extremely easily with MakeUseOf.com’s simple tutorial on creating more than one user account in Windows. This comes in handy especially when you’re got more than one account at the same service, i.e., Skype, an IM program, etc. Note: you will…

Use Google to Search MediaFire for Free Stuff

Use Google to Search MediaFire for Free Stuff

Tutorial site Tech-Recipes has posted a how-to on how to use Google to search for media files within MediaFire, a free file hosting service. The process is simple; you’re basically using a site: search operator to scour what MediaFire’s got posted for download. Music, videos, comics, you name it, you…

Make Fast Food More Nutritious

Make Fast Food More Nutritious

Is it possible to make nutritious choices at a fast food joint? Heath site HelpGuide.org seems to think so – and they’ve written up a good article on what to choose and what to avoid. Fries are pretty much out, but grilled chicken is definitely in. In addition, more and…

Step by Step Guide to Making a Custom Search Engine

Step by Step Guide to Making a Custom Search Engine

Technology publisher O’Reilly has a nice write-up of how to make a really dynamic Google custom search engine for whatever topic you want. A Google custom search engine is a great way to supercharge your searches and make them more targeted – the example in the article is for recipes,…

Become More Efficient with Structure

Become More Efficient with Structure

Wired magazine’s How To Wiki has a short and sweet article on how to make your emails more efficient with a defined structure. Here’s what the perfect email consists of: brevity, a set context, clear requests, and a deadline if necessary. How do you make your emails more efficient –…

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Today’s most popular headlines are Eat These Superfoods and Boost Your Health (8,611 views today), Add a Web Interface to Your Homemade DVR (4,178) and Get Twice the Music on Your MP3 Player with ShrinkMyTunes (3,217).

Easily Install Bleeding Edge Apps with the Source-O-Matic

Easily Install Bleeding Edge Apps with the Source-O-Matic

Install bleeding edge applications easily with Source-O-Matic, a web application that dynamically creates the file that manages what repositories you can install packages from sources.list. Besides the typical Ubuntu repositories, you can add additional repositories that make it a snap to install the newest versions of KDE, Koffice, amaroK and…

Windows and Linux Terminal Performance Comparison

Windows and Linux Terminal Performance Comparison

The Martin Ankerl weblog performance-tested many popular terminal applications on their text through capabilities (the time it takes to load and display the full content of a very large text file) to find out which terminal application is the fastest and which is best for low performance PCs. The terminal…

Tips to Thrive on Surplus Information

Tips to Thrive on Surplus Information

Information overload doesn’t have to be overwhelming, and author Ross Dawson shares eight principles that will prevent you from drowning in the surplus of available information. For example: Set information objectives. You can’t begin to sort through the ‘infoglut’ unless you know what is most important to you. To set…

How to create individual desserts

How to create individual desserts

I think all the cooking tips I posted earlier have gone to my head (ok, let’s be honest, tummy) – but I couldn’t resist this CNET article on kitchen gadgets which let you bake individual slices of pie or cake! There are a couple of reasons why you might be…

Save YouTube videos to your hard drive

Save YouTube videos to your hard drive

Wired’s How To Wiki answers the burning issue of our times – how do you save that awesome You Tube video for playback from your PC? What if you don’t want to be online in order to watch Bill Gates take a cream pie in the puss one more time?…

Ratatouille competition winners!

Ratatouille competition winners!

I’m pleased to announce that we had a bunch of cooking-or-mouse-related tips submitted for our Ratatouille competition. Congratulations to Dave, whose tip on how to make caramelised grilled bananas won him the hardcover “Art of Ratatouille” book. The four runners up, who will each receive a Ratatuille prize pack including…

What’s Your Word Processor?

What’s Your Word Processor?

I spent the past month collaboratively writing an iPhone book in Google Docs, and frankly, the experience was fantastic. The sharing and organizational features in Google Docs and Spreadsheets are incredible, and if you ever have to collaborate on any document where you don’t have time for file lock-outs and…