Manage Outlook in a GTD-Friendly Sidebar with Trog Bar

Manage Outlook in a GTD-Friendly Sidebar with Trog Bar

Windows only: Free sidebar application Trog Bar keeps your email, tasks and calendar items within quick reach and organises them into a personal favourite productivity system, be it Getting Things Done, Total Workday Control, or most other popular approaches. While Outlook is not technically required, Trog Bar gets most of…

Hotmail creator unveils free “Office killer”

The creator of early webmail success Hotmail (which was acquired by Microsoft) has unveiled a free suite of Office apps which he hopes will be a direct competitor to Microsoft’s Office suite. Called Live Documents, you can sign up to request an invitation to the private beta of this web-and-desktop…

Start Meaningful Conversations

Start Meaningful Conversations

Learning how to initiate that first conversation can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. Break the ice with meaningful conversations instead. For example, if you’re meeting someone for the first time, don’t make a negative comment about the event that you’re both attending. Ask the right questions to…

The lessons from a pre-Christmas toy cleanup

The lessons from a pre-Christmas toy cleanup

Tis the season of rampant consumerism and Lifehack.org has a suggestion for an exercise which helps teach your kids about the *giving* side of Christmas, as well as how to unclutter their room and toy collection. The exercise is to work with your kids on going through their rooms, tidying…

How Do You Keep Your Digital Photographs Safe?

How Do You Keep Your Digital Photographs Safe?

If you own a digital camera, you’ve certainly feared the worst: losing those precious memories on your memory card. The folks at T3 recommend ways to minimize the damage: don’t rely on a single large memory card (instead, opt in for a few smaller ones), transfer images to a laptop…

Find the Best Gift for Your Loved Ones with Lootist

Find the Best Gift for Your Loved Ones with Lootist

Get gift recommendations for the best products for your loved one’s hobby or area of interest with expert recommendations from web site Lootist. Although there are tonnes of sites that provide customer reviews of products, it’s difficult to know how much you can trust a reviewer. Lootist changes that by…

Free Nature-Based Wallpaper

Free Nature-Based Wallpaper

Editor alumnus Kyle Pott pointed us toward a collection of striking, high-quality wallpaper images, all available free from Microsoft Technical Evangelist Mike Swanson’s blog. The images are mostly nature based and available in common desktop and laptop resolutions. Most are nature-based, and all of them shot with an eye for…

Using Apple’s database app Bento as a productivity tool

Anthony at Pocket Mojo has just reviewed Apple’s new database creation application, Bento. The review is particularly interesting because he used Bento to create a productivity tool for himself. Check the review to see his walkthrough of how he used Bento to organise his workflow, by taking advantage of Leopard’s ability…

Find a nerdy name for your newborn

Find a nerdy name for your newborn

If you don’t think you can count on your poor parenting skills and the angst of existence in our hellbent society to ruin your child’s life, why not ensure it by chosing a nerdy name for him or her from the annals of science fiction? You have to wonder just…

The Hearty Thanksgiving Roundup

The Hearty Thanksgiving Roundup

The fourth Thursday of every November is Thanksgiving here in the US of A, meaning rather than posting to Lifehacker your diligent US editors are taking a break to gorge on turkey and stuffing. If you’re looking for that one special Thanksgiving tip to ease your holiday, we’ve got you…

Snack on food which will power your brain

Here’s a few snack foods to add to your shopping list if you’re out to combat the mid-afternoon brain slump. Edamame (I had to look it up too!), green beans, boiled peanuts and cold salmon are the recommendations from Grant at the 43 Folders blog today. It’s all too easy…

Mobile broadband put to the test

If you’re looking beyond traditional DSL broadband, naked DSL isn’t your only option – loads of mobile providers are now offering mobile broadband. APC magazine put Telstra, Vodafone and 3’s offerings through their paces in a range of Sydney locations to see how they stack up for speed, performance and value. Telstra…

Visit ASIMO the robot

Visit ASIMO the robot

If you, I mean your kids, love robots then Sydneysiders and Brisbanites should look out for the ASIMO robot tour which is on at the moment. ASIMO is a very cool robot designed by Honda who can walk, run at speeds of nearly 6km/hour and use stairs (so it’s better than a…

Resize Any Window with ResizableEnable

Resize Any Window with ResizableEnable

Windows only: Resize any window on your desktop—including those windows that normally refuse to let you resize them—with freeware application ResizeEnable. Just run the system tray executable and any window—no matter how stubbornly it denied your resizing attempts in the past—should be resizable. Once resized, the contents of the window…

Compare Grocery Store Sales with GroceryGuide

Compare Grocery Store Sales with GroceryGuide

US-centric: Compare sales at numerous local grocers with GroceryGuide, a webapp that accesses sales from hundreds of supermarkets and chains around the nation. GroceryGuide shows price trends and fluctuations as well as recipes that can be made with each food item. Additionally, the site lists coupons that can be further…

Eat Less at Thanksgiving by Eating Earlier

Health and Nutrition author Jennifer Ackerman writes in today’s New York Times that planning your big Thanksgiving meal earlier in the day helps you eat less. That’s because the body is better at recognizing it’s full in the morning: Not only does an ample morning meal provide energy for the…

15 Ways to Fool Yourself into Saving Money

15 Ways to Fool Yourself into Saving Money

Like flossing, stretching and car waxing, socking away savings is easy to think positive about and much, much harder to act on. For help tricking yourself to be good, finance blog The Digerati Life offers 15 ways to defeat your inner spending machine. This one might be worth pondering while…

Buy a John Howard Pinata on ebay

Buy a John Howard Pinata on ebay

      As Crikey was pleased to point out today, some enterprising soul has put a John Howard pinata up for auction on ebay, just in time to provide “the perfect entertainment for your election night party”. They want $280 for it though, ouch.

A visual guide to “Organisation 101”

You can’t turn around on the Internet without bumping into yet another productivity or GTD system, but today I stumbled upon a really nice walkthrough which looks like a great starting point for someone who wants to set up a system to get organised, but doesn’t know where to start. Trent…

Speed up your GMail and GCal

Speed up your GMail and GCal

Here’s a nice little tip for speeding up your GMail and Google Calendar, and it’s incredibly simple too. You can refresh the view by clicking the Gmail (or GCal) logo on the top left of your screen. This refreshes the view without reloading the page so it’s much faster. Nice to…

Synchronise Your Computer’s Time with DS Clock

Synchronise Your Computer’s Time with DS Clock

Windows only: Synchronise your computer’s clock with numerous time servers around the world using freeware application DS Clock. On its first run, it will dock itself on the top right hand corner of your desktop, but you can customise its look and feel as well as its position quite easily….

Lock Down Your PC with Trust-No-Exe

Lock Down Your PC with Trust-No-Exe

Windows only: Lock down your PC and prevent unauthorised executable files from running with freeware application Trust-No-Exe. As the computer’s administrator, you can set up a whitelist of clean executable files that you will allow to run and selectively block others. Once installed, Trust-No-Exe adds an entry to your Control…

Tweak Leopard from the Terminal

Tweak Leopard from the Terminal

The Usingmac weblog highlights 13 simple Leopard tweaks you can perform by simply copying and pasting a little text into Terminal, from Dock tweaks to solidifying the menu bar (which

Google Presentations Adds Custom Backgrounds, Easier Navigation

Google Presentations Adds Custom Backgrounds, Easier Navigation

Presentations, the slide show component of Google Docs, has been updated to allow slides to be given custom background images and colourised. While there’s still no ability to save create constant self-made themes, it does bring Presentations one step closer to being a feasible alternative to desktop-based slide show creators….

12 Healthy Foods That Aren’t

12 Healthy Foods That Aren’t

Just because a product heralds itself as fat-free doesn’t mean it’s good for you, and Men’s Health tackles 12 unhealthy foods consumers often mistake for nutritious. For example, the oft-assumed healthy granola (AU – I think that’s American speak for muesli?) bar you’re eating with breakfast every day may not…

Survive the Christmas season

Survive the Christmas season

Christmas is just around the corner. I’m no Grinch (I actually own Christmas decorations and intend to use them, not to mention the Bing Crosby Christmas albums…) but even when you enjoy the holiday, it comes with a lot of social and financial traps. As a work from home type,…

Free to air EPGs start broadcasting

A story in yesterday’s Age has reported that free to air industry group Free TV has confirmed all networks will provide EPGs (electronic program guides) by January 1, but they are still trying to use legal action to stop PVR manufacturers from using ad-skipping. The writeup in the Age says channels 9 and…

Fix Your Home and End Keys with KeyFixer

Fix Your Home and End Keys with KeyFixer

Mac OS X only: The default behaviour for the Home and End keys on the Mac can be very annoying—particularly for Windows-to-Mac switchers. Freeware application KeyFixer remaps your Home and End keys so they move the keyboard cursor to the beginning or end of a line, duplicating the behaviour of…

Monitor Application Usage with RescueTime

Monitor Application Usage with RescueTime

Windows and Mac only: Monitor your computer activity easily and efficiently with freeware application RescueTime. Just install the application and let it run in the background so that it can capture data for your online activity and application usage, then check the dashboard and view graphs and charts about your…

Shed Your Extra College Pounds?

Shed Your Extra College Pounds?

If you’re like most college students, you’ve either heard of or encountered the dreaded Freshman 15: the excess weight you pile on once you get to school. The GoCollege weblog hints at ways to avoid—and to fight—that weight gain. Some tips include steering clear of munchies when you’re stressed out,…

Play Nearly Any Media File with MPlayer for Windows Mobile

Play Nearly Any Media File with MPlayer for Windows Mobile

Windows Mobile 5 & 6 only: Free open source media player MPlayer, long known to Linux fans for its format friendliness and streamlined operation, has been ported in somewhat rough fashion to Windows Mobile-powered smartphones. While that means formats like RealAudio/Video, Ogg, M4A and others are playable, users are reporting…

Get Familiar with Find with an Easy Tutorial

Get Familiar with Find with an Easy Tutorial

Add-ons like Tracker, Beagle, and Google Desktop can give Linux users powerful search-and-launch capabilities, but knowing a little command line kung-fu can be a faster path to your files and programs. Linux blog Debian/Ubuntu Tips & Tricks offers a stellar introduction to “find,” a built-in command that Linux (and Mac)…