One Drink is Healthy, More Than Two Is Not

One Drink is Healthy, More Than Two Is Not

We’ve all heard that a glass of wine a day or other light drinking can be good for your heart, but more than one or two glasses and you’re doing much more harm than good, according to a study reported on by CBS News. Specifically, the study defines one drink…

Three Core Values for Advancement

Three Core Values for Advancement

According to weblog Internet Duct Tape, one should follow three general principles to achieve success. These three values—being happy, knowing what’s important and maintaining discipline—are not incredibly groundbreaking, but they certainly are golden rules for eliminating stress and helping to accomplish life’s goals. Stuff in your house you don’t use?…

Recover When You Drop the Ball?

Recover When You Drop the Ball?

Screwing up at work doesn’t have to be a career-ender, and the Life Learning Today weblog runs through how you can quickly recover from your mistakes and save face. Most of the tips involve sucking it up and taking responsibility. The important thing to remember is that mistakes can not…

Create a Minimalist Laptop Case

Create a Minimalist Laptop Case

Using just cardboard and duct tape, you can create a laptop case that serves as good protection against scuffs and scratches. The end result is a laptop case that is practical, stylish, and won’t break your budget. It might not be as soft or as cuddly as the previously covered…

New iPods and WiFi iTunes store

New iPods and WiFi iTunes store

Finally some Apple news about products we can buy here in Australia! You will have read about the new iPods already today – if not, our mates at Gizmodo AU did a great job rounding up all the product announcements. (See here for their “5 things we love and 5…

Interview with Pixar’s Dominic Glynn

Interview with Pixar’s Dominic Glynn

Pixar’s latest movie, Ratatouille, opens in Australia today. To celebrate Pixar in all its geeky goodness, we interviewed expat Aussie and Pixar Image Mastering Engineer Dominic Glynn on his job at Pixar, the tech tools he uses at work and play, and of course how he landed a job with…

Take Nautilus to the Extreme

Take Nautilus to the Extreme

Power up your right-click menu even more with 125 Nautilus scripts. We introduced a few Nautilus scripts in the past, but the Ubuntu Unleashed weblog introduces the grand-daddy of them all. You can accomplish practically anything from the right-click menu with these scripts, including editing image, audio and video, creating…

Top 10 Back to School Tools for the Organised Student

Top 10 Back to School Tools for the Organised Student

The leaves are browning, your pencils are sharpened and the lecture hall awaits—it’s time to head back to school, and this semester you can arrive at your ivy-covered bastion of higher education armed with power tools for the wired scholar. Whether you’re looking for deals on textbooks, the most productive…

Determine File Types from the Terminal

Determine File Types from the Terminal

Mac/Linux users: You can use the file filename terminal command to quickly identify file information. Occasionally you will come across files that have an incorrect or missing file extension. As shown above, the file command analyses the file given as an argument and displays details about the file. This command…

Get Real-Time Visitor Data on an Interactive Map

If you were wondering where your website visitors were coming from but don’t feel like viewing your web statistics or doing an IP-to-location lookup, you may find maps.amung.us interesting. The latest widget from amung.us features a map that displays your website’s most recent visitors and is updated in real time….

Avoid Conflicts by Understanding Your Peers

Avoid Conflicts by Understanding Your Peers

Blogger Scott H. Young knows that it’s difficult to understand and predict human behavior, but he also knows that by avoiding a few common mistakes, we can improve our own relationships. Young postulates that we’re inherently self-absorbed, so when people may offend or embarrass us, they’re typically not doing so…

Browse and buy art online

Browse and buy art online

Kevin Kelly has written up a post about buying artwork online at the Cool Tools blog. His post about Tiny Showcase reminded me that we’ve got a really nice Australian-based art site, RedBubble. I’ll give a detailed roundup of Red Bubble, but first here’s what Kevin had to say about…

Best Comment Thread Roundup

The “Perfect” iTunes Equalizer Setting for MP3sbmrumble says: “…any setting that sounds good to you is “perfect,” since that’s the point in EQ in the first place.” Overlooked Items to Bring to Collegerobhuffaker says: “Earplugs are also useful during tests to help you concentrate…” Maintain a Consistent Workspace Across Multiple…

Avoid Money Traps

Avoid Money Traps

Keep your pockets lined with the AARP’s guide to avoiding money traps. Not just for the 50+ set, these tips can be applied broadly to all working folk. The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) simplifies commonly misunderstand financial concepts like the 401K match, variable annuities, investment fees and home…

Find Books You’ve Got Time for at LazyLibrary

Find Books You’ve Got Time for at LazyLibrary

Feel like you’ve got too much on your plate to start a new book? Web site LazyLibrary aggregates books available from Amazon that clock in under 200 pages to help you find something you can fit into your schedule. This site may scream travesty to the diehard literati, but if…

Twitter digest

Don’t want up-to-the-second updates for all of your Twitter friends? Get all of your Twitter updates in a more manageable, once-daily Twitter digest.

Avoid Over Packing with a Hand Scale

Avoid Over Packing with a Hand Scale

Avoid overweight luggage charges next time you’ve filled your bag with souvenirs with the New Digital Scale. You can easily weigh your luggage on a regular bathroom scale to ensure that you’re under the airline limit, but after you’ve gone on a trip, packing your souvenirs for the return fight…

International Productivity

According to the International Labour Organisation, the United States leads the world in labor productivity, with a total output per employee of $8,000 over the second most productive country, Ireland. I hope you had a restful Labor Day, because it’s back to work! AU – I won’t point out the…

How to explain LOLcats to your boss

How to explain LOLcats to your boss

This right here is an article explaining the LOLcats phenomenon written in stuffy Wall Street Journal language – perfect for explaining LOLcats to your boss. Mr. Nakagawa’s simple Web site has become the center of the “LOLcats” phenomenon, a booming online subculture built around digital images and deliberately bad grammar….

Optimise BitTorrent To Outwit Traffic Shaping ISPs

Wired’s written up a guide on how to outsmart ISPs which throttle BitTorrent traffic. Tactics include encrypting your traffic, changing the default port number, changing the way the protocol behaves, reducing the amount of one-way traffic, or hiding your traffic within an encrypted tunnel. I’ve commented before that

Tribler 4.1 – P2P file sharing client

Tribler 4.1 – P2P file sharing client

TorrentFreak reports the lastest version of the Harvard Uni-developed P2P file sharing client, Tribler V4.1 is out. It supports BitTorrent, but they’re trying to create a next gen P2P client by building in currency and sharer rankings to encourage uploads. “The latest version of Tribler enhances the standard tit-for-tat BitTorrent…

Help improve Firefox 3

Help improve Firefox 3

Ryan Paul blogged at ars technica about a relatively simple way in which people who’d like to help improve Firefox 3 can get involved in testing the software. “To participate in a test day, download the latest Firefox 3 nightly build from the Mozilla FTP server, join the #testday IRC…

Ten Ways to Access Banned Sites

Ten Ways to Access Banned Sites

If you’re (for whatever reason) blocked from viewing a particular web site, tech site WebStuffScan has posted a list of ten different strategies you can use to access the forbidden. A lot of this is familiar ground: convert the IP address, anonymous proxies, etc. However, this one was new to…

Set a Good Morning Routine

Set a Good Morning Routine

If you’ve got kids in school at your house, you know that mornings can get a little hectic. Self-improvement site The Happiness Project has written up a list of six things you can do to make the mornings go more smoothly, including this gem: Have a precise routine. This sounds…

Find a Fair Near You

Find a Fair Near You

US only – If you’re jonesing for your fix of cotton candy and freakishly huge pickles, then you’ll want to check out WeekendEvents.com’s list of every state, city, and county fair in the United States. Just find your state, clicky, and you’ll be directed to a directory listing of the…

Hang Bubble Wrap as Temporary Curtains

Hang Bubble Wrap as Temporary Curtains

Instead of tacking up bedsheets over the windows when you first move into a place to preserve your privacy, save your walls and just pop some bubble wrap into the windows instead. This idea comes from Derek of ReadyMade, who simply taped the bubbly stuff into his windows until curtains/blinds…

Make Your Home More Attractive to Buyers

Make Your Home More Attractive to Buyers

Give your home more appeal to possible buyers with just a few quick and simple improvement tips from real estate blogger Rod Thomas. None of these will break the bank, and in a competitive market, these little touches can really make the difference. For instance, any realtor will tell you…

Define Your Version of Success

Define Your Version of Success

You can’t get where you’re going if you don’t know where it is you’re headed, right? Financial site Wise Bread has written up an insightful article that helps you define your version of success via a list-making exercise. Most of us go from day to day just getting through what…

We Want to See Your Desktop

We Want to See Your Desktop

If there’s one thing we’ve learned at Lifehacker HQ over the years, it’s that our readers have just as many useful tips and tricks to share as we do. When it comes to your computer desktop, you’ve got everything tricked out and streamlined to get things done fast. That’s why…

Address an Embarrassing Problem

Address an Embarrassing Problem

Approaching your coworkers about “tidy ups” can create an uncomfortable situation. Whether they’ve got toilet paper stuck to their shoe, crumbs on their face, a bat in the cave or a whale-tail showing, knowing how to tell them is one hell of a hard skill to master. If the problem…

Find MP3s with SkreemR

Find MP3s with SkreemR

Music search engine SkreemR turns up a nice selection of MP3 files from all over the web whether you’re looking for Mozart or Justin Timberlake. Pop in your favorite artist, song or album and get back links to MP3s (no other audio file format.) A few search operators to know:…

Embed Google Calendar Agenda into the Desktop

Embed Google Calendar Agenda into the Desktop

Mac users: Know exactly what you’ve got going on throughout the day without checking Google Calendar. Tech blogger Devan demonstrates how you can embed your daily agenda directly into the desktop, using GeekTool. The process requires some pretty decent scripting skills, but the end result is very convenient. You’ll need…