Riding Your Bike To Work 101

Riding Your Bike To Work 101

If you’ve always wanted to ride your bike to work, but the list of excuses was just too daunting, then this list of commute-by-bike FAQs from the Sietch should get you going. Too dangerous? Too far to ride? Too cold? Nah. Not only will riding your bike to work help…

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…

Videojug – How-to videos online

Videojug – How-to videos online

Videojug is a site dedicated to “how to” videos, and a few of the more humourous ones came through via Popbitch today. So in the spirit of Friday unproductivity, I present: How to pull a tablecloth from under a dinner service How to open a bottle of champagne with a…

Reader tips – Photoshop shortcuts

Reader Peggy Kuo offers up her list of favourite Photoshop shortcuts. She’s organised them into 1, 2, 3 and 4 key shortcuts, as well as keyboard/mouse combos. I’m using Photoshop CS2, but most of these shortcuts should probably work with most versions of Photoshop. Everyone’s probably got their own list…

Automatically Copy Selected Text to the Clipboard with DragKing

Automatically Copy Selected Text to the Clipboard with DragKing

Windows only: Donationware application DragKing automatically copies selected text in any application to your clipboard. Like previously mentioned AutoCopy Firefox extension but without the Firefox-only limitation, DragKing can then paste the clipboard text using Ctrl-V or one of several possible paste combinations (unlike

ebook organiser

Tech blogger Bryan Murdaugh shares how he uses tagging and filters in Gmail to create the ultimate GTD system in a free ebook [PDF Alert] .

Unleash the Creative Giant Within

Having hundreds of ideas is of no use if you have a hard time staying on track. Keeping yourself motivated isn’t always easy. Design weblog A List Apart offers an excellent guide on how to keep yourself from losing that energy. Maintaining motivation requires paying attention to your behavior, listening…

Find Cheap Textbooks

The NY Times tackles that old September chestnut: where to find discounted textbooks. Suggestions include using online book deal-hunter Bookfinder, and opting for lesser-expensive international editions of textbooks. See Lifehacker readers’ take on textbook buying in this Ask the Readers post from last August. Knowledge Is Priceless but Textbooks Are…

Present More Efficiently with Macros

Present More Efficiently with Macros

Frequent presenter Craig offers a few tips for making your demonstration go more smoothly—like how to reduce typing time: Let Macros Do the Typing: When giving a live demonstration of software development, consider programming macros to do the bulk of the typing for you.[…]If not macros, then, at least, have…

Ubuntu Founder Mark Shuttleworth on Productivity and Linux

Ubuntu Founder Mark Shuttleworth on Productivity and Linux

Founder of Ubuntu Linux Mark Shuttleworth took time out of his busy schedule to talk with us about email, productivity, travel, web applications, Ubuntu, free software and much more. We asked Shuttleworth what you wanted to know and he gave us the full scoop. Follow the link for the full…

Why Proximity Kills Productivity

Why Proximity Kills Productivity

Entrepreneur Jason Fried found that working in the same office with his long distance co-workers actually reduced their productivity: Proximity is an invitation to interrupt somebody. And interruption is the biggest enemy of productivity that there is. When everyone is sitting together, everyone’s at the same desk or nearby. It’s…

Send 2GB Files Easily with TransferBigFiles

Send 2GB Files Easily with TransferBigFiles

Webapp TransferBigFiles sends huge files—up to 2GB—to any recipient at any time. This service, like previously mentioned offerings MailBigFile and YouSendIt, makes transfers easier without FTP or adhering to strict mail server storage requirements. Simply upload a file, send it to a recipient, and they’ll get a download link where…

Keep Your Home Clean in Bursts

Keep Your Home Clean in Bursts

Leo Babauta from weblog Zen Habits keeps his home clean by following two simple rules: 1) Clean as you go, and 2) Clean in bursts. While the ideas are relatively common sense, they bare repeating: Burst cleaning. In my house, we call this a 30-minute cleanup, and it’s something we…

Copy and Paste Quicker Using Your Mouse with True X-Mouse Gizmo

Copy and Paste Quicker Using Your Mouse with True X-Mouse Gizmo

Windows only: Paste the contents of your clipboard to any text area with your middle mouse button with True X-Mouse Gizmo. True X-Mouse works very similarly to previously mentioned AutoCopy Firefox extension except it works globally—that is, it automatically copies any selected text in any program to your clipboard. You…

Leopard lookalikes

The Appletell weblog demonstrates several freeware apps and themes that give your Mac the look and feel of the yet-to-be-released Leopard.

Social Search Engine Sproose Final Now Live

Social Search Engine Sproose Final Now Live

Social search engine Sproose—which features user-driven search result relevancy—launches this morning. Sproose users vote on the web sites that appear in search results, and Sproose ranks the highest voted before less popular pages in future searches. In other words, as more and more people vote for pages that fit a…

Next Version of Ubuntu to be Named Hardy Heron

Next Version of Ubuntu to be Named Hardy Heron

This morning founder of Ubuntu Linux Mark Shuttleworth talked with Lifehacker about his personal productivity system, the future releases of Ubuntu and free software. Mark introduces the next version of Ubuntu following Gutsy Gibbon which will be named “Hardy Heron.” What do the Ubuntu faithful have to look forward to…

Natural Pain Remedies on the Cheap

Natural Pain Remedies on the Cheap

The Spine Health weblog lists 14 affordable ways to naturally heal your body. While the article is geared to those suffering from back pain, there’s a lot that can be taken from this list for your overall well-being. Eat cookies. Research shows that eating sweet foods like cookies, chocolate or…

The Top 10 Roundup

Top 10 Free Wallpaper, Fonts and Icon Sources“Spicing up your computer desktop or documents is a cinch with the right fonts, wallpaper or icon set – but finding the best ones isn’t an easy task.” Top 10 PDF Tricks“The PDF file format is one of the best ways to publish,…

Build a (Very) Inexpensive Solaris 10 Workstation

Christian Cruz at ExtremeTech wrote up his experiment in building a cheap (around $370) Solaris 10 Workstation. As an IT professional working in an environment where we’re migrating over from older versions of Solaris, it was of keen interest for me to have my own home version of a server…

Removing lint from clothes

Removing lint from clothes

Jess Manea submitted this tip on an after-shower solution for removing lint from your clothes. Here’s a little tip for getting your clothes looking fluff free, and you can try after your next shower! Using the damp bath towel, rub the linty clothes in long sweeping motions and watch the…

Make an iPhone/iPod Stand from a Business Card

Make an iPhone/iPod Stand from a Business Card

Sick of holding your iPod, iPhone, or other portable video player in your lap like a chump while all the other cool cats in the plane/train/automobile sit their portable devices in a trendy yet elegant stand? DIY web site Instructables details how you can make your own iPhone or iPod…

Maintain a Consistent Workspace Across Multiple Computers

Maintain a Consistent Workspace Across Multiple Computers

Most likely you use more than one computer in the course of a day—a work computer and a home computer, maybe even a laptop and a desktop. That means you’ve got at least two workspaces that can get horrendously out of sync if you don’t keep them in check. The…

Delete Duplicate Files with the Dupinator

All platforms: The Dupinator Python script detects and deletes duplicate files in a directory. We’ve covered downloads that de-duplicate files for Windows, but nothing free for Mac. The Dupinator gets the job done fast and easy (if at the command line) on folders containing even thousands of files. To use…

Survey says

According to a survey, teenagers aren’t getting enough sleep because they are distracted by electronic gadgets in their bedrooms.