In brief

Congratulations to reader Jeri for submitting the most popular Blog Action Day green hack as voted by readers and snagging the (recycled, eco-friendly) prize!

Using Outlook’s To-Do Bar

Using Outlook’s To-Do Bar

Tech site the How-To Geek puts Microsoft Outlook 2007’s To-Do Bar through the paces, demonstrating how to create, categorise, complete, organise, and flag tasks using it. I haven’t used Outlook on a daily basis since my escape to the freelance life, but most people with office jobs live in it….

Leopard

Apple has confirmed that Leopard will go on sale in 10 days on October 26, for $158. Features of the new version of OSX include a new desktop; a new way to access files from the Dock; a redesigned Finder that lets users quickly browse and share files between multiple…

Export Hardware Drivers with DriverMax

Export Hardware Drivers with DriverMax

Windows only: Want to format your hard drive and reinstall Windows but you’re not sure you have all the hardware driver disks to get everything working again? Free utility DriverMax analyses XP or Vista systems for installed hardware drivers and exports them to a folder or external drive. Install DriverMax…

One avatar to rule them all

Indulge me for a moment. It seems that the virtual reality world we were promised by William Gibson’s Neuromancer may be getting closer (geek aside – I’d still rather live in Neal Stephenson’s Diamond Age though). The BBC reports that IBM and Linden Lab (the company behind Second Life) are…

Screenshot Tour: A Look at Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon” RC1

Screenshot Tour: A Look at Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon” RC1

Experienced Ubuntu users know what to expect from this Thursday’s release of Gutsy Gibbon, the love-it-or-hate-it code name for version 7.10 of the popular Linux distribution. It’s not a major “Long Term Support” release, it’s not a radical re-thinking of the system, but it is another step toward a Linux…

Featured Mac Download: Manage Your Power Consumption with Lights Out

Featured Mac Download: Manage Your Power Consumption with Lights Out

Mac OS X only: Shareware application Lights Out is your Mac’s default Energy Saver tool on steroids, allowing users to set very specific energy saving settings. From setting the time before your monitor dims to automatic logout or shutdown to hot corners for quick sleeping, this simple application takes control…

Telephony: GOOG-411 Graduates Labs, Saves Time and Money

Telephony: GOOG-411 Graduates Labs, Saves Time and Money

US – centric: Previously mentioned GOOG-411, Google’s free telephone directory assistance tool, has graduated from Google Labs and gotten a whole new web site. This doesn’t mean much except that Google’s serious about supporting GOOG-411, so the accurate, lightning-fast voice-recognition directory assistance is here to stay. For a lot of…

Screenshot Tour: Google Releases Gmail Mobile v. 1.5

Screenshot Tour: Google Releases Gmail Mobile v. 1.5

Java-enabled handsets: Google’s released an update to its excellent Gmail Mobile application, which gives you the live Gmail experience on your Java-enabled mobile phone. Version 1.5 adds the ability to search your mail, easy access to your contacts list, more efficient data usage that reduces bandwidth consumption (and load time),…

Blog Action Day: Easy Ways to Live Greener

Blog Action Day: Easy Ways to Live Greener

As a proud participant in today’s mass blogging event, Blog Action Day, we’re devoting our special feature to Blog Action Day’s topic: the environment. Last Monday, we put out a call for your best ways to live greener, and as usual, Lifehacker readers did not disappoint. We received quite a…

Boot Camp Tip

Boot Camp user Dave fixes the Mac keyboard’s lack of a forward delete key and right-click button when running Windows using AutoHotKey. Genius!

In brief

One year ago, you rolled your own visual event map with Timeline, an open source widget.

Essential Web 2.0 Bookmarklets

Essential Web 2.0 Bookmarklets

Marketing guy Steve Rubel shares a fantastic list of his favorite bookmarklets for social sites as well as web-as-desktop apps. Drag and drop these to your browser toolbar to convert Gmail text into GCal events, take screenshots of the current page, make a page mobile-friendly, convert a YouTube video, get…

Interview with A Climate Affair’s Kate Conroy

Interview with A Climate Affair’s Kate Conroy

Kate Conroy is the creator of A Climate Affair – a weekly environmental podcast which is broadcast from Brisbane-based internet radio station Planet Radio 88fm. The show’s been going since February of this year, when Kate decided to channel her passion for the environment and took the leap into internet radio broadcasting…

Make Your Photos Better in 60 Seconds

Make Your Photos Better in 60 Seconds

Don’t have time for a lengthy explanation of shutter speed, exposures, and framing? No problem. You can get the basics of really good digital photography simply and quickly with iDigitalPhoto’s sixty second guide to improving your photos. A lot of ground is covered here: anything from lighting to depth of…

Verify an Email Address

If, for whatever reason, you need to verify someone’s email address, try Verify-Email.org, a free email address verifier. Just enter in the email addy, click “verify”,and go. The format, domain, and user are all checked by actually connecting to the mail server to see if everything is kopasetic. Somewhat disconcerting,…

Check In With Clients To Avoid Problems

You can avoid many possible miscommunication issues with the people you work with simply by checking in frequently. Productivity blog Bootstrapper has more: Whether it’s a simple e-mail once a week or a quick phone call every few days, constantly checking in with your clients will actually save you time…

Know When You’re In A Funk

Know When You’re In A Funk

We all have times when our energy is just blah, and we’re just generally in a pissy mood. Instead of taking out that frustration on our work or other people, Life Learning Today suggests that we learn to recognise when these “down cycles” are coming our way: The main thing…

How Big  Should Your Emergency Fund Be?

How Big Should Your Emergency Fund Be?

The standard advice for the size of an emergency fund is enough money for three to six months of expenses; however, that’s not necessarily an obtainable goal for many of us. Financial advice blog Wise Bread suggests that you aim for at least one month’s worth of emergency money to…

Cheat DVD Regional Encoding

Cheat DVD Regional Encoding

If you’ve ever bought a DVD that wouldn’t play on your DVD player due to region incompatibilities (the film industry’s attempt at protecting their distribution system), Wired’s guide to cheat DVD regional encoding is for you. The cheapest solution: If you live in the U.S. or if you simply want…

Send Yourself a Link Reminder with TagMindr

Send Yourself a Link Reminder with TagMindr

Get reminders of time-specific del.icio.us bookmarks via RSS (with SMS, email, and IM reminders to come) with web application TagMindr. To use it, just tag any del.icio.us bookmark with “tagmindr” as well as the date you’d like to receive the reminder like so: “remind:YYYY-MM-DD”. Then grab your TagMindr RSS feed…

Gmail Storage Will Jump To 6GB by January

Gmail Storage Will Jump To 6GB by January

The Official Gmail Blog has announced that Gmail’s storage counter has received a much-needed bump in its storage growth rate which will put Gmail storage at 6GB by January 2008. Additionally, the premium Premier Edition is seeing a jump to 25GB from 10GB. We’ve covered how to free up space…

Get Organised with Remember the Milk

Get Organised with Remember the Milk

It’s no wonder the majority of Lifehacker readers voted Remember the Milk the best web-based task manager out there. Remember the Milk‘s got all the best features modern webapps have to offer: email/SMS/IM integration, tagging, advanced search, keyboard shortcuts and even offline access with Google Gears. Chances are you work…

Is Tech Weakening Your Memory?

Wired columnist Clive Thompson says that Google, his PDA, and other tech all enable him to stop remembering things like phone numbers, birthdays, and events. Looks like it’s a common phenomena among those of us who “grew up” with tech tools: This summer, neuroscientist Ian Robertson polled 3,000 people and…

Microsoft Launches Live Events Planner

Microsoft Launches Live Events Planner

Invite guests, add events directly to your preferred calendar software, or share post-party photos and blogs at Windows Live Events, Microsoft’s foray into the online event planning field. In addition to standard online invitation features seen at Evite and other spots, Live Events allows the anticipated weather for an event…

Quick Drop-Down Terminal With Yakuake

Quick Drop-Down Terminal With Yakuake

Linux only: Loading a terminal session doesn’t seem to take all that long—until you have to do it many, many times each day. Luckily, the program Yakuake offers up a lightning-quick terminal that rolls down, gets the job done and packs away, all with a tap of F12 (or any…

How Sick Is Too Sick To Work?

How Sick Is Too Sick To Work?

Web site WebMD gives advice on when you should stay home from work and when you’re probably healthy enough to make the trip to the office. Good reason to call in sick: You’re contagious “A lot of diseases are contagious before you realise you’re sick,” [physician Michael]Bagner tells WebMD. “Once…

Turn Your Moleskine into a Full-On Planner

Turn Your Moleskine into a Full-On Planner

Web site Planner Hack details how to turn your pocket-sized Moleskine into a custom weekly planner with an at-a-glance look at your upcoming week. With no shortage of pre-made weekly planners in the world, why would you want to put together a DIY version? There’s really just one (albeit very…

Ask MetaFilter Roundup

How can I learn not to fear needles? I have a legitimate XP key but no disc, a FUBAR OS and no PC friends. What do I do? Are there any web sites or online communities in which people submit their ‘ideas’ for public use? What inexpensive web hosting would…

Five Ways To Extend Your Gadgets’ Life

Five Ways To Extend Your Gadgets’ Life

Real Simple magazine outlines ways to extend the life of your iPod, cell phone, flat-screen TV, DVD player and printer. For example: Because parts can fail (read: melt) if a (flat-screen) TV overheats, keep the vents clear so they can “pull in air to cool the unit,” says Dan Wiersma,…