Use Charcoal to De-Stinkify Your Fridge

Use Charcoal to De-Stinkify Your Fridge

The UK show How Clean Is Your House is chock-full of useful tips, including this doozy: For use in empty refrigerators/freezers – good for when you are moving out. The ladies filled a normal baking tin with unlit, plain (with no fuel or other products added) charcoal briquets and let…

Increase Your Home’s Value with Sweat Equity

Increase Your Home’s Value with Sweat Equity

Anyone who’s looking to increase the value of their home fast would do well to check out the DIYNetwork’s weekend sweat equity projects. These are the improvements that are going to give you the most bang for your buck – anything from updating a basement to installing a tile shower…

Perfect Your Workflow

If you’ve already tweaked Google Reader, but you’re still on the hunt for even more GTD hacks, then John of Library Clips has just made your day with an exquisitely detailed article on how he has set up his Reader workflow. Every step is all about personal productivity here: from…

Use Aluminum Foil to Sharpen Scissors

Use Aluminum Foil to Sharpen Scissors

Home improvement site DIY Life has compiled a list of fifteen uses for aluminium foil; among them is the ability to sharpen scissors. All you need to do is stack about seven pieces of foil together and slice through them with your dull scissors, and voila! Scissors are sharp again….

Turn a $5 Steak into a $50 Steak

Turn a $5 Steak into a $50 Steak

Those of us on a quest for that perfect steak will appreciate cooking blog Steamy Kitchen’s tutorial on how to transform the mediocre into the marvelous. Apparently, it’s all about the salt, salt and even more salt (don’t worry, most of it comes out). I’m willing to try anything within…

How to Take Killer Notes

How to Take Killer Notes

Taking effective notes is not necessarily a built-in skill. Productivity blog Lifehack.org has a nice write-up of exactly how to make your notes—whether they be for school, work, or whatever—the absolute most useful notes ever. Two things to remember: Write down what is new to you (there’s no point in…

Custom Google Search Your Del.icio.us Bookmarks with deliGoo

Custom Google Search Your Del.icio.us Bookmarks with deliGoo

Search the contents of every web page you’ve ever bookmarked with del.icio.us using a dynamically built Google Custom Search engine from deliGoo. Just point your browser to the deliGoo homepage, enter the username and optional tag you want to search, and then enter your search terms and click Goo. deliGoo…

iPhone

iPhone early adopters stung by the $200 price drop can now claim their $100 Apple store credit online. All you need is your phone number and serial number.

Create Custom Menu-Driven DVDs with Free Apps

Create Custom Menu-Driven DVDs with Free Apps

Howto video blogger Tinkernut covers burning customised video DVDs with graphical menus using only free software for Windows, including DVD Flick, DVD Styler, and UnderCoverXP to create the inserts and labels. Thanks, Daniel!

Flashback

Two years ago we got our VNC on with How to Control Your Home Computer from Anywhere.

Keyboard shortcuts

Learn and look up keyboard shortcuts for a wide variety of online and desktop applications from Firefox to Excel to Google Apps at the KeyXL keyboard shortcut database.

Make better use of Post-it notes

Make better use of Post-it notes

Post-it notes are a mixed blessing. They can seem oh-so-handy for adding notes to files, flagging salient points in a document, or scribbling down notes while you’re on the phone. But they can be a curse if they get lost or moved; and all too often they’re misused or overused….

Specify PDF Behavior on a Per-Case Basis with PDF Download

Specify PDF Behavior on a Per-Case Basis with PDF Download

Windows/Mac/Linux (Firefox): Choose to download, open or view PDFs as HTML on a case-by-case basis with the PDF Download Firefox extension. After you’ve installed it, clicking a PDF link will pop up the PDF Download dialog, where you can choose your preferred action. It’s not for everyone, but if you…

Get Out Stains with These Homemade Stain Removers

Get Out Stains with These Homemade Stain Removers

You can remove a water stain from wood by spreading a mixture of mayo and cigarette ashes (yum) on the stain, according to the Wise Bread weblog. In addition to the mayo+ash trick, the post tackles rust, carpet, wine and teeth with homebrewed stain removers that the author claims to…

Do You Have a Web Site?

We post a variety of software tips and tricks around here, and only a fraction of them have to do with web publishing. However, since the proliferation of free hosted blogs, more and more people are becoming web publishers every day. Hell, we’ve even shown you how you can run…

Collapse the Reader Sidebar wtih Google Reader Minimalistic

The Google Reader Minimalistic Greasemonkey script strips the header and makes the sidebar collapsible in GReader to maximize reading space (much like this GCal script). The developer says: The end result is a screen that actually fits on my laptop a lot better, especially when you collapse the left hand…

Tips for Killer Presentations

If you’ve ever had to give a presentation in front of a crowd, you know it can be challenging and scary. The Quick Sprout weblog offers 10 killer tips on how to communicate effectively in front of an audience, big or small. Some lessons presenters should live by:

Back to school

US – Microsoft’s offering Office 2007 to students for $US60 starting next Wednesday. Valid student ID and email address required. AU – Microsoft hasn’t let us know whether this offer is happening in Australia too – we will keep you posted.

Rock the Podium – tips for presenting

Wired’s How to Wiki has some tips for public speaking by blogger, writer and Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow. There were a few tips I really liked including: 6. Don’t use the conference’s Net connection for your demo. It’s embarrassing to stand on stage whining, “Everyone please stop using the…

How to evaluate the latest Adobe products

If you’re an Adobe user, Blog Freelance Switch has a nice rundown of the various new products and ‘premium editions’ they have on offer. “If you are confused about Adobe’s new offerings, you aren’t alone. Currently, one can not only purchase Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web and Design Premium, but…

A productivity junkie confesses

It’s always interesting to find out how other people work, and get ideas on how you can improve yourself. Financial Review technology journalist Renai LeMay lays out his productivity gameplan for all to see in a blog post entitled “A productivity junkie confesses”. After giving the rundown of his typical…

Construct Sturdy, Anywhere Wine Racks with the Wine Wedge

Construct Sturdy, Anywhere Wine Racks with the Wine Wedge

The minimalist Wine Wedge creates a cheap, space-saving wine rack of any size anywhere and any time you need one. The two rubber wedges that make up the Wine Wedge actually look a little on the flimsy side, but according to the NYT review, “The Wedge may not look very…

Bandwidth

Windows users who must manually monitor their bandwidth usage can do so with Simplehelp’s detailed guide.

Follow Your Favorite Sports or Teams via RSS with Totally Scored

Follow Your Favorite Sports or Teams via RSS with Totally Scored

US-centric – Track the latest scores from your favourite sport or team from the convenience of your RSS reader with web site Totally Scored’s simple feed creation tool. Just head to their homepage, choose to customise the feed by sport or team, then tick the boxes next to each sport…

Gently Restart a Frozen System

Linux users: On your next system freeze, when CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE leaves you high and dry, don’t reach for the power button. Rather than forcing the system to shut down (which can do quite a bit of damage to your system—especially if data is being written to the…

Phishing

Keep your identity from getting stolen online with eight effective methods to avoid phishing scams.

Unstick Furniture with a Candle

Unstick Furniture with a Candle

Antique furniture lover mkjarval writes in: Any time you have doors or drawers that stick—whether from old age, paint or humidity etc—just rub an old (hopefully white or light coloured) candle over any of the spots that create friction. My mother got this tip from an old family friend who…

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,…

Speed up your ADSL 2+

Speed up your ADSL 2+

Here’s a tip which I was embarrassingly unaware of – if you’ve upgraded to ADSL2+, without upgrading your line filter – you may be losing out on the speed boost you should be getting! ADSL2+ filters are compliant with the ADSL2+ standard, AS/ACIFS041 (2005). If you’re interested in finding out…

Google Reader Supports Search Operators

Google Reader Supports Search Operators

Many of the search operators you use in Google’s search box work in the new Google Reader search, and the Google Operating System weblog rounds them up along with a few other Reader search tips. For example: 2. Exact matches: put quotation marks around your search terms to get the…

Get Huge, High Quality Album Artwork from the iTunes Album Art Grabber

Get Huge, High Quality Album Artwork from the iTunes Album Art Grabber

Find and download high quality album artwork for your music library with web application iTunes Album Art Grabber. How high quality? you ask. We’re talking up to 1425×1425 pixels—so huge. The site is still working out some kinks, but—provided the bugs are taken care of—anyone who’s spent time agonising over…

hard drives

If you still aren’t regularly backing up your hard drive, maybe it’s time you consider the substantial emotional and monetary expense of losing your data.