Where to Hear Music for Free Online

Wired’s How To Wiki serves up a compilation of web sites where you can hear music, whether streaming or downloaded, for free. The page-in-progress offers up the free and legal (including Deezer), the quasi-legal and the Pirate Bay variety. Check out our previous guide to finding free music, and feel…

Convert Vinyl Records into MP3s

Convert Vinyl Records into MP3s

Considering digitising that crate of classic records you unearthed in the attic? Windows Vista Magazine has some pointers on how to do so. Here’s why it’s worth the trouble: There’s an unmistakable warmth in the sound a record produces that simply isn’t there on CDs. To get technical, this warmth…

Spend Less and Eat Healthy with the Microwave Diet

Spend Less and Eat Healthy with the Microwave Diet

Yahoo Food suggests eight frozen dinner entrees you can buy at the local supermarket to scratch your take-out itch that won’t cost you an arm and a leg and won’t pack on the weight of an extra arm or leg. From pizza and enchiladas to ravioli and coconut chicken, the…

Start Financially Planning for the Holidays Now

Start Financially Planning for the Holidays Now

It’s not the least bit uncommon to start your holiday shopping in November, but to avoid the jaw-dropping bills this holiday season, weblog I Will Teach You To Be Rich suggests you start saving now. Come the first week of January, people will start getting their bills from Christmas and…

Stream Music from Your iPod touch or iPhone to Any iTunes Library

Stream Music from Your iPod touch or iPhone to Any iTunes Library

Stream music directly from your iPhone or iPod touch with the FireflyMediaServer application, a ported version of the same media service that shares iTunes libraries over your wireless network. Say you’re at a friend’s place and you want to play a song you’ve been really into. Rather than handing over…

Make Shortcuts to Remote Desktops

Make Shortcuts to Remote Desktops

CyberNet News posts a shortcut one editor uses to shave seconds off connecting to other computers through Remote Desktop. Rather than clicking through the Remote Desktop Connection browser, he created desktop shortcuts for the computers he frequently connects to by customising the following shortcut code: mstsc.exe /v:[computer’s Ip address here]/w:[remote…

Tigerize Leopard

Tigerize Leopard

Mac OS X only: Hate the new reflective Dock in Leopard, or the little blue dots that indicate open programs? Wired’s How To Wiki details what it takes to get the old Tiger-style Dock back (a simple Terminal command) and replace the glowing blue dots with Tiger’s old black triangles….

Recover from a Hangover

You threw back a few too many pumpkin-coloured vodka shots at the Halloween party last night and woke up this morning dressed like a nun with a raging headache. Sucks to be you! Luckily, health web site Diethack has a few tips for getting over and through that hangover. Quick…

Five Things Yahoo Search Can Do That Google Cannot

Did you know that you can jump straight to a Wikipedia search or start composing an email directly from Yahoo’s search box? Weblog Digital Inspiration highlights five cool Yahoo search tricks—like the two mentioned above—that Google doesn’t do. For instance, type !wiki google in Yahoo! search box to search Google…

DVD

One year ago, you backed up DVD’s to your PC’s hard drive in one click to avoid problems playing skippy, scratched optical media.

Google

It looks like Google will soon support connecting to popular IM networks so you can chat with all your contacts through Google Talk. Until they do, you can do the same by setting up Google Talk with third party Jabber servers yourself.

AOL

AOL is launching a do-not-track list—a web privacy effort that allows users to opt out of targeted marketing (similar to the more familiar National Do Not Call Registry)—later this year. Expect to see more of these opt-out lists soon.

Leopard Simplifies Networking

Leopard Simplifies Networking

Mac OS X only: If you run any kind of server on your Mac with Leopard, you’ll dig its revamped Sharing and Network System Preferences panels, which offer new features in a reorganised interface. One huge drawback in Tiger is that unless you install extra software, you can turn on…

Free Documents at DocStoc

Free Documents at DocStoc

Need a template for your business plan, a tutorial on Python programming, or a copy of the Gettysburg address? Document sharing web site DocStoc has more than 12,000 files posted for free browsing and downloads. Registered members can keep personal “folders” on the site with links to useful docs and…

Digg

Two years ago, Lifehacker alum Erica schooled us on how to get started with the then-new social news network Digg. Some old-school screen caps there from a past version of Digg.

24

There’s just 24 hours left to contribute to Lifehacker’s DonorsChoose.org-powered education fundraiser—won’t you drop a few tax-deductible bucks in the can in LH’s name? Thanks.

Sticking to your goals when life gets in the way

Sticking to your goals when life gets in the way

It’s funny that the things which could probably really help you through a crisis are often the ones which get left by the wayside – your life habits and goals. The Zen Habits blog has published an article on this and it really resonated with me because I know from personal experience that…

10 Free Microsoft Apps That Don’t Suck

The Make Use of blog has an article today entitled 10 Free Microsoft Apps That Don’t Suck. The list includes the forthcoming Windows Live online Office suite, the Windows Live safety scanner, the search tool Tafiti (which runs on Silverlight). I have to admit there were a couple of apps mentioned which I…

Ask MetaFilter Roundup

What are my rights when being pulled over by the police for no reason? Should I install Ubuntu on my PS3? What tools can I use to track project ideas? Is it possible to track down all instances of a JPG image used on the internet? How can I wipe…

Take Vim with You with GVim Portable

Take Vim with You with GVim Portable

Windows only: Love Vi and want it and all its settings with you on every Windows PC you use? Grab a copy of GVim Portable, a self-contained, thumb drive-friendly version of the GVim (GUI Vi Improved) text editor, which includes with a configurable .vimrc and GVimPortable.ini that customises and contains…

Gmail Speeds Up, Improves Contacts

Gmail Speeds Up, Improves Contacts

Dang, Gmail really is IMAP support, and now a new version’s rolling out which includes message pre-fetching for speedier performance, a new contacts manager, and more keyboard shortcuts. The Official Gmail Blog writes: Even on a fast Internet connection, it can take a second to request and render a new…

Leopard’s Revamped Terminal Sports Tabs and More

Leopard’s Revamped Terminal Sports Tabs and More

Mac OS X 10.5 only: Command line-lovers who’ve upgraded to Leopard will also love its new tabbed interface and fine-grained window control. To create a new tab, hit Cmd+N Cmd+T, and to cycle through tabs, use Cmd+} and Cmd+{. You can also drag and drop an existing tab into its…

Help identify mystery music at iden.tify.us

Help identify mystery music at iden.tify.us

Here’s a website which will be fun for music nerds – and possibly useful when googling snippets of lyrics doesn’t help you identify a mystery piece of music. The beta of iden.tify.us allows people to upload snippets of the songs they wish to identify, and any description they can provide…

Run a Better Google Talk on Your Desktop with Prism

Run a Better Google Talk on Your Desktop with Prism

Ever since Google updated the web-based Google Talk gadget, I’ve firmly felt that the web-based Google Talk is head and shoulders above the desktop client (if you don’t need file transfer or voice calls, that is). Last week we told you about Prism, Mozilla’s update to the stripped-down browser and…

Take Great Halloween Pictures in the Dark

Take Great Halloween Pictures in the Dark

Whether you’re planning to take your minuature ghosts and goblins out on the town or dress up yourself, chances are you’ll want to snag a few photos of the terrifying world around you this Halloween. And since a lot of Halloween festivities take place after dark, photography weblog Digital Photography…

Remove Tourists from Photos with Tourist Remover

Remove Tourists from Photos with Tourist Remover

Online photo management application Snapmania’s Tourist Remover gets rid of unwanted gawkers and traffic from your photos by compositing two or more pictures of the same scene. All you have to do is make sure to take more than one of the same picture of a scene, assuming the people…

Jailbreak Your iPhone or iPod Touch with One Click

Jailbreak Your iPhone or iPod Touch with One Click

Jailbreaking the iPod touch/iPhone is now an utterly simple, one-click affair—which means if you’ve been waiting to jailbreak your iPod touch or iPhone (since the 1.1.1 firmware upgrade), the time is now. Just point your Safari browser to http://jailbreakme.com/ and click the Install AppSnapp link. It may sound scary, but…

Flashback

You love to read the Wikipedia, but do you write it? Two years ago, we showed you how to contribute to Wikipedia.

Recover a Borked Flash Drive with Photo Rec

Recover a Borked Flash Drive with Photo Rec

Blogger Kent Brewster used previously mentioned file recovery utility PhotoRec to rescue an unreadable thumb drive. He writes: PhotoRec ignores the file system in favour of finding lost files, so it works on FAT, NTFS, EXT2/EXT3, HFS, and (with certain caveats) ReiserFS. And since it’s looking for known file headers…

GMail improvements announced

GMail improvements announced

Not content with rolling out IMAP for Gmail, Google has also revealed a few other improvements that are on the way for its email app, including a speed increase. The Google Operating System blog writes that Google told analysts that in the new version of Gmail (to be released “soon”)…