Time Your Work Sessions with Instant Boss

Time Your Work Sessions with Instant Boss

Windows only: The Instant Boss timer application sets up a number of work dashes with breaks. Especially useful for practicing Merlin’s 10+2*5 procrastination hack, you commit to working a certain amount of minutes, then you get a break, then the Instant Boss tells you to “Get back to work!” I’m…

Quote of the day

“The way to ‘solve’ the problem of procrastination is to let delight pull you instead of making a to-do list push you.” —Paul Graham [via]

Search Flickr Images by Colour with the Color Fields Colr Pickr

Search Flickr Images by Colour with the Color Fields Colr Pickr

The Color Fields Colr Pickr webapp searches Flickr for images using only a colour wheel, and no other search fields. Simply click on the colour you’re interested in and Flickr images made up of mostly that colour surround the wheel. The Color Fields Colr Pickr is extremely accurate and can…

Share Mobile Shopping Lists with Knotler

Share Mobile Shopping Lists with Knotler

Webapp Knotler manages and shares your shopping lists, which you can access at the store from your mobile device. Knotler requires no registration, supports simultaneous edits by multiple users, and is built on a clean and simple AJAX interface. Create your list, add your items, and then choose to share…

Linux tip

Trying to make the Linux switch at work? Follow this guide to get Outlook configured for Thunderbird and Evolution on Ubuntu.

Trick Out Your Dining Room Table with Fancy Napkin Folds

Trick Out Your Dining Room Table with Fancy Napkin Folds

Impress the boss when he comes over for dinner with professional napkin folds. The Napkin Folding Guide web site has 27 step-by-step tutorials that demonstrate how to create steakhouse-style folded napkins. Each step of the tutorial is accompanied with a picture and instructions that will have you folding your way…

Killing time

One of our favourite spyware scanners, Spybot Search and Destroy, has a neat Easter Egg: a built-in Minesweeper-like game to play while your PC’s getting scanned.

Clear Your Desk to Get More Done

Clear Your Desk to Get More Done

A messy desk can get in the way of getting things done. If clutter’s killing your productivity, reevaluate your workspace and clear away anything you don’t need. The Coloradoan suggests: Take an objective look at the workspace. Stand at the entry or doorway and look into the space. Is it…

Automatically Insert Sample Text into a Document

Automatically Insert Sample Text into a Document

You’re trying out a new Word template and need to quickly stick a few paragraphs of test text in it: instead of copying and pasting the old boring “lorem ipsum,” type =rand() and hit Enter. Older versions of Word will fill in a few lines of “The quick brown fox”…

Home Remedies for the Common Cold

Home Remedies for the Common Cold

Blog HealthMad has listed five home remedies to beat the common cold. The list boils down to mostly hot liquids, namely chicken soup, hot and sour soup, and lemon tea, but it also adds yoghurt, garlic, and ginger, which act as natural antibiotics. Of course, if you’re careful enough to…

Optimise Your Power Strip

Optimise Your Power Strip

My fellow anal gadget owners will nod in understanding when they read this: The right power strip plug arrangement is essential for anyone with a few energy-sucking peripherals at their workspace. The rest of you shaking your heads, let me make my case. My cordless workspace includes a 12-outlet power…

Microsoft has built in support for OSX into its HD Photo (also known as Windows Media Photo) plug-in for Photoshop (which has been released in beta). The beta supports both Photoshop CS2 and CS3 running on OS X 10.4 (Tiger). It supports either version of Photoshop on both Intel and…

The Most Productive Bookmarklets

The Most Productive Bookmarklets

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more awesome, tip blog LifeClever has put together a killer list of the most powerfully productive bookmarklets that work on your iPhone. There’s a bookmarklet to help you find words on the page, find Wikipedia articles, YubNub, and lots more. If you’ve…

Are You On Autopilot?

Are You On Autopilot?

Peter of self-improvement blog I Will Change Your Life has written a thought provoking post on five ways to tell if your life is on autopilot. Here’s some food for thought: You know exactly where you will be in 5 years (and it depresses you!) Your career is what your…

Measure Your Map Lines

Measure Your Map Lines

Google Maps has quietly added a nice feature: the ability to see how long the lines you draw really are. For instance, say you want to see how long that trail you like to bike on really is: just find it on Google Maps and draw your line from Point…

Best Extensions for Web Developers

Best Extensions for Web Developers

If you like to tinker around with web code, then tech site AjaxNinja’s list of the best Firefox extensions for developers is just for you. These are the ones that will help you streamline various processes; for instance, you can analyse your search engine optimization efforts with Seoquake, find Alexa…

When Borrowing Goes Bad

When Borrowing Goes Bad

Ever let someone borrow something and they break it? RealSimple has an interesting post on borrowing, and what happens when something goes wrong: Borrowers do have an obligation to replace items they break or lose, says etiquette authority Anna Post, who leads business-etiquette seminars for the Emily Post Institute, in…

Make Self-Criticism Useful

Make Self-Criticism Useful

Life Coaches Blog, a practical self-improvement site, has an article on how to make your critical voice – you know, that inner jerk who lets you know exactly how much you suck – more useful. Those of us who struggle with self-criticism will especially appreciate this little tidbit: That’s when…

Make a Quake-Style Command Prompt with AutoHotkey

Make a Quake-Style Command Prompt with AutoHotkey

Windows only: Inspired by the Linux-only Tilda and Mac-only Visor command line tools, Lifehacker Reader Matt Beamish built his own Quake-style drop-down command prompt using the AutoHotkey scripting language and command-line app Console and posted the results to how-to web site Instructables. When you’ve finished setting up your command line…

How and Why to Power Nap

How and Why to Power Nap

Few skills are as useful for a Friday afternoon as the rewarding power nap. The Ririan Project introduces 10 benefits to power napping and details four styles of power nap: nano nap (10 to 20 seconds), micro nap (two to five minutes), mini nap (five to 20 minutes), lazy man’s…

Add a Web Interface to Your Homemade DVR

Add a Web Interface to Your Homemade DVR

When it comes to recording your favourite shows, you made the smart move and decided to roll your own DVR with SageTV instead of buying TiVo or paying recurring monthly fees to rent a DVR from your cable provider. Besides automatically pushing your recordings onto your iPod, you can put…

Get Twice the Music on Your MP3 Player with ShrinkMyTunes

Get Twice the Music on Your MP3 Player with ShrinkMyTunes

Windows only: Shareware application ShrinkMyTunes promises to fit anywhere from two to four times more music on your iPod by shrinking your MP3s while retaining most of their quality. Hot on the heels of Apple’s announcement of the enticing yet light-on-storage iPod touch, this type of application could come in…

Show Us Your Roundup

Check out all of the saucy stuff our exhibitionist readers have submitted to share with their fellow Lifehacker readers in the last couple of months: Show Us Your iGoogle“iGoogle is one of the more popular personalized homepages among Lifehacker readers, and after a look through our submissions, it’s easy to…

Cooking tips from the readers

Cooking tips from the readers

Thanks to everyone who entered our Ratatouille competition, we now have loads of kitchen tips (and one lone optical mouse tip too!) to share with readers. The winning tip was from DaveMcD, who shared his tip for caramelised grilled bananas: Want to impress everyone with a great dessert next time…

Add to Your To-Do List via Launchy with the Todoist Plugin

Add to Your To-Do List via Launchy with the Todoist Plugin

Windows only: Seamlessly add items to your Todoist task manager from the popular application launcher and then some, Launchy. Once you install and configure the Todoist plugin, you can type Todoist, press Tab, and then enter your item like so: To add an item, you can do following: Todoist |…

Mac

Find out how your Mac can help you get more out of your day with this hourly guide to 40 ways you can use your Mac from MacLife.

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…

Lifehacker US Servers Not Terribly Productive

Lifehacker US Servers Not Terribly Productive

If you’ve been having trouble getting your fix of productivity pr0n today, our apologies. A router in Baltimore and a hungry Gizmo after midnight are probably at fault, but we’ve been assured (if you can call it assurance) that the problem is out of our hands, but should be fixed…

Wikipedia

A new software developed by a professor at the University of California aims to highlight questionable lines in Wikipedia articles in orange by analyzing the reputation of the contributor. Here’s an example of how it looks in action.

Google Reader Adds Search Box, Users Rejoice

Google Reader Adds Search Box, Users Rejoice

Google has finally added the long-awaited search box to their popular web-based RSS reader, Google Reader. Now you can search across all of your subscribed feeds as a whole, or more granularly across tags or even individual subscriptions. The lack of a built-in search box has always been the most…