Firefox tip

If your Firefox browser is running slowly, check out CyberNet’s list of memory-leaking extensions to see if you’ve installed any of the extensions listed and if there’s a simple solution to your memory drip.

Avoid Conflicts by Understanding Your Peers

Avoid Conflicts by Understanding Your Peers

Blogger Scott H. Young knows that it’s difficult to understand and predict human behavior, but he also knows that by avoiding a few common mistakes, we can improve our own relationships. Young postulates that we’re inherently self-absorbed, so when people may offend or embarrass us, they’re typically not doing so…

Browse and buy art online

Browse and buy art online

Kevin Kelly has written up a post about buying artwork online at the Cool Tools blog. His post about Tiny Showcase reminded me that we’ve got a really nice Australian-based art site, RedBubble. I’ll give a detailed roundup of Red Bubble, but first here’s what Kevin had to say about…

Best Comment Thread Roundup

The “Perfect” iTunes Equalizer Setting for MP3sbmrumble says: “…any setting that sounds good to you is “perfect,” since that’s the point in EQ in the first place.” Overlooked Items to Bring to Collegerobhuffaker says: “Earplugs are also useful during tests to help you concentrate…” Maintain a Consistent Workspace Across Multiple…

Avoid Money Traps

Avoid Money Traps

Keep your pockets lined with the AARP’s guide to avoiding money traps. Not just for the 50+ set, these tips can be applied broadly to all working folk. The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) simplifies commonly misunderstand financial concepts like the 401K match, variable annuities, investment fees and home…

Find Books You’ve Got Time for at LazyLibrary

Find Books You’ve Got Time for at LazyLibrary

Feel like you’ve got too much on your plate to start a new book? Web site LazyLibrary aggregates books available from Amazon that clock in under 200 pages to help you find something you can fit into your schedule. This site may scream travesty to the diehard literati, but if…

Twitter digest

Don’t want up-to-the-second updates for all of your Twitter friends? Get all of your Twitter updates in a more manageable, once-daily Twitter digest.

Avoid Over Packing with a Hand Scale

Avoid Over Packing with a Hand Scale

Avoid overweight luggage charges next time you’ve filled your bag with souvenirs with the New Digital Scale. You can easily weigh your luggage on a regular bathroom scale to ensure that you’re under the airline limit, but after you’ve gone on a trip, packing your souvenirs for the return fight…

International Productivity

According to the International Labour Organisation, the United States leads the world in labor productivity, with a total output per employee of $8,000 over the second most productive country, Ireland. I hope you had a restful Labor Day, because it’s back to work! AU – I won’t point out the…

How to explain LOLcats to your boss

How to explain LOLcats to your boss

This right here is an article explaining the LOLcats phenomenon written in stuffy Wall Street Journal language – perfect for explaining LOLcats to your boss. Mr. Nakagawa’s simple Web site has become the center of the “LOLcats” phenomenon, a booming online subculture built around digital images and deliberately bad grammar….

Optimise BitTorrent To Outwit Traffic Shaping ISPs

Wired’s written up a guide on how to outsmart ISPs which throttle BitTorrent traffic. Tactics include encrypting your traffic, changing the default port number, changing the way the protocol behaves, reducing the amount of one-way traffic, or hiding your traffic within an encrypted tunnel. I’ve commented before that

Tribler 4.1 – P2P file sharing client

Tribler 4.1 – P2P file sharing client

TorrentFreak reports the lastest version of the Harvard Uni-developed P2P file sharing client, Tribler V4.1 is out. It supports BitTorrent, but they’re trying to create a next gen P2P client by building in currency and sharer rankings to encourage uploads. “The latest version of Tribler enhances the standard tit-for-tat BitTorrent…

Help improve Firefox 3

Help improve Firefox 3

Ryan Paul blogged at ars technica about a relatively simple way in which people who’d like to help improve Firefox 3 can get involved in testing the software. “To participate in a test day, download the latest Firefox 3 nightly build from the Mozilla FTP server, join the #testday IRC…

Ten Ways to Access Banned Sites

Ten Ways to Access Banned Sites

If you’re (for whatever reason) blocked from viewing a particular web site, tech site WebStuffScan has posted a list of ten different strategies you can use to access the forbidden. A lot of this is familiar ground: convert the IP address, anonymous proxies, etc. However, this one was new to…

Set a Good Morning Routine

Set a Good Morning Routine

If you’ve got kids in school at your house, you know that mornings can get a little hectic. Self-improvement site The Happiness Project has written up a list of six things you can do to make the mornings go more smoothly, including this gem: Have a precise routine. This sounds…

Find a Fair Near You

Find a Fair Near You

US only – If you’re jonesing for your fix of cotton candy and freakishly huge pickles, then you’ll want to check out WeekendEvents.com’s list of every state, city, and county fair in the United States. Just find your state, clicky, and you’ll be directed to a directory listing of the…

Hang Bubble Wrap as Temporary Curtains

Hang Bubble Wrap as Temporary Curtains

Instead of tacking up bedsheets over the windows when you first move into a place to preserve your privacy, save your walls and just pop some bubble wrap into the windows instead. This idea comes from Derek of ReadyMade, who simply taped the bubbly stuff into his windows until curtains/blinds…

Make Your Home More Attractive to Buyers

Make Your Home More Attractive to Buyers

Give your home more appeal to possible buyers with just a few quick and simple improvement tips from real estate blogger Rod Thomas. None of these will break the bank, and in a competitive market, these little touches can really make the difference. For instance, any realtor will tell you…

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…