Forbes

Forbes runs down Amerca’s most wired cities, and at the top of the list? No, it’s no where near Silicon Valley—try Atlanta, then Seattle, then Raleigh.

Macworld Live

Live from San Francisco, our intrepid brothers at Gizmodo will be live-blogging Macworld 2008, starting at 9AM Pacific (noon Eastern).

Compare VoIP Rates and Ratings at My VoIP Provider

Compare VoIP Rates and Ratings at My VoIP Provider

Need to make a long, long, long-distance call but don’t want to pay the cost of a cheap lunch every minute? My VoIP Provider might be a good place to start looking for cheap internet-based calling options. The site offers rates and customer reviews for roughly 1400 VoIP services around…

Protect Your PC from Viruses in Real-Time with ThreatFire

Protect Your PC from Viruses in Real-Time with ThreatFire

Windows only: Freeware, lightweight anti-spyware application ThreatFire monitors your computer for malware and blocks new threats in real time. There are a lot of freeware anti-spyware apps out there, but the difference between most of them and ThreatFire is the always-on, real-time protection—as opposed to on-demand scanning. The catch is,…

Microsoft releases Vista Service Pack 1 RC

Microsoft has opened up its previously private beta release candidate version of Visa Service Pack 1 for public download. Vista Service Pack 1 RC Refresh is available here but note that it is still a beta, and you’ll need to uninstall any previous versions of SP1 before installing it. If…

Online GPS

Mio has confirmed plans in Australia for in-car GPS units with online access to weather forecasts, search engine and other information via its Mio C-series in-car units, according to a report in PC Authority.

Play Flash Media on Your iPhone or iPod Touch with iTransmogrify

Play Flash Media on Your iPhone or iPod Touch with iTransmogrify

The iTransmogrify bookmarklet for the iPhone or iPod touch converts embedded Flash content to mobile Safari-supported formats so that Flash media—like embedded YouTube videos and streaming MP3s—will play from Safari with the click of a bookmark. Obviously your iPhone or iPod touch has YouTube built in, but if, for example,…

Track Your Eating Habits with Tweetwhatyoueat

Track Your Eating Habits with Tweetwhatyoueat

If tracking your calorie intake is part of your New Year’s resolution and you already use Twitter, create and maintain a food diary using the Twitter-enabled Tweetwhatyoueat service. Here’s how it works: on Twitter, friend the Tweetwhatyoueat bot (named twye) and direct message it your meals and snacks throughout the…

DMA Drops Mailing Preference List Fee

DMA Drops Mailing Preference List Fee

US-centric: You no longer have to pay to opt out of annoying unsolicited snail mail: the Direct Marketing Association has dropped their dollar fee to get your name on their mailing preferences list. The DMA’s member companies honor this granddaddy of snail mail optout lists, which is supported by the…

See Your Hard Drive Space-Eaters with Filelight

See Your Hard Drive Space-Eaters with Filelight

Linux only: We’ve seen how visualizing your hard drive usage can help you clear the biggest space-eaters and make room for more useful information, and KDE-based Linux users have a great tool to do that. Free download Filelight scans your hard drive and displays space usage on a colored radial,…

Schedule Streaming Audio Recordings in Linux and Windows

Schedule Streaming Audio Recordings in Linux and Windows

Internet radio offers a lot of great music and programming for free, but not all of it can be downloaded whenever you’re ready to listen. Lifehacker reader Luke points us to a quick tutorial on setting up your Linux system to record radio or music while you’re away using the…

Use Separate Accounts to Automate Your Finances

Use Separate Accounts to Automate Your Finances

There are many benefits to setting up an automated personal finance system, as Gina has previously shown us, and with the new year still fresh, it’s a good time to get your own system set up. The Get Rich Slowly finance blog offers one guest writer’s solution—set up two checking…

Aussie Broadband

Aussie Broadband

Community broadband website Whirlpool has its annual broadband user survey up and running for 2007. In the words of Whirlpool News Editor Phil Sweeney: “As always, the survey is not about advertisers or company research — we just want to share your opinion on important issues like download limits, pricing,…

Clever Uses for Plastic Lids

If you own many plastic containers, you’ve probably found that the lids outlast the containers themselves. If you have an excess of lids lying around your house, why not recycle them? How-to website Curbly inspires you to do so with twelve practical uses. Use the lids to scrape the bottom…

Conquer a Cold with the Right Foods

Conquer a Cold with the Right Foods

Can chicken soup really cure a cold? According to medical research, it sure can. Health.com lists out several foods that can boost your immunity and fight against the cold you may have caught this season. Start your day with a breakfast with grapefruit or orange juice in addition to whole-grains…

Get Your P2P on with FrostWire

Get Your P2P on with FrostWire

All platforms: Free, open source application FrostWire is a peer-to-peer file sharing program built from the popular LimeWire client that handles both Gnutella (one of the pre-BitTorrent standards) and BitTorrent protocols—makes it sort of a P2P fusion application. Granted, FrostWire isn’t the best BitTorrent app you’ll run across, but if…

Invest Wisely

Invest Wisely

Looking to invest in 2008? If you’re a beginner investor, it’s important to follow some guidelines when studying the myriad of financial options available to you. Before you invest, it’s important to pay off any debts. Once you’re ready to roll, do your homework and analyse the market. Have an…

How Long Should You Keep Your Financial Documents?

How Long Should You Keep Your Financial Documents?

How many years’ worth of financial documents do you have stored in your closet? Perhaps you’re storing way too much. Perhaps you don’t have nearly enough. Kiplinger has a timely article that recommends that should keep your tax returns forever. However, you don’t need to be a packrat. Supporting documents,…

Multitasking Versus Continuous Partial Attention

Ever at dinner with someone who can’t look away from the Crackberry? Technologist Linda Stone says this isn’t just multi-tasking, it’s a case of “continuous partial attention”: Continuous partial attention and multi-tasking are two different attention strategies, motivated by different impulses. When we multi-task, we are motivated by a desire…

What’s Your Favorite Workout Music?

What’s Your Favorite Workout Music?

The New York Times sets its sites on the workout playlist, discussing how a good playlist is proven to improve your workouts and explaining what kind of song makes for a good workout song. Generally speaking there is a science to choosing an effective exercise soundtrack, said Dr. Costas Karageorghis,…

<strike>Steal</strike> Download Music From Any Shared iTunes Library with OurTunes

Steal Download Music From Any Shared iTunes Library with OurTunes

Windows/Mac only: Freeware application ourTunes downloads music from any shared iTunes library on your network to any folder on your computer. There’s a good chance you’ve heard of ourTunes (or a similar app, myTunes) before, as it used to be the go-to app for sharing music with your peers using…

Facebook has announced that users will soon …

Facebook has announced that users will soon be able to shove profile-cluttering apps into a collapsible “extended” section. Until then, you can still pare down app-heavy profiles with the Facebook Profile Cleaner Greasemonkey script. [via]

Change a Computer Name in Linux

How-to site Tech-Recipes.com offers up a simple but helpful tip for changing a computer name after a Linux system is already installed. To make the change, open up a terminal and punch in the following: gksudo gedit /etc/hostname Type in your administrator password and you should get a file that…

Backup

Two years ago, you learned how to automatically back up your PC’s hard drive.

Wii Tennis at the Australian Open Tennis

If tennis – of the real or Wii Sport variety – is your bag then you’ll want to get along to the Nintendo Wii Lounge at the Australian Open tennis from next week. They’ll be running daily Wii Tennis championships where you can win a Wii and have a chance…

Trick Automated Phone Bots into Never Calling You Again

Trick Automated Phone Bots into Never Calling You Again

Automated phone bots keep interrupting your dinner with their pre-recorded marketing messages? Play the U.S. Special Information Tone signal for “vacant circuit” when you pick up the phone. Our brother site Consumerist says a reader who kept getting automated debt collection calls added the tone to the beginning of his…

Add a ‘thinking hour’ to your weekly schedule

Add a ‘thinking hour’ to your weekly schedule

While most of us have a system capturing stray ideas as they come up over the course of the day, it can pay off to put aside some dedicated ‘thinking’ time, according to the Lifehack.org blog.Unlike daydreaming or brainstorming, this ‘directed’ thinking means putting aside time for focusing on one…

Naps Improve Memory and Learning

A new study shows that a midday nap can help you retain information, as well as learn new skills: The study, published in Nature Neuroscience, found participants allowed a 90-minute nap between learning the first task and the second task, did not show much improvement in the evening, but did…

Lifehacker: The Book

One year ago, Gina explained how she turned Lifehacker into a book. Lifehacker the book’s second edition hits shelves in March and is available for pre-order now.

Test If Your System’s Got What It Takes to Run a Game

Test If Your System’s Got What It Takes to Run a Game

Web site Can You Run It determines whether or not your PC can run any of a number of popular video games by checking your computer’s specs against the minimum and recommended requirements of said games. Just browse to the homepage, pick the game you want to check, and click…

Ask MetaFilter Roundup

How do I make a linkys WRT-54G router act like a wireless card? How can I get crisp, reheated food from the microwave? How do I aggregate multiple RSS feeds to a single web page, but filter which articles are displayed? Where are the music/MP3 blogs for music spanning the…

Easy Desktop Customisation with Ubuntu Tweak

Easy Desktop Customisation with Ubuntu Tweak

Ubuntu Linux only: Ubuntu Tweak is a small customisation tool that gives you a single access point to some of the interface and file browsing options tucked away in Ubuntu’s advanced preferences or text configuration files. Along with a few of the more common