AppArmor

Use AppArmor to bolster your security in Ubuntu. AppArmor restricts program access to only the required resources. This creates a more secure, encapsulated system.

Tweak Vista and XP with Xdn Tweaker

Tweak Vista and XP with Xdn Tweaker

Windows only: Tweak system settings in both Windows XP and Vista with lightweight freeware application Xdn Tweaker. We’ve looked at several Windows tweakers lately, especially following the release of Vista, but Xdn Tweaker offers a nice change of pace, offering a strong set of simple yet useful tweaks that you…

Compact Field Tweezers

Compact Field Tweezers

These military-designed field tweezers—made with the precision to remove shrapnel and be carried on dog tags—collapse into a small, flat package you can take with you anywhere. The field tweezers could be the perfect companion for your key ring or—oh I don’t know—maybe your killer go bag, and according to…

Load Any Site in Your Firefox Sidebar

Load Any Site in Your Firefox Sidebar

Make the most of your Firefox sidebar by loading mobile or other small web apps directly into the sidebar. Weblog CyberNet has the details on how to load any bookmark into your Firefox sidebar: 1. Right-click on… the URL… and then bookmark it. 2. After you have saved the bookmark,…

Zoho Start Page is Your Web-based “My Documents” Folder

Zoho Start Page is Your Web-based “My Documents” Folder

The other web-based office suite, Zoho, releases their new Start Page today, a launchpad for getting to all your Zoho documents from one place. Display your Zoho Writer (word processor docs), Sheet (spreadsheets) and Show (slideshows) as well as Zoho contacts on the start page, which looks a lot like…

Diagram Online with Best4c

Diagram Online with Best4c

ww Create complex diagrams with webapp Best4c, which works like a stripped-down version of Microsoft Visio right in your web browser. Much like previously reviewed Gliffy, Best4c looks like a solid (and cheap) solution to create network diagrams, floor plans and flowcharts. Creating a diagram is relatively intuitive with a…

Get Reverse Phone Lookups with Sullr

Get Reverse Phone Lookups with Sullr

Web site Sullr provides reverse phone number lookups with an attractive AJAX interface and Google Maps mashup. Next time you get a call on your phone from an unrecognized number, enter in the number and see if Sullr can grab the listing. If you’re on your cell phone, you can…

Right-Click and Convert Videos to iPod Format

Right-Click and Convert Videos to iPod Format

Linux users: Getting your videos into the iPod compatible MP4 format has never been easier. After installing ffmpeg and ruby, the Ubuntu Unleashed weblog demonstrates how you can add an entry to the right-click menu in Nautilus that will automatically convert videos into a format that can be enjoyed on…

How to manage younger employees

Via Fast Company – finally someone’s written something intelligent on the subject of managing Gen Ys and what the writer calls “Millenials” (born after 1980). It’s laid out in a myth-busting fashion, and whether you’re a boomer boss, or a Gen X or Y employee, you might find some useful…

Create and Manage TinyURLs with TinyURL Creator

Create and Manage TinyURLs with TinyURL Creator

Windows/Mac/Linux (Firefox): The TinyURL Creator Firefox extension creates, saves, and manages URLs from the URL-shrinking web application TinyURL from your Firefox toolbar. After you install the extension, you’ll need to customise your toolbar and manually add its button. When you create a TinyURL from the page you’re visiting, the extension…

Use Different Wallpapers on Multiple Monitors

Use Different Wallpapers on Multiple Monitors

Dual monitor users: You can configure your dual-headed beast to display different wallpaper backgrounds on each monitor. The How-To Geek introduces the incredibly useful process which can be completed without installing third party software. The process is tricky and a little bit of a pain in the ass, so if…

Change Case in MS Office Apps from the Keyboard

Change Case in MS Office Apps from the Keyboard

Toggle the case of any selected text in Microsoft Office applications between all lowercase, all uppercase or smart initial letter capitalisation with the Shift-F3 keyboard shortcut. This shortcut isn’t everday-useful for most of us, but if you do a lot of formatting in Word—especially from all lowercase emails or the…

MPAA GetAmnesty

The MPAA’s GetAmnesty program is extorting consumers with intimidating ultimatums, according to weblog TorrentFreak.

Hide and Lock a Folder in Windows XP

Hide and Lock a Folder in Windows XP

Windows users: You can hide data from other users by turning ordinary folders into links to the Control Panel. Sounds strange, I know. The Computer Tips From a Computer Guy weblog introduces the technique, which involves creating two batch files—one that makes your folder look like a link and a…

Fight Morning Grogginess

Fight Morning Grogginess

If you’re not a morning person and need a quick fix to become alert in the wee hours of the morning, the Monster blog lists 10 ways you can easily shake the sleepiness off. While some of their tips include the obvious (like drinking coffee), they also suggest that it…

Embed a Terminal in the Desktop with Compiz Fusion

Embed a Terminal in the Desktop with Compiz Fusion

Linux users: You can configure Compiz Fusion to embed a terminal in the desktop. The last time we covered this process you needed to install Devilspie and create a configuration file. With Compiz Fusion the process is much simpler and the end result looks much more streamlined. The Ubuntu Unleashed…

Make Springloaded Chopsticks with a Clothespin

Make Springloaded Chopsticks with a Clothespin

Make chopsticks easier to wrangle for the little one with a clothespin. Using the spring mechanism, you can easily make spring-loaded ‘sticks that make grabbing that slippery rice a breeze. New cartoons-meet-HOWTO site howtoons has the step-by-step. Springloaded Chopsticks [howtoons]

WebMenu – a Digg for Aussie restaurant menus

WebMenu – a Digg for Aussie restaurant menus

Here’s one for the foodies out there. Dan Warne has discovered a website called WebMenu, which he describes as a Digg for restaurant menus. One of the nicest features, which made me laugh out loud, is the concept of “your fridge” รขโ‚ฌโ€ if you like the menu of a particular…

New at ebay

eBay’s testing out new features, including better search results and product listing email alerts.

PC World reports that fantasy football is …

PC World reports that fantasy football is a top online time-waster at work, but that blocking it could “hit morale.” AU – I’ve heard of footy tipping, but fantasy football? I thought that was just something that the Poms and Tony Wilson on RRR talked about! ๐Ÿ˜€ Do we really…

Laptops in Meetings a Double-Edged Sword

Laptops in Meetings a Double-Edged Sword

You’re in a meeting with your laptop: Are you checking email or paying attention to the speaker? Um, can you repeat the question? you ask. You need your lappie to look up information and take notes, right? But a lot of people—and you know who you are—use the computer to…

People who count

The best people to make friends with at the office include the receptionist, janitor and IT support geek, says Wired’s HOWTO wiki. AU – is it just me, or does the word janitor mean nothing in Australia except to remind you of Scooby Doo and a cranky janitor who “would…

Unsubscribe from Catalogues

Unsubscribe from Catalogues

While most reputable companies make it easy to unsubscribe from their email list, those same companies make it as much of a pain as possible to unsubscribe from their paper catalogue. Sick of watching my recycling bin fill up with unopened catalogues, and haunted by the thought of all that…

Find the Right Glue for the Job at This to That

Find the Right Glue for the Job at This to That

Find the appropriate adhesive to glue anything to anything else at web site This to That. From plastic and paper to ceramic and vinyl, This to That knows exactly what glue will best stick this to that. If you’ve ever wasted time gluing two things together to discover that the…

A Beginner’s Guide to Soldering

A Beginner’s Guide to Soldering

Whether it’s for computer repair or gadget modification, soldering is an invaluable skill to have, and you can learn to solder with Instructables’ introductory guide. We post many tutorials that require at least rudimentary soldering skills, and if you’ve never even touched a soldering iron, this guide is a great…

Increase Your Memory’s Capacity

Increase Your Memory’s Capacity

Finding a surefire memorisation technique can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. By applying some quick tricks, you can become well-read in any information-heavy subject just by putting your mind to it. Tutor John Place writes: 1. First, use a pencil or word processor (I prefer the latter…

Get Virtual Desktops on Vista

Get Virtual Desktops on Vista

Windows Vista only: Microsoft still hasn’t updated Windows XP PowerToys for Vista, but you can still get multiple desktops with the free Vista Virtual Desktop Manager beta. Once the software’s installed, use key combo’s to navigate the desktops, which are mighty pretty with Vista’s super-duper video capabilities: * Windows Key…

The Fastest Way to Launch Programs with Elevated Credentials

The Fastest Way to Launch Programs with Elevated Credentials

With a few finger taps you can launch applications from the Start menu in Vista with administrator credentials. The Windows Fanatics weblog has the skinny. 1. Open the Start Menu, type the name of the application you want to run. 2. Press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER instead of just ENTER. 3. Press Alt…

The 40 coolest free applications around

Steve at the Seopher blog has written a list of 40 cool free apps. He’s a web developer, so there are lots of geeks tools on the list as you’d expect, but it also covers image editing, video playback, audio tools and free games. Worth checking out – I’ve been…

What Won’t You Buy Generic?

What Won’t You Buy Generic?

The Simple Dollar weblog says it’s time to get over the marketing “taboo” of generic and store brand products and save yourself loads of money. It shouldn’t come as news to anyone that generic products can save you cash, but it’s easy to get caught up in the marketing and…