How Do You Give Criticism?

How Do You Give Criticism?

Criticism is a bitch. No one likes hearing it, and unless you like hurting feelings, most of us don’t like giving it. The Zen Habits weblog examines criticism—from why we criticise to why criticism hurts—and then discusses how to deliver criticism that will be well received. Since we’ve all taken…

Dell + Ubuntu

The New York Times makes a case for the Ubuntu Dells, pointing out that “with prices starting as low as free, you certainly cannot complain about the price.”

Menu Bar Show and Tell

Menu Bar Show and Tell

The Mac Menu Bar—the small strip of applications on the top right of your Mac—houses some of the coolest apps you can run on your system. They’re small, they’re sleek, and sometimes they’re absolute must-haves for staying productive on your Mac. Today we’re taking a look at the menu bar…

Puppy Linux 3.0 Now Available

Puppy Linux 3.0 Now Available

PC only: Minuscule Linux distro Puppy Linux got a major upgrade this week to version 3.0, adding Slackware compatibility (which lets users install Slackware packages on Puppy). At a slim 97.6MB, Puppy’s meant to be run from a bootable CD or USB drive and offers a full-on portable desktop operating…

UC Berkeley’s posting full course lectures on YouTube including this lecture on search engine technology by Sergey Brin.

Get Recent Documents in One Place with Smart Folders

Get Recent Documents in One Place with Smart Folders

Mac only: Get a dynamic list of recently accessed files using Smart Folders in OS X. MacWorld magazine explains how: Create a smart folder in the Finder by selecting File -> New Smart Folder, or by pressing Command-Option-N. You’ll see two lines of criteria in the folder. In the Kind…

Making the case for telework

Achieving a work/life balance is a tightrope which requires effort from both the worker and their place of work. While we’ve had the communication technology available to support teleworking for years, it doesn’t seem to have taken off, and is more likely to be the domain of the self employed…

LegalWiki – Australian law online

LegalWiki – Australian law online

 This one will be of interest to legal eagles and those too cheap to shell out for a lawyer in the flesh. A not-for-profit LegalWiki has been set up to be Australia’s first free online legal encyclopedia. As with Wikipedia, peer review is expected to keep the information accurate, but…

Storage Boost for Google Apps

Google now offers a whopping 25GB of email storage—but only for Google Apps Premier Edition, which costs $US50/year. Regular Gmail users still get their paltry sub-3GB storage.

Advertise Your Open WiFi Hotspot

Advertise Your Open WiFi Hotspot

Flickr user danalee advertises her open WiFi network with a simple sign that reads “Steal this connection.” Right on. steal this connection [danalee’s Flickr photostream]

Change a Light Day

Today, October 3rd, is Change a Light Day, and Consumer Reports recommends that you swap out one incandescent light bulb for an energy-saving compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb. Thanks, Marc!

Top 10 Wi-Fi Boosts, Tweaks and Apps

Top 10 Wi-Fi Boosts, Tweaks and Apps

No doubt you’ve got a home wireless network or you’ve connected to hotspots at the local coffee shop or airport—but are you getting the most out of your Wi-Fi? Whether you want to strengthen, extend, bridge, secure, sniff, detect, or obscure your signal, today we’ve got our top 10 best…

Build a Wi-Fi Adapter for Your Xbox 360 On the Cheap

Build a Wi-Fi Adapter for Your Xbox 360 On the Cheap

Got an Xbox 360 but don’t want to weave 100 feet of Ethernet cable through your living room or drop $100 bucks for the official Xbox Wi-Fi adapter—and you’ve got a nasty DIY streak? The Geeks Are Sexy weblog details how to roll your own cheap Xbox 360 Wi-Fi with…

Defrag Individual Files with Defraggler

Defrag Individual Files with Defraggler

Windows only: Freeware file defragmentation utility Defraggler analyses your hard drive for fragmented files and can selectively defrag the ones you choose. The graphical interface is darn sweet: like the standard Windows Defragger, it shows you the different phases of fragment discovery as the drive is being analysed. Right now,…

7 Ways to use StumbleUpon as a Discovery Tool

Meg Tsiamis of Blogpond has written a couple of posts about StumbleUpon which I just happened to, well, stumble upon today. People who’ve already used StumbleUpon will probably find her post on different ways to discover stuff to be useful, it talks about finding things randomly, through your friends network,…

How to manage your role as family tech support

Lifehack.org had a really nice guide for surviving if you’re the family tech support guru. As someone who’s been the household IT go-to person for several sharehouses and fielded my fair share of phone calls from my (interstate dwelling) parents, it certainly rang true for me. The final tip is…

Set Up Gmail with Your Windows Mobile Smartphone

Set Up Gmail with Your Windows Mobile Smartphone

If you’re rocking a Windows Mobile Smartphone but have yet to set up your Gmail account with the device, the Hackszine weblog offers a simple step-by-step for setting up your Windows Mobile phone with Gmail. Keep in mind that your Gmail account can only be accessed through POP and not…

Ask MetaFilter Roundup

Can I set iCal to repeat to-dos at regular intervals? How can I deal with my company’s new “no headphones” policy? What can I do to fix my router if someone else’s Wi-Fi network is interfering with mine? How can I get into better shape when I’m starting from absolute…

A Seller’s Guide to Craigslist

A Seller’s Guide to Craigslist

US-centric: If you live in a city with a thriving Craigslist community, the free, popular online classified ads site is more than just a great place to find excellent deals in your community. It’s also an outstanding tool for selling stuff you no longer need, effectively earning you a little…

Get GTD Wallpaper on Your iPhone

Get GTD Wallpaper on Your iPhone

Designer Stefanos Karagos has created wallpaper that puts David Allen’s GTD system on your iPhone. You can go with the entire flowchart that comes straight from Allen’s book, or you can opt-in for the lesser intrusive wallpaper with the slogan, “Did you GTD today?” as a reminder that it’s time…

Boot Camp

Apple announces the Boot Camp beta will expire this month when Leopard’s released. To keep using Boot Camp, you’ve got to pony up for the OS 10.5 upgrade when it becomes available.

Search Gmail with a Custom Bookmarklet

Search Gmail with a Custom Bookmarklet

If you search Gmail often by set criteria, you can create a bookmarklet to load up those search results with the click of a toolbar using a generator at the Eclectic Mayhem web site. Of course, there’s always the Saved Searches user script (also built into Better Gmail), but loading…

Keep the Food, Change your Plate

Wired has posted an article about the ‘new science of eating’ which is more about psychology than diet itself. It offers up some interesting tidbits of advice aimed at getting out of overeating – including using a smaller plate for meals, placing self-serve food away from the eating area to…

6 Rules for Dealing With Habits vs. Tasks

Zen Habits had a thought provoking post on the differences between habits and tasks, and how and when you might include habits (or tasks-you-want-to-become-habits) on your to do list. The thing I really appreciated about this post was the idea of identifying or choosing ‘triggers’ for habitual behaviour: “I wake…

Organize Your Start Menu with SMOz

Organize Your Start Menu with SMOz

Windows only: Clean up and organise your Windows Start menu with free, open source application SMOz (Start Menu Organizer). With SMOz you can arrange your Start menu content by category through a simple, Windows Explorer-like interface. If you’re not sure where to get started, try using one of the automated…

Resize Images without Sacrificing Content with GIMP or Rsizr

Resize Images without Sacrificing Content with GIMP or Rsizr

Ever have to crop or resize a picture to fit it better on a web site but end up disappointed with the content you have to lose from the photo? Using a method called liquid rescaling, your pics can be rescaled while retaining almost all of the pertinent content, so…

Save a Life With Your Computer

Save a Life With Your Computer

US-centric: What if you could use your computer for more than writing up the latest TPS report or surfing the webernets for last night’s Family Guy episodes? You can, with the many excellent charity and volunteer organisations that have placed their services on the web. More than ever before in…

Microsoft Office

In yet another attempt to compete with Google Docs, Adobe has acquired online word processor Buzzword, after today’s

Information overload

The Times Online suggests some tricks to overcome information overload, like speed reading, improving your memory and logging your workday activities.

Title Bar Browser Timer

Title Bar Browser Timer

Wanna limit the time you spend goofing off online? Ask MetaFilter user myrrh created a timer that counts down a certain number of minutes in your browser title bar (or background tab) and pops up a browser alert dialog when it’s done. Run a timed work dash or limit your…