Resolutions

Two years ago on Lifehacker, alum Keith Robinson encouraged you to get started on your resolutions by tackling some likely projects: cleaning the clutter, preparing taxes, planning, and quitting bad habits.

Put Search Plugins into Folders with Organize Search Engines

Put Search Plugins into Folders with Organize Search Engines

Win/Mac/Linux (Firefox): Firefox’s drop-down search toolbar can be a serious time saver—unless you have so many engines installed that you stall while looking for the right one. Organize Search Engines, a free Firefox add-on, gives you the same abilities to group search engines into folders and insert separators as Firefox’s…

Macworld

Macworld is on next week and Wired has published its predictions for the announcements we’ll hear from Mr Jobs and Co. Wired expects Apple will use the San Francisco event to announce a swap of software updates for Leopard, Microsoft Office for Mac and of course the iPhone. iTunes movie…

Watch Full-Length TV Online with Fancast

Watch Full-Length TV Online with Fancast

Watch full episodes of anything from Battlestar Galactica to Buffy (that’s just the B’s, people) with web site Fancast. Brought to you by cable provider Comcast, Fancast follows in the footsteps of sites like Hulu (or six more ways to catch your favorite shows online. FanCast

Get started as an amateur astronomer

Get started as an amateur astronomer

If you’re interested in astronomy, but want to find out more before investing in your own telescope, the GeekDad blog has a couple of good suggestions for how to get started. It recommends finding a local astronomy club which holds stargazing nights which are open to the public. Quasar Publishing,…

Fix Static and Popping on Stereo Volume Knobs

Lifehacker reader Jenny writes in with a fix to an audio equipment problem that sounds like it came from the “Hit It Really Hard” repair theory, but comes endorsed by at least a few other audiophiles I found in a bit of Google-ing. Both her old record-player and a newer…

Manage Your Money with Quicken Online

Manage Your Money with Quicken Online

US-centric: A brand name in personal finance management you’ve actually heard of, Quicken, is finally available as a hosted web application at Quicken Online. Unlike new players Wesabe, Quicken Online puts an assuring, familiar face on the web page that asks you for your online banking sites’ passwords. If you’ve…

Toggle Compiz Effects with One Click

Toggle Compiz Effects with One Click

Ubuntu blog Tombuntu shows Linux users rocking Compiz Fusion, the desktop effects package installed by default in Ubuntu 7.10, how to switch the effects on and off without having to mouse through two menus and flip a radio button. Using a little app named Compiz-Switch and another program to install…

Convert Any Audio File with MediaEncoder Audio Edition

Convert Any Audio File with MediaEncoder Audio Edition

Windows only: Free open source conversion app MediaCoder Audio Edition is like the audio-geek cousin of its easy-to-use, all-purpose brethren, MediaCoder. The main difference is in the sheer breadth of audio file types supported (including the iTunes default M4A, FLAC, and really esoteric stuff like “Enhanced 3GGP” and “OptimFrog Encoder”)…

Cook in bulk to save time and money

Bulk cooking, also known as assembly cooking, means using mass production principles to save time and money in the kitchen. It also means that after putting in the effort to cook and prepare in bulk ahead of time, your freezer is stocked with lots of yummy meals or meal starters…

Online retailer Tekfix offers Firefox user discount

Online retailer Tekfix offers Firefox user discount

Online computer hardware vendor Tekfix has come up with a novel way of attracting customers – it’s offering a 5% discount to Firefox users. The discount is available when Firefox users enter “firefoxed” as the coupon code during  checkout. According to computing industry news site CRN, Tekfix says its offering…

What’s Your Biggest Energy Zapper?

What’s Your Biggest Energy Zapper?

Weblog Dumb Little Man offers tips for overcoming the stuff that sucks the energy right out of you: like lack of sleep and exercise, stress, sickness, dehydration, and toxic people. Just reading this list is draining, and it made me wonder what your productivity Kryptonite is.

How (and Where) to Ship Stuff Ahead When You Travel

How (and Where) to Ship Stuff Ahead When You Travel

If you’re traveling with stuff you don’t want to lug onto the airplane, box it up and ship it ahead of time your destination’s local post office and mark it general delivery or “post restante.” Then pick it up there when you arrive. Travel site Upgrade explains: Poste restante is…

Adium Chat Improves Menu Bar Item, Corrects Your IM Grammar

Adium Chat Improves Menu Bar Item, Corrects Your IM Grammar

Mac OS X only: Free, open source multi-client chat application Adium has released a new version rife with new and improved features. The most notable change is the Adium menu bar item, which now provides access to all of your contacts (Option-click for a contacts-only drop-down), accounts, status, and current…

Manage Your BitTorrent Downloads with Transmission

Manage Your BitTorrent Downloads with Transmission

Mac OS X/Linux only: Free, open source BitTorrent application Transmission has updated to its 1.0 release, complete with tonnes of new polish and an improved Leopard look and feel (for Mac users). Transmission has gone through a lot of improvements since we last featured it, supporting selective file downloading from…

2008 Postage Stamp-Sized Mini Calendar

2008 Postage Stamp-Sized Mini Calendar

Figure out what day of the year any date lands on in 2008 with the postage stamp-sized Super Minimalist Micro Calendar, pictured here. Yes, it just looks like a jumble of numbers and letters. Here’s how to read it: The first column contains numbers for the months of the year….

Take In-Browser Notes to Read Anywhere with TiddlySticky

Take In-Browser Notes to Read Anywhere with TiddlySticky

TiddlySticky takes its name from projects like the original TiddlyWiki and its Getting Things Done variant, but scales down the functionality to serve as a simple take-anywhere sticky notes tool. Operating out of a folder you can stash anywhere on your system, TiddlySticky is basically a JavaScript-powered HTML file that…

Use a white tshirt to improve digital photos

Use a white tshirt to improve digital photos

Here are two photography hacks which use a simple white tshirt to improve the lighting of your photos. They come from Darren Rowse of Digital Photography School. In situations where you can’t use a reflector (and for minimising the set up needed) you can wear a white tshirt to reflect…

Adelaide offers free rides on solar powered bus

Adelaide offers free rides on solar powered bus

Adelaide Council has introduced a free bus service provided by what it says is the world’s first all-electric, solar powered bus. The Tindo Solar Bus (named for the Aboriginal word for sun) offers a free service which runs seven days a week between major facilities in North Adelaide and the…

Reclaim Your Life

Reclaim Your Life

Are you constantly finding yourself unable to get away from the computer because of your Internet addiction? You’re not alone. If you’re looking to reclaim your life, start slowly. Zen Habits shares three discipline techniques to regain that independence. First, time yourself. You likely have no idea how long you’re…

Make a Disco Ball With CDs

Make a Disco Ball With CDs

Turn that stack of free AOL CDs into a dance party: cut them up into small squares, glue gun them to a Styrofoam ball and, presto! You’ve got a disco ball. Careful, though: cutting CD’s with scissors can be difficult. The tutorial suggests dipping the discs in boiling water first…

Remove Clutter in the Background of Photographs

Have you ever taken a photo that loses its visual appeal because there’s just too much clutter in the background and the subject is lost in a swarm of color? If so, weblog Photodoto suggests that you ignore the background while taking the photograph itself. Instead, focus on editing the…

Write a Cover Letter

Write a Cover Letter

Looking for a job? Your cover letter, which is typically the first letter that any prospective employer reads, must be well-written. Ensure that your cover letter reflects that proper research was conducted into the job or industry. Boost your chances by writing about the company and detailing the value you…

Motivate Yourself with Point Motivator

Motivate Yourself with Point Motivator

Windows only: Donationware application Point Motivator helps you reach and visualise your goals by utilizing a point system. Assign points to actions, such as giving yourself 10 points for reading one page of a book. After you’ve reached a threshold of desired points, you can then reward yourself by purchasing…

iTunes

If you buy a lot of your music on iTunes, make sure a careless click doesn’t purchase an imposter playing nearly identical covers. Reminds me of a compilation someone once gave me full of songs by a band called “The Original Artists”.

Kitchen Timesavers That Speed Up Dinner

Kitchen Timesavers That Speed Up Dinner

Putting together a great meal has a lot more to do with Getting Things Done than Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Planning ahead, breaking big tasks down into small actions and achieving a relaxed state of readiness are just as important to productivity in the kitchen as in the…

Michael Pollan’s Commandments for Eating Well

Michael Pollan’s Commandments for Eating Well

Food writer Michael Pollan, author of The Mnivore’s Dilemma has a list of commandments for eating well at the core of his latest work, In Defense of Food. His suggestions go against all the latest diet trends and research and aim to offer simple but well-tested diet ideals. For example:…

Apps for Music, Motivation and More at Donation Coder

Apps for Music, Motivation and More at Donation Coder

Windows only: It’s obvious that the programmers at the Donation Coder site work best under deadline, as they’ve once again turned out a surprising number of useful, quirky or specialised Windows programs in the space of one month, available free for download. Those with serious music collections can check out…