Gnome 2.20 released

Gnome 2.20 released

Gnome 2.20 has been released and the (expansive! easy to read!) release notes say it includes: “Improved support for right-to-left languages; desktop search integrated into the file chooser dialog; convenient new features in the Evolution email and calendar client; enhanced browsing of image collections; simplified system preferences; efficient power management…

Does Telstra have the Edge in getting iPhone?

So Apple’s confirmed the iPhone will be available in the UK in November. Meanwhile in Australia everyone’s atwitter about which carrier will get the contract here. From all the iPhone unlocking hacks that have already come out of the US, it seems somewhat fruitless to try to lock iPhone users…

Temporarily Pin Documents with Your Stapler

Temporarily Pin Documents with Your Stapler

Blogger Jacob Grier discovers what Wikipedia calls “the least known stapling method”: pinning. If you rotate the plate on the bottom of your stapler, it will bend staples outward instead of inward to fasten things temporarily. Easily remove a pinned staple by pulling it along the plane of the document….

Get Directions with a Phone Call to Dial Dir-ect-ions

Get Directions with a Phone Call to Dial Dir-ect-ions

US-centric: Free cell phone service Dial DIR-ECT-IONS (347-328-4667) sends driving directions to your phone via SMS. Just call their number and step through the voice-activated menus, telling it where you want to go and where you’re starting from. You should receive a text message on your phone a few seconds…

Updates

If Firefox hasn’t taken care of it already, go grab your update to Firefox 2.0.0.7 to patch a security hole in Firefox and QuickTime.

Learn a Foreign Language with Mango

Learn a Foreign Language with Mango

Webapp Mango offers 11 free foreign language courses in Spanish, Russian, Greek, German, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian and Polish. Simply sign up with your email address and you’re ready to go. Choose any of the available courses and view slideshow presentations instantly. As you progress through the…

Overlay Calendars in Outlook (like Google Calendar)

Overlay Calendars in Outlook (like Google Calendar)

Google Calendar makes it easy to manage multiple calendars and display them all at once, but did you know you can do the same with Microsoft Outlook? The How-to Geek explains that while it’s possible (Update: to keep more than one calendar) in Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007 makes it easy…

Get 32 AA Batteries from a Single 6 Volt Battery

Get 32 AA Batteries from a Single 6 Volt Battery

Don’t want to spend a wad of cash on AA batteries to power your gadgets? Trim down your spending by cracking open the case of a single 6 volt battery which sells for about $5. Inside you’ll find a whopping 32 AA batteries! Considering that you can get

Master Chief Performs Ballet

Master Chief Performs Ballet

On September 26th at the Berwaldhallen concert hall in Stockholm Sweden, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra will play an interepretation of Martin O´Donnells and Michael Salvatoris’s Halo music, the rock band The Backyard Babies will play Halo-inspired music, a Swedish film director’s Halo machinima film will be shown, and dancers…

Condense-o-tron: Tuesday Night

The Wrap-o-matic is having a break today. Too much Halo 3 clogging its flux capacitor. In its place is the Condense-o-tron, taking everything good from last night and, uh, condensing it here. Mass Effect Character Creation I think the mention of bare-chested ladies will sell at least a million copies…

Opera 9.50 Kestrel adds BitTorrent Peer Exchange

Opera 9.50 Kestrel adds BitTorrent Peer Exchange

Multi-platform browser Opera has released v9.50 Alpha which extends its support for BitTorrent by adding a uTorrent compatible Peer Exchange feature. This will hopefully speed up transfers and reduce tracker load I’ll emphasise again that it’s an ALPHA release – and I’m not an alpha girl at all – in…

How to build good habits

I’ve become a bit of a fan of the Zen Habits blog lately, and they’ve published a couple of posts over the past couple of days which both deal with the very practical notion of how to build good habits. Incremental change seems so hard – the results are often…

Compute Without a Calculator

Compute Without a Calculator

Learn to calculate numbers quickly without a calculator with The List Universe’s 10 arithmetic tricks. Using one of the mental shortcuts, you can calculate complicated operations in your head—handy when bigger numbers come into play. Here’s one that’s new to me: If you need to square a 2-digit number ending…

Crack a Master Combination Padlock

Crack a Master Combination Padlock

Next time you forget the combination to your Master padlock (you know, the one you bought because it’s bulletproof), follow DIY web site wikiHow’s step-by-step instructions for cracking a Master-brand combination lock. …there are 64,000 possible combinations on a standard 40-number Master Lock. With this method, however, you can quickly…

GTD

Lifehacker patron saint David Allen will be covering his Getting Things Done productivity system in a weekly post at the influential Huffington Post blog. Here’s his intro to GTD.

In brief

The New York Times drops its paid online subscription service Times Select. Unlimited access to its archive will be free to everyone starting tomorrow, featuring articles from 1987 till the present as well as articles from 1851-1922.

TripIt Organises Your Travel Itinerary Automatically via Email

TripIt Organises Your Travel Itinerary Automatically via Email

Fresh out of the oven, web-based travel organiser TripIt takes all the work out of storing your travel plans in one place. Instead of making you enter all the details like places and times by hand, just forward reservation confirmation emails to TripIt so it can do all that heavy…

New York Times cans fees on website and archive

Two years after imposing a $US50 subscription fee for people to view its archives and columnists’ writing online, the New York Times has decided to reverse the decision and open up all areas of its website for free browsing. It seems to be a global trend in the online world,…

Best Comment Thread Roundup

Firefox 3.0 Places Organizer MockupBobly says: “FINALLY an efficient way to sort and search bookmarks…” Turn Your Windows PC into a Media Center Powerhouse On the Cheapgotshoo says: “I got it setup in about 5 minutes. Works perfectly…” Top 10 Wikipedia TricksMark says: “You can also [include]the Wikipedia pages right…

Google Moon’s Virtual Moonwalk

Google Moon’s Virtual Moonwalk

Previously posted Google Moon been re-launched with “Street View” on-surface panoramic NASA photos from the astronaut’s perspective. Google’s Lat Long blog explains: This update brings higher-resolution map imagery, text search, and photos and stories from every Apollo landing. We even included Street View-style panoramas of the moon’s surface, taken by…

Build a Simple, Low Budget Gadget Dock

Build a Simple, Low Budget Gadget Dock

DIY web site Instructables details how to build a simple gadget dock for the low price (less than a dollar) of a large binder clip and a small rubber band. In a nutshell, you just pinch the plug with your binder clip and use the clip’s arms as buttressing supports…

Map Addresses in Your Sidebar with Mini Map Sidebar

Map Addresses in Your Sidebar with Mini Map Sidebar

Windows/Mac/Linux (Firefox): Map addresses, get directions, manage locations, and preview Google Earth KML files in your sidebar with Firefox extension Mini Map Sidebar. When you’re browsing the web and you stumble onto an address you’d like mapped, just pull up the Mini Map Sidebar by clicking the status bar icon,…

Determine What Type of Memory Your Computer Has

Determine What Type of Memory Your Computer Has

A memory upgrade’s the best way to speed up that slow computer, but the RAM stick aisle at your local computer parts retailer is a cold and scary place. A little pre-research is in order: the How-to Geek details how to use either System Information for Windows or Crucial’s online…

Announcement

Twitter users, now you can follow Lifehacker US the microbloggin’ way. Get our top stories plus a sprinkling of meta-commentary on the more ambitious days in your favourite Twitter client. Thanks, Ahsan!

Create an Instant Web Site with Jottit

Create an Instant Web Site with Jottit

Webapp Jottit offers no-registration, one-click web publishing wiki-style plus lots of neat advanced features. One part Twitter (just a text box), four parts wiki, Jottit supports special markup for links, images and videos and tracks page revisions. Once you create your first page on Jottit, you can pick a custom…

Deal with online copyright infringement

Search engine optimisation site SEOmoz has a useful video tutorial on the steps you can take to combat online copyright infringement. As presenter Scott says, it’s not uncommon to find your website content has been lifted by other sites – and it can be really annoying if someone’s getting hits…

Google Election site now live

Google Election site now live

On Thursday we gave you a roundup of Federal Election websites, and told you Google’s election website was launching on Friday. It’s launched, and it’s cool. Check it out. Google’s 2007 Federal Election website Thanks for the link, William.

Use Charcoal to De-Stinkify Your Fridge

Use Charcoal to De-Stinkify Your Fridge

The UK show How Clean Is Your House is chock-full of useful tips, including this doozy: For use in empty refrigerators/freezers – good for when you are moving out. The ladies filled a normal baking tin with unlit, plain (with no fuel or other products added) charcoal briquets and let…

Five Tools to Capture Your Thoughts

Five Tools to Capture Your Thoughts

One of the best productivity tips I’ve found—courtesy of David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done—is keeping “buckets” for your ideas. In other words, you want to have reliable, fail-proof system to record your thoughts whenever or where ever you might find yourself. I’ve tried a number of different capture tools…

Get Better Sleep When You Fly

Get Better Sleep When You Fly

Sleeping and flying to some people might seem to be an impossible feat; however, search directory Mahalo’s got a good list of tips that can help you grab those elusive z’s. For example: booking the right seat plays a huge part in getting your best sleep, as does avoiding alcohol…

Use Google Maps as an Address Book

Use Google Maps as an Address Book

Parent Hacks has a nice Google Maps hack: Every time my son gets invited to a friend’s house or a party, or if I even just pick up someone to take with us somewhere, I go to Google Maps, print up a copy of a map to their house, write…