Clean Up Your Folder Structure with Remove Empty Directories

Clean Up Your Folder Structure with Remove Empty Directories

Windows only: Free, open source application Remove Empty Directories (RED) searches your computer for empty folders and deletes the ones you don’t want around anymore. Just point RED at the drive or directory you want to scan and it lists every empty folder in that directory. You can then either…

Stop Your ISP from Throttling BitTorrent Speeds

Stop Your ISP from Throttling BitTorrent Speeds

If you’ve followed our beginner and intermediate guides but your BitTorrent download speeds are still less than stellar, there’s a chance your ISP may be throttling your BitTorrent traffic. The Wired How To Wiki details several ways to get around ISP traffic shaping, from encrypting your traffic and changing your…

Shop Smart for College Gadgets

Shop Smart for College Gadgets

College students, take note: your gear doesn’t have to be as expensive as your classes plus room and board. After three years at college, blogger Paul Stamatiou knows what it feels like to live in a cramped space when you’re low on dough. In a detailed weblog post, he lists…

How to work (almost) completely online

Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits blog has a thought provoking post on being a Cyber Minimalist. He’s a big fan of the Google suite of online apps, and he’s pared down his computing requirements so that he basically works with online apps and that’s it. From my tech-heavy geek perspective, the…

The struggling musicians toolkit

Readwriteweb has a roundup of muso tools and websites which it’s named the struggling musician’s toolkit. “Despite grumbling from big-name artists and record labels around rampant P2P ‘piracy’, there’s never been a better time to make money from creating music tracks of your own. There are dozens of useful websites…

Protect against telephone identity theft

Most online businesses are stringent in educating customers about how to transact securely, but it seems many companies are letting their customers down in the way they handle plain old telephone interactions. Recently I received a phone call from someone claiming to be from my credit card company, who asked…

Choose the Right Case for Your Computer

Choose the Right Case for Your Computer

If you’ve walked down the aisles of your local computing super store lately, you know that computer cases have come a long way, baby. If you’re not sure on what’s the right pick, newbie tech site Build a Computer Guide has a quick and dirty introductory tutorial. Sure, it might…

Achieving Paper Mail Zen

Achieving Paper Mail Zen

Developer David Heinemeier of 37 Signals has come up with an innovative way to get down to paper mail inbox zero status: Enter the tag team of organisation: The Fujitsu ScanSnap document scanner, a shredder and a solo Highrise account. The beauty of the ScanSnap is its utterly brain-dead simple…

Use Strawberries to Whiten Your Teeth

Use Strawberries to Whiten Your Teeth

Productivity blog Dumb Little Man has come up with an interesting way to get your teeth whiter – strawberries and baking soda. Combined with baking soda, strawberries become a natural tooth-cleanser, buffing away stains from coffee, red wine, and dark sodas. While it’s no replacement for a bleaching treatment at…

Flight Simulator in Google Earth 4.2

Flight Simulator in Google Earth 4.2

Not only did the latest version of Google Earth add Sky—it also quietly got a fabulous new flight simulator which flies a virtual airplane (either an F16 “Viper” or SR22 prop plane) from an airport and runway of your choice. To switch into flight simulator mode the first time, launch…

Riding Your Bike To Work 101

Riding Your Bike To Work 101

If you’ve always wanted to ride your bike to work, but the list of excuses was just too daunting, then this list of commute-by-bike FAQs from the Sietch should get you going. Too dangerous? Too far to ride? Too cold? Nah. Not only will riding your bike to work help…

How to Research That Online Purchase

How to Research That Online Purchase

Whether you’ve been happily buying stuff on the web for years or you’re just getting started, this list of online commerce tips from Tech-Recipes will help you fine-tune your purchasing power. For instance, if a deal seems too good to be true, for the most part, it probably is. You…

Browse the Web Without Installing Anything with ioSwiftFox

Browse the Web Without Installing Anything with ioSwiftFox

Linux only: Run a browser directly from RAM with open source “app” ioSwiftFox. ioSwiftFox requires absolutely no installation and doesn’t even require root privileges to run for the first time. ioSwiftFox is a simple script that after some chmod foo you can use to browse the web. It runs faster…

Scan Files for Viruses Before Your Download with Dr.Web

Scan Files for Viruses Before Your Download with Dr.Web

Windows/Mac/Linux (Firefox/Opera/IE): Scan any file for viruses before you download it to your computer with web site Dr.Web. After installing the Firefox extension, performing the Internet Explorer registry hack or adding the Opera tweak, you can scan any directly linked file for viruses through your browser’s right-click context menu (re-directed…

Turn Your Digital Camera into a Scanner with Qipit

Turn Your Digital Camera into a Scanner with Qipit

Webapp Qipit turns a digital photo of a whiteboard, handwritten notes or a typed document into a PDF. Much like previously mentioned Scanr, you can email cameraphone snaps to Qipit, or upload images via email or the web site. Qipit stores up to 100 scanned documents in your account for…

SEOmoz Popular Searches tool

SEOmoz Popular Searches tool

Stephan Spencer, founder of search engine optimsation agency Netconcepts, has blogged about SEOmoz’s new Popular Searches tool which aggregates popular searches from a range of popular sites for taking the pulse of what’s hot on the web. The online tool can give you an overview of popular searches at Technorati,…

Tips for managing hayfever

Tips for managing hayfever

Tomorrow’s the first day of spring, and while it’s great to be leaving the freezing cold Melbourne winter behind, there’s also a downside if you’re a hayfever sufferer. Hayfever.com.au has a long list of ways you can minimise or control your symptoms. A lot of it is common sense stuff…

Win Ratatouille prizes!

Win Ratatouille prizes!

Animation geeks always look forward to a new Pixar movie, and we at Lifehacker are certainly among those who’ve been hanging out for the release of their latest movie, Ratatouille. I’m happy to announce that to celebrate the opening day of Ratatouille on 6 September, we’re running our first Lifehacker…

Clean Up Your GTD Moleskine with Inverted Tabs

Clean Up Your GTD Moleskine with Inverted Tabs

Steve from the Inventoids weblog loves the Moleskine hacked for GTD, but he hates the floppy page-marking tabs that “get bent, or pushed out of place, or lose their stick.” So instead of sticky tabs protruding from his notebook, he’s cut innie tabs at the first five pages of every…

Set Reminders on Your Startpage with iReminder

Set Reminders on Your Startpage with iReminder

Set SMS, email or Twitter reminders from your iGoogle homepage with the iRemind iGoogle gadget. Setup is extremely easy (it can all be done from your iGoogle page), which means you’ll be ready to start creating natural-language reminders from your homepage in under a minute. iRemind is built by the…

Never Forget a Birthday (or Card) Again

The folks at the Unclutterer weblog are serious about getting birthday cards to loved ones on time. In addition to using Plaxo to capture and get reminders about whose birthday is when, they pre-buy cards: In addition to a birthday reminder system, I also purchased a card organiser. At the…

Sync Photos to Flickr with FlickrSync

Sync Photos to Flickr with FlickrSync

Windows only: Free, open source application FlickrSync monitors any image folders of your choosing and syncs their contents to your Flickr account. We showed you a simple command line method for automatic Flickr uploads, but FlickrSync brings an entirely new level of functionality to keeping desktop folders in sync with…

Make Life More Interesting

Life can be interesting and rewarding—Tim Ferriss has paved that road for many—and other people are living their dream. Blogger Tynan says that in order to live an interesting life, you need to do three things: take social risks, take financial risks and act upon your great idea. His life…

Control Multiple Macs with One Keyboard and Mouse with Teleport

Control Multiple Macs with One Keyboard and Mouse with Teleport

Mac only: Control multiple Macs with one keyboard and mouse with freeware app Teleport. You’ve long had this functionality with previously mentioned Synergy, however, Teleport aims to be more Mac-centric by supporting clipboard synchronization and drag-and-drop copying of files between Macs. Teleport is still a beta and at this point…

Pixar interview and Ratatouille giveaways!

Pixar interview and Ratatouille giveaways!

Next week we’ll join kids and geeks around the country in celebrating the release of Pixar’s new movie, Ratatouille. To give you a sneak preview of what we’re planning – we’ll be running our first Lifehacker AU interview with an Aussie expat who works at Pixar, and we’ll be running…

Diabetic Days – new website launches

Diabetic Days – new website launches

We love breaking news, so I’m pleased to tell you about the launch of a new Australian website, Diabetic Days. Founder Raj Deut gave us the scoop: It’s a website & service that allows diabetics anywhere at anytime submit their data (via website, text message or email) to be recorded…

Create Your Own Mac-Themed Wallpaper

Create Your Own Mac-Themed Wallpaper

Photoshop users: Create your own Mac-themed wallpaper with the instructions provided by PSDTuts.com. The process is very beginner friendly and only requires rudimentary Photoshop skills (like working with gradients and layers). Even the absolute Photoshop newcomer should be able to knock out a slick-looking background in under 10 minutes. I’ve…

Adjust Web Forms with Resizeable Form Fields

Adjust Web Forms with Resizeable Form Fields

All platforms running Firefox: The Resizeable Form Fields extension makes textarea, text input, iframe and dropdown list sizes adjustable. With the extension installed, hover over a corner or end of a form field and click and drag to resize it. Adam mentioned this extension in his Safari features in Firefox…

Roll Your Own Ad-Blocker

You can roll your own ad-blocker with just a plain text file. Tech site MVPs.org introduces the idea of a host file. The file is plain text and contains a long list of web addresses that are blocked. Gina introduced this type of file a while back. However, rather than…

Jump to Site Subpages with Ctrl+Enter

Jump to Site Subpages with Ctrl+Enter

You already know you can use Ctrl+Enter to avoid typing http://www or .com when entering URLs in the Firefox address bar. Along those same lines, you can even go to a web site’s subpages without typing the protocol or top level domain. Try it: type apple/trailers into the Firefox address…

Getting Things Done with Outlook and OneNote 2007

Getting Things Done with Outlook and OneNote 2007

GTDer Rob documents how he captures and manages his projects and next actions using Microsoft Outlook and OneNote. I continue to collect & process my inputs in OneNote. When I identify a next action now I use the Outlook flag CTRL+SHIFT+5 to flag it as an action and have it…