Tips for Killer Presentations

If you’ve ever had to give a presentation in front of a crowd, you know it can be challenging and scary. The Quick Sprout weblog offers 10 killer tips on how to communicate effectively in front of an audience, big or small. Some lessons presenters should live by:

Add Dynamic Tooltips to Wikipedia

Add Dynamic Tooltips to Wikipedia

Modifying a special user page on Wikipedia can make your browsing session more informative with dynamic tooltips that preload relevant bits when you mouse over article links. There’s no bookmarklet, extension or third party web site required: simply add some code to your monobook.js (a special Wikipedia user page you…

Skins

The previously posted Mac-like Google Reader theme has been updated to accommodate GReader’s new search box. Slick.

Defining project boundaries

The Agency Byte blog has a post on ‘scope creep’ – why it happens and what you can do about it. “Scope creep begins at the moment when your client asks for something outside of the scope of work for which you’ve contracted (you do have a contract, right?). Naturally,…

Roundup of Federal Election websites

Roundup of Federal Election websites

The Australian’s Media section had an interesting roundup of the websites which are springing up to cover (and cash in on) the upcoming federal election. It says that Google is going to launch its own election website tomorrow, replete with “video footage, user-generated content and customised information feeds.” Ninemsn will…

Display Current Track and Artwork with CD Art Display

Display Current Track and Artwork with CD Art Display

Windows only: Freeware application CD Art Display shows your currently playing track’s name, artist and album art in attractive floating skins, in addition to several other useful and completely customisable options. Like previously mentioned moreTunes, CD Art Display supports almost any player you might be using and can automatically download…

DIY Floating Laptop Dock

DIY Floating Laptop Dock

Students: Build a sliding laptop mount for your dorm bunk with the step-by-step instructions from DIY web site Instructables. With a few relatively cheap supplies and some elbow grease, the author of the howto uses his mounted laptop to watch DVDs or work on papers all supine-like with his wireless…

Research

Enough Wikipedia already? Here’s 20 non-Wikipedia online references for researchers and scholars.

Access Your Mac’s Hidden Lowest Volume Setting

Access Your Mac’s Hidden Lowest Volume Setting

Mac users: Just one bar isn’t the lowest you can go when it comes to volume. A hidden “super-quiet” level offers just a whisper when you want the quietest possible sound. Macworld explains how to get there: Use the volume keys on your keyboard to manually set the volume to…

Firefox 3.0 Places Organizer Mockup

Firefox 3.0 Places Organizer Mockup

Mozilla developers post a screenshot of what Firefox 3.0’s unified bookmarks, history and downloads manager—named Places—may look like. Being just a mockup, the final product probably won’t turn out exactly like this, but it’s a neat preview of features in the works. Highlights include tags, search and page previews right…

Lift Your Mood with 11 Foods

Lift Your Mood with 11 Foods

Can the right foods improve your mood? The Ririan Project claims that they can. In a recent weblog post, they list 11 foods that can improve your attitude and boost your emotions. For example, blueberries are packed with vitamin C, which can alleviate stress, and Brazil nuts contain selenium, which…

Ten ways to maximise your broadband value

Reader Korian pointed us to a useful piece in The Australian which talks about the current state of play for broadband users in Australia, looking at the practise of ‘shaping’ download speeds as well as giving some “sound, no nonsense Aus-centric advice for broadband users”. It contains ten tips for…

Microsoft Office Tips Roundup

Wrap Text as You Type in Excel with Alt-Enter Search and Replace Word Formatting Compare Two Word Documents for Differences Disable Annoying MS Word Features View Two Areas of Your Spreadsheet at Once Go Back to Where You Left Off in a Word Document Change Case in MS Office Apps…

Delay Sending Emails and Save Embarrassment

Delay Sending Emails and Save Embarrassment

Ever hit the Send button on an email and realise a few seconds later that rather than complaining to your coworker about your boss’s impossible dictates and ugly ties, you hit Reply All and complained to your entire company, boss included? If you’re using Outlook, the How-To Geek weblog details…

Easily Install iPodLinux

Easily Install iPodLinux

Linux users: Install iPodLinux on your iPod without losing any of your existing content with a script introduced by Mike’s Ubuntu Blog. The script automatically partitions your iPod’s hard drive and installs a boot partitioner with just three terminal commands. wget http://de.dataghost.com/ipl/dg-installer/dg-linux-installer-20070311.tar.bz2 tar -jxf dg-linux-installer-20070311.tar.bz2 sudo ./installer.sh I installed iPodLinux…

FTP File Transfer Across Platforms with Filezilla 3.0

FTP File Transfer Across Platforms with Filezilla 3.0

Windows/Mac/Linux (All platforms): Formerly Windows-only free, open source FTP client FileZilla upgrades to version 3.0, adding cross-platform support and a few small feature updates, most notably an improved transfer management window. If FileZilla has been your FTP client of choice on Windows but you’ve been forced to find an alternative…

Clean Your Home in 19 Minutes

Clean Your Home in 19 Minutes

You can keep your home spotless in 19 short minutes a day by following CNN Living’s room-by-room roadmap to cleanliness. For example: Bathroom, 2 minutes daily • Wipe out the sink (30 seconds). Wipe the toilet seat and rim (15 seconds). • Swoosh the toilet bowl with a brush (15…

Time Your Work Sessions with Instant Boss

Time Your Work Sessions with Instant Boss

Windows only: The Instant Boss timer application sets up a number of work dashes with breaks. Especially useful for practicing Merlin’s 10+2*5 procrastination hack, you commit to working a certain amount of minutes, then you get a break, then the Instant Boss tells you to “Get back to work!” I’m…

Use HTTP Headers to Find Flash-based Media

Clever web developer Rafael describes how he used the Live HTTP Headers Firefox extension to download the MP3 behind a Flash player: What the liveHTTPHeaders extension does is show you the browser’s http requests. I use it a lot in web development work to make sure that Flash is requesting…

Take Notes Online with NoteSake

Take Notes Online with NoteSake

Free webapp NoteSake makes taking and saving notes online easier than ever. The interface is much like Notepad on steroids: a regular text editor that sports features for extra formatting goodness, such as the ability to recognise *bold* and _underline_ formatting. You can also designate the appropriate course and tag…

Best Comment Thread Roundup

Run Multiple Versions of One Programjunkan says: “This is wonderful! Will try this out.” Forty Free Alternatives to Windows Applicationsrich bradshaw says: “More people need to know about these applications.” Are You On Autopilot?riazm says: “Does anyone else want to strangle themselves when they read about self improvement?” Make Fast…

Customise Your Dual Monitor Wallpaper with DisplayFusion

Customise Your Dual Monitor Wallpaper with DisplayFusion

Windows XP and Vista only: Dual monitor utility DisplayFusion can set different wallpaper images for each of your desktops or stretch an image across desktops. Choose one of your own images or search and browse Flickr photos for new wallpaper images right inside DisplayFusion. (I recommend searching for “panoramic” images…

Skype

Skype fans, turbocharge your internet telephony setup with 50 enhancements for Skype.

Growl Upgrades to Version 1.1

Growl Upgrades to Version 1.1

Mac OS X only: Open source system-wide notification software for Mac, Growl, gets an upgrade to version 1.1 with a new feature that smartly positions multiple notifications. Assign custom styles, sounds and screen positions per application in Growl 1.1, which will place new notifications where there’s available screen real estate….

Fifteen Last.fm Power Tweaks

Fifteen Last.fm Power Tweaks

One of the best ways to discover new music online is with Last.fm, a music recommendation community. Last.fm serves you up new tunes based on a marriage of your unique preferences and the rest of the huge Last.fm community. Last.fm is a pretty simple way to listen to tunes, but…

Filter By File Type in Windows Explorer with QT ToolBar

Filter By File Type in Windows Explorer with QT ToolBar

Windows only: Freeware application QT ToolBar adds quite a few file manipulation and filtering techniques to Windows Explorer. With QT ToolBar you can enter a specific file extension and select all similar files in bulk. Additionally, QT ToolBar adds a few buttons to the interface that will copy an entire…

Get the Most Out of College

Get the Most Out of College

Now that most students are back in college, the Students’ Blog has written up a few great tips to get the most out of academics while still having a great time socially. Since most students are finally on their own after so many years, it could be hard to find…

Help Rewrite <i>Lifehacker</i> the Book!

Help Rewrite Lifehacker the Book!

Just like software, books get upgrades too: I’ve been tasked with the job of expanding and revising Lifehacker the book to a shiny new second edition due out in the spring of 2008. But I need your help. As I dive deep into revising this monster, I want to hear…

Lifehacker on RRR radio

I’ll be a guest on Melbourne community radio station RRR’s computer show Byte into It on Wednesday, 19 September. Hosted by Phil Wales, the show is broadcast on Wednesday nights from 7pm to 8pm. If you’re not in Melbourne, fear not. You can listen to RRR streaming online, or download…

Run Multiple Versions of One Program

Run Multiple Versions of One Program

Manage multiple versions of one program at the same time extremely easily with MakeUseOf.com’s simple tutorial on creating more than one user account in Windows. This comes in handy especially when you’re got more than one account at the same service, i.e., Skype, an IM program, etc. Note: you will…

Use Google to Search MediaFire for Free Stuff

Use Google to Search MediaFire for Free Stuff

Tutorial site Tech-Recipes has posted a how-to on how to use Google to search for media files within MediaFire, a free file hosting service. The process is simple; you’re basically using a site: search operator to scour what MediaFire’s got posted for download. Music, videos, comics, you name it, you…

Make Fast Food More Nutritious

Make Fast Food More Nutritious

Is it possible to make nutritious choices at a fast food joint? Heath site HelpGuide.org seems to think so – and they’ve written up a good article on what to choose and what to avoid. Fries are pretty much out, but grilled chicken is definitely in. In addition, more and…

Step by Step Guide to Making a Custom Search Engine

Step by Step Guide to Making a Custom Search Engine

Technology publisher O’Reilly has a nice write-up of how to make a really dynamic Google custom search engine for whatever topic you want. A Google custom search engine is a great way to supercharge your searches and make them more targeted – the example in the article is for recipes,…