Make Self-Criticism Useful

Make Self-Criticism Useful

Life Coaches Blog, a practical self-improvement site, has an article on how to make your critical voice – you know, that inner jerk who lets you know exactly how much you suck – more useful. Those of us who struggle with self-criticism will especially appreciate this little tidbit: That’s when…

Set Text Message Alerts with iCal

Set Text Message Alerts with iCal

If you prefer managing your calendar on the desktop with iCal but you really wish you could take advantage of SMS reminders like Google Calendar offers, reader Colby Pash suggests a simple, smart tip for creating SMS reminders with iCal: As you know, text message inboxes have email addresses—for instance,…

Give Constructive Criticism

Give Constructive Criticism

Effectively delivering constructive criticism can be simplified by remembering the “hamburger rule,” and Nate’s Productivity Tips weblog introduces this timeless classic. When offering a critique, you begin with a constructive compliment on something the person does well (Otherwise known as the fluffy bun part). You then get to the meat…

Automate Repetitive Web Site Actions with CoScripter

Automate Repetitive Web Site Actions with CoScripter

Windows/Mac/Linux (Firefox): Script repetitive web applications—like filling out forms and paying your bills—with the CoScripter Firefox extension. CoScripter is very similar to the previously mentioned iMacros extension but offers users a much friendlier interface for creating new macro scripts, meaning you shouldn’t need any programming experience to create your own…

Power Your Gadgets From An Airplane Headphone Jack

Power Your Gadgets From An Airplane Headphone Jack

The Inflight USB Power Unit connects directly to the headphone jack found in the armrests of most commercial airplane seats and passes power to your gadgets via a USB connection. It would be convenient as hell to have outlets at every seat instead of headphone jacks, but now you can…

Eat These Superfoods and Boost Your Health

Eat These Superfoods and Boost Your Health

Men’s Health lists 10 essential fruits and vegetables that you should consume on a regular basis to maintain good health. Rich in nutrients and minerals, each of these superfoods has unique characteristics that reduce the risk of cancer, lower blood pressure and even improve eyesight. And if you’re not enthusiastic…

Relationships for the self-employed

Smart Company has run a networking advice column for people who are self employed. The main gist of it is “If you work alone, make special efforts to connect with others.” As a writer who’s worked freelance for a few years, I can certainly relate to the feeling that when…

Build Your Virtual Library Online with Google Book Search

Build Your Virtual Library Online with Google Book Search

Now you can create and share your favourite books online with Google Book Search. …you can create your own personal collection on Book Search, and use it to help find just the right book from your collection for any occasion. Other people can view your library, so you can share…

Get the Most Out of GCal, Thunderbird, and Lightning

Get the Most Out of GCal, Thunderbird, and Lightning

A few extensions, hacks and a little elbow grease can turn your vanilla installation of Thunderbird into a powerful productivity app. Mark Shuttleworth recently professed to us that he uses Thunderbird for email and Evolution for calendar management. While Mark’s confession was enough to push me away from Gmail’s web…

Turn a Tripod into a Floor Lamp

Turn a Tripod into a Floor Lamp

Turning an unused tripod into an attractive floor lamp is a one-step process, and as weblog Curbly reports, directions aren’t even necessary. All you need to do is purchase a lamp kit and shade and screw it in to the top of the tripod. Who doesn’t love cheap and decorative…

Desktop Show and Tell, Windows Edition

Desktop Show and Tell, Windows Edition

It’s week one of our Desktop Show and Tell series, and today we’re looking at our readers’ Windows desktops. We’ve got tons of tweaked-out, streamlined and gorgeous Windows desktops to show off, so check out this week’s gallery for a look at some of the best submissions we received and…

Three Core Values for Advancement

Three Core Values for Advancement

According to weblog Internet Duct Tape, one should follow three general principles to achieve success. These three values—being happy, knowing what’s important and maintaining discipline—are not incredibly groundbreaking, but they certainly are golden rules for eliminating stress and helping to accomplish life’s goals. Stuff in your house you don’t use?…

Recover When You Drop the Ball?

Recover When You Drop the Ball?

Screwing up at work doesn’t have to be a career-ender, and the Life Learning Today weblog runs through how you can quickly recover from your mistakes and save face. Most of the tips involve sucking it up and taking responsibility. The important thing to remember is that mistakes can not…

Create a Minimalist Laptop Case

Create a Minimalist Laptop Case

Using just cardboard and duct tape, you can create a laptop case that serves as good protection against scuffs and scratches. The end result is a laptop case that is practical, stylish, and won’t break your budget. It might not be as soft or as cuddly as the previously covered…

New iPods and WiFi iTunes store

New iPods and WiFi iTunes store

Finally some Apple news about products we can buy here in Australia! You will have read about the new iPods already today – if not, our mates at Gizmodo AU did a great job rounding up all the product announcements. (See here for their “5 things we love and 5…

Interview with Pixar’s Dominic Glynn

Interview with Pixar’s Dominic Glynn

Pixar’s latest movie, Ratatouille, opens in Australia today. To celebrate Pixar in all its geeky goodness, we interviewed expat Aussie and Pixar Image Mastering Engineer Dominic Glynn on his job at Pixar, the tech tools he uses at work and play, and of course how he landed a job with…

Take Nautilus to the Extreme

Take Nautilus to the Extreme

Power up your right-click menu even more with 125 Nautilus scripts. We introduced a few Nautilus scripts in the past, but the Ubuntu Unleashed weblog introduces the grand-daddy of them all. You can accomplish practically anything from the right-click menu with these scripts, including editing image, audio and video, creating…

Top 10 Back to School Tools for the Organised Student

Top 10 Back to School Tools for the Organised Student

The leaves are browning, your pencils are sharpened and the lecture hall awaits—it’s time to head back to school, and this semester you can arrive at your ivy-covered bastion of higher education armed with power tools for the wired scholar. Whether you’re looking for deals on textbooks, the most productive…

Determine File Types from the Terminal

Determine File Types from the Terminal

Mac/Linux users: You can use the file filename terminal command to quickly identify file information. Occasionally you will come across files that have an incorrect or missing file extension. As shown above, the file command analyses the file given as an argument and displays details about the file. This command…

Get Real-Time Visitor Data on an Interactive Map

If you were wondering where your website visitors were coming from but don’t feel like viewing your web statistics or doing an IP-to-location lookup, you may find maps.amung.us interesting. The latest widget from amung.us features a map that displays your website’s most recent visitors and is updated in real time….

Avoid Conflicts by Understanding Your Peers

Avoid Conflicts by Understanding Your Peers

Blogger Scott H. Young knows that it’s difficult to understand and predict human behavior, but he also knows that by avoiding a few common mistakes, we can improve our own relationships. Young postulates that we’re inherently self-absorbed, so when people may offend or embarrass us, they’re typically not doing so…

Browse and buy art online

Browse and buy art online

Kevin Kelly has written up a post about buying artwork online at the Cool Tools blog. His post about Tiny Showcase reminded me that we’ve got a really nice Australian-based art site, RedBubble. I’ll give a detailed roundup of Red Bubble, but first here’s what Kevin had to say about…

Best Comment Thread Roundup

The “Perfect” iTunes Equalizer Setting for MP3sbmrumble says: “…any setting that sounds good to you is “perfect,” since that’s the point in EQ in the first place.” Overlooked Items to Bring to Collegerobhuffaker says: “Earplugs are also useful during tests to help you concentrate…” Maintain a Consistent Workspace Across Multiple…

Avoid Money Traps

Avoid Money Traps

Keep your pockets lined with the AARP’s guide to avoiding money traps. Not just for the 50+ set, these tips can be applied broadly to all working folk. The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) simplifies commonly misunderstand financial concepts like the 401K match, variable annuities, investment fees and home…

Find Books You’ve Got Time for at LazyLibrary

Find Books You’ve Got Time for at LazyLibrary

Feel like you’ve got too much on your plate to start a new book? Web site LazyLibrary aggregates books available from Amazon that clock in under 200 pages to help you find something you can fit into your schedule. This site may scream travesty to the diehard literati, but if…

Twitter digest

Don’t want up-to-the-second updates for all of your Twitter friends? Get all of your Twitter updates in a more manageable, once-daily Twitter digest.

Avoid Over Packing with a Hand Scale

Avoid Over Packing with a Hand Scale

Avoid overweight luggage charges next time you’ve filled your bag with souvenirs with the New Digital Scale. You can easily weigh your luggage on a regular bathroom scale to ensure that you’re under the airline limit, but after you’ve gone on a trip, packing your souvenirs for the return fight…

International Productivity

According to the International Labour Organisation, the United States leads the world in labor productivity, with a total output per employee of $8,000 over the second most productive country, Ireland. I hope you had a restful Labor Day, because it’s back to work! AU – I won’t point out the…

How to explain LOLcats to your boss

How to explain LOLcats to your boss

This right here is an article explaining the LOLcats phenomenon written in stuffy Wall Street Journal language – perfect for explaining LOLcats to your boss. Mr. Nakagawa’s simple Web site has become the center of the “LOLcats” phenomenon, a booming online subculture built around digital images and deliberately bad grammar….

Optimise BitTorrent To Outwit Traffic Shaping ISPs

Wired’s written up a guide on how to outsmart ISPs which throttle BitTorrent traffic. Tactics include encrypting your traffic, changing the default port number, changing the way the protocol behaves, reducing the amount of one-way traffic, or hiding your traffic within an encrypted tunnel. I’ve commented before that

Tribler 4.1 – P2P file sharing client

Tribler 4.1 – P2P file sharing client

TorrentFreak reports the lastest version of the Harvard Uni-developed P2P file sharing client, Tribler V4.1 is out. It supports BitTorrent, but they’re trying to create a next gen P2P client by building in currency and sharer rankings to encourage uploads. “The latest version of Tribler enhances the standard tit-for-tat BitTorrent…