AppArmor

Use AppArmor to bolster your security in Ubuntu. AppArmor restricts program access to only the required resources. This creates a more secure, encapsulated system.

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…

Vista Service Pack 1

Windows Vista’s hefty 1GB Service Pack 1 is due out in early 2008. Windows XP’s third and final service pack is also in the works. AU – so I don’t know about you guys, but I was really hoping for a Vista SP1 by the end of the year. Can…

Chat in the Sidebar with gTalk Sidebar

Chat in the Sidebar with gTalk Sidebar

All platforms with Firefox: The gTalk Sidebar extension puts Google Talk into the Firefox sidebar for easy chatting no matter what page you’re on. Once the extension’s installed, add its icon to your Firefox toolbar, and pop it open to see your Talk contacts and chat in the sidebar whether…

Write a Killer Resume

A strong resume can give you the edge on any upcoming career opportunity. Mahalo, the hand-edited search engine, offers a great how-to for building your resume for entry-level position seekers or seasoned professionals. If you’re re-entering the workforce, you may pick a different format than someone who’s been working continuously….

Contrastream – a new social music website –

Contrastream – a new social music website –

At CNET, Harrison Hoffman has blogged about a new social music website called Contrastream, which he says allows you to vote on new indie music using a system similar to Digg. One feature of Contrastream that I really like is that if there is a YouTube music video or performance…

SMS a cab

According to a report in the SMH, long waits on the phone to book a cab could soon be a thing of the past. Brisbane’s Yellow Cabs have already started offering the SMS booking service, and MTX Media, the company behind the Mobile Booker application say they hope to have…

Use Lightning to view calendar events in Thunderbird

Daniel Tome submitted this tip on how to receive and add calendar events in Thunderbird, using the Lightning add-on. There are currently 2 Mozilla projects that let you do this, Sunbird and Lightning. I prefer Lightning because it integrates nicely with the email client. Viewing Calendar Events in Mozilla Thunderbird…

Control Compiz Fusion from the Tray

Control Compiz Fusion from the Tray

Linux users: You can control Compiz Fusion from the tray with the Fusion Icon package. The purpose of Fusion Icon is to restore the control panel functionality to the system tray originally introduced by Beryl. The Tom-buntu weblog introduces the package, which comes as a DEB and requires registration with…

Track Your IP Address and Router Uptime with Router Status

Track Your IP Address and Router Uptime with Router Status

Windows/Mac/Linux (Firefox): The Router Status Firefox extension integrates with your router to display your external IP, router uptime, and the load average on your router. Currently this extension only works with DD-WRT, the open source project that turns your $60 router into a $600 router, but support for more routers…

Be Happier at Work

The Life Learning Today weblog lists 25 tips to become more productive and happy at work—starting today. From asking yourself if you’re getting the most out of your day to avoiding conflict with coworkers and clients, following these guidelines will make you overall happier with what you do—and you know…

Companies Limit Email Use to Boost Productivity

The U.S. Cellular company has instituted a no-email rule every Friday (except customer email): Tired of “cyber indigestion,” U.S. Cellular Vice President Jay Ellison instituted the policy company-wide last year in an effort to curb out-of-control emailing and encourage face-to-face or at least voice-to-voice communication. [Director of sales Jodi]Valenta notes…

Cranky geek

Cranky geek John C. Dvorak rails against web-based services’ single-point-of-failure. Of course, it all comes down to trust.

Overlooked Items To Bring To College

Overlooked Items To Bring To College

With the US college year starting in just a few weeks, weblog College and Finance has a list of 18 overlooked items that should be packed before you head back to the dorms. I have a little sister in college who should have gone for earplugs last year, and I…

Tonight’s Eclipse – a Q&A factsheet

Apologies for the very late post, but if you, like me, will be heading outdoors and checking out the total lunar eclipse tonight, check out the ABC website for a Q&A by ABC Science’s Bernie Hobbs, as well as their Live Eclipse Cam The Q&A is a fun read, and…

Deezer.com – free, legal music downloads

Deezer.com – free, legal music downloads

Anthony Baxter pointed us to Deezer.com (formerly Blogmusik.net) – a free music download site which he said offers tracks at twice the quality of the new DRM-free tracks you pay to buy on iTunes. The site is fully legal and promises to “pay artists and their producers through a revenue…

Introducing Guest Editor Tamar Weinberg

Introducing Guest Editor Tamar Weinberg

Join me in saying “HOWDY!” to our new guest editor, Tamar Weinberg. An active commenter at Lifehacker US and our sibling sites, Tamar blogs at techipedia and is one of digg’s top users. When she’s not diggin’ and commentin’, Tamar works at web design firm RustyBrick and also blogs at…

How Do You Measure Productivity at Work?

A system administrator at Slashdot wants to know what units of measurement he should use to document his team’s productivity to the Pointy-Haired Boss. While the question was pretty tongue-in-cheek, it got us wondering: how do you decide whether you’ve accomplished a lot or too little on a given day?…

Lifehacker AU Goes Live!

G’day, mate! I’m as thrilled as a kangaroo with a pouch full of joeys to announce that Lifehacker Australia is now live. Led by editor Sarah Stokely, our friends Down Under will feature the best posts from Lifehacker US plus some Aussie-specific content. Oz readers, starting today you will be…

Bloglines Launches New Beta with Personalized Features

Bloglines Launches New Beta with Personalized Features

Web-based feed reader Bloglines releases a brand new beta redesign to the public, which sports drag-and-drop AJAX goodness and a customisable start page. The beta, available at beta.bloglines.com, has the familiar feel of the old Bloglines with lots of new enhancements. Highlights of the Bloglines beta include:

Clean Up Facebook with Facebook Profile Cleaner

Clean Up Facebook with Facebook Profile Cleaner

Firefox with Greasmonkey: Get rid of unwanted Facebook clutter with the Facebook Profile Cleaner, a Greasemonkey user script that completely removes Facebook apps from profile pages. Facebook is the decidedly more layout-friendly of the two most popular social networking sites—mostly because Facebook doesn’t allow for custom user layouts like MySpace…

Windows-on-Mac

Windows-on-Mac virtualisation software Parallels released a new beta with improvements in Coherence, the feature that lets you run Windows and Mac apps side-by-side, including support for Exposé.

Quickly Remove Backgrounds with GIMP

Quickly Remove Backgrounds with GIMP

You can quickly remove the backgrounds from your images and give them the “green screen” look using GIMP, and weblog ThemBid.com (which published the companion tutorial for Photoshop last week) demonstrates the process. The Extract filter does the heavy lifting in Photoshop, but there is no equivalent to Extract in…

Make a hitlist of your daily roadblocks

Ok, here’s a challenge that I’m making to myself this week – you might find it helpful too. I’ve noticed quite a few little timewasting roadblocks that I hit every day. I’m talking about often little, often repetitive things that I shrug off, instead of taking the 5 minutes to…

Magnet Tacks Are Two Kinds of Sticky in One

Magnet Tacks Are Two Kinds of Sticky in One

Magnetic tacks are the perfect organising tool for small, crowded workspaces because they do double duty. Use the same little tack to pin up your to-do list and the ballpoint you use to update it! It’s almost as if designer Hironau Tsuboi created these beautiful-but-functional things just for people who…

Eat a Lunch That Keeps You Productive All Afternoon

Eat a Lunch That Keeps You Productive All Afternoon

It’s hard to fight the afternoon daze at work, but UC San Francisco nurse Shelley Pepper says what you eat for lunch or snacktime can make a big difference. Surprise—a healthy fruit snack may make you less productive than a slice of bologna. Pepper says: You need carbs for energy,…

Access Files from Your Mobile Phone with SoonR

Access Files from Your Mobile Phone with SoonR

Windows/Mac: Access files, emails and search your desktop from your web-enabled mobile phone or any web browser with freeware application SoonR. After you install the application, set it up with folders you want to retrieve files from and then log into SoonR from your phone. The application’s best feature is…

Printable Chart of First-Aid Procedures

Printable Chart of First-Aid Procedures

Know what to do next time there’s an emergency with Real Simple’s printable first-aid instructions. The guide comes in PDF format and provides emergency care instructions for a bloody nose, eye irritation, burns, sprains, blows to the head, choking, poisoning and open wounds. Unfortunately, the guide is missing probably the…