Make a Folder Invisible

Make a Folder Invisible

Windows user Sean has a unique trick for hiding a folder in Windows—literally. By giving a file folder a blank name and blank icon, unless you’re specifically looking for it, the folder’s existence isn’t immediately apparent. Hit the play button to see how it works. While this might be good…

Mac OSX

Reports suggest Apple will release Leopard late this month—October 26th, rumour has it. You can pre-order Mac OS 10.5 on Amazon now.

DIY mood necklace

DIY mood necklace

Via the 43 folders blog, here’s “a Lifehack to create a simple but effective ‘mood necklace’ from freely available materials!” I LOL’d. DIY Mood Necklace [Your Monkey Called]

Do try this at home

Do try this at home

Via MAKE:Blog  – The Times Online has a great writeup of a few science tricks you can use to amuse small science geeks who come to stay (or indeed older ones who are fans of the Ig Nobels. An extract from the fabulously titled Mick O’Hare book, How To Fossilise Your…

Buckle down

Wired rounds up several ways to stop online procrastination, including several Lifehacker favourites like

Securely Delete Files with DeleteOnClick

Securely Delete Files with DeleteOnClick

Windows only: Freeware shell extension DeleteOnClick adds a Securely Delete entry to your Windows Explorer right-click menu so you can securely wipe files from your hard drive. How securely, you ask? Apparently it’s U.S. Department of Defense secure (uses the U.S. DOD 5220.22-M secure file deletion standard). DeleteOnClick is similar…

Streamline Your Grocery List with the Grocery List Generator

Streamline Your Grocery List with the Grocery List Generator

Windows/Mac/Linux (Firefox): Find new recipes and quickly and easily build your grocery list to make the new dishes with Firefox extension Grocery List Generator. We mentioned GLG once before, but it’s since undergone some major updating and now has a dedicated web site for finding and sharing your favourite recipes….

Public transit

US centric – Google Transit graduates from Labs and integrates into Google Maps, but it’s still lacking support for several large cities, most notably New York. Where it does work, you still get all these cool features.

Ask MetaFilter Roundup

How can I keep other people in my office building from stealing our newspapers? What widescreen monitor will work well for me? I have two old PC’s. Which are best suited for these tasks? What does it mean when the people who interviewed for your job you start ignoring you?…

Separating Mine and My Housemates’ Online Activity?

Reader Kit writes in: I live in a house with 4 other housemates and we have internet service subscribed under my name. I have absolutely no way of knowing what my 4 other housemates are doing every day when they’re online. After reading about a recent file sharing trial, I’m…

Get Color Codes with ColorZilla

Get Color Codes with ColorZilla

All platforms with Firefox: Designers will love the usefulness of ColorZilla, a Firefox extension that provides colour readings in RGB and hexadecimal format. For diehard Firefox users who surf the net often, this is a convenient alternative to standalone application Color Cop. We’ve briefly mentioned ColorZilla before, but I find…

British Library goes digital

The venerable British Library will put more than 100,000 old books – previously unseen by the public – online in a mass digitisation program focused on 19th century books.  Approximately 30 terabytes of storage will be needed to accommodate all the books, which will take 2 years to be scanned and placed…

Concentration tips

43 Folders dug up a gem of an article on the University of Kent’s website, which looks at getting into concentrating mode, and how to train yourself to stay there. Although aimed at students, it seemed equally applicable for anyone who needs to block out distractions and concentrate on their…

Selectively Delete a Message from a Conversation Thread

Selectively Delete a Message from a Conversation Thread

Gmail’s threaded conversations have revolutionised the way many of us interact with our email, but one minor catch to the threaded interface is that if you want to delete one message in the thread, you have to delete them all. However, with a little extra legwork, it is possible to…

Ipod Death Watch

Wanna know how long your white little MP3 player’s life expectancy is based on model and usage? The iPod Death Clock will take an educated guess for you.

Check Your Productivity with Personal Unit Tests

A computer programmer who’s out to re-program himself has written a set of “personal unit tests” he “runs” every morning to check himself. Coders out there know that unit tests are small programs that run on a daily basis to make sure your software is doing everything it should. These…

Zoho Releases DB & Reports Online Database

Zoho Releases DB & Reports Online Database

The Zoho suite of online office apps takes a geeky turn with the launch of DB & Reports, a web-based relational database manager and data visualisation tool. Zoho DB can import and export spreadsheet data of various formats (.XLS, .CSV, .TSV) and offers drag and drop reports with charts, pivot…

Ancient Greeks Didn’t Need Math to Innovate New Tools

Ancient Greeks Didn’t Need Math to Innovate New Tools

Apparently the tradition of great engineers not having college degrees goes back 2,500 years. Harvard classics researcher Mark Schiefsky has shown that many great technical innovations of antiquity, such as the balance and steelyard, were created by craftspeople with no theoretical training in mathematics. A steelyard is a balance with…

Quickly Diagnose Avian Flu with Luggable Biosensor

Quickly Diagnose Avian Flu with Luggable Biosensor

With fears of an avian flu pandemic on the rise, a group at Georgia Tech has made it easy for researchers in the field to identify and analyze the virus using nothing more than a laptop and a small suitcase-sized biosensor (demonstrated by scientist Jie Xu at left). Usually it…

Workspace Survey

Thirty percent of business professionals admit that their workspace is so cluttered it hinders their productivity at the office, according to a new survey (suspiciously) conducted by CableOrganizer.com.

New Apple store and classes at Myer Brisbane

Eagle eyed tipster Korian spotted a new Apple store at Myer Brisbane – Level 4, 91 Queen St. As part of the opening they’re running demonstration sessions every day Wedneday til Sunday on the following timetable: 10am – making Hollywood-style movies (15 minutes) 12.30pm – It just works. Getting started…

6 simple tips to help you snack less

Reader Peggy has posted a few tips for curbing the snacking habit. I already have a few of these up and running (having healthy snacks on hand for example – bananas, low fat fruit yoghurt and raw cashews are my everyday snacks) but a couple of these look like they’ll…

How Can I Open a URL in the Non-Default Browser?

How Can I Open a URL in the Non-Default Browser?

Dearest Lifehacker, I am using Win XP at the office, and—obviously—my default browser is Firefox. The thing is, I have some “intranet” stuff that must be viewed on Internet Explorer, so I want to make a shortcut to open some specific URLs in iexplorer.exe and not in my default browser….

Download TV Torrents and Watch TV Online with TIOTI

Download TV Torrents and Watch TV Online with TIOTI

Web site Tape It Off the Internet (TIOTI) is an online television portal designed to help you find and watch your favourite TV shows, either through streaming online video, BitTorrent downloads, or links to purchase the episode or season from iTunes or Amazon. The goal of TIOTI is to make…

Recover Forgotten Passwords with Snadboy’s Revelation

Recover Forgotten Passwords with Snadboy’s Revelation

Windows only: If you’ve forgotten an important password but have it saved in its applicable software or web page, password utility Snadboy’s Revelation will reveal it. Open the application, drag your cursor over the asterisks, and the password will appear. This application is a lifesaver, especially if you’re unable to…

Yahoo Upgrades Its Web Search

Yahoo Upgrades Its Web Search

Yahoo rolls out some big upgrades to its web search tool today like the new Search Assistant, a pretty list of dynamic suggestions based on your search terms. (Check out the assistant in action on a search for “lifehacker” above.) You can also watch web video right inside Yahoo’s search…

Disable and Remap Any Key with SharpKeys

Disable and Remap Any Key with SharpKeys

Windows only: Sick of accidentally hitting the Caps Lock key when you never intentionally use it? You can disable the Caps Lock key entirely with a free Windows utility called SharpKeys. The How-To Geek explains that instead of having to edit the Windows registry yourself to disable and remap keys,…

FriendFeed allows sharing across networking sites

FriendFeed allows sharing across networking sites

The Google Operating System has blogged about a startup called FriendFeed, which aims to let you grab the data you like sharing with friends (such as photos) from all the places you keep it online, so you can easily share it via one feed. “FriendFeed ….lets you enter your usernames…

Computer Display Calibration 101

The Coding Horror blog has written up “Computer Display Calibration 101”. “If you’ve invested in a quality monitor for your computer, you owe it to yourself– and your eyes– to spend 15 minutes setting it up properly for your viewing environment.” It also points out that Microsoft Media Center has…

What Are Your Guerrilla Office Tactics?

We’ve all got our methods of cutting through distraction—whether at home, the workplace, or your email inbox—but sometimes we need to surpass conventional distraction-filtering methods and get a bit more creative. Weblog 43 Folders rounds up six guerrilla office tactics that can help you avoid common distractions. For example: Smoking…

Learn the Basics of Good Estimating

Learn the Basics of Good Estimating

If you work in a job where you have to estimate work—whether you’re a freelance worker, consultant, or regular Joe or Jane Q. Worker who needs to let your boss know how long it’ll take to finish a project—you know that a poor estimate can lead to lots of undue…