Field Notes Memo Books

Field Notes Memo Books

Designer notebooks Field Notes are soft-cover, pocket-sized memo books for jotting ideas, making lists and sketching. Each 3.5×5.5″ Field Notes book contains 48 pages of graph paper and from all appearances, will survive your back pocket a lot better than the stiffer Moleskine. Practical applications of the notebooks are listed…

Information addiction

A recent survey shows most Americans are uncomfortable going more than a day without the internet; online activity also lessens the amount of time people spend having sex and socialising with friends face-to-face.

When to take photos using manual focus

When to take photos using manual focus

A lot of people (myself included) love digital cameras because they’re getting smarter and better at taking photos for us. But this article points out that in some situations, manual focus can give better results. 5 Situations When Manual Focus is Better than Auto Focus [Digital Photography School]

Get the most out of Flickr

Wired Wiki has a nice writeup of how to maximise your Flickr usage. They’ve thrown in some basic tips as well as a number of alternative apps or plugins for customising tasks like uploading photos. Nice to see them offering some Linux alternatives and Python gets a mention too. It…

One Year Ago on Lifehacker

Don’t trash broken stuff; send it back“Rather than just sending your broken stuff to a landfill, pack it up and ship it back to the manufacturer with a letter asking for a new one. You will be amazed by the results.” Technophilia: 15 ways to get more out of Pandora“I’ve…

Pack Like a Pro with the Bundled Wrapping Method

Pack Like a Pro with the Bundled Wrapping Method

If you’ve been plagued by wrinkled and creased clothes in your suitcase no matter how much care you’ve taken packing, previously mentioned packing web site OneBag suggests using the bundle wrapping method. As the name suggests, bundle wrapping involves the careful wrapping of clothes around a central core object, avoiding…

Manage Hyperlinks with the Word Hyperlink Checker

Manage Hyperlinks with the Word Hyperlink Checker

Windows only: Freeware Microsoft Word add-in Word Hyperlink Checker manages hyperlinks in Word documents and checks for suspicious or broken links. While the internet has progressively become a more viable source of cited information in documents, Word doesn’t manage links all that well by default. The add-in scans your document…

Why You Shouldn’t Send That Angry Email

CEO Michael Hyatt says he learned his lesson when it comes to sending angry email: Several years ago, I wrote a fourteen-page diatribe to a business associate. I skewered him. I was right. He was wrong. And I had the proof. I laid it out in meticulous detail. I prosecuted…

Find Web Pages by Date

Find Web Pages by Date

Google’s updated its advanced search operator options to make finding pages by date a lot easier. Recently the big G’s gotten a whole lot faster at adding new pages to their index, and now you can search for pages that Google’s found within any number of days, weeks or months….

Mint Manages Your Money

Mint Manages Your Money

Personal finance webapp Mint monitors your finances for you. Enter your bank account and credit card details and Mint imports transaction data automatically and provides detailed charts about buying habits as well as suggesting how to save. Purchases are broken down by type (spending, gas, entertainment, restaurants, groceries), and Mint…

Get Your Halo 3… Lingerie?

Get Your Halo 3… Lingerie?

We’ve all been caught in the tsunami of Halo 3 hype, and it continues to flood us with no floaties in sight. If it’s not clothing, it’s a branded beverage, or a racing car, or even fancy toys. One would think with this diverse range of stuff that Microsoft’s marketing…

Dweller, The Mobile Roguelike

Dweller, The Mobile Roguelike

I made this discovery a while ago, but it’s always nice to share. If you’ve ever played NetHack, ADOM or Angband, then you have a fair idea of what to expect from Dweller. It’s essentially a roguelike you can play on your mobile, as long as it has enough horsepower…

Guitar Hero 3 Songlist, Leaked To Web

Guitar Hero 3 Songlist, Leaked To Web

MEGATONik managed to snap up this leaked songlist for Guitar Hero 3 before it was deleted from the forums over at ScoreHero. I’m still hanging out for Rock Band, because Don’t Fear The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult is one of my all-time favourites. Ever since I heard it during…

Online video stores for Australians

As I’m sure you’re aware, the TV and movie content owners in Australia have really dragged the chain on selling their content online. Pay TV operators tend to do this a bit better (I remember paying a couple of pounds per movie for a download from our ISP/pay TV provider…

Ergonomic Workspace on the Cheap?

Ergonomic Workspace on the Cheap?

It’s important to work in an ergonomic, body-friendly environment to avoid problems like RSI, but a lot of ergonomic products cost an arm and a leg. To get around the high price of ergonomic chairs like the popular Aeron line, blogger Jon Aquino made his own version (pictured) of the…

Avalanche Engine 2.0 Debuts At TGS

Avalanche Engine 2.0 Debuts At TGS

Swedish developer Avalanche Studios powered their free-roaming action title Just Cause with their own Avalanche Engine, and now they’re taking it to the next level with aptly named Avalanche Engine 2.0. The newly completed engine features support for truly huge environments without seams, as well as advanced character rendering systems…

Improve Your Life by Becoming an Imperfectionist

Improve Your Life by Becoming an Imperfectionist

You can free yourself from stress caused by the “burden of perfection” by embracing imperfection, according to the Daily Cents weblog. The post discusses these ideas from a female perspective, but a lot of the ideas are just as applicable to both sexes. For example: A lot of pressure if…

Comcast (US)

Comcast subscribers: If you feel your bandwidth capping toward the end of the month, it may be because Comcast is limiting your account to 90GB/month. Have any readers felt this sting?

Prevent Memory Leaks with Pen and Paper

Prevent Memory Leaks with Pen and Paper

Writing things down helps you remember them, claims The Positivity Blog. That’s because our memories alone are usually not dependable, and external systems are needed. Write things down so that you can think clearly, define your goals, track your achievements, and of course, get the unnecessary stuff off your mind….

Organise your email in search folders

Organise your email in search folders

Don’t waste your time dragging and dropping email messages into a big complicated folder set; instead separate your messages automatically with Outlook 2007 Search Folders. Much like iTunes Smart Playlists, you define criteria for a Search Folder (like all the messages that have “Acme” in the subject or body) and…

Lifehacker on RRR radio tomorrow!

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

Google adds presentations to Google Docs

Google adds presentations to Google Docs

Google’s launched the latest in its online office application arsenal – presentations. Posting on the official Google Blog, software engineer Attila Bodis said: “Starting today, presentations — whether imported from existing files or created using the new slide editor — are listed alongside documents and spreadsheets in the Google Docs…

Create an ‘old world’ page with Photoshop

Create an ‘old world’ page with Photoshop

Photoshop tutorial blog PSDtuts has come up with an absolute stunner with this Philip Pullman* inspired tutorial. Creating a stunning, old-world look in Photoshop * The His Dark Materials trilogy of books by Philip Pullman. The series starts with The Golden Compass (formerly titled Northern Lights). Fantastic, intelligent ‘young adult’…

Save Money at School

Save Money at School

Hurting from all your college expenses? Web site HowStuffWorks advises students on how to save cash with ten tips, like

Open a Set of Bookmarks in One Click?

Open a Set of Bookmarks in One Click?

Dear Lifehacker, I was hoping that it is possible to set up a bookmark in Firefox that would open several distinct pages with one click, but I’m not having any luck working this one out. Can it be done? Yours, Frustrated Multi-Bookmarker

Stretch YouTube Videos to Fit Your Browser Width

Stretch YouTube Videos to Fit Your Browser Width

The default YouTube video size too small for you but don’t want to dedicate all your attention to the hugely pixelated fullscreen interface? With a little URL hacking, you can view a version of the YouTube video that dynamically resizes to fit your browser width. Weblog Digital Inspiration says that…

How Do You Get Motivated?

How Do You Get Motivated?

Productivity blog Lifehack.org lists thirteen ways to get motivated, including finding your itch, reading books for new ideas, partnering up with a peer and developing a mantra. What gets you motivated when you’re stuck in a slump? Let us know in the comments. Thirteen Tricks to Motivate Yourself [Lifehack]

Follow Your Favorite Commenter on Lifehacker US

Follow Your Favorite Commenter on Lifehacker US

Some of the best stuff here at Lifehacker happens not in posts, but in reader comments. The wisdom of this crowd surpasses that of any other community on the ‘net, and now we’re making it easier than ever to stalk follow your favourite commenters. Next time you see a comment…

Flashback

Two years ago, Lifehacker alum Keith posted some of his best professional email tips and we set up a personal local wiki with Instiki.

Tasty, easy and healthy breakfasts

Spring has sprung – which for many people means it’s time to get back into the exercise and healthy eating routine. Blog Zen Habits has a useful post offering 10 tips for healthy breakfasts. I’m happy to be able to offer my own healthy breakfast tip too. I love oatmeal…

Best Free Software to Unlock Your Favourite Hardware

Best Free Software to Unlock Your Favourite Hardware

It sucks that your favourite gadgets have more functionality than their default software exposes, but it rules that several software applications are built to unlock that potential for free. Whether it’s your iPod, Xbox, router or iPhone, we’ve covered some incredibly ambitious free software projects that unlock features and enable…

Increase Your Home’s Value with Sweat Equity

Increase Your Home’s Value with Sweat Equity

Anyone who’s looking to increase the value of their home fast would do well to check out the DIYNetwork’s weekend sweat equity projects. These are the improvements that are going to give you the most bang for your buck – anything from updating a basement to installing a tile shower…