Time to throw away your TV antenna. Every single one of the ABC's channels can now be streamed live through the national broadcaster's iView website or through the iView apps for iOS and Android.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Last week we told you about Microsoft's student pricing for Office 2007.
Microsoft kindly got in touch to confirm that the cheap pricing is available in Australia too. The student price is $75.
Bash programmer Jason Hutchinson built a command line download manager called Download Queue (or DQ) based on Lifehacker's own todo.sh script. In short, you set up a text file called queue.txt, and add the URLs to download one per line, and DQ does the rest, handling filters, automatically continuing broken downloads and more.
If you're an Adobe user, Blog Freelance Switch has a nice rundown of the various new products and 'premium editions' they have on offer.
"If you are confused about Adobeâ€™s new offerings, you arenâ€™t alone. Currently, one can not only purchase Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web and Design Premium, but also both variants in a Standard edition, plus Production Premium and the all-inclusive Master Collection."
"The real question at hand is should you upgrade (if you already have CS/CS2) or purchase Creative Suite 3."
This review walks you through some of the new features and different product bundles to help decide what to buy and whether you need the latest versions. It uses a lot of screenshots to illustrate how things have changed within new versions of old favourites like Photoshop, which is helpful.
Ever let someone borrow something and they break it? RealSimple has an interesting post on borrowing, and what happens when something goes wrong:
Borrowers do have an obligation to replace items they break or lose, says etiquette authority Anna Post, who leads business-etiquette seminars for the Emily Post Institute, in Burlington, Vermont. That's why borrowing -- or lending -- expensive items is not a great idea.
I've unfortunately had this happen to me, mostly with books being lost. If you've let someone borrow something and it didn't end well, let us know how you handled it (or wish you would have handled it) in the comments.5 Money-Etiquette Issues, Solved
Quicksilver's heretofore elusive creator Nicholas Jitkoff, generally known only as A1c0r, demos Quicksilver at a Google Tech Talk for his employers and co-workers at Google. Aside from providing an exceptionally detailed overview of the ideas behind Quicksilver, it's also a great guide understanding to the application. If the video whets your appetite, check out our beginner, intermediate, and advanced guides to Quicksilver. While you're at it, our Quicksilver video extravaganza and time-saving Quicksilver triggers offer some more Quicksilver goodness.Quicksilver: Universal Access and Action
If you've followed our beginner and intermediate guides but your BitTorrent download speeds are still less than stellar, there's a chance your ISP may be throttling your BitTorrent traffic. The Wired How To Wiki details several ways to get around ISP traffic shaping, from encrypting your traffic and changing your default port number to reducing or hiding your transfers. Following these methods won't guarantee faster traffic (in fact, encryption could end up slowing you down), but if you think your ISP is behind your disappointing speeds, it won't hurt to try. AU - We mentioned this yesterday on Lifehacker AU but the US was on a public holiday.Optimize BitTorrent To Outwit Traffic Shaping ISPs
CNET Australia has published a video how-to on the subject of TV calibration. It's just over 5 minutes long, and features display calibration pro Aaron Rigg of Avical Australia talking you through 4 picture settings you can easily set at home. It's a followup to a TV calibration how-to video they ran earlier in the year.
(If, like me, you hate watching tiny embedded movies in websites, don't forget to right click in the movie and select 'Go Full Screen'. Thanks Adobe Flash Player 9!)Perfect Picture: 4 steps to DIY TV calibration