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17 Nov/09

From the Tips Box: Switching Browsers, Wallpaper Schedules, and Quicklink To-Dos [From The Tips Box]

From the Tips Box: Switching Browsers, Wallpaper Schedules, and Quicklink To-Dos [From The Tips Box]

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Readers offer their best tips for switching browsers with a hotkey, scheduling work time with rotating wallpapers, and using Gmail quicklinks as a to-do list. Don’t like the gallery layout? Click here to view everything on one page. About the Tips Box: Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find...

16 Nov/09

Google Tasks Client Puts Tasks (or Any Google App) On Your Desktop [Downloads]

Google Tasks Client Puts Tasks (or Any Google App) On Your Desktop [Downloads]

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Windows/Mac/Linux (Adobe AIR): We’ve written about a lot of desktop clients that are essentially site-specific browsers (SSBs), but free AIR client Google Tasks helps you consolidate your clients by allowing access to most Google apps in mobile form. Google Tasks may be one of the lesser-used Google services, but for those who like their tasks integrated with everything else Google in their lives, it certainly...

16 Nov/09

Apostrophe.me Explains When You Really Need Apostrophes [Writing]

Apostrophe.me Explains When You Really Need Apostrophes [Writing]

Apostrophes are both over- and under-utilized in the English language. A light-hearted but factual illustration at apostrophe.me makes flowchart-style sense of when to bust out the vertically flipped comma. Update: Apologies for the duplicate post. From the cracked but clever mind of Matthew Inman and his site The Oatmeal, “How to Use an Apostrophe” is worth bookmarking, printing, or just remembering as a Google phrase (it currently ranks as the top result for, well, “How...




16 Nov/09

VHD Attach Adds Virtual Hard Drive Mounting to Your Right-Click Menu [Downloads]

VHD Attach Adds Virtual Hard Drive Mounting to Your Right-Click Menu [Downloads]

Windows 7/Windows Server 2008: If you’re a fan of the virtual hard drive system available in newer versions of Windows but you’re not a fan digging in the control panel for clunky mounting and unmounting, check out VHD Attach. The default method for mounting and unmounting a VHD is either to drill down through several layers of windows or bust out a command at the command prompt. VHD Attach simply adds a right-click “Attach” and “Detach” entry when you...

16 Nov/09

Make Easy, Less Messy Bacon in a Waffle Iron [Clever Uses]

Make Easy, Less Messy Bacon in a Waffle Iron [Clever Uses]

You love bacon, but cooking it in a pan is tough to time and leaves you with scalding-hot grease to dispose of. The microwave? Please. Food science miracle worker Alton Brown shows how a waffle iron makes the best bacon. We’ve customized the above video embed to skip right to the waffle iron goodness. Watch the whole clip, however, and Alton explains not only what kind of bacon to buy at the grocery store, but why the waffle iron wins out as a cooking platform. In a pan, the fat...

16 Nov/09

An Early Look at Chrome’s Extensions System [Extensions]

An Early Look at Chrome’s Extensions System [Extensions]

It’s not officially released, but a gallery-like site for extensions has made itself known into the latest development builds of Google Chrome for Windows and Linux. Take a peek at what’s coming, presumably very soon, in these development screenshots. The Download Squad blog was the first to notice the new new thing in Chrome—namely, a jigsaw-like page corner in Chrome’s new tab page, next to a message at the bottom that reads “New! Chrome now has bookmark...

16 Nov/09

The Treehaus Workspace [Featured Workspace]

The Treehaus Workspace [Featured Workspace]

You won’t find a law that says a workspace has to be in a gray fabric-covered box or a white-walled room. Today’s workspace proves that with the beautiful, airy openness of childhood tree house. One industrious Lifehacker reader decided his backyard, and his workflow, could use a tree-house-like escape. Built on a small addition and incorporating a beautiful tree, it’s a sweet little getaway with everything—ample sunshine, a comfy and compact workstation tucked...

15 Nov/09

Make a Moss Terrarium for Low-Maintenance Greenery [Plants]

Make a Moss Terrarium for Low-Maintenance Greenery [Plants]

If you want some greenery in your home or office but you’re not too keen on, or skilled at, tending a high-maintenance plant, a moss terrarium is a hassle-free bit of greenery you practically have to try to kill. Unlike some of the previous plants we’ve suggested, moss isn’t going to improve your air quality. It will, however, add a touch to your counter or desktop that only something living and green can provide. It also requires very, very little maintenance in the...

15 Nov/09

Replace Your Mac Mini’s IR Receiver for Non-Apple Remotes [Remote Control]

Replace Your Mac Mini’s IR Receiver for Non-Apple Remotes [Remote Control]

If you’re using a Mac Mini as a media center and want to use a non-Apple remote control with it, this tutorial can help you keep your Mini’s sleek form factor and avoid ugly IR receiver dongles. This hack involves a tiny bit of soldering and a very small modification to the metal shielding on the inside of your Mini. Other than that, it’s extremely simple to perform this tweak, and well within the realm of an electronics beginner. When you’re done with the mod,...

15 Nov/09

Build a Water-Powered Bottle Rocket [Fun]

Build a Water-Powered Bottle Rocket [Fun]

No, not the kind of bottle rockets you used to light with a match and fire recklessly at your cousins. This rocket is made out discarded soda bottles and fueled with pressurized water. You may recall toy rockets from your childhood that worked on a similar principle. Saturday morning commercials would show an excited kid pumping up the rocket and watching it blast off into the lower stratosphere. In reality, it would barely blast off to the lower limbs of a sycamore tree. Now, however,...

15 Nov/09

Drive a Car with Your iPhone [DIY]

Drive a Car with Your iPhone [DIY]

A lot of people have been impressed with how you can find an app for everything. What about driving your car? With this (very) ambitious DIY project you can drive a car with your iPhone. Why use your iPhone as merely an accessory to your car? You can flat out control it with this crazy DIY modification. Check out the video below to see how the mad scientists at Waterloo Labs modified a car—definitely not their daily mode of transport—to be controlled by an iPhone. Check...

14 Nov/09

Keep Your Wallpaper Fresh with Cross-Platform Wally [Downloads]

Keep Your Wallpaper Fresh with Cross-Platform Wally [Downloads]

Windows/Mac/Linux: If you’ve been sporting the same desktop wallpaper since the Bush administration, it might be time to mix it up a little. Wally is a lightweight wallpaper changer that pulls images from a wide pool of sources. For a simple wallpaper refresh, you can simply point Wally at a folder on your computer and set the interval at which you want the wallpaper to refresh. If you don’t have a huge stash of wallpaper, or you’re tired of your collection, you can have...

14 Nov/09

Increase the Quality of Cheap Vodka with a Water Filter [Alcohol]

Increase the Quality of Cheap Vodka with a Water Filter [Alcohol]

Save yourself some money and improve the quality of a bottle of cheap vodka with a little at-home filtration. Photo by Edwin Land. Vodka is not a complicated alcohol, and government standards on what constitutes vodka ensures that from the absolute bottom-shelf swill to the top-shelf ultra-premium bottles, what you end up with is, well, vodka. Marketing tactics and slick advertising aside, the real difference between the bottom and top shelf is the amount of filtration and refinement the...

14 Nov/09

DIY Sliding Chandelier Stays Clear of Projectors [DIY]

DIY Sliding Chandelier Stays Clear of Projectors [DIY]

So you bought yourself a brand new projector, but there’s one not-so-tiny problem—your ceiling-mounted lighting is in the way. Check out the DIY, sliding solution that Swedish designer Linus Ã…kesson has implemented in his own living room. Although some of us might have taken the chandelier in question out of the room and headed to our local big box store for a few extra lamps, Linus, who can be found at his blog linusakesson, went a different direction. Determined not...

14 Nov/09

From the Tips Box: Multiple Logins, Firefox Betas, and Electrical Tubes [From The Tips Box]

From the Tips Box: Multiple Logins, Firefox Betas, and Electrical Tubes [From The Tips Box]

Readers offer their best tips for logging into the same site with two accounts at once, running multiple versions of Firefox on the same Mac, and threading wires through long electrical tubes. Don’t like the gallery layout? Click here to view everything on one page. About the Tips Box: Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe...

13 Nov/09

DVD Knife Quickly Extracts Any Clip from DVDs [Downloads]

DVD Knife Quickly Extracts Any Clip from DVDs [Downloads]

Trying to extract clips from a DVD is usually a roundabout process that involves a lot of waiting. Free utility DVD Knife makes it easy to extract clips from any part of your DVD. Generally, in order to extract a small clip from a DVD, you’ve got to rip and convert the entire movie—or at least a specific chapter—before you can work with it. DVD Knife does away with this lengthy process with a quick, four-click solution. When you start it up, you just open the disc, navigate...

13 Nov/09

Best Online Backup Tool? [Hive Five Call For Contenders]

Best Online Backup Tool? [Hive Five Call For Contenders]

On-site data backup is better than no backup at all, but if your on-site backups go up in flames or otherwise end up inoperable, then you’re out of luck—unless of course you’ve got a backup online, that is. Photo by NeoSpire. Your backup solution can be as simple as a small application that syncs the few files you consider critical with off-site storage or as comprehensive as full-service backups of your entire computer for full future restoration. Whether your solution...

13 Nov/09

Remains of the Day: Google Voice, Emphasis on the Voice Edition [For What It’s Worth]

Remains of the Day: Google Voice, Emphasis on the  Voice  Edition [For What It’s Worth]

Google officially announces their acquisition of VoIP service Gizmo5, cheap, modded Xbox 360s flood Craigslist, and Black Friday is coming early to many big retailers this year. Google welcomes Gizmo5 We heard the rumors earlier this week, and now it’s official: Google bought VoIP service Gizmo5, and they’re planning to integrate it with Google Voice. [Google Voice Blog] A 2x Faster Web Google’s got a research project underway called SPDY (pronounced Speedy) with goals...

12 Nov/09

Hit Up Farmers’ Markets when Cooking for One [Saving Money]

Hit Up Farmers’ Markets when Cooking for One [Saving Money]

Grocery stores are full of deals involving two-for-one, 30 percent more, family sizes, and other bulk deals. None of that helps, though, if the food goes to waste. The Washington Post suggests farmers’ markets, and creativity, for single cooks. Photo by Ed Yourdon. The article is framed around a farmers’ market tour with Judith Jones, the literary agent who rescued both The Diary of Anne Frank and Julia Child’s The Art of French Cooking. She’s written a new book...

12 Nov/09

From the Tips Box: More Milk Foam, Chrome History, and Deodorant Streaks [From The Tips Box]

From the Tips Box: More Milk Foam, Chrome History, and Deodorant Streaks [From The Tips Box]

Readers offer their best tips for making coffee-house milk foam at home, searching your history from Chrome’s address bar, and easily wiping deodorant streaks off clothing. Don’t like the gallery layout? Click here to view everything on one page. About the Tips Box: Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t...