Best of the Web in 2008

By   December 22, 2008

Daily Routines and Productivity Habits of Famous Folks http://dailyroutines.typepad.com/

Add anything you like to right click menu http://lifehacker.com/5106964/open%252B%252B-adds-anything-you-want-to-your-right+click-menu

Five tweaks for your new ubuntu linux http://lifehacker.com/5076585/five-tweaks-for-your-new-ubuntu-desktop

Traceroute from the “backbone” of the Internet http://ipstats.globalcrossing.net/dotcom/link7r.shtml

Create mp4 podcasts from youtube usernames http://www.ytpodcaster.com/

Hardware boosting hacks http://lifehacker.com/5102298/battle-of-the-hardware+boosting-hacks

Native Client – run x86 code http://code.google.com/p/nativeclient/?tbbrand=GZEZ&utm_campaign=en&utm_source=en-et-osrcblog&utm_medium=et

Xpenser – Voice entry of receipts http://lifehacker.com/5103880/xpenser-simplifies-receipt+tracking-from-anywhere

Gladinet Mounts Web Storage Apps as Virtual Drives http://www.gladinet.com/p/index.htm

Bulk Rename Utility with subfolder support http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Screenshots.php

Webcam as motion detector (and point it out of the window :) http://www.yawcam.com/
timelapse powertoy that lets you take timelapse video with a webcam

What to do with your old USB Flash Drive http://gizmodo.com/5101651/dealzmodo-hack-make-your-old-usb-stick-into-a-digital-multitool

Top 46 Desktop Freeware Applications http://lifehacker.com/5098944/free-software-were-most-thankful-for

Consolidate Instant messaging and social networking http://www.digsby.com/

Most Popular TOP 10s’ http://lifehacker.com/5099979/

Flash Replacement of Photoshop http://aviary.com/tools/phoenix

Office 2007 Keyboard Shortcuts http://lifehacker.com/software/microsoft-office/screenshot-tour-the-keyboard-shortcut-goodness-of-microsoft-office-2007-229556.php

Workflows for Social Sites http://lifehacker.com/5099268/tarpipe-publishes-updates-content-to-social-sites-via-email

Host your Domain with Free Apps http://lifehacker.com/software/feature/host-your-domain-with-free-apps-331865.php

Organize Right Click Context Menus http://www.hace-software.com/mmm.shtml

The World in Virtual Reality – 360 Cities http://360cities.net/

30 Cliches you should avoid http://lifehacker.com/5091810/30-cliches-you-should-basically-avoid-going-forward

Docscrubber – Remove Metadata from Office Documents in BulkĀ  http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/docscrubber.html

Host Webinar for Free http://lifehacker.com/5089881/dimdim-hosts-your-webinars-for-free

Task Explorer http://lifehacker.com/5065130/taskexplorer-is-attractive-powerful-task-manager

Copy files fast http://lifehacker.com/5060849/transfer-files-lightning-fast-with-fastcopy

Real Car Tips – see how much off MSRP cars are sold http://www.realcartips.com/

Slimming Bloated ITUNES installer http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=554

Tagscanner – Tag multiple mp3 files http://www.xdlab.ru/en/index.htm

“Burn” ISO file on a USB Stick http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

Check where your username is taken http://usernamecheck.com/

Image Bookmarking http://ffffound.com/

Advanced Craigslist search http://www.craigspal.com/?gclid=CN7s5pKe8pUCFSAUagodlUoYew

Stanford Offers Free Online Courses http://lifehacker.com/5051826/stanford-offers-free-full-courses-online

Bandwidth test http://lifehacker.com/5049138/speedio-measures-your-bandwidth-and-more

How to master Photoshop in one week http://elitebydesign.com/how-to-master-photoshop-in-just-one-week/

Free replacements for paid tools http://lifehacker.com/5047056/lifehacker-readers-free-replacements-for-paid-tools

Free Virtual PC Tool http://www.virtualbox.org/

Media thumbs for Gmail http://www.xoopit.com/

Strip formatting from text in clipboard http://lifehacker.com/5043566/puretext-strips-formatting-from-your-clipboard-when-you-paste

Salary Search Sites http://lifehacker.com/5041815/know-what-salary-to-ask-for-in-your-new-job

Famous freebies 2008 http://finance.yahoo.com/banking-budgeting/article/105621/Fabulous-Freebies-2008

Build your own PBX on Asterisk http://lifehacker.com/400530/build-your-own-pbx-with-asterisk

Create Invoices Online http://curdbee.com/

Free PDF Writers http://www.pdfforge.org/products/pdfcreator/ http://www.dopdf.com/ http://www.acrosoftware.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp

Take Wikipedia Offline http://wikitaxi.org/delphi/doku.php/products/wikitaxi/index

Router Performance Comparison Charts http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/component/option,com_chart/Itemid,189/

Find number of working days between two dates http://chandoo.org/wp/2008/08/01/15-fun-things-with-excel/

How to synch desktop calendar with Google Calendar http://lifehacker.com/399407/how-to-sync-any-desktop-calendar-with-google-calendar

top 10 command line tools http://lifehacker.com/399468/top-10-command-line-tools

Five big mistakes that have changed my life http://smartnow.com/page/5991

Create Invoices Online http://curdbee.com/

Free PDF Writers http://www.pdfforge.org/products/pdfcreator/ http://www.dopdf.com/ http://www.acrosoftware.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp

Take Wikipedia Offline http://wikitaxi.org/delphi/doku.php/products/wikitaxi/index

Router Performance Comparison Charts http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/component/option,com_chart/Itemid,189/

Find number of working days between two dates http://chandoo.org/wp/2008/08/01/15-fun-things-with-excel/

How to synch desktop calendar with Google Calendar http://lifehacker.com/399407/how-to-sync-any-desktop-calendar-with-google-calendar

top 10 command line tools http://lifehacker.com/399468/top-10-command-line-tools

Five big mistakes that have changed my life http://smartnow.com/page/5991

SyncML compliant applications http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SyncML

Linux on DNS-323
1-DebianOSInstallAlternative) http://wiki.dns323.info/howto:chroot_debian
or
0) Install Funplug – Simple guide http://wiki.dns323.info/howto:simple_fun_plug_stepbystep and http://wiki.dns323.info/information:beginner_s_faq
1) enable telnet http://wiki.dns323.info/howto:telnet
1-alternative) http://www.penoycentral.net/linuxnix/configuring-ssh-and-rsync-in-dlink-dns-323/
2) install Linux for ARM architecture http://wiki.dns323.info/howto:armedslack

What is X10 and about home automation? http://softwareforhomes.com/WhatIsx10.htm

Build your own PBX with Asterisk http://lifehacker.com/400530/build-your-own-pbx-with-asterisk

VOIP with nokia E71 http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/feature-voip-with-nokia-e71-how-to-2008095/

How to turn XBox Classic into killer media centre http://lifehacker.com/software/geek-to-live/transform-your-classic-xbox-into-a-killer-media-center-299809.php

Backup GMail with Fetchmail http://lifehacker.com/software/gmail/geek-to-live–back-up-gmail-with-fetchmail-235207.php

Text Substitution APp http://lifehacker.com/software/texter/lifehacker-code-texter-windows-238306.php

Creating Hackintosh http://lifehacker.com/348653/install-os-x-on-your-hackintosh-pc-no-hacking-required

Copy large volumes of data with Teracopy http://www.codesector.com/teracopy.php

Windows Explorer Replacement http://zabkat.com/x2lite.htm

Multi Monitor Software http://www.realtimesoft.com/ultramon/

http://x100p.com/voip/fxo_fxs.php

Run Windows Apps inside Linux http://lifehacker.com/367714/run-windows-apps-seamlessly-inside-linux

Switch linux logs to RAM to save battery and hard drive http://tofu3.szm.sk/ramlog/

Five Best File Synching Tools http://lifehacker.com/398696/five-best-file-syncing-tools

Five Best Windows Backup Tools http://lifehacker.com/398229/five-best-windows-backup-tools

Back Up your data with Conduit for Linux http://lifehacker.com/398775/sync-and-back-up-your-data-with-conduit-for-linux

Install AsteriskNow on Virtual Machine http://www.asterisknow.org/downloads
Another: Trixbox community edition using Asterisk(also has FreePBX web interface included, has vmware image) http://www.trixbox.org/downloads/

Misc asterisk recommendations:
http://blogs.theshanks.net/index.php/2008/01/25/whim-discovery-my-experience-with-asterisk/
http://blogs.theshanks.net/index.php/2008/02/04/call-forwarding-with-asterisk/
http://blogs.theshanks.net/index.php/2008/05/29/asterisk-still-rocks/
http://blog.carrel.org/2005/07/calling-features-with-asterisk.html

FXO PCI Card $30 http://x100p.com/products/FXO.php

Hardware and Software Requirements for 64 bit Guest OS’s http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1901

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=28C97D22-6EB8-4A09-A7F7-F6C7A1F000B5&displaylang=en

VMWare Workstation http://forumw.org/viewtopic.php?t=600244&highlight=vmware

Mobile Photo Enhancer http://www.vicman.net/mobilephotoenhancer/

10 things you might not know about your credit card http://consumerist.com/5023643/10-things-you-might-not-know-about-your-credit-card

Bulk Convert old documents to Office 2007 Format http://www.labnol.org/software/bulk-convert-office-documents-in-2007-format/4291/

Asterisk Quicker install guide – PBX in a flash; VMWare image exists http://nerdvittles.com/index.php?p=217 and http://pbxinaflash.net/
Guidelines:
Don’t forget that if you setup an ‘Auto Attendant’ with a brief welcome message before ringing the interior phones that most telemarketing interpret this as an answering machine and hangup. Use in conjunction with the DNC list and you will never get another marketing call. You can go one step further and create an extension that rings all phones in the house and keep the auto-attendant in a loop requesting an extension, you would tell people the extention to ring the whole house or unique room extensions. Yes, it has on hold music, you can easily create your own as well.

Run PBX from 1Gb Flash Card http://pbxinaflash.net/

Set UP Asterisk fast http://nerdvittles.com/

How much power does each component drain? http://www.anandtech.com/casecoolingpsus/showdoc.aspx?i=3413&p=1

Increase Privacy with DIY Windows Frosting http://lifehacker.com/399731/increase-your-privacy-with-16-diy-window-frosting

When Air Fares are cheaper http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/magazine/16-07/pb_airfares

Set up cheap ambient lighting with rope light http://lifehacker.com/397415/set-up-cheap-ambient-lighting-with-rope-lights

Create inventory of stuff at home http://www.knowyourstuff.org/

Best US Cities to Live, Work and Play http://finance.yahoo.com/real-estate/article/105190/Best-Cities-to-Live,-Work-and-Play

Wiring Guide http://lifehacker.com/software/workspaces/hack-attack-the-cordless-workspace-sort-of-179911.php

How to get office clean http://lifehacker.com/396692/extreme-lifehacker-home-office-makeover
http://lifehacker.com/software/home-office/getting-to-done-the-ultimate-home-office-168526.php
and

Freeware PDF Unlocker http://www.freewarefiles.com/downloads_counter.php?programid=27137

How to Nap http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/naps/

Alternative Income Ideas http://www.moolanomy.com/462/30-alternative-income-ideas-and-resources/

Find Out How Much Your Car Repair Should Cost http://repairpal.com/

The Top 100 Undiscovered Web Sites http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow_viewer/0,1205,l%253D230657%2526a%253D230658%2526po%253D38,00.asp?

Is Google Making us Stupid? http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/google

Think Twice Before Paying for Credit Protection http://lifehacker.com/395911/think-twice-before-paying-for-credit-protection

Find Your Manuals Online for Free http://safemanuals.com/

Pay as You Go Hosting https://www.nearlyfreespeech.net/

Global Crossing(Internet Backbone) Network Tools http://www.globalcrossing.com/network/network_looking_glass.aspx

Five Best Job Search Sites http://lifehacker.com/5114814/five-best-online-job-search-sites?skyline=true&s=x

Add privacy and Ad Blocing to Google Chrome http://www.srware.net/en/software_srware_iron_news.php

Power User Guide to Google Chrome http://lifehacker.com/5045904/the-power-users-guide-to-google-chrome

WhoCrashed Help You Analyze Dump File http://lifehacker.com/5112027/whocrashed-helps-you-analyze-windows-dump-files

Most Popular of Linux Downloads 2008 http://lifehacker.com/5111764/most-popular-linux-downloads-of-2008

Backup your GMail Drive http://www.gmail-backup.com/

One CEO’s 12 Laws of Life http://nlpco.com/news/2008/12/11/toms-twelve-laws-of-life/

New York City in Photorealistic 3D http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2008/12/new_york_city_in_photorealistic_3d.html

Five Best Sites for Finding Deals Online http://lifehacker.com/5111468/hive-five-winner-for-best-site-for-finding-deals-online-slickdeals

Most Popular Windows Downloads of 2008 http://lifehacker.com/5110552/most-popular-free-windows-downloads-of-2008

Shut Down your Computer when it’s inactive http://lifehacker.com/5110195/alloff-shuts-down-your-computer-when-its-inactive
http://lifehacker.com/software/featured-windows-download/schedule-windows-shutdowns-with-winoff-289768.php

Sample Powerpoint 2007 Slide Effects with Instructions http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/CT103366151033.aspx