Thanks to the power of RSS feeds, I've been able to read more and do more in less time. One of the sites that I've come across since using RSS feeds is Lifehacker
. Lifehacker is a blog about increasing your productivity through software, DIY techniques, and even offer reviews.
They have compiled their top 12
most popular postings for 2006. You should definitely check it out. I'm sure this site will become an instant RSS feed favorite. I've posted some of the topics, but you'll have to visit their post to find out more.
1. Hack Attack: Turn your $60 router into a $600 router
Adam came back from O'Reilly's Maker Faire event so inspired, he installed Linux on his home wireless router and practically made it do backflips. Far and away our most popular post of 2006, check out how to unlock the hidden powers of your standard issue home wireless router with free software.
2. Geek to Live: Top Firefox 2 config tweaks
What do a bunch of web-browsing geeks do the day after a new version of Firefox comes out? Jump right into its configuration to make it work exactly how you want it to.
3. Windows Vista Beta: How to dual-boot Windows XP and Windows Vista
Get your paws on an early copy of Vista but don't want to commit your whole machine to it? Here's how to have your Vista and your XP, too.
4. Geek to Live: Automatically back up your hard drive
Backing up your data is one of those things... you know you should do it, but who remembers? Here's how to set it and forget it. (If you look at no other post on this list, look at this one. Resolve to keep your data safe and redundant in '07!!)
5. Hack Attack: Top 10 Ubuntu apps and tweaks
When you decide to take the leap to Linux and banish Microsoft and Apple from your computer desktop and go Ubuntu ("Linux for humans"), take a gander at Adam's favorite applications and mods to make it more workable.
6. Hack Attack: Build your own DVR
Adam builds his on TiVO on the cheap with his PC and a copy of SageTV, and lives to tell about it.
7. Geek to Live: How to format your hard drive and install Windows XP from scratch
As most PC users who install and uninstall a lot of software know, the "wipe clean and rebuild my PC" routine can be a yearly event. Here's how to format your hard drive and start from scratch with a fresh new Windows installation.
8. Hack Attack: Become a Gmail master
Adam drops science on how to bend Gmail to your keyboard shortcut-loving will. This one changed the way I deal with email forever.
9. Hack Attack: One-click DVD rips
Rip DVDs to your hard drive in one step with Adam's freely-available AutoHotkey Windows app.
10. Hack Attack: Automatically download your favorite TV shows
Subscribe to your favorite TV downloads with BitTorrent using Ted.
11. Hack Attack: The self-sustaining iPod
You know you can use your iPod as a hard drive, and you know you can install portable applications on an external drive. Well, here's how to turn your iPod into a stand-alone plugin jukebox that'll rock out on any computer.
12. Geek to Live: Lifehacker Pack
Google's got Google Pack, and Lifehacker's got Lifehacker Pack. Check out our picks for best free software everyone should have to make their computer just work