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Zenity adds graphical interfaces to shell scripts with a single command. Shell scripts are a great way to automate repetitive tasks, but they’re normally confined to the terminal — Zenity brings them out of the terminal and onto your desktop.

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Once a week we round up some great tips from the HTG tips box and share them with everyone; this week we’re looking at recycling Android phones for use around the house, increasing safety with a glowing LED switch, and how to easily encrypt Dropbox contents.

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In this video PBS series Off Book takes a look at the history and recent explosion of renewed interest in animated GIFs along with talking to two teams who are working to help the medium evolve.

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Grass, Wheat, Storms [The Paper Wall]

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Windows: If you’re envious of the Mac Launchpad but in no hurry to change operating systems, XLaunchpad brings the experience to Windows.

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Vertical laptop stands are all the space-saving rage right now, but $50 for a lightweight hunk of plastic or metal seems a bit steep. This hack turns an inexpensive napkin stand into a vertical laptop stand.

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The Devolution of Batteries [Graph Jam]

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You can buy a stock Swiss Army knife with a USB drive but they tend to be short on implements and mostly filled with a bulky full-size thumb drive. This hack adds a tiny USB drive to a normal knife for the best of both worlds.

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The Windows 8 desktop looks just like Windows 7, with one exception — no Start button. Losing the Start button isn’t the end of the world — Windows 8 exposes all the familiar options in different ways.

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Gmail’s a Google product, so of course it has powerful search features. But some of Gmail’s search features are hidden and don’t appear in the Search Options pane. Learn Gmail’s search tricks to master your massive inbox.

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Do you have a song stuck in your head? Did you listen to a new song and now you’re humming it? Do you just remember a few words from that song? Or even better, are you currently listening to the song? In either case, you’re in luck, because we have got a list of utilities that can help you identify a new song you’ve heard!

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LXDE is a lightweight desktop alternative to Unity, GNOME and KDE. It’s ideal for old computers or anyone looking for a fast, lightweight system. It’s even lighter than Xubuntu’s XFCE.

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Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen, rolling out a new product at work, or attempting to build a model of the planet Endor in LEGO, you have projects of some sort. This week we’re interested in the tools and strategies you use to organize and track your work.

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Fog, Mist, Ice, Snow, Winter, Trees, Blue, Lake [The Paper Wall]

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The reality is that it’s pretty unlikely there will be many problems, but it has happened before. In either case, it’s an interesting story with some pretty cool video of the storm. Check it out at the link below.

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Have you installed Windows 8 on a spare PC and now need to get files from that PC to your Windows 7 PC, or vice versa? It is easy to network the two machines if they are both on your home network.

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