This week we learned how to breathe new life into an old PC or laptop, make Evernote more approachable with custom Windows 7 integration, keep hard to remember card numbers available and secure with LastPass, make VLC Media Player look awesome with custom skins, create a wallpaper slideshow in Ubuntu, and more. After such a busy week it is time to relax with this week’s collection of geeky goodness.
A really great t-shirt, that’s what. Never again will our country be terrorized by pixelated aliens!
Google’s own Matt Cutts has the answer on how to easily switch back and forth between the Dev and Beta channel versions of Google Chrome if you’re using a Debian-based Linux like Ubuntu. Here you go:
Note that we haven’t tested it out. Hit the link for the rest of the details.
Deep 7 is an impressive visual style hack for Windows 7 that completely customizes almost every aspect of the interface. It’s really worth a look.
Want to use Google Maps to drive down your route from one place to another? This page does just that, taking you through Google Streetview. It’s quite interesting.
While we can’t understand why anybody would want a pink version of Facebook, we’re quite certain that someone somewhere would like it that way. Perhaps somebody of a less geeky persuasion.
If you’ve got a whole folder of .flac files that you want to convert into MP3 files instead, you can do so with a simple command from the terminal—or if you’re using Windows, from a cygwin prompt.
Over on the Productive Geek forums, reader Hoboapple posted details about his customized desktop setup, including links and instructions on how to create a similar desktop for yourself.
Want to impress your friends with big words that they’ve never heard of before? Save the Words is a website that aims to help people remember some of these uncommon words that have gone out of style.
If the fonts over on Lifehacker are too small for your liking, you can always use Ctrl + to make them bigger—but if you want them to stay that way, here’s a user script that will make them a bit bigger.
In last night’s Futurama episode, The Prisoner of Benda, they wound up in a usual crisis that required science to solve the problem—and in this case, it was real… sorta.
Ever wondered how many floppy disks it would take to install Windows 7? Here’s your answer.
Over at the Atomic Spin weblog, they’ve written up an interesting tip that uses grep to recover files. Here’s the brief command you’d use, but hit the link for the full explanation.
There’s a fun trend out there with system administrators setting up funny pages whenever you go to a page on their site that doesn’t exist. This one has a scrolling text that whines and complains.
Laptop magazine did a thorough review of the new Flash Player 10.1 on a new Droid 2 phone, and came away less than impressed.
Really beautiful desktop wallpaper of a dock on a lake of some type.
It was just the other day that Microsoft Security Essentials got the VB100 award, and now they’ve passed the AV-Test one again—along with a lot of other vendors. Their blog post led us over to the AV-Test results, whi...
If you’ve ever wanted to adjust the context menu for a file so that you can launch the application as administrator with another utility, here’s the quick registry hack that you can use to do so.
If you’re a student and you want to get started with 3D modeling, animation, and all of that stuff, you can get a copy for free.
If you’re tired of that right-hand sidebar on Facebook that doesn’t serve any useful purpose—other than serving recommendations—you can get rid of it with a simple user script.
Looks like having a GameBoy emulator in your browser is going to actually happen at some point—a very basic, unfinished version is available in source code form already. It’s a very technical read, but the important p...
If you are online chances are that you keep an instant messenger running while working or browsing. This week we want to know which instant messenger client you use.
If you’re looking for a great wallpaper, look no further than this one—it’s called Flare, and it’s supposed to be the left side of a star.
Got loads of old CDs sitting around? You can turn them into a decorative pendant of some type, perhaps to use as a gift for some humanoid relationship.