This week at Lifehacker: Turn that old Windows PC into a free, personal home web server. Load maps and driving directions onto your iPod. Back up your DVD collection. Turn your Firefox address bar into a web search command line. Mod your mouse to work in clickless silence.
You've got tunes, you've got broadband, and you've got friends. You've also got a beater PC sitting around doing nothing. Get a web server up and running with a personalized static domain name, using the free Apache HTTP server and DynDNS. Publish your MP3 directory, home videos, photo library, pirated televison and movie collection - just kidding about those last two, Officer - then invite friends and family to partake. A password-protected home web server is a great way to make personal read-only files available for download using only a web browser - no FTP or file-sharing client required.
You're driving somewhere new today. Instead of littering the backseat of your car with another set of Mapquest inkjet print-outs, navigate by the friendly glow of your iPod screen. New service iWay saves a Yahoo! map to your iPod for handy, back-lit, non-tree-killing in-your-pocket reference.
You've just purchased the Deluxe Trekkie Golden Anniversary Super Duper special edition DVD set, and your six-year-old's grimy fingers are just itchin' to use 'em as as frisbees. Back up your DVD collection and let the young'uns go nuts with the copies. In 20 years your kid'll thank you for the collector's item.
Hey, command-line lover! Yeah you, the one with 89 keyboard combinations burned into muscle memory. I heard you got carpal tunnel arguing on IRC about whether vim is better than Emacs. Anyway, try this: in Firefox, Cntl-L to the address bar and type
dict leet. Then watch the fox beam you directly to the Dictionary.com word definition. This is the wonder of Firefox Quick Searches. Turn your address bar into a web search command line with keyword access to 15 pre-configured Quick searches - from Wikipedia to Flickr to Urban Dictionary to Acronym Finder to Ebay to Google Image Search. Plus more. Download 'em here.
Does the sound of your constantly clicking mouse make you wanna stick hot pins in your eyes? Crack open your clicker, solder some switches, ground a few pins and Voila! Stealth silent mousing nirvana is yours.
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