This week at Lifehacker: Build your own gingerbread house. Finetune Firefox for fast or slow connections and computers. FTP to your Gmail account. Finally, stuff stockings with a narrated Ken Burns style photo movie.
Plant spearmint leaves in the front yard, hang peppermint candy wreaths and pave your walkway with Spree: it's time to architect your gingerbread masterpiece. Of course we're lazy and we can't cook (not to mention bake) so we picked up a ten buck pre-assembled gingerbread house kit to get our iced cookie mansion on. You know you're curious - check out our step-by-step photo gallery of the building.
Fast computer but slow 'net connection? Slow computer on a fast connection? Free software Firetune tweaks Firefox for optimal performance in any computing situation.
This SO has to violate the terms of service, so enjoy it while you can: the Gmail File Space Firefox extension gives you an FTP-like interface to your 17 gigabytes of email storage. Upload entire folders or individual files, but .exe's will have to be renamed to circumvent the big G's spam filters.
You're not going to get her perfume again, are you? This ChrismaKwanzaaHanukkah, melt his or her heart with a multimedia slideshow movie of digital photos. Narrate sweet nothings as digital memories pan and zoom across the screen, or set the whole thing to the sappiest MP3 you've got in your collection. Burn it to DVD or save it to a thumbdrive and stuff it in the stocking hung with care. Trust me - you'll thank us for the holiday brownie points.
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