This week at Lifehacker: You know you're supposed to be backing up your data, but are you? Set it and forget it - automatically backup your hard drive. If you didn't get one of those shiny new video iPods for the holidays, tweak out your ancient 'pod and make it (almost) as good as new. Speaking of upgrades, have some tips on replacing your motherboard with a younger model. Finally, convert any web page to a stripped down version fit for any mobile phone or PDA.
You've been coding the software that's going to save the world, penning your breakout novel or simply storing photos from the last 10 years of your life on your computer. Don't let all that pirated music disappear with one zap of a fried hard drive. Get your automatic backup system up and running with free software, an external drive and an FTP server. Nightly, weekly, monthly on and offsite backups are just a download away.
Your second gen iPod's sagging a bit around the scroll wheel next to the shiny new video models, but that doesn't mean you can't still put it to good use. Sure the thing still plays music well, but there are scads of other cool uses for an old iPod.
Speaking of old and saggy, that ancient machine you've got sittin' around could really use a new motherboard. Here, have some tips for installing one.
Finally, when your favorite web site doesn't offer a mobile version, check out the Google Mobilizer. Strip down any web page with or without images and turn out a version fit for browsing on your phone or PDA on the go.
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