This week at Lifehacker: Free your iPod from the shackles of iTunes. Witness operating system multiple personality disorder on a real live ThinkPad dual-booting Windows and Mac OS X. Scare your cat and get in shape with a sledgehammer and a sweater. Finally, master the art of portable computing with some tried and true laptop tips.
Oh, iTunes, how do I hate thee - let me count the ways. Free your iPod from iTunes' stranglehold once and for all. By installing standalone apps on your 'pod in disk mode, you can play, rip and transfer music from a PC to an iPod without iTunes or any other special software on the 'puter. Make yours a self-sustaining iPod.
There's been a lot of talk about whether or not a MacTel will be able to dual boot Windows and OS X, but friends of Lifehacker got OS X and XP dual-booting on an IBM ThinkPad just fine. A couple of video driver and wifi card wrinkles have to be ironed out, but otherwise the shiny round apple glows on a black IBM lappie.
What do you call a guy swinging a sledgehammer in his bedroom? A guy getting in shape, of course! Give a geek a rainy day that he doesn't want to go to the gym, and he'll invent home exercise equipment for "natural movements" like chopping down a tree and churning butter with a sledgehammer wrapped in a sweater. Why the sweater, you ask? So you don't hurt yourself, of course. Or the cat.
Be good to your lappie and it will be good to you. Extend your laptop's battery life, save the screen from scrapes, foil thieves' evil plan to mine your data, and learn how to work offline in our compendium of must-have laptop tips.
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