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ClarionMiND MID on sale in the US for $649.99 23 November 2008 at 4:00 pm by

Americans have been waiting with bated breath for months on end for Clarion’s MiND mobile internet device to launch, and just as we were promised in September, said device is finally on sale in the month of November. Available in black, red or white hues, the MID boasts a 4.8-inch WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen, preloaded maps of the entire US and Canada, built-in RealPlayer, Linux OS, an Intel Atom CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 4GB SSD, Firefox browser, Bluetooth 2.0 / WiFi, a microSD card slot, 2 USB ports and a battery good for around 1.5-hours of usage. Pop one under the tree for that someone special in your life for just $649.99. Or get them a full-fledged netbook for less, your call.

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Six Experimental Firefox Extensions We Love [Experimental Firefox Extensions] By 30 October 2008 at 7:00 pm and have No Comments

pimg src=”http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2008/10/experimental-extension.png” align=”right” hspace=”4″ vspace=”2″ align=”right”We love Firefox for its extensibility, but sometimes we run into an extension or two that dons the “Experimental” label on the Firefox add-ons site. We prefer highlighting extensions once they’ve been approved by Mozillamdash;both so we know they’ve been vetted and so we can save you the effort of registering with Mozilla to install somethingmdash;so we generally pass them by. When enough of them pile up in our watch list, we highlight them in one big post (see our a href=”http://lifehacker.com/5061141/experimental-extensions-wed-like-to-go-mainstream”two/a a href=”http://lifehacker.com/395876/three-awesome-experimental-firefox-extensions”previous/a posts) in an effort to give the extensions the extra push of popularity that can expedite the approval process. So without further ado, read on for a closer look at seven awesome Firefox extensions we’re into./p h3 style=”font-size: 120%; margin-top: 20px;”FireStatus/h3 pimg src=”http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2008/10/Firestatus.png” class=”center” width=”600″ height=”172″ style=”display:block;float:none;” /img src=”http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2008/10/firestatus-updates.png” width=”280″ height=”156″ align=”right” class=”right”a href=”https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/8973″FireStatus/a lets you send simultaneous updates to multiple social networksmdash;namely Twitter, Facebook, and FriendFeed. That’s not a bad start, but it goes the extra mile by also displaying your friends’ updates through notification pop-ups (uses Growl in OS X). It also integrates with the a href=”http://lifehacker.com/5068945/five-best-url-shrinkers”most popular URL shrinking site/a, a href=”http://tinyurl.com/”TinyURL/a./p h3 style=”font-size: 120%; margin-top: 20px;”Tabgroups-Plus/h3 pimg src=”http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2008/10/tabgroups-plus.png” width=”291″ height=”230″ align=”right” class=”right”a href=”https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/9187″Tabgroups-Plus/a allows you to organize your Firefox tabs in even more tabs. An update to a href=”http://lifehacker.com/software/organization/download-of-the-day-tab-groups-firefox-240094.php”previously mentioned Tab Groups/a, Tabgroups-Plus does the same drag and drop organization of tabs within user-defined parent tabs, but this version supports Firefox 3 where the old version did not./p h3 style=”font-size: 120%; margin-top: 20px;”GCal Popup/h3 pimg src=”http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2008/10/gcal-overlay.png” class=”right” width=”494″ height=”292″ style=”display:block;float:none;” /a href=”https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/9411″GCal Popup/a opens Google Calendar in an overlay over any web page, giving you quick access to your agenda without leaving the page you’re already visiting. To toggle the calendar, simply click the Google Calendar icon in the corner of your status bar. [a href="http://www.ghacks.net/2008/10/28/access-google-calendar-without-leaving-the-page/"via/a]/p h3 style=”font-size: 120%; margin-top: 20px;”Noise/h3 pimg src=”http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2008/10/noise.png” class=”center” width=”494″ height=”361″ style=”display:block;float:none;” /a href=”https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/8438″Noise/a adds user-defined sounds to browser events in Firefox. For example, you can set a sound to play every time you click a link, open a new tab, start a download, and so on. To be honest, the last thing we think Firefox needs is the irritating click-click that IE conditioned us with at one point, but sounds can come in handy when used properlymdash;for example, to give you an audio heads-up that your download has completed. [a href="http://www.ghacks.net/2008/10/24/add-noise-to-firefox/"via/a]/p h3 style=”font-size: 120%; margin-top: 20px;”Fasterfox Lite/h3 pimg src=”http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2008/10/fasterfox-lite.png” width=”305″ height=”223″ align=”right” class=”right”a href=”https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/9148″Fasterfox Lite/a is the exact same extension as the popular a href=”https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1269″Fasterfox extension/a with one small difference: It removes the controversial link prefetching built into Fasterfox. Prefetching automated retrieves pages linked to on the current page so that they’ll load more quickly if and when you do click them, but it’s generally considered poor form because it wastes server bandwidth and adds to the server load. Fasterfox Lite does everything else Fasterfox does, and incidentally, it supports Firefox while Fasterfox does not. [a href="http://www.ghacks.net/2008/10/30/fasterfox-lite/"via/a]/p h3 style=”font-size: 120%; margin-top: 20px;”Open in Browser/h3 pimg src=”http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2008/10/open-in-browser.png” width=”305″ height=”268″ align=”right” class=”right”a href=”https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/8207″Open in Browser/a adds an option to the Firefox download/save/open menu that allows you to redirect the download to open the file directly in Firefox. If you’ve ever clicked on an image or plain text script, for example, that forced a download when you just wanted to check it out in Firefox, Open in Browser lets you open it back in Firefox where you wanted it to begin with./p br style=”clear: both;”/
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HalloFF Firefox Theme Oozes with Halloween Spirit [Featured Firefox Extension] By 30 October 2008 at 11:00 am and have No Comments

pimg src=”http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2008/10/black-halloff.png” align=”left” hspace=”4″ vspace=”2″ width=”494″ height=”223″ style=”display:block;float:none;” /Firefox only (Windows/Mac/Linux): The HalloFF Firefox theme transforms your browser’s friendly chrome to a fiendish, ghoulish nightmaremdash;or rather, it re-themes Firefox modeled after the characters and images from the movie emThe Nightmare Before Christmas/em, featuring Jack Skellington as the Back button. Yesterday Gina highlighted a href=”http://lifehacker.com/5068999/ten-firefox-themes-as-dark-as-your-soul”ten Firefox themes as dark as your soul/a, but if your soul is really only dark one day out of the year, the HalloFF theme may be up your alley. HalloFF is a free download, works wherever Firefox does./p div class=”related”a href=”https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3522″HalloFF/a [via a href="http://mozillalinks.org/wp/2008/10/time-to-make-firefox-look-spooky/"Mozilla Links/a]/div br style=”clear: both;”/
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Read It Later Integrates with Google Reader, Non-Firefox Browsers [Featured Firefox Extension] By 30 October 2008 at 7:30 am and have No Comments

pimg src=”http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2008/10/greaditlater.png” width=”179″ height=”140″ align=”right” align=”right” hspace=”4″ vspace=”2″ /Windows/Mac/Linux (Firefox): Previously a href=”http://lifehacker.com/396448/read-it-later-adds-firefox-3-integration-offline-reading”featured/a bookmarking extension Read It Later has added a host of new features in a recent update, including a couple that open up the service to non-Firefox browsers. The most obvious features are a check-to-save tool that adds the add-on’s signature checkmarks to Google Reader items, as well as an option to use the pageview-counting a href=”http://postrank.com/”PostRank/a service to rank your to-read items. Those using non-Firefox browsers can now get an account and bookmarklets from the a href=”http://readitlaterlist.com/”Read It Later List/a site, and enable an option in the Firefox add-on to have everything you mark for later reading saved as an offline copy. Wondering what all the fuss is about a seemingly simple bookmark tool? Check out Gina’s a href=”http://lifehacker.com/5045929/shelf-web-pages-instantly-and-get-back-to-work-with-readitlater”screenshot tour/a of the a href=”http://lifehacker.com/5039968/mozilla-crowns-best-firefox-3-extensions”award-winning/a add-on. Read It Later is a free download and works wherever Firefox does. div class=”related”a href=”https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/7661″Read It Later/a [Mozilla Add-Ons]/div/p br style=”clear: both;”/
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AppTimer Measures Program Start-Ups to the Millisecond [Featured Windows Download] By 30 October 2008 at 7:00 am and have No Comments

pimg src=”http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2008/10/apptimer_cropped.jpg” width=”235″ height=”226″ align=”right” hspace=”4″ vspace=”2″ align=”right”/Windows only: You’re nearly at wit’s end with certain laggy, hard-drive-crushing apps on your system and ready to make a switchmdash;but are they really any faster at starting up and getting going than the alternatives? AppTimer, a stand-alone utility, runs your programs for you and measures how long it takes them to get to an idle, ready state. It’s a relatively simple program, but it puts out seriously detailed logs, and you can change the means by which you measure a program’s ready state, how many times to run it, and how to close it. In other words, it looks like I’ll be using a new tool come the next round of a href=”http://lifehacker.com/5055406/browser-speed-tests-the-compiled-up+to+date-results”browser speed tests/a. AppTimer is a free download for Windows systems only. div class=”related”a href=”http://www.passmark.com/products/apptimer.htm”AppTimer/a [PassMark Software via a href="http://blogs.howtogeek.com/mysticgeek/2008/10/30/benchmark-startup-times-of-software-applications-with-apptimer/"the How-To Geek/a]/div/p br style=”clear: both;”/
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Lifehacker Readers’ DIY Halloween Projects [Halloween] By 30 October 2008 at 6:00 am and have No Comments

pimg src=”http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2008/10/halloween_foursquare.jpg” align=”left” hspace=”4″ vspace=”2″ width=”494″ height=”225″ style=”display:block;float:none;” /br Halloween brings out the trick-or-treaters, the fun-sized candy, and, in many cases, the most creative projects from the DIY types. Given license to get as goofy, dramatic, or witty as they can, some pretty awesome costume hacks, props, and pumpkins can result when that one day when it’s really, seriously okay to wear a costume and decorate your house like a graveyard. We a href=”http://lifehacker.com/5069025/what-are-you-diy+ing-this-halloween”sought evidence/a of our readers’ own Halloween projects, and many of you delivered over at the a href=”http://www.flickr.com/groups/lifehackerdiyhalloween/”DIY Halloween Lifehacker Flickr Group/a. Read on to see what they made and how they pulled it off./p pAs Flickr user a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pasq242/2980538202/in/pool-lifehackerdiyhalloween/”pasq242/a put it, “Everybody loves impaled torsos.” They probably meant to add, “other than the subjects of a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlad_III_the_Impaler”Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia/a,” but we digress. Using a conduit pipe, six cans of spray insulation, three cans of spray paint, and some chicken wire and cable ties to hold it all together, this disgustingly dramatic torso was the result of one afternoon’s work:/p pimg src=”http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2008/10/insul_torso.jpg” class=”center” width=”800″ height=”594″ style=”display:block;float:none;” //p pFor a Halloween party themed around the universe of D.C. Comics, a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/31828968@N06/2977876505/in/pool-lifehackerdiyhalloween”jonybnaked/a worked some serious makeup magic to create a Two-Face that Harvey Dent would find eerily familiar. We couldn’t get many more details, unfortunatelymdash;and maybe we don’t want to know how he re-created the look, right down to the cleft lip./p pimg src=”http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2008/10/two_face.jpg” class=”center” width=”680″ height=”512″ style=”display:block;float:none;” //p pSuperman ain’t exactly a new costume idea, but a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwardbacho/2970496805/in/pool-lifehackerdiyhalloween/”edward a. bocho/a pulled off a hybrid Clark Kent/Man of Steel look with considerable style. He used a snipped wire hanger, pipe cleaner, and “creative bending” to prop the tie to look like it was constantly Go-Time for Mr. Kent, and ended up pinning his dress shirt open to complete the look./p pimg src=”http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2008/10/superman_2.jpg” class=”center” width=”495″ height=”311″ style=”display:block;float:none;” //p pa href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/31900626@N08/2978295865/in/pool-lifehackerdiyhalloween”anti_m/a seems to have gotten some long-form glow sticks and black jumpsuits, and made himself and his wife into “stick figures” for a 2007 Halloween outing./p pimg src=”http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2008/10/stick_figures.jpg” class=”center” width=”800″ height=”306″ style=”display:block;float:none;” //p pRather than settling for just one expertly-carved pumpkin, Lifehacker reader John, who goes by a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/mindonfire/2973263204/in/pool-lifehackerdiyhalloween/”mind on fire/a on Flickr, got all George Romero on his gourds. The “zombie” below is chewing on cantaloupe brains inside the victim (a thrifty substitution for cauliflower), and is propped up by carving the mouth hole to conform to the victim and then sticking straight pints through the teeth and into the cantaloupe. John noted that temperatures in Southern California have unfortunately given this setup a bit more decomposing realism lately./p pimg src=”http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2008/10/pumpkin_zombies.jpg” class=”center” width=”479″ height=”300″ style=”display:block;float:none;” //p pFinally, I humbly submit a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/purdman1/2977166910/in/pool-lifehackerdiyhalloween”my own submission/a (because my boss made me, I swear). It’s the Firefox logo, of course, made from finding a high-res image of the mostly two-color logo and using the GIMP to a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/purdman1/2977327100/in/pool-lifehackerdiyhalloween”create a stencil/a. I would’ve tried for Google Chrome, given my a href=”http://lifehacker.com/5061688/lifehacker-confessions-the-tips-and-tricks-im-not-using”tendencies/a, but it’s evident I’m not quite ready for two-layer shading yet./p pimg src=”http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2008/10/firefox_pumpkin.jpg” class=”center” width=”453″ height=”400″ style=”display:block;float:none;” //p pHalloween is far from over, of course, so feel free to submit your own Hallows Eve hacks to the a href=”http://www.flickr.com/groups/lifehackerdiyhalloween/”Lifehacker DIY Halloween Flickr group/a, or post them up in the comments./p br style=”clear: both;”/
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Add a Gantt Chart to Your Google Spreadsheet [Project Management] By 29 October 2008 at 7:30 pm and have No Comments

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Add a Gantt Chart to Your Google Spreadsheet [Project Management] By 29 October 2008 at 7:30 pm and have No Comments

pobject width=”494″ height=”400″param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/dp6J6Bw92d4hl=enfs=1″/paramparam name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”/paramembed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/dp6J6Bw92d4hl=enfs=1″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”494″ height=”400″/embed/objectbr / Schedule and keep track of a project over time with a a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gantt_chart”Gantt chart/a from a spreadsheet created in Google Docs thanks to a gadget from a href=”http://www.viewpath.com/”Viewpath/a. You just need to enter task start and end dates, percent completed, and track dependencies; the folks at a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp6J6Bw92d4eurl=http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2008/10/recently-google-docs-team-started.html”Viewpath created a handy demonstration and tutorial video/a. It’s free and relatively easy (though you may run into platform and browser problems if you aren’t using Internet Explorer or Firefox, and even then, I had no luck on a Mac). Probably best for smaller projects, as it would be difficult to display or print a particularly long or complicated series of tasks. But it’s a good introductory tool and costs infinitely less than Microsoft Project. div class=”related”a href=”http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2008/10/recently-google-docs-team-started.html”Featured gadget: Gantt charts in spreadsheets/a [Official Google Blog]/div/p br style=”clear: both;”/
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Buy a LaCie Hard Drive, Get a Year of Free Backups [In Brief] By 29 October 2008 at 6:58 pm and have No Comments

pWindows only: The latest hard drives from LaCie will come packaged with an installer CD that includes a href=”http://www.macworld.com/article/136452/2008/10/lacie.html?lsrc=rss_main”a year of free backups with Carbonite/a mdash; which normally costs $49.95. I’ve been a fan of LaCie’s inexpensive drives for years, and can say from experience that Carbonite is painless and reliable (a href=”http://lifehacker.com/software/lifehacker-faceoff/online-backup-final-round-mozy-vs-carbonite-302597.php”most Lifehacker readers agree/a). If you were looking to pick up a hard drive to back up your files, this is a great chance to kill two birds with one stone and get remote backup as well. Both companies promise that a Mac version is forthcoming./p br style=”clear: both;”/
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Buy a LaCie Hard Drive, Get a Year of Free Backups [In Brief] By 29 October 2008 at 6:58 pm and have No Comments

pWindows only: The latest hard drives from LaCie will come packaged with an installer CD that includes a href=”http://www.macworld.com/article/136452/2008/10/lacie.html?lsrc=rss_main”a year of free backups with Carbonite/a mdash; which normally costs $49.95. I’ve been a fan of LaCie’s inexpensive drives for years, and can say from experience that Carbonite is painless and reliable (a href=”http://lifehacker.com/software/lifehacker-faceoff/online-backup-final-round-mozy-vs-carbonite-302597.php”most Lifehacker readers agree/a). If you were looking to pick up a hard drive to back up your files, this is a great chance to kill two birds with one stone and get remote backup as well. Both companies promise that a Mac version is forthcoming./p br style=”clear: both;”/
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