The Lifehacker Show is back with a new format. Come check out our first episode where we answer a variety of questions from you, the readers. We'll discuss how to access your home network from afar, remap keys in OS X and Windows, hook up multiple screens to a laptop, find an apartment equidistant from three offices, learn how to get started with open-source development projects, and much more. Come check it out!
The Lifehacker Show has been on hiatus for a few months because we've been thinking about a new approach. As much as we loved the old format, we didn't have enough time to do it justice and write all our posts. We wanted to try something that we could put together a little faster and also interact more with you, our readers. (Additionally, this format allows us to provide an audio version of the podcast which was a frequent request.) Over the past few weeks we asked you for questions and answered 11 of them as a trial run. Rather than shelve the test episode, we decided to share it with you and get your feedback. This episode only answers reader-submitted questions, but in future episodes we'll be adding a few other things:
- Top news stories of the week
- Our favorite tips and posts of the week
- The downloads of the day
If there's anything else you think would make a good addition to the show, please let us know in the comments. Remember, this was just a trial run to try out the new format. As we release future episodes we'll be working to make things better.
What's in this Episode?
We answered 11 reader questions this time around. Here's what we covered:
- How do I resize my Windows Bootcamp partition?
- You can't really, but Whitson has some suggestions in the show. We've never covered the process step-by-step, but you can find a lot of the information you need in his tutorial on how to migrate to a solid-state drive without reinstalling Windows.
- What's the best online survey tool?
- How do I get involved with open-source development projects?
- How do I access my home server from outside my local network?
- Learn about port-forwarding, or your home network in general.
- How do I get Siri on a non-iPhone 4S?
- With Spire, but we don't recommend it.
- How can I get the most out of FreeNAS when serving files to multiple computers?
- We all had many opinions about this. For some good FreeNAS tutorials, check out our original FreeNAS guide and our guide to turning your FreeNAS box into an internet PVR.
- How can I hook up 2-3 screens to my laptop on a budget?
- Is there a way to get home and end key functionality on my Apple keyboard?
- Just use fn+arrow keys.
- Remap your keyboard with KeyRemap4Macbook
- How can I find an apartment that's equidistant from multiple work locations?
- How can I remap function keys on my Windows keyboard?
- What's a great, inexpensive DIY waterproofing solution for a DSLR camera?
- Check out a bunch of options we rounded up.
How Do I Download the Podcast?
You can watch the Ask Lifehacker Podcast on our YouTube Channel or every Friday at 8:00 AM (PT) on lifehacker.com. We'll be updating our iTunes feeds and posting the show in more places next week, but for now you can download* via these links:
- Video (720p H.264)
- Audio (192kbps MP3)
*Right click and choose to save the file to download directly to your computer.
Thanks for watching (or listening)!
How Do I Submit a Question?
- Record a video, upload it somewhere, and send a link to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call (347) 687-8109 and record a question. Calls are awesome! We like them!
- Email your question to email@example.com.
Please keep your questions as brief as possible. This means about 3-5 sentences for emails and 30-60 seconds for calls and videos. Your questions can be specific, but broader questions are generally better because they'll apply to more people. For example, "how can I breathe new life into my old PDA?" is much better than "what can I do with an old HP iPAQ 210?" Either way, we look forward to hearing from you!