You wanted the truth about flybuys, tips for friendlier travel overseas and a selection of Google Easter Eggs. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- Why The New flybuys Is A Rip-Off
Coles has revamped its flybuys loyalty scheme, changing the way you can earn points and redeem them. But the most important feature of the scheme remains the same: you will have to spend a massive amount of money to reap any long-term benefits, and you’ll be sacrificing a lot of personal information to do so. We’ll tell you how to make the most of flybuys if you do sign up, but you really need to examine whether it’s worth it.
- Seven Cultural Mistakes Aussie Travellers Often Make
Australians love their travel and pride ourselves on not being culturally insensitive like (ahem) Americans, but that doesn’t mean we always get it right. Guest blogger Darcie Connell examines some common mistakes Aussies make overseas.
- Top 10 Highly-Desired Skills You Can Teach Yourself
On countless occasions, you’ve likely said to yourself “I wish I knew how to do ______.” Then, of course, life got in the way and you put it off until you could find the time. Maybe you wanted to become fluent in a language, learn a new instrument, start performing your house repairs, or master a myriad of other skills. With the vast amount of knowledge online, you’re now your only excuse. Here are the top 10 most highly desired skills that you can teach yourself — and should.
- Optus ‘Free’ Broadband Might Not Be The Best Deal
Optus is offering a ‘free’ broadband connection with 50GB of data a month if you sign up for a 24-month contract on one of its home telephony or mobile services. While that sounds like a potentially tempting offer, it’s worth considering carefully before signing up.
- Lifehacker’s Ultimate Google Easter Egg Guide
Google takes itself very seriously these days, but that hasn’t yet stopped its engineers from creating “easter eggs” — unexpected features and games which appear when you search for specific terms or hit special keys in other Google products. Here’s our complete list.
- A Week With Internet Explorer: Not The Browser You’ve Always Despised
It’s fashionable to hate on Internet Explorer, yet I doubt half of the hate-spewing IE trolls have even used it in the past few years. So I decided to set the record straight. I used IE as my main browser for an entire week to see whether the historical IE hate still held water, and here’s what I found.
- Apple Is Australia’s Most Reputable Brand, But How Did Australia Post Come Second?
It’s no surprise that Apple has topped an index of Australia’s most reputable brands — it’s a highly-regarded company with massive market share. But how on earth did Australia Post come second?
- When You Should Shoot Photos In JPEG And When You Should Use RAW
All DSLRs, and even many point-and-shoots nowadays, can shoot in RAW format, meaning you can save your images as a completely unprocessed file that offers the potential for a higher-quality photo. The downside is that RAW files take up a lot of space and require extra work to process in post. So when should you use this format or when should you stick to space-saving JPEGs? SLR Lounge performed several tests to come to a (mostly) definitive conclusion.
- Closing Dick Smith Stores Not Selling Catalogue Specials
Dick Smith is closing up to 100 stores around the country, which means you can find some interesting one-off bargains if your local outlet is shutting down. But don’t head there trying to get catalogue bargains.
- Dealhacker: 20% Off Good Guys Gift Cards At Australia Post
Store gift cards rarely get sold at a discount, so this is notable: from today until May 20, Australia Post is selling gift cards for The Good Guys at 20 per cent off.