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Last Week's 10 Biggest Posts

You wanted desktop media servers, browser speed tests and Java security fixes. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:

  1. Quickly Multiply Big Numbers The Japanese Way
    Japanese kids learn to multiply with a completely different method than the one you probably used as a kid. The Japanese maths voodoo/magic is more of a visual technique that involves drawing lines and counting the intersections.
  2. Five Best Desktop Media Servers
    Getting your music and movies from one computer to another computer across the house or across the world has never been easier. Apps make the process simple and painless, enabling you to watch movies on your smartphone when you’re out, or listen to music from your desktop in your upstairs bedroom. Here are five of the best, based on your nominations.
  3. How To Downgrade Your New Windows 8 Computer To Windows 7
    If you aren’t a fan of Windows 8 but want a new laptop that comes with Windows 8 preinstalled, you’ll be happy to know you can actually downgrade it to Windows 7 without having to reformat. Here’s how.
  4. You Can’t Opt Out Of Airport Body Scans In Australia
    Since December, travellers departing Australian international airports can be asked to pass through a body scanner. You might not be a fan of body scanners, but if you’re selected and asked to undergo one, you don’t have the choice of opting out or asking for an alternative.
  5. Why Did Virgin Australia Decide To Use Flash?
    Virgin Australia shifted its back-end systems over the weekend, migrating from Navitaire to Sabre in a shift that was always expected to cause disruption to customers. As expected, the process has experienced the occasional glitch and lots of elements of the site aren’t working right now. Those bugs will surely get ironed out over time, but there’s one element that seems messy for Virgin’s longer-term strategy — the new online check-in system defaults to using Flash.
  6. Use The Socratic Method To Easily Win Arguments
    Arguments become heated and get out of hand when anger enters into the equation, often leaving both parties frustrated and upset. Using Socratic questioning in an argument can help people see things from your perspective without causing unnecessary conflict.
  7. How To Fix The Java Vulnerability
    Oracle has rush-released a fix for a widely-reported major security flaw in Java which renders browser users vulnerable to attacks . Here’s how to install it.
  8. Nine Strategies Successful People Use To Overcome Stress
    Feeling stressed? Of course you are. You have too much on your plate, deadlines are looming and people are counting on you. You are under a lot of pressure — so much that at times, you suspect the quality of your work suffers for it. This is life in the modern workplace. The difference between those who are successful and those who aren’t is not whether or not you suffer from stress, but how you deal with it when you do.
  9. The Exceptional Beauty Of Doom 3′s Source Code
    This is a story about Doom 3′s source code and how beautiful it is. Yes, beautiful. Allow me to explain.
  10. Should Standing Action Be Banned In Unisex Toilets?
    Our night editor Elly Hart snapped this unusual image on top of a unisex toilet she visited after “eating Belgian waffles cooked by a Middle Eastern man at a Canadian cafe run by a Korean woman”. Whatever the origins, the message is clear: men should sit down regardless of what they’re planning to do in this bathroom. Is this a reasonable request?

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