annoyances

Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned In Lectures

Any university teacher who does not harbour a painful recollection of a failed lecture is a liar. On one such occasion, I felt early on that I had lost the students entirely: those who hadn’t sunk into comatose oblivion were listless and anxious. Ungracefully, I threw myself even deeper into my PowerPoint presentation to save me from total ruin. Years later, I can still hear myself reading aloud the bullet points from the overhead and see myself turning around to the students to sell these points to them.


Remove Suggested Items From Your eBay Home Page

Three years ago, I bought a Nook Simple Touch for a project. Since then, eBay’s front page is just filled with all the Nooks people are selling. If that sounds familiar, here’s how to turn it off.


Top 10 Computer Disasters (And How To Deal With Them)

Using a computer means occasionally dealing with annoying, possibly disastrous problems like losing all your data if your hard drive crashes. Here are ten of the most common computer problems and how to deal with them.


Get Catchy Songs Out Of Your Head By Chewing Some Gum

Some songs are nice to have in your head, but any song will eventually overstay it’s welcome. Whether you like the tune or not, a recent study suggests that you can ban earworms from your mind just by chewing some gum.


Stop Getting Gouged: All The Extra Fees You Can Avoid When Travelling

Travelling is expensive enough as it is without airlines, hotels and other companies surprising you with big fat fees. While the travel industry might enjoy preying on the exhausted, it only takes a little knowledge to avoid these fees altogether.


Ask LH: Is It Illegal To Take Other People's Junk During Council Cleanups?

Hi Lifehacker, Around once a year, our local council allows residents to put their unwanted goods on their front verge to be collected and disposed of at the local tip. However, there are groups of people that cruise around my street sifting through people’s rubbish and taking away what they want. Is this legal?


How Every Australian Airline Is Cracking Down On Hand Luggage

Travelling only with hand luggage saves you valuable time, but domestic airlines in Australia are getting much stricter about enforcing their baggage limits. Here’s the current state of play for Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar and Tigerair, and the best tactics to use to avoid unwanted hassles or excess luggage fees.


What Should The Maximum Size For An Email Attachment Be?

Office 365 now allows you to define policies limiting the maximum size of email attachments. But just how big is too big?


Change Your Google Ads Demographic To See Less Distracting Ads

If you find the ads that Google serves you just a tad too distracting, here’s an easy way to lessen their impact.


Wear a Baseball Cap And A Non-Running Jacket To Run In The Rain

Rain is the worst running weather. Even intrepid athletes who head out in the snow can find themselves hiding indoors on grey days, mumbling about how rain gets in their eyes and soaks their clothes. But it’s possible to thwart misery with a few smart choices, so you can turn heads as people say “Can you believe she’s out running in this weather?”