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Fix Slow Animations In Yosemite By Enabling 'Increase Contrast'

Yosemite’s new look is great on new Macs, but older Macs struggle with some of animations, especially when pulling up Exposé. iDownloadBlog talked with a Genius at the Apple Store who suggests turning on “Increase contrast” to speed up those animations.


Ask LH: Can I Be Fined For Driving On A Just-Expired Driver's Licence?

Hey Lifehacker, I just got booked while driving with an expired licence — it expired on the 13th and I was fined on the 18th. If I’m only five days over, couldn’t they just give out a warning instead? And shouldn’t they send a reminder notice?


Reminder: You Need To Show ID To Vote In This Weekend's Queensland Election

This Saturday, Queensland will decide whether or not to give the Newman government another stab in office. Interestingly, it will also be the first time that Australians are required to show proof-of-identity to cast an ordinary vote. If you live in Queensland, you will need to produce one of the following types of ID to quickly cast your ballot.


Silence A Loud-Clicking Mouse With A Little Memory Foam

The repetitive clicking sound of a mouse can become pretty irritating. If you want to silence your mouse for your own peace — and the peace of others around you — a little memory foam can do the trick with no soldering required.


Memory-Friendly Ad Blocker uBlock Now Available For Firefox

Firefox: The last time we highlighted uBlock, a fast and lightweight alternative to AdBlock Plus, it was Chrome only. Now the add-on is available for Firefox as well, and it works well, even though it’s still in beta.


How To Stop Being A Petulant Whiner

We all whine — some of us more than others. But unless you’re always walking around with a glass completely full, you probably turn to whining more often than you think. It’s possible to curb that behaviour, though, and the more you do, the happier you’ll be.


Ask LH: How Can I Persuade My Partner To Stop Ironing?

Dear Lifehacker, I hate ironing, and my wife insists on ironing my work shirts for me. She does a great job, but it can sometimes take ages for her to get around to it, so I have to iron the odd one here or there to get through. I really want to start taking my shirts to a dry cleaner and get them laundered and pressed, but I don’t want to hurt her feelings. What should I do?


Zombie IT: When Technology Refuses To Die

When technology, and the companies behind it, fails, the end can come in a number of different ways. A technology can be mercifully put down, as with Google’s failed hardware media player, the Nexus Q. Alternatively, a failing company can be bought and shut down, as in the case of the once famous personal digital assistant maker Palm, who were bought, and then shut down by HP. Failing companies can also enter a more indeterminate, zombie state where the company may still earn enough money to stay open, but the company itself, and the products they produce, will never again be a significant force in the technology landscape.


Put A Business Card In Your Coat To Ensure Its Safe Return

If you hang your coat at a bar or restaurant, there’s a risk you’ll walk out without it. Even worse, you might take someone else’s coat. If you keep a business card in a pocket, you’re more likely to get your coat back.


My Never-Ending Search For Comfortable In-Ear Headphones

I’m a headphone junkie. I have headphones in all shapes and sizes, but there’s one small problem: I don’t like things that dig deep into my ears, which most traditional in-ear headphones do. So I’ve embarked on a search for more comfortable options… and it’s been more complicated than I expected.