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Ask LH: How Can I Improve My Indoor Phone Reception?

Dear Lifehacker, Using my mobile, I have 3-bar service in my workshop until I close the doors, then there is none. Is there a cheaper way of dragging a bit of signal through the tin wall other than the expensive extender option? Would a passive repeater system work? Any thoughts?


Ask LH: What Should I Look Out For When Buying A USB Charger?

Hey Lifehacker, With all the discussion recently about the pitfalls of buying cheap micro-USB wall chargers off eBay or from markets, what is the best way to buy a fast charging but safe charger, without paying a fortune for it?


Ask LH: Why Can't Cable Internet Be Connected To My Building?

Hi Lifehacker, We’ve just moved into our first house and I was excited to find that Optus cable internet was available. The technician came out but then said it wasn’t possible to connect us because we are the back house of the section. Have I been fobbed off or is there a legitimate issue with connecting cable through a section if it wasn’t done at the time of building?


Ask LH: Should I Buy A Refurbished iPhone From The US?

Hi Lifehacker, After finally exhausting the useful life of my iPhone 4S, it’s time to upgrade. I’d like to buy a refurbished iPhone 5S from the US, where they are between half and two-thirds the price in Australia. As long as the phone is (carrier/ factory) unlocked, are there any compatibility issues I should be aware of? And is this a good idea to start with?


Ask LH: Can An Employer Require Me To Have A Driver's Licence?

Dear Lifehacker, I am short-sighted and cannot obtain a driver’s licence. Many ICT-based jobs I am applying for state in their requirements: “must have own vehicle and licence”. Is this discrimination? Can I do anything about it?


Ask LH: How Can I Start Eating More Healthily?

Hey Lifehacker, I am a 6’2″ 20 year old male university student and it is fair to say that my diet is appalling. It basically consists of frozen food (chips, pies, sausage rolls), pasta, bread, two-minute noodles, chocolate and fast food. As a result I have developed somewhat of a gut and man boobs.


Ask LH: Who Handles The Warranty If A Company Goes Out Of Business?

Hi Lifehacker, If you purchase a product from a manufacturer who no longer is in business and another company has taken over that product who is responsible for the warranty?


Ask LH: Do I Have To Give My Ex His Stuff Back?

My ex left me three years ago. We have now been divorced for two years. Until recently I have heard nothing from him but now he wants his stuff back. What should I do? Honestly, I do not want him here.


Ask LH: Should I Ask My Current Boss For A Reference?

Hi Lifehacker, I am currently in my first job out of university and recently I’ve been thinking about looking for a new job. All of my references from before this job are from employment during high school and university. Is it appropriate to use my current boss as a referee, and to ask for a reference from them?


Ask LH: How Often Should I Be Varying My Workout?

Dear Lifehacker, I’ve heard that I should be “mixing it up” and changing up my workouts at the gym. My friend, who’s a bodybuilder, told me that this is called “muscle confusion” and will force them to grow. I only know a few exercises at the gym so changing seems even more difficult. What do I do?