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Dear Lifehacker, My Asus U36sg is a nice, light notebook with good features, but the screen is 1366 by 768 and nothing to write home about. Assuming I could afford the $150 hardware cost, I would like to try putting something like a B133HAN03 1600 by 900 screen in its place. How far out of my depth am I? Is this a non-starter and I’m totally deluded? Thanks, Screen Queen
Dear Lifehacker, Is it ever OK to buy replica/bootleg products? I’ll probably never spend $200 on sunglasses, $500 on headphones, $1500 on a handbag (or manbag), or $5000 on a watch. While I admire the aesthetics, I simply can’t justify the expense. Is this largely a victimless crime? After all, these companies aren’t losing me as a potential customer. Thanks, Bag Hunter
Dear Lifehacker, I’m a mid-twenties IT professional who works at an Australian IT startup, and I have really enjoyed my time there. I’ve been involved in everything from designing hardware, reviewing and recommending server farm infrastructure, developing automated deployment scripts, software support, training and — well, it’s a software startup, you get your hands dirty with everything at the end of the day. But now it’s time to take the next step.
Dear Lifehacker, How might I go about making a ‘bucket-list’? I know it should have all the things I want to do/see/experience. But what about the things I’m not aware of? I don’t know what I don’t know, after all. Should it be 50 things? 100? 1000? Should I focus on doing things for myself or for others? What’s a good mix? Should it be a dynamic list or something I set in stone until it’s finished? I want to make a well rounded list so I feel like I’ve really lived, before I kick it (hopefully in many years’ time!) Thanks, Bucket Head
Dear Lifehacker, I’ve read about why I really should use a VPN, and I’ve been looking into different providers, but there’s one thing I’m worried about. Can’t a VPN provider just look at my traffic all they want and see what I’m doing? Don’t I just have to trust them not to spy on me?
Dear Lifehacker, Every week after work we have informal drinks with the boss. I am the resident nerd and I want to find what topics of conversation are appropriate without pretending to like things that I don’t like or having to be false. I do have a decent sense of humor and can crack the boys up now and then, but I need more than that. I need to be interesting and respectful without acting like a fool or being a suck-up. What topics of conversation can I use that I am actually interested in that will engage and interest the boss and his cronies? Thanks, Conversation Starter