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Ask LH: Which Laptops Are Good Choices For School?

Hi Lifehacker, Next year the school my sons attend is introducing a BYOD policy, so I have to buy laptops or tablets for each of them. They both have desktops at home.


Ask LH: Why Can't I Claim HECS-HELP Fees As A Tax Deduction?

Hi Lifehacker, I’ve just discovered that I cannot claim HECS-HELP repayments as a tax deduction. This makes no sense to me. If I pay my course fees up front I can claim them as a self-education expense, but if I repay them to the government I can’t? What gives?


Ask LH: How Can I Limit The Time My Kids Spend On Facebook?

Hey Lifehacker, How can I limit the time my teenagers spend on sites like Facebook? Most solutions I’ve found online require software to be installed on individual PCs (which is not ideal at all). The only router-based solution I can find requires me to buy a specific model. Is there any other way to do it?


Ask LH: How Can I Set Up My Own Hosting Service?

Hi Lifehacker, I’m a student who just started doing some work on the side building websites for local businesses in my spare time — thanks for introducing me to Codecademy and making that possible). I’ve decided to look into hosting the websites myself as another form of income. How do I go about setting up a server to host websites? Are there student discounts for buying servers?


Ask LH: How Can I Deal With Flies, Moths And Other Bugs?

Hi Lifehacker, Bug season is coming again — yesterday I was invaded by two friendly massive flies. I’m living in a share house so my time out of the room is limited. How can I avoid/limit bugs coming into my room? It would be nice to be able to work without the bugs saying hi every four seconds in front of my face.


Ask LH: How Can I Succeed In A Job Based On The Road?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m one of the final applicants for a new state sales role that is completely based on the road. As I’ve always been at a desk in an office this is both exciting and scary! What sort of things will I need to be aware of when traveling around the state selling and working from home? They are also offering a car allowance — how does that work and what do I need to keep in mind?


Ask LH: How Can I Go Wireless With Home Entertainment?

Hi Lifehacker, I just moved into a new flat where space is at a premium. I own three games consoles and an HTPC that I use for most of my media consumption needs. The TV is mounted onto the wall. I would like to avoid having cables running across the floor/wall to the TV.


Ask LH: What Brand Of Hard Drive Should I Buy?

Dear Lifehacker, I keep a lot of media on my desktop hard drives, and run them almost continuously (I’d be lucky if my desktop was shut down more than once a week). After having two drives fail on me in just two years, I was wondering if there was a specific brand of hard drive you would recommend?


Ask LH: Can I Speed Up My P-Plate Qualifying By Moving?

Hi Lifehacker, I’m a 25 year old P-plater from NSW who is planning to move to Victoria. If I transfer my license to Victoria, will I escape the last year of my P-plate restriction? Which set of rules apply?


Ask LH: How Can I Share My iPad Between Multiple Users?

Hi Lifehacker, I’m about to purchase an iPad Air 2 — I’ve looked at the other tablet options and it seems the best fit for my needs. But here’s the challenge: I want to share it with my wife.