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Ask LH: What Do Those Different Game Audio Options Actually Do?

Dear Lifehacker, I’ve seen some games offer the audio options “Stereo”, “TV”, “Headphones” and “Home Theater” (damn US spelling). I know what stereo is, but what are the others? Do they map to other well-known settings like 5.1 or is something else going on?


Ask LH: Should I Leave A 'Password Will' For My Loved Ones?

Dear Lifehacker, I nearly became road kill on the weekend when a bus zoomed past me while I was crossing the road. This close brush with death got me thinking: should I make a will containing all my digital passwords? My loved ones will obviously need to access my bank account if I die uexpedtedly. They might also want to look over my emails, social media accounts and other online services I subscribe to. Do you recommend this, and if so, what’s the safest way to go about it?


Ask LH: What Are The Best Bluetooth Earphones For Exercise?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m looking for a pair of Bluetooth earphones (I can’t stand buds), specifically for running. Do you have any recommendations? What should I be looking for when purchasing a pair? And is it possible to buy a pair that are reliable and don’t cost the earth?


Ask LH: What's A Good 'Non-Gamer' Chair For Gaming?

Dear Lifehacker, I just bought a new one-bedroom apartment and I want to put a gaming chair in the lounge room. The problem is that my girlfriend won’t suffer anything that looks like your typical “XtrEme!” gaming chair and it needs to double as a single-seater for when we have visitors. Any tips on what I should look for in a trendy seat that won’t look out of place in the lounge room?


Ask LH: How Can I Adjust My Sleep Schedule For A Really Early Start?

Dear LH, I have recently received a promotion at my work, hooray! However, my new role comes with adjusted working hours – instead of the usual 9-6, I am now working from 6:30 – 4:30 (occasionally with overtime to 5:30). Given commute times and how long it takes me to get functioning in the morning, I estimate I probably need to get up around 4:45am. How can I adjust my body clock to this new regime and still have the time and energy to see family and friends late at night?


Ask LH: What's The Best SIM Card For European Travel?

Dear Lifehacker, I am travelling to France for a couple of weeks, then getting on a cruise moving from France to Italy, Spain and then Malta. I have my phone with Telstra and I really only require data. Would you please advise which SIM card you would recommend please?


Ask LH: Is Connecting To NBN FTTN A Waste Of Money?

Dear Lifehacker, I recently had NBN FTTN made available at my house. My questions are: Do I bother signing up for FTTN and get stuck on outdated tech? I realise I shouldn’t complain about getting faster internet, but I feel that getting the FTTN right now is bad timing. Do I hold off for FTTP or fibre to the driveway? If the government changes the plan to roll out FTTP or another type of technology, will I be stuck on FTTN while everyone else gets the latest and greatest? Are there any plans/suggestions that FTTN enabled areas will ever be upgraded if the government changes the rollout plan?


Ask LH: Should I Upgrade The Processor In My Tablet?

Dear Lifehacker, My phone’s screen and battery are still great, but the dual-core processor is getting long in the tooth. Is there any way I can either upgrade the processor, or get it to draw on the much more powerful processor in my phone?


Ask LH: Should I Bust My Mate For Doing Illegal DIY?

Dear Lifehacker, I need advice about a friend who likes to do dangerous DIY work around his house. He recently did major plumbing work without having a licence (the main water line from the street to his house). He’s now installing an electric stove in his kitchen also without a licence. Should I dob him in? I’m afraid that something terrible may happen in the future from a botched job.


Ask LH: Are Wikipedia Donations Tax-Deductible In Australia?

Dear Lifehacker, Wikipedia frequently runs annual funding drives, which makes me wonder: are Wikipedia donations tax deductible within Australia? And should I be donating to the main site or the Australian chapter?


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