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Ask LH: Will An External Upscaler Make SD Channels Look Better?

Dear Lifehacker, I have a 60″ Samsung 1080 HDTV and the pictures I’m getting on SD channels are very poor. I have an F5s Skybox hooked up. I’ve seen a box called a HDMI to HDMI Voxlink upscaler, will this device help to improve the picture on my TV or would I just be wasting my money?


Ask LH: Should I Water Cool My PC?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m looking to build a new PC that’s capable of running high-end video games and 3D graphics applications. In other words, it’s going to get pretty hot! I’m seriously considering a water cooling solution but don’t really know where to start. So my questions are: is water cooling worth the effort and what type of skills do I need to pull it off?


Ask LH: Does Bad Broadband Make My Computer Run More Slowly?

Dear Lifehacker, To what extent does a “slow” internet connection affect operating system and application response times? My work connection is much faster than my home connection, and it often feels like the same machine is slower at home. I suspect that operating systems and applications often “phone home” and that waiting for responses over slow links slows things down. Does this actually happen?


Ask LH: How Can I Make My Office A Happier Place?

Hi Lifehacker, I have recently started working for an organisation that is still finding its feet. Over the years, there have been various mistakes in communication. Unfortunately, those mistakes have resulted in a lot of resentment between members of the organisation. No one party is entirely in the wrong, but none is entirely right either, it seems.


Ask LH: How Can I Get My Girlfriend To Stop Playing Pokemon GO?

Dear Lifehacker, my girlfriend is a Pokemon GO player. I’m not. Over the past fortnight she has been playing the game 24/7 and it’s starting to affect our relationship. (Don’t get me started on our “romantic” walks.) When she’s not hunting Pokemon, she’s tweeting about it or researching tips on her phone — even while we’re in bed together. I’m starting to feel seriously neglected! Do you have any intervention tips for Pokemon GO addicts?


Ask LH: Can Telstra Force Me Onto An NBN Plan If I Don't Want To Go?

Dear Lifehacker, My street was recently joined to the great and wonderful NBN (slight sarcasm there.) Telstra has since informed me that I need to move my internet and phone across as it won’t be supported in its existing state. I’ve got no problem with this, but it got me examining other telco’s NBN deals and comparing prices.

I’m still under a 24-month contract — or am I? If I stick with Telstra, I’d essentially be signing a new contract (which they’re happy to do because it keeps me as their customer) but am I still obligated if Telstra is effectively terminating the service I signed up for?


Ask LH: When Is The Cheapest Time To Book A Flight?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m in New Zealand and planning to bring my mum over for a visit from South Africa at the end of January next year. I’m trying to save up the money for the ticket from regular income instead of dipping into savings. So my question is how before an international flight is best to book the ticket to not pay extra for “Last Minute”?


Ask LH: Am I Allowed To Wear Headphones While Riding A Motorbike?

Dear Lifehacker, What is the legal status of wearing in-ear headphones while riding a motorcycle in NSW? Maybe my Google-fu is slipping, but I can’t find a solid answer. I’d like to use headphones to hear the GPS on my phone, especially when travelling to new areas. But, I’m a law abiding rider (I even obey the stupid laws!), and I don’t want any trouble from the police. Please help!


Ask LH: Is It Okay To Eat Two-Week Old Chicken?

Dear Lifehacker, Today I ate a big piece of cooked chicken that had been in the refrigerator (not frozen) for 10 days or so. It seemed good in terms of smell and taste but I do not know if I should have thrown it out and not eaten it? Am I going to get sick?


Ask LH: Should I Upgrade To Windows 10?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m trying to toss up whether it’s worth upgrading my laptop from windows 8.1 to Windows 10. I’ve heard mixed reviews and don’t want to make the wrong decision! Should I take the plunge? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.


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