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Ask LH: How Can I Give Away Old PC Parts?

Hey Lifehacker, Just wondering if there are any good Australian institutions that would take old PC parts as donations or for recycling? I’m not interested in DIY re-purposing hacks, I just want this junk out of my house!


Ask LH: What Are My Consumer Rights With Refurbished Products?

Dear Lifehacker, What are my consumer rights when buying a refurbished product from a business in Australia? How does it affect the warranty? I’m looking at some refurbished TVs from a reputable Australian dealer. The stated warranty is for 3 months, which doesn’t really seem “reasonable” for a TV, especially if you are still paying $1500-$2000 for it. What would the options be if the TV developed a fault which wasn’t listed in the description outside of that period?


Ask LH: What's The Best Way To Get Into IT?

Hey Lifehacker, I am currently in year 11 and so I’m thinking about jobs for later life. I really love computers and have a passion for the technology that makes it work. To get into IT support or an IT role in a company, what skill sets do I need and how can I get a head start?


Ask LH: How Much Baggage Can I Get Away With On A Flight?

Dear Lifehacker, Can I take a decent-sized overnight bag AND a decent-sized laptop bag as carry-on luggage for domestic and international flights? If so, how big can each bag be before I have to check it in and/or pay?


Ask LH: Why Is Channel 7 Reception So Bad?

Hi Lifehacker, My TV works fine except for Channel 7 — the signal quality can drop for no apparent reason from 10 to 5 or even 3. This can happen at any time during the day but is most prevalent at night after 5pm. It’s been a real problem ever since we went digital. Any suggestions?


Ask LH: How Do I Ask Someone To Be My Mentor?

Dear Lifehacker, I understand how useful it is to have a mentor, or someone whose experience I can benefit from. Once I’ve found someone though, how do I ask them? Do you just email them and ask, or is there a better way to make your case? Sincerely, Desperately Seeking Senpai


Ask LH: Will Switching States Speed Up My P-Plates?

Hi Lifehacker, I’m a P-plater from Victoria who is now living in NSW. The P-plate restriction in Victoria runs for four years. I wanted to ask whether if I transfer my license to a NSW license I’d escape the last year of my P-plate restriction? Which set of rules apply and what’s the best way to switch?


Ask LH: What Can I Do When There Are No ADSL Ports Available?

Hi Lifehacker, I’ve recently moved to a town in Queensland that has no available ports for ADSL in the nearest exchange. I’m paying too much for a Wi-Fi hotspot and am scared of using it as I’m charged for every MB over my miniscule data allowance. What other options are there? How long might I have to wait?


Ask LH: How Can I Stay Dry Without An Umbrella?

Hi Lifehacker, I recently started working in an office building quite close to where I live. It’s a half hour walk through some lovely suburban streets, across a freeway overpass and into an industrial area. This is the first time in my life I haven’t been driving or public transporting to work and I enjoy it. However, the recent inclement weather, while a boon to struggling farmers, is causing me problems.


Ask LH: Can I Record Calls If The Company Is Recording Me?

Hi Lifehacker, There have been a lot of stories recently from the US about customers recording calls to demonstrate how bad customer service can be. I’m wondering if it’s legal to do that in Australia.