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Ask LH: How Should I Dress When Applying For Work At A Takeaway Joint?

Hey Lifehacker, Should I wear my formal clothes when applying for a job, even if it’s at a fast food restaurant? Or will that create a negative reaction because I’m “over-dressed”?


Ask LH: How Safe Are Artificial Sweeteners, Really?

Dear Lifehacker,

Everyone is saying artificial sweeteners like aspartame are bad for you, and now Diet Pepsi is removing it. Should I worry about how much diet soft drink I’ve been drinking? What health hazard have I been exposing myself to all these years? And should I worry about the new sweetener that’s replacing it?


Ask LH: Is It Illegal To Take Other People's Junk During Council Cleanups?

Hi Lifehacker, Around once a year, our local council allows residents to put their unwanted goods on their front verge to be collected and disposed of at the local tip. However, there are groups of people that cruise around my street sifting through people’s rubbish and taking away what they want. Is this legal?


Ask LH: Can I Be Overweight And Still Healthy?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m an overweight man who has struggled to lose weight my entire life. My doctor tells me that my BMI is in the “overweight category”. To be honest, I’m happy with my body. I don’t have any medical issues, and I try to live healthily as much as possible. Is it possible to be overweight and still healthy?


Ask LH: How Long Will My Hard Drives Really Last?

Dear Lifehacker, I know hard drives can fail, but how long do they really last? Will they last longer if I don’t use them as often?


Ask LH: How Can I Stop Getting So Embarrassed When I Do Something Stupid?

Dear Lifehacker, Every time I do something embarrassing, I find myself frozen in terror. Sometimes it’s warranted, but other times I feel like I’m just dwelling on something that doesn’t matter. How can I stop freaking out at every little misstep?


Ask LH: Am I Breaking The Law By Viewing Streaming Fileshare Sites?

Hey Lifehacker, What’s the legal status of viewing movies and TV shows that link to either streaming versions of torrents or content that wasn’t uploaded by the creator? Will I be busted for doing that?


Ask LH: Can I Trust OneDrive With My Personal Data?

Hi Lifehacker, I recently signed up for Microsoft’s OneDrive, but I’m still not sure: can data I store there be manipulated, copied or accessed by Microsoft staff? I have all the personal information on my drive now synced, and it’s something of a concern.


Ask LH: Which NBN Provider Is The Best For Streaming Media?

Hi Lifehacker, The NBN is about to go active in my area. What is the best plan for someone who’s into streaming a lot of content (like Netflix)? And which providers won’t suffer from congestion?


Ask LH: What's The Best Way To Backup And Share Business Files In The Cloud?

Hi Lifehacker, We’re thinking about updating our file server in the office so that it automatically backs up data to the cloud. We would ideally want to continuously sync the data as users modify the files quite often.