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Dear Lifehacker, I am in a bit of a life/career rut at the moment and want to develop some new skills. I have been stuck in retail for years but I would like to kick start a career in IT. I have been looking at some RMIT short courses which look like they will provide me with some great resources. Upon completion of these courses you obtain statements of participation. My question is: will these matter to potential future employers come interview time? I don’t want to waste my time and money!
I got caught driving in NSW while my provisional licence was already suspended (three months) due to losing all demerit points for a speeding fine. Apparently, for this kind of driving offence, the minimum loss of licence will be two years! Do you know if I could have ground for leniency? I was driving home to help my mum to get my stepdad off the floor, because he’s had a stroke two years ago and had fallen that night and she was unable to get him up on her own.
Dear Lifehacker, Is there a way I can stop getting Facebook birthday notifications from showing up on my iPhone and email calendars? They appear every day without fail at midday and it’s super frustrating, if nothing else. I’ve tried looking onto the individual calendars and can’t seem to find a way to disable Facebook sending its birthdays onto them.
Dear Lifehacker, One of my favourite animated movies growing up was Disney’s Dumbo. My daughter just turned four and I want her to have the same magical experience watching it that I did. However, as an adult, I’m not entirely comfortable with the somewhat racist depiction of the anthropomorphised crows. Do you think I’m overacting, or should I censor this type of stuff from an impressionable child?
Dear Lifehacker, The other morning I switched my Samsung Galaxy S6 phone on after charging it overnight. About one minute later, it switched itself off and rebooted without me touching it. It keeps doing this — shutting down and restarting — over and over again until it runs out of batteries. This has rendered the phone useless. I’ve tried switching data/WiFi off and fiddling around with different settings but nothing seems to work. Please help!
Dear Lifehacker, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and had a recommended page which was by Census Australia. I started going through the comments to see what people were saying and was astonished to see multiple responses by the ABS talking about a $180 fine if we don’t complete the Census. Is this true? Can they really fine us for refusing to divulge every bit of information we have about ourselves? What are my legal rights here?