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Ask LH: Why Can't I Claim HECS-HELP Fees As A Tax Deduction?

Hi Lifehacker, I’ve just discovered that I cannot claim HECS-HELP repayments as a tax deduction. This makes no sense to me. If I pay my course fees up front I can claim them as a self-education expense, but if I repay them to the government I can’t? What gives?


Cloud Attitudes Are Often All-Or-Nothing, But Cloud Decisions Shouldn't Be

Cloud computing isn’t a topic that managers are neutral about. However, that doesn’t mean that the decisions we make about cloud rollouts are logical.


How To Decide If You Can Live Without A Car

Cars are a way of life in Australia (and around the world). While most of us enjoy the freedom they offer, their costs can be a burden on your budget. Not everyone can live without that red mark in the ledger, but we’ll help you find out if you might be a candidate.


10 More Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas (That Don't Suck)

So you’ve been invited to a mate’s Halloweeen party but haven’t worked out what to wear. Don’t panic! You still have time to create an inspired, no-frills costume from stuff lying around the house. Here are 10 non-sucky ideas that can be whipped together in under an hour.


Briefly: 40 AA Batteries For $10, Top 20 TED Talks, Police Eye Pirates' Metadata

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Get 40 AA Fujitsu Alkaline batteries from Dick Smith for $9.98, the 20 most popular TED talks of all time, Australian Federal Police Commissioner admits metadata could be used to prosecute movie pirates.


Flash In The SAN: How Much Do You Need?

Flash is an obvious solution for high-speed storage, but what proportion of network storage is typically devoted to it? The answer might be less than you think.


Turn A $30 IKEA Coffee Table Into A LEGO Play Centre

If you’re anything like us, you probably store your kids’ LEGO in a big tub that’s stashed clumsily in a corner of the room. Each play session results in frenzied chaos, with countless pieces strewn across the floor. If you’d like to introduce some order to their bricklaying, this affordable DIY play desk will help to stifle their creation; Lord Business style. It can seat up to four people and comes with inbuilt brick storage and integrated building mats.


Ask LH: How Can I Limit The Time My Kids Spend On Facebook?

Hey Lifehacker, How can I limit the time my teenagers spend on sites like Facebook? Most solutions I’ve found online require software to be installed on individual PCs (which is not ideal at all). The only router-based solution I can find requires me to buy a specific model. Is there any other way to do it?


Taste Test: How To Make A KFC Zinger Double Down King Burger

The KFC Zinger Double Down King is an “all meat” burger comprising cheese, bacon and a beef patty sandwiched between two KFC breast fillets. In other words, it takes the OTT concept of the KFC Double and elevates it to ludicrous proportions. Tragically, the Double Down King isn’t available in Australia, but don’t let that stop you from sampling its colon-clogging delights — as the following taste test demonstrates, it’s possible to build your own. The results are spectacular… and probably a bit lethal.


Coke Life Is Coming To Australia: Everything You Need To Know

Coca-Cola Australia has confirmed that its green-labelled, stevia-sweetened alternative to Diet Coke will be entering the local market — but not until April next year. We spoke to Coca-Cola Australia’s group marketing manager Dianne Everett about what Coke fans can expect from this new soft drink and how it will distinguish itself from the company’s other diet options.