Ask LH: Which Paperwork Do I Need To Keep?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m trying to declutter our house and one thing that constantly makes a mess is bills, receipts and bank statements. I’ve gone paperless in most cases, but part of me still feels I need hard copies of certain things. Is there some kind of list I can go by for things I really should keep paper copies of (say for legal or tax reasons)? How long should I keep these things? Will scans of the original do in some cases?


Ask LH: Can I Use A GPS When I'm On My P-Plates?

Hey Lifehacker, What are the laws in Queensland about using a GPS device while on your P1 licence? I know mobile phones are a definite no-go, but I can’t find anything about GPS.


These Are The 39 Phone Companies And ISPs ACMA Has Formally Warned

One of the jobs of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is to track whether phone companies and internet service providers are meeting regulatory requirements. Today, it announced it had issued formal warnings to 39 providers for not meeting basic requirements around paperwork and customer information. That would make us cautious about using any of them.


How To Explain Risk In Your Data Centre

If your data centre was flooded or lost power , the business impact would be significant. But how can you accurately measure and manage that risk, and how can you discuss it with other parts of the business?


Ask LH: Are Scanned Receipts Valid When I Ask For A Refund?

Dear Lifehacker, I’ve recently begun the endeavour to go paperless using a Doxie, Evernote and Google Drive. Loving it so far. My query is about the legality of scanned receipts.


Ask LH: Does My Driving Ban Apply In Multiple States?

Hey Lifehacker, I have a full NSW licence and just recently was caught speeding in Victoria. I was going 35 km over the limit and I lost my licence automatically for 6 months. The judge told me I was banned from driving in Victoria. Does this mean I cannot drive in NSW also? No one can tell me and on the RTA website my licence details have not changed. I have 2 months to pay the fine. Will the RTA let me know if my licence is suspended?


Ask LH: Can I Lose My Licence For Interstate Infringements?

Hi Lifehacker, my son has a red P plate NSW licence and was booked doing 9km over the speed limit in Western Australia. He was obeying Western Australia P plate laws (which don’t impose a speed limit), but was over the 90km/h speed limit that applies in NSW. Does that mean he will lose his licence in NSW?


Ask LH: Should I Protest My School Zone Speeding Fine?

Hi Lifehacker, I just received a speeding fine for being 10km over in a school zone. I don’t deny I was over the speed limit — however I wasn’t in the school zone yet. The cop was sitting right at the school zone sign so really got me going 5km over in a 50 zone, but he said it doesn’t matter as he said I wouldn’t have slowed down anyway. Is there any point me going to court?


IKEA Has Second Thoughts About Trying To Kill Off IKEAhackers

As we reported last weekend, in a deeply dunderheaded move IKEA tried to shut down mod site IKEAhackers, claiming the site was a trademark infringement and single-handedly failing to recognise that IKEAhackers promotes the sale of IKEA products. Now it seems the Swedish furniture giant is having second thoughts.


IKEA Is Forcing IKEAhackers To Change Its Name

What absolute clots. IKEA has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the operator of Lifehacker favourite IKEAhackers, demanding that the site give up the IKEAhackers name and hand over its domain name.