Ford made the unfortunate but not unexpected decision last night to shutter its Australian manufacturing operations. A by-product of the announcement is the death of a great Australian motor car: the Ford Falcon. This iconic car has quite a history in Australia, but does that make the car an instant classic? Should you buy one now to profit from it in future?
Dear Lifehacker, Is it ever OK to buy replica/bootleg products? I’ll probably never spend $200 on sunglasses, $500 on headphones, $1500 on a handbag (or manbag), or $5000 on a watch. While I admire the aesthetics, I simply can’t justify the expense. Is this largely a victimless crime? After all, these companies aren’t losing me as a potential customer. Thanks, Bag Hunter
Crowdsourcing marketplace Freelancer.com is extending the idea of contests — where individual workers pitch ideas and hirers choose the best submission — from its design categories to every tyoe of work it offers through the site. It’s understandable that a model which has proved successful in one area is being extended to others, but I’m not sure how well this will work when it comes to development projects.
Android: SwiftKey, our favourite keyboard for Android, is on sale now at Google Play for $1.99. That’s 50 per cent off its regular price, and for your money you get all of SwiftKey’s features, from accurate predictive text to gesture typing.
Winter is coming, and all across the southern states eyes turn to energy bills and minds towards how to make them smaller. What is the most efficient way to heat your house? As with anything to do with thermodynamics the answer is complicated, but there are some solid rules to help shape your thinking.
When my younger sister was in college, she needed help with the down payment for a new car. I wrote her a cheque — coincidentally, her birthday was just around the corner — and sent it in a card, with the understanding that when she was solvent, she’d pay me back. Almost a decade later, that portion of my coffer remains empty; in fact, it’s permanently closed, since the one time I suggested she might pay me back, it caused a battle so ugly that my father had to step in to break up a fight between his adult daughters.