Last Week's Top Ten Posts

You wanted to know everything about Mastercheap, the iPhone 4 and ubiquitous text capture. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:

  1. Mastercheap: Eating For $25 A Week
    Supermarkets claim food is cheaper than ever, but just how inexpensively can a single person eat? Lifehacker editor Angus Kidman sets himself the challenge of eating healthily for a whole week with a budget of just $25 — no extras allowed.
  2. Mastercheap: The $25 Shopping List
    The key to the Mastercheap project — feeding myself for $25 for a whole week — is making the most of my limited funds. So what’s on the shopping list?
  3. The Holy Grail Of Ubiquitous Plain-Text Capture
    Despite all the cool productivity porn modern technology has birthed, the Holy Grail for me is simple: I want to create and edit plain text from anywhere (desktop/tablet/phone), and I want the results to sync flawlessly between devices. And now I can.
  4. Top 10 USB Thumb Drive Tricks
    What can you do with a few gigabytes and a USB port? Quite a lot, with the right software. Learn how to encrypt your work, run whole systems, rescue Windows and customise your thumb drive with these USB-geared tricks.
  5. Australian iPhone 4 Release Set For July 30
    During its press conference to announce it would give free cases to iPhone 4 owners to help deal with the phone’s reception issues, Apple also talked about release plans for the phone internationally. Australia was included on a slide with July 30 as the release date.
  6. Why We Won’t See The iPhone 4 In Australia This July
    Apple has never offered a more specific release date for the iPhone 4 in Australia than late July, and its plans for a US press conference on Friday that’s rumoured to be announcing a strategy to deal with the well-documented antenna and reception issues suggest that a further delay is all too likely. But even without that development, past history suggests we’re still some weeks away at best from a local release.
  7. What Caffeine Actually Does To Your Brain
    For all of its wild popularity, caffeine is one seriously misunderstood substance. It’s not a simple upper, and it works differently on different people with different tolerances — even in different menstrual cycles. But you can make it work better for you.
  8. Mastercheap: Would Aldi Make A Difference?
    Since I announced the Mastercheap project and revealed my shopping list, there’s been a steady stream of comments suggesting that I could have gotten myself a much better deal by shopping at Aldi. While there’s no denying the chain’s low pricing, for the purposes of this project Aldi doesn’t scrub up any better than its rivals.
  9. How To Take Full Advantage Of Your Solid-State Drive
    Solid-state drives (SSDs) have grown popular in recent years for the impressive speed increases your system gains using them. To get the most from your SSD, however, you can (and should) do a few things differently.
  10. Making The Most Of In-Seat Power On Planes
    If you’re lucky enough to score a seat on a plane offering in-seat power, it can make life on the road much more productive. But there’s still some tricks to follow if you want to get the most from that extra juice.


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