You wanted information on switching from Mac to Windows, iCloud pointers and the truth about torrent throttling by Aussie ISPs. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- Should I Switch To iCloud From Google?
Among the big enhancements to iOS 5 is Apple’s new iCloud suite, which keeps your mail, contacts, calendars, documents and other data stored in the cloud and synced to all your Apple devices. Most people currently use Google services for these features, so we played with iCloud for a few days and looked at how they stacked up against one another. Here’s what we found.
- Switching to Windows
Over the last month I’ve done the opposite of many computer users. I’ve switched from a Mac to a PC. Sure, it’s not the coolest thing to be doing – at least if I pay attention to the ads and what the cool kids are doing. But I wanted to see something – is there really much practical difference between OS X Lion and Windows 7?
- Switching to Windows Phone 7.5
My iPhone is probably the most used device in my tech kitbag. I carry it everywhere and it’s essential for keeping in touch by phone, text and email. I use it as my sat-nav and portable gaming device. So, how does Windows Phone 7 stack up?
- Which Australian ISPs Throttle BitTorrent And By How Much?
A list revealing the peer-to-peer throttling habits of the world’s biggest internet service providers has been made public by Measurement Lab, a Google-backed platform that allow researchers to perform extensive tests on the performance of the internet, among other things. The list includes a number of Australian ISPs, including Telstra, Optus, Internode and iiNet.
- The Lifehacker Workout: Exercise For Normal People
Extreme exercise programs like P90X, CrossFit and Insanity will without a doubt kick you into the best shape of your life in a very short amount of time — but only if you stick with their crazy-for-most routines. We’ve created a workout that borrows a few of the best ideas from these popular, though extreme, fitness programs, but tailored the workout to be easier for the average person to stick with.
- Erasing A Dead Hard Drive
Dear readers. Am I being paranoid? The hard drive in my iMac died a couple of weeks ago. After getting it replaced, I asked for the old drive to be returned to me so that I could ensure that there was no data I couldn’t get from it and to be certain that no one else accessed any of data.
- Switching From Apple to Microsoft
Over the last few days I’ve been looking at the path of leaving Apple and moving to Microsoft’s software. Here are my five take home lessons
- OpenELEC Is Fast-Booting XBMC For Home Theatre PCs
OpenELEC aims to make home theatre PCs as DVD player-like as possible, using a lightweight, instant-on version of XBMC that updates itself for a maintenance-free media centre.
- iPhone 4S Battery Life
A Lifehacker reader wonders why his new iPhone 4S has poorer battery life than his old 3GS. My experience of iPhone batteries is that they take a couple of cycles before the meter is accurate but I don’t have a iPhone 4S yet so I can’t comment one way or the other. What about other iPhone 4S owners? What’s the battery life like?
- When Should You Not Use An Energy-Saving CFL Bulb?
A major part of how I cut my electric bill was swapping out old incandescent light bulbs to CFLs, which use less energy and last longer. On paper, the CFLs are better in every way, but apparently, Unpluggd says there are some times when you shouldn’t use them.