You wanted free apps, better motivation and protection from anti-piracy crusades. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- The Free Apps We’re Most Thankful For
While the Lifehacker US team is stuffing itself with Thanksgiving turkey, we can all be thankful for high-quality free software. Here’s a roundup of our favourite free apps.
- Avoid Procrastination By Changing ‘And’ To ‘Or’
When we procrastinate, we’re simply making excuses to ourselves to justify why we’re not going to do what we need to do. CD Baby founder and human encyclopedia of useful life lessons Derek Sivers has a handy hack: just alter the language of your excuses by replacing “and” with “or”.
- Aussie ISPs Propose Copyright Enforcement Scheme
Five major Australian internet service providers (ISPs) — iiNet, Internode, Primus, Optus and Telstra — have released a proposal for dealing with online piracy. It’s an education-based scheme that doesn’t force ISPs to cut off customers accused of piracy by movie studios, but there’s a way to go before it becomes reality.
- Apple Planning Black Friday Sale For Australia
The day after Thanksgiving is usually deemed ‘Black Friday’ in the US, with major discounts at most retailers. Apple is importing that concept into Australia, promising discounts on iPads, iPod and Mac products this Friday (Australian time) through its local online store.
- Worst Password List Has All The Usual Suspects
The fallout from the Facebook porn scandal of the past few weeks continues, with software company SplashData listing the top 25 most commonly used “bad” passwords. You can probably list the top 10 with your eyes closed.
- Would You Run Payroll For $160000 A Year?
I attended a panel discussion on the future of work today, and an interesting anecdote emerged. One consultant specialising in payroll said she had been contacted by a building company in Queensland which was offering a job managing its payroll at $160,000 a year (plus super and benefits), but hadn’t got any takers. Is payroll such an utterly hideous job that no-one would do it for that kind of money?
- Facebook Is Badware (And Why Google Should Warn Its Users)
Facebook has moved from merely being a walled garden into openly attacking its users’ ability and willingness to navigate the rest of the web. The evidence that this is true even for sites which embrace Facebook technologies is overwhelming, and the net result is that Facebook is gaslighting users into believing that visiting the web is dangerous or threatening.
- Top 10 Things To Remember When Moving House
I’m not going to lie to you: moving is always stressful. But you can minimise the stress with organisation and planning. Here are 10 tried and true tips for making the process easier.
- Master The New Gmail With These Tips, Shortcuts And Add-Ons
Gmail is the best email client around, and chances are you use it all day, every day. It’s also filled with tricks, shortcuts and time-saving tools you can use to kick the crap out of your email. Today, we’re going into exhaustive overdrive, covering all our favourite Gmail tricks, both old and new. Even if you already consider yourself a Gmail ninja, there’s bound to be something here you haven’t yet discovered.
- Ask LH: Can I Get Compensation When A Service Person Is Late?
Dear Lifehacker, Recently I waited for Optus to come and set up the internet at home and they never showed up or even phoned me to say they weren’t coming. As I had to be at home instead of work this meant a loss of time and money for me, not to mention the frustration.