Lifehacker’s Most Popular Australian Stories Of 2011

Each year, I finish up on Lifehacker by listing the most popular Australian stories from the previous 12 months, and there’s always a surprise or two in there. What tickled your collective fancy this year?

Picture by Chris Birchill

There’s a lot of new Apple product in this listing, which isn’t so surprising: people are always keen for information on Apple’s plans, especially when it comes to its rarely-predictable Australian release plans. Here are the top 10, starting from the most popular of all:

Set Up Netflix To Work With Your Apple TV In Australia
With the arrival of Quickflix’s streaming service, there are more local options for streaming movies. However, since Quickflix doesn’t yet work on the Apple TV, I suspect some people will continue to pursue this workaround.

Australian Pricing For Apple iPhone 4S And New iPod Models
They came, we bought.

Five Reasons Not To Buy The iPad 2
In the interests of balance, we also ran reasons to buy the iPad 2, but this was by far the more popular choice.

Ask LH: When Does iOS 5 Launch In Australia?
It’s out now, but lots of people wanted it the second it arrived.

Ask LH: How Can I Tether My iPad To My iPhone?
A question with a different answer in the iOS 5 era.

10 Quirky Names For Your Wi-Fi Network
I still like “I Worship Jim Wallace” for sheer irritant value.

Planhacker: Australian iPhone 4 Contract Plan Guide 2011
Planhacker regularly updates iPhone pricing; the most recent iPhone 4S guide is here.

Free Postage From Amazon UK To Australia Now Permanent
Cue much damage to my wallet.

Do You Suffer From Cleaner Guilt?
That’s your #firstworldproblems right there.

Why Borders’ Closing Down Sale Isn’t That Exciting
A guest post from my brother Alex, before he became the king of Gizmodo. This post went live just as team Allure were heading to IT journalism’s night of nights, the Lizzies, where we won a bunch of prizes.

Thanks everyone for reading throughout 2011 — I can’t imagine a better job. We have big plans for 2012, so stick around!

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