You wanted Wikipedia workarounds, wallpaper galore, ways to survive Megaupload's demise and decoy shopping dodges. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- How To Work Around The Wikipedia Blackout
English-language editions of Wikipedia will be offline for 24 hours from 4pm Wednesday January 18 (Australian Eastern daylight saving time) to protest the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the US. If you urgently need Wikipedia content during that period, what can you do? Here are a few emergency alternatives.
- Five Best Wallpaper Sites
Personalising your desktop starts with customising your wallpaper. Finding wallpapers for your desktop isn’t difficult, but everyone has an opinion about which sites offer the best selection of wallpapers for high-resolution displays, multiple for screens, or with the best imagery. Here are five of the best wallpaper resources, based on your nominations.
- Five Great Alternatives To MegaUpload
The FBI has shut down file-sharing web site MegaUpload, arrested its executives, and called the site an “international organised criminal enterprise.” Even though there’s little doubt that MegaUpload was host to some copyrighted material, it was also a great way to upload and share large files, like photo archives and video, and send them to friends without worrying about hosting, Dropbox quotas or overloaded inboxes. Now that it’s gone, here are some other great sites that let you share large files effortlessly.
- Beware Of The Decoy Effect When Shopping
Thinking of buying something and edging towards the slightly-more-expensive-but-has-more options choice? Be careful: you might be falling for the decoy effect.
- Why I Won’t Hire You
If you’ve ever hired anyone for a job, you understand a whole new perspective on what makes an applicant stand out — and what makes you toss an application to the bin. Fair or not, blogger, consultant and hirer Charlie Balmer discusses honestly the mistakes that can ruin your chances with a potential employer.
- Manual Photography Cheat Sheet Explains Camera Settings For Beginners
If you’re just starting out with a DSLR camera, you’re probably pretty overwhelmed with all the different settings you have available. This cheat sheet from weblog Living In the Stills will help you keep it all straight.
- Make Your Mobile Phone Ring For Longer
Never manage to answer your phone before it diverts to voicemail? You can alter the length of time it rings by dialling a simple number.
- How Can You Stop Your Lanyard Flipping Over?
It’s a perennial challenge at conferences: you have a lanyard hanging around your neck but it’s constantly flipping over so no-one can read your name. How can you deal with that nuisance?
- Use This Infographic To Pick A Great Password
We always enjoy a useful infographic, and there are few things quite as important as choosing a strong password — at least in the area of online security. If you’re looking to beef up your passwords, here are plenty of tips consolidated into one great image.
- Sign Into Your Google Account On Public Computers Without Typing Anything
If you ever want to log into your Google account when you’re at a public computer, where you’re unsure whether or not there’s a keylogger installed, there’s now a solution. And it’s from Google!