Last Week's Top Ten Posts

You wanted advice for a regret-free life, reassurances on slime-free burgers, better battery life and bargain products from Dick Smith and Apple. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:

  1. Avoid The Most Common Regrets Of The Dying
    An Australian palliative care nurse catalogued the regrets of her dying patients, and identified the most common issues. Workaholics take note: not spending enough time at work was not among them.
  2. McDonald’s Doesn’t Use ‘Pink Slime’ In Australia
    The news that McDonald’s will be stopping the use of ‘pink slime’ — essentially random beef offcuts mixed with ammonium hydroxide — in its burgers has been the subject of fervent online coverage. But local Maccas fiends shouldn’t panic: the additive isn’t (and hasn’t ever been) used in the Australian product.
  3. Why Did We Give Up On Battery Life So Easily?
    When you’re working, the routine is always the same: if you don’t plug in your phone overnight, you won’t have enough to get through the next day. And if you’re on the road, finding a power outlet is often at the top of your list of challenges. Why do we put up with it so readily?
  4. Why Dick Smith Sell-Off Could Hurt Your Wallet
    Woolworths is planning to sell off its Dick Smith electronics chain, after a strategic review concluded the business would do better under independent ownership. But while the shift will take a while, the planned closure of up to 100 stores means it isn’t great news for Australian shoppers.
  5. Get Up To 4.5GB Of Extra Space On Dropbox
    You can never have too much Dropbox space. For a limited time, you can grab some additional free space while Dropbox is testing its automatic photo and video uploading feature.
  6. Eight Clever Uses For Your Personal Domain Name
    You’ve registered a personal domain name because you thought you’d create a web site and never did. Or maybe you’re just hosting a custom email address and you wish you were doing more. There are plenty of clever ways you can use your domain name to promote yourself, provide yourself with quick information, or just do something cool. Here are our favourites.
  7. Ask LH: Are Screen Protectors Necessary Anymore?
    Dear Lifehacker, Now that most phones have scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass, do I really need a screen protector? Do they offer any additional protection from scratches? I can never get the things on straight and without bubbles. Sincerely, Scared of Scratches
  8. Is Sugar Worse For You Than Alcohol?
    We’ve told you before about the effects of sugar on your brain and body. A controversial paper in Nature argues that the impact of sugar on global health is such that it should be subject to similar restrictions as alcohol. Australian medical experts aren’t particularly convinced we should go that far, but agree that sugar represents a major health threat and we need to moderate our consumption.
  9. Make Your Headphones Tangle-Free With String
    If you’ve ever used a cord in your life, you know they’re prone to tangles. Headphones — especially earbuds — are some of the worst. Clever DIYer Ada posted a crafty solution: wrap your headphone cables like they’re a friendship bracelet and they’ll become tangle-free.
  10. What Can You Save With Refurb Apple Gear?
    As we’ve noted before, Apple keeps a tight rein on its pricing. One of the best tried-and-tested ways to get cheaper Apple gear is to use its refurbished gear outlet, which offers Apple-guaranteed geals on gear that has been factory-refreshed. Just how much can you save that way?


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