Last Week's Top Ten Posts

You wanted browser speed tests, great steaks, and an insight into the favourite tech of Lifehacker writers. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:

  1. Browser Speed Tests: Chrome 17, Firefox 10, IE9, Opera 11.61
    Chrome 17 is out with a new pre-rendering feature designed to make your pages load faster, and both Firefox and Opera have also released speedy new versions since our last round of speed tests. So, we’ve once again pitted the four most popular web browsers against each other in a battle of startup times, tab loading times,and more, with more surprising results.
  2. Study Doesn’t Prove Aussie Cost Of Living Is High
    Most Australian news outlets ran stories yesterday and today claiming a new study shows that costs of living in our capital cities are amongst the highest in the world. Lamentably, virtually all of them fundamentally misinterpreted the research.
  3. Unlock Your Car From The Outside With A Shoelace
    If you accidentally lock your keys in the car and don’t have your wedge and metal rod handy, you can often unlock the car from the outside using nothing but your shoelace.
  4. How Well Does The Frozen Steak Trick Work?
    Last week, we ran a hint suggesting you could cook a steak better by starting from frozen, since a frozen steak is harder to burn when it hits the pan. I was intrigued enough to give it a try.
  5. How Apple’s Aussie Store Builder Hit Hard Times
    Kell & Rigby, the construction firm responsible for building many of Apple’s Australian stores, went into voluntary receivership last week. That’s bad news for its employees and for Apple’s retail expansion ambitions, and also serves as a cautionary reminder of how the pursuit of perfection can mess up your financial plans.
  6. What We Use: Angus Kidman’s Favourite Gear And Productivity Tips
    Once again this week the Lifehacker team is sharing the hardware, software and tricks that keep our writing wheels spinning and our life efficient. And since I’m the Australian editor, I get to go first.
  7. What We Use: Adam Dachis’ Favourite Gear And Productivity Tips
    This week we’re sharing the hardware, software, tips, and tricks, that keep our blogging wheels spinning. Today, I’m running through my favourite gear, apps, hacks, and tips that help me work (and play) better.
  8. What We Use: Elly Hart’s Favourite Gear And Productivity Tips
    It was around this time last year that I shared with you my tech setup and favourite tips. We’re doing it again all this week, and there are some lessons I had to learn the hard way. Here’s an update on the hardware, software and productivity tips that keep me going each day as Lifehacker Australia’s night editor.
  9. In-Flight Entertainment Is Insanely Up-To-Date
    The excellent Meryl-Streep-channels-Margaret-Thatcher movie The Iron Lady is still running in Australian cinemas and hasn’t been released on DVD anywhere in the world, but I legally watched a copy on the small screen on the weekend. How? I happened to get on the right plane.
  10. How To Get The Best Features Of Mac OS X Mountain Lion Right Now
    This morning, Apple announced that the next version of Mac OS X, dubbed Mountain Lion, is scheduled to be available later this year. It’s filled with cool new features, but who wants to wait to get them? Here’s how you can get the best features of Mountain Lion right now.

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