You wanted packing tips, geek pranks, cloud storage and kitchen efficiency. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- Five Items Not To Pack For Your Next Flight
Efficient travel packing isn’t just about what you include: it’s also about what you leave behind. Here are five items you should consider carefully before they land in your next travel bag.
- Our Favourite (Mostly) Harmless Geek Pranks
Being a geek amongst the non-technical has the advantage of making you seem like a wizard. Here are our favourite (mostly) harmless geek pranks — ideal if you’re the first one back in the office after a day off.
- Ask LH: Is Usenet Safer Than BitTorrent?
Dear Lifehacker, I’ve been downloading torrents for a long time and people keep telling me about how great Usenet is, but is it actually safer than BitTorrent downloads? Or is it just not as popular?
- Desktop File Syncing Faceoff: Dropbox Vs Google Drive
Google’s new file-syncing service is finally available, and it looks pretty great. But how does it stack up against the current king of file syncing, Dropbox? Here’s where each app shines (and falls short).
- The Stupid Things You Do In The Kitchen (And How To Fix Them)
Love cooking or hate it, much of your time in the kitchen is probably wasted by easily correctable mistakes you may not even know you’re making. You waste time prepping ingredients, use your knives incorrectly, mix and match the wrong utensils, and throw out food that’s still good — and those are just a few of the stupid things you do in the kitchen. Here’s how to fix them.
- Top 10 Clever Tricks Built Right Into Gmail
Gmail is amazing. It’s chock full of more shortcuts, settings, and features than you could shake a stick at. Even if you consider yourself a Gmail ninja, though, there are quite a few tricks you might not know about (and some that Google didn’t even intend). Here are our top 10 clever tricks built right into Gmail.
- Five Best Linux Distributions
Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been using Linux systems for years, you probably have an opinion on what the best distribution is. “Best” is obviously a relative term, and we understand that what’s best for beginners may not be best for advanced users. Still, Linux distributions come in all different shapes, sizes, complexities, styles and types. Let’s take a look at our top five distros.
- SkyDrive For Windows Is Like Dropbox From Microsoft
The offer of 25GB of free space has always been one of the most attractive features of Microsoft’s SkyDrive, but surprisingly it’s never been particularly easy to integrate that space with a Windows machine. While Windows 8 promises a much tighter level of SkyDrive integration, a newly-released tool from Microsoft makes files in your SkyDrive easily accessible from any Windows 7 or Vista machine.
- How Beginner’s Luck Works And How You Can Reproduce It Anytime
At some point in your life you’ve won a game you’ve never played before or witnessed a young child say or create something with worldly depth. These are both examples of events we attribute to something called beginner’s luck, as if chance caused them to happen. The reality is that the effects of this supposed beginner’s luck have very real causes that can be reproduced under the right circumstances. Here’s how the phenomenon works and how you can use that information to incite good fortune when you need it.
- Dealhacker: Do ALDI Bargain Batteries Stack Up?
Tomorrow, ALDI has a special on a pack of 50 AA or AAA batteries for $14.99 — an effective price of 30 cents each. That’s a good price for bargain-basement batteries, but it’s not the cheapest we’ve seen.