You wanted security myths busted, budget changes explained, your music library organised and a tip or two from John Cleese. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- 10 Biggest Computer Security Myths Busted
Keeping your computer secure can be confusing, so it’s not surprising that mistaken beliefs often end up taking root. Here are the ten biggest myths about computer security, busted once and for all.
- Eating For $2 A Day: What Live Below The Line Can Learn From Mastercheap
Live Below The Line challenges people to eat on $2 a day for five days to raise money for charity. Two years ago, I undertook the similarly-themed Mastercheap challenge. Can I adapt that $3.50 a day budget to work for even less?
- 2012 Budget: How Will Your Income Change?
We’re leaving the political speculation and nit-picking to others. What actual changes will you notice in your household budget as a result of this year’s Federal Budget?
- How To Productively Call People Out On Their BS
Seeing as we live in a world filled with billions of people, chances are a few of them are going to be arseholes — whether it’s a temporary issue or a permanent birth defect. Those people might treat us poorly, take advantage of us, or just hurt us for no good reason. When this happens, it’s our job to call them out on their BS. Here’s how to do that productively without stooping to their level.
- How I Tricked Myself Into Being Awesome
Back in 2007, we learnt Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity secret. Since then, more than a few of us have employed Seinfeld’s trick to become more productive, and we’re not alone. Here’s how developer Chris Strom used Seinfeld’s productivity secret to trick himself “into being awesome”.
- Apple’s New Employee Note: Inspiring Or Scary?
A picture doing the rounds claims to be the note presented to Apple employees on their first day at work. Would being told that you’re about to do the kind of work that you’ll want to “sacrifice a weekend for” make you feel like you’d arrived at your dream workplace, or would you run screaming for the hills?
- Long Commutes Are Sucking The Life Out Of You
Long drives to and from work don’t just suck up your time; these long commutes may also be hazardous to your health. Besides draining you mentally and forcing you to sit for extended periods through traffic jams, long commutes are linked to less sleep, high cholesterol and obesity.
- Clean Up And Organise Your Music Library
So you’ve spent a lot of time discovering and downloading new music, but your library’s a mess. You’re still using the same player you used five years ago, the files are in 10 different places on your hard drive and your metadata looks like a cyclone hit it. Take some time this weekend to clean up your library once and for all.
- John Cleese Talks iPhones, Beer, Groupies, Texting And The World’s Worst Airlines
Why would anyone pass up the opportunity to talk to the man who has Fawlty Towers, Monty Python, Clockwise, A Fish Called Wanda, Will & Grace, two Bond flicks and countless other classics on his resume? Lifehacker chats to John Cleese about why 95% of the world’s airlines are rubbish (and the three he will use), what technology he favours, tactics for picking up women, Australia’s worst cities and when beer is the wrong choice.
- Wanna Live And Work Overseas? Here’s What You Need To Know
If you grew up in a visibly multicultural country like Australia, you may think that taking yourself overseas to live and work is an easy thing to do. After all, so many people from all walks of life come here to do the same thing. The truth is those people jumped through many hoops to migrate to one of the world’s most desirable places to live. If you want to seriously make a go of it overseas, there are lots of things to think about — and the sooner you start planning, the better.