You wanted NBN myths busted, supermarket sneakiness stopped and Windows 7 features exposed. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- Six Myths About The NBN You Should Stop Believing Right Now
I live blogged the launch of the 2012-2015 NBN Corporate plan for Gizmodo yesterday. The big takeaway from the event? Cogent dismissals of six persistent NBN myths which I suspect most Lifehacker readers already know are utter rubbish, but which keep clouding the actual discourse about our broadband future. Let’s review.
- Five Sneaky Tricks Supermarkets Use To Make You Spend More (And How To Beat Them)
Supermarket shopping can be like a war: you want to save money, the retailer wants you to spend more. Arm yourself for the battle by avoiding these sneaky tricks.
- 7 Awesome Features You’ve Forgotten About In Windows 7
You may consider yourself a Windows master, but chances are you have still forgotten some of Windows’ awesome built-in features. Here are seven of our favourite forgotten Windows features — and the cool things you can do with them.
- The Complete Guide To Solid-State Drives
Adding a solid-state drive (SSD) is one of the best upgrade options for your computer, offering impressive performance improvements for all kinds of tasks. A good SSD is now cheaper than ever, so upgrading makes sense. Here’s everything you should know about your SSD, whether you’re interested in upgrading or just want to learn the ins and outs of your hardware.
- Five Best Desktop Mice
Picking the best mouse is a personal decision, but there are some stand-out models that are more likely than others to be recommended. This week we’re taking a look at five of the best desktop mice.
- Why Is The Save Icon Still A Floppy Disk?
Applications like Microsoft Office undergo regular interface revamps, but one element weirdly persists. The icon for Save in many applications remains an image of a floppy disk, even though the floppy is now a moribund storage format.
- Lifehacker’s Total Guide To A Perfect Holiday
We go on holiday to relax. Then we proceed to drive ourselves crazy dealing with reservations, airport hassles, jet lag and other annoyances. This year, let’s plan our holidays without all the stress.
- Ten Unpleasant Truths About BYOD
We hear a lot about bring-your-own-device (BYOD) being the new paradigm for workplace mobile devices, but the reality is a messy mix of enthusiastic early adopters, stressed-out IT managers and annoyed staff who want work to pay for a replacement phone as soon as the screen cracks. What makes BYOD so tricky to implement and will the situation ever improve?
- Why Vitamins Are A Waste Of Your Money
Visit any supermarket, chemist or health food store and you’ll see a confusingly large range of multi-vitamin products. Resist being confused and resist being them altogether — research by CHOICE suggests that many Australians pointlessly purchase vitamins and don’t understand the effects or dosage requirements of those they do take.
- Google Keeps Paying Staff After They Die
Google’s staff perks (like free food and 20 per cent of their working hours allowed for their own projects) are well-known, but this is an utter doozy: if a Google staff member dies, their partner will receive half their salary for the following ten years. That’s a really powerful incentive not to go and work for the competition.