Last Week's 10 Biggest Posts

We were talking Windows 8, awkward conversations, holiday projects and daily deals rip-offs. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:

  1. Get Ready For The Renewed Windows 8 No-Start-Button Scandal
    In geek circles, we’ve been playing with Windows 8 test versions for so long that debates over the used-to-be-called-Metro updated Windows 8 interface feel like old news. It’s easy to forget that when Windows 8 actually drops on October 26, that change is going to become much more obvious to the vast majority of computer users, and there’s going to be a lot of complaining.
  2. How To Avoid Awkward Conversations When Meeting Someone New
    Meeting people for the first time can be uncomfortable, especially when the conversation isn’t flowing. Making small talk can work temporarily, but you’ll probably end up in awkward silence. The Happiness Project’s Gretchen Rubin offers strategies to try next time you’re meeting someone new and your mind goes blank.
  3. Cool Projects For Your Day Off
    Most Australian states get the day off today for either Labour Day or the Queen’s Birthday, and Victorians don’t have to wait that long for a Melbourne Cup break. Whether you want to use your time off to be productive or just chill out and relax, we’ve got you covered so your extended break doesn’t go to waste.
  4. When Daily Deals Coupons Go Bad
    Coupon sites are great, aren’t they? Some tempting offers mixed in with dubiously exaggerated deals, they are the ultimate impulse buy one-stop shop. I’ve bought various offers over the years, everything from cupcakes (but not from Cudo) to rounds of golf. Maybe I’ve just been very lucky, but I haven’t encountered any problems when redeeming a coupon. Until now. And not just a problem. This is the first time I’ve encountered outright deceit.
  5. Top 10 Ways To Ditch Your Clutter And Digitally Organise Your Life
    Are your cupboards and drawers filled with outdated clutter? CDs, paper, photo albums, DVDs and books take up a lot of space. Here are 10 ways you can take the plunge into a digital, clutter-free life.
  6. Top 10 Ways To Make Yourself Look (And Be) Smarter
    Whether you’re trying to survive an intensive uni schedule or just want to seem smarter in front of your friends, you can do a lot of things to both look and be smarter. Here are ten simple tricks for boosting your real (and perceived) brain power.
  7. Get A Cheaper iPhone 5 Charger By Skipping The 30-Pin Adaptor
    Apple’s new Lightning connector for the iPhone 5 is great, but it’s just so darn expensive. If you’re looking to save a few bucks, Bloomberg Businessweek discovered a cheaper cable hidden away on Apple’s website.
  8. How To Stand Out In An Interview
    You’ve just landed a job interview for a position you really want. Congratulations! Now, you know you only get one chance to impress, but how exactly do you do that? Given all of the conflicting advice out there and the changing rules of getting a job, it’s no wonder that job seekers are confused about how to best prepare for and perform in an interview.
  9. Apple CEO or Apple’s CEO?
    When Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote an apology to customers for the lamentable state of the iOS 6 Maps app last week, most of the coverage focused on the unusual circumstance of Apple actually admitting it stuffed up. Here at Mind Your Language, we want to talk about a smaller issue: how an apostrophe was used at the very end of the letter.
  10. Keep Computer And Smartphone Screens From Destroying Your Eyes
    Staring at a screen all day can cause eye strain and other vision problems. Keep your eyes healthy and prevent other issue like neck and shoulder pain by practicing good “eye-gonomics”.

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