You wanted advice on how to sleep in the heat, how to get Photoshop cheaply and whether Tivo has a future in Australia. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- Too Hot To Sleep? Here's Why
Bushfires are quite appropriately dominating our nation's concerns during the current Australian heatwave. But for many, the struggle to sleep through soaring temperatures is a personal inferno that dominates conversation around offices and homes across the country.
- Download Adobe Creative Suite 2 For Free
Windows/Mac: If you're not in need of the latest and greatest image-editing software, Adobe is currently offering the 2005 version of its Creative Suite for free, including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
- How To Get Anything You Want With Minimal Negotiation
We think of negotiation as a game for experienced professionals, but it's not hard to do in reality. From getting a salary increase to haggling a better deal on a car, even the shy amongst us can get what we want out of a negotiation. Here's how.
- The Most Desirable Habits (And How To Achieve Them)
I'm an avid student of behavioural psychology, and I really enjoy observing trends in large groups of people. A few days ago, I noticed something curious about one of my new favourite iPhone apps, Lift, which focuses on habit formation. There's a section in the app which lists all of the most selected habits that users have added. What's interesting is that due to the app's intentions (sticking to good habits), you essentially get an inside look at what habits matter to the most people.
- Ask LH: Why Does My Car Registration Cost So Much?
Dear Lifehacker, I just received my vehicle registration renewal notice from VicRoads today. $696.50 for an year, including a TAC charge of $422! Why do we have such high renewal fees in Victoria? I was curious and discovered a few sources on the web showing that the average amount a Texan pays for car registration is $US52.75. Why do we have to fork out almost 15 times the amount people pay in the US?
- How I Went Completely Paperless In Two Days
When you look at the piles of paper you've stored for years, going paperless feels daunting. Not only do you have to scan everything, but you have to catalogue it too. While you can't escape the task itself, a Doxie portable scanner — combined with Evernote — can make the process a whole lot easier.
- Why Express Checkout Lines Are Often A Waste Of Time
Express checkout lines were designed to make your supermarket shopping trip a little faster by speeding things up when you have just a handful of items. Nevertheless, you'll sometimes spend more time in an express line than a standard one. Here's why.
- Plan Your Free Online Education At Lifehacker U
Your education doesn't have to stop once you leave school and university — freedom from the classroom just means you have more control over what you learn and when you learn it. Gain new knowledge for the new year with our latest Lifehacker U listing of some of the best free classes available online
- Kogan's $149 Dual-SIM Android Agora Phone
Online retailer Kogan has been trying to launch an Android phone since 2008. It has finally happened, and the specifications for the new Agora Android phone look quite impressive: a 5-inch screen, a dual-core Cortex A9 processor and a dual-SIM slot (handy for travellers). At $149 (plus shipping), it's also one of the cheaper Android 4.0.4 devices on the market.
- TiVo Appears Effectively Dead In Australia
Having dominated the US market for personal video recorders (PVRs) throughout the early 2000s, hopes were high for TiVo when it launched in Australia, backed by the Seven Network, back in 2008. But Tivo never got any significant traction, and almost five years down the track, the service appears to be close to death. You can't even buy a new TiVo recorder anymore.