Last Week's 10 Biggest Posts

You wanted easy access to streaming content without region blocks, simpler Windows reinstalls and programming tips from pre-teens. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:

  1. 11-Year Old Creates Game-Stealing Trojan
    AVG's latest community threat report has unearthed an interesting trend: pre-teen cybercriminals. The security firm claims that an increasing number of pint-sized programmers are writing malicious code designed to steal login details from online gamers, including one perpetrator who was just 11 years old.
  2. The Lifehacker Guide To Streaming Blocked Overseas Content
    Region-blocked content is annoying — and avoidable. Whether you want Hulu on demand, instant access to the BBC iPlayer or a dose of iView when you're working overseas, here are the best (and easiest) ways to get that content.
  3. Top 9 Hacks For Automating Your Life
    What if you were a wizard that could bend the entire world to your will? Chores would do themselves, bills would pay on time and your appliances would obey your every thought. Well, you can't do that exactly, but with a bit of ingenuity, you can automate a lot of your life so you don't have to trudge through the boring stuff. Here are 9 things you can automate right now.
  4. Maximise Valentine's Day Enjoyment With Sex First, Dinner Afterwards
    An expensive dinner in a flash restaurant is a core part of Valentine's Day for many people; sexual intercourse with your loved one even more so. If you're planning for both, we suggest having the sex before having the meal.
  5. Fitness 2.0: How To Overcome Exercise And Diet Plateaus With Minimal Effort
    You've started exercising better and you're right on the edge of greatness. You weigh less, people notice, and — more importantly — you feel healthier and more confident than you have in ages. Then the plateau arrives, and your progress grinds to a screeching halt. Here's how to push past it and take your health and fitness to the next level.
  6. Are Quiet Trains Good Or Bad For Commuting?
    Last week, I inadvertently stepped into one of the 'quiet carriages' that were recently introduced into NSW trains by CityRail. This is the story of the verbal-lynching that soon followed . . .
  7. The Behaviours That Destroy Your Financial Health (And How To Avoid Them)
    If you received a raise tomorrow, what would you do with the extra money? Most people would celebrate — maybe with a nice dinner out or a great bottle of wine, which you deserve. However, earning more should not always change your current or long-term spending habits. The problem is that our minds have the tendency to think we can (and should) spend it. This can quickly create a loss of context, consistency and control.
  8. How To Do A Clean Install Of Windows Without Losing Everything
    There's nothing like a fresh install of Windows to clear your mind and your computer, but it comes at a cost: you have to set everything up again, just the way you like it. Here's how to reinstall Windows, migrate your important settings, and leave the clutter behind.
  9. Five Best DSLR Cameras
    If you're ready to graduate from a point-and-shoot to take advantage of all the features of a more advanced camera, you'll need a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera. What's the best choice when you want to make that switch? Here's a look at five of the most popular DSLR models, based on reader nominations.
  10. How $15.50 In Australia Can Still Equate To $9.50 In The US
    Comparing the cost of living between different countries is always difficult. News from the US this week that President Barack Obama would like the American minimum wage to rise to $US9 an hour prompted blogger and statistician Matt Cowgill to compare the minimum wages mandated in Australia and the US over time. Among the data he unearths? OECD measures suggest that you might need to earn $15.50 in Australia to purchase the same volume of goods that $9.50 would buy you in America.

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