You wanted to learn about Bitcoin alternatives, downloading legalities and standing desks. Kick off your Christmas week by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia over the last seven days:
- How Do Bitcoin Alternatives Stack Up?
The cryptocurrency Bitcoin has been in the news lately with a sudden surge in value followed by a spectacular crash – not to mention the unfortunate tale of $US4 million in bitcoin on a hard drive that was accidentally dumped in a rubbish tip. Bitcoin was the first widely used cryptocurrency, but few people know it is not the only one. So how do the top five cryptocurrencies by capitalisation compare?
- Ask LH: What Happens If I'm Busted For Illegal Downloads?
Hi Lifehacker, I am very worried about my ISP shutting off my internet for downloading illegal torrents. How much trouble can I get in? Can I get sued or go to jail? Thanks, Nervous Torrenter
- The Essential Kitchen Skills No One Is Taught (But Everyone Should Know)
Most of us never get formal training in how to cook or find our way around the kitchen. We learn from others: friends, parents, TV shows, cookbooks. That means there are often gaps in our knowledge: things we really should know or have been doing wrong. Let's take a look at some of them.
- Top 10 Worthwhile Uses For Tablets
Tablets have become massively popular, but some of us are still trying to figure out why we'd even want one. Wonder no more: here are 10 worthwhile, clever uses for tablets, whether it's an iPad, Android or Windows device.
- What I Wish I'd Known Before Moving Halfway Around The World
Last year, my husband and I quit our jobs, sold everything we owned, and moved our family halfway around the world. We wanted to hit "reset". At home, our lives had become eerily predictable. So we decided to gamble with everything that was comfortable and settled about our lives for a chance at adventure.
- How A Standing Desk Changed The Way We Work At Lifehacker HQ
Since the beginning of December, I've been working at a standing desk in the Allure Media office in Sydney. While the health values of standing desks are much-discussed, the biggest benefit has turned out to be in a more unexpected area: the way I collaborate with others.
- Ask LH: How Do I Deal With A Frustratingly Dumb Coworker?
Dear Lifehacker, I have a colleague who, for lack of a better word, is really stupid. He asks me how to do the same thing several times per day, regularly makes inane comments, and screws up projects for the whole team. I only care that he's so dumb because he regularly affects my work, but obviously someone thought he was smart enough to hire. What can I do?
- Take The 52 Week Money Challenge And Easily Save Almost $1400
Here's a really simple savings plan that anyone should be able to follow and end up with $1378 more socked away by the end of the year. It starts with saving just $1 the first week.
- What Australian Online Stores Are Still Doing Wrong
All the signs are there that Australian retailers are not investing enough in their online operations. More than $24 billion was spent online during the 12 months to March 2013, with Australian online sales growing by 11.9 per cent compared with general retail growth of just 3.4 per cent.
- Why You Should Quit Your Job And Travel
Don't be one of those people who says "One day I would like to travel". The chances are that you never will. There is never a perfect time, not when you first leave university or when you become an empty nester and the kids have grown up and finally left home. If you want to realise your dream, you have to make it happen and make time for it.