You wanted the lowdown on Qantas' new meals, hard drive lifespans and Google Messenger's future. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- Taste Test: Qantas' New Super-Sized Economy Meals
In a bid to lure more customers away from its no-frills rivals, Qantas Airways has completely overhauled its economy meals on international flights. The new "economy dining experience" boasts bigger meal sizes, more choices and the ability to pre-order exclusive online dishes prior to flying. There's also a stronger emphasis on upmarket Australian produce such as wagyu beef and a new self-serve option for snacks and refreshments. Yesterday, we were invited by Qantas to try out the new menu ahead of its official launch. Read on for our verdict.
- Cooking Oils To Eat And Avoid
Health conscious consumers are increasingly ditching old favourites vegetable and canola oil for trendy alternatives like coconut and peanut oil. But are they any healthier? And how do they compare with other options such as heated olive oil and butter?
- Money Saving Habits That Can Backfire And Wreck Your Finances
We all know living beyond your means and not having an emergency fund can wreck your finances. While most money flubs are obvious, some mistakes start with good financial intentions. Here are some savings habits that can backfire and end up costing you.
- Seven 'Great' Teaching Methods That Aren't Backed Up By Evidence
What makes "great teaching"? It's a complicated question, made more difficult by trying to measure how teachers make decisions in the classroom and what impact those decisions have on what pupils learn.
- Your Hard Drive's Time Of Death Is Based On These Numbers
Solid state has made listening out for a hard drive's "click of death" an impossible task, but magnetic disks are still in heavy use, especially in server applications and knowing exactly when a drive is going to fail can't be left up to the sharpness of one's hearing. That's what SMART, or Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology, is designed for, but getting any actionable information from a drive's SMART data is difficult at best.
- Why Stupid People Are More Confident About Their (Lack Of) Knowledge
It is an unfortunate paradox: if you're bad at something, you probably also lack the skills to assess your own performance. And if you don't know much about a topic, you're unlikely to be aware of the scope of your own ignorance.
- Top 10 Home Improvement Tips Every Homeowner Should Know
It doesn't matter if you've bought a newly-built home, a tiny apartment or a fixer-upper > -- owning your own place brings out the home improvement itch in us all. Here are 10 pieces of advice to help turn your dwelling into a better home.
- Google's Messenger Is Here To Replace Android's Default SMS App
It has been a while since Android's default Messaging app got some really good updates. Google has a new, updated Messenger with better sharing and number blocking.
- How To Upgrade To A New Android Phone And Take Everything With You
Congratulations, you just got a brand new Android phone! If you're lucky, you got a great deal and a huge upgrade. But your old handset has been with you for years, and it's set up the way you like with all of your apps, contacts and settings. Here's how to move all of that precious data to your new phone.
- Do You Still Use Your Tablet?
It seems like tablet sales are slowing down and while that might just be a sign that people don't always need the next new thing immediately, we're curious: do you still use your tablet very often?