We’ve already told you what the most popular posts were on Lifehacker in 2014, but sometimes the things that are the most enjoyable to write aren’t the ones that everyone reads. These are our personal favourites from everything we wrote (and there were a lot of posts) in 2014.
We’ve largely concentrated on stuff for Lifehacker, but since we also get the chance to write for our sibling sites Gizmodo and Kotaku when the mood hits, some of those posts make it into the list too.
I kicked off 2014 with a very strange experiment — travelling to the extremes of the Sydney commuter train network to see what the experience of “extreme commuting” was like. It was good fun, though I still don’t feel inclined to move to Bathurst.
Years of speculation about Netflix’s Australian plans ended when the streaming media giant announced plans to launch down under in 2015 — but finding out more about those plans was a bit like pulling teeth.
The most personal thing I wrote in 2015, by a very long way.
Retelling the largely-ignored story of the indigenous scientist on the Australian $50 note.
Gamers got very upset when Target and Kmart decided to stop selling Grand Theft Auto V — but the signs of their plans were evident long before the petition that kicked off that controversy. Big-box retailing for games is dying.
Planhacker: Every Australian iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Plan From Optus, Telstra, Virgin Mobile And Vodafone
This was the fiddliest Planhacker I have ever had to assemble — Apple refused to let carriers announce plans in advance, so the only option was to trawl through swamped telco sites at 6pm on a Friday night.
More archival delving, this time into the strange broadcast history of the Star Wars Holiday Special in Australia.
You can lose weight eating nothing but McDonald’s, but I can’t say I recommend it.
Because who wouldn’t take the chance to write eight haikus about classic arcade video games?
In which Chris and I make a complete exhibit of ourselves in waterproof shirts.
This year, the Golden Arches unveiled its first “upmarket” dining experience with fancy burgers, tabled service and a highly customisable touch screen menu. The results were surprisingly impressive and unlike anything McDonald’s has attempted in the past sixty years. Of the myriad fast food stories I covered this year, this was definitely the most interesting.
As a renowned ASOIAF addict, it would be remiss of me not to include one of my many Game Of Thrones posts of the year. This one proved the most popular with readers. I also stand by what I said about Krull: go watch it immediately!
We’ve interviewed some fascinating people for the How I Work series, but Australia’s then-Disability Discrimination Commissioner was my personal favourite. As a legally blind gadget- and Twitter-addict, Innes taught me a lot about how visual impaired people interact with technology.
Wherefore art thou Casey Pursy? Sigh.
Shockingly, it turns out I’m not a certified genius. Meh, whatevs. I’m too good for Mensa anyway.
Ironically, I’m guilty of pretty much all of these. Especially the “duck face”.
Did you know KFC uses completely different birds for its leg, breast and wing pieces? Apparently, each body part reaches its optimum size at a different stage in the chicken’s life cycle. The more you know.
Most of you will be intimately familiar with Window XP’s default background. In this interview, the man behind the iconic photo shares his personal design tips.
I had a whale of a time explaining this one to my wife.