As 2015 began, Lifehacker readers were hungry for novels for holiday reading, tips on beating the heat, new approaches to McDonald's, and advice on a career in programming. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- Your Public Transport Options for NYE 2014
New Year's Eve is a time for gathering together in large crowds for fireworks, parties and general merriment. The best way to manage that is undoubtedly public transport. We've gathered up your options for getting there and back for major Australian cities.
- What It Really Takes To Be A Professional Programmer
There's a lot more to professional programming than writing code. From working with a team to solve problems to version control, you won't make it to the major leagues without a toolkit of other critical skills.
- Taste Test: What It's Like At 'The Corner', The Experimental Australian McDonald's Outlet
An Australian McCafe outlet which underwent a drastic makeover that left it unrecognisable as a McDonald's restaurant has been confirmed as a "learning lab" where the company is trying a new menu and service style. It's called The Corner, and it makes for an interesting dining experience.
- The Novels Everyone Should Read, Based On Top Book Lists And Prizes
We've shared our life-changing books here before, but if you're looking for more great reads — specifically novels — this interactive list of books contains the most recommended works of fiction.
- Apple iPhone Lawsuit: Size Matters
Apple is being sued in the US for "false advertising" regarding the usable capacity of its 16GB iOS devices. It's a familiar story with a familiar underlying moral.
- Keep Your Room Cool At Night By Facing Your Fan Out, Not In
Running air conditioning can be very expensive, but you still need to cool down at night so you can sleep comfortably. Real Simple notes that a fan blowing air out of your room is better than one blowing in.
- How To Make A Set-And-Forget Playlist For Your New Year's Eve Party
The decorations are all up, the beer is on ice and the mood is nice and loose for your annual New Year's Eve party, but have you thought about the music? What are you going to rock out to at your party as the calendar ticks over to 2015? We've got you covered with the best playlists and streaming services your party could ask for.
- Make A Small Air Conditioner Out Of An Ice Bucket
Looking for a cool breeze without the expense of an actual air conditioning unit? Here's a way to use a bucket and some ice to cool down an entire room.
- How The Perfect Cup Of Coffee Boils Down To Four Factors
Welcome to the second instalment in our series Chemistry of Coffee, where we unravel the delicious secrets of one of the most widely consumed drinks in the world. Here we look at how tweaking variables can make the difference between a velvety smooth coffee or a scalding, bitter mess.
- Where To Start When You've Decided You Want A Dog
Owning a dog is a priceless experience, but it also takes a lot of hard work. Getting started is the hardest part, especially if you've never owned a dog before. Here are some things that you'll need to do when you decide you want a dog.
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