You wanted free programming ebooks and other purchases to make you happy, as well as trips to KFC's concept restaurant and a generous helping of Big Mac sauce. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- How To Buy Happiness: The Purchases Most Likely To Bring You Joy
While true happiness may be something that can only be found in the heart, there are plenty of arguments that say money can actually buy you some happiness here and there. Here are some of the ways experts say it's possible to write a cheque and make it out to your happiness.
- Grab 24 Free Ebooks To Learn A New Programming Language
There are so many programming languages to choose from if you want to learn to code or continue your programming journey. This collection of free programming books introduces 24 languages, from C to Scheme.
- Foxtel Broadband: Why It's A Bad Deal
Does it make sense to buy your broadband and home phone line from Foxtel? Planhacker crunches the numbers and says "probably not".
- Blu-ray Is Nearly Dead In The Water
The Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA) has released its market data for 2014. In a trend that will surprise few Lifehacker readers, physical disc sales continue to dwindle. What's more surprising is that the decline was roughly identical in the Blu-ray (BD) and DVD categories. Could the era of Full HD physical media be almost over?
- The Ideal Amount Of Sleep For Each Age Group, According To The Experts
It seems like a question that's as old as time itself: "How much sleep do I really need?" The non-profit National Sleep Foundation and a panel of 18 prominent medical scientists and researchers reviewed over 300 sleep studies to try and finally answer it.
- Taste Test: We Try The Menu At KFC's Fancy Concept Restaurant
KFC is the latest fast food giant to launch an experimental "upmarket" restaurant in a bid to evolve and diversify. The swanky Parramatta-based outlet features an all-new menu, an open kitchen and (pending council approval) alcoholic beverages. We headed down to the grand opening to try some of its deluxe finger-lickin' offerings. Are Zinger patties and quinoa seeds a good mix?
- Macca's Now Sells Big Mac 'Special Sauce' In Takeaway Tubs
For more than 40 years, McDonald's fans have been trying to replicate the Big Mac's signature "special sauce" with varying levels of success. (You can read our own DIY efforts here.) Now, Australians will finally be able to splooge the distinctive condiment over their homemade burgers thanks to the introduction of sealed takeaway tubs. You're going to need to stock up though — it's only available for a limited time.
- Customise The Login Screen On OS X Yosemite
Mac: The Mac login screen is pretty boring. If you want to customise it, blogger Jacob Salmela shows off a simple way to do it.
- Pick The Best Men's Hairstyle For Your Face With This Chart
Picking the right hairstyle is a lot harder than it seems. The wrong cut can make anyone look a little off. So, the folks over at Birchbox created a handy chart that matches the best hairstyles and cuts to your face shape.
- What Will Happen To Coles And Woolworths In 2015?
Coles and Woolworths spent much of 2014 defending their behaviour in court. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) brought several actions against one or both of them throughout the year for breaching undertakings, misleading consumers and bullying suppliers.