From VPNs to knives to a healthy relationship with porn and airport survival tips, we had you covered. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- Lifehacker's Total Guide To Download And Torrent Privacy
The recent Dallas Buyer's Club case and the threat of metadata retention mean there's more interest than ever in using VPNs and encryption to ensure your online activity can't be tracked. Here are Lifehacker's best and most popular guides on how to do that.
- How Much Will Australia's Dallas Buyers Club Pirates Have To Pay?
Nearly 5000 Australians are expected to receive letters in the near future asking them some pointed questions about their online downloading habits, specifically relating to the film Dallas Buyers Club.
- If VPN Sites Are Blocked In Australia, You Can Always Build Your Own
The battle of largely US-based media companies against Australian consumers has turned temporarily from concern about illegal downloads, to Australians circumventing geographic streaming restrictions. Leaked documents from Sony Pictures, recently posted on Wikileaks, reveal that Sony demanded that Netflix do more to stop VPN users from countries like Australia accessing their services.
- Don't Buy Expensive Knife Sets: These Four Knives Are All You Need
It can be tempting to buy a knife block, or buy a set for a friend who's into cooking as a housewarming gift. Don't do it. The money you spend on a knife set packed with subpar knives could be used to buy fewer excellent knives that will last a lifetime. Here's why you should steer clear, and what you — or your aspiring chef friend — should own instead.
- How To Have A Healthy Relationship With Porn [NSFW]
Porn has existed since man first discovered how to draw naked people on cave walls, and we've debated whether or not it's healthy for just about as long. I doubt we're ever going to have a clear consensus on the effects of porn usage, but there are still some simple guidelines you can follow if you'd like to improve your relationship with porn.
- How Your Personality Affects Your Salary
Why do some people earn more than others? Research backs up the idea that workers with higher educational levels and more experience have higher salaries. And economists would typically explain higher salaries with the argument that these workers are more productive.
- Why Your Partner Ignores Your Sexual Requests
Communicating your sexual wants and needs is an important part of being in a relationship, but it's also really freaking hard for most of us to do! Many of my clients take the brave step of asking for what they want in bed, only to feel like their desires are being ignored. If that's the case for you, here's what might be going awry.
- The Best DIY YouTube Channels To Turn You Into A Fix-It Master
YouTube is an excellent resource if you want to be handier around the house. Whether you're dealing with simple repairs or big improvement projects, these YouTube channels offer fantastic video tutorials that can save you time, money and frustration.
- How To Survive Being Stranded Overnight In An Airport Terminal
As I write this from Heathrow Airport, the time is currently 5am. I have been stuck in airports since 8am the previous morning. Here are a few survival tips I've learned over the past 21 hours of terminal gate haunting. [Warning: Slightly unhinged writing may ensue.]
- How Aperture, Shutter Speed And ISO Affect Pictures Shown In A Chart
Learning even just the basics of photography takes a bit of work and one of the more complex ideas is the relationship between ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Lifehack has a graphic that helps make sense of it.
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