You wanted 2015 tax return tips, the best announcements at E3 and the 10 greatest things Angus Kidman did at Lifehacker Australia. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- Five Deductions You Can’t Claim In Your Tax Return
Everybody wants to maximise their tax return by claiming as many deductions as possible. However, some deductions are definitely not allowed, even though it’s widely assumed that they are. Here are four that you should watch out for.
- How Soon Will Australia Start Blocking Web Sites?
Yesterday, the Australian Senate passed legislation which will require ISPs to block sites that are found by a court to enable piracy. Just how soon will that happen and what effect will it have?
- The 10 Greatest Things I Did At Lifehacker Australia
A recurring message round these parts is that you shouldn’t be afraid to embrace change. So here’s a big change: after seven years at the helm, today is my last day as editor of Lifehacker Australia.
- Mastercheap 2015: Is It Still Possible To Eat Well For $25 A Week?
Five years ago, I undertook the Mastercheap challenge: trying to eat a healthy (enough) diet with a weekly budget of $25 and an entirely empty pantry. Would that still be possible in 2015 — and which supermarket would offer the best deal? Let’s find out.
- Ten Of Our Favourite Raspberry Pi ProjectsThere’s no end to the purposes you can put a Raspberry Pi to. Here’s ten of our favourite projects for the popular and tiny computer.
- Why Are Universities Still Using PowerPoint?
It was recently argued that universities should ban PowerPoint because it makes students stupid and professors boring. I agree entirely. However, most universities will ignore this good advice because rather than measuring success by how much their students learn, universities measure success with student satisfaction surveys.
- E3 2015 Recap: Top 5 Most Intriguing Games And TechLast week, I attended the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) for our sister sites Kotaku and Gizmodo. The sprawling three-day event packed in more than 52,000 exhibitors, developers and members of the media representing 109 countries. Needless to say, there was a lot of stuff to take in. Here are five personal highlights that should be on every gamer’s wishlist.
- How To Make Your Everyday Life Feel More Like A Holiday
Last month, I took a nice, two-week holiday. I was excited, but even shortly into the trip, I was also dreading the awful feeling of coming back. It’s not the best attitude to have, but it’s easy to become anxious when holidays go by so fast. Before you know it, you’re stuck in the same grind you were in before you left. This time, I wanted things to be different.
- The Tax Office Is Checking Deductions For Every Single Occupation This Year
In years past, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has singled out particular occupations for closer scrutiny come tax time: in 2011 it included carpenters and flight attendants, in 2013 it was sales and marketing managers. But no such luck this time around: the ATO says it is looking at everyone to make sure deductions are appropriate.
- How To Pick The Best Light Bulbs For Every Room In Your House
Lighting is a subtly powerful thing. It can impact everything from your sleep schedule to your brain power. So it’s understandable that you want your home, the place you presumably spend a big chunk of your life, to be lit nicely. But there are so many different options to choose from. Here’s a basic guide to get you started.