You wanted IT workplace horror stories, a review of Tiger Airways and advice on building your own computer control panel. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:
- ‘It’s Not My Job To Plug Things In’ And Other Nightmare IT Stories
IWorking in IT is no picnic. You’re overworked, over-stressed and overwhelmed by an onslaught of stupidity from Luddite customers and colleagues. We recently asked our readers to share their worst experiences from the front lines of IT. Your stories were so terrifying that we may need to wipe and reboot our brains to recover. Here are some of the worst.
- Three Reasons Why Australia’s Overseas ‘Parcel Tax’ Is Stupid
Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey last week announced that the existing GST exemption for low-value imports would be removed, starting July 1, 2017 at the latest. Non-resident companies will be expected to collect and remit the GST to the ATO. But will such a system work in practice? Here are three sizable holes in the government’s plan.
- Butter In Your Coffee And Other Cons: Stories From A Fitness Insider
Three years after co-founding Fitocracy, we launched a new online coaching service to start bringing in money. We needed a way to hook people in, but no one seemed interested.
- Why A 5% Beer Gets You Drunk So Much Faster Than A 4% Beer
If you look at the alcohol percentage on beers, it doesn’t seem like they’re all that different. After all, a 5% lager is just 1% more alcohol than a supposedly lighter beer, right? While that’s true, Draft Magazine explains the science of how ABV actually works.
- Taste Test: Smith’s KFC Zinger Potato Chips
KFC has partnered with Smith’s Chips to create the “Zinger Chicken” flavour. As its name implies, the limited-edition snack takes its taste cues from KFC’s spicy Zinger chicken fillets. The product doesn’t hit stores until next month, but we were lucky enough to get our hands on a bag a few weeks early. Here is our verdict.
- Taste Test: Slow Cow Anti-Energy Drink
Slow Cow is a “relaxation beverage” that purportedly provides the opposite effect of an energy drink. Instead of revving the imbiber up on a cocktail of caffeine, sugar, taurine and guarana, it attempts to wind them down via a tonic of natural relaxatives. As Lifehacker’s chief energy drink addict, I cracked open a can of this so-called “mind coolant” to see what would happen.
- The Top 10 Wankiest IT Buzzwords
There are certain words and phrases in the technology industry that makes me want to repeatedly plough my head into a wall. You know what I’m talking about. The marketing guff that company spokespeople spew out that may have sounded awesome the first time but is quickly relegated to overused cliches with hollow meanings. To have a bit of “fun” on a Friday, here are ten IT buzzwords that will make your eyes and ears bleed.
- Build Your Own Fully Functional Computer Control Panel
Sometimes, the best DIY projects are about excess. Which is exactly what Reddit user smashcuts went for in his computer control panel that controls everything from music to app launching.
- Revealed: The 23 Worst Airlines In The World
Skytrax has released its annual world airline star ratings, which are recognised as a global benchmark of airline standards. Once again, the industry’s worst performers have been named and shamed with a star rating of two or lower. Here are the worst offenders that you will probably want to avoid while travelling abroad.
- Airline Review: Does Tiger Airways Still Suck?
Tiger Airways was once known as the worst budget airline in Australia. In recent times, the company has made some drastic changes to improve its reputation and claw back former customers. We were recently invited to test the airline on a return flight from Sydney to Melbourne. So has the Tiger changed its stripes? I put my body on the line to find out.