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The greasy sizzle of delicious meat on a grill is a staple of Aussie summer. But as everyone breaks out the barbecue grill, paper plates, and "Kiss the Cook" aprons, a debate older than charcoal briquettes rages in the minds of grillmasters everywhere, along with their hungry audience: Do you want a burger? Or a hot dog? ("Both" is certainly an option, but not for the purposes of this showdown.)

Vegetarian? I'm so sorry.

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Before the advent of electricity, there were no refrigerators or deep freezers. There were no gas grills or microwave ovens. There were smokehouses! Food smoking is one of the oldest methods used to cook and preserve meat and it isn’t going anywhere. If you're keen to create your own smoked delicacies here are some tips to get you started.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Some people will tell you that lifting the lid to peek at your ribs, beef brisket, or other slow-cooking barbecue will add 15 minutes to your cook time. But according to a barbecue and grilling expert, that's not the way it works.

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It's the weekend! The temperature's getting colder, but there are always going to be those Aussies who won't let a little bit of suboptimal weather separate them from their barbecue. Today's playlist can help take you back to warmer days.

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Video: While this trick will not make your grill like new -- unlike scrubbing with steel wool and soap until your hands bleed -- it is good enough and painless. Just cut an onion in half, stick a fork on it, and start rubbing it up and down the grill over the heat until all the residue falls off.

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Bash programmer Jason Hutchinson built a command line download manager called Download Queue (or DQ) based on Lifehacker's own todo.sh script. In short, you set up a text file called queue.txt, and add the URLs to download one per line, and DQ does the rest, handling filters, automatically continuing broken downloads and more.

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You already know that you can get quick local search results from your phone with Google SMS for the price of a text message, but the service is a helluva lot more usable now that you can set your default location. Just send a text to Google SMS (466453) with set location . Now when you want to perform weather, movies, or restaurant look-ups via Google SMS, you can just text, for example, weather rather than weather 90210. Much more convenient!

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Logmein is a free application which allows you to connect and remotely control your PC. It's not new, but I'm a new fan having used it while I was away at a conference this week. Happily, it works with Vista, as I was using a Vista laptop at the conference to connect to my Vista box at home. One thing I learned - the remote access does depend on the remote PC being powered on. It sounds like a no-brainer, but I was on autopilot before I left home and put my PC into hibernate mode. I had to make a phone call home to get it turned on, which wouldn't be possible if you live on your own! So if you intend to use Logmein on the road, make sure you leave your PC turned on! My one gripe was that if the PC you're trying to access remotely needs to be powered up, there seems to be a delay of a few minutes before that PC shows up as "online" to you at the remote location. Admittedly, I was attempting to access it from a fairly crappy hotel conference room media centre with Vista machines on an unreliable wireless network, so any of those factors may have contributed to slowing down the remote connection! We wrote up the use of Logmein as a way to provide remote tech support here.