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Ask LH: Will An External Upscaler Make SD Channels Look Better?

Dear Lifehacker, I have a 60? Samsung 1080 HDTV and the pictures I’m getting on SD channels are very poor. I have an F5s Skybox hooked up. I’ve seen a box called a HDMI to HDMI Voxlink upscaler, will this device help to improve the picture on my TV or would I just be wasting my money? More »      

Ask LH: Should I Water Cool My PC?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m looking to build a new PC that’s capable of running high-end video games and 3D graphics applications. In other words, it’s going to get pretty hot! I’m seriously considering a water cooling solution but don’t really know where to start. So my questions are: is water cooling worth the effort and what type of skills do I need to pull it off? More »      

Ask LH: Does Bad Broadband Make My Computer Run More Slowly?

Dear Lifehacker, To what extent does a “slow” internet connection affect operating system and application response times? My work connection is much faster than my home connection, and it often feels like the machine is slower at home. Show More Summary

Ask LH: How Can I Get My Girlfriend To Stop Playing Pokemon GO?

Dear Lifehacker, my girlfriend is a Pokemon GO player. I’m not. Over the past fortnight she has been playing the game 24/7 and it’s starting to affect our relationship. (Don’t get me started on our “romantic” walks.) When she’s not hunting Pokemon, she’s tweeting about it or researching tips on her phone — even while we’re in bed together. Show More Summary

Ask LH: Can Telstra Force Me Onto An NBN Plan If I Don't Want To Go?

Dear Lifehacker, My street was recently joined to the great and wonderful NBN (slight sarcasm there.) Telstra has since informed me that I need to move my internet and phone across as it won’t be supported in its existing state. I’ve...Show More Summary

Ask LH: When Is The Cheapest Time To Book A Flight?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m in New Zealand and planning to bring my mum over for a visit from South Africa at the end of January next year. I’m trying to save up the money for the ticket from regular income instead of dipping into savings. So my question is how before an international flight is best to book the ticket to not pay extra for “Last Minute”? More »      

Ask LH: Am I Allowed To Wear Headphones While Riding A Motorbike?

Dear Lifehacker, What is the legal status of wearing in-ear headphones while riding a motorcycle in NSW? Maybe my Google-fu is slipping, but I can’t find a solid answer. I’d like to use headphones to hear the GPS on my phone, especially when travelling to new areas. Show More Summary

Ask LH: Is It Okay To Eat Two-Week Old Chicken?

Dear Lifehacker, Today I ate a big piece of cooked chicken that had been in the refrigerator (not frozen) for 10 days or so. It seemed good in terms of smell and taste but I do not know if I should have thrown it out and not eaten it? Am I going to get sick? More »      

Ask LH: Should I Upgrade To Windows 10?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m trying to toss up whether it’s worth upgrading my laptop from windows 8.1 to Windows 10. I’ve heard mixed reviews and don’t want to make the wrong decision! Should I take the plunge? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. More »      

Ask LH: Will I Get Busted For Ripping Bali DVDs To My Macbook?

Dear Lifehacker, I have made many trips to Bali and now have over 100 cheap DVDs purchased from market stalls over there. I like to travel but carrying around 100 DVDs isn’t very efficient. I was thinking about moving them onto my MacBook but don’t want to get in trouble for breaking copyright. Show More Summary

Ask LH: How Can I Stop Pointless Chit Chat In My Workplace?

Dear Lifehacker, I work in an open plan office doing marketing. I love my job, but I get interrupted a lot and it’s usually just mindless chit-chat. I don’t take well to interruptions and have snapped a number of times. (Our CEO doesn’t believe in working from home so I’m basically stuck.) Are there any coping strategies you can suggest? More »      

Ask LH: How Can I Get Back Into The Workforce After Having A Baby?

Dear Lifehacker, I had a child 18 months ago, and I am having extreme difficulty getting back into the workforce. I was wondering who can help me find a job? I have tried casual, part-time and full-time positions across multiple industries but keep getting knocked back. Show More Summary

Ask LH: How Much Are My Vintage Earrings Worth?

Dear Lifehacker, I was wondering if you can help me appraise some gold stud earrings I wish to sell? They’re jadelite cream with a vintage apple design. Each piece has 11 diamonds on the back totaling 22. I can see hallmarks but can’t quite make them out. I don’t know their value or maker. I would appreciate any help! More »      

Ask LH: Should My Daughter Learn To Drive In A Manual Or Automatic?

Dear Lifehacker, My daughter is about to get her L-Plates and our family have been talking about whether it is worthwhile for her to learn on a manual or not. Is it still a useful skill given how common automatics are — and especially with new technologies such as electric engines? More »      

Ask LH: Can I Use Copyrighted Art On My Free Album Cover?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m a music artist that’s planning on releasing some music. I was wondering if I could edit this picture and use it for a single/album cover? I found it online and don’t know who made it. My album will likely be put out for free/non-profit use. More »      

Ask LH: Is 'New Car Smell' Dangerous To Your Health?

Dear Lifehacker, After doing my research and crunching the numbers, I’ve purchased a brand new family car — a Subaru Forester. One factor I didn’t consider is the potential toxicity of the “new car smell”. I can’t find any recent research...Show More Summary

Ask LH: How Long Do I Need To Keep My Dead Dad's Tax Records?

Dear Lifehacker, How long is it necessary to keep documents for deceased relatives? My father has been dead for years, but I still have boxes and boxes of his tax papers that I’m not sure what to do with? More »      

Ask LH: Can I Still Contest A 'Final' Fine Demand In Court?

Dear Lifehacker, my husband recently received a final notice from SDRO for an offence from five years ago for parking his motorbike in his residential area for longer than allowed. He didn’t receive any notice on the spot and moved house soon afterward (he updated his address on the RTA website.) He never received any notice whatsoever, until now. Show More Summary

Ask LH: Why Does My TV Reception Suck At Certain Times Of The Day?

Dear Lifehacker, My digital TV signal works fine most of the time. However, it conks out between 8am and 5pm during particular months of the year. What gives? More »      

Ask LH: Do I Need Telstra To Stream The State Of Origin?

Dear Lifehacker, I want to watch the State of Origin online as I have no TV at work. I am not a Telstra mobile customer so I CANNOT watch it using NRL Footy Pass. How can I watch it online in Australia? Arrrrgh, help me! There is nothing on the internet that clearly describes how to get it. I’d like to watch the games on my laptop, preferably for free. More »      

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