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Should I Refinance My Mortgage?

Dear Lifehacker,Interest rates are so low these days that I’m thinking of refinancing my home mortgage. However, I’m worried about closing costs and other potential disadvantages of refinancing. How can I decide whether refinancing now is a good idea or not? Read more...

What's the Best Way to Wash My Produce Before I Eat It?

Dear Lifehacker, Pesticides and disease-causing bacteria aren't welcome guests on my fruits and vegetables. But does washing produce really remove them? And do I have to buy a special product, or can I whip something up at home that's just as good? Read more...

Ask LH: Can A Home Network Use More Than One Frequency?

Dear Lifehacker, My question is about dual-band routers: can they create a single network that uses both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies? More specifically, if my newer PC is connected to the 5 GHz frequency, and my older wireless printer is connected to the 2.4 GHz frequency, can I print wirelessly? More »      

?Are Smoothies Healthy?

Dear Lifehacker, I love smoothies and figure they're pretty healthy. After all, they're mostly fruit, sometimes even with some leafy greens and protein. But I have friends who won't touch the stuff, saying smoothies have so much sugar they're basically candy. What's the deal? Aren't smoothies healthy? Read more...

How Can I Securely Send Sensitive Tax Docs to My Tax Preparer?

Dear Lifehacker, Tax season is in full swing, I’m ready to send my documents to my tax preparer, and I’m wondering: In this digital age, how do I securely (and freely) send my tax docs to my CPA? Read more...

How Can I Stop Getting So Embarrassed When I Do Something Stupid?

Dear Lifehacker,Every time I do something embarrassing, I find myself frozen in terror. Sometimes it’s warranted, but other times I feel like I’m just dwelling on something that doesn’t matter. How can I stop freaking out at every little misstep? Read more...

Will a "Programming Boot Camp" Help Me Get a Coding Job?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m interested in getting a job as a programmer, but I don’t have any formal training. I heard boot camps can get me into a job in just a couple of months. They seem intense and expensive, though. Are they worth it? Read more...

Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing?

Dear Lifehacker, Is it possible for someone to actually be addicted to the Internet? I mean, we all love our phones, and maybe I check mine whenever it buzzes, but is that the same as being addicted to alcohol or drugs? I've heard of people being so addicted to video games that they forgot to eat or feed their kid. Show More Summary

Ask LH: Why Is Regional Broadband So Much Worse?

Dear Lifehacker, After looking at changing internet service providers and the choices that are available in the market, I’m wondering why the quality of available packages for regional areas differ so much from our city counterparts....Show More Summary

Ask LH: Why Can't My ISP Guarantee My Speed?

Dear Lifehacker, My home connection is meant to be ADSL2+, but I have never exceeded 5.0Mb/s for downloads. My ISP tells me that is all the speed I can expect living 3.6 km from exchange. Is that true? Am I right in thinking that going through a VPN my download speed would be much worse? And can I do anything other than wait for that very elusive NBN? More »      

Ask LH: How Can I Get Noticed At Work?

Dear Lifehacker, How can I raise my profile in the workplace without being an obnoxious “look at me” person? I have always tried to let my actions do the talking in the office. Recently though, I’ve noticed that I probably need to start developing a profile for career progression. More »      

Is the Stock Market Going to Crash Soon?

Dear Lifehacker, I've been reading a ton about the stock market hitting more new records. Nobel Prize winning economists are warning that the market is overvalued. Does this mean a crash is coming? What should I do? Read more...

Which Online Money Transfer Service Is the Most Secure?

Dear Lifehacker, Services like Venmo, Square Cash and other instant money-transfer services make sending a money to friends, splitting a check, or paying the rent easy. However, Venmo was just called out for its lax security, and now I'm spooked. Which of these apps are secure? Can I trust them? Read more...

Ask LH: Can I Demand A Laptop Refund Because Of Superfish?

Dear Lifehacker, With recent events such as the Lenovo Superfish malware problem, I was wondering if it is possible to return an item discovered to have unexpected features. If it turns out that my laptop was shipped with Superfish, is that grounds to return it? And could I return a Lenovo laptop that didn’t have the problem based on the lack of trust? More »      

Ask LH: Can I Get A Refund Because Presto Doesn't Work On Linux?

Dear Lifehacker, I was recently in hospital and wanted to try out some streaming services in Australia. I have a Linux laptop. I tried out Stan on the free 30-day trial but then realised it uses Silverlight so I cancelled that straight away. Then I wanted to try Presto which has no free trial. More »      

?Are Bodyweight Exercises Effective?

Dear Lifehacker, I like the idea of getting a workout without extra equipment, but some people tell me it isn't effective enough to really build muscle. Is that true? Are bodyweight exercises effective? Read more...

How Can I Tell Which Car Sharing Service Is Right for Me?

Dear Lifehacker, I'm thinking about going carless! I don't love the idea, but where I am right now it'll save me some money. However, I still occasional driving needs, like groceries or visiting family. I hear there are a bunch of new short-term rental services that may fit the bill. How do I choose one? Read more...

Ask LH: How Can I Persuade My Partner To Stop Ironing?

Dear Lifehacker, I hate ironing, and my wife insists on ironing my work shirts for me. She does a great job, but it can sometimes take ages for her to get around to it, so I have to iron the odd one here or there to get through. I really...Show More Summary

Ask LH: How Can I Remind Employers I'm Available For Freelancing?

Dear Lifehacker, Last November I quit my old job and finally gained the courage to chase my dream and I am now a freelance cameraman. I am fortunate enough to have a friend inside the industry who gave me contacts so I could get work, and I immediately shot off emails with my resume. Show More Summary

Ask LH: Can A Liquor Store Employee Ask To See My Friend's ID If I'm Buying?

Dear Lifehacker, I have a question about the rights of bottle shop assistants to check IDs. I was at a bottle store a few days ago with a friend buying two bottles of beer. The checkout assistant asked for my ID which was fine and even a bit flattering (I’m almost 30). But then she asked my friend for her ID too. More »      

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