Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tricks to Turbocharge Your Day

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Wiley, Dec 18, 2006 - Computers - 300 pages
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The book will contain an introduction, 8 sections and a conclusion.  Each section will begin by describing an overarching principle of the lifehacker, and then segue into concrete applications of that guideline offering 103 useful life hacks for getting things done faster online and off.  

Each individual software-related hack will be a detailed, step-by-step how-to for setting up and using the solution.  All software-related hacks will employ freely-available applications with a focus on Windows users. Mac equivalents will be included.  Wherever possible, free web applications and platform-agnostic software will be used. Most but not all hacks will be software-related.  Non-software related hacks will be written in a helpful, suggestive, conversational tone and include suggestions for as many life circumstances as possible. Each hack will include detailed screenshots and sidebars with additional tips, case studies and quotes throughout. Sample:

Method 2: Block the time-wasting sites entirely:

Alternately, you can make it hard to visit time-sucking sites, which forces yourself to stop and think, “Do I really have time to do this right now?” Set your computer to block those URLs and make yourself unblock them each time you want to visit. One way to do this is to tell your computer that these sites live on your hard drive - which obviously they don’t - and get a “Server not found” error when your fingers impulsively type out that tempting URL. Here’s how:   

Using Notepad or some other text editor, open the file named “hosts”, which is located in the following directory:

  • Windows XP = C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
  • Windows 2K = C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
  • Windows 98\ME = C:\WINDOWS

Add the following on its own line in the hosts file, using the sites that apply to you:

  • 127.0.0.1 metafilter.com flickr.com
  • Save and quit.

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Enjoyable book with some good tips. - Goodreads
Good reference book and great blog. - Goodreads
Lots of great advice. - Goodreads
This book has so many good tips and ideas. - Goodreads
She provides ten tips on automating common tasks. - Goodreads
... need to buy this for reference. - Goodreads

Review: Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tricks to Turbocharge Your Day

User Review  - Jordan Hanlon - Goodreads

This is more of a compilation of a bunch of tips, workarounds or hacks to be more productive at various areas but mostly focused on tech ares. Good reference book and great blog. Read full review

Review: Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tricks to Turbocharge Your Day

User Review  - Phyla - Goodreads

I love this book, and the Lifehacker site. The only caveat is that, like most technology books, some of the content is outdated. For example, the password hack, which I love, has now been proven to be ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Gina Trapani is an independent Web programmer and writer whose work has appeared in Wired magazine, The New York Times, and Time magazine. She is the founding editor of Lifehacker.com, a software and productivity Weblog she updates several times daily. A Sun Microsystem–certified Java programmer, Gina builds Web sites and Firefox extensions.

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