- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (March 17, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470238364
- ISBN-13: 978-0470238363
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,426,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, Better 2nd Edition
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"A productivity manual-slash-computer book, this book is packed full of tips...Buy this book. Immediately." Photo Pro June 2008 "Easy to dip in and out of, you won't fail find something here that will speed up your work.".net August 2008
From the Back Cover
Spend more time getting things done and less time fiddling with your computer
This book isn't a computer user manual, and it isn't a productivity system. It's a mashup of both. It's where you learn to practice big-picture productivity methods on your very own computer desktop. Whether you're a Mac or Windows user, know only enough to get by or are the family tech support geek, there are tricks here for you. Whether or not you've been turbocharging your day with the tips from Gina's first Lifehacker book, you'll feast on this buffet of new shortcuts to make technology your ally instead of your adversary.
A dozen ways to upgrade your life:
- Hack 1: Empty your email inbox
- Hack 14: Instantly recall all your different passwords
- Hack 22: Make your to-do list doable
- Hack 29: Turn tasks into gameplay
- Hack 45: Search the Web in three keystrokes
- Hack 55: Securely save web site passwords
- Hack 56: Become a scheduling black belt
- Hack 59: Automatically back up your files
- Hack 75: Remote-control your home computer
- Hack 86: Supercharge your Firefox downloads
- Hack 111: Synchronize folders between computers
- Hack 114: Have your Mac and Windows too
Companion Web site
At http://lifehackerbook.com you'll find hack updates, additional information, and more tips and tricks.
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The book's new dimensions and title make it look less like a computer book and more like the self-improvement book that it is. To the uninitiated, "lifehacker" sounds like something Dr. Frankenstein dabbled in, where "upgrade your life" could have come from Tony Robbins. These are small changes, but "small changes" for improving your productivity is what this book is all about.
The book is not designed to read front to back. Each "hack" has a a "level/platform/cost" header, which I find helpful, but I would have liked to have some or all of this info in the table of contents. Otherwise, the ToC is excellent, organizing the Hacks by productivity type ("Clear your mind," "firewall your attention") and descriptive Hacks and subtopics of each hack. At times, just reading the ToC is enough to set off the "a ha!" reaction and make a difference. For example, "remember 100 different passwords with one rule set" was enough to change my approach to passwords, even before I'd read the full text.
Many of the tips are simple common sense, which we can often miss because of habits we've already built up. Other tips introduce useful applications like Remember the Milk, or remind you of features your phone already has (Hack 72, "Access web apps and search via text message").
Gina is an excellent writer; her LifeHacker.com site remains a daily read. A lot of these tips have been covered on the site before, but having them available in compact, physical form is particularly helpful when I'm stuck on a project or assignment and need to make a mental break. Just learning something new and practicing it for a few minutes often helps me get back into the productive zone.
Nicely formatted so its very easy to skip outdated sections, or just those sections that are not relevant to you. The book is also written in a clear and concise manner that is easy to follow. I still give the book high marks because those early on tips, like handing my inbox and keeping it empty, were so valuable I have had a noticeable improvement in my work productivity and other aspects of my life as well.
I have plenty of experience in computers, so I can see the advantage of many of the tips. Since buying the book I have changed my browser from IE and my e-mail from Yahoo to Thunderbird, as well as downloading some of the many freeware programs she recommends. It's improved my life immensely, and often the time spent downloading has been paid back in minutes.
I stop short at some of the suggestions for advanced users, but that's because I don't want to change things for the sake of changing them. Otherwise I have more programs that I know what to do with, but that's because there are so many of them.
What's good is that Gina has covered the recommendations down to the last detail, especially living your life with them. Too many books on software run through the features with no recommendations as to where and how to use them. So if you're a person with any level of computer experience you will be using these programs and tips more or less from when you adopt them.
So thank you Gina (and Terra) for bringing this book about. I would guess it's made me 50 percent more effective in the first week. I can't think of anyone who wouldn't do marvels after reading this.
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