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Lifehacker: The Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and Better

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A new edition, packed with even more clever tricks and methods that make everyday life easier Lifehackers redefine personal productivity with creative and clever methods for making life easier and more enjoyable. This new edition of a perennial bestseller boasts new and exciting tips, tricks, and methods that strike a perfect balance between current technology and common s ...more
Paperback, 3rd Edition, 476 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Wiley Publishing (first published June 3rd 2011)
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Bryan
May 13, 2012 rated it liked it
There are some good tips in here and some of them inspired me to get organized to a degree that I've not been in some time. There are also many cool web apps covered (though I imagine this will mean that the book will not age particularly well). As someone who works in IT and reads Lifehacker regularly, a lot of the contents were familiar territory so I ended up skipping a lot, but I think someone who's less technical might benefit quite a bit from this book.

My main objection is that a lot of th
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Tori Miller
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
I was only interested in a few of these personally. I couldn't view the table of contents on the Kindle in a way that I could see enough of it to see which of the tips I might want to read. It was very time consuming to page through all the other tips to see which ones I was interested in. I wish the table of contents had a better view.
Daphne
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is full of tips to improve your life. If you read Lifehacker (the blog) on a regular basis, you might expect a lot of variety. However, most of the book is dedicated specifically to "tech tips". I felt disappointed by that. I guess I think of "life hacking" as a larger endeavor than just "use your computer more efficiently". But is that the book's fault, or mine? It's a book worth looking at.
Dana
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy having this book on my nightstand as a reference for whenever something goes a little awry in my techno life. REALLY helped when my father's internet browser got hijacked (again). I enjoy not having to help him every single time he messes something up (at least five times a day) so I make him check this book first to see if the answer might be in there. Gooooood stuff.
Jellie Dawn
Love the website. The book? Not so much. It's focused more on tech tips and I thought I could glean additional information, but I guess I know more about technology than I think I do.
The Idle Woman
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
By far the most useful of several productivity books I've purchased recently. I don't buy these books to join the author on their 'journey' or to hear about how they set up a multi-million-dollar business at university. I need practical, straightforward, clever advice aimed at an educated layman with a standard set of tools, and that's exactly what this volume offers. Divided up into eleven chapters, it focuses on computer shortcuts, software, tricks and hacks that can help you keep your inbox c ...more
Rocky Sunico
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun reference book for its time, but hasn't aged well given the steady march of technology.
Marissa Catania Bishop
Clear and concise -- even though this was a bit more techy for what I wanted it for (productivity tips) I still got a few things out of it. I read the third edition -- so I think much was outdated.
Danielius Debesyla
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Stebėtinai gera ir naudinga! Tačiau turinys: paimtas iš lifehaker puslapio.
Eric Wallace
Oct 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone who wants to be more efficient, but doesn't often take the time to learn it
One would think I am the perfect target market for this book: I am an efficiency addict, so much so that my wife calls me "Captain Efficiency". I am constantly updating my systems in search of the elusive goal of ever-increasing productivity. And of course I follow the Lifehacker.com blog (in my RSS reader, natch) to learn about the latest tools and tricks.

Alas, the Lifehacker Guide mostly served as an opportunity for me to hone my speed-reading and skimming skills... because I already do so man
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Stan Skrabut
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: productivity
I picked up a copy of Lifehacker: The Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and Better* written by Adam Pash and Gina Trapani. I am not sure I would have picked up the book if I was not already familiar with the Lifehacker Website. I also regularly listen to Gina Trapani on TWIG and All About Android. The book I picked up is a gem. I have already implemented a number of ideas and plan to implement a number of others in the coming days. Read more
Phil
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a good one. The book is laid out by topic, so it was easy to skip over the stuff that I didn't have any interest in. Since the book casts a pretty wide net, there was quite a bit that I either already knew, or didn't care about. However, there was a lot of stuff that was crazy useful; I was able to find several things to improve efficiency in my work and personal life. I'm a big fan of anything that helps me free up time, which is essentially what this book is all about. It's worth look ...more
Eric
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: productivity
Very useful tips and tricks. I thought some sections were unnecessarily long, especially those that included details on how to carry out installation steps (which may be self-explanatory when you're actually installing the software) like "After you click Next, you will be led to.. blah blah." Some tricks like the Seinfeld chain website were also not that useful but rather seemed to be only for fun or coolness. I totally support the Seinfeld method but the website sucked big time... I would rathe ...more
Jessica
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
I picked up a few new tips, but much of it was at least familiar. There were some tips that I'd never do, but maybe a more IT savvy person would enjoy those. The book is from 2011, but already there were some dated tools. That's the thing with reading computer/web focused texts. They're out of date within a year.

Still, it's an easy read if someone just wants to skim it for a few hours. You'll surely pick up some new tips.
David Lindelof
Aug 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
As a long-term subscriber to the Lifehacker blog and newsletter, I can't really say that a I learned a lot from this book. Most of the tips I had already heard about. There were a few gems though which were probably worth the tiny price I paid for the book (about USD 10$ directly from the publisher for the electronic version).

If you've never visited Lifehacker before this book will certainly be useful. Though you might be irritated at the tell-tale blog post format.
Nick
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you're reasonably technological, you'll have already made use of most of these tricks. But there's always another one and a new way to save time, work more efficiently, and make technology your servant. For me, the tips on passwords alone was worth the price of the e-book. If you're a regular reader of Lifehacker on line, you won't need this compendium, but for everyone else, this book will offer you enough tasty morsels to make the meal worthwhile.
Nick
Feb 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Many great ideas to use technology to become more organized. I quickly scanned through those that appealed to me and ignored many others. A few years old and I believe recently updated. I found this book on a library site, so was able to read without purchasing, which is good as many of the hacks are now outdated or old hat.
Frank
영어에서 hack이라하면 해킹hacking처럼 부정적인 의미를 가지는 경우도 많지만, 최근에는 '까다로운 문제를 영리하게 해결함'을 뜻으로 사용하는 경우도 많다. Life Hack은 말그대로 개인이 매일 해야 할 일들을 효율적으로 관리하고 처리하는 기술이라는 뜻. 이 책은 IT 개발자들이 업무에서 처리할 일들을 어떻게 단순화하여 처리할 수 있는지 정리하고 있다. (잠실 교보문고에서 이 책은 임베디드 프로그래밍 및 보안 관련 책들 사이에 파묻혀 있었다. 라이프 해킹은 그런 해킹이 아닌데...)

책에서 설명하는 내용중에 약 70% 정도는 이미 나도 하고 있는 것이라는 점에서 뿌듯함을 느꼈고, 나머지 25% 정도는 필요하지 않은 일이었다. 맥에서 방화벽 설정하는 것 정도가 참고할 만한 내용.
Horacio
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: geek, kindle
Me demoré en terminarlo porque está repleto de buenas ideas que dan ganas de implementar. Seguramente todo esto está en la Web, pero me parece un excelente resumen de los mejores trucos para los geeks de la productividad. Recomendable!
Evie Burke
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
More of a reference type book - good information if you're looking for shortcuts, but not a lot of in depth tips. Just tips for how to do things faster. Version I had was 2011, but a lot of tips where for online programs - which may quickly go out of date
Mark
May 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
If you avoid paying for software whenever possible, are always in the presence of a very fast Internet connection, don't mind the loss of all sorts of useful features that native apps provide, find ugly user interfaces enjoyable, and think Google is your friend, there's a lot in this book for you.
Dhuaine
May 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: manuals, tech
Obsolete if you visit the Lifehacker website more or less regularly.

Very helpful tips, but unfortunately rather "beginner-level" and many of them are common sense. The introductory parts were quite lengthy too.
Conny
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Some useful tips from organising your email and getting things done to setting up your own home media server. Explanations are for Mac and Windows, very nice.

But also some tips of how to organise your papers and organize your 'real' desktop, which I didn't need
Johnathon
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Excellent book. Full of many great ideas and time savers.
sarah
Aug 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Ironically, I read this while procrastinating on cleaning my house.
Damaris
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found the chapter on organizing my email inbox extremely helpful.
Joey Comeau
Feb 25, 2012 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the chapters on organizing your data.
Teri Temme
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Awesome book - some really great tips and tricks! My favorite right now is GrandPerspective to see what is hogging space on my Mac.
David Meyers
Jul 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Filled with some pretty good tips at making your life more efficient using different bits of technology.
Michael Trobisch
Just terrific!

Extremely helpful guide to improving your digital productivity and better organize your workplace. A great read which I can't recommend highly enough!
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