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Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tricks to Turbocharge Your Day

ISBN: 978-0-470-05065-1
336 pages
December 2006
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Redefine your personal productivity by tweaking, modding, mashing up, and repurposing Web apps, desktop software, and common everyday objects. The 88 "life hacks" -- clever shortcuts and lesser-known, faster ways to complete a task -- in this book are some of the best in Lifehacker.com's online archive. Every chapter describes an overarching lifehacker principle, then segues into several concrete applications. Each hack includes a step-by-step how-to for setting up and using the solution with cross-platform software, detailed screen shots, and sidebars with additional tips. Order your copy today and increase your productivity!
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Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Chapter 1 Free Up Mental RAM.

Hack 1: Email Your Future Self.

Hack 2: Manage a todo.txt File at the Command Line.

Hack 3: Develop Your (Digital) Photographic Memory.

Hack 4: Install Your Personal Wikipedia.

Hack 5: Keep an Instiki Wiki Hyperlinked Notebook.

Hack 6: Take Great Notes.

Chapter 2 Firewall Your Attention.

Hack 7: Limit Access to Time-Wasting Web Sites.

Hack 8: Permanently Block Time-Wasting Web Sites.

Hack 9: Reduce Email Interruptions.

Hack 10: Split Your Work Among Multiple Desktops.

Hack 11: Build a No-fly Zone.

Hack 12: Filter Low-Priority Email Messages.

Hack 13: Clear Your Desktop.

Hack 14: Make Your House a Usable Home.

Hack 15: Sentence Stuff to Death Row.

Hack 16: Drown out Sound with Pink Noise.

Hack 17: Keep Software from Stealing Focus.

Chapter 3 Automate Repetitive Tasks.

Hack 18: Automatically Back up Your Files.

Hack 19: Automatically Defragment Your Hard Drive.

Hack 20: Automatically Empty Your Digital Junk Drawer.

Hack 21: Automatically Download Music, Movies, and More.

Hack 22: Automatically Email Yourself File Backups.

Hack 23: Automatically Reboot and Launch Applications.

Hack 24: Automatically Log Your Progress in a Spreadsheet.

Chapter 4 Streamline Common Tasks.

Hack 25: Search the Web in Three Keystrokes.

Hack 26: Quick-Launch Software Applications.

Hack 27: Save Time with Text Substitution.

Hack 28: Text Message Efficiently.

Hack 29: Batch Resize Photos.

Hack 30: Send and Receive Money on Your Cell Phone.

Hack 31: Bypass Free Site Registration with BugMeNot.

Hack 32: Speed up Web Pages on a Slow Internet Connection.

Hack 33: Securely Save Web Site Passwords.

Chapter 5 Get Your Data to Go.

Hack 34: Carry Your Life on a Flash Drive.

Hack 35: Run a Home Web Server.

Hack 36: Remote Control Your Home Computer.

Hack 37: Give Your Home Computer a Web Address.

Hack 38: Search the Web from Your Phone.

Hack 39: Optimize Your Laptop.

Hack 40: Back up Data to Your iPod.

Hack 41: Turn Your Cell Phone into a Modem.

Hack 42: Use Gmail as an Internet Hard Drive.

Chapter 6 Control Your Email.

Hack 43: Craft Effective Messages.

Hack 44: Highlight Messages Sent Directly to You.

Hack 45: Use Disposable Email Addresses.

Hack 46: Decrease Your Email Response Time.

Hack 47: Empty Your Inbox (and Keep It Empty).

Hack 48: Master Message Search.

Hack 49: Future-Proof Your Email Address.

Hack 50: Script Repetitive Responses.

Hack 51: Encrypt Private Email.

Chapter 7 Organize Your Stuff.

Hack 52: Organize My Documents.

Hack 53: Instantly Retrieve Files from Your Hard Drive .

Hack 54: Overhaul Your Filing Cabinet.

Hack 55: Choose Secure, Memorable Passwords.

Hack 56: Securely Track Your Passwords.

Hack 57: Tag Your Bookmarks.

Hack 58: Encrypt Your Data.

Hack 59: Design Your Own Planner.

Chapter 8 Kickstart Your Productivity.

Hack 60: Make Your To-Do’s Doable.

Hack 61: Set up a Morning Dash.

Hack 62: Map Your Time.

Hack 63: Quick-Log Your Work Day.

Hack 64: Dash Through Tasks with a Timer.

Hack 65: Control Your Workday.

Hack 66: Turn Tasks into Gameplay7.

Hack 67: Schedule Think Time.

Chapter 9 Master the Web.

Hack 68: Google Like a Pro.

Hack 69: Subscribe to Web Sites with RSS.

Hack 70: Quick Search Dependable Engines.

Hack 71: Extend Your Web Browser.

Hack 72: Get 10 Must-Have Bookmarklets.

Hack 73: Get Your Data on a Map.

Hack 74: Set Multiple Sites as Your Homepage.

Hack 75: Access Unavailable Web Sites via Google.

Hack 76: Take Your Browser Configuration with You.

Hack 77: Find out About a Web Site.

Hack 78: Have a Say in What Google Says About You.

Hack 79: Capture Web Clippings with Google Notebook.

Hack 80: Clear Your Web Browsing Tracks.

Chapter 10 Tune Your Computer.

Hack 81: Save Your PC from Malware.

Hack 82: Clean up Your Startup.

Hack 83: Undo System Configuration Changes.

Hack 84: Truly Delete Data from Your Hard Drive.

Hack 85: Firewall Your Computer.

Hack 86: Free up Hard Drive Space.

Hack 87: Resurrect Deleted Files.

Hack 88: Recover Files from an Unbootable PC.

Index.

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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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