Gina Trapani’s Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tricks to Turbocharge Your Day clearly advertises the book as cross-platform, but in actuality a good portion of the book focuses on Windows applications. However, this is my only major complaint about this manual as overall it does deliver what it promises by demonstrating how to tweak your system with clever shortcuts and faster ways to complete your tasks. Included in this book are some of the best ideas found at Lifehacker.com’s online archive and the reader can count on finding every chapter filled with step-by-step guides for setting up and using a variety of solutions, often in a cross-platform scenario, while finding detailed screen shots, and sidebars with additional tips. I also found Trapani’s manual easily usable for all level of users as she specifically stratifies the tips in terms of Easy, Medium, or Advanced making the reader aware that some of her tips are designed for the seriously tech-minded individual.
For the reader who does not know what a life hack is let me explain it as a person (usually a programmer) who uses productivity tricks to avoid information overload and to organize their lives. Trapani explains these concepts in such a manner that I felt it is one of the most practical books available, at this time, for those of us who need to consolidate, optimize and organize all of the information available on the Internet. Of the eighty-eight tech tricks included in the manual there are several showing hacks for Windows XP, Vista and Macintosh.
I found this book to be an easy to follow guide, written with clarity and user friendly helps (such as how to set up your email client to only check your email every hour to avoid unnecessary interruptions to your day). You will also find tips on freeing up Mental RAM, Firewalls, Automating Repetitive tasks, and tuning up your computer which I found so helpful that I would strongly recommend it to anyone wishing to increase their computer’s usability.
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