March 17, 2005

Life Hacks

Danny O-Brien, Merlin Mann

(DoB: last year's summary)

  • hackers ♥ plain text
  • my other app is in ~/bin ( keep your own scripts; make lots of glue)
  • network, network, network. Share everything. Social organisation rules

This year: It's not just for α-geeks
great apps:

  • decent email search – gmail, lookout, tiger spotlight
  • social file sharing for everyone – flikr, novell iFolder, Groove
  • easy web scraping – RSS
  • keyboard macros for win/linux: c.f. quicksilver

(MM: What's popular on 43Folders right now?)

  • GTD - especially implementing it in real life
  • lo-fi hacks: whereover possible, think about the simplest way to solve a problem – paper
  • make failure difficult (the 'forehead ticket hack')
  • quicksilver: like a GUI bash – minimise distractions
  • remind
  • more people wanting to tailor their own working environment

(DoB: What crossed over, and why?)

  • text editors – didn't make it into the mainstream
  • keyboards: people like them. When you're using the keyboard you can get into the 'zone', mousing disrupts flow
  • novice users never get 'flow' so the keyboard doesn't mater for them
  • why big screens? (c.f Mary Czerwinski). big screens are more productive and reduce cognitive load – no overlapping windows
  • there's no muscle-memory to alt-tab – this is why quicksilver is so much better
  • The dark secret of life hacks: turn off the sodding computer. Eliminate navigation, eliminate distraction

this years killer apps

  • google suggest (p=1)
  • passive informants – dashboard, emacs remembrance, IRC - background info (p=0.7)
  • unified notification (Growl API) (p=0.6)
  • the nightmare of desktop search (p=0.3)

MM: what is a life hack?
A) It's a way of patching around a problem. What happens if you fix, rather than patch? What comes after the hacks ?

- 2 comments by 1 or more people Not publicly viewable

  1. good grief!

    18 Mar 2005, 01:59

  2. Just to say the notes on ETech from you and John have been very interesting – especially the stuff on social software. Any additional detail when you return from sunnier climes would be useful.

    18 Mar 2005, 09:42

Add a comment

You are not allowed to comment on this entry as it has restricted commenting permissions.

Most recent entries


Search this blog

on twitter...


    Not signed in
    Sign in

    Powered by BlogBuilder
    © MMXXI