Today is one of those days when computers definitely do not make me more efficient.

However, it looks like the critics agree with my assessment of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds the other night (he did three nights in a row, so they might technically be speaking of different nights, but you know what I mean).

Lifehacker rocks

I’ve glanced at the web page Lifehacker.com before. It has some interesting tips on a wide range of things, from how to tweak your PC to how to get stains out of things.

It was not until I got the book Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tips To Turbocharge YourDay for Christmas that I realised how powerful some of these tweaks could be. The book excellently compiles and organises the tips that are most useful to someone who uses a computer a lot, either for business or just for personal productivity.

What’s really neat is that since the book is only a collection of things that are posted for free on Lifehacker.comanyway, you can get most of the book’s content (albeit without most of Gina Trapani’s gentle humour) here, chapter by chapter.

I found that I already employed some of the tips, such as:

But there’s tons of new stuff that I’ve implemented in the last few weeks that honestly is making a difference in my productivity at work. The most important for me have been:

Obviously I don’t care for (or need) all 88 tips. Different things work for different people. The book’s got everything from how to setup your own web server to access your own Wiki on your home PC when you’re on the road, to keyboard shortcuts like Windows-D to show your desktop or Ctrl-L to go to your Firefox address bar. So it’s guaranteed that there’s something in here you’ll find useful.

Take a look through the link, and see what might help you out. Or wait for the next edition of the book, which I think comes out soon.

Fitness Challenge 2008

I ran last night for the first time in a few months, so I’m feeling that combination of great but sore. I needed to get back into it, though. Luckily, my workplace is holding a fitness challenge just as they did last year. Randomised teams of employees from across the globe count up all the kilometers they run, cycle, or whatever, to see who can do the most in four weeks. It’s a fun thing, but most importantly it’s a reason to get out there and do something.


Our work Christmas party was last night. It wasn’t a big affair, just a few of us going down to the pub and then going to the traditional festive Noodle Bar for dinner. It’s an easy thing to organise, since we don’t need to pre-order our food.