Order Lifehacker the book:
Sadly I don't have version control on the roster for the new chapter,
because it's a pretty advanced hack. I love my text files, like you
do, but we're a minority. The main complaint I got about the first
edition (especially regarding the todo.txt hack) was that it's for
"super techies," not as accessible to "regular people," whatever that
Of course, many Lifehacker.com readers *are* super-techies, so we did
cover it on the site (Adam wrote up TortoiseSVN.) But it won't be in
Right now in the new multiple computers chapter I've got hacks on
sharing and syncing folders between computers (localy and over the
internet), synchronizing bookmarks across computers/browsers, sharing
printers and getting Windows on your Mac with Boot Camp.
I also wonder if there shouldn't be a book on "office hacks" that has
some kind of "applied GTD" focus with DIY projects for establishing an
ideal physical environment for work. Something that could include
technology, but focus on creating a place where you can be productive.
David Allen provides some suggestions in his GTD book, but the
life-hacker-esque sites currently give more tactical advice that I
think could merit a book in itself.
Outside our scope?
There may be a demand for that kind of book, but I'm not sure. It's
definitely something to think about!
> I also wonder if there shouldn't be a book on "office hacks" that has
> some kind of "applied GTD" focus with DIY projects for establishing an
> ideal physical environment for work.
> Outside our scope?
It is outside the scope of this book, but I would love to see an
applied GTD book come from The David Allen Company. Problem is,
application has so much to do with a person's skill level, environment
and needs... that's why Lifehacker.com's just this continual stream of
things you *could* do, if they help you. This book is like that
too--a buffet of possible shortcuts that the reader picks and chooses
What's the next LifeHacker book project after this one? Is there a
series planned, or will future books go in new directions?
I'm asking in part because I wonder if there would be opportunities
for others to work in a more formal capacity on the book outside of
the forum, for example, or if single authorship is preferred.
On Nov 29, 2007 11:36 AM, Gina Trapani @ Lifehacker
PhD Student, Technical Comm. and Rhetoric
Composition Assessment Software Developer
Texas Tech University
Ah, good question! There isn't a series planned (yet?) so I'm
honestly not sure right now. Personally, I prefer writing the web
site over writing the book, so it may be awhile before I embark on a
new book project.
> I'm asking in part because I wonder if there would be opportunities
> for others to work in a more formal capacity on the book outside of
> the forum, for example, or if single authorship is preferred.
AFAIK, single or dual authorship is the way it has to go with
traditional publishers, anyway (unless you're editing a compilation,
in which case there are many contributors but one or more editors
responsible and listed on the cover.)
It sounds like collaborating with a large group on a book may be more
of a wiki-type project, but you'd want a leader to grow it, then maybe
pitch the final content as a book. Things that make you go hmm....
Right now I'm so ridiculously busy finishing this book I can't even
think about the Next Thing, but I encourage anyone interested to go
for it! :)