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There's an insidious quirk to your brain that, if you let it, can drive you absolutely batty. Tell me if this sounds familiar to you: You get anxious about confronting somebody in your life. That anxiety cripples you and you start wondering why you're so anxious. Now you're becoming anxious about being anxious. Oh no! Doubly anxious! Now you're anxious about your anxiety, which is causing more anxiety. Quick, where's the whiskey?

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


Think of role-playing games where we spend hours levelling up our character so we can slay dragons and complete world-changing missions. You start out with just a cloth tunic and a rusted dagger, but eventually you build yourself into an unstoppable force. Why not approach your life goals the same way?


Philipp Lenssen, author of the oft-linked Google Blogoscoped blog, has put together an entire book of Google Apps Hacks, covering Gmail, Calendar, Docs, and beyond, and his publisher is offering a sample chapter as a free PDF download. The sample delves into Google Presentations and how the PowerPoint-like app can be extended pretty far with style sheet tweaks, theme changes, and a little creative use of photos. Hit the link below to grab the free 19-page excerpt.

Google Apps Hacks


The following post was originally published in Chapter 1 of our new book, Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, Better. You've finally decided to move all your email online to Google's web-based service, Gmail. Great! But what about messages still going to your old email address(es)? You don't have to notify all your contacts that your email address has changed—again. Gmail is not only an email host, it's an email client, which can fetch mail from any number of external services and consolidate it all right there in your Gmail inbox. Here's how to move your email to Gmail without missing a single message from an existing account.


Geeks joke about having Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) all the time, and ADD expert Dr. Edward Hallowell says that's not too far off. In his book, CrazyBusy, Hallowell argues that Crackberry culture leads to ADD-like symptoms in people that don't officially have the disorder—a problem he calls Attention Deficit Trait (ADT). While Hallowell's fondness for making up words like "gigaguilt" and "screensucking" can be annoying, the overall message of CrazyBusy is that we all need to slow down and think in order to innovate instead of being constantly on the go in a frenzied (dumb) state of mind.


The Knoppix Live Linux CD can do more than just rescue files from an unbootable hard drive—the full operating system on an optical disk has a host of software packages including multimedia apps. The Hackszine blog points out a free excerpt from O'Reilly's new book, Knoppix Hacks, which details how to listen to and edit audio, burn CDs and DVDs, and watch video and TV with Knoppix. After the jump, preview the sample hack PDF.


We're suffering from a severe case of inflated egos here at Lifehacker, thanks to the upcoming release of Michael A. Banks' new book, Blogging Heroes: Interviews with 30 of the World's Top Bloggers. The book is a collection of behind-the-CMS interviews with bloggers all over the internet, including Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing, Chris Anderson of The Long Tail (and a little magazine called Wired), Phillip Lennsen of oft-quoted Google Blogoscoped, and myself. Here's a sneak preview of my interview (PDF). While I'm not convinced typing into a web page is heroic, it's an incredible honour to appear on the same pages as these folks. Thanks to Mr. Banks for the recognition—Mom is so proud! Blogging Heroes is available for pre-order now, and will be on shelves end of November.

Blogging Heroes: Interviews with 30 of the World's Top Bloggers