Christmas is over, and it's time to start buying for yourself again. Consider treating yourself with a gift that will keep giving for years to come: upgraded computer components. These are minor upgrades you can install yourself (no repair shop required) and will save you so much time over when writing, shopping, or just waiting for your ageing PC to boot up, you'll wonder why you spent so long with a spinning disk in your computer.
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Thanks to everyone who entered our Upgrade Your Life competition and submitted tips for a chance to win an autographed copy of the Upgrade Your Life book by Lifehacker supremo Gina Trapani. We've sorted through the winners and picked out three winners, whose tips will be published on the site this week. Keep your eyes peeled for them!
I'm happy to announce that thanks to the generosity of uber-Lifehacker Gina Trapani, we have a pile of autographed copies of her new book to give away to Lifehacker AU readers! Gina's latest Lifehacker book, Upgrade Your Life, is full of lifehacking tips, tricks and tools, and we really want to give you a copy! Send us your best life hack, organisational strategy, computer tip, or DIY project and earn a chance to have one of these books signed and shipped to your door.
We're especially keen to see entries which are supported by screenshots or video illustrating your hack - so feel free to get creative! Email us your submission to [email protected] with the subject heading "Upgrade Your Life Competition" and over the next couple of weeks, we'll feature the top three hacks here on the site, and give the winners an autographed copy of the book. Get more details after the jump.
For the past two weeks, we've given out over a dozen autographed copies of our new book, Upgrade Your Life, to readers who submitted their best life hacks to us and saw them featured here on Lifehacker. Now we want to know which one of the winning hacks you thought was the coolest and most useful.
Thanks to everyone who wrote in with their ideas, projects, tricks, tips, photos and screenshots.
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.
Readers are submitting their best life hack for a chance to win an autographed copy of our new book, Upgrade Your Life. Here's our latest winner. Reader CK uses neat automation trick when there's heavy-duty copy and pasting to be done: I have one very simple AutoHotkey script which I use when I need to do some massive copying and pasting work, which simplifies the task into just one keystroke: Win+C.
Just put up some finishing touches to the official web site of the new Lifehacker book, Upgrade Your Life. Head on over to browse the book's complete table of contents, read the introduction, and download a sample chapter.
For the next week and a half, readers are submitting their best life hack for a chance to win an autographed copy of our new book, Upgrade Your Life. Reader Beth writes in with her favourite trick for keeping track of info on the road and at the gym—using the previously mentioned PocketMod print-yourself notebook. Beth says:
I'm sitting here next to a stack of the new Lifehacker book, Upgrade Your Life, and it's time to start clearing out this joint, signing these puppies and giving them away! Send us your best life hack—organisational strategy, computer tip, DIY project—and earn a chance to have one of these books signed and shipped to your door. Email us your submission to bookcontest at lifehacker.com and over the next couple of weeks, we'll feature the best hacks here on the site, and give the winners an autographed copy of the book. Get more details after the jump.
The second edition of the Lifehacker book, Upgrade Your Life, is a compilation of the best 116 hacks and downloads from Lifehacker's archives. This dead tree version of the web site transforms dozens of blog posts into comprehensive, edited tutorials, which will be familiar to longtime readers. While an official electronic version of Upgrade Your Life isn't available, today I've pulled together links to all the past posts that informed each book chapter to give you a one-stop preview of what's inside that cover. Consider this post the unedited web version of the book. After the jump, get a ginormous roundup of all the posts that created Upgrade Your Life by chapter. And shhhh, don't tell my book publisher I'm giving this all away.
The second edition of the Lifehacker book, Upgrade Your Life, is finally available for purchase, but if you want a free taste before you hand over your hard-earned cash, my book publisher is offering three excerpts for download as PDFs. Check out a sample chapter, the table of contents, and the book index to see what you're getting yourself into at my publisher's web site, or pick from the list below. Read Excerpt: Chapter 1, Control Your Email (PDF) Read Excerpt: Table of Contents (PDF) Read Excerpt: Index (PDF) Enjoy! Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, Better, 2nd Edition
My book publisher tells me that the second edition of the Lifehacker book, Upgrade Your Life, is hot off the press, and several copies are boxed and loaded onto trucks headed towards Amazon's warehouses as I type. If you're planning on buying the book, pre-order from Amazon now before it starts shipping to take advantage of Amazon's 5% discount on all book pre-orders (which puts the price well below 20 bucks.) Upgrade Your Life is meatier, better-looking, and more up-to-date than the first edition, and good karma will come to anyone who gives it a read. I promise. Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, Better