The Art Of Hacking Your Life

Life hacking is an interesting phenomenon that’s been making its way through the blogosphere over the last few years. The term was presented by Danny O’Brien at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in February 2004. Via Wikipedia:

The original definition of the term life hack referred to quick and dirty shell scripts and other command line utilities that filtered, munged and processed data streams like email and RSS feeds. Examples of these types of life hacks might include utilities to synchronize files, track tasks, remind yourself of events or filter email.

As the meme spread, the definition of the term expanded. Today, anything that solves an everyday problem in a clever or non-obvious way might be called a life hack. The term became popularized in the blogosphere and is primarily used by geeks who suffer from information overload or those with a playful curiosity in the ways they can overclock their workflow.

O’Brien own site with life hacks failed to materialize but others jumped on the idea. 43 Folders launched in September 2004, January 2005 saw Lifehacker.com and May of the same year saw Lifehack.org. Each of these sites provide links and posts about how to better manage your time, your finances, neat little programs that provide all sorts of services, uses for random items and more. Combined it’s an interesting encyclopedia of helpful hits and tips that can apply to any area of life.

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