Posts tagged Lifehacker
What’s the real secret to reading a lot of books?
June 22, 2013 | 2:10 pm
It's nice to see an article on Lifehacker about reading. But the article's author, Dan Shipper, struck me as a person who is massively over-thinking it. His strategy for 'reading a lot of great books' involved no fewer than three pieces of software, and almost as much time spent on book-keeping as on the reading itself. Shipper identifies the 'obstacles' of reading as follows: • Keeping track of the books you want to read • Refining the list down to ones you’re going to read in the near feature • Actually reading them • Retaining the important parts He then proceeds to list a variety of software tools he uses...
Are Phones Good Productivity Tools?
May 1, 2013 | 10:15 am
Thorin Klosowski poses an interesting question over at Lifehacker: Are phones good productivity tools? Klosowski argues that, for almost every productivity task he needs to accomplish, there is a desktop or tablet app that will do it quicker and more efficiently than his phone. "None of this is to say that I don't appreciate a smartphone for what it is," he hastily reassures us. "I still take pictures all the time, I listen to podcasts, dink around on Twitter, and look up oddball questions in the browser. But none of those things are actually productive." I suppose that for me, it all comes...
Why We Pirate, and Why We Don’t
March 15, 2013 | 1:05 pm
One of the anti-DRM arguments people often make is that if you make it easy enough for people to buy content legitimately, they won't need to pirate anymore. Here is a case study in favor of that argument: Thorin Kiosowski over at Lifehacker has a great essay up about why he stopped pirating media and started paying for it legitimately. Kiosowski begins by explaining why he pirated to begin with, namely that at the time, 'legit' digital media was confusing, expensive and failed to provide a good experience. He then lists three things that changed his mind: • He stopped feeling the need to own...