Wired has an awesome post explaining the new buzzword/concept “Lifehacking:”

What is life hacking? Is it like computer hacking? Is someone going to break into my life? Life hacking has little or nothing to do with home invasion. It’s the practice of using clever little tips and tricks to make your life easier, more efficient or more productive.

Really? That sounds kind of familiar. Hasn’t it been around for a while?
Yes, previously it was known as Hints From Heloise.

So why is it called life hacking?
Because a new name makes it sound like a new idea. Geeks can’t admit that anything worthwhile was invented before 1981. Soon, “making cocoa” will be called “milk hacking.”

:D

Posted by Gwen Pearson

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3 Comments

  1. hee-hee. my current “life hacking” was going to the doc to get a shot of Toradol for a four-day migraine. I think that pain was turning into a nasty Go To loop.

  2. As a geek, I am not impressed. It seems that Wired can’t acknowledge the existence of, say, LISP (invented in 1958). And what about all that science fiction that was written in the Fifties and Sixties? Star Trek first aired in 1966, for crying out loud!

    “Lifehacking” should, by rights, refer to the invention of new patterns in Conway’s Game of Life.

  3. “Life Hacking”?

    Bug Girl reports that Wired has a story laying out the concept of “life hacking.” Thus:
    What is life hacking? Is it like computer hacking? Is someone going to break into my life?
    Life hacking has little or nothing to do with home invasion….

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