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My head just exploded
on October 15, 2012
My impression was that this book was intended to help you to be more efficient in your day-to-day activities. In the preface the author says it's a smorgasbord and that the reader should select the things they like. Unfortunately, the author and I don't see things the same way. I read this book cover-to-cover and the only thing I used was the Zendesk Wall for ambient sound.
Let me start by saying that I am a computer programmer so installing and using software is a daily activity for me. There are a few non-computer related tips that some people might benefit from like making a to-do list but the majority of the book is about computers and software.
All of the software the author introduces requires you to learn how to use a new product. Since most of the software is written by different companies, there is no consistency across products. That means that you would theoretically need to learn to use a lot of new programs. Personally, that sounds like additional work rather than a way to be more efficient. If you were to install all of the program the author introduces, you would have dozens of new products running on your computer resulting in a degradation of performance.
The author also makes statements like your email inbox should be emptied every day. That statement alone makes me cringe. He then goes on to say that in a business environment you should not respond to emails quickly because it sets unrealistic expectations. In fact, he said you should respond to business emails in 4-6 hours and up to 48 hours later. If I did that, I wouldn't have a job.
There were some browser tricks I didn't know about but these were covered too quickly to be of any value. The same applies to many of the email tips.
And for the record searching for "Tax*.*" does not return files with "Tax" anywhere in the name; rather, it returns files that begin with "Tax". The correct search is "*tax*.*".
I appreciate the amount of work that went into this book but found little that I would actually use. Granted, I'm not your average computer user but a lot of this book relies on you to do the work. That's kind of the opposite of what I expected.
Personally, I would have benefited more if the book focused on key areas like using the web browser's search features and configuring rules to automate email delivery and sorting in Outlook. The problem is that the author not only discussed numerous Windows products but also tried to cover Mac-OS too.