Life Hack – McDonald’s Whiskey – Visiting McDonald’s not as dull as it used to be. Inspired by Crazy Russian Hacker ( Now with Closed Captions / Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing )
The McDonald’s Corporation is the world’s largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, serving around 68 million customers daily in 119 countries across 35,000 outlets.
The company began in 1940 as a barbecue restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald. In 1948, they reorganized their business as a hamburger stand using production line principles. Businessman Ray Kroc joined the company as a franchise agent in 1955. He subsequently purchased the chain from the McDonald brothers and oversaw its worldwide growth.
What is a Life Hack?
Life hack (or life hacking) refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life. The term was primarily used by computer experts who suffer from information overload or those with a playful curiosity in the ways they can accelerate their workflow in ways other than programming.
The terms hack, hacking, and hacker have a long history of ambiguity in the computing and geek communities, particularly within the free and open source software crowds.
The original definition of the term “hack” is “to cut with rough or heavy blows.” These included quick-and-dirty shell scripts and other command line utilities that filtered, munged and processed data streams like e-mail and RSS feeds. In the modern vernacular it is more often used to describe an inelegant but effective solution to a specific computing problem. The term was later extended to life hack, in reference to a solution to a problem unrelated to computers that might occur in a programmer’s everyday life. Examples of these types of life hacks might include utilities to synchronize files, track tasks, remind oneself of events, or filter e-mail.
The term life hack was coined in 2004 during the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego, California by technology journalist Danny O’Brien to describe the “embarrassing” scripts and shortcuts productive IT professionals use to get their work done. After his presentation, use of the term life hack spread in the tech and blogging community.
O’Brien and blogger Merlin Mann later co-presented a session called “Life Hacks Live” at the 2005 O’Reilly Emerging Technology conference. The two also co-author a column entitled “Life Hacks” for O’Reilly’s Make magazine which debuted in February 2005.
The American Dialect Society voted lifehack (one word) as the runner-up for “most useful word of 2005” behind podcast. The word was also added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online in June 2011.