This truly is an odd collection of hacks that represents the diversity of things a user might do with her desktop. It is not an attempt to be a definitive solution to any particular set of common problems a Linux user might experience. You won't find any KDE-, GNOME-, or X-specific hacks here, as those were covered in the previous three chapters.
The first hack covers how to load the OpenOffice.org office suite faster, and the last hack explains how to create a PPTP connection to a Microsoft VPN. The rest of the hacks focus primarily on things you can do over the Internet. Half of the hacks deal with your email or web browser, while a couple of others cover how to make free long-distance phone calls or set up a video conference call.