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Tech Productivity

Issue #107  (How To Finish Your Hobby Project) 03/01/21

A user on Hacker News asked if there's a way to ad-block "we're using cookies" popups in a more universal way in browsers.

According to the top comment, this is possible using uBlock Origin.

  • Go to Settings > Filter Lists > Annoyances
  • Enable "EasyList Cookie"
Block cookie popups in uBlock Origin

I don't use uBlock Origin myself, but this might sway me in that direction. As far as other suggestions, you can read through the full thread. I think the best solution for this, as the next highest voted comment points out, would be for browsers to integrate this, but I'm not sure of the legal ramifications of that.
Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!

Tools & Apps

Local PDF Tools - An online PDF merging tool built with Web Assembly and no data is sent to a server.

lockrMail - A free tool that acts as a pre-filter for your inbox. Bucket similar content, organize who can send you emails, filter marketing offers, etc. Compatible with most email platforms and clients.

TabFloater - Picture-in-Picture for any browser tab, for Chrome and Firefox. Works for any tab, not just those playing media.

Bunklist - Collect and discover website links. A place for you to create, discuss, and discover list of inspiring, fun, useful, and informative websites.

Browserosaurus - A browser prompter for macOS. Shows you the destination link (for cloaked URLs) and lets you choose which browser to open in.

Let's Hear It For The Builders - Expert builders and architects like you depend on the best tools. Nova is the smartest, most scalable, most secure app delivery platform on the market. Build bigger, faster and stronger with Nova. Test Nova today, see what you can build, and get $500 in credit.   sponsored  

Articles & Resources

A Minimal Email Client - Manu discusses a simple way to handle email, more useful for those who don't get hundreds of messages every week.

Age of Distractions - Santeri Liukkonen provides some advice for the much-discussed problem of being constantly distracted by our devices and pointless alerts.

Why Thinking Too Much Can Be Bad For You - I disagree with the advice here, but this is an interesting take so I thought it was worth a look.

The Months After I Gave Birth Were the Most Creative of My Life - Emma Pattee explains how and why early motherhood was a more successful time for her than she expected.

Tips To Stay Focused And Finish Your Hobby Project - According to Tomi Mester, the biggest roadblocks to finishing your hobby project aren't coding-related, they're mental.


Have a suggestion for a productivity-related tool, article, or other resource? Send me a direct message via X (@LouisLazaris) and I’ll consider including it in a future issue.

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