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Tech Productivity

Issue #109  (E-mail Is Making Us Miserable) 03/15/21

I don't know why but it seems in the last few years the tech industry has an obsession with dark mode. Or, at the very least, the option to choose dark mode in specific circumstances.

The Nielsen Norman Group, famous for their UX studies, did an article on this subject a little over a year ago that you might enjoy if you're wondering about the overall effectiveness of using dark vs. light mode.

Dark Mode vs. Light Mode

Their summary reads as follows:

In people with normal vision (or corrected-to-normal vision), visual performance tends to be better with light mode, whereas some people with cataract and related disorders may perform better with dark mode. On the flip side, long-term reading in light mode may be associated with myopia.

So there's no clear-cut "winner" in this, it really all depends on the circumstances of the individual. The article contains much more data if you want to delve into the subject more deeply.

Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!

Tools & Apps

Shareful - Give the macOS share menu superpowers. Makes the system share menu even more useful by providing some commonly needed share services, including "Copy", "Save As", and "Open In".

myDrive - A free open source cloud server (similar To Google Drive). Host on your own server or trusted platform then access it through your web browser.

Snapdrop - A PWA to share files across devices, similar to Apple's Airdrop feature. Uses encryption and files are not saved to any server.

Rally Video - Traditional video calls are exhausting. This alternative lets you hop between breakout rooms with one click, making your meetings more collaborative and fun.

Typing Tom - Free online platform for learning and improving touch typing speed. Includes multiple keyboard layouts, stats, leaderboard, and ability to create your own lessons.

Cloudways - An easy-to-use managed cloud hosting platform for digital agencies, developers, and e-commerce businesses. Use promo code WTWCW for a $25 credit.   sponsored  

Articles & Resources

E-mail Is Making Us Miserable - I don't know if I agree with this as I generally use Email as my to-do list for my kind of work. But this seems to be more true for those who work on a team and deal with more pressures on their job.

Your Brain On Progress - Strategies for nurturing that feel-good sense of accomplishment when doing largely invisible work.

In Praise of Extreme Moderation - 2018 article that encourages giving, not 100%, but 80%, in terms of what we're trying to achieve.

When Remote Work Doesn’t Cut It - A short read on what the author considers significant challenges in the adoption of generalized remote work in most companies.

How to Design the Perfect Day - Based on the equation that happiness (and, by extension, productivity) equals reality minus expectations.


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.

Stay productive!


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