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Tech Productivity

Issue #113  (Tools and Resources for Remote Work) 04/12/21

Here's a good question asked on Hacker News: What's the cheapest/easiest way to host a static site? There is quite a bit of discussion on the usual suspects including GitHub Pages, Netlify, Cloudflare Pages, Vercel, and the lesser-known Neocities.

Web Server

One funky suggestion (and not an easy one!) is:

"Hosting a personal blog on old / cheap hardware at home and accepting some downtime now and then should be a trade-off worth making for most... Might be among the cheapest, easiest AND fun ways to host a static site."

But I also appreciated this reminder, which I personally wasn't aware of:

"I see the "GitHub Pages" suggested a lot whenever this question comes up, but it's worth noting that it's against their ToS[0] to use it for commercial purposes."

Which goes on to quote the GitHub Pages terms of service:

"GitHub Pages is not intended for or allowed to be used as a free web hosting service to run your online business, e-commerce site, or any other website that is primarily directed at either facilitating commercial transactions or providing commercial software as a service (SaaS)."

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

Tools & Apps

Hitsnag - An app to quickly create reminders, throw todos on a taskboard, or put ideas in your notes app straight from email.

Focalboard - An open-source, self-hosted alternative to Trello, Notion, and Asana that helps define, organize, track and manage work across individuals and teams.

Tellspin - Slack plugin that rotates through team members for mentions, to avoid notifying all at the same time to figure out who is "on call" or who will pick up a particular issue.

Jam - An audio space for chatting, brainstorming, debating, jamming, micro-conferences, and more.

Singlelink - A micro-site platform that lets you use a single link that points to a bio, online business card, or any set of links to which you want to direct users or readers.

Cloudways - A managed cloud hosting platform for digital agencies, developers, and e-commerce businesses offering simplicity, great performance, expert 24/7 support, and powerful team collaboration features.    sponsored  

Articles & Resources

When Should I Interrupt Someone? - Lots of good suggestions on this subject including the simplest one: If you’re stuck for over an hour, seek help.

Anxious For No Apparent Reason? It May Be Time To Press “Reset”. - If this is a major problem for you, be sure to seek professional medical help, but these suggestions might assist with less severe cases.

Making Remote Work Work: Useful Tools And Resources - A roundup from the folks at Smashing Magazine on what tools work for their team.

There Are Two Kinds of Happy People - A bit of a philosophical discussion of what makes us happy, covering Epicureanism and Stoicism.

Better Brainstorming - 2018 article that suggests that brainstorming for questions, rather than answers, helps you reframe problems in ways that spur breakthrough thinking.


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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