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Tech Productivity

Issue #124  (A Guide for Beating Burnout) 06/28/21

Once in a while, a discussion opens up on Hacker News on patent trolls— something that's been a problem for a number of startups and even solo developers.

A recent discussion has a user asking: I was hit with a patent troll lawsuit, how do I deal with it?

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There are lots of suggestions from lawyers and others who have had similar experiences. You might not be facing this sort of thing right now but you might want to bookmark the post for dealing with this sort of thing in the future. The top comment points out:

There are definitely low-cost and pro bono (free) options out there for very small businesses. The EFF attorney referral list is a good place to start.

It's nice to know there are options for small businesses to be protected from this kind of behaviour.

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

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Tools & Apps - What could be better for your productivity than a clean meme maker with no watermarks and no signup needed?

Strive - An open-source, high-performance video conferencing platform with an intuitive and responsive UI.

Motion - Calendar, tab management, and focus tools to help you do deep work in the browser.

On Air - A Mac menubar app that controls your "smart devices" to help you avoid interruptions during online meetings.

FixA11y - A browser extension that automatically increases contrast on websites for a better reading experience.

Supreme - An everyday to-do list for Mac and iOS that helps you remember things and build good task tracking habits.

IntersectionObserver Examples - Practical, real world React examples of Intersection Observer. No external JavaScript or CSS libraries used in the examples. Each example is available as a React component. Easy to understand. Reusable patterns.   sponsored  

Articles & Resources

Beating Burnout: A Guide for Supporting Mental Health at Work - An extensive guide describing burnout along with some best practices for avoiding it.

The Optimal Desk Setup: How to Create a Minimalist Desk (and Other Office Setups) - James Fleischmann digs into optimizing a home office and reveals what he's learned from the experience.

Focus vs Coordination - Argues that teams need to direct and capture the value that focus creates by improving coordination.

Note Taking in 2021 - Victor Dorneanu provides lots of visuals in this comprehensive and technical discussion of note-taking.

Creators are Making Bank Selling...Google Spreadsheets - This one caught my eye simply because I've never heard of this being done before.

Mediamodifier Mockups - Don't waste time creating mockups from scratch. Use Mediamodifier's intuitive drag-and-drop tools and thousands of pre-built templates to make beautiful designs and product mockups in seconds.   sponsored  


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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