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Issue #156  (How to Drink Caffeine With Strategy) 02/07/22

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If you're a Windows user and want to know a little more about the history and functionality of the Windows Task Manager, this Reddit post may be worth a read. It's written by one of the engineers who originally built and worked on Task Manager starting in 1994 while working for Microsoft.

Windows Task Manager

He provides a bunch of different suggestions for what to do in instances when your task manager isn't responding, becomes corrupted, etc. He also recommends some keyboard shortcuts that might help.

He points out that he left Microsoft during the XP era, so some of what he says might be out of date, but the core functionality for Task Manager is generally the same today. Maybe you'll find the post useful if you're often using the Windows task manager to deal with stalled or crashed apps.

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

Tools & Apps

mdSilo - An open-source plain-text knowledge silo with a WYSIWYG editor and Markdown support, runs entirely in web browser and has local file system access.

Taskable - A unified to-do list for your entire workflow that works as a personal assistant and integrates with Slack, GCal, Trello, GitHub, and more.

Slidekick - An AI-based platform that generates slide deck presentations based on questions you answer, especially useful for those doing multiple presentations per week as part of their job.

Tella - Screen and camera recording that's fully customizable and instantly shareable, all in your browser.

MenubarX - A Mac enhancement that lets you pin any live web page to your menubar, which you can use as easy bookmarks.

FelloWage - A privacy-focused tool to view salaries based on location and company, from those who have submitted their info. You can submit your own to add to the modest list of salaries there now.

React for Beginners - A high-quality course of 29 HD videos to learn React.js, the world's most popular UI library.   sponsored  

Articles & Resources

Effortless Personal Productivity (or How I Learned to Love My Monkey Mind) - Jakob Greenfeld's recent discovery on how he increased his productivity and overall happiness.

Remote Work Should Be (Mostly) Asynchronous - This opines that instead of taking advantage of an opportunity to improve how we work, most organizations simply took their offices online, along with their bad habits.

How to Drink Caffeine With Strategy to Boost Your Productivity - Not an article for everyone (e.g. I don't drink coffee, ever) but maybe something to consider if you're a habitual drinker of coffee or some other caffeinated beverage.

Fall Back Into Productivity: 100 Quotes to Get More Done - Literally just a huge list of quotes for inspiration related to success, getting stuff done, and being more efficient.

How I’m Adjusting My Productivity System for the Distraction Age - Darius Foroux provides some timely advice for the chronically distracted times we currently live in.

5 Google Calendar Features Every Remote or Hybrid Team Needs - If you're inexperienced with GCal, or have only used a minimal number of features, these tips might help.

Beginner JavaScript - 88 HD videos. A fun, exercise-heavy approach to learning modern JavaScript from scratch. For absolute beginners to intermediate devs who want to nail their JS fundamentals.   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.

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