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Issue #175  (Companies Fixing Developer Burnout) 06/20/22

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A few months back, a 35-year old Hacker News reader started a pretty wild thread that's amassed 870+ comments and almost 1,100 points (which is high for an ASK HN!): How do you deal with getting old and feeling lost?

There's quite a bit of debate in the thread. It's interesting to hear a 35-year old post about 'getting old' but I suppose that's somewhat true if you've been in tech for 10+ years at that point in your life. It does feel like 'getting old', even though I wouldn't use that phrase myself at that age.

Is the tech industry just different iterations of the same?

One of the assertions the original poster is that people at that age often feel like they've "seen most things before, and it's all just different iterations of the same." This is a highly contentious part of the thread and I don't think there's a right or wrong answer here.

I definitely don't agree with all the advice given in that thread, but I thought it was an interesting one to share for those who might be in a similar circumstance.

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

Tools & Apps

Xournal++ — An open-source and cross-platform note-taking app that's fast, flexible, and functional. A modern rewrite and a more feature-rich version of an older project called Xournal.

Claap — An async video collaboration platform that helps you share your thoughts through screen recordings, get contextual feedback, and make decisions without meetings. — Send and receive encrypted and self-destructing files and texts to and from any device by scanning QR codes or using a link.

SignFree — E-Sign unlimited documents for free in less than 30 seconds, no account required. Also includes premium features but the free plan is pretty decent if that's all you need.

Pur Social — An all-in-one social media management platform to schedule, publish, and review your social media posts all in a single place, with ability to post everywhere at once.

Jiffy Reader — Chrome extension that purports to 10X your reading speed with a simple brain hack. Demonstrated on the page and it does seem to work, though I can see why some might hate it.

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Articles & Resources

Why a Meeting Costs More than a MacBook Pro – the Business Case for Fewer Developers in Meetings — Bold assertion there. Nothing too concrete in terms of the actual math involved, because it makes assumptions. But I like the argument, I think it has some validity.

Developers are Facing Burnout. Here's How Companies are Trying to Fix it — Suggests that developers shouldn't bear the brunt of responsibility when major transformations are made. I imagine this wouldn't necessarily be a problem in many companies that have already addressed this sort of thing.

You’re Late — Some tips on delivering assigned work on schedule. Maybe the most interesting suggestion here is to abandon potentially obsolete plans and not deliver them at all.

The Small Steps of Giant Leaps — From the FS Blog, the author argues that one of the most beneficial skills you can learn in life is how to consistently put yourself in a good position.

100+ Tools for an Easy Life 2022 — The DO Team with a huge list of hardware and software recommendations, a few of which you might enjoy considering or trying out.

A New Career In Software Development: Advice For Non-Youngsters — A short post focused on technology that I think could benefit anyone, not just the "non-young" among us.


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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