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Tech Productivity

Issue #46  (Organizational Complexity as Bug Predictor) 12/30/19

It's hard to believe I've been doing this newsletter for almost a year already. I love doing this newsletter because it forces me to be regularly on the lookout for interesting articles and tools related to productivity, which I think is a really interesting topic in the tech space.

For those of you who have been with me since the first issue on February 18, thank you for your support. For my newer subscribers, I hope you'll stick around and benefit from the stuff I dig up.

Thanks with Coffee
Thanks for a successful 2019!
Overall, it's been a successful and productive 2019, and I hope 2020 will be the same. Stay safe and I'll see you all next year!

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

Tools & Apps

Timelite - A simple web-based timer app.

Fraidycat - Desktop app or browser extension (Firefox, Chrome) that follow blogs, wikis, YouTube channels, and accounts on Twitter, Instagram, etc. from a single page.

Day as a Dev - Podcast hosted by Kevin Lesht. Each episode, developers share their stories and offer up tips, tricks, habits, routines, and more.

MailTracker - Chrome extension. Simple and free email tracking for Gmail. Find out who opens your emails.

Articles & Resources

Why Multilingual People Have Healthier, More Engaged Brains - Brief article plus 5-minute video. I wonder if this would also apply to learning programming languages.

The #1 bug predictor is not technical, it's organizational complexity - Based on an exploration of the findings made by Microsoft Research after the unsuccessful launch of Windows Vista in 2007.

Killing me softly: Electronic communications monitoring and employee and spouse well-being - This paper tests the relationship between organizational expectations to monitor electronic communication during non-work hours and employee and their significant others’ health and relationship satisfaction.

Remote Trends - A table of remote work trends according to US census data (plus a link to a summary article).

What Does a Coder Do If They Can't Type? - Naomi Saphra details what she went through and still goes through with her disability.


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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