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Tech Productivity

Issue #53  (How To Become a Morning Person) 02/17/20

In a Hacker News thread on coding fonts, one user (who I assume is not a programmer) asked why programmers are so fascinated with specific fonts. I guess if you've been programming for years, this is obvious.

Programming Code
A good programming font is an essential part of a coder's interface
To explain why programmers are so interested in discussions about fonts, here are some of the responses in that thread:

"We stare at text for hours on end, every day. We want the text to be functional... and pleasant to look at. I change fonts frequently, just to spice up my life - it's a little like changing your desktop background on a regular basis."

"A good programming font helps avoid confusion. For example, it should be clear if a character is l, I, or 1 without having to see them next to each other (also o, O and 0 as well as others). A font should also make reading code as pleasant as possible."

"Practically, we look at text all day long, so having a font that is easy to read is good ergonomics. A font may be good for code, but might not work as well in a tool like htop or gotop... all characters must have the same width and the text should be readable for long periods of time, often at small sizes."

"It's an essential part of the interface."

That final quote sums it up nicely!

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

Tools & Apps

Deprocrastination - Chrome extension to block distracting sites and beat 50% of procrastination, turning your browser into a calm, lean productivity machine. - Free direct and secure file transfers, without uploading your files to the cloud.

Roam - A note-taking tool for networked thought, as easy to use as a document, as powerful as a graph database, helping you organize your research for the long haul.

CircleUp - Google Calendar-based tool to help you quickly write, edit, and send follow-up emails to meeting participants.

Actual - A personal finance tracker with a powerful budgeting system. Only budget money that you have and see exactly how much you're saving each month. Track all your accounts in one place.

Articles & Resources

How to Stay Focused at Work With 12 “Deep Work” Methods - A solid set of suggestions from Chris Fitzgerald with lots of good advice on handling each of the points discussed.

Checklists: when we can’t trust our brains - Anne-Laure Le Cunff talks about the pros and cons of checklists then breaks down what an ideal checklist is.

My Second Year as a Solo Developer - Michael Lynch, who quit Google two years ago, has actually lost money since going solo, but his journey is a relevant one to any who are in a similar situation.

A (Former) Night Owl’s Guide to Becoming a Morning Person - I'm not a morning person myself, but I do believe productivity improves the earlier you wake up. This piece by Harry Guinness's talks about how you can transition from one extreme to the other.


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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