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Tech Productivity

Issue #55  (Productivity with a Single Text File) 03/02/20

It's terrible that we live in a world where addictions are exploited for material gain. While reading How Messaging Has Changed Human Interaction by Adrian Zumbrunnen, I came across this disappointing, yet not surprising, quote about the "user is typing a message" feature (e.g. the three dots on iOS) that many interactive apps now include:

"Every time someone started typing, it created anticipation followed by a variable reward. Today, this is a well-researched area in psychology that serves as a foundation for anyone attempting to build addictive products."

Paper version of the three dots messaging feature
The "someone is typing" indicator
It's too bad that startups and industries as a whole are taking advantage of these kinds of "features" in order to trap users' inclinations. This doesn't make the product better; it makes the product worse but fools the user into thinking it's enriching their life in some way.

My suggestion: Break the mold. Ignore the three dots. Turn off "read" receipts. Ignore notifications. Or better yet, disable them. Don't let corporations fool you into thinking superficialities are making you happier, because they're probably doing the opposite.

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

Tools & Apps - Replaces data requests inside your company, empowering your whole team to get answers from your database data in just a few clicks. - Easy WebRTC file transfer, with a CLI version for peer-to-peer transfers.

MyTextArea - Online note-taking app that can also be used for removing formatting or markup from text, counting words and letters, and doing a quick spellcheck.

Baitblock - Chrome extension to remove distractions from the Internet. Lets you customize blocking of certain sites, hide YouTube recommendations, and more.

massCode - Free and open source code snippets manager. Helps you create and organize your own personal snippets collection and have quick access to it.

$500 Scholarship to Study Machine Learning - We partnered with Springboard to offer you a $500 scholarship to become a Machine Learning Engineer. Available for the first 20 students that enroll. Code AISPRINBGOARD. One year of experience using an OOP language required.   promoted  

Articles & Resources

Productive Remote Work (When Your Mental Health Says “No”) - Daniel Schwarz explores the downsides of remote work and offers tips for aligning your mind and body to make remote working work for you.

It’s Official: Screens Are Bad For Young Brains - A study that looks at screen time and children’s brain development shows, in blazing color, why they might be even worse for your kids than originally thought.

What 8 years of side projects has taught me - Andrew Owen looks at four lessons (zero-based indexing, nice) from software projects he's built over his recent career.

My productivity app for the past 12 years has been a single .txt file - Jeff Huang talks about the simplest, yet potentially post powerful productivity app.


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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