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Tech Productivity

Issue #66  (Developer Efficiency Tips) 05/18/20

A really great thread was started on Hacker News by a user who asked "What are your favorite developer-efficiency tips?" The answers are pretty diverse with lots of creative suggestions, including:

  • Record yourself as if you're a coding live streamer
  • Use procrastination against itself
  • Learn your environment and learn it well, over time
  • Use a clipboard manager that allows multiple entries, keeps history, etc.
I love that first suggestion, which is the top comment. The reader recommends that you more or less pretend to be a bigshot coding streamer, which is supposed to help you stay focused, practice being articulate, keeps you motivated, etc. The software recommended is OBS Studio, which is free software available for Mac, Windows, and Linux, for recording videos and live streaming.
OBS Studio
Will pretending to live stream on OBS Studio make you a better developer?

Definitely check out the full thread for lots more details on the suggestions I listed, along with more recommendations for improving developer efficiency.

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

Tools & Apps

SubEthaEdit - Write articles, code, notes or meeting minutes with friends – wherever they are. Ideal for extreme programming sessions, tutoring and creative writing.

Webrecorder - A web archiving service to collect and revisit web pages. Creates an interactive copy of any page that you browse, including content revealed by interactions such as playing video, scrolling, clicking buttons, etc.

Screenie - Screenshot manager for Mac. Drag screenshots any time from your menubar, preview images from any folder, search the text inside your images using cutting edge optical character recognition technology.

Scrumie - Team overview tool with Slack integration that gives you a simple overview of the work done on your team, team members' availability, and more.

Around - Video meetings that are less intrusive and less clunky. Interestingly uses AI to do camera framing and auto-muting (e.g. when there's a dog barking).

50% Off JavaScript for Beginners Course by Wes Bos - All of Wes Bos's fantastic video courses are 50% off for the Master Packages during the current crisis.     promoted  

Articles & Resources

How I Force Myself to Work - Peter Thaleikis has some interesting technical suggestions on how to avoid distractions and procrastination.

Working Remotely: 5 Lessons We Learned When We Made the Switch - Thoughts from the team at on what they've learned from having gone remote about a year before the current outbreak.

Benefits of Gratitude - Studies in positive psychology have shown that there are real benefits to being grateful, ranging from reducing stress to improving your relationships.

What Would You Do If You Lost Your Google Account? - This might be useful info to review before it ever happens.

68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice - Some random pieces of advice from Kevin Kelly. You might not agree with all of them, but I think most are useful for work, relationships, and more.


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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