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Tech Productivity

Issue #71  (The Truth About Productivity Apps) 06/22/20

If you're a freelance web designer or developer, you might benefit from a Hacker News thread where a user asks: What is the cheapest way to make a website?

Complex projects like web apps aren't going to be built for free or cheap without some serious gotchas. But in some cases, you may want the most inexpensive solution for putting out a run-of-the-mill static site.

The suggestions in that thread include the following:

  • Use GitHub Pages or GitLab Pages
  • Use GitHub + Netlify or Hugo + Netlify
  • Use AWS S3
  • Use a cheap host like NearlyFreeSpeech.NET
  • Use a free service like NeoCities
NearlyFreeSpeech.NET is an inexpensive option for static website hosting
There are lots of other suggestions in the thread. While some of them require some technical prowess (like knowledge of Hugo or GitHub), most of the tools discussed are fairly ubiquitous, so I think many of the suggestions are good for most developers and web designers looking for a cheap way to produce static pages.

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

Tools & Apps

Paletro - Adds a command palette in any applications on macOS. By pressing ⇧⌘P, you have access to all functionality of the current app, including keyboard shortcuts for common operations.

Joplin - Open source note-taking and to-do app that can handle a large number of markdown-based notes organised into searchable notebooks that can be copied, tagged, and modified from applications or from your own text editor.

Whereby - Another option for video meetings that works in the browser (no download) and no login needed for guests.

VisionShot - MacOS app to organize, manage, and search your screenshots archive better. You can also import your existing screenshots archive and run a declutter operation.

Across - Slack isn't a help desk or CRM. This app makes it easy to manage customers in Slack without changing your workflow.

The New Tab Page You’ll Actually Use - Replace your web browser’s gratuitous new tab page with a minimal list of links, grouped and sorted how you like. A Fine Start is for fans of minimalism and nice typography.   promoted  

Articles & Resources

Enough - Paul Jarvis with some thoughtful ruminations on what constitutes "enough" in our lives and the importance of not comparing our "enough" to that of others.

Remote UX Work: Guidelines and Resources - Guidelines from the Nielsen Norman Group for remote user research, UX workshops or presentations, and collaboration.

The Truth Behind Productivity Apps - Seeing as I share lots of productivity apps in this newsletter, this is a good read with some good suggestions.

How To Work From Home And Not Go Insane - Vita and Mat's suggestions on the current global work trend.

A Taxonomy of Notes - Anne-Laure Le Cunff with some suggestions along with a bit of history on note taking.


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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