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Tech Productivity

Issue #81  (How I Got My Attention Back) 08/31/20

I've previously mentioned a few different alternative keyboard layouts that some have found effective for reducing RSI, carpal tunnel, and other problems. In addition to those options, there are also ergonomic keyboards like Moonlander.

Moonlander Ergonomic Keyboard

There are other options for ergonomic keyboards and this one is not cheap. But it's definitely worth the money if you can find a keyboard that helps you be more productive without pain. Features for the Moonlander include the ability to adjust the angle of the whole keyboard, or just the "thumb cluster", type at shoulder width, reassign keys, some gamer-friendly features, and more.

The same company has a few other options for ergonomic keyboards, so you can check those out too.

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

Tools & Apps

Working Den - A set of tools that provides a holistic solution to help you create a healthier, motivating, and sustainable work environment.

dropy - A simple and safe way to store your notes. Make lists, share dynamic content, create, and edit public or private pages.

Zesture - Uses your laptop's camera to give you touch-free control over your media, entertainment, and presentation applications (without any special hardware), increasing your productivity.

Say Less - A Chrome extension that helps you write shorter, more effective emails, using the latest advances in AI summarization technology directly in your Gmail compose window.

Taskcafe - An open source project management tool with kanban boards. Still in active development.

Articles & Resources

People Work Longer (And Different) Hours Under Lockdown - One study claims that the average lockdown working day worldwide is now around 48 minutes longer than before the pandemic.

Who Still Needs The Office? U.S. Companies Start Cutting Space - Reduced physical offices space is apparently just the beginning of cutbacks during this recession.

Tech Sector Job Interviews Assess Anxiety, Not Software Skills - A new study finds that technical interviews for many software engineering positions test for  performance anxiety rather than coding competency.

How I Got My Attention Back - Technology is commanding our attention in infinite, insurmountable loops. A country trip off-grid helped Craig Mod escape, which he writes about here.

How Much Time is a Problem Worth? 3 Minutes, 15 Minutes, More? - A quick read on how you much time you might spend "thinking on paper" when a problem arises.


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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