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Tech Productivity

Issue #90  (Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts) 11/02/20

I know this is a crazy week in the US, so I'll make this intro brief. Here's a Hacker News thread you might find useful:

Ask HN: Jack-of-all-trades of HN, how do you approach job search?

Note paper with writing tools

I like the top suggestion from someone who's almost 60 doing freelance work:
"Don’t try to join startups or cool SV companies unless you have an inside track. Their recruiting and hiring practices are mostly geared to ensure “culture fit.” That’s code for young single male who will work 12 hrs/day and think free beer and pizza makes it cool."

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

Tools & Apps

Pitch - Presentation software for teams, enabling modern teams to craft and distribute beautiful presentations more effectively.

Frontitude - From Adobe, a single source for UX and product teams to create and collaborate on their UX copy, from design to production. Also a plugin available for Adobe XD.

Dendron - an open-source, local-first, markdown-based, note-taking tool built on top of VSCode, with support for tagging, backlinks, a graph view, split panes, and more.

Lacona - A command palette for Mac to run powerful commands to control everything on your Mac.

K-Stash - Smart, organized bookmarking tool to overcome the usual save-and-search routine that isn't very productive.

Cut Your IT Bills in Half - No surprise invoices, no lock-in, and same price across 11 global data centers. Industry-leading price-performance. Shared, Dedicated, High Memory, and GPU instances plus Object Storage and Managed Kubernetes. $100 in cloud infrastructure credit.   promoted  

Articles & Resources

Why Do Virtual Meetings Feel So Weird? - Elizabeth Keating argues that although online meetings have become more common, they can’t always capture the nuances of nonverbal communication and in-person interactions.

10 Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts for Digital Productivity - Also includes an accompanying YouTube video.

Mode Remote - A curated collection of tips, interviews, and resources to guide you in your remote work through these turbulent times.

Advice To My Young Self: To Succeed In Your Career, Forget Side Projects And Focus On Your Job - Manuel Darcemont with a opposing view to the usual suggestions to attend meetups, read tech books, work on side projects, and so on.

The Ultimate Guide to Summarizing Books: How to Distill Ideas to Accelerate Your Learning - Tiago Forte suggests reading fewer books and saving notes on what you read using a knowledge management system.


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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