Summary of “Why I Stopped Using Multiple Monitors”

Many developers believe multiple monitors improve productivity.
Studies have proven it, right? Well, keep in mind, many of those studies are commissioned from monitor manufacturers like Dell and NEC. 🤔.Despite the fact that multiple monitors make you look like a serious computing badass, I sold my multiple monitor set up a couple years ago and switched to a single monitor.
Cal Newport in “Deep Work”One monitor means my work - and only my work - is displayed front and center.
Even with handy window management software, multiple monitors present a problem: If I have two monitors, the content isn’t directly in front of me.
When I had multiple monitors, I had to rearrange my windows every time I undocked my machine.
It’s like having an unlimited set of virtual monitors, that are always in the same position, wherever I work.
My Preferred Monitor for Getting Things DoneI prefer using a single 24″ 4K. Why 24″? Because if you want to get actual work done, bigger isn’t necessarily better.
So why do so many workers demand multiple monitors? I believe it’s a case of the illogical allure of extremes.

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Summary of “Why You Should Wake Up at 5 A.M. Every Day”

We’d see the world wake up, right in front of us.
So I set one resolution this year: Every morning, I will wake up at 5 a.m. Period.
You Feel Like You’re Winning, Just by Waking Up. For a while, I tried and failed-sometimes spectacularly-to wake up early: Those 5 a.m. mornings of bliss were just one of many well-intentioned experiments that usually ended with me hitting the snooze button.
It makes every morning I do wake up right on schedule feel like a big win.
Now, I can say I wake up even before notorious early risers like Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, and Mark Zuckerberg.
It’s a wonderful feeling to kick off the morning: Some people drink coffee or watch baby videos to get pumped-but just by waking up, I know I’m taking control of my day.
The average U.S. individual wakes up between 6:00 and 7:30 a.m., which means when I’m up at 5 a.m., I have a good one to two hours before my phone starts buzzing.
When I’m lying in bed, covers up to my chin, and the alarm is going off, waking up is the hardest thing in the world.

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Summary of “A Dearth of I.P.O.s, but It’s Not the Fault of Red Tape”

The JOBS Act has done nothing to revive the market for small companies, those with a market capitalization of under $75 million.
Jay Ritter, a professor at the University of Florida, has argued that the dearth of initial public offerings has been caused by companies selling out quicker.
A third possibility is that companies simply no longer need the public market.
The JOBS Act allowed companies to expand the number of shareholders and still be private, a change that encouraged companies to remain private.
Another possible reason is that companies are shying away from the public markets to avoid shareholder activism, short-termism and the glare of public scrutiny.
We could explore more novel ways of bringing companies to the public markets.
Special purpose acquisitions companies – those created to buy a private company and bring it public – have attracted criticism, including from me.
The better solution is to push more companies to the public markets.

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Summary of “Life Is a Video Game-Here Are the Cheat Codes”

HOW TO WIN AT LIFE. The goal of Life is simple: it is to Level Up as much as possible.
Each Level in life presents a particular challenge that you must overcome.
Level 5 just means making sure your life mattered when you’re dead. Good luck with that champ.
This steady barrage of unexpected problems gives the player a sense that she lacks control over her own Life, when in fact, the purpose of Life is not to control what happens to you, but rather control and choose higher level reactions to what happens to you.
A player, once they’ve found a Solution to a Level, must employ that Solution enough times to make it a Habit, thus mastering that level and allowing them to move on to the next Level.
Solutions move us towards the next Level, Distractions keep us on the same Level.
Since gaining Levels in Life requires solving problems, distracting ourselves from our problems guarantees that we will become stuck on the same Level.
Below are the five cheat codes to help you navigate your way through Life and reach the end fully satisfied and Leveled-Up. Entering these cheat codes is easy: just press Tab at the View Screen to access your Mind’s Eye.

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Summary of “Nothing will change until you start building.”

Define your goalEarly on, figure out the main goal of your project.
Some successful ideas might seem like a solution without a problem.
For further reading, John Carmack on Idea Generation and How to Get Startup Ideas are two great essays to get you started.
Ditch the “Good idea / bad idea” mindsetOnce you’ve identified a problem and come up with a solution, you’ll probably ask yourself if your idea is good.
Plenty of seemingly bad ideas have turned out to be great businesses.
The only way to know for sure if your idea will work is to formulate a product hypothesis and run an experiment to test it.
Ask for helpWhen working on a project, reach out to people and ask for their help.
Some of the best advice and feedback I have received came from reaching out to people with an email or a DM on Twitter.

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Summary of “The Unnecessary Fragmentation of Design Jobs”

What’s the difference between UX and UX/UI and UI? Isn’t Product also UX/UI? Isn’t a Front End a UI? What’s a Graphic Designer with UX & UI Focus? And isn’t all of this Visual/Digital design?
UX AND UI, WHY OH WHYThis must be happening because everyone can barely keep up with the demand for design work.
Companies are racing to fill seats and execute hastily-defined design processes without bothering to question if it’s all necessary for their particular business.
Then she’ll hand those over to Beth, our UI designer, who’s good at turning wireframes into a high fidelity UI mockup.
These computational designers exist in a hazy middle ground - not quite pure engineers, not quite pure designers - but their hybrid status is increasingly attractive to technology companies.
The most successful designers will be those who can work with intangible materials - code, words, and voice.
DesignI believe Design requires a holistic grasp of problems, potential, and materials.
A capital-D Designer is comfortable working organically across all of that, without needing to slice it up into separate little steps and responsibilities.

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Summary of “deadspin-quote-carrot-aligned-w-bgr-2”

Lately, these fear ramblings largely focus on what will happen in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack.
The internet provides both camaraderie and online shopping for people who can vividly imagine literally every terrible scenario, and I quickly found myself down a rabbit hole of opinions on what I, my husband, and two small kids need, for, say, two weeks in an apartment with no access to food, water, heat, or medical attention.
After the 2010 blizzard, I laid in some gallons of distilled water, but they eventually leaked, and-being an easily defeated person-I never replaced them.
We live in a cramped apartment, so I went for the stacking water bricks that don’t take up a lot of room.
For any kind of disaster that involves dust and debris.
A disaster is the perfect time to force him to learn.
Water purification tablets, a bottle of unscented bleach, and a medicine dropper.
The thing about disaster preparedness is that it’s hard to stop.

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Summary of “Jerks and the Start-Ups They Ruin”

Uber’s public downfall began in February, when Susan Fowler, a former engineer at the company, wrote about enduring sexual harassment and discrimination there.
Mr. Kalanick’s own bro-hood became part of the story when a video surfaced showing him berating a Uber driver who complained that Uber’s price cuts had driven him into bankruptcy.
Mr. Kalanick has apologized and vowed to “Grow up.” Most important, Uber has announced that it is planning to hire a chief operating officer, ideally a steady hand like Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook.
His record at Uber includes racking up enormous losses – reportedly $5 billion over the last two years.
Uber’s collapse should not come as a surprise but it does offer a lesson: Toxic workplace culture and rotten financial performance go hand-in-hand.
It’s possible for a boorish jerk to run a successful company, but jerks do best when surrounded by non-jerks, and bros do best when they hire seasoned executives to help them.
A crash at Uber, the most high profile tech start-up in the world, could provide the jolt that finally brings the tech industry back to its senses.
An Opinion article about tech company culture last Sunday misstated which tech companies are run by only men.

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Summary of “America’s Cult of Ignorance”

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'”.
Never have so many people had so much access to so much knowledge and yet have been so resistant to learning anything.
In the United States and other developed nations, otherwise intelligent people denigrate intellectual achievement and reject the advice of experts.
Not only do increasing numbers of lay people lack basic knowledge, they reject fundamental rules of evidence and refuse to learn how to make a logical argument.
Late-night comedians have made a cottage industry of asking people questions that reveal their ignorance about their own strongly held ideas, their attachment to fads, and their unwillingness to admit their own cluelessness about current events.
Many of the people who campaign against established knowledge are otherwise adept and successful in their daily lives.
The people holding the middle ground to whom we often refer as “Public intellectuals”-I’d like to think I’m one of them-are becoming as frustrated and polarized as the rest of society.
Under such conditions in the past, there was less stress between experts and lay people, but only because citizens were simply unable to challenge experts in any substantive way.

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Summary of “Training Your Brain So That You Don’t Need Reading Glasses”

It’s based on perceptual learning, the improvement of visual performance as a result of demanding training on specific images.
The training involves looking at images called “Gabor patches” in various conditions.
A great deal of the training involves trying to see Gabor patches placed between closely spaced, distracting flankers.
In training, the flanker spacing is varied, the target contrast is turned way down, and the images are flashed on a screen for fractions of a second – to the point that one can barely see the target.
Similar training is an effective component in treating amblyopia, also called “Lazy eye,” which is the most frequent cause of vision loss in infants and children, affecting 3 percent of the population.
The older adults’ ability to see low-contrast images improved to the level that the college-age ones had before training.
According to feedback from GlassesOff, my vision after training is equivalent to a man about 10 years younger than my age.
If I reach 50 – the age at which almost everyone needs corrective lenses to read – and still don’t need reading glasses, I may conclude that the training has paid off.

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