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Improve Productivity. Shut Off Notifications. (YouTube)

Here's a short car video where I recommend shutting off notifications as a way to increase productivity. Spoiler alert. That's pretty much the summary of the entire video, so you can save yourself the four minutes. Or...watch it to get the nuance.

Connecting Python To Slack For Testing, Development, and Chat

The scripting language Python can retrieve information from or publish information to the messaging app Slack. This means you can write a program that puts info into Slack for you, or accepts your queries using Slack as the interface. Useful stuff if you spend a lot of time in Slack, as I do. And hey, chatbots!

I Didn’t Even Know I Was Sick

This piece was originally published in the Packet Pushers’ Human Infrastructure Magazine, a publication about the human side of working in technology. HIM is sent every other week or so to Packet Pushers Ignition members. Sign up for free. I recently tweeted… I’ve become okay with only having so much time in my schedule. Would adding this { new | random | unexpected } thing to the mix...

Don’t Reply To Everything

I like to meet other's expectations, and have them think cuddly, happy thoughts about what a swell person I am. I know that when I send an email, I hope to get a response. Therefore, when I receive an e-mail, my natural inclination is to respond.

StayFocusd Extension For Chrome

Stayfocusd is a useful Chrome extension for filtering time-wasting websites. It's a progressive step towards deleting social media accounts entirely.

Space To Think My Own Thoughts

How I can create deep content if my mind is usually in a broken mirror state, challenged by outside thoughts and ideas all of the time?


Most people know me because I write & podcast about IT on the Packet Pushers network. I also co-authored "Computer Networks Problems & Solutions" with Russ White.

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