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Scott’s Thoughts: The Other 90%

“The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 90 percent of the development time. The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time.” Tom Cargill, Computer programmer, author of C++ Programming Style This humorous nugget of computer programming wisdom is called the “ninety-ninety rule.” With [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Engaging with Now

“The future is always beginning now.” -Mark Strand, American poet. From the collection Reasons for Moving. Uncertainty isn’t just a fact of life, it is proof of life. Everything alive changes… sometimes slowly, sometimes suddenly. There are changes we feel in real time and those we only observe in contrast, as when an old photograph from [...]

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Organize Your Kindle Notes with Clippings.io

If you use a Kindle, you may like to highlight passages for future reference. While notes can easily be reviewed on a Kindle, there’s no perfect solution for aggregating your reading notes together into systems like Evernote (or other “knowledge base” technology). Clippings.io is a handy little cloud-based app designed to make your Kindle notes more [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Habits vs. Experiments

“You must learn to make the whole world your school.” -Martin H. Fischer, German-born American physician and author. There are no shortage of books about habits, proof that the subject of habit formation (and reformation!) is endlessly renewable. There’s good reason for this. Habits are powerful. And when we say habits can make or break us, we’re typically [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Seeking Constraints

“Great things are not done by impulse, but a series of small things brought together.” -Vincent van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist painter. Have you ever noticed that you get more done on busy weekdays than you do on a lazy Saturday afternoon? Are you one of those people whose focus improves as your time runs short? [...]

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Meet Fin, Your Magical New Virtual Assistant

By now we’re all familiar with the power of voice-activated assistants like Alexa and Siri. Machine learning and AI development has allowed for tremendous leaps in how we use our phones and home assistants for a wide array of minor tasks. Unfortunately, those assistants are not quite smart enough (yet!) to handle complex tasks. But [...]

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Fix Your Flow with Inbox When Ready

How many times have you opened your email to send a message, only to get diverted by the landslide of waiting messages in your inbox? It’s a common problem, and one of the ways we inadvertently let our inbox run our day. If you use the Google Chrome browser, there’s an extension to help with [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Reduce to the Realistic

“Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.” -Edsger Wybe Dijkstra, Dutch systems scientist, programmer, software engineer, science essayist, and early pioneer in computing science In Tuesday Tactics we often feature a wide range of apps and [...]

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Shop Smart with Out of Milk

The days of paper to-do and shopping lists is so 1999. Now there are a myriad of apps out there to help you organize lists and reminders. One of the best out there is Out of Milk, an app which consolidates grocery, to-do, and shopping lists in a single interface. One of the most popular features [...]

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Quit Wasting Time Online with Cold Turkey

Ever find your fingers automatically typing the address of certain websites every time you open a browser window? Odds are your mind has been hijacked to check and re-check social media. According to Global Web Index, people are spending an average of over 2 hours per day on social media. Imagine how much you could accomplish if you [...]

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