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The Most Helpful Tools and Techniques

Personal Productivity

Getting Things Done: The productivity technique. If you read one book, read this one. You will learn how to deal with all the stuff around you without being overwhelmed.

Atomic Habits set you up for success.

Pomodoro Technique: 25 minutes of uninterrupted work. Then a five minute break and back to work.

Envelope Budgeting to manage your finances.

How a password changed my life: How often do you type your password? What if it would remind you of your goal?

Take a Nap! Change your life: Taking a nap works better (and is healthier) than drinking coffee.

Organizational Productivity

Tooling

Things for managing tasks and projects.

You Need A Budget to keep track of your money.

The Best Productivity Apps for Mac: My list of small but essential helpers.

Lights: The dashboard of your life. (Notion template)

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Knowledge is the compound interest of curiosity.

–– James Clear

Privacy at Apple  

Former Apple engineer David Shayer explains on TidBITS why he trusts Apple’s new exposure notification. He touches the internal processes that prevent excessive user tracking:

Once I had recorded how many times the Weather and Stocks apps were launched, I set up Apple’s internal framework for reporting data back to the company. My first revelation was that the framework strongly encouraged you to transmit back numbers, not strings (words). By not reporting strings, your code can’t inadvertently record the user’s name or email address. You’re specifically warned not to record file paths, which can include the user’s name (such as /Users/David/Documents/MySpreadsheet.numbers). You also aren’t allowed to play tricks like encoding letters as numbers to send back strings (like A=65, B=66, etc.)

Next, I learned I couldn’t check my code into Apple’s source control system until the privacy review committee had inspected and approved it. This wasn’t as daunting as it sounds. A few senior engineers wanted a written justification for the data I was recording and for the business purpose. They also reviewed my code to make sure I wasn’t accidentally recording more than intended.

Read the whole thing. It’s fascinating.