Unearthed Arcana for Web People

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Unearthed Arcana for Web People

  1. 1. Unearthed Arcana for Web People or How I Leveled Up in Two Weeks and So Can You Clinton R. Nixon Senior freestyle percussionist Viget Labs
  2. 2. My Towering Qualifications • Senior developer at Viget • ¾ to full-time student for the last 3 years • Avid role-player; elder on the Owlbear Council • Two dogs, a cat, and married • Occasional thespian and performance artist • On my church’s stewardship council • The laziest person I know
  3. 3. Two weeks a tale of yore
  4. 4. What I learned • There is no such thing as a small distraction • Resistance is both a blessing and a curse • Accountability is key • Searching trumps browsing • Never do anything twice
  5. 5. Focus
  6. 6. Remove distractions Icons No Junk Folder Updates Applications Minimize Files Stuff to Remember
  7. 7. Stop multitasking • “You’re not paying attention to one or two things simultaneously, but switching between them very rapidly.” - Earl Miller • Eliminate virtual desktops • Go full-screen • Turn off notifications
  8. 8. Make a schedule • Without a schedule, I don’t get anything done • But I don’t get a break, either
  9. 9. Resistance
  10. 10. My Theory of Resistance • Make work easy • Make pleasure count
  11. 11. Quit letting your computer get in the way • Use less, simpler software • Use software that fits with your system • Use a text editor • Remove junk software • Use a Mac (or maybe Linux if you’re feeling it) • Use a laptop
  12. 12. More keyboard, less resistance • Set CapsLock to be Ctrl • Learn keyboard commands for your most used apps • Use apps that support the keyboard • ⌘-? • Specific tools: JumpCut, Quicksilver
  13. 13. Funnel everything into similar channels • You can email all your tasks and notes to Backpack • You can use many apps through Quicksilver, IM, Twitter, or email • Hiveminder • Remember The Milk • I Want Sandy • Vitalist
  14. 14. For my command-line people • pushd and popd • open (on OS X) • alias • Automate aliases to project directories
  15. 15. Increase resistance to make fun count • Speeding through RSS feeds turns you into a skimmer • Usually a skimmer who checks feeds too often • Subscribe to less • Read the articles, on the original website if possible • My pick for a RSS reader: Rososo
  16. 16. Accountability
  17. 17. Open your work day • Post your schedule in a public place • Keep track of your activities • YTBs • Specific tools: RescueTime, Slife, Backpack Journal, Logbook
  18. 18. Personal agility
  19. 19. Searching
  20. 20. Searching trumps browsing • Quicksilver • TAGS • Enzo, Launchy, Colibri, Gnome Do • grep • Spotlight • ack • iTunes • web search • Yep • Gmail • TextMate’s Go To... • Delicious
  21. 21. Automation
  22. 22. Automation is fun
  23. 23. Never do anything twice • If you do it twice, you’ll do it again • Practical tools: • Automator • Quicksilver triggers • Editor macros and snippets
  24. 24. Everyone who uses a computer is a programmer • It’s not that hard • Your computer comes with all the tools you need • You’re already doing it, just not well
  25. 25. Thanks and questions http://delicious.com/crnixon/ refresh+arcana http://crnixon.org http://viget.com/extend http://pragmaticprogrammer.com

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