Food for Thought – Part 2

In the Food for Thought article series I will try to collect the best content that I stumble upon. The goal is to gather and share content that provides food for thought.

Podcasts

Digital Frontiers:
Interviews with people transforming the digital economy in Asia. Very relevant for me as I just moved to Singapore. The first two people interviewed in the show are Darius Cheung of 99.co and Pieter Walraven of Pie.co.

Videos

How do get kids to learn? Make it like a video game:
Nothing new here, I’m astonished by how few companies make use of this. Learning about World War II could be fun, engaging and very interesting if the story was told through a game.

Elon Musk introduces the Powerwall:
The whole US not being dependant of fossil fuels for electricity. Does that sound easy? It sure does when Elon explains his vision.

Elon Musk gets introspective:
A pretty awkward interview with Elon Musk. Only recommended if you are really interested in the character of Elon Musk.

Articles

Elon Musk: The World’s Raddest Man:
Amazing start of an huge in-depth article series on Elon Musk on WaitButWhy.

How Tesla Will Change The World:
Great long read about what energy is, fossil fuels and how TeslaMotors changes everything.

Other Stuff

Tricorder XPrize:
Looking forward to see the impact of the $10 million TricorderXPRIZE to bring healthcare to the palm of your hand!

Singapore, after a few months on the country side.

Two weeks ago I moved to Singapore after leaving Barcelona and Schibsted earlier this year to spend time with my newborn son together with my family in Sweden. We stayed for a few months on the beautiful and quiet country side around Stockholm.

I’m really excited about what this new chapter in Singapore will bring. I’ve just recently started thinking what my next steps will be and getting my brain to function after a ~6 month shutdown which is not that easy.

Ps. Singapore is simply amazing, except for the haze. Here is a good introduction to the startup ecosystem in Singapore.

Masters of Doom

Masters_of_doom-Book_coverMasters of Dooms brings back a lot of memories of my youth. Doom and Quake has consumed a lot of my time. I’m glad for it and it made me happy remembering those times again.

Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake revolutionised the PC gaming industry. John Romero and John Carmack are the two founders of ID Software. ID Software is the game company behind Doom and Quake. The story of the two Johns road to success is really something.

David Kushner did a really good job telling the story. Kudos.

It’s a recommended read for everyone, but especially for those who loved and lived the masterpieces they created.

Here you will find Masters of Doom for Amazon Kindle.

Food for Thought – Part 1

In the Food for Thought article series I will try to collect the best content that I stumble upon. The goal is to gather and share content that provides food for thought.

Podcasts

Lazy – A manifesto:
Short and thought-provoking podcast by Tim Ferris. I will keep listening to this one.

Tony Robbins & Peter Diamandis on the Tim Ferris Show:
Tony and Peters is on the Tim Ferris show. Two really interesting characters.

Tony Robbins on the Tim Ferris Show:
Tony Robbins on money mastery and peak performance. He pitches his latest book Money: Master the Game on the show.

Arnold Schwarzenegger on the Tim Ferris Show:
Get a glimpse of how Arnold became #1 in politics, body building and action movies.

Matt Mullenweg on the Tim Ferris Show:
Founder of WordPress and Automattic.
“His” software runs 23 percent of the web. That’s just amazing.

Books & Audiobooks

Masters of Doom:
Interesting book about the two founders of Doom, Quake & Wolfenstein 3D. Follow the story on how the two Johns revolutionised an industry. There is also a lot of reminiscing while reading this one, if you are a gamer.

Other stuff

Productivity Mind Map:
A productivity mind map. I found it quite well executed.

Duet – Amazing Applications Series

What is Duet?

Duet is for people who lack screen real estate. It allows you to use your iPad / iPhone as extra displays for your mac. All this without lag.

It’s made by ex-Apple engineers. Take a look here www.duetdisplay.com/.

Why & How I use Duet?

I mainly use it while on the run and while not being connected to the Thunderbolt Display.  Usually I send reference materials, notes and such to the Duet screen. Duet definitely increase my productivity and focus by allowing me to not switch windows all the time.

F.lux – Amazing Applications Series

What is F.lux?

Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow?

Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen?

During the day, computer screens look good—they’re designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn’t be looking at the sun.

Source https://justgetflux.com/

This is what F.lux is all about. F.lux adjusts the color temperature of your computer screen based on the current time. This is said to reduce eye strain and symptoms like Blue Light insomnia.

Why & How I use F.lux?

I use F.lux to reduce eye strain and risk of Blue Light insomnia when working late. It’s quick and easy to install. I find that the default settings works well for me.

F.lux

The only time I disable F.lux is for graphical design, movies and games. This also is very easy and is done via the menu bar icon.

Hope you enjoy it.

Download it at https://justgetflux.com/.

Alfred – Amazing Applications Series

What is Alfred?

Alfred is a lot like Spotlight for Mac OS on steroids. It’s a productivity tool that I use countless of times per day.

The main feature of Alfred is launching applications quickly by typing (parts of) the applications name instead of clicking on an application icon somewhere.

As an example to start the “Calculator” I would just do:
1. Press cmd + space
2. Type calc
3. Press enter.

Alfred also supports a lot of more features such as search Wikipedia. This could be done by
1. Press cmd + space
2. Type wiki John Doe
3. Press enter

A comprehensive list of features can be found here.

Alfred comes in a free version that should work for most people. But please support the team if you find yourself loving it at much as I do.

Why & How I use Alfred?

A lot of Alfred features are really helpful. I will highlight the three I use the most.

Snippets

Alfred allows you to create and access snippets easily.
“snip phone” will for example paste my phone number.
“snip address” will write out my address.

Clipboard History

Alfred provides the ability to keep your clipboard history. It’s searchable, easy to clean and use.
“clip” would show me my clipboard history and allow me to easily search and paste the results I want.

Application Launcher

Application launcher is the main feature of Alfred so why bring it up? Why even use Alfred when Spotlight is around?

The answer is that I find Alfred much cleaner and efficient. I’ve configured Alfred to only find Applications and Contacts instead of all files, folders and mail on my computer. This way it’s always fast and easy to find the applications I want to launch, I even use Alfred to switch to already open applications as I find that faster than “alt + tabbing”.

I still use Spotlight to search my computer for files and folders.

That’s it for Alfred. Hope you enjoy it.
Download it at http://www.alfredapp.com/.

Evernote – Amazing Applications Series

What is Evernote?

Evernote LogoEvernote is a simple multi platform note taking tool. Notes are seamlessly synced between all your devices. Notes are edited and displayed in an easy interface and are searchable.

The free version should be good enough for most use cases.

Why & How I use Evernote?

As Evernote is a simple note taking tool I use it mostly for that. I use it for a lot of different notes both on my computer and on my phone when on the run. Below you can find some examples of notes I take.

  1. Meeting notes.
  2. Scribble down thoughts and helping me think.
  3. Book Notes / Reviews.
  4. Drafts of any kind, such as technical documentation etc.
  5. Books to read.
  6. Movies to watch.
  7. Weekly Goals.
  8. And the list goes on and on.

I find it very helpful that all of the notes are indexed and searchable. You can even search for text in attached images. If you dislike the default “card view” (as I do), you can easily change to “list view” which gives a much better overview of the notes.

Go to www.evernote.com to give it a try. I hope you like it.