productivity

Choosing a Monitor: 7 Lessons I Learned That Will Surprise You

Choosing a Monitor: 7 Lessons I Learned That Will Surprise You

The Dark Side of Choosing a Monitor (for Productivity)

What’s your process for choosing a monitor when you need it?

Big or small? High resolution or low resolution? Astonishing or affordable?My dual monitor setup involving my laptop and desktop side-by-side

Perhaps you do not even give the fine details of that intimidating specification sheet any substantial thought. Nevertheless, there is always something you may have not considered with regards to choosing a monitor.

Considering the scores of opportunities for customisation, the inevitability is that you could enjoy a variety of unique monitor setups; with no doubt, we are likely to find a multiplicity of absurd, dark, and
questionable monitor configurations.

That is—as long as you have the audacity to stride forth and search intensely.

Don’t worry though: thankfully, we will have no need to explore the intricacies of the dark web. Rather, today’s aim is to enlighten all of you avid enthusiasts by presenting numerous inspiring ideas regarding monitors.

Everything monitors.

And who knows? If you’re in the market for a brand-new monitor or something like that, this could open your mind to new potential! Having experienced the peaks and troughs of the rollercoaster of screens, I’m fairly confident I know the choices of monitors.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention—my tremendously tremendous ideas revolve around maximising productivity.

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Are Dual Monitors Worth It? [Don’t Make My Mistakes]

Are Dual Monitors Worth It? [Don’t Make My Mistakes]

The Question of Dual Monitors

Having seen the innumerable professionals claiming increased productivity with multi-monitor setups, you may be asking yourself one question; are dual monitors worth it for you?Are dual monitors worth it, some think so

Evidently, you must be viewing these words with some form of display, unless you’re listening to them. Perhaps, in some one-of-a-kind scenario, you are feeling these words—spiritually.

Sixth sense and all that, you know?

My point is: you have a monitor, so is it worth your time, money, and energy to go out there and buy a complementary monitor?

Also, if you aren’t already familiar, a dual monitor setup enables you to utilise the screen space of both. This
is from a single computer, too, much like extending your current monitor—to an extent(!)

Therefore, with the assistance of increased screen real estate, you can see more applications, tools, and content etc. Moreover, more stuff to see, in theory, leads to a big boost in productivity.

Or so you thought…

For you see, dual monitor setups may not always help us multitask—likewise—productivity. For this reason, “Are dual monitors worth it” suddenly becomes a substantially more complex, mind-boggling question.

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Your Taskbar Is Wrong: How to Fix Auto-Hide (For Good)

Your Taskbar Is Wrong: How to Fix Auto-Hide (For Good)

More Screen Real Estate = More Productivity

In a frantic search for utmost productivity—as we all are—once may encounter a complication on their Windows computer. This problem is none other than the thieving taskbar (and auto-hide can’t solve it).

But what does it mean when we talk about ‘maximising our screen real estate’? To be concise, we mean increasing the proportional area of the desktop that can be used for useful tasks.

Multitasking on a monitorMaking more room for all of our windows, as well as their content, in other words.

Typically, this consists of hiding elements from the view such as a toolbar. To exemplify, hiding the ribbon in Microsoft Word (which I am typing into now), so you can see more page.

However, we don’t always miss out on features and functionality, mainly because we can get stuff back into view. (Keyboard shortcuts can be a great alternative for visual elements, too.)

Embracing a maximum-screen-space-little-compromise world, auto-hide is present in various controls across computer software.

In Microsoft Word, to continue that example, the ribbon can be set to ‘auto-hide’ which brings it out of view entirely; one must click at the top of the window in order to resurrect it.

And then, when you click anywhere other than the ribbon area, it auto-hides—useful, right?

That is until we look at the taskbar’s auto-hide.

Get productive: How to Navigate Windows 10: 123 Most Valuable Shortcuts

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7 Online Productivity Tools: Never Waste Your Time Again

7 Online Productivity Tools: Never Waste Your Time Again

These Online Productivity Tools Make Things Easy (Trust Me)

Indeed, there are copious components creating the perfect, productive life. But computerised, online productivity tools are the most fun for increasing your productivity.

Crazy computer geek using too many monitors

You don’t need 15 monitors to be productive. All it takes is some quality productivity tools!

Not to mention, these fancy, electronic techniques—once mastered—make productivity a breeze.

(That being said, the effort still needs to ultimately come from you. Techniques such as the shortly following online productivity tools will only make things easier.)

Well-built systems can give you the motivation to be productive, without a doubt.

Likewise, poorly-built systems, or—even worse—a lack thereof, brews up the overwhelming enemy of productivity: procrastination.

Not knowing what to do next encourages idleness. By contrast, a detailed, clear, and concise plan keeps you on track (provided the absence of distractions.)

My personal organisation/productivity system relies on a large number of what I’ll refer to as “online productivity tools”.

The reason for this is that they provide a system for me to dump and organise information effectively. In addition to that, they use the cloud, putting the Internet to constructive use.

Accordingly, I am able to access information stored on said online productivity tools from basically anywhere. This certainly helps when I’m using two devices simultaneously.

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9 Effective Windows 10 Productivity Features for Beginners

9 Effective Windows 10 Productivity Features for Beginners

How to Use Windows 10 Productively, Effectively

Perhaps you’re a beginner to the productive wonders of your Windows 10 computer. Then this is the place to be: there are plenty of Windows 10 productivity features for all of the family to enjoy.

In my eyes, there are two ways one could approach work on a computer of any operating system. That is to say, not exclusively Windows 10.

Increase Your Windows 10 Productivity
  1. Sit down at your computer and use what you know to get stuff done. It doesn’t matter how (even if the method is inefficient), as long as it works.
  2. On the other hand, you could first invest the time learning Windows 10’s productivity features beforehand. As a result, you’ll save time in the long-term, and be happier and more confident in using Windows 10.

Also, you’d be delighted to hear that these 9 Windows 10 productivity features will increase your work output—no doubt.

Even if you feel confident and experienced using Windows 10, I bet there’s something here you’re not exploiting.

After all, productivity is all about exploiting techniques. Thus, if you truly want utmost productivity, you’ll always be in the search for handy little tips and tricks.

The secret is going fast, and when you can go fast, you go productive.

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Having made my pitch that this article truly is relevant—for you—on Cryptic Butter, let’s dive in immediately. Starting with the basics…

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How to Use Your Old Laptop as a Second Monitor (5 Ways)

How to Use Your Old Laptop as a Second Monitor (5 Ways)

Don’t Waste Your Old Laptop

So, you’re sitting in front of that snazzy, latest-and-greatest desktop (or laptop) computer. Meanwhile, your old laptop, lurking in the wardrobe, feels neglected and sad that you’ve excluded it from the fun-house.

That’s truly shameful—Lucius—that you would do such a thing!

Neglected Old Laptop

Especially so, once you think of the sheer volume of cash you sacrificed solely for that one laptop.

“Now it’s an old laptop, and nobody cares, yo, because I have dat bank pushing what it worth, brother.”

Incorrect, son (grammatically and conceptually). You’re putting a potential extra monitor to waste.

It’s highly important that we make our money go as far as the rainbows, hence today’s fun activity.

Today, I’ll teach you to revive your old laptop and finally make productive use out of it once again; we’re going to make your old laptop great again, that is to say.

In fact, I’ve been in this situation myself, when I essentially replaced my laptop with a more powerful, relevant desktop. Allow me to illustrate this picture a little better for you:

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Laptop or Desktop for Programming: Which is The Best?

Laptop or Desktop for Programming: Which is The Best?

That Challenging Question When Buying a New Computer

If you’re anything like me, you would want to guarantee yourself the best return on investment when making a purchase. Accordingly, you may spend a considerable amount of time pondering over the question of a laptop or desktop for programming.

Otherwise, deciding between a laptop or desktop for programming is something you should consider—at the minimum.

Laptop or desktop for programming

It is, indeed, relatively effortless to select computer hardware for the mere mortals. (The gamers, web surfers, document-fixated employees etc, that is to say.)

But, for power users, the situation isn’t invariably easy as evaluating what’s going to give you the best framerates. If you’re here to choose a laptop or desktop for programming, you’re probably concerned with the speed of compilation.

Moreover, this becomes exceedingly deep when the idea of a budget—especially a limited one—is thrown into the mix.

The last point—budget—will have an indisputable, immense impact on the decision between a laptop or desktop for programming. Not to mention, the differences between the characteristics of laptops and desktops for programming only add to the complication.

So, what is the best configuration for you?

Of course, as with many things, this decision ultimately depends on you and your needs.

As a result, the well-justified decision is one in which this is appreciated as well as thoroughly considered.

In this article, I’ll merely guide you through the advantages and disadvantages of laptops and desktops for programmers. We’ll consider the various use-cases a power user—not necessarily a programmer—could experience.

Fresh Computer? Ultimate Checklist for the Best Initial Windows 10 Setup (2018)

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5 Useful Cross-Dominance Ideas 10% of People Will Love

5 Useful Cross-Dominance Ideas 10% of People Will Love

What is Cross-Dominance and Why Should You Care?

Cross-dominance is the fascinating phenomenon where one favours using each hand for separate tasks. To clarify, this is unlike having a single, dominant hand which is preferred for most tasks.

For example, a person with cross-dominance might favour writing with their right hand but rather brush their teeth with their left.

Cross-dominance of birds
Dominance amongst the birds.

Also, make that extra effort not to confuse cross-dominance with ambidexterity—for that is something completely different. Well, perhaps not exactly completely different.

Ambidexterity is the ability—natural or acquired—to use both sides of your body equally for all tasks at hand. That task doesn’t have to be at any particular hand, as ambidextrous people don’t have a dominant hand for anything.

If you’re one of the few who is ambidextrous, it isn’t merely the equality you’ve got between your hands. Rather, you have versatility between your hands, consequently enabling you to plough through inconsistent asymmetry, as we see too often.

Who doesn’t want to be shaking Elon Musk’s hand whilst writing all about how he’s taking us to other worlds?

Truly inspirational: Future of the Space Industry: Why Should You Be Excited?

Sounds exceedingly convenient, don’t you think?

Nevertheless, we are here to talk about cross-dominance, not ambidexterity—that’s for another day, you see. Let me engage you with this simple, straightforward question, to begin with:

Do you often find yourself inconvenienced when your non-dominant hand would be better suited for the current situation?

If your answer is “yes” to this question, I suspect you are likely to be left-handed. (That doesn’t mean right-handed people cannot find themselves in the scenario described above, however.) In this case, you should by now be already convinced of why you should be cross-dominant.

After all, if certain tasks are better suited for your non-dominant hand, why not simply use it?

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Best Mouse for Programming 2018? You Need to See This!

Best Mouse for Programming 2018? You Need to See This!

The Best Mouse for Programmers of 2018

Logitech G502: The Best Mouse for Programming

The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB (Wired) Mouse

Verdict of the Logitech G502

Boasting excellent value, This is the best mouse for programmers and power users in general: a must-try if you’re right-handed (or willing to use your right hand) and haven’t experienced a mouse quite like it.

Why You’ll Love It:

  • Very durable and sturdy
  • Comfortable to use
  • Plenty of customisation (and productivity) with programmable buttons
  • Hyper-fast scrolling
  • Good quality laser tracker
  • Adjustable weight

The negatives:

  • Right-handed only
  • Only ideal for stationary desktop work environments (wired)
  • Suboptimal feel of the scroll wheel
  • Middle click requires some good force
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These 15 Computer Shortcuts Explained Will Make Your Day

These 15 Computer Shortcuts Explained Will Make Your Day

About This List of Computer Shortcuts in Windows

Because Windows 10 has such a vast quantity of computer shortcuts, it makes sense to compile a list of them. However, any standard, regular list is rather boring, to say the least; I certainly don’t feel “empowered to do great things” with regards to computer shortcuts…

It’s for this reason that, in my previous article about Windows 10’s computer shortcuts, I gave away a mind-map. I must say that mind-maps are an excellent method of visualising information for an easier absorption of such.

Related Read: How to Navigate Windows 10: 123 Most Valuable Shortcuts

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