10 Lessons from 4 Years Working Remotely at Automattic

Sara Rosso writes about her experiences working remotely at Automattic.

I believe that this way of working will be increasingly popular as time goes by. Instead of wasting lots of time commuting and conforming to normal office hours, one will be able to work when and how works best.

The true nature of “busy”

A great article about why we feel the constant need to be busy.

The situation arises: you enjoy the highs, but you are unable to create enough new to support these highs, so you trick your brain into rewarding you for doing far less – you convince your brain of the dubious value of being busy.

OmniFocus 2 for Mac: Available Now

The time has finally come to unveil the newest incarnation of the productivity powerhouse called OmniFocus. The user interface has been remade from the ground up, getting inspiration from the iOS counterparts, most notably the forecast view.

I’m looking forward to see whether anything has changed from the recent line of betas. I’m in particular looking for a faster perspective change, and a small nitpick regarding the highlighted flag perspective1.

  1. The flagged highlight should in my opinion follow the view options and not highlight the flagged perspective if the flagged actions are not available. 

Inside OmniFocus

Just hours before the official release of OmniFocus 2, The Omni Group launched a new website focusing on OmniFocus and its may workflows. I’m looking forward to reading how people use OmniFocus 2, and what the new version will mean with regards to my own workflow.

I have already written about my initial thoughts of the beta, and it will be interesting to see whether the final version will differ in any way in regards to performance and polish.

Programming Sucks

You are an expert in all these technologies, and that’s a good thing, because that expertise let you spend only six hours figuring out what went wrong, as opposed to losing your job. You now have one extra little fact to tuck away in the millions of little facts you have to memorize because so many of the programs you depend on are written by dicks and idiots.


The future of (iOS) gaming


Extending the functionality of the iPad using external hardware has been done for a long time, and the most popular addon is probably a real bluetooth keyboard. By adding this piece of hardware, the iPad is immediately transformed from a simple entertainment device to a real productivity tool1.

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  1. The iPad is arguably an excellent productivity tools sans keyboard. It does however heighten the use of the many writing tools currently available. 

Code Review Like You Mean It

Building a solid development workflow is very different now than it was a few years ago1. The biggest improvements of workflow and the increase in quality is probably due to the concept of pull requests2, which has made code collaboration explode thanks to the decreased friction that goes into contributing to a project.

This article describe how to properly do code reviews and working with pull requests. Having a focus not solely on finding errors, but using it as a tool for learning and sharing knowledge, as well as for building a common code quality and coding style for an entire project, spanning all involved authors.

  1. Basically before GitHub. 

  2. Called Merge requests in Gitlab and is basically a request to merge a branch back to the master branch, and has social aspects such as discussions and inline comments, perfect for code reviews. 

Enemy of the state (1998)


Tonight I went back to the classics with Enemy of the state (1998), the story of hotshot lawyer Robert Dean who becomes the victim of a high stakes identity theft after unknowingly receiving a video portraying a murder. The NSA sets out to recover the tape and to take Dean down in the process.

Seeing this movie after the recent scandals facing the NSA makes this movie all the more important. They foretell a world where mass-surveillance is omnipresent, and everyone should be considered being under suspicion. It seems writer David Marconi wasn’t too far off.

This is one of my favorite movies from the late nineties with high paced action scenes bundled with a dystopian present where trust is no where to be found.

Score: 8/10 (Great)