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I have trouble motivating myself to read programming books

I honestly love programming but I find it tiresome to read programming books. Well, I find it tiresome to read most books actually, with the exception of short stories. Do you guys have any advice you ...
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Wiki system for mathematical notetaking [migrated]

For keeping track of notes, wiki systems like Dokuwiki or Mediawiki are potentially extremely useful, especially for the ability to easily browser previous versions of notes, if I feel that some ...
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Which computer-based Pomodoro timers exist and what are their features?

Question I'm looking for computer-based The Pomodoro Technique timers with rational that provide cross-platform compatibility. It should not be restricted to a single Windows edition. Currently, I'm ...
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How do various GTD services implement Next Actions lists? (Is there a canonical way?)

I really like Doit.im's interface, but there's a major flaw in the way they handle the Next Actions list. Every project task appears as an actionable item by default (which is obviously ridiculous): ...
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How can we use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to code more efficiently? [closed]

I'm looking for ways to augment mouse and keyboard control with another form of input. We use Dragon to trigger macro expansion. For instance, to create a voice command to write a loop template in ...
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Free 'developer activity tracker' software for increasing productivity of development

Does anybody know of developer activity tracker software used to increase productivity of development? I need to find out developer's time distribution. How much time do they spend on browsing, ...
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Ways to work well with my stack-like working habit on computer?

I do almost every thing (e.g. study, work and reading news/forums) on my laptop (my only computer): writing my notes, reading documents, looking something up on the internet, .... I don't play games, ...
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Is there software to log tasks daily?

My boss wants me to write a logs about what I do during my work day, and he wants me to write how much it takes to perform the given task and details. Something like: Revising the CSS of the main ...
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Task management software to organize tasks visually… how would I find it?

I have been unsuccessful finding what I want after trying a multitude of keywords, and I am hoping someone might have a suggestion to help me find a task organization tool that fits my requirements. ...
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Tickler system for electronic files - how?

I've accumulated probably over a hundred interesting articles (mostly pdfs, but some web sites), that I want to periodically review. I'm not sure what's the best way to do this. I could print ...
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Personal Planning Software

I am currently planning my life in a text-based format, like this: Yearly goals. Doesn't include concrete action steps. Monthly goals: Specific action steps associated with the goals from (1). Daily ...
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Is delay in updating to-do-lists softwares normal?

I am deciding which software to use for my scheduling and to-do-list, note-keeping and based on some questions on this site, I decided on evernote and google keep (and I am deciding which application ...
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1answer
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How does a software developer will become most successful person in his professional lfe [closed]

How does a software developer will become most successful person in his professional life please share some keypoints that he should noted up
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A software/application to Organize my random sets of data/content/texts/info

I have the need to store random contents (on my local hard drive/ laptop hard drive) for personal use so I can look these contents up later on when I need them. That would safe me lots of time and ...
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6answers
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How to become more productive or remain one of the updated person in work as a Software Developer

As we know being as a software devloper/computer geek requires be updated in terms of new technologies as well as must be good hand on computer machine. To be a good software person i do below ...
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There are GTD software that includes review?

I found a lot of software that claims to support GTD, but of "collect, process, organize, review, do" they usually on focus just on collect and process. There is a software that has some feature to ...
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Personal notes software with Android/web sync option

I spend two hours in the subway each day and trying to use this time as wisely as possible. Most of the time I am doing some notes, regading my day planning, week planning, ideas sketching and so on. ...
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Free and simple speed reading software?

Many years ago I did a 5-day speed reading course. At the time, my reading speed (paper, not screen) went from 200ish words a minute to between 1100 and 1250 wpm. It was fantastic. Comprehension ...
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Speed reading software with highlights

Do you know any speed reading software, preferably open source, that highlights text in chunks of words (3/5 words). I know some but they just flash text like cards. What I'm trying to do is improve ...
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1answer
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How to automatically enter contact data into a database of contacts?

I want to be able to enter contact details of people from their email signatures into my address book automatically, without having to copy each phone number and name or other element one by one into ...
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Todo list - Evernote vs Trello

I've read The Secret Weapon's system for organizing your life using Evernote. It seems that Evernote is well suited as a digital filing cabinet and note taker. However I'm not so sure it fits as a ...
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How to organize and analyze structured data without building entire database applications?

UPDATE: 2012-06-01 Added Non-Ideal Solution #2.5. The Puzzle I'm Looking to Solve As an organization and analysis nerd with professional database experience, I frequently encounter situations in my ...
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How do you make sure your Idea for Application Development is worth a try? [closed]

It been my dream to develop apps in mobile and generally in software development stream since the day i have started to learn and love programming. I have now above 4+ year Software Developemt skill ...
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Hide related content on popular websites [closed]

I am looking for an addon (preferably Firefox) or program that does the following to increase productivity, but I have no been able to find one using Google. The tool should hide suggestions to read ...
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Task Management Application with task dependencies

For some reason, even though there are tons of task management applications out there, I'm not able to find many that have the capability to manage task dependencies. That is to say, if I must do A ...
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How to work efficiently with tree (hierarchical) data

Often I want to organize data into a tree-like structure. However, I would not know how to do this quickly. Here are two examples: Example 1 I keep track of my spending, and I am interested in total ...
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4answers
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ToDo list application with projects, start and due dates, a priority field and custom filtering for Mac OS X?

I'm searching for a todo-list application for Mac OS X which can do the following. list tasks organize them in "projects" (à la GTD) assign a start date and a due date to each task and ...
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2answers
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Version control system for projects involving mixed content

My question: is there a reliable and simple version control system/mechanism/platform/... for projects with content that is effectively monolithic, opaque stuff? Most of the projects I work on ...
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1answer
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Should I look for a new job? [closed]

In my current job we use Struts 1, hibernate and oracle. This is my first job and I have been working here for 2 years now. They pay me well here. And if I move on to a different job, I will probably ...
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1answer
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PM tool that integrates with Evernote

I have just started using Asana and really like it. But what I would like to be able to do is integrate it with Evernote so that I can include links to Evernote notes (or even embed them) into Asana ...
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What is an Android task manager with sub-tasks and complex filtering?

Basically, I'm looking for an Android app that will let me do just two things: Have unlimited levels of nested sub-tasks Filter so I can view only tasks that have no sub-tasks. Let's say I have ...
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4answers
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Are there any applications to create workflows for todos?

Currently I use sheet of paper, pencil and eraser; but it is just a bit tedious; especially when making things more detailed. Just text example with different levels of detail: Drink water from ...
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Structuring your day/week to be the most productive when you need to do development and non-development tasks?

I have straight development tasks, non-development/business tasks, and some tasks that kind of sit in the middle to do most days, and I was wondering what would be the most efficient way to structure ...
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Recurring ToDos with increasing urgency

I've been looking for a solution for managing recurring tasks that have to get done every so often and become more urgent over time. An example would be "water the plants". Ideally I would like to ...
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3answers
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Looking for outliner with formula support \ spreadsheet with tree structure support

I'm looking for a tool that will allow comfortable creating of hierarchical structures, and allow performing computations on them. For example: plan a budget and\or time estimate of a project The ...
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4answers
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What is the key to be able to start a project?

I am not absolutely sure this is the correct place for this question, though I couldn't find a better one - please point me to a proper place if possible. I am a 13 year old guy, I love technology in ...
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2answers
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Is there any multi-platform cloud based Pomodoro application?

Is there any cloud based Pomodoro client software which can synchronize with all types of devices like laptops, mobile phones, and desktops? A software like Dropbox but a personal productivity ...
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Is there any application which can track things on daily basis

I am looking for some personal tracking or logging application in which i can enter my records for each day. Just like we have the hard copy of the diary with all dates and times and we can look back ...
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Is there a software available that auto completes sentences? [closed]

I'm looking for a plugin or desktop software that completes sentences I often write, e.g. "I'm looking forward to hearing from you". I'm using the latest Opera browser on Windows XP. Can anybody ...
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What features should I look for when choosing task-management software?

There are a seemingly-endless variety of tools available for keeping track of tasks. From feature-clogged behemoths that will do everything (tracking time and generating Gantt charts) to the venerable ...
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GTD app for iPad?

I'm trying to find a great GTD app for my iPad. I don't have any other iOS devices or a Mac, but I want to ability to access it through my PC (web based is fine). A lot of the better GTD systems seem ...
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Reducing fragmentation: App to focus on single task

There are a few apps (like Rescuetime) that track what you're doing with your computer. And there are some tools that can help you when you decide you want to eliminate distrcations (StayFocused ...
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3answers
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Is there an email/forum productivity tool which can automate reply generation?

I am looking for software which would help me to write quality replies to a poorly worded/structured or otherwise complex emails/forum messages. The tool should allow to graphically break (manually ...
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Are there software solutions that implement Structured Procrastination?

Let me just say this philosophical essay changed my way of working: Structured Procrastination Basically it says that you should put urgent critical tasks at the very top of the list; but ones that ...
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Is there an electronic task management software that stores encrypted data in the cloud for syncing with other devices?

My question is basically what the title says. I am trying several software for GTD/todo/task management, focusing on syncing between laptops and cellphones. Although most of the software transfer ...
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1answer
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Is there a tool that can track or record pomodoros based on tagging?

I'm looking for a tool that can track and record pomodoros visually and/or graphically, and ideally with the ability to tag pomodoros, like a "Writing" pomodoro completed, or a "Career", etc.
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Save browser state / tabs opened between usage?

I tend to leave a lot of related webpages open when I work, that I would like to keep working with at later points in time. Is there an easy way to "save" a browser's state with all the opened tabs, ...
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While browsing, how can I quickly capture thoughts/ideas across locations and environments into a centralized, searchable medium?

While actively browsing the internet (via phone/tablet/desktop), how can I quickly file an impromptu thought or idea into a centralized, searchable medium -- but importantly -- through a method that's ...
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Why is learning theoretical stuff necessary to be a software engineer? [closed]

I'm a engineer student. After passing 3 years of learning hard theoretical stuff, I expected that my fourth year would be interesting for me as a software engineer, but we are still learning about ...