Review: How to be a Productivity Ninja

How to be a Productivity Ninja by¬†Graham Allcott an entertaining read but it doesn’t really deliver anything new. In short it is an updated version of David Allan’s Getting Things Done.

There are a few good tips Graham has such as wearing headphones during the periods of time you want to focus without interruption from work colleagues. The book is to the point and and I like that. It doesn’t meander far from the core principles of productivity.

If you haven’t read Getting Things Done before or want a refresher on the basic idea this is well worth a read. I listened to the audio version on a recent solo trip to Hong Kong, at 9 hours it was just about the right length to not only fit my trip but also not to bore the listener.

Narrated by Anthony Shuster the book comes across with a pleasant and understandable British accent which fits well with this title begin written by a British author.

InMotion Hosting Review

I recently had to recommend and setup a hosting account for a client and after a lot of research I recommended InMotion Hosting. A change from my usual A2 Hosting. So why the change. Firstly it’s been a while since I personally used A2 Hosting so it was worth a look around and see what was on the market. I’d also heard a lot of great things about InMotion Hosting and their support (something important to my client).

I signed up for a test account to see what they were like, Sales even game my the account for 1 month at a discounted rate of $2.99 so I could check it out.

I was surprised by the snappy speed of the server. In most shared hosting environments the bandwidth is not the thing that slows down your site its waiting for the server to respond. With InMotion Hosting my response times were consistently under 200ms. Something that is steller and normally only seen on VPS or dedicated hosting plans.

InMotion are my new go to hosting company for anyone that requires high quality hosting for their website. If you want cheap hosting look somewhere else InMotion are not cheap but they are among the best value providers I have used.

Atom Editor

Not to long back I started using CodeRunner for writing web applications and I loved it. Well now I’m on to Atom and once again in love.

I’ve used Atom in the past but could never stick with it. It doesn’t handle large files very well and can take a while to open if your previous session had a large project open.

I installed Atom Beta after GitHub announced full GitHub integration was going to Atom. This was something I have wanted for a long time. A lot of code editors have Git integration but nothing on the level of what GitHub are building into Atom.

I know GitHub is not Git but as I host all my code GitHub it might as well be in my case. I used to work with some people who hosted on BitBucket but my involvement in that is now over.

On top of the GitHub integration Atom has introduced a new core theme called One (One Dark and One Light) There make Atom look at home on my mac and that is important. I spent 8 – 12 hours a day looking at this application.

Now this is a beta and while the current release is stable that doesn’t guarantee future releases are. GitHub are working fast on Atom as soon as version 1.18 ships I will be switching to the stable build.

CodeRunner Review

CodeRunner is a relatively new comer to the code editor space and one of the few native applications and not building on on HTML and JavaScript.

Becuase of the native code CodeRunner is smooth, fast and never hangs no matter how many files are part of your project.

The number of files is key as CodeRunner will suggest functions from other files and classes which is huge in modern development. My typical web application has around 400 files with code spread across all of these and without any 1 file the application will not work.

All taken into account CodeRunner 2 is a great application for code editing and I have been a long time Sublime user. I will continue to use CodeRunner 2 for a long time to come.

SetApp Review

SetApp is the Netflix of mac apps. for $10 a month you get access to an ever growing list of applications – currently 72.

These include some big name apps like CleanMyMac, Blogo, Uylesses, Alternote, iStat Menus, RapidWeaver, Hype ands Screens to make just a few of them.

What about value?

Well that all depends on how many and exactly which apps you use. A lot of the 72 apps they currently have are only $10-20 to buy outright while others carry a $100 price tag.

In my personal case for the 3 apps I use from the bundle it will be cheaper to pay for SetApp over a year then to buy the apps and any updates that come along.

There are some glaring omissions from SetApp a lack of a really good task manager for one.

Over the next few months I will be reviewing a lot of the applications included in SetApp as they are all included in the bundle price and some of them look very interesting.