Category: Stuff I Like

  • Productivity Tip – Text Shortcuts

    My favourite recent productivity tip is using text replacement which is built into to MacOS natively (System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Text). These rules also sync with iOS so you can use it on the go with your iPhone. It’s native in the operating systems so you can use these shortcuts in whatever program you’re […]

  • My Home Office Set Up

    My current home office set up is a little bit makeshift as we are living with our in-laws (temporarily). I figure that a lot of people would be in a similar situation and thought it would be worth documenting and sharing as I’ve already helped a few friends and family members with their home office. […]

  • 20 Books in 2020

    This is a list of the last 20 books I read in chronological order, and a * next to the book means I particularly recommend it. For each book, I write 1-2 takeaway points while I’m reading, not necessarily at the end. I enjoyed almost all these books, and learned a lot from them. I […]

  • Better Audio for Distributed Work

    tl;dr: A wired USB headsets with a mic that is a consistent distance from your mouth is the best option for most people. This is one we recommend at Automattic. Many of us have transitioned to working from home, and spend a lot more time talking to people over video and voice – we usually have […]

  • Mechanical Watches

    I really like mechanical wrist watches. They have been every day tools since the 1800s and are a mix of precise craftsmanship, complex engineering and aesthetic beauty (form and function). They can often be high quality products that last a lifetime, and serve as a both a memory of the past and as a reminder […]

  • Trekking and Ski Gear

    When I buy equipment, I research it intensely and I am sharing my picks below in case they are useful for you. I’ve put these gear picks to the test by skiing (12 resorts) and trekking (places like Kilimanjaro, Annapurna Circuit) in harsh conditions over the last 5 years, with some pictures below. If you […]

  • My Top 5 Products of 2019

    Last year, I wrote up some of my favourite new products of 2018 and I thoughts I’d do the same this year. For each product, I’ll summarize what it is and why I like it. Nutzo Butter ($20) Nutzo butter is a mix of different nuts, when all put together has a pretty delicious flavor. […]

  • Podcasts – My Faves

    Note: Updated in July 2021 In addition to audio books, I love listening to podcasts. They relate mostly technology, entrepreneurship and mental models. I use Overcast and listen to most podcasts on around 1.25-1.5x speed without any noticeable sound distortion. Overcast also has a nice feature which dynamically adjusts the speed if ads or ‘intro […]

  • 19 Books in 2019

    I started listening to books via Audible and it’s really helped me ‘read’ more, and am consuming books at about 3-4x the rate that I did in 2018. I prefer audio for most stories, and especially for autobiographies spoken by the author themselves. I also decided to write 1 line for each book that I […]

  • Personal Productivity Tools

    I love using tools to make myself more productive and let fewer things fall through the cracks. There are so many great (free) tools available and here are a few of the ones that have helped me the most: Calendly: Scheduling is one of the biggest time sinks for me. Calendly allows me to share […]

  • My top 5 products of 2018

    I wanted to share my top 5 favourite products and services of 2018: Google Fi: Google Fi is Google’s new wireless carrier, which has replaced AT&T for me (without changing my #) for the last 3 months on my iPhone. If you live in the US and travel internationally regularly, this is a no brainer […]

  • Future of wearables

    I don’t really like the current set of wearable offerings. I’ve used the Nike Fuel Band, Jawbone Up and the Basis. Initially, the novelty is cool, but in the end they all fall short as none of them are really accurate enough or fully featured enough to be anything more than a gimmick. In the […]