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Monday, Jul 13, 2020

Remote Work — How To Do It Well

I’ve been working with people all over the world, almost entirely remotely (from Lagos, Nigeria), as a software developer, project manager, CTO & CEO for more than 6 years now. Working from home (or anywhere, really) is something that comes naturally to me but I find that a lot of people struggle with it especially in these times.

Saturday, Jul 11, 2020

Friday, Jul 10, 2020

Surgical Reading: How to Read 12 Books at Once

It’s a process I’ve developed called surgical reading and it means that when I’m reading a non-fiction book, I focus on locating and removing the most valuable pieces of information from it quickly as possible. This allows me to read many different books across a single topic at once, so I can look at it from multiple perspectives. My goal is to quickly locate valuable knowledge and use the information I acquire in the real world to solve problems.

DNs with 2+ years of experience, what was your biggest mistake and how could someone else prevent it?

I’ll go first. My mistake: I arrived overseas planning to use ATMs to withdraw cash for living expenses. I’ve been in this country before (cash society) and was able to make ATM withdrawals before, so I didn’t think anything about it. But between the first time and the second time, I switched banks…only to find out that my new bank couldn’t service ATMs in the country. I arrived with literally no way to pay for anything.

Thursday, Jul 9, 2020

Wednesday, Jul 8, 2020

Tuesday, Jul 7, 2020

Why You Can’t Stop Looking at Your Face on Zoom

Try as you might to stare into your laptop camera, it’s difficult to not look at the video of your face in the corner of your computer or phone screen. Whether it’s to analyze your own reactions to colleagues or to simply find solace among a hyperstimulating medium, gazing at your own image on video calls is hardly a novel phenomenon.

Monday, Jul 6, 2020

Sunday, Jul 5, 2020

Friday, Jul 3, 2020

Thursday, Jul 2, 2020

Remote work: Employers are taking over our living spaces and passing on costs

Employers argue they make considerable savings on real estate when workers shift from office to home work. However, these savings result from passing costs on to workers. Unless employees are fully compensated, this could become a variant of what urban theorist Andy Merrifield calls parasitic capitalism, whereby corporate profits increasingly rely on extracting value from the public — and now personal — realm, rather than on generating new value.

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