The best time to get the user to take a feature tour of a new interface is when they're trying to think about writing their ticket? That gives me no confidence inthe rest of their redesign.
If you follow this blog you will have noticed that I've commented multiple times on needless distractions that seem to have pervaded modern computing. Today, let's present a few solutions.
Firstly, when in the flow of doing deep work, watching animations delay your actions can be a source of frustration. While we can't speed up GitHub, we can speed up macOS. In the accessibility settings, check Display > Reduce Motion. This will speed up the interface and Mission Control animations. If you miss the garishness, you can turn it back off but chances are you will notice the system not getting in the way as much.
Secondly a tip for fellow Homebrew users. When you're ready to work through that difficult project tooling setup, it can be the worst time for Homebrew to decide to update it self, especially as this can take up to half a minute depending on how far behind your version is. Not now Homebrew! If you follow the instructions at Homebrew Autoupdate you can setup Homebrew to update itself in the background.
Finally, if you're using oh-my-zsh or bash equivalent, there will be a setting for it to update itself without prompting. Edit
.zshrc and add
DISABLE_UPDATE_PROMPT="true". I've not had any issues.
Cheers to a focused work experience!
This is well put and worth thinking about.
Generally speaking, tracking takes away your ability to represent who you are yourself in the current moment. Your identity is how you are perceived by others. People won't appreciate this until they've lost it, but anyone who has been the victim of for example online bullying or stalking will recognise it.
Online tracking is a form of tracking, which is a automated profiling, which is a limited form of mass surveillance.
The question is: At which point do we reach the breaking point?
And I think the answer is: We are very close.
I think this applies for all of computing. All the notifications, ads, start menu items, unique identifiers that one must disable to work in peace, is draining our collective energy and attention.