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Developer Productivity 101: Learn from my mistake…

Over the past 6 months I have experienced complete failures of all/most of my electronic devices. For those who know and have seen me in action this is akin to a death sentence because I can’t be productive without technology. That being said I was finally able to get everything straightened out this weekend. In doing so I realized and reflected on a couple things:

  1. I need a device back up strategy

  2. Stop rooting, hacking and altering the things you need for your day to day productivity

  3. Anything can happen at anytime. It is best to be prepared as much as possible.

  4. This country is upside down and the government continues to make bad decisions about privacy & security because they don’t understand tech.

  5. Did I mention I need a back up strategy?

So here we are at the crux of this post. Essentially all this leads me to the realization that if I am in this situation my less technically inclined friends are worstoff. That being said and in the spirit of keeping this post short and sweet (Don’t worry I will write a follow up and you can always hound me on twitter). These are your action items and things to checkout:

  • Get VPN. I am currently dog-fooding Nord VPN

  • Please. Please. Please use your operating systems backup. I am running Win 10 and Win7. I will update this bullet and link to some guides for those who need it later.

  • Keep a USB flash drive of your OS, drivers and what ever crucial docs/files you need get your system up and running.

  • If your on Windows and you work with multiple environments/PC’s to do dev or get work done consider checking out and downloading SyncToy 2.1. This is a old-school Window’s app that surprising works in Win 10 but is interesting mainly because it will allow you to seamlessly copy folders and large files much better than File Explorer.

  • Oh one more thing 2FA (two-factor authentication) is your best friend. This is one of the most helpful things you can do that will make a difference for you immediately. It is super easy and offered by a lot of Tech companies and your favorite sites today.

There is much more I learned and want to suggest but gotta get back to coding now that my PC’s are up. Bug me on Twitter if you have questions and need more!

-P.S. Shoutout @nikkidubbs09 for the quick edit’s and helping me make sure I say whats on my mind in blog form. Your support and encouragement are ALWAYS APPRECIATED!

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