Jeff Triplett ✨

@jefftriplett

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  • Lawrence, United States of America
  • Joined August 2018
Do you use a SEO analysis tool for your project?

I use Ahrefs too. It is pricy, but try out their seven days paid trial, as others have suggested, and try it out. Even if you don't opt for a monthly plan, their advice and insights are worth it IMO. Their research tools is what convinced me to subscribe.

I'm fluent in RoR. Should I learn a new stack?

Frameworks like TailwindCSS and Alpine.js are giving new legs to mature frameworks like RoR, Django, and even newer ones like Laravel. It's not a bad time to be a backend dev who wants to build frontends that aren't 100% JS while using your existing skills.

What does your workspace look like today?

I like it, and I think it's pretty productive for development with a big asterisk. The asterisk is that 90% of my day I'm only using two monitors and my laptop screen.

Three years ago, I knew I wanted dual monitors (two on the left), so I ordered two at the same time to have the same brightness, resolution, and other settings.

I run my IDE full screen with a few columns to see my code side-by-side. I normally split-screen another monitor to see what I'm working on and have docs up at the same time. I usually use a live-reload tool so I can see my changes without every leaving my IDE so I can glance over to view it. On my laptop screen, I run iTerm 2 full-screen.

The monitor on the far right was my previous "big" monitor that I have had for 10+ years, which I mostly use as an entertainment screen. It still works well, and I run an HDMI switch off of it. I have an Intel Skull NUC running Linux, Apple TV (works great as a fourth screen or to cast from my iPhone or iPad), a Nintendo Switch, and it's useful for random stuff.

My two-year-old son uses my iPad Pro (far left), but I was charging it on my desk, so I left it in there.

Pro-tip: Find what works for you. Some people do better with one big screen with multiple desktops. I find desktop switching to be distracting, so I mostly avoid it. I like seeing everything spread out and in their place. Follow your Arrow, though. There is no one size fits all answer for everyone as long as you can limit your distractions.

What does your workspace look like today?

This is my home office setup from back in mid-March. I added another light and upgraded to a new MBP since then.

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Maker of things

Genuinely curious here. Why so many monitors man? 😀

2000+d streak on GitHub

because 5 eyes :)

I like it, and I think it's pretty productive for development with a big asterisk. The asterisk is that 90% of my day I'm only using two monitors and my laptop screen.

Three years ago, I knew I wanted dual monitors (two on the left), so I ordered two at the same time to have the same brightness, resolution, and other settings.

I run my IDE full screen with a few columns to see my code side-by-side. I normally split-screen another monitor to see what I'm working on and have docs up at the same time. I usually use a live-reload tool so I can see my changes without every leaving my IDE so I can glance over to view it. On my laptop screen, I run iTerm 2 full-screen.

The monitor on the far right was my previous "big" monitor that I have had for 10+ years, which I mostly use as an entertainment screen. It still works well, and I run an HDMI switch off of it. I have an Intel Skull NUC running Linux, Apple TV (works great as a fourth screen or to cast from my iPhone or iPad), a Nintendo Switch, and it's useful for random stuff.

My two-year-old son uses my iPad Pro (far left), but I was charging it on my desk, so I left it in there.

Pro-tip: Find what works for you. Some people do better with one big screen with multiple desktops. I find desktop switching to be distracting, so I mostly avoid it. I like seeing everything spread out and in their place. Follow your Arrow, though. There is no one size fits all answer for everyone as long as you can limit your distractions.

How do you disagree with people’s feedback?

Ironically, I just heard an interesting take on this Art of the Product Podcast about 16:15 in. They discuss feedback amongst founders which is interesting.

I think you'd like about 20:45 in. They shift to their thoughts on how hard feedback is to take and how much gold is easy to overlook or dismiss from it.

Maker of things

Interesting Jeff! 👍 I don't usually listen to podcast these days, but definitely put this episode into the list.

Thanks a lot for pointing out! 🙏

How do you disagree with people’s feedback?

I would listen to them and thank them for their feedback. There is no reason to get defensive, and there is nothing to be gained by wasting the emotional energy trying to argue with them. They may be doing you a favor by letting you know that they aren't the right market fit for your product.

I would still log their feedback in a GitHub issue and archive it. That way, it's searchable if you ever want to revisit their feedback. You might eventually see a pattern and find it to later be of value if you need to pivot.

Maker of things

Well said Jeff! A good mindset to have for sure. Love the tip to make a card and archive it eventually. 👌🏻

Ironically, I just heard an interesting take on this Art of the Product Podcast about 16:15 in. They discuss feedback amongst founders which is interesting.

I think you'd like about 20:45 in. They shift to their thoughts on how hard feedback is to take and how much gold is easy to overlook or dismiss from it.

Maker of things

Interesting Jeff! 👍 I don't usually listen to podcast these days, but definitely put this episode into the list.

Thanks a lot for pointing out! 🙏

What are you reading?

I'm on a second listening of Atomic Habits. The audio book format works really well for it.

I picked up "The Happy Body" because I heard that it is good for addressing back and other issues from sitting too much. That's one issue from all of the extra COVID-19 time.

Wipfam should I buy an iMac Pro with financing?

Amazon has had an amazing deal recently with 0% financing for 5 to 6-months but I'm not sure if it's only available in the US or not (just throwing that out for anyone considering it) on most of the Apple lines right now.

That said, if you can get financing for less that 4% to 5% then I think it's a great investment in yourself.

Which email marketing service provider allows you to send emails with a personalized FROM sender’s name, individual for the recipient?

Last time I used MailChimp they had support for this.

Ay invent, act, build, travel, write. — Home = naii.io

That would be fantastic! And just today did I sign up for a new Mailchimp account. I’ll check and report back on what I can find.

This functionality is very important to me and an educational side project of mine.

Thanks @Jeff!

Mailchimp is great for this. Just remember to set fallback/default values for name. mailchimp.com/help/set-defaul…

Ay invent, act, build, travel, write. — Home = naii.io

Great tip @EbrahimKhalilHassen - will do 🙏