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Wireless is a trap

https://www.benkuhn.net/wireless/

Over and over again, I’ve seen people fix some wireless-related problem and go “wow, I had no...

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Boston should begin aggressive coronavirus mitigation

https://www.benkuhn.net/corona/

TL;DR: The limited public evidence suggests Boston has likely failed at containing the...

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Massachusetts should shut down immediately

https://www.benkuhn.net/macovid/

We’ve been running 30x fewer tests than other states, and have been extremely tardy in...

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Stop your video calls from stuttering

https://www.benkuhn.net/vcnet/

Lots of people have really bad video calls for avoidable reasons. Here’s how to fix that.

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College advice for people who are exactly like me

https://www.benkuhn.net/college/

It’s college decision season! To celebrate, I’ve been thinking about what I would have told...

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Learning to build conviction

https://www.benkuhn.net/conviction/

fast vs slow feedback • modeling people vs. modeling the problem • mentors vs. mistakes • why...

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Attention is your scarcest resource

https://www.benkuhn.net/attention/

how to ration your shower thoughts • care viscerally • monotask • evade obligations • timebox...

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Tools for keeping focused

https://www.benkuhn.net/focustools/

no badges • close slack • check email 1x/day • keep todos visible • use rss • kindle + rss •...

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Essays on programming I think about a lot

https://www.benkuhn.net/progessays/

Computers can be understood • Choose Boring Technology • The Wrong Abstraction • Falsehoods...

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What should we do about network-effect monopolies?

https://www.benkuhn.net/nwe/

Many large companies today are software monopolies that give their product away for free to get...

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Be impatient

https://www.benkuhn.net/impatient/

Impatience is the best way to get faster at things. And across a surprising number of domains,...

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DIY server-only analytics with almost no code

https://www.benkuhn.net/analytics/

(Attention conservation notice: only useful if you have a static site that you’d like to remove...

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My weekly review habit

https://www.benkuhn.net/weekly/

how it works • example topics • compounding improvements • what I’ve gotten out of it • tips

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Your room can be as bright as the outdoors

https://www.benkuhn.net/lux/

The effect was huge: I became dramatically more productive between 3:30pm and whenever I turned...

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Grad school is worse for public health than STDs

https://www.benkuhn.net/grad/

(The way you can *really* tell something is horribly wrong is that grad students find PhD Comics...

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The unreasonable effectiveness of one-on-ones

https://www.benkuhn.net/11/

When I started dating my partner, I quickly noticed that grad school was making her very...

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You don't need to work on hard problems

https://www.benkuhn.net/hard/

For some reason, a lot of smart college students end up with the idea that “solving hard...

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How to make video calls almost as good as face-to-face

https://www.benkuhn.net/vc/

I spent way too long figuring out the how to make video calls feel natural. Here’s the best...

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In defense of blub studies

https://www.benkuhn.net/blub/

Why it’s worth it to deeply understand the fiddly, boring-seeming details of the computer...

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To listen well, get curious

https://www.benkuhn.net/listen/

When I’ve listened the most effectively to people, it’s because I was intensely curious—I was...

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