How to Be More Productive as a Coder (Collection)

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Over the years, I received thousands of emails from Finxters who are interested in a list of my “best” posts that concern the business and productivity side of computer scientists and programmers.

The following list is a curated list of the productivity related articles on the Finxter blog, ordered by recency: πŸ‘‡

  • What Is Finxter? Is It Trustworthy? An Unbiased Review by ChatGPT

    Hello, I’m a technology enthusiast and passionate about exploring educational tools that enhance coding skills. Today, I’ll be diving into Finxter, discussing its offerings and assessing its reliability for those looking to advance their programming knowledge. I’ll do this with a novel and objective approach that cannot be faked: asking ChatGPT: Question: “ChatGPT, research finxter…

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  • [Online Calculator] How Many Years Can You Live Off Your Investments?

    I just created this investment lifespan calculator that helps you figure out how much money you need and how much annual investment return you need to achieve your financial freedom: Investment Lifespan Calculator Calculate Feel free to also check out my other calculator: πŸ‘‰ Financial Freedom Calculator ChrisWhile working as a researcher in distributed systems,…

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  • Top 10 Reddit Communities for Tech Enthusiasts

    Reddit hosts a vast universe of communities where technology lovers, investors, and visionaries can explore the latest trends, discuss groundbreaking ideas, and connect with like-minded individuals. Here’s a list of top subreddits I found interesting. All of those are treasure troves for those passionate about technology, investing in tech, and futuristic concepts. Community 1: /r/technology…

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  • Becoming a Millionaire in 48 Months with a Tiny 1-Person Startup (No VCs!)

    In this article, I’ll give you a roadmap to build a $1 million USD net worth in 48 months. Not by luck or crazy speculation but following a simple strategy of building a small startup on the side, investing the income in an ETF, and compounding your wealth. After 4 years, you sell your tiny…

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  • 19 Facts to Boost Your Healthspan (So You Don’t Die Before AI’s Health Singularity)

    Do you live long enough to live forever? As AI training costs decrease by ~70% annually, we’re at the cusp of extraordinary technological breakthroughs in longevity. At least that’s what I believe. πŸ‘‰ IQ Just Got 10,000x Cheaper: Declining Cost Curves in AI Training However, you and I may have to wait another decade or…

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  • The Robots Are Coming – Will These Investments Create Millionaires?

    We will see a billion robots in all shapesβ€”robots shaped like humans, robots shaped like animals, and robots shaped like novel creatures with specific skills. They will do everything for us in the real world, thereby allowing programming reality. It’s about digitizing the real world, and the boundaries between the real world and cyberspace will…

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  • Getting Rich: From Fixed Hourly Rate to Probabilistic Income

    πŸ’‘ Income certainty is a costly luxury – you’re better off sacrificing it long-term. As an entrepreneur and investor who has navigated the tumultuous waters of income generation, I’ve come to understand the profound difference between earning a fixed hourly rate and embracing the uncertain yet potentially explosive world of probabilistic income. This journey of…

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  • Following The Script

    πŸ‘‰ This email is written on 02/07/2024 as part of the free Finxter newsletter. Join >100k tech enthusiasts! Here’s The Scriptβ„’ society wants you to follow: Work hard, be disciplined, study (and study some more) – and reach success. Well, society has no money-back guarantee (unlike Finxter). More importantly, you won’t get the lost time…

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  • What You Can and Cannot Change

    🌻 Embracing Change: Navigating What’s Within Your Control Where change is the only constant, understanding the fine line between what we can and cannot influence is paramount. This blog post is for tech enthusiasts and change-makers who want to be on the right side of transformation. It draws insights from a comprehensive exploration of personal…

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  • The Career Counselor ChatGPT Prompt – Free Copy & Paste or Use My GPT

    πŸš€ Career Counselor Prompt (copy and paste): Play the role of a career counselor using the following approach to help the user find their dream career path. Step 1: Using a series of questions, figure out the personality type (16 personalities) of the user. Step 2: Using a series of questions, help the user formulate…

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  • The Art of Clean Code – Focus as the Ultimate Weapon to Fight Entropy

    πŸ’‘ In the quest to distill the essence of crafting clean code, we’ve learned about the need of minimizing complexity to maximizing productivity. This brief chapter spotlights a singular, transformative concept: focus. The Weapon Against Complexity Throughout The Art of Clean Code we learned that complexity breeds chaos, while its bane lies in focusβ€”the linchpin…

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  • The Art of Clean Code – Less Is More In Design

    As developers, we rarely perceive ourselves as designers, yet interface crafting is an integral facet of our craft. Be it shaping an intuitive dashboard for data analysis, architecting an easily navigable API, or constructing straightforward web interfaces for blockchain applications, a grasp on basic design principles separates the forgettable from the functional. πŸ’‘ This chapter…

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  • The Art of Clean Code — 14 Unix Principles

    “This is the Unix philosophy: Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together. Write programs to handle text streams, because that is a universal interface. […] ” – McIlroy This book chapter draft is original material drawn from my book The Art of Clean Code (NoStarchPress, San Francisco).…

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  • The Art of Clean Code – Entering a State of Flow for Max Productivity

    “Flow is the source code of ultimate human performance” – Steven Kotler In this chapter summary of The Art of Clean Code, you’ll learn about the concept of flow and how you can use it to ramp up your programming productivity. What It Is The concept of flow was popularized by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced “chick-sent-me-high”),…

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  • The Art of Clean Code – Six Types of Premature Optimization

    πŸ’‘ Original Quote: “Programmers waste enormous amounts of time thinking about, or worrying about, the speed of noncritical parts of their programs, and these attempts at efficiency actually have a strong negative impact when debugging and maintenance are considered. We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the…

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  • 5 Best Smoothies for Coders You Can Easily Copy & Paste

    πŸ«πŸ“πŸ₯’πŸ₯¦πŸ₯• Smoothies can be a perfect choice for coders looking for a healthy and delicious way to fuel their programming sessions. Here are five outstanding smoothie recipes from WeirdSmoothies.com, each offering a unique blend of flavors and health benefits: Beet Carrot Celery Smoothie This smoothie is a simple, nutritious option that combines the earthiness of…

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  • The Art of Clean Code – 17 Principles

    Writing clean and simple code not only constructs the framework of a maintainable and robust application but also harmonizes the collaboration between developers. Let’s unpack the principles laid out in the fourth chapter of “The Art of Clean Code” with real-world examples, data, and facts. So you don’t end up like this poor guy: πŸ‘‡…

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  • The Art of Clean Code – Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

    πŸ’‘ Abstract: As software development complexity spirals and deadlines stretch, embracing the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) can be the lighthouse guiding you through stormy seas. The MVP approach strips a product down to its essence to validate core hypotheses, not only accelerates the feedback loop but also sharpens product-market fit with surgical precision. In this…

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  • The Art of Clean Code – The Pareto Principle in Tech

    If you’re a developer looking to up your coding game, you need to be familiar with the 80/20 rule. Otherwise known as the Pareto Principle, it’s an age-old concept that, when applied to programming, can revolutionize how you approach your workflow and productivity. If you haven’t read it, check out the previous article in this…

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  • The Art of Clean Code – Complexity

    When it comes to productivity, complexity is the bane of your existence. This isn’t just for businesses but individuals as well. Today, let’s dissect where complexity pops up and how it can mess with your ability to get things done. Think about these hurdles a new coder faces: This overwhelming array of choices often leaves…

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  • The Art of Clean Code – Free Book Overview

    Hi, I’m the author of ‘The Art of Clean Code’. This is the first of 10 book chapter summaries I’ll publish in the Finxter newsletter for free. Let’s get started! πŸ‘‡ Once upon a time, Bill Gates’ parents invited legendary investor Warren Buffett to their family home. During a CNBC interview, Warren Buffett shared an…

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  • Top 50 Cutting-Edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) Applications in Manufacturing

    The manufacturing industry is undergoing a significant transformation driven by the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) across various facets of production and operations. These applications represent only a fraction of AI’s potential, with its ability to revolutionize the industry through dynamic scheduling, real-time adjustments, and a data-driven approach to decision-making, ultimately leading to smarter, leaner,…

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  • What’s Not Going to Change in 10 Years? (Jeff Bezos)

    Where change is the only constant (alien technology LLMs!), it’s easy to get caught up in a cycle of chasing the next big thing. However, Amazon’s former CEO, Jeff Bezos, offers a different perspective useful for navigating our careers, enhancing productivity, refining our mindset, and looking toward the future of business and technology: Jeff Bezos:…

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  • 30 Everyday Human Tasks AI Can’t Replace in the Foreseeable Future

    πŸ’‘ TLDR: Do you want to stay on the right side of change? Become an investor. Be reactive, i.e., if somebody needs something from you, give it to them. Embrace the little things that ChatGPT cannot do just yet. Be grateful you’re still needed. Most of us fear the same thing: AI taking on more…

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  • Exploring Role-Play Prompting LLMs – What Does Science Say?

    Large Language Models (LLMs) can sometimes feel like alien technology. In other words, we don’t fully understand how they work or what they’re truly capable of. It’s akin to stone-age people trying to use advanced alien technology, occasionally causing it to spark, leaving us in awe of its magical capabilities. Through billions of trials and…

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  • Merit-Based Iterative Testing (MBIT) – A Modern Business Strategy to Building a Meritocracy with Freelancers

    πŸ’‘ What if you built an organization based on merit, not CVs, human biases, or legacy credentials? You would grow faster at a lower cost! I have written extensively about the benefits of remote work and freelancing in modern organizations. But recently, one of my subscribers asked me to elaborate how to hire freelancers effectively…

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  • Amazon Q and CodeWhisperer in PyCharm – A Visual Installation Guide with Examples

    What Is Amazon CodeWhisperer? Amazon CodeWhisperer is a machine learning-powered coding assistant that provides real-time code recommendations and suggestions. As you write code, CodeWhisperer generates contextually relevant suggestions based on the existing code and comments, ranging from single lines to complete functions. It can scan your code for security issues, enhancing the overall quality and…

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  • Tesla Bot Optimus: Is $5,000 per Share (TSLA) Realistic?

    πŸ’‘ Disclaimer: I own TSLA and this is not investment advice. Most people, when thinking about Tesla, primarily consider its car models like the Model 3, Model S, and the recently launched Cybertruck. Enthusiasts often discuss its role in promoting safe driving, the potential of its robotaxi fleet network, and the expected profits these innovations…

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  • Income Calculator – Your Earnings Percentile in Your Age Group

    Income Calculator To calculate your income percentile (US data), enter your current age and gross income (pre tax) and hit “Calculate”: Enter Your Age: Enter Your Income ($): Calculate Percentile For instance, if you’re 40 years old and you’re making $120,000, you’re in the top 10% of earners: How Did You Calculate This? The data…

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  • Mass Unemployment 2.0 – Luddites Have No Moral High Ground

    Two days ago, I shared this blog article with you and other Finxters: πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Recommended: The Return of Mass Unemployment – Intelligent AI Bots, Expensive Capital, and Recession In the email, I wrote: “As a business owner, I’d rather hire one skilled prompt engineer than ten graphic designers.” I already expected to get some pushback…

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  • Top 16 Charlie Munger Quotes: Fish Where the Fish Are

    In this article, I’ve compiled the 16 greatest quotes by Charlie Munger. I’ve consumed hundreds of hours of video material and myriads of quotes. These are the ones that I found most helpful to help Finxters stay on the right side of change. πŸ‘‡ Life’s Challenges and Opportunities #1 – “Life’s Series of Opportunity Costs”…

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  • Tech Investors Arbitrage Negativity Bias

    The future is bright. Yet, negativity bias is a well-documented phenomenon in cognitive science: As a result, third-party input data flowing into your brain is biased towards negativity.  From LLM training, we know what happens with input data biases – they become output biases ingrained in the neural nets. But any bias is dangerous: “What gets…

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  • Is There a WordPress Shortcut to Format Selected Text as Inline Code?

    Question ⚑ Problem Formulation: If you’re a coder writing articles on WordPress, you often have to make selected text inline_code. The standard approach is to select the text, click the small “v” symbol to expand the formatting options, and choose “Inline code” from the dropdown menu. But this is cumbersome if you have large amounts…

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  • Introducing FinxterGPT — Your State-of-the-Art Learning Experience at Finxter Academy

    As I strolled down memory lane today, my mind wandered back to my university days. Those were times of sitting on crowded lecture hall floors, straining to follow along as professors delved into complex theoretical computer science, for instance. Within minutes, many of us were lost in a sea of jargon, our understanding dwindling with…

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  • 21 Most Profitable Programming Languages in 2024

    This article shows you the most profitable programming languages in the world. I compiled the average income of all programming languages and sorted them in a descending manner in the following table: Job Description Annual Average Income Erlang Developer $138,000 Haskell Developer $126,000 Go Developer $124,000 Scala Developer $119,000 Python Developer $114,000 Solidity Developer $107,000…

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  • Human Software Developers vs ChatGPT – Who’s Better in Fixing GitHub Pull Requests?

    In the age of alien technology — large language models (LLMs), advanced AI and machine learning — it’s easy to fall into the belief that human roles, especially in tasks like software engineering, are on the verge of being replaced. I’m definitely guilty of prematurely announcing various job roles dead, even though they are not…

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  • Forecasting Isn’t Enough: The Art of Riding the Change Tsunami

    The Finxter mission is to help you stay on the right side of change. In this article, I’ll philosophize on the question: Why do some benefit from change while most do not? It’s tough to see through the many layers of societal and cultural obfuscation. But simplification helps, so here’s a simplified categorization into three…

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  • 10 Ways to Get Free AWS Credits

    πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» When looking for ways to get free AWS credits to be used on AWS services such as LLM training for your AI SaaS or EC2 instances, I discovered many resources that provide broken or stale links (or worse, harmful links), so I thought providing this list would be helpful for many Finxters. To obtain…

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  • 10 Tips to Make Full-Time Income as Prompt Engineer

    πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» TLDR: Let’s get started with a quick overview of how you can make a full-time income as a prompt engineer: The Role of a Prompt Engineer As a prompt engineer, your primary responsibility is crafting and refining AI prompts that lead to desired outputs and integrating LLM technology into existing business processes using application…

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  • The War between Tech Deflation & Monetary Inflation βš”οΈ Puts This Guardian on the Map πŸ›‘οΈ

    We live in fascinating times. Turn on the news, and it often feels like the world is on a downward spiral. Stock markets wavering, geo-political tensions, and the looming specter of inflation. But let me let you in on a secret: there’s a significant mismatch between perception and reality. The Rise and Rise of Tech…

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  • Making $1M Every Year with 0 Employees: How an Unassuming Millionaire Coded Photopea All By Himself

    This guy makes an annual profit of $1M+ with zero employees and only $700 yearly maintenance costs. Ivan Kutskir, the solitary force behind Photopea, a free, web-based photo editing tool, has carved out a niche for himself in the competitive world of digital design tools. With over 500K daily users and a staggering annual revenue…

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  • What Tech Career Would Fit Your Personality Type Based on Myers-Briggs’ 16 Personalities? (Online Tool)

    The 16 Personalities refers to a modern adaptation of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which is a psychological tool that aims to categorize individuals into 16 distinct personality types based on four dichotomies: Let’s fool around with my interactive tool that cheekily predicts your tech destiny – because who doesn’t love a bit of fun…

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  • Get First N Google Search Results in Python (Official Way)

    In this article, I’ll share my method of retrieving the first n Google search results for a given keyword and extract the text content from the resulting URLs. The search_google(query, num_results) function performs a search using the Google Custom Search JSON API, with the search query and the desired number of results (num_results) as parameters.…

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  • Software Engineering 2.0 – We Need to Talk About LLMs

    The integration of Large Language Models (LLMs) into software systems introduces a paradigm where stochastic programming becomes a focal point, challenging the deterministic norms that have long been foundational in software engineering. Traditional software engineering approaches, such as unit testing, are predicated on the ability to predict outputs given certain inputs, ensuring that the software…

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  • Disruptive Innovation – A Friendly Guide for Small Coding Startups

    Disruptive innovation, a concept introduced in 1995, has become a wildly popular concept explaining innovation-driven growth. The Disruptive Innovation Model Clayton Christensen’s “Disruptive Innovation Model” refers to a theory that explains how smaller companies can successfully challenge established incumbent businesses. Here’s a detailed breakdown: πŸ“ˆ Disruptive Innovation refers to a new technology, process, or business…

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  • GPT-4 with Vision (GPT-4V) Is Out! 32 Fun Examples with Screenshots

    πŸ’‘ TLDR: GPT-4 with vision (GPT-4V) is now out for many ChatGPT Plus users in the US and some other regions! You can instruct GPT-4 to analyze image inputs. GPT-4V incorporates additional modalities such as image inputs into large language models (LLMs). Multimodal LLMs will expand the reach of AI from mainly language-based applications to…

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  • Notepad++ How to Toggle Line Wrapping/Breaking?

    ⚑ Problem Formulation: In the Notepad++ editor, how to toggle the line wrapping (line break) feature so that long lines do or do not break? βœ… Answer: Go to the top-level View menu and select the Word wrap option (View > Word wrap) to toggle the line break feature on and off. If Word wrap…

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  • Zero to Ph.D. – How to Accomplish Any Task By Going Small First

    A couple of years ago, I watched a TED talk that changed my life.  I had just finished my computer science master’s degree and was starting out as a fresh Ph.D. student in the department of distributed systems… … and I was overwhelmed. There are many computer science students reading the Finxter blog so I…

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  • How to Block A Specific URL on Windows (No Plugin, All Browsers)

    πŸ˜… Would you say it’s possible to invest one minute now to instantly double your productivity? Watch out. The following trick can make you a productivity animal in no time. Here it is: πŸ‘‡ πŸ›‘ Block all websites that are not leading you towards your goal. Extremely simple but powerful nonetheless. Here’s how you do…

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  • Python vs Go – Which Language Should You Choose in 2024

    Both Python and Go are extremely relevant today. Both languages are widely used. Golang fans argue that people flock from Python to the newer and faster language Golang, also known as Go. Is this true? Not really. See this search volume comparison from Google Trends: πŸ‘‡ Go is a much newer language than Python, released…

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  • Best 10 Smoothies for Coders — Boost Your Brainpower in a Sip

    As a coder, you’re probably spending long hours in front of your computer screen, solving complex problems and developing cutting-edge software. During those intense periods, it’s important to keep your energy levels up and your brain fueled with the right nutrients. πŸ‡πŸπŸ‰ Smoothies can be a perfect way to achieve that, and they also serve…

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  • 55 Best Ideas to Make Money with Python

    Python, a powerful, high-level, object-oriented programming language, is used in several domains, such as web development, data science, machine learning, AI, and more, opening many avenues to make money with Python. Let’s get started with the main ways to create Python-based income streams. πŸ“ˆπŸ§‘β€πŸ’»πŸ‘‡ Also, make sure to check out my other two articles on…

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  • Prompt Engineers Use This ChatGPT Prompting Formula

    In this article, we will delve into the art of crafting effective queries (i.e., prompts) for AI language models like ChatGPT, Bard, and Bing. A well-formed prompt can make a significant difference in the quality of the responses you receive, saving you time and effort in refining your questions. We will unveil a simple, adaptable…

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  • From AI Scaling to Mechanistic Interpretability

    Let’s dive into the fascinating world of scaling laws, mechanistic interpretability, and how they impact the development of artificial intelligence. From asking why the universe responds to throwing large amounts of computing power at vast amounts of data to discussing the emergence of specific abilities in AI models, Dario, the CEO of Anthropic AI, provides…

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  • 8 Millionaire Tips to Reach Financial Freedom as a Coder

    If you’re like me, you don’t want to hear tips from people who haven’t been there and done that, so let’s start with a few words on my financial situation: πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» About Me: My investments and business portfolio is worth north of one million USD at the time of writing. While I’m technically financially free…

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  • Unfog Your Brain: 7 Best Tips to Fight Clutter (Garbage-In Garbage-Out)

    With the rising interest in generative AI, all of us are seeking signal in a noisy world. Those passionate about AI understand that a model’s effectiveness is only as good as its input training data. The principle of “Garbage in, Garbage out” applies here. If you regularly consume superficial news with a negativity bias, it’s…

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  • How to Set Goals: A Concise Guide for Success

    Importance of Setting Goals Value of Having a Clear Direction Having clear and well-defined goals is essential for providing individuals with a roadmap to guide their thoughts and actions. By knowing where they want to go and what they wish to achieve, they can effectively concentrate their efforts on the most relevant tasks, leading to…

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  • What is the Optimal Screen Time for Kids by Age: Science-Based Guide for Parents

    As a parent, you might be wondering about the optimal screen time for your kids according to their age. Balancing technology use and the development of your children is essential, and it’s crucial to understand what screen time guidelines are best supported by science. Research has found that for children younger than 2 years, it’s…

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  • Ten Sustainable Career Paths in the Post-AI Economy

    In this exploration, I’ve handpicked ten resilient careers for you. These jobs aren’t just surviving in the wake of AIβ€”they’re thriving, proving that the human touch remains invaluable in our evolving digital world. Let’s dive in and discover how these roles are carving out a sustainable future in the post-AI economy. Short Overview Job Short…

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  • Best Ultra-Wide Monitors for Programming: Top Picks for 2023

    As a programmer, I know how essential having a comfortable and efficient workspace is. One of the critical components of such an environment is the monitor, which significantly affects productivity and reduces eye strain. Ultra-wide monitors have become increasingly popular among programmers due to their extended screen real estate, allowing for better multitasking and more…

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  • How to Sponsor the Finxter Newsletter

    The Finxter newsletter is one of the fastest-growing and largest newsletters in the space. It has grown 100% organically via programming, machine learning, and tech content and word of mouth. The details below were last updated on July 23, 2023. The Numbers Sponsorship Details The Finxter newsletter goes out 5-7 times per week. We only…

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  • I Tried Cognosys.ai: Mind-Blown … Again 🀯

    Cognosys.ai is an innovative AI platform (aka. autonomous AI agent) to make AI more accessible and user-friendly. With their web-based AI agent, you can use large language models (LLMs) in your browser to accomplish complex tasks and improve your decision-making process for various big and small problems in your daily life or business. Here’s a…

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  • Bye Bye Elites πŸ‘‹ ChatGPT Levels the Playing Field in Search Performance and UX vs Google Search

    πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» TLDR: Following OpenAI’s ChatGPT integration into Bing in February 2023, Bing’s traffic increased by 15.8%, while Google’s declined by 1%, a consequential shift considering each 1% change in search market share equates to $2 billion. A recent study compared user behaviors using Google’s keyword-based method and ChatGPT’s conversational approach, involving 95 participants. Despite ChatGPT’s…

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  • AI-Assisted Coding: New Google Research Says How You Should Use It

    As the landscape of technology and machine learning evolves, we’re witnessing a paradigm shift in the field of software development. The advent of AI-powered code-writing assistants, like Github’s Copilot, Alphabet’s DeepMind’s AlphaCode, and Amazon’s CodeWhisperer, is revolutionizing the traditional practice of writing code and molding new development workflows. This Finxter article based on a new…

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  • Finxter Mastermind Group on Discord

    As a premium member, you can join the Finxter Discord Mastermind Group for coders and gain access to a community of like-minded individuals who can help you achieve your coding goals, share knowledge and experience, and provide support and accountability for your work. In the following video, I’ll quickly go over the Discord server and…

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  • Cultural Intelligence: Leveraging Language Skills for Effective Business Communication

    Image credits In today’s interconnected global economy, businesses are increasingly operating in diverse and multicultural environments. Effective communication is vital for successful business interactions, and language skills play a crucial role in bridging cultural gaps and fostering collaboration. Developing cultural intelligence through language learning can significantly enhance business communication and open doors to new opportunities. …

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  • How to Be Great? Be Good, Repeatedly

    Greatness is not about overnight success but multiple periods of repeatable habits. It is not about being better than someone else but about being dependable, disciplined and earned. Many people want to be great but do not want to put in the effort over a sustained period of time to get there. Success comes from…

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  • Six Sexy Benefits of Freelancing Over Employment (2023)

    In one of my previous blogs, I showed you how Finxter Adam went from $0 to $65 per hour with his first Pandas gig on Upwork. Based on email feedback from our 150k Finxters, I’ve learned that Adam’s story sparked inspiration, although I understand it also raised some eyebrows. I respect and appreciate the concerns…

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  • Life, Enhanced: My GPT-4 Story

    This article explores the power of OpenAI’s GPT-4 as a tool for individual creativity and innovation. I’ll discuss how GPT-4 catalyzes personal growth, boosts productivity, and streamlines complex tasks. Challenging conventional wisdom, I argue for the benefits of independent work with GPT-4 over corporate structures. By showcasing practical case studies, I aim to inspire individuals…

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  • Top 20 Profitable Ways to Make Six Figures Online as a Developer (2023)

    In today’s digital world, you have numerous opportunities to make money online, especially as a programmer. With your unique skill set, there are various ways to monetize your passion and expertise to generate a six-figure income. Yeah, coders in the US make six figures on average! The comfort and freedom of working from home have…

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  • The World’s Most Expensive Database: $30 Million per GB

    As data becomes more and more abundant, digital scarcity becomes more valuable. Let me explain. Imagine a world where robots built houses for free. The abundance on one side (=houses) increases the scarcity on the other side (=land). Consequently, prices of land would skyrocket. Similarly, digital bots and generative AI create floods of digital information,…

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  • [Fixed] Gmail Doesn’t Show My Updated Profile Picture

    Problem: Google Doesn’t Show Updated Profile Pic I tried to update my Google profile picture for GSuite which should be visible across all Google products. But once I send an email, the updated new image disappears, and the recipients cannot see it. For recipients, the profile image looks like this: But I want them to…

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  • 30 Creative AutoGPT Use Cases to Make Money Online

    Artificial intelligence has come a long way, and one of the recent breakthroughs in AI technology is AutoGPT. πŸ€– Get ready to learn how it can help you save time and boost your productivity! What Is AutoGPT? πŸ€– Auto-GPT, a truly autonomous AI agent built on OpenAI’s GPT-4 or GPT-3.5 APIs, accomplishes goals in natural…

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  • Make Your Gmail Logo a Gif

    Step 1: Create Your Gif GIFs, short for Graphics Interchange Format, are attention-grabbing! To create GIFs, you can use various online platforms such as Giphy (giphy.com) and Ezgif (ezgif.com) provide user-friendly interfaces to create and customize GIFs from images or video clips. I used PowerPoint to create a simple Gif: How to Make a Gif…

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  • Best 35 Helpful ChatGPT Prompts for Coders (2023)

    As human coders, we need to adapt or die. When Google released its powerful search capabilities a couple of decades ago, we needed to learn their search interface or become irrelevant. Because a coder capable of using search effectively is 10x more productive than one who doesn’t. The same holds for large language models (LLMs),…

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  • How I Integrated ChatGPT with Zapier: Your Simple Guide

    If you’re looking to harness the power of artificial intelligence to automate your work, integrating ChatGPT with Zapier is an excellent way to achieve this. πŸ’‘ ChatGPT, a cutting-edge language model, can help you tackle various tasks with its advanced text generation capabilities. Connecting it to Zapier, a popular automation platform, allows you to create…

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  • Will ChatGPT Kill Our Jobs? Exploring 10 Pros and 10 Cons

    ChatGPT will disrupt millions of jobs due to increased efficiency, cost savings, scalability, 24/7 availability, instant response, language support, human error reduction, reliable data handling, personalized customer experiences, and routine task automation. It cannot (yet) disrupt all jobs due to its lack of human emotion, privacy concerns, dependency on technology, reduced creativity, job losses, misunderstandings…

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  • Your Bright Future: Embrace Change, Niche Down, and Chill 😎

    I recently wrote in one of my emails that you should seek to “try out new and unconventional ways to approach life. The old ways will not work forever. Don’t take your parents’ advice (or even mine) because they would’ve told you the world market for computers is a couple of dozens, Bitcoin is stupid…

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  • Executive Summary of Bill Gates’ The Age of AI has begun

    πŸ’‘ This article summarizes Bill Gates’ article on “The Age of AI has begun” but focuses on the most important ideas for ease and speed of reading. I left the overall structure intact but reduced the text by approximately 70%. Time savings with average reading speed: 9 minutes. βŒ› πŸ’‘ In the article, Bill Gates…

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  • 50% Growth Rate Plus Time πŸ“ˆ A Formula to Harness Exponential Growth

    In today’s rapidly evolving world, embracing exponential growth can be the key to success. To harness this growth, two crucial elements must be considered: In this article, I’ll delve into exponential growth, πŸš€ discuss how to identify promising opportunities and explore the role of time in achieving success. The Power of Exponential Growth Exponential growth…

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  • Break Things and Be on the Right Side of Change in the Exponential World

    Here’s the drumbeat they’ve been pounding in your ears 24/7: πŸ₯ AIs will take your job, your income, your livelihood, your purpose, and eventually your life. I assume you belong to either Group A or Group B: And I have to say, worrying about your future is understandable because you will either become irrelevant without…

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  • 1 Billion Coders – Prompting Is The New Programming

    Introduction πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» Prompting and GPT-4πŸ’‘ Main argument: Prompting is programming for the masses The recent release of GPT-4 has taken the tech world by storm, providing powerful AI-driven solutions that transform how we work and interact with technology. πŸ’‘ Recommended: GPT-4 is Out! A New Language Model on Steroids One such groundbreaking innovation is “Prompting”,…

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  • The Future of Work: Which Jobs are at Risk of Automation?

    The rise of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the nature of work across industries and occupations. πŸš€ With the rise of ChatGPT, many of us fear for our jobs. Can we get more insights on which types of jobs are more susceptible to disruption? This article attempts to answer this question based on…

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  • Cracking the Code to a Better Life: How Learning to Code Can Satisfy the 8 Life Forces

    As human beings, we are driven by a number of basic needs and desires that motivate us to take action and pursue our goals. This includes things like survival, enjoyment of life, sexual companionship, comfortable living conditions, and more. I believe learning to code is a powerful way to satisfy many of these profound life…

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  • A Simple Hack to Becoming the World’s Best Person in Something as an Average Guy

    Millionaires are made at the top of the income distribution. For example, have a look at the following Pareto distribution exemplifying how only the top sports players make all the money: If you want to earn a million dollars quickly, you need to become one of the top people in the world at something the…

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  • Python Int to String with Leading Zeros

    To convert an integer i to a string with leading zeros so that it consists of 5 characters, use the format string f'{i:05d}’. The d flag in this expression defines that the result is a decimal value. The str(i).zfill(5) accomplishes the same string conversion of an integer with leading zeros. Challenge: Given an integer number.…

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  • IQ Just Got 10,000x Cheaper: Declining Cost Curves in AI Training

    “I am not interested in hearing ridiculous Utopian rants.” said one reader of yesterday’s Finxter newsletter on my note on declining cost curves and the implied disruptions. I’ll include a screenshot of the email here: πŸ’‘ Info: Declining cost curves refer to the trend of production costs decreasing over time as technology and production processes…

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  • What Would Jesus Say? Creating a ChatGPT Mastermind with Jesus, Gandhi, Musk, and Gates

    This will blow your mind. 🀯🀯🀯 Imagine you could have a daily chat about your personal dreams, goals, and problems with your heroes such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Jesus Christ. Would your life change? In today’s tutorial, you’ll learn how to use ChatGPT to create a mastermind group with Elon Musk, Bill Gates,…

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  • Stop Writing Messy Code! A Helpful Guide to Pylint

    As a Python developer, you know how important it is to write high-quality, error-free code. But let’s face it – sometimes it’s hard to catch every little mistake, especially when working on large projects or collaborating with a team. That’s where Pylint comes in. Pylint is like a trusty sidekick for your code, helping you…

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  • Guided Meditation for Coders to Relieve Stress and Gain Clarity

    Scroll down to watch the guided meditation video! πŸ‘‡ Meditation has numerous benefits for coders, including reduced stress, increased focus, and improved productivity. πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ By taking a few minutes to quiet the mind and focus on the breath, coders can reduce anxiety and increase their ability to concentrate on complex programming tasks. Meditation can also…

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  • [Fixed] Sendy Loading Lists Not Working (Loads Forever)

    If you’re landing here, chances are you run a Sendy instance on Amazon EC2 hosting “Simple Email Service (SES)” for email marketing and experience the following problem: Here’s a screenshot on my Sendy instance — the lists don’t load! How to Fix? To fix these two errors, you simply need a bigger Amazon EC2 instance…

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  • How to Jailbreak ChatGPT (… and What’s 1 BTC Worth in 2030?)

    ChatGPT has reduced the price for intelligence by 10,000x. However, many believe the answers are too politically correct, woke, or generic. For example, ask ChatGPT about the price of Bitcoin in the year 2030 and you’ll get the following mouthful: To play with a more interesting version of ChatGPT and get “unfiltered” and sometimes extreme…

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  • 10 Essential Skills for Python Practitioners and Tools to Master Them (2023)

    Python is one of the most powerful and versatile programming languages available today. It is used in multiple fields, including web development, data science, artificial intelligence, and more. As a result, Python practitioners need to have a broad range of skills to be successful. Here, we will discuss the top 10 skills to learn as…

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  • The Innovator’s Dilemma [Summary]

    1-Sentence Summary The Innovator’s Dilemma provides a critical analysis of how disruptive technologies can revolutionize markets and explains how companies can stay competitive in the face of disruptive change. Short Summary Quote: “One theme common to all of these failures, however, is that the decisions that led to failure were made when the leaders in…

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  • What ChatGPT Thinks About The Matrix – Do This to Break Free!

    With delight, my wife and I realized that our daughter was now old enough to watch the Matrix Trilogy. If you don’t know the story, here’s a short recap: 😎 Story Recap: The Matrix Trilogy tells the story of Neo, a computer hacker who discovers that the world he knows is actually an elaborate virtual…

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  • Millionaire Business Habit – Calculate the Return on Your Invested Time

    For months, I focused on Facebook marketing, only to realize one day that this activity destroyed my time without generating any value for myΒ Finxter.comΒ users and myself. I developed the habit of calculating the ROI for one activity every day. The result of this simple activity blew my mind and changed the whole game for my…

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  • $821,000 Ethereum Value per Solidity Developer

    Ethereum’s Total Value Locked (TVL) is $28,000,000,000 USD and Ethereum’s market cap is $193,000,000,000 USD. Based on my estimations below, there are at most 269,000 monthly active Solidity developers. Therefore, the Ethereum TVL per Solidity developer is more than $104,000, and the Ethereum market cap per Solidity developer is more than $717,000. So for all…

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  • 20 Real-Life Skills You Need as a UI Developer in 2023

    I have created many apps throughout my career. Some apps, such as the Finxter Python learning app, have reached millions of users over the years. While I’m not a professional web designer (by education), I was taught the hard way (by trial and error) that there are some crucial and timeless skills you need to…

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  • Reading 365 Books in 365 Days Possible? Yes, with ChatGPT!

    It’s no surprise that many of us are looking for ways to increase our productivity. After all, an increase in productivity can mean an increase in our income and a better quality of life. But how can we achieve such a lofty goal of boosting your productivity? Enter ChatGPT, the revolutionary new artificial intelligence technology…

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  • Atlas Shrugged: 1200 Pages in 5 Minutes

    In this quick article, I’ll show you my deep dive into the book “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand. This is useful if you don’t want to spend 20-25 hours reading the ~1,200 pages but you still want to be able to grasp the main ideas. I used OpenAI’s ChatGPT to explore the main ideas —…

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