One of the best things you can do for your personal productivity (and the productivity of those you manage) is to make sure that people have the right tools for the job.
To keep it brief: monitors are cheap, your time is expensive. 23″ and even 27″ 1920×1080 monitors are regularly on sale. Check the usual suspects: SIG Electronics, Newegg, NCIX, TigerDirect. Full disclosure: I have no financial interest, and I don’t get an affiliate marketing fee; I just feel strongly about this, and I worked on a laptop with a great external monitor both in my home office and my corporate and consulting offices for years. It makes a big difference!
OK, this is waaay more technical than most of the things that I reference, and I apologize to those of you who are innocently reading along, expecting my usual software engineering from the management perspective entries and links.
…but this is really good. Read the gist of it; if you are involved in software, you really ought to know: code rot is real, challenging, and is all about unmaintained and unreleased code.
Thanks to Bruce Rennie for pointing this out at work.
We’re not there yet, folks. I’m thrilled about the upturn in the market for the past three days (and you should be, too). At this point there’s a horde of people panicked to get their money out. They will. This will drive the market down. That’s completely natural.
This will happen a few times before the next great bull rush.
Don’t worry about it. Relax. Dollar cost average your way into the market, and keep in mind: up or down, in 5 years or so, this will have been a very good time to invest.