Martin Betz


January 31, 2020

Distraction-free Email with Mailmate on Mac

Email can eat up all your attention or can be a power tool to purposefully connect with your world. Setting a timebox is my tactic. I only read and answer mails in this slot. During the day I still want to send and find emails, so I want to avoid seeing new emails that might derail me from my initi…

January 29, 2020

How to use Apple Calendar with Pomodoro

Breaking down your day in many small 25 minutes blocks is called Pomodoro. Visualizing and managing these blocks can be challenging. Luckily Apple Calendar helps with it. These are my best practices:Create an extra calendar just for day planningInstead of the default 1 hour blocks, you can set the…

January 27, 2020


Eine gute Frage kann ein Gespräch eröffnen, am Leben halten und es spannend machen. Es gibt eine Reihe von Büchern, in denen Ideen für Fragen aufgelistet sind.Das bekannteste Buch ist sicher Max Frisch' Fragebogen.Hier stelle ich eine Reihe von weiteren Büchern kurz vor:Krogerus/Tschäpeller: Kinder…

January 6, 2020

Laravel blogs to follow via RSS

There are many high quality blogs on Laravel and related topics, such as Tailwind, Livewire, AlpineJS and VueJS. There are some well-known bloggers, such as Freek and Matt Stauffer, but also some lesser-known yet excellent ones.Here are the direct links to the RSS feeds, the list is sorted alphabet…

December 27, 2019

Simple user roles in Laravel

If you do only have roles for your users – such as admin, contributor and user – and you want to restrict access to routes only, advanced (and excellent) packages may be too heavy for you.Let me show you how to solve this authorization problem very easily.Your user model needs an extra field to sto…

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