Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Sikko2Go's newDiscoveries

  • Server Side Guy
    Chris Justus' Blog about bug tracking, web services etc. Bumped into it via del.icio.us popular, referring to an article about how the newest feature originating from Google
    Google Suggest works. Definetely worth a read!

  • Make Acrobat Reader 6 Load Faster
    I'm always looking for ways to make my digital life easier, and this especially was one of the annoyances I had. I'm doing all my homebased surfing on a 128MB Pentium-III/600 laptop. It works OK as long as you're not starting apps for the first time. the Reader takes about 50 seconds to completely 'boot' and display a document

On Speaking Terms

On of the things making it difficult for me as having no CS background, is the words people tend to use every now and then ...what on earth is a property accessor (fifth paragraph) anyway?

[disclaimer: please note the aforementioned blogs is a very good one. It's even in my subscription list. I only referred to it having a slightly geeky style, showing more knowledge on the subject, and / or more having a slightly :) more substantial audience than my own little blog]

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Prductivity is linearly related to concentration

Read a very interesting post over at the Coding Horror blog, called This is your Anti-Productivity Pod

It's a wonderful explanation of what I see the main problem at my work: productivity loss due to an enourmous amount of distraction during the day. I'm working in what we in the Netherlands call an office garden, a huge open room in which about a dozen people work, make telephone calls, talk about their children and last holidays, about politics, about ... well, work-related stuff also. Besides, there's no real hallway, that's on one side of the open room, so lot's of people are passing by. Apart from that, in my function I try to combine being a programmer and sysadmin at the same time. So there's a low bar for people to access me with all kinds of questions. Of course, that's what I chose for when accepting this job, so I shouldn't wine.

However, I try to cope by trying to judge whether questions asked orally can also handled by email: in that case I ask people that the next time they fire up Outlook for these kind of things. Also, I power down my mail client every now and then. Another thing is: I try to be in the office around as early as possible, giving me about an hour of quietness before most of my coworkers arrive.

What I do recognize is the much bespoken rule of 15-minutes-till-flow-arrives. In my case it's maybe in the order of ten minutes, but even then it's very irritating to be disturbed just every quarter of an hour. O, and what also helps is just opening up a window every now and then: the airco is just not capable of preventing headaches cropping up in the course of the day. Well, a whole bunch of them, all by itself small things, but combined they help me tremendously in coping with the everyday noise factor here at the office

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Loads of freeware, yummie

Check out http://www.techsupportalert.com/best_46_free_utilities.htm, a list with lots of freeware programs. I'm really fond of freeware, as long as it's also free of bugs. Already seen my favorite text editor EditPad and 'brain'program KeyNote. The last one is a 'tabbed notes' program, an excellent way to store all kinds of information in an easy way.

Via The Daily Grind and Joel's Virtual Desktop

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Addicted to Del.icio.US

Discovered yesterday what Del.icio.us is. Of all the things it is, the most obvious to me right now is: addictive! What a great, being a bit geeky text based interface, way of exploring the internet. It's just so simple and intuitive... don't hesitate and just give give it a try
Just wanted to let you know...