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The End of Affordable Travel – 2069 – Medium
It could well be that future generations spend a fraction of the time we do today in transit but see far more of the world. Like preindustrial humans, they may work mostly in their homes
travel  future  work  climate 
5 weeks ago by deusx
What's a senior engineer's job? - Julia Evans
most (all?) of the senior engineers I know take on a significant amount of helping-other-people work in addition to their individual programming work. The challenge I see me/my coworkers struggling with today isn’t so much “what?? I have to TALK TO PEOPLE?? UNBELIEVABLE.” and more “wait, how do I balance all of this leadership work with my individual contributions / programming work in a way that’s sustainable for me? How much of what kind of work should I be doing?“
career  engineering  senior  work  development 
october 2018 by deusx
15 rules for communicating at GitHub » Ben Balter
GitHub’s communication style can be summed up in one word: asynchronous.
github  communication  management  work 
november 2014 by deusx
The Old Guard – Rands in Repose
The Old Guard is the cultural bellwether of the company. I believe that culture is a slippery thing to fully define, but I do believe it is the responsibility of the Old Guard to not only take the time to define the key values that are the pillars of that culture, to communicate the nuance of those values over and over again, and, lastly, when it becomes apparent they are no longer serving the company, they must be willing to let those values evolve.
work  culture  management 
november 2014 by deusx
The Future of Work is "Turking for Uber" and you Won't Like it
80-90% of the work that is currently being done will be automated in the next 20-30 years.
to:twitter  work  future  turking  uber 
october 2014 by deusx
DISTRIBUTED: Remote Employees are Happier, Healthier and More Productive | Intridea Blog
Yep, you read that right. While it’s no surprise that remote employees are happier than their commuting counterparts, many business owners are shocked to learn distributed employees are also more productive. How could that be? It’s actually pretty simple. Psychologists have proven time and again that a happy employee is also a productive employee.
distributed  remote  work  productivity 
june 2014 by deusx
Social loafing: A meta-analytic review and theoretical integration. - PsycNET - DOI Landing page
"Social loafing is the tendency for individuals to expend less effort when working collectively than when working individually. A meta-analysis of 78 studies demonstrates that social loafing is robust and generalizes across tasks and S populations. A large number of variables were found to moderate social loafing. Evaluation potential, expectations of co-worker performance, task meaningfulness, and culture had especially strong influence. These findings are interpreted in the light of a collective effort model that integrates elements of expectancy-value, social identity, and self-validation theories. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)"
psychology  socialloafing  work  collaboration  to:fb 
june 2014 by deusx
Ken's Programming Blog: I Knew a Programmer that Went Completely Insane
It may be hard to swallow but the extra effort and hours that you put into your job as a software developer does not usually amount to someone higher up thinking you should run the company. It has been my experience that good producers are more likely to be asked to continue to produce. If they moved you to a higher position and better pay then who would produce the software?
to:fb  productivity  work  software  dev  humanity 
april 2013 by deusx
How the internet is making us poor – Quartz
Barring a civilization-ending event, technology is not going to move backward. More and more of our world will be controlled by software. It’s already become so ubiquitous that, argues one of my colleagues, it’s now ridiculous to call some firms as “tech” companies when all companies depend on it so much.
to:fb  automation  software  future  work  economy  jobs  technology 
april 2013 by deusx
Kanban? No, it can't
That's an... interesting perspective: "Kanban is a paternalistic project management theory that aims to set developers on the right path. It promotes the idea that the manager is the arbiter of success and the deliverer of change. And like its forbear Scrum, its major proponents are those who don’t code for a living."
to:fb  work  process  coding  dev  scrum  agile  kanban 
november 2012 by deusx
Deconstructing Agile Communication
We need to return to the communication medium of writing as a skilled, and sometimes arduous craft. We should favour neither speech nor writing above each other, or as binary opposites. Both mechanisms should exist equally in our world and each be used correctly in their appropriate contexts.
to:fb  agile  work  dev 
november 2012 by deusx
Who Killed the Twinkie? : The New Yorker
Perhaps the most striking response to the Hostess news, in that sense, was the tweet from conservative John Nolte, who wrote “Hostess strikers had pension. PENSIONS! What is this 1962?” It was once taken for granted that an industrial worker who worked for a big company for many years would get a solid middle-class lifestyle, and would be taken care of in retirement. Today, that concept seems to many like a relic. Just as Wonder Bread does.
to:fb  unions  politics  twinkies  work 
november 2012 by deusx
Work-from-home Wednesdays — The Connected Company — Medium
I’d be surprised if a policy like this didn’t make teams more productive. I’m going to try it.
to:fb  work  productivity  life 
november 2012 by deusx
Write Code That Works by Reid Burke
If you’re writing tests for code that’s rapidly changing, you’re going to spend more of your time writing tests instead of shipping features. For code that’s brand new, I typically only test-first a small amount of code and wait a while before hitting that green bar on a code coverage report.
tests  code  work 
september 2012 by deusx
Nick Bradbury: Old Farts Know How to Code
"Old farts" are often excluded from that culture, not because we're lousy coders but because we won't put up with that shit. We have lives, we have families, we have other things that are important to us. We're not about to sleep at our desks and trade watching our kids grow up for the promise of striking it rich. Especially when the people who really strike it rich aren't the ones writing code.
coding  programming  life  work  career  shit  to:fb 
may 2012 by deusx
Bring back the 40-hour work week -
Robinson writes: “If they came to work that drunk, we’d fire them — we’d rightly see them as a manifest risk to our enterprise, our data, our capital equipment, us and themselves. But we don’t think twice about making an equivalent level of sleep deprivation a condition of continued employment.”
work  hours  psychology  productivity  life  health 
march 2012 by deusx
Stop whining and start hiring remote workers - (37signals)
Every day I read a new article about some company whining about how hard it is to hire technical staff. Invariably it turns out that they’re only looking for people within a commuters distance of their office. I refuse to feel sorry for such companies.
telecommuting  work  remote 
january 2012 by deusx
Watch a VC use my name to sell a con. | jwz
He's telling you the story of, "If you bust your ass and don't sleep, you'll get rich" because the only way that people in his line of work get richer is if young, poorly-socialized, naive geniuses believe that story! Without those coat-tails to ride, VCs might have to work for a living. Once that kid burns out, they'll just slot a new one in.
work  life  startups  business  jwz  vc 
november 2011 by deusx
Digital Badges May Highlight Job Seekers’ Skills -
“What people are learning in school is often not connected to the world of work,” she said. “Badges can fill that gap. They can be a kind of glue to connect informal and formal learning in and out of school.” If valued, they might also inspire students to accomplish new tasks.
badges  learning  work  mozilla 
november 2011 by deusx
You're a developer, so why do you work for someone else? - Intermittent Intelligence
As a developer, you are sitting on a goldmine. Do you even realize it? No, seriously, a @#$% goldmine!

Never in modern history has it been so easy to create something from scratch, with little or no capital and a marketing model that is limited only by your imagination.
tech  work  life  jobs 
november 2011 by deusx
Yield Thought, Work Is Fascinating: The Metagame
"I started thinking about programmer performance a while ago. Everybody will tell you that you can’t measure programmer productivity, but this is at best a half-truth. We can, and we should. Perhaps what we shouldn’t do is use those measurements to compare programmers to each other, but we can definitely measure ourselves."
productivity  programming  work  development  automation 
november 2011 by deusx
Yield Thought, I swapped my MacBook for an iPad+Linode
Thinking I might have to try this with the ASUS Transformer I have. "On September 19th, I said goodbye to my trusty MacBook Pro and started developing exclusively on an iPad + Linode 512. This is the surprising story of a month spent working in the cloud."
cloud  mobile  work  ipad  linode  programming 
november 2011 by deusx
Coffee & Power: Work For Each Other, Not The Man
Coffee & Power is what Rosedale calls a "meta-company," a framework for doing business with no managers or middlemen, all arranged through a website, an iPhone app and the workclub. The site, the app and the first workclub on Market Street in San Francisco all go live today after a rapidly developed beta period starting this summer. Workers of the world, take notice: this San Francisco startup wants to make each of us the boss.
work  coffee 
november 2011 by deusx
Goodreads | Quote by Ira Glass: "Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I w..."
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
iraglass  writing  creativity  work 
april 2011 by deusx
The scariest pricing idea ever. That works. | The Freelancery
"Call it ‘fill-in-the-blank’ invoicing. Or ‘pay what you want’ pricing.<br />
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The notion is, you do the work first, then let the client decide how much to pay for it."
work  pricing  freelance  career  billing  from delicious
april 2010 by deusx
How to Have a Productive First Week in a New Job as a Remote Employee
"One of the most difficult periods in any job is the first few weeks, while you are getting to know your team, the company and your new job. It can be a difficult time for any employee, but it can be even more difficult for employees who are working in remote offices or telecommuting. Getting to know the team and understanding the company culture are much more difficult when you aren’t sitting in the corporate office with the rest of your team. However, there are plenty of things that you can do as a remote employee, or as an employer of remote employees, to make that first week a little easier on everyone."
telecommuting  work  career  productivity  from delicious
april 2010 by deusx
Evolving Web: Scotch, Apples and Time to Think
"Sometimes walking away from the computer is the best way to use the computer."
work  productivity  knowledge  from delicious
march 2010 by deusx
5 reasons why your company should be distributed «
"Your employees will love it ... You can hire great people wherever you find them ... You will use better communication tools ... You can still be social ... Your offices will be more fun"
automattic  telecommuting  work  career  business  management  coworking  distributed  culture  from delicious
march 2010 by deusx
Alex Payne — Don't Be A Hero
Cue the Tina Turner... o/` We don't need another hero o/` "Managers: stop rewarding people for pulling long hours. Don’t punish them, of course, but rephrase the conversation within your company. If someone is working at four in the morning, something is deeply wrong. Figure out what’s broken and delegate the work out evenly across your team such that it doesn’t happen again. Don’t pat your hero on the back for “pulling another late-nighter”. You’re clearly managing someone highly motivated, but you need to shape that motivation into something more constructive. That energy needs to go into design, architecture, planning, and testing, not late night patch sessions."
heroes  work  process  dev  from delicious
january 2010 by deusx
Work Excuses 1 Thru 200
"Please fell free to use any of the excuses listed below. And Employers, please stay out of here, unless you have something to add! We don't need you knowing how we came up with our latest excuse!"
excuses  work  touselater  funny  system:has:for 
august 2009 by deusx
Take 18 Minutes to Keep Your Days on Track - Time management - Lifehacker
"Basically, you'll start the day off right by grabbing a sheet of paper and writing down the goals which you can realistically accomplish that day. The important part is to immediately assign time slots to those tasks by order of importance and difficulty because these designated times make you more likely to accomplish your goals and give you a way of tracking your progress once every hour. At the end of the work day, you'll take a few minutes to review not just the last hour, but the entire day."
productivity  goals  lifehacks  gtd  tips  work  focus 
july 2009 by deusx
No Machine Can Do My Job As Resentfully As I Can | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"In today's increasingly mechanized world, where the bottom line so often takes precedence over human considerations, the working man never knows how long it will be before he is replaced by a machine. It's no secret that some in management at Gillian's Fish Products, where I work, feel that automation would improve productivity and quality control. But what they don't understand is that they will lose something far more valuable if employees are let go: the resentful human touch."
work  resentfully  human  theonion 
june 2009 by deusx
Lessons Learned: Work in small batches
"Software should be designed, written, and deployed in small batches.Small batches mean faster feedback. Small batches mean problems are instantly localized. Small batches reduce risk. Small batches reduce overhead. "
development  software  work  productivity  testing  process 
june 2009 by deusx
Rands In Repose: The Pond
"I don’t know what the hell this remote person is doing, so I’m going to assume he’s stumbling around the house in his underwear." Been there, done that, still closed bugs and checked in code.
telecommuting  work  career 
april 2009 by deusx
Remote Revolution: Why Digital Natives Will Usher in the Remote Revolution
"As it has been mentioned before on this blog and will continue to be addressed, the single greatest hindrance for the remote revolution is simply tradition. With an influx of highly skilled information-ready workers who can present a compelling case for telecommuting, resistance will become increasingly difficult."
telecommuting  work  internet 
april 2009 by deusx
Why Discovering Your Obsession Can Lead to Your Greatness | Zen Habits
"If you want to be good at something, you have to to be obsessive. You have to do the thing all the time, and when you’re not doing it, you have to be thinking about doing it. Why do you think business people who make millions are so good at it? They’re always doing business. Even when they’re not working, they’re thinking about better ways to do business. Same with the greatest writers and painters. They obsess all the time. Ruby, if you want to be good at writing, you need to be obsessive about it."
obsessions  goals  work  motivation  productivity 
october 2008 by deusx
Charlie's Diary: On finishing
"I'm feeling pretty weird right now; I've just finished a novel."
writing  novels  scifi  work  books 
october 2008 by deusx
tech ramblings » Blog Archive » A Year at Mozilla
Thinking I'd have sentiments similar to this after a year working for the lizard. "The Mozilla firehose takes a while to absorb, but finally it dawns on you that this place is really really different from other companies, and in a very good way. John Lilly was calling it “chaord” which is an excellent description - pushing control and responsibility out to the edges. In some ways it reminds me of academia, with regard to both the autonomy we have and the rigor in the way we do things, in other ways the organic anarchy of many other Open Source projects."
mozilla  @lxt  work 
september 2008 by deusx
A New Way to Work
"four Ann Arbor companies take a similar approach to how their workspaces are unconventionally arranged. SRT Solutions, Google Ad Words, Dynamic Edge, and Menlo Innovations – all leading companies in software development and technology consulting – are kicking down the proverbial walls, and opening up their work spaces to encourage productivity, creativity, and above all, interaction and open, free-form collaboration amongs their employees."
anticube  work  annarbor  michigan 
august 2008 by deusx
MiLife MiTimes : What Everyone Must Know About the Brain Drain Myth in Michigan
"But many of our young people soon return to their friends, their family and their home state. After all, in Michigan, the quality of life is high while the cost of living is low."
michigan  braindrain  work 
june 2008 by deusx
Announcing The Takeover! : The Murverse
"The Takeover is an audio drama that covers the merger between a web design company and Zombinc, a premier staffing service. Only, zombies run Zombinc, which causes for some workplace stress."
funny  podcasts  work  webdev 
may 2008 by deusx
Coworking: Solo But Not Alone
"But being tied to the house isn't the antidote for being tied to the office, which is why coworking – working together, but separately – is gaining momentum in Ann Arbor and around the world."
coworking  annarbor  work 
april 2008 by deusx
Become a victim of the OBSIDIAN blackout — and make history | 7th Son: J.C. Hutchins' Podcast Novel Trilogy
"Now, you’re not an actor. You’re not a movie director. But you’re more than capable of creating creative, compelling, “authentic” content, because you are a creative, compelling, authentic individual. Be confident in your abilities. I have abso
creativity  writing  work  jchutchins  7thson  podcasting  fiction 
april 2008 by deusx
Take my book. It's free. / Giving away books as podcasts is new way to promote sales
"By rising to prominence without the financial backing of a mega-publisher, Sigler has defied the industry's modus operandi"
podcasting  writing  work  marketing 
april 2008 by deusx
Anatomy of a ‘Blogging will kill you’ story: Why I didn’t make the cut | Between the Lines |
"If you’re stressed out over 5,000 RSS feeds chances are good you’d be stressed by any profession you chose."
blogging  writing  stress  work  life 
april 2008 by deusx
Nick Bradbury: Throwing Away Your Code
"When you see software which shows great attention to detail, keep in mind that some poor sleep-deprived geek spent weeks refining those details, even though they'd rather be playing Rock Band."
programming  yagni  rockband  work  details 
april 2008 by deusx
AntiRSI -
"AntiRSI is a program for Mac OS X that helps prevent RSI (repetitive strain injury) and other computer related stress. It does so by forcing you to take regular breaks, yet without getting in the way"
osx  work  rsi  software 
april 2008 by deusx
Laplander Lap Desk - Portable Lap Desk, Laptop Desk, Wood Lap Desk - Levenger
"This portable lap desk gives you a comfortable way to read or work in a chair, on a sofa or in bed"
wishlist  work  lapdesks 
april 2008 by deusx
Cafe Witness: 5 Tips for Freelancers
"Thus, please allow my failures to pave the way for your success -- and my own."
freelance  work  tips 
march 2008 by deusx
Up With Grups - The Ascendant Breed of Grown-Ups Who Are Redefining Adulthood -- New York Magazine
"It’s about reimagining adulthood as a period defined by promise, rather than compromise. And who can’t relate to that?"
work  life  career  adulthood  growingup 
march 2008 by deusx
You Weren't Meant to Have a Boss
"The restrictiveness of big company jobs is particularly hard on programmers, because the essence of programming is to build new things."
work  career  jobs  startups 
march 2008 by deusx
Kevin Kelly -- The Technium
"I don't know the actual true number, but I think a dedicated artist could cultivate 1,000 True Fans, and by their direct support using new technology, make an honest living. I'd love to hear from anyone who might have settled on such a path."
microstardom  creation  creativity  artists  music  podcasting  work 
march 2008 by deusx
Notional Slurry » There are exactly two ways: one, and many
"So a generalist pays the rent, in the end, by having a reputation (social capital) and a wide-ranging interest (intellectual capital) and trading those for money."
life  work  career 
march 2008 by deusx
Not An Employee
"We do not work for you. You do not work for us. We choose to work together."
coworking  employment  work  career  freelance  annarbor 
february 2008 by deusx
Why Crunch Mode Doesn't Work
"Indeed the evidence for the 8 hour day, 5 days a week has been around and in practice since 1926"
productivity  work 
january 2008 by deusx
Mark Bernstein: NeoVictorian Computing 5: Brushstrokes
"We should expect to learn. Sophisticated tools require study and effort, and they repay that effort by letting us do things we could not do otherwise"
compsci  programming  software  craftsmanship  work 
october 2007 by deusx
The Journal of Joe The Peacock. Yay.: An unordered list of thoughts I had during a conference call with a potential client today
"Where's my gun? I know I own one somewhere... Even if it's a toy gun, at least I can disassemble it and choke on the small internal parts."
webdev  funny  work 
october 2007 by deusx
Dopp Juice » Blog Archive » How to Make a Cranky Team Happy
"They were only four-for-a-dollar. I just couldn’t resist…"
team  collaboration  work  management  fun 
august 2007 by deusx
Web Worker Daily » Blog Archive How to Cope with Job Burnout «
"Even if you love your work, there will be times when it no longer fills you with passion and energy."
burnout  career  work  webdev 
july 2007 by deusx
ASCII by Jason Scott: Fails Under Load
"If you refuse to recognize its importance, if you think of people issues as minor annoyances towards a glory of a newly minted era of freedom midwifed by connectivity, your project will fail under load."
web20  webdev  future  work  collaboration  net 
july 2007 by deusx
The ( War Room on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"Gathering our forces to do battle against another day's worth of action items."  photos  yahoo  delicious  warroom  team  work 
march 2007 by deusx
John Manoogian III » Blog Archive » Why I Left
"I felt that by living in Detroit, I was working harder than I would in other cities to connect with people who understood the sorts of projects that I love to build, and that it was really hard to find audiences and collaborators for, well, most things i
jm3  creative  organic  sanfrancisco  work 
january 2007 by deusx
It's Not Just Standing Up: Patterns of Daily Stand-up Meetings
"This is my attempt to communicate some of the previously tacit knowledge on the benefits and consequences of common practices for daily stand-ups"
meetings  standups  scrum  work 
january 2007 by deusx
Web Worker Daily » Blog Archive An Afternoon, Co-Working at the Hat Factory «
"A friend emailed and told me to come check out an open house for the Hat Factory, a Coworking community space in San Francisco’s semi-industrial Dogpatch neighborhood"
coworking  hatfactory  work  career 
january 2007 by deusx
Rands In Repose: Ninety Days
"Your job interview isn't over until you've changed to become part of a new team."
career  jobs  work 
january 2007 by deusx
The Ambassador from the Next Economy
"Just as some people are obsessed with money and are willing to do boring things day in and day out to be wealthy, I’m obsessed with always being in a state of wonder."
wow  joiito  gaming  collaboration  work  future 
september 2006 by deusx
Powazek: Just a Thought: The Art of No
"When you say "why" instead of "no", you open a design conversation that can help inform both sides."
may 2006 by deusx
Amazon Mechanical Turk
'Amazon Mechanical Turk provides a web services API for computers to integrate "artificial, artificial intelligence" directly into their processing by making requests of humans.'
nifty  work  webservices  amazon  web20 
november 2005 by deusx
Re-engineering life interruptions | InfoWorld | Column | 2005-10-26 | By Jon Udell
"If living in a state of continuous partial attention is the permanent new reality, let’s engineer our interruptions to be subtle, natural, and pleasing to the senses."
lifehacks  infofreako  infovore  work  cpa 
october 2005 by deusx - top 10 ways to look busy at work
"I worked with this amazing software engineer who did about 5x more programming work in quality and quantity than the brightest guy in the company."
work  funny  office 
october 2005 by deusx
CLAWS: Creating Livable Alternatives to Wage Slavery
"We're a pro-leisure and anti-wage-slavery group of people dedicated to exploring the question: why work?"
living  work  employment 
april 2005 by deusx
Varifrank: Changing the world - One cable modem at a time.
"The work is now where you are, rather than the other way around."
work  future 
february 2005 by deusx
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