Danny O'Brien's talk for ETCON 2004
is called, "Life Hacks: Tech Secrets of Overprolific Alpha Geeks." He's collecting tips from nerds for managing information and tasks at high density, and he wants to hear from you:
* Got to be geeks. There are plenty of books and guides for people who are managers or generally interested in organising their lives. I think geeks have their own problems and solutions. I leave "geek" deliberately undefined. You know what I mean.
* Don't got to be famous. If you know someone who you think is the best-organised geek you've ever seen, put their name down (or mail me, if you'd like to preserve their privacy. Famous people get picked for this list because we've both heard of them. There are plenty of my friends I'll be hobnobbing for this, and if your friends fit, I'd like to chat to them too.
* Don't worry about the genius thing. I'm well aware that Alan Cox or Linus Torvalds get most of their work done just be being naturally very good at programming. Doesn't matter. I'm still curious to see how they work. And why shouldn't people who are fantastic at coding get some hints on how to organise their lives from their peers, too? Just because you can code a reverse compiler in your sleep doesn't mean you pay your phone bill on time.
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