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.
Where are our petabyte drives? Brian Hayes takes us through the reasons storage is “stuck” in the low terabytes. The tl;dr is that we got such exceptional capacity growth in the late 90s and early 00s we don’t need much more right now, so the focus since then has been on SSDs, networking, interfaces, etc, […]
Amélie Lamont, a former staffer at website-hosting startup Squarespace, writes that she often found herself disregarded and disrespected by her colleagues. One comment in particular, though, set her reeling — and came to exemplify her experiences there.
In this episode of the Flash Forward podcast we travel to a future where humans have decided to eradicate the most dangerous animal on the planet: mosquitos. How would we do it? Is it even possible? And what are the consequences? Flash Forward: RSS | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook | Web | Patreon We […]
Isn’t it about time to stretch what your Mac can do? I mean, you’ve got plenty of great programs now…but don’t you think you could use some new tools to get your creative, analytical and organizational juices really flowing? It’s spring, so we cleaned up a whole bunch of super-cool apps lying around and packaged […]
In the world of app development, there’s no greater arena to find success than with Android users. About 80% of the smartphones in use today worldwide operate on the Android operating system, so if you build a great app that Android users love, you’re an international rock star. You’ll be able to make sure your […]
Unless you’re a programmer or webmaster, the term SQL probably doesn’t mean much to you. But for those looking to understand more about how and why the web works the way that it does, know this – SQL and its process of managing and presenting large data sets is everywhere…and it’s the most in-demand programming […]