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Developers, You Do More Than Code

When it comes to estimating, developers live in an idealistic world. Despite repeated experiences of constant interruptions causing projects to overrun estimates, developers tend to look at subsequent projects with wishful thinking. It's strange. Most developers associate so much pain with the last minute rush...

Talking to Yourself

When I drive to and from work, I listen to podcasts. It makes the trip go faster, and allows me to focus on something other than the traffic. It also takes my mind off the day's events if it was a rather difficult one. Quiet...

Wanting to Do Everything

I've been sick on and off for the past few weeks. It reached a pinnacle last week when I inevitably came down with the flu. I hadn't been this sick in a few years, and like many of us who's experienced this, not being...

Autosave – Is it Too Late to Standardize?

One of Alan Cooper's arguments in user interface design has been that explicitly asking the user to save a file is a waste of time. I've always agreed with that, but I wonder if we're too late in making autosave the standard. These days,...

Self Taught

Scott H. Young is one of the wisest and most intelligent self-help writers I've read, and the fact that he just started college makes this even more impressive. It'll be interesting to follow his writing as he matures, and to see how he reacts...

Using the Calendar to Focus

The ability to focus is one of the most powerful habits that a person can establish. The reason people try so hard to get organized with to-do lists, GTD, etc., is because of the inherent need to free themselves up to focus on something...