Jakob Nielsen has written a piece about how Instant Messaging (IM) can be Kryptonite for productivity. While IM can be a very useful tool for long-distance collaboration, I couldn’t agree more with him that it’s yet another interruption factor, along with email and phone calls, that disrupt productivity, especially when you’re involved in tasks that require focus and concentration, say, like programming.
And yet, it’s spreading like wildfire.
It ties in, I think, with the Knowledge Economy being packed to the rafters with hyper-active ADD types. These are the kinds of people who can’t stay on task anyway, and relish doing fifteen things at once, often Single-Handedly Saving the Company while doing so. For this kind of personality type/disorder, IM is just another way of purposefully overwhelming themselves with short-term threads and above all else feeling that every second of every day is filled with some form of activity. No scribble, scribble for these people–it’s all about Action.
Posted Monday, 29 December, 2003 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.