* Posts by John Dickson

7 posts • joined 3 May 2007

Productivity Puzzle

John Dickson
IT Angle

Productivity Puzzle

According to this article in the NewYorker productivity is falling

No mention of IT in the article, but in fact IT is responsible.

Instead of a few meeting notes we have endless powerpoint slides

Instead of a sketch on paper we have endless Visio redrafts

Instead of a quick business letter we have endless reformatting

Instead of conversations we have endless email chains

All wastes time

BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept

John Dickson

Our Wide Area Naming Convention Administrator

...aka the WANCA. Was a while back.

A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally

John Dickson

Happens to me

I've lost count of how many times my luggage has gone missing. Always during transfer at an international hub. Not having to hang around the carousel for an hour or two would be an improvement.

Woz's key to success: Burn the tie, wear T-shirts to work

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Had the disconcerting impression at a German R&D campus that everyone was wearing the exact same jeans

Too rude for the road: DVLA hot list of banned numberplates

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I'm sure I saw 4 KEW once, long time ago

Project over-runs make US IT workers scared for their jobs

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Swedes have a different world view

I've worked on projects in US and Sweden and I think they may be counting different things. In the situation where the project is going to over-run, and you get assigned new (longer) deadlines which you then meet, that counts as on time in Sweden. But in the US it counts as late.

Woman serves hubby really crap curry

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No IT angle, so what?

I don't care. Let's have a write-up of the Man United game, please.


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