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Journal: Dealing with moving into open-space offices? 7

Journal by KlaymenDK

Also submitted as a story:
http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&id=8731706

The team of developers I'm part of will soon be moving into our country headquarters from a branch office. The branch office consists of 2-3 person offices, with more space for managers and meeting rooms. The headquarters, on the other hand, was rebuilt some years ago into the then-fashionable "open-space" format; apart from the print rooms there are now only a few huge 60-80 person open-space offices; even the hallways were included so people must walk right between the tables (talking to one another or into cell phones) and there are no meeting rooms or manager's offices. Of course we have our share of colleagues who are plain noise-makers, or who just happen to have "fog horn" or "buzz saw" voices (poor souls). My awesome boss and team leader have been unable to secure any kind of "quiet space" for us developers.

So I ask: How can we, as developers, best deal with this? (I don't want to quit over it, so that's one suggestion you can skip). I could work from home several days a week, but I really don't have room for a permanent home office in my flat. I am looking into noise cancelling headphones/earbuds (I don't want to drown out noise with more noise (music), I would "just" like a bit of quiet) and even considering DIY egg-carton cubicle partitions. I am also trying to locate some of the studies and reports that debunk open-space offices (convincing management is a reeeaaal long shot, but I have to try turning every stone) so if you know where to find 'em, links please. I fear I'll be the guy who jumps up twenty times a day and shouts SHUT THE HELL UP EVERYONE! I clearly need some help before that actually happens!

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Journal: A big step for a man, a small step for mankind 6

Journal by KlaymenDK

Also posted as a story:
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/10/07/2112249

Hello my fellow privacy-conscious slashdotters!

This last decade or so, I have strived to maintain my privacy. I have uninstalled Windows, told my friends "sorry" when they wanted me to be on Facebook, had a fight with my brother when he wanted to move the family email hosting to GMail, and generally held back on my personal information online. But since, amongst all of my friends, I am the ONLY one doing this, it may well be that there is no point in all of this and my battle is lost already.

Worse, if in spite of this I'm still not "on" any of these services, I'm really putting myself out of the loop (and poking myself in the eye everytime I use Squirrelmail instead of GMail). It is starting to look like self-flagellation, and I can't particularly enjoy it if I don't see at least some advantage to it. Indeed, it is a common enough occurrence that my wife or friends strike up conversations based on something from their Facebook "wall" (whatever that is) that it has become clear to me just how out of the loop I really am. Becoming ever more unconnected with my friends (be it in a human or online way) is ultimately harming my social relations (and frankly they're not that good to begin with).

It doesn't matter whether or not I'm on Facebook if my friends are posting pictures of me anyway; it's actually worse than that since I can't know if that's actually the case unless I sign up for the thing. It doesn't really matter if it was me or my friends selling me out. Or does it?

What's my point? I am seriously considering throwing in the towel (hoping I won't be doing any impromptu space travelling) and signing up for GMail, Facebook, the lot (and then using Tor a lot more than I already am). My point is, if "they" have my soul already, I might as well reap the benefits of actually USING the services of this newfangled, privacy-less, ajax-2.0 world.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this matter. To which extent is personal privacy really an illusion? I know some of you eschewing much more of the "generally accepted society" than just the online facet, but I'm wondering, how many Windows-eschewing users are NOT also eschewing the social networking services and all the other 2.0 supersites with their dubious end-user license agreements?

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Journal: Hello World

Journal by KlaymenDK

Hi all.

I figured I should probably post something here, just so it's not completely empty. You know, when any sound makes that undying warbling echo between empty walls? Yuck. So, in goes some text to dampen things down.

At first I thought, "let's just post a referral to my home page, and let that be it. You could just go there and read if you're interested in me." But then I thought, this is Slashdot, and I have no idea where this rant will end up.

So ... no home page link. Sorry. But you can ask for it, and I'll tell ya!

Bye for now. :o) Klay

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