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Comment Rescue Time software (Score 1) 301

In the past I have used rescue time from

It lets you mark any program or website either as productive or non productive on a five point scale.
Then you can enable focus mode and it will disallow you any of the non productive things you do.

Also it gives you great insight in where you are spending your time, for example you can see if those e-mails really take that much of your time away.
Using tools like this is said to improve your productivity about 15% just by creating awareness you are going to be more focused.

The linux integration is not official supported and not so good at the time, but it works really good on a Mac or Windows. Also on multiple machines or virtual machines at the same time. I think they also have mobile clients.

And as others have suggested try to become a advanced user of the pomodoro technique:

Comment Great game, but to expensive for me (Score 0, Redundant) 25

I have played the game back in 2010, then I thought it was already a great game, but I only play games casually due to the lack of time mostly. Playing 10 dollars each month for only a couple of hours seems pretty steep.

I really like the new MMO business models like Planetside 2, where its free to play, but the paying does not screws the balance of the game, just buys you time or less grind as i see it..

Submission + - Live coding for the masses with Gideros and ZeroBrane Studio->

Quazion writes: A while back Bret Victor gave the stunning live coding presentation "Inventing on Principle". Now Bowerhaus posted on his blog how you can do this yourself with Gideros Mobile (Mobile game development framework using LUA) and ZeroBrane Studio IDE. In a awesome twenty minute demonstration he explains how it works and how you can do this yourself, including code examples. This should be the future of development, instant and experimental feedback, creating new idea's on the fly.
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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Dedicating Code?

The_Buse writes: This week I lost my grandmother and after returning to work (as a web developer) I find myself looking for some way to dedicate something to her memory. Unfortunately, I'm no author so I can't dedicate a book to her, and I can't carry a tune so penning a song in her honor is out of the question. What I can do is write one hell of a web app, and after nearly a year of development my (small) team and I are nearing the release date of our next product. My question is, have you ever dedicated a project/app/code in honor of someone? What's the best way to do it: comment blocks in the header, tongue-in-cheek file names, easter eggs? Or is this a horrible idea all together?

Comment Re:My biggest problem... (Score 1) 136

I understood clearly, just wanted to illustrate why I don't like e-mail and why I do like short face-to-face updates.
Also just because you can't derive all the context you need from a text message as we noticed in this short comment conversation.

But I guess you couldn't care less. ;-) have nice weekend.

Comment Re:My biggest problem... (Score 1) 136

If you want to monitor the sprint's progress, have people send status update e-mail to the project leader or have the project leader go around go around and ask people individually. S/he's the only one who should care. There's no reason to force everybody into a room at the same time even if it's only for 15 minutes.

E-mail? Whaaa, help! You mean everyone CCing me more bullshit. Not more e-mail, please! E-mail is really the biggest productivity killer ever, or is it PowerPoint?

If someone's stuck and needs help, let him ask for help. If you have people on your team who hide and do nothing for a week, you should fire them.

If life was only that simple. Often people are too proud to ask for help, they think they can find the solution themselves even if it takes them some more days.
Of course you fire the lazy fucks, but sometimes its hard to spot that some is not really productive, certainly if management has no clue what developers are doing.
I saw many small companies where developers (or other personal) are telling their boss, this and that, and thus and so. But in the end they deliver nothing.
This is an issue with the managers, just trying to saying its not so easy as you describe. Shame it isn't, but it just isn't.

BTW: I never said I work in an Agile environment. I didn't specify what my environment is. It's irrelevant to my point. All I described was my biggest problem with Agile.

True, I am really sorry.

Comment Re:My biggest problem... (Score 1) 136

The "Daily Stand-up" is a way to monitor the sprints progress and adjust the sprint accordingly to make sure the sprint goal is met at the end of the sprint. If someone is stuck on a task for a day, maybe he needs help. Also its harder to hide and do nothing for a week, telling the same bullshit story everyday gets old very quick. Agile is about team work and team's need to know what everyone is doing to meet a team goal.

From your comment I read you are a loner, you don't care what others are doing, you don't work in a team.
I think you are doing something wrong if you think you work in a Agile environment, by just doing Daily's.

Still I wonder why you can't spend 15 minutes a day with your fellow colleagues. I seem to like social interactions...

Comment Re:Good luck (Score 1) 324

Maybe its not to please the die hard linux community, but its great for the average linux Joe.
I would love to play the steam games (LFD2 for example) I own under Linux.

Personally I think crossplatform game developement should be the norm and bringing steam to every platform might help.

Comment Cowboys... (Score 1) 446

Being a good hacker is fine, but acting like a cowboy (someone who is reckless or irresponsible) when putting code in to production isn't.

Creating quick and dirty solutions can give you great insights, implementing them that way in production environments will bite you in the ass later on.

Comment Crowd funding (Score 1) 570

I suggest you fund a noble project to crowd fund. This way you can also monitor what is happening with your money. And if you really invest in something you might even have a small influence of where this project is heading. Companies are often way more transparent then charity is.

Personally I put some money in the project, which is designing cheap solar powered lights for the third world. You can either buy equity at or donate at

"The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment." -- Richard P. Feynman