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Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, weighing all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
...people are constantly and simultaneously asking for help over Team chat.
In the office, most of the people are in the same space with me, so they can see if I'm talking with somebody, and they patiently wait their turn.
An interesting artifact -- queuing when people can see other people are busy, vs. constant interruption as a result of not seeing each other. And nobody pays attention to the "do not disturb", "away", or "in a meeting" icons. What's the use?
I think I see an idea for all these chat apps - they should have a queuing feature so that chats occur with just one person at a time until the conversation is done, and you don't even get to see the other people in the queue until the current conversation is done.
I look at the current environment as a big beta test for a world where this is much more the norm than the exception. This is a very common scenario in science fiction books and it has now become our reality. Large scale use of these chap apps is in its infancy and I am sure many of these problems have never been encountered or imagined before. I think the chat apps need to work more like a phone with call-waiting type of functionality and a hold option and so on. We now get to watch and experience their evolution first-hand.
"They have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul! Damn you! Let the rabbits wear glasses! Save our brothers! Can I get an amen?"
I don't think that "you don't even get to see the other people in the queue until the current conversation is done" is a good option.
Consider if you're trying to mentor a learning-resistant junior about something while someone with a production outage is in the queue.
I've been working at home for over 6 years now, and I love it.
Takes some getting used to at the beginning, but I would not have it any other way now.
We use Microsoft Teams and you can mute people, chat threads, and other channels so that you are not bothered. You can set your status to "Busy" and go about your work. Answer chats/messages at your leisure.
Basically, you have to tell certain people to bugger off....in a nice, professional way.
I am usually heads down coding for 6-8 hours a day. I answer questions in the morning for 30 mins and at the end of the day for 30 mins.
I only let certain people interrupt me during the work day, all others need to schedule a meeting to speak with me (approx. < 15 mins tops).
Now that I am working at home all the time, why do I have a screen saver lock on my work PC. Is my cat going to compromise the systems ? I saw where someone had put a mouse in a box with a motor to keep the screen saver from engaging -- seems too hard. I also saw an app for the iPhone called Mouse Mover. Does anyone know if this works ? I can't plug an iPhone into a work computer, but Keyboards and Mice are OK.