Some tips for when you work from home

Here are some tricks for the occasional “work from home”.

Maybe they can be applied also to freelances, but they are more used to work from home and they get their working routine very early…

  • Respect the usual morning routine: shower, brush your teeth…
  • Dress casual if you want, but dress yourself (no pajamas) and always put your shoes on (this tricks your mind into thinking you’re not home for “lazyness”)
  • Wake up at the same time you wake up when you go to the office
  • Do your laundry, bed, etc… BEFORE actually start working (avoid housing distractions!)
  • Find a silent spot in your home away from kids, if you have any. Discard this if you have to watch for your kids while working from home (you’re my hero in this case)
  • Take your time. If you are used to get a coffee around 11am in the office, do the same at home
  • Lunch break of 1 hour? Make a 1 hour break. Usually eating at your desk? Do a speed lunch even at home.
  • If you usually leave the office at 6pm, stop working at 6pm
  • If you need Internet connection stop every torrent/heavy download you may have on your own network
  • Check the VPN (or whatever connection you use) the night before (or better, some time in advance) in order to be ready in case of problems.
  • NO TV! (just put some music on if you feel bored)
  • Do some little walk around the house every hour
  • Drink plenty of water

What happened in the 1 week I didn’t use social networks

TL;DR;

Getting rid of habits is hard, but I survived, I’m feeling better, the iPhone battery lasts longer, I accomplished a lot of things while not wasting time on Facebook or Reddit.

Facebook sent me some automatic emails in order to lure me in, they’re probably scared as hell to lose a very active user.

Guess what? I stayed in the loop anyway, re-discovering websites and news source I loved in the past and then forgot.

LONG VERSION

I’ve spent the last week without Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Youtube and more in general social networks.

I didn’t go completely offline. My job (and my life) don’t allow it. What am I still using?

  • WhatsApp? Telegram? YES
  • Email? YES
  • Medium? YES
  • Slack? YES
  • Etc…

It was my first experiment in this way, it could look very mild… You know, I don’t care. It was driven by increasing privacy concerns, the need to “detox” and figure out where my sources of information are going, how facebook & co. distract part of my time, how my daily routine is affected by these websites, etc…

Here’s a little diary of my experience. Continue reading “What happened in the 1 week I didn’t use social networks”

Books from Codemotion Milan 2016

Codemotion this year was a pleasant experience. I’ve met a lot of people and attended some nice talks.

I took home a lot of pins and a list of books… Some of them are real classics, some were kinda new to me.

Here’s a little part of the list, if you are interested!

And many others! I have a lot to read (and re-read).

Do you really believe in drones?

I don’t really believe we will see something delivered by a drone before 5/10 years from now.

Sure, drones can be used for deliveries between warehouses or delivery centers, but don’t expect a drone to knock at your door anytime soon.

Having tried some drones myself I can’t think of a drone knocking at my window precisely enough to not damage itself or my property (or at worse, myself).

There are some experiments, tests, startup making moneys on this funny idea, but I see a lot of problems in it:

  • Security (of the drone). A professional drone is not the safest thing you want around your house. You don’t really want a 10 kg thing with carbon rotors spinning at thousands of RPM above your kids
  • Security (of the delivery). How safe is an Amazon package with a drone? Not that much. It can fall, people can track and steal it. You don’t want your pizza stolen.
  • What about costs? Let’s say I’m a pizza chain that want to deliver it by drones. I need a drone fleet and a place to put them (drone “airport”?), maintenance, recharge, pre-flight checks, etc… Is it cheaper than a delivery boy? I’ll tell you a secret: NO.

So, if you think of it you’ll just have a good laugh when you read something like this article. Yes, the first pizza was delivered, but it’s nothin more than a marketing gimmick.

RSS feeds are back

Looks like RSS are coming backThis article is on top of hacker news right now:

Well if there’s something I wasn’t expecting to find tonight, it was that apparently YouTube has decided to allow users to follow channels via RSS again, and unlike the last few years, this time it actually looks to be officially supported

While some people offer a service to “move” from newsletters to RSS feeds.

Welcome to 2006, folks!