What I did this year: 2017 edition

So, I did a lot of things this year, here’s a complete list of stuff done I’ve update during the last 12 months!

5 BOOKS WORTH READ (or re-read)

SIDEPROJECTS LAUNCHED: 4

PLACES I’VE BEEN FOR MORE THAN A NIGHT:

  • Home. A lot 😛
  • Varazze, SV, Italy
  • Alassio, SV, Italy
  • San Francisco (and Silicon Valley), California, USA
  • Napoli, NA, Italy
  • Modena, Maranello, Predappio, MO/BO, Italy
  • Monopoli, BA, Italy
  • Bologna, BO, Italy
  • Wien (Vienna for friends), Austria
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Diagnosing the Italian disease

Italy stands out among developed countries for its large public debt and chronically low productivity growth.

The country’s productivity growth disease cannot be addressed without understanding why aggregate labour productivity abruptly stopped growing around 1995.

This column argues that the most likely cause is Italian firms’ non-meritocratic managerial practices, which meant they failed to capitalise on the ICT revolution.

Diagnosing the Italian disease

About Bitcoin

Blockchain technologies are here to stay. Wikipedia does a superb work on describing what a blockchain is.

A blockchain is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography.

Each block typically contains a hash pointer as a link to a previous block, a timestamp and transaction data.

By design, blockchains are inherently resistant to modification of the data. A blockchain can serve as “an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way.”

Continue reading “About Bitcoin”

The luxury of having secrets

It’s 2017. You barely have any secret anymore. But what’s a secret? Let’s see a definition of the term “secret”:

Something that is kept or meant to be kept unknown or unseen by others.

According to the Oxford Dictionary.

If you think of it, you can’t really find a secret which is not known in some way by Google, Facebook or other big corporations.

Let’s make an example. Continue reading “The luxury of having secrets”

Silicon Valley: the place to be

Ok, I’m approaching my last days in Silicon Valley. So far, this trip (my first trip ever in California) was a blast.

I’ve spent a couple of days in San Francisco, and then moved to San Jose, the hometown of eBay, the company I work for.

I had the chance to work in the eBay South Campus, which is probably the best working space I’ve ever been in my life.

Apart from amenities, cafeteria, open spaces, etc… You can breath innovation, diversity, technology in every aspect of the daily life. Something hard to find in my homecountry.

Look at some pictures!

 

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”