Think more, work less

I want to spend more time in front of a white board than a keyboard. My goal in career path is to be a software architect. The problem with architecture is you must have a proven record of success (or at least incredible failures) to get people to listen to you. Just like buildings, software […]

Spend smarter

Don’t just spend money. Do spend money and get rewards. There’s a common desire among geeks to see large numbers next to our names. I remember the hours spent shoving quarters into Roadblasters trying to get my initials onto the top score page. A few years later my brother and I worked hard to one-up […]

Use shortcut keys

Don’t do everything with the mouse. Do use shortcut keys when appropriate. The whole point of shortcut keys is to do things more quickly. My experience has been that many shortcut keys are the opposite of shortcuts. Take for example Windows Media Player. I’ve been using Media Player Classic for years now and I love […]

Use del.icio.us

Don’t use bookmarks or favorites in your browser. Do index and tag your bookmarks using some online service like del.icio.us. I used to be a fan of FavoriteSync which would periodically upload all of your Internet Explorer favorites to an FTP site of your choice. There was also a Firefox plugin that would periodically sync […]

Use RSS

Don’t read headlines or news feeds on your favorite websites. Do use RSS. Save a lot of time by collecting the RSS feeds of your favorite sites then use a feed reader to keep up with the latest things. There’s a cool site called Bloglines where you can keep track of all your favorite feeds. […]

Dual boot

Don’t decide between Windows and Linux. Do dual boot. There’s no reason to choose one operating system. If you have some reason to be using Linux (e.g. just for fun, for some software development projects, etc) install your Linux distribution of choice, partition your drive and install Windows too. Tips: Install Windows first then use […]