Archive for October, 2013

Konrad Zuse, Alan Turing, and the World’s First Computer Startup

Posted on October 18th, 2013 · Posted in Startups

Having a hobby you’re passionate about is important. Having a job you’re passionate about is important. And if you’re lucky, there will be a congruence that allows work and hobby to cross-fertilize each other. My hobby of many years is the study of the history of computing technology (you can see some of my collection on my hobby site), and it’s ended up merging with my work. It enriched a number of my lectures – this one, for instance – by providing an unusual treasure of innovative examples; and it led to engagements as curator and scientific consultant for cool.. Read more

Finally! a Big Button to End Workday Interruptions!

Posted on October 7th, 2013 · Posted in Individual Solutions

A much needed button The need is hardly new. If you’re like every knowledge worker on the planet, you’ve been suffering for years from the incessant inflow of interruptions (one every three minutes on average, research shows) that chop your workday into tiny fragments. The outcome is “Continuous Partial Attention”, and the cost to productivity has been described in detail in my series of insight articles about the effects of information overload. Closing your office door won’t solve this problem. First, because many offices don’t have doors in this day and age – and if they had, there’d still be.. Read more