Mind like water

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Have you ever wished you could have a watch, one where you just pressed the stopwatch button, and the world would stopped moving, so that you could get everything done that you needed to – I’m sure there have been one or two movies about that? I have! And I keep asking Santa every year…

One of the things that I’ve been thinking about lately is the concept of “Mind like water”, essentially where you act without thinking, where you flow, where you’re in your groove. There’s an old interview with Bruce Lee (which you could probably find online if you look hard enough) where he talks about mind like water and how it echoes how water moves, that first got me onto the idea itself.

Starting to adopt the GTD way of doing things also brought me closer to it (David Allen is a Karate buff) – when you are on top of everything that you have to do, when your tasks are out of your mental RAM and in a reliable system, then you can truly be creative, think and productive.

More than anything, mind like water is about being able to react and adapt as circumstances change, so that you aren’t just knocked off your feet, but rather where you just change into a more appropriate position. And when you’ve changed position, you still have access to everything that you know you should do.

Why am I writing about this? ‘Cos I’ve got shedloads of stuff going on inside my head that just won’t quieten down. Some of it work related, some of it personal, some of it code related, and all of it vying for attention all the time. I spose it’s ‘cos I’ve let my system degrade into a pile of papers and unsorted snailmail the last few weeks, while transitioning from one chapter of my life into another. In years past I would have either let the pile accumulate, or just “consolidated” it into a larger list. But not today. Today I decided it was more important to have a mind like water, then to spend time reading and answering email. More important to have mind like water, then to write code with a mind that couldn’t think for all the internal noise.

So, of all the things that I would like to blog/write about (and there are many), I think this should come first – because for me it’s so relevant, and I think potentially so for other folk.

If you have internal noise that’s keeping you from being the best you could be, or stuff on your plate that just shouts at you whenever you think about it, take the time to put it in it’s proper place, and make the commitment to deal with it when appropriate. Don’t ignore it, don’t assume it will go away.

Cool – that feels a lot better.

Tags: GTD, mind like water, productivity

Open Source: Challenges and Opportunities

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_ blog.openboxsoftware.com » Blog Archive » Open Source: Challenges and Opportunities

The open source movement continues to gather momentum as more and more people not only become aware of it, but also begin to use software developed from it in their everyday lives.

For me the defining “moment” for something like this is when it becomes a nature part of what is available “out there” and gets used without a great deal of pre-thought. An example of this is the internet or e-mail or Instant Messaging – how many times to you actually think about it before you use it now days?

Malcolm makes a great case for the co-existance of proprietary and open source software. As someone who runs a Microsoft shop, I think this is something he thinks about a lot – managing cost for profit is always the most important thing a busines owner has to take into account, and I can imagine the dilemma between open source and closed source has come up more than a few times.

Something to consider, is that although a shop is biased with their technology of choice in one way, that doesn’t mean it’s the only way – very often it is the client that determines what technology stack to use, and these days with so much legacy stuff floating around, there is little you can do with it, unless the client is totally keen on out with the old and in with the new. Even then, most enterprise clients just can’t afford the downtime; while the vendors just can’t afford to have both sets of skills.

.Net C# developer needed for agency in London

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NOWWASHYOURHANDS are looking for a “hot” C# developer to take on and eventually run a key client of theirs.
They’re looking for SQL Server skills and would prefer someone a bit younger purely for cultural fit in the company.
Design agency experience would also be a benefit.

If you’re interested and would like any further info then you can chat to the lead guy (Jamie) to talk more about what they’ve done and what they’re looking for..

Cool – if you’re interested, either mail me directly or contact Neil Jeffries (Director) at NOWWASHYOURHANDS on Telephone: 020 7851 7080 and tell him you saw the position here.

G’luck ;-)

Google classic

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This has been doing the email rounds the last few days, so I thought I’d share the humour:

Go to GOOGLE, enter the search criteria ‘failure’ and hit the ‘I feel lucky’ option.
What do you get?

Classic, gotta wonder hey ;-)

People want to know how much it costs…

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_ Adobe Acrobat Standard

Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard software is the simple way to create and share more secure and reliable Adobe PDF documents. Generate Adobe PDF files that accurately represent the original document, and take advantage of robust tools for sharing information and commenting on electronic files.

I think that sometimes the majors forget what it’s like to be a lowly customer, as if no-one in their oranisation ever buys anything online…

So here I am, taking a look at buying Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard, ‘cos I need to create PDF docs (promise), on the Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard web page, and I can’t see or find the price anywhere… Really.

I don’t care how good it is, or how many people find it useful – I just want to know how much it will cost me, before I waste any more time looking for the price…

Anyone agree, or am I being pedantic?