Archive for October, 2010

Work required for continuous learning

October 26, 2010 Leave a comment

This post is mostly for people working in IT industry, per se, because new languages keep cropping up, new versions of existing languages come up, new frameworks appear all the time, and nowadays even new devices come up with whole new programming APIs etc. etc. that a poor IT guy (at least those who want to do real programming) has to keep learning new stuff. And this is ongoing. However, this post can also be used by people in other industries, who, for whatever reasons, think of working a little less than usual.

The idea appeared while talking to one of my friends – so I made a google spreadsheet for comparing usual amount of work (considering usual annual holidays and 8 hrs. of work per day) to working 6 hrs. per day, or working 4 days a week or working 11 months in a year. The spreadsheet shows how much you’ll be working in each case, and how much salary you’ll have to forgo for working that much less. This spreadsheet can also be used while doing salary negotiations with a company (if you are really that serious for working less) 🙂

So, here’s the link for the spreadsheet. Download the same in MS format from here or ODS format from here. Enjoy.

(Note: I assume no. of holidays as 11, because that’s the usual no. of holidays in USA. Use a different value for your country.)

Categories: General

Extension of the senses

October 12, 2010 Leave a comment

“I believe the computer is the most significant tool invented, as it is unique in mechanizing part of the process of learning and understanding, or at least giving us that potential. All other tools have been extensions of muscles and limbs, whereas the computer is an extension of the brain, and it is that which we make of it.” This is a beautiful quote by the late Erik Naggum and makes perfect sense (at least to me).

Now read this post by Austin Seraphin in which he explains how an iPhone changed his life. And read every word of it because it is a poignant account of a life changing event in someone’s life. And then, maybe you’ll realize that how a computer or a smart-phone (which are more like computers these days) is also an extension of the senses. At lease it is to some people.

Many +(s) to Apple for making something so useful for so many people. I don’t have many praises for Apple only because of their iron-fisted ways and because of their earlier decision to only allow programs written in Objective-C to be salable on their App Store (though now, thankfully, they’ve reversed it) but I couldn’t stop praising them this time though 🙂

Categories: General