I Learnt

Things I have learnt over time ...

Working from home boosts productivity

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1 min, 157 words

I am fortunate with my current role that I am able to work 2-3 days per week from home. This saves me about 2.5 hours of commuting time per day as well as about £2000 per year.

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Categories: work

Armada by Ernest Cline

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1 min, 111 words

Took me a little while to get into this book. It starts out in a school where a pupil spots a spaceship from his favourite video game. This then moves on to it being a precursor to an invasion by the aliens from the video game and the game itself was actually put together as training so the players could pilot drones in the war. A slightly surreal concept but pretty well executed. The "twist" with the main characters dad is a bit contrived but overall not a bad read - enjoyed it more as it went along. Not as good as Ready Player One.

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Categories: book

Zero to One by Peter Thiel

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1 min, 77 words

I had read a lot of good things about this book and it had sat on my Kindle for a long time. Really enjoyed the first half of the book but thought the second half was more focused on things that weren't relevant to me. There were some statements made that were clearly opinions but were stated as facts. Overall a bit disappointing.

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Categories: book

The unseen impact of the little trade-offs

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1 min, 149 words

I found this article to be a very astute observation that it can be all the "little trade-offs" that can add up to cause issues. The article highlights it from the perspective of a leader who can make small decisions, usually around putting something off or taking a short cut, that can add up to impact their work and those around them.

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Categories: business

Making the explanation of distributed systems fun

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1 min, 67 words

I love the way this article explains some of the key issues with designing distributed systems and how to solve them. It uses the illustration of a theme park and the rides - very clever and a fun read, which is unusual for a distributed systems article!

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Categories: technology