I thought it about time to renew the update services list across my network of blogs, got a recent list from a popular blog and weeded out the broken RPC urls, redirects, 404 responses etc for the most effecient broad range of current pingers as of the end of february 2015.
So here you go, my current list for you to make use of in your wordpress / web project sites:
I am building an increasingly effective mail filter to automatically delete the deluge of utter shite I get from India on a daily basis with someone promising to get some site or other that I own right up there on Google, or wanting me to outsource all my work to them
This morning I put a Gmail filter on which seems to have blocked pretty much all of the spam that has found its way into one folder or another, now its automatically cleared from my key folders ongoing, I’ll enhance the anti spam rules as time goes on.
The filter is as follows: Matches: ((“Page on Google” OR “client Testimonials” OR “Top rank in search engines” OR “First Page Of Google” OR “first page of the search engine” OR “1st page ranking” OR “1st Page Result” OR “Ethical SEO” OR “1st Page of GOOGLE” OR “Delhi” OR “India” OR “CAN-SPAM Act” OR “We are not spammers” OR “SEO Proposal”))
Do this: Skip Inbox, Mark as read, Apply label “Junk E-mail”)
My tactic until now was an automatically sent canned response as follows:
This is “Tony” he emailed me today, thanks Tony
“If you can provide me a long list of examples of your work along with a free trial then do it and send me a report, I will then get back to you afterwards you must send me this material beforehand along with a full list of your prices and the LinkedIn profiles of some of your developers.”
The idea of this was just to eat the hell out of their time hunting for qualified leads, the trouble is they are so brain dead this only seemed to end in the business email address being shared amongst more of these misspelt, techicolor multi font wannabe developers.
Feel free to implement this rule or a variation of it on your own mailbox so we can try to knock this epidemic on the head.
When print and digital media clash… this is the fallout..
Programmers are sometimes thought of as machines that turn caffeine into code.
Ask any programmer when they do their best work and there’s a high chance they will admit to a lot of late nights. If a programmer wants to avoid distraction they we could just lock the door, what’s so special about the night?
I think it boils down to three things: the maker’s schedule, the sleepy brain and bright computer monitors.
1) The maker’s schedule
Paul Graham wrote about the maker’s schedule in 2009 – basically that there are two types of schedules in this world.
- The traditional manager’s schedule where your day is cut up into hours and a ten minute distraction costs you, at most, an hour’s worth of time.
- The maker’s schedule – a schedule for those of us who produce stuff. Working on large abstract systems involves fitting the whole thing into your mind.
This is why programmers are so annoyed when you distract them.
Because of this huge mentally immersed requirement, we simply can’t truly start working until we can expect a couple of hours without being distracted. It’s just not worth constructing the whole model in your head and then having it torn down half an hour later.
The sleepy brain
But even programmers should be sleeping at night. We are not some race of super humans. Even programmers feel more alert during the day.
Why then do we perform our most mentally complex work work when the brain wants to sleep and we do simpler tasks when our brain is at its sharpest and brightest?, because being tired makes us better coders.
Similar to the ballmer peak, being tired can make us focus better simply because when your brain is tired it has to focus! There simply isn’t enough left-over brainpower to afford losing concentration.
I seem to get the least work done right after drinking too much tea or having a poorly timed energy drink. Makes me hyperactive and one second I’m checking twitter, the next I’m looking at reddit or liveleak and I just seem to be buzzing all over the place..
You’d think I’d work better – so much energy, so much infinite overclocked brainpower. But instead I keep tripping over myself because I can’t focus for more than two seconds at a time.
On the other side, when I’m slightly tired, I just plomp my arse down and code. With a slightly tired brain I can code for hours and hours without even thinking about checking twitter or facebook. It’s like the internet stops existing.
Bright computer screens
This one is pretty simple. Keep staring at a bright source of light in the evening and your sleep cycle gets delayed. You forget to be tired until 3am. Then you wake up at 11am (pre-children life) and when the evening rolls around you simply aren’t tired because hey, you’ve only been up since 11am!
Given enough iterations this can essentially drag you into a different timezone. What’s more interesting is that it doesn’t seem to keep rolling, once you get into that equilibrium of going to bed between 3am and 4am you tend to stay there.
Or maybe that’s just the alarm clocks doing their thing because society tells us we’re dirty dirty slobs if we have breakfast at 2pm.
To conclude, programmers work at night because it doesn’t impose a time limit on when you have to stop working, which gives you a more relaxed approach, your brain doesn’t keep looking for distractions and a bright screen keeps you awake.