May 22nd, 2006

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Are you on the headphone?

If I'm listening to music at work and people need my attention, they might ask "are you on the phone?". I find it interesting that this happens the majority of the time. Admittedly my headphones are black, like my phone headset, but I would have thought they looked sufficiently different. Perhaps for some people it's a nicety for introduction: they can see you're not on the phone and need an opening line...
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The problem with cool toys

Plan:

To make progress on personal projects without wasting the work day, type up notes during lunch break.

Problem:

For every screenful of text, someone notices the little screen of the PDA and the way it rests atop a portable keyboard. They start talking about it. Admiring the fold-out keyboard. Asking questions. Expressing disappointment that it's not a combo phone & Wi-Fi do-everything wondertoy... This reduces available time, particularly if I don't want them reading what I'm writing and switch to a different app.

So, for the most part, computing during lunch is not effective, but I'll be interested to see how the MacBook compares. More or fewer comments than the PDA?