Tuesday January 5, 2016

Telecommuting May Perpetuate Increased Telecommuting

A Twitter friend shared a NYT article, yesterday, entitled Telecommuting Can Make the Office a Lonely Place, a Study Says. The <meta description...> tag on this article is "New research finds that off-site work can disrupt teamwork, alienate people who remain in the office and perpetuate increased telecommuting."


Another article about the same survey, published late last year in Business News Daily, is entitled Is Having Too Many Remote Workers Bad for Business?

Is having "too many" remote workers bad for business? I think the answer is... no. It may be "lonely" for some, but I see nothing in either article to indicate that increased remote work is bad for business. Many companies have made remote teams a cornerstone of their business model.

I'm afraid that my sympathy for this study is essentially non-existent. Also, I want the name of the unnamed "Fortune 100 Company in Silicon Valley" (singular) on which the study was based.

I want to apply for a job.

— posted by Vicki on 2016_005 in Special Interests , World of WorkPermalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays (or What's in a Name?)

hol·i·day noun - a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done.
characteristic of a holiday; festive.

etymology - Old English hāligdæg ‘holy day.’

Happy holiday tree

A group I'm in has been planning a holiday message to send to our members. After several iterations, one member commented that she thought the design was "still too religious". The member is Jewish.

I wasn't going to argue, but personally, I don't see religion here. What I do see is an assumption... an assumption that irks me. **

— posted by Vicki on 2015_356 in Special InterestsPermalink | Comments (0)

Saturday December 5, 2015

OMG My IMAP Mailboxes are Gone!

I have never cared for the "store mail on the server" model of IMAP. Disliking this from an academic standpoint, I had avoided using IMAP as much as possible. However, I recently decided that I wanted to use email on both my desktop and my laptop.

Thanks to recommendations from knowledgeable friends and acquaintances who insisted that IMAP was really the only way to keep my mail clients in synch on multiple computers, I grudgingly converted to IMAP a few weeks ago. And it was working.

Mail was being delivered to ~/Maildir and I was getting it on both machines. I set up server-based mailboxes and moved all of my "On my Mac" messages to the server. Filed messages were now accessible in both locations. All was fine.

But then, I decided to improve things.

[...Pause while the reader considers the ramifications of that statement and either gasps, sighs, or chortles...]

— posted by Vicki on 2015_339 in SciTech , Trivial PursuitsPermalink | Comments (0)

Friday November 27, 2015

Never Attribute to Malice

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
Or incompetence. Or lack of care...

In 2000, we refinanced the mortgage on our house. Shortly thereafter, we applied for a home equity line of credit (HELOC). The former was with First Nationwide Bank; the latter with CalFed. In 2003, Citibank purchased both notes.

I don't recall the details of the application for the HELOC. The paperwork we have does say, in the fine print, that the note would be a revolving LOC for 15 years, then come due as (gasp) a balloon payment. I don't know what we were thinking. I can only presume we were planning to make sure that it was paid off before that happened. We don't have any notes from that time.

Our thoughts in 2000 shouldn't matter, because in 2004 we refinanced the mortgage with Citibank. We thought we were refinancing the HELOC at the same time. We were explicitly told that the LOC would be "replaced". We were also explicitly told that the terms would be: a revolving LOC for 10 years, then the note would convert to a fixed-rate loan to be paid off over 20 years.

— posted by Vicki on 2015_331 in Trivial PursuitsPermalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday November 25, 2015

Livescribe 3 - Moleskine edition

(Disclaimer: I volunteered to be part of an Early Access program for the Livescribe 3 smartpen Moleskine Edition. I received the Livescribe product for free in return for my review. My opinions and comments, however, are entirely my own and were not previously vetted by anyone at Livescribe.)

I should start by saying that this is my first experience with Livescribe pens or with Moleskine notebooks, although I have heard quite a bit about both products before. I have been intrigued by the Livescribe pen for several years, but wasn't convinced that I wanted to carry a special, bulky pen and pad of dotted paper with me.

The Livescribe 3 Moleskine Edition changes the parameters. First, the pen seems very... pen like. It's fat -- a little over half an inch in diameter, but nevertheless sleek in design. I could wish it tapered just a bit more at the front half; my hands are on the small side. I would also prefer a gel ink to a standard ball point; my hand starts to cramp faster using a ballpoint pen. Other than that, I don't really have any complaints about the design.

— posted by Vicki on 2015_329 in Trivial PursuitsPermalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday September 15, 2015

The 8 Colors of Fitness

8colors book

Our September BAAPT program featured Suzanne Brue with a new twist on Type. You'd probably guess that the different Types approach exercise in very different ways. But this meeting provided the opportunity to discover just how different we can be.

From one SJ/Blue's comment about exercising, "It never occurred to me that fun could enter into it", to an SP/Green's "I like the surprise around the corner and like to adapt to it", we spent three hours learning and talking about physical activity, fitness, and Type.

— posted by Vicki on 2015_258 in Personality Type , Trivial PursuitsPermalink | Comments (0)

Sunday August 30, 2015

Personal Weather Stations


I'm not a weather geek like some people, but I do like to know what's going on. We get a lot of wind in our neighborhood, and we've had a wireless thermometer / anemometer running for quite a few years now. But I wanted more.


So, two years ago, when I read about the Netatmo weather station, we bought one. I like it a lot.

— posted by Vicki on 2015_242 in Show & TellPermalink | Comments (0)