’One works without thinking how to work.’ - Jasper Johns
Being a software programmer, most of my work is centered around implementing ideas. The other day, I realized about my work pattern that I am not really productive if I work for more than 4 to 6 hours each day. Why? I figured that whenever I work for 4 to 6 hours of a total of 8-9 hours, I spend the rest of my time reviewing my work. These reviews have always been very useful to guide me become better at my craft.
For example, I recently identified a very important area of improvement in the context of my work, which led to the tracer utility.
What I have also observed is that if I do not restrict myself to such time limits, I am productive only in a spike but the consistency is absent. My brain (whatever I have of it) just stops working and I am transformed into a dumb robot. And thus the realization of my consistent productivity number of 4 to 6 hours per day.
What is the gist of all this for me? I think it is the essence of thoughtful balanced work. If most of my work is based around implementing ideas, and if thoughts produce ideas, but if I am not thinking, then it is bound to be thoughtless work! Anyway, what is the point of doing thoughtless work?
Recently I upgraded my Macbook pro with the following:
The following could be the usual suspects I thought, one of the upgrades and the fact that for my work, I would be running a host of softwares preciesly the reason for which I had increased RAM in the first place.
After some, what else, googling, I figured that many people had experienced heating problems after upgrading to snow leopard. Come to think of it, Snow Leopard should have made the laptop a lot cooler or probably the Snow Leopard could not acclimitize to the new environment!
The Chill Pill Solution
If you are suffering from the same problem, the following steps could as well help you. They did help me.
sudo rm -r /Library/StartupItems/FanControlDaemon
Now even with all the softwares such as Virtual Box, 2+ heavy Java processes, Flash Builder; I have the operating tempearature around 65. With normal web browsing usage, the temperatures touch around 50. The problem per se is not the operating temperature, but if your laptop runs at high temperature constantly and finally crashes, which did happen to me more than once, that forced me to find a fix.
Finally, take Activity Montior’s help to keep a tab on CPU usage.
Yesterday, it was Gandhi Jayanti.
Today, a day later, I had cleaned my iSkins and placed them for drying on a newspaper. Here is the visual.
Well, what’s so special about it? It seemed to me as if Gandhi is saying ”Despite all the technical advancements, retain your simplicity.”
I am a polyglot software engineer specializing in shipping iOS and 3d scientific visualization applications.