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Is the absence of an answer actually the answer?

Most of us in IT are working long hours. There are always more fires to put out, and less time to prevent the fires from starting in the first place.

But we all know that sometimes we must spend time on what is important, even if it isn’t urgent.

Which is why I’m so very disappointed.

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Programmers and Romance?

It’s that time of year again. I haven’t been to a shopping mall, but I did see chocolate hearts at the local Woolworths shop. So I’m sure heart decorations are out on display for Valentine’s Day everywhere.

In the good old days of classroom training, we would give each delegate a Valentine’s chocolate. This year I thought it would be nice to write something that combined romance and programming.

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Hairdressers and Programmers

We’ve all had to learn new ways to do things during the pandemic. Before the hair salons re-opened, many people decided to cut their own hair. Youtube has about 50,000 matches for the search “cut your own hair during lockdown”.

Of course, Youtube also has a few thousand videos about disastrous lockdown haircuts. Because it takes more than a few videos to build competence.

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man falling down shiny blue tunnel

Beware of rabbit holes!

You might have heard the expression “to go down the rabbit hole”.

It comes from the novel “Alice in Wonderland” written by Lewis Carroll in the 19th century. Alice falls down a rabbit hole, has quite a long trip, and lands in a strange place called Wonderland.

A rabbit hole can be a metaphor for something that transports you into a wonderful (or peculiar) place. But what we usually mean, is that we got extremely distracted. When we “go down the rabbit hole,” it means we spend a lot more time than we planned on something.

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Signpost with sign 2020 with a line through it point in one direction. The sign 2021 points in the opposite direction.

New year, new mindset?

Welcome to 2021! I hope it is going to be a productive, successful and happy year for all of us.

I don’t like the term “New Year’s resolutions”. It reminds me of all the usual things that millions of people put on their list every year. Get fit, lose weight, save money, get organised, spend more time with family. And so on. I’m sure a few of those have made it to your list in the past. And probably never made it off your list either.

But I do believe in setting goals. So I’ve spent a lot of time over the past month thinking about the challenges of 2020, and my goals for 2021. And I made one fundamental decision.

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