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Wednesday, September 24th, 2003

Date:2003-09-24 15:24
Subject:Overcommitment.
Security:Public
Mood: drained

I am a terrible time manager.

This morning i discovered that someone had sent me e-mail over two weeks ago on an important project and i hadn't responded. Now, he is (rightfully) very unhappy with me and considers me unreliable. And i am disappointed in myself.

I just totally missed the message. Part of it has to do with the deluge of e-mail that i'm drowning in, i suppose. E-mail is the most frequent thing i do besides breathing, but every time i open my mailbox i feel like i'm wading through a huge, unwieldy mess. I keep dropping the ball on things and disappointing a lot of people. I really hate disappointing people. The engineer in me immediately thought about how it would make a significant difference to my life if i had a better way of organizing my e-mail and to-do items, and how some better software would improve the situation (perhaps a free-form to-do list for PalmOS, more lightweight than the existing to-do list, etc.). But i think the root of the problem is that i overcommit.

Currently active work commitments:

  • DeanSpace: DeanLink module
  • Kingman: cooking, house printer purchase/installation
  • CS184: programming assignments, autograding system, discussion section
  • Education class: readings, book report, class project
  • Thesis research proposal

Neglected or overdue work commitments:

  • DeanSpace: database abstraction layer
  • Crit: get the server back up
  • Dean Media Team: media collaboration workspace
  • Zest: implement a new archiver for Mailman
  • OpenGenomics: implement a Web interface for Mermaid
  • Kingman: people are waiting for me to fix their computers

New things i want to start or get involved in:

  • Ftang: web application server in Python
  • CHI short paper (two-handed touchscreen-plus-tablet interaction for laptops)
  • capability security for the Web (join the ongoing discussion on cap-talk)
  • campaign against Microsoft's security plans (NGSCB, WRM)
  • Ducky's wealth distribution visualization

When i look at everything, it's so overwhelming.

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Date:2003-09-24 18:03
Subject:Microsoft is destroying your freedom.
Security:Public
Mood:rebellious

Well, it's a relief to know that at least i'm not the only flake. Someone from the Daily Cal was supposed to call and interview me today about Microsoft and computer security, but they forgot or something.

Further to my comment about campaigning against Microsoft: at the Accelerating Change Conference, i handed out flyers about the severe dangers posed by Microsoft's security plans. I handed out simiar flyers at a recent Microsoft recruiting event held in Soda Hall entitled "Microsoft Uncensored" (the event posters proclaimed, "Ask us your toughest questions!"). This made the organizers pretty unhappy with me; while i was out of the room retrieving my jacket, they started collecting the flyers from everyone and throwing them away. I returned to discover this, remarked that this seemed an inappropriate procedure for an "uncensored" event, and started giving out more flyers to the students who were getting curious by this point and coming directly to me to get them. This caused some uproar. Of course, when the Microsoft representatives did their Q&A session, they collected questions on cue cards and selected the questions they wanted to answer.

I think it's time to turn up the heat. Microsoft is a threat to liberty and national security. Period. Other people are starting to come out and say this. This is good.

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