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Links 1 through 4 of 4 by Dan Dascalescu tagged interruptions

"Email is a wonderful thing for people whose role in life is to be on top of things. But not for me; my role is to be on the bottom of things. What I do takes long hours of studying and uninterruptible concentration. I try to learn certain areas of computer science exhaustively; then I try to digest that knowledge into a form that is accessible to people who don't have time for such study."

`I don't even have an e-mail address. I have reached an age where my main purpose is not to receive messages.' --- Umberto Eco, quoted in the New Yorker

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Why and how working in a startup can earn as much money as working a normal job until you retire. Excellent notes on why hackers prefer uninterruptibility.

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<<Researchers from UC Irvine showed that a knowledge worker can expect on average to do three minutes of uninterrupted work on any one task before being interrupted, and 11 minutes before switching to a different “Working sphere” (i.e. project). Interestingly, about half of the interruptions are self-inflicted; that is, if nothing external pops up, the worker will spontaneously decide to check their email, look at the news on the web, visit the water cooler, or some such. [...] HP reported research they’ve sponsored in the UK which showed that the IQ scores of information workers subjected to distracting alerts are reduced by 10 points, twice the reduction observed in people smoking marijuana… >>.

More details about the HTP study at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/05/04/HP.TMP

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"According to CEO Joseph Spira, in addition to that 28 percent lost to interruptions, information workers spend 15 percent of the day searching, 20 percent in meetings, and only 25 percent on "productive content creation."

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