Paul Graham on Schedules

While browsing Hacker News one morning, I stumbled upon an article written by Paul Graham on his website (Link). The article itself is a bit old (July 2009) but the information in it is valid and accurate until this day. The essay talks about the different schedules used by managers and makers (programmers, engineers, ..) and how the crossover between the two different types can harm productivity and efficiency.

” … there’s another way of using time that’s common among people who make things, like programmers and writers. They generally prefer to use time in units of half a day at least. You can’t write or program well in units of an hour. That’s barely enough time to get started.


When you’re operating on the maker’s schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in. Plus you have to remember to go to the meeting. That’s no problem for someone on the manager’s schedule. There’s always something coming on the next hour; the only question is what. But when someone on the maker’s schedule has a meeting, they have to think about it.

For someone on the maker’s schedule, having a meeting is like throwing an exception. It doesn’t merely cause you to switch from one task to another; it changes the mode in which you work.”

Paul Graham

I observe the effect described in the essay in my daily life. A meeting in the morning can ruin any chance of doing something productive before lunch, and the same thing goes for meetings after lunch, they reduce the possibility of completing bigger tasks in the afternoon. Before reading this essay, I never thought of the possibility it might be meetings that’s causing this disruption, but now I know.

I recommend you read the full essay and reflect upon it. You can also share it with your managers and colleagues to start a discussion on how meetings affect your team productivity. Here is the link to the essay (Link).

Hack.lu 2019 – Day (3)

The last day of Hack.lu was on Thursday, I am a bit late with the blog post because I was exhausted after we finished for the day and had to take some rest. I was a bit late to the conference because I overslept (sigh) but I didn’t miss any important moments.

In the last day, I decided to participate in workshops instead of attending talks. I had my eyes on two workshops. The first one was the “Junior CTF Install Party” workshop, and the second one was the “Practical Incident Response” workshop.

Credit: All videos are recorded and uploaded by the amazing @cooper. You can find the full list on his website: https://administraitor.video/edition/Hack.lu/2019

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Hack.lu 2019 – Day (2)

The second day of Hack.lu is often the longest since it includes the social events at the end which can go on well into the night. This day was no different, it started early in the morning and ended just before ten o’clock. I was exhausted when I arrived back at my accommodation but it was totally worth it.

Credit: All videos are recorded and uploaded by the amazing @cooper. You can find the full list on his website: https://administraitor.video/edition/Hack.lu/2019

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Hack.lu 2019 – Day (1)

I am in Luxembourg for a few days attending three different information security events that are part of the LuxSecurityWeek which is held every October. This is my second time attending these events and it’s becoming more of a personal habit for many reasons. Luxembourg is a beautiful country, very safe, and close to many European traveling hubs.

As I mentioned, this is my second time attending Hack.lu, I came here last year, and I will come again next year. The conference is great in every aspect (content, speakers, atmosphere, food, … ). Sometimes my anxiety gets the best of me but most of the time I enjoy the overall experience and I get to talk to many people, exchange knowledge with them, and even make some network connections for future professional networking. A massive kudos to the organizers who created such a nice informative event.

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Weekend Learning (1)

I try to spend most of my weekends learning new things or refreshing old knowledge. Most of the time I pick things that I find interesting to make sure my weekends aren’t boring or miserable.

In the interest of possibly inspiring someone to pick one of the topics I find interesting, I will share the stuff I study every weekend so others can get some resources and topics that can be helpful.

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