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Navigating Workflow Choke Points

Identifying and dealing with choke points in our workflows is an important aspect not only of staying productive but staying happy with our jobs. Choke points eat up both our time and our patience. After all, nobody likes idling in standstill traffic, staring at the bumper of the car in front of them, envisioning the destination in their mind and frustrated at how far away it seems.

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Yes, But What About All the Squirrels?

So far this year, my win-loss record for avoiding squirrels with stage fright is about 150 and 1. And that one loss bothers me more than it probably should. But the fact is, it wouldn’t bother a self-driving car. If anything, the car’s record would likely be far worse. After all, I doubt most engineers will design an AI that actually “cares” (makes morality-based decisions) about squirrels.

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The Power of PEEK and POKE

So I fell down a rabbit hole the other day. As I was digging through a box in my storage unit, I ran across a very old flyer that I’ve held onto out of nostalgia all these years. On it, a grinning, sweater-clad William Shatner–not long after the first Star Trek movie but before Wrath of Khan–proclaimed the Commodore VIC-20 to be “The Wonder Computer of the 1980s.”

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Our Audience Is People, Not Numbers

So as I read through those opt-out reasons today, particularly those last few, I was once again reminded that our newsletter subscribers do not consider themselves “subscribers.” It seems an obvious thing to say, but it bears remembering from time to time. They live, they have jobs, they change jobs, they get promotions, they retire, and some even decide to leave their jobs to go traveling.

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