How Bill Gates works (2006 article)

Interesting article “How I Work: Bill Gates” from 2006 about how Bill Gates (you know, that bloke with the software house) works. Good insights into his productivity methods.

It seems to boil down to:

  1. Three monitors (email, current work item, browser)
  2. Email filtering
  3. Ignore “the toast” – pop-up email notification
  4. Email, Desktop folders and Calendar instead of to-do lists
  5. SharePoint to collaborate on projects
  6. Search
  7. Whiteboard

I can certainly vouch for three monitors, email filtering and the whiteboard.

Free accounting software from Microsoft

This has been sitting in my “To blog” folder for months: Office Accounting Express 2008 (U.K. version).

Microsoft® Office Accounting Express 2008 is an essential, easy-to-use tool for managing your home-based business.

With the look and feel of familiar Microsoft Office products, Office Accounting Express 2008 is easy to use and helps you save time and get organised.

You only need to enter data once so you can save time managing everyday financial tasks. All of your customer and financial information is stored in one place so that you have a complete view of your business.

What’s more, it’s free.

The God who wasn’t there

Has anyone (who reads this blog) seen the movie The God Who Wasn’t There? And if so, what you thought of it?  I’m thinking about my Christmas list on Amazon and it’s a toss up between this and Trumpton – The Complete Collection.

Here’s the blurb on their website:

Bowling for Columbine did it to the gun culture.

Super Size Me did it to fast food.

Now The God Who Wasn’t There does it to religion.

The movie that has been astounding audiences in theaters around the world is now available on a high-quality, feature-packed DVD. Own the taboo-shattering documentary that Newsweek says “irreverently lays out the case that Jesus Christ never existed.”

I did discover a website by GakuseiDon, who describes himself as “a moderate Christian” that examines the claims in film pointing out its inaccuracies.  That website alone makes for interesting reading without seeing the film.

Zeitgeist

Reminds me of part of the film Zeitgeist – The Movie. Now there’s a film with a few interesting things to say about money, given the current financial crisis.

Makes you wonder …

IE Death March

Can’t remember where I first saw this … or maybe someone sent me the URL.  Anyway, IE Death March is a website with the following goal:

It’s time to put a deadline on dropping IE6, and I say that time is now, and the deadline should be soon… say like, March 2009.

A worthy and noble cause that’s scuppered by institutions and businesses who still run Windows 2000 as their operating system of choice, who can’t upgrade to IE7 (like that’s any better!) and won’t move over to Firefox because you can’t easily lock it down in the same way as IE.

Still, given that I spend up to 75% of my development time just trying to get code to work in IE6 all power to the campaign.