Showing posts from 2022

Goodbye Twitter, Hello Mastodon

  Well, it has been a rollercoaster ride on Twitter, arguably the most popular microblogging site ever for a long time. Most recently it has been bought by a billionaire who seems to have a flair for destroying the brand. With the removal of effective moderation, and subsequent deterioration in interactions especially towards minority groups, as well as the truly abysmal treatment of the Twitter staff since the takeover, I can no longer support the site. My Twitter account is now parked for the foreseeable future to avoid any risk of impersonation, and it is currently locked. Don't expect any interaction any time soon. Instead I can now be found on Mastodon - an open source, distributed network of social networking servers. Some of the deliberate design choices Mastodon has made seem to have made the interactions there much more valuable, and less inclined towards polarisation of views and deliberately manufactured conflict. Put simply, it simply seems to be a friendlier and more v

Beware “Hybrid Conflict”

This article has been bubbling under for a while, triggered when I stumbled across this Twitter thread making some predictions about the near future of work. The ideas resonated with me, but this tweet in particular caught my eye: " what companies think hybrid work is and what workers think it is are two different things " I am already seeing evidence that this prediction is coming true. " Hybrid Working " is such a loaded term that misunderstandings are inevitable. Yet it is still being sold as the “best of both worlds” (office and remote) even though it is likely to become the worst of both unless companies handle things very carefully indeed. As the pandemic restrictions are eased, this will become more and more important. Before looking at how best to handle hybrid working patterns, what is it exactly? And what might the options be? "Hybrid" seems to be best defined as some people working in the office some of the time. This definition is fine, but i

On remote work and illness. And squirrels.

I am sitting here, in front of my desk in my home office, nursing the effects of an ongoing coronavirus party through my system that has knocked me flat for a while. It is quite remarkable how much it affected me - a triple-vaccinated and reasonably fit individual. I can only assume that without the little bit of help from medical science I could have been in serious bother. So please get vaccinated! But I digress... The downtime has given me some time to muse upon the nature of remote work and being ill first-hand. Here are my thoughts jotted down between periods of brain fog (necessarily short - my current concentration span is still roughly... OH LOOK, A SQUIRREL!) If you don't feel well enough to go into a physical office, do not "go into work" remotely The wonderful thing about remote work is that you cannot infect coworkers with your germs. You can cough and splutter all you want over your own keyboard and screens ( ewwww! ), but it is not going to send the entire t

Improve your online presence with these four rules

TL;DR Everyone brings a piece of the  online  meeting environment with them. So: Be heard. Make sure your microphone is adequate, and picking you up clearly. Don't mute unless you have to. Be seen. Use a decent camera, with good lighting, and have it on by default unless there is a reason not to. Turn off self view. Be aware of your square. Watch your background, and learn how to stay in shot. D on't be afraid to check your setup  with a colleague, and get feedback.